November 17
b - Fall 2017 Newsletter
Writing Celebration Date: TBT
Reading Goals
Reading Benchmarks
Reading Goals- Unit: Nonfiction Reading

Students will:

1. Understand the features of nonfiction texts.

2. Find the main idea and supporting details within their texts.

3. Read and comprehend informational texts independently and proficiently.

Common Core Standard 1(Key Idea and Details): Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text , Common Core Standard 7,8,9(Integration of Knowledge and Ideas): Interpret information presented visually, orally or quantitatively and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text.

Writing Goals: Unit: Personal Essays and Persuasive Writing

Students will:

1. Generate a five paragraph personal essay which includes an introduction, three body paragraphs and a conclusion.

2. Create a thesis statement with supporting evidence.

3. Understand how to write a persuasive writing piece, which includes a topic clearly stated, an opinion about the topic, and is well organized.

Common Core Standard 1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Math Goals-Unit-Algebra and Multiplication Comparisons

Students will:

1.Multiply by tens, 2. Estimate products 3. Multiply using partial products and regrouping.

Domains-Operations and Algebraic Thinking, and Number and Operations in Base Ten.

Common Core Standards: 1.Use Place Value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic. 2. Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.



Curriculum 17-18

P.S. 174, Rego Park, NY
Grade 4 Curriculum Guide - 2017-2018

Classroom Teachers

401 - Ms. Hoffman Room 200
402 - Ms. Maletzky Room 205
421 - Ms. Torossian Room 206
431 - Mrs. Lapidus/Mrs. (Morgenstern) Lotwin Room 202 ELapidus@schools.

LITERACY – Teachers College Reading & Writing Program

Students are working toward the New York State Common Core Standards. Our goals are to strengthen their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Grade 4 students are working towards becoming more independent and active readers and writers.

Students will go through a process of planning, drafting, revising and editing before it is considered a finished product. They are required to produce four types of writing. These include informational, response to literature, stories (fictional or autobiographical), and narrative pieces. All finished writing should demonstrate a good understanding of the task; and should use proper punctuation and spelling.

A supplemental grammar program, Simple Solutions, is also being used. Homework will be assigned for this program.

Reading this year will include read-alouds, whole class discussions, small group meetings, one-to-one student-teacher conferencing, book partnerships, book clubs, as well as daily independent reading. Reading materials will include both fiction and non-fiction books. Students will choose books based on appropriate level, personal needs and interests. These are known as “Just Right Books.” During reading, students will work to read with stamina and meaning, as well as use strategies for self-correction and figuring out unfamiliar words. Students should be able to show evidence of understanding their reading in both writing and classroom discussion.
Standardized Test – Standardized Test – NYS English Language Arts (ELA): April 11-13*
MATHEMATICS – Go Math Program

Emphasis in the 4th grade is on problem-solving strategies. Students will use appropriate operations and a variety of strategies to solve problems, and use content-specific language in writing and discussions of the problems.

Students will master multiplication facts up to 12x12=144 and understand inverse relationships of multiplication and division facts, compare and represent fractions, positive and negative numbers, place value to the hundred millions and hundredths, and add and subtract whole numbers. 4th graders will also explore geometry and measurement (two- and three- dimensional figures, perimeter, area, and volume); functions and algebraic concepts (using statistics and probability concepts; collect, estimate, and display data using table and graphs that interpret and analyze data).
 Standardized Test – NYS Mathematics: May 1-3*

SOCIAL STUDIES – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt New York History and Government

The 4th grade Social Studies program, which is based on the New York State's Core Curriculum, continues to build on students' knowledge of families by emphasizing the history of their local community. Local history, geography, and government, including people, lifestyles, events, and issues, and how they connect to New York State and the United States, is the focus this year.
SCIENCE – Harcourt School Publishers NYC Edition Science

The content and skills necessary for the 4th graders are physical science concepts, life science, earth and space science, scientific connections, applications, thinking, communication and investigation, and scientific tools and technologies.
Standardized Test: NYS Science Performance Test given 1 day (May 23 – June 1) NYS Science Written Section: Monday, June 4

SUPPLEMENTAL LEARNING – Math: Think Central and TenMarks; Reading: RazKids


- Homework is given daily. It is the student’s responsibility to complete all homework in the correct notebook, and bring it back to school, along with all supplies/ notebooks/ folders/ planner.

- Students are expected to read at home for 20-30 minutes daily.

- Students should read and keep a log for a minimum of 30 books by the end of the year.

- Parents- please check planners daily and sign all paperwork as requested.

SUPPLEMENTAL LEARNING – Math: Think Central and TenMarks; Reading: RazKids, i-Ready

These online programs are designed for students to use in school and at home. Each child will be given their own username and password. The math websites offer different math games which children can use at their own pace to master facts and increase problem solving, computational, critical thinking, and pattern recognition skills. The reading website offers leveled reading material to help students improve their comprehension skills. Students should go on to these websites at home, approximately 3 times a week.


  • Nutcracker Ballet-Lincoln Center
  • Billy Jean King Tennis Center
  • Other Trips- TBD


Students may bring in ONE HEALTHY snack (ex., a fruit, a vegetable, a granola bar, cheese stick, etc.)


If you’d like to send in a small snack (cupcakes, cookies, munchkins) in honor of your child’s birthday to share with the class, please let us know at least one week in advance so that we can plan our schedule accordingly. Please send in individual snacks per child, to be dropped off at the security desk. In fourth grade, parents do not stay for the snack.

Looking forward to a great year in 4th Grade.