Welcome to 4NIWelcome to 4NI
Shanghai American SchoolShanghai American School
Who is Your Child’s
The goals for Open House
To share with you our standards and the curriculum
here at SAS!
➣To help you understand the work your child will be
doing throughout the school year.
➣To work in partnership with you and explain the
expectations for your child.
➣To help remind them of their character traits and
how this will help them become successful learners.
➣To share information that will help you support
your child’s learning.
EAGLES - Our EAGLES define the learner profiles we hope to
instill in our children:
Empowered-Adaptable-Global-minded - Literate- Empathetic-
SAS inspires in all students:
- a passion for lifelong learning,
-the commitment to act with integrity and compassion, and
-the courage to live their dreams.
Grade 4 Curriculum
Five core subjects
Specials (7 Day Rotation)
Art and Music (2x)
Library Checkout and Guidance (1x)
Technology and Library are integrated
Day 1 – Art & Guidance
Day 2 – Music
Day 3 – PE
Day 4 – Art
Day 5 - PE
Day 6 – Music
Day 7 – PE
Helen Jin - EAL (English Additional Language)
Ms. Lourdis - EAL TA
CATY ROMERO - Academic Support for Math
JEFF DUNGAN - Technology Support
DIANE ENOKA - Literacy Coach
The goal of our reading program is to develop good
readers. We do this through:
➣Shared, guided and independent reading activities.
➣Reading strategies and skills instruction.
➣Instructional read alouds.
➣Projects which encourage reading and celebrate books
We use a Readers Workshop
Each Readers Workshop session begins with a mini
lesson that focuses on a reading strategy.
Students then read independently and practice the
skills from the mini-lesson. This may include:
➣Meeting with Reading Partners
➣Writing in Reading response
➣Working in a Guided Reading
➣Conferencing with the teacher
We use a Writers Workshop
Each Writers Workshop session begins with a mini
lesson that focuses on a writing strategy.
➣Students begin by planting their seed ideas
➣Share with their writing partners before they begin
➣They go off to write their first draft before sharing
again with their writing partner.
The Writing Process
Five step writing process
➣Pre-write(planting the seed, organize thoughts)
➣Draft (put ideas on paper)
➣Revise (verbs, adjectives,adverbs and elaborating)
➣Edit (correct spelling, mechanics and grammar)
➣Publish (prepare a copy for others to read)
As of this year, our math instruction
has been aligned to match the National
Common Core Standards
Numbers, Geometry, Measurement,
Probability and statistics,
Algebra, Patters and Functions,
Grade 4 Math Practices
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the
reasoning of others.
4. Model with mathematics.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
6. Attend to precision.
7. Look for and make use of structure.
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated
Words Their Way
➣which allows us to hear the words
➣ declare our words
Full Option Science System (FOSS)
Three units studied
➣Magnetism and Electricity
➣Structures of Life
➣Geography: Maps, Atlas, Longitude/Latitude, Landforms
➣Geography of Asia and China
Each class has a one to one laptop
➣Integrated into all curriculum areas
➣Support from Technology Integrationist
From 4th grade on we have become 1:1
OTHER RESOURCES USED ARE:
COMPUTER/INTERNET AT HOME
Super Fourth Events
➣Soccer days (Fall Sept. 26th & Spring TBA)
➣Field trips - Shanghai Museum
- China Alive - Peasant Painting
➣Classroom Holiday Party
➣Other planned events
Homework is an opportunity for students to practice
and fine-tune the skills we are working on in class.
Each student will have an assignment book that they
are expected to carry to and from school each day.
Each school night
➣20 minutes of reading each night.
➣20 minutes of homework
reading response assignments, word study or daily oral
language activities, math practice, writing assignments and
science/social studies work.
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