G4

​Foundation

Wordly Wise Book 4

Unit 1: Nature (plants, animals)

Lesson 2: California’s Forest Giants

Lesson 3: A Long Winter Nap

Lesson 7: Armed but Not Dangerous

Lesson 12: Communicating with Koko

 

Unit 2: History (historical monuments and historical figures):

Lesson 8: The Great Pyramid

Lesson 18: The Great Wall of China

Lesson 13: Anne Frank’s Diary

 

Unit 3: Fiction (fairy tales and folktales):

Lesson 6: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Lesson 17: An African Folktale

Course Introduction

Grade 4  focuses on vocabulary, and the  differences between certain words, sentence structures and sentence elements. Students read a paragraph, point out the number of sentences,  name sentence elements in each paragraph, subject and predicate, compound predicate and so on. The teacher then provides visuals for students to describe using the sentence elemental structure taught.

 

Students also learn about parts of speech by reading passages, and pointing out vocabulary and identifying its part of speech. This is based on a list of definitions, comparative adjectives, regular adjectives and irregular forms, common vs proper nouns provided. Teachers also use stories to contextualize, and gage discussion before beginning the exercise. Homework is provided, taken up and followed up with a quiz to assess their progression. 

Homework/Exercises

  • List mor examples using word family and synonym

  • Sentence completion & paraphrase

  • Practices of the grammar point

  • Creative Writing

  • Comparative Writing

  • ​Practices of the POS

Reading

Objectives

  • Learning about theme, plot, setting, point of view, characterization, etc(the components to a story)

  • Learning how these elements inform them as readers, and how they can use this skill to develop their writing and analytical reading abilities

Learning Outcomes

  • Have a clear view on literature and develop the sense of literature 

  • ​Understand must-known basic grammar knowledges 

  • Expertise in basic comprehension and summarization skills

  • Able to organize sentences with perfect grammar knowledges

  • Develop kid's understandings of grammar to establish solid foundation of English to support future English learning

​References

  • The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum 

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 

  • Matilda by Roald Dahl

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by Jk Rowling

  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Exercises

  • Reading comprehension quizzes (Assess the understanding of character)

  • Book report (Testing their ability to identify and examine all elements considered)

  • Short writing assignments (ex. “describe the setting in Harry Potter…”)

  • In class discussion about element and how it relates to the piece of literature

Writing

Objectives

  • Learn how and when to use certain skills and writing techniques (different kinds of writing, require different methods and writing application)

  • Learn how to apply figurative language to writing (creative, and academic)

  • Be familiar with writing short stories and the components of short stories

Learning Outcomes

  • Build confidence outside the classroom while writing about different contexts, stories, novels and poems

  • Master components of a persuasive writing piece

  • Start to apply analytical thinking while writing

  • Develop writing style that is more creative and academic

​References

  • European and American poetry, and prose

  • Classical poetry and prose

  • Early Modern poetry and prose

  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling

  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum 

Exercises

  • Short answer response questions (ex. "Write a short response using third person")

  • Creative writing assignments (i.e. "Create a poem using alliteration")