The Stoughton Area School District's literacy goal is to ensure that all students become successful, high level readers, writers, speakers and listeners. Students are expected to meet the State Standards in ELA adopted by the State of Wisconsin at each grade level. Stoughton's Comprehensive Approach to Literacy stresses the essential components of reading through explicit teaching of phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency and expressiveness, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, writing and handwriting.
Daily read-alouds, independent reading time, reading workshop, writing workshop, and systematic word study instruction are key features of the approach. Teachers demonstrate the habits and strategies of effective reading and writing through a variety of structures: instructional read-alouds, small group instruction, shared reading, and interactive writing.
The Stoughton Area School District's elementary mathematics curriculum is Math Expressions. Within this curriculum, a series of learning progressions reflect recent research regarding students' natural learning stages when mastering concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and problem solving. These learning stages help determine the order of concepts, the sequence of units, and the positioning of topics.
In 4th Grade, units focus on the following:
1. Place Value and Multidigit Addition and Subtraction
2. Multiplication with Whole Numbers
3. Division with Whole Numbers
4. Equations and Word Problems
6. Fraction Concepts and Operations
7. Fractions and Decimals
Math Expressions fits the learning professions, the core-grade level goals, and the dual focus on understanding and fluency of the Common Core State Content Standards.
The Stoughton Area School District's elementary science curriculum uses the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) at the K-5 level. NGSS strives to develop students abilities to do and understand scientific inquiry through:
- Asking questions and identifying problems
- Planning and conducting investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Developing and using models
- Using mathematics, information and computer technology and computational thinking
- Constructing explanations and designing solutions
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating and communication information
In 4th Grade, the science standards are broken down into five topical questions taught over the course of the academic year. The concepts studied in 4th Grade will enable students to develop concrete understanding of phenomena associated with these five essential questions:
- What happens when objects collide?
- How do we move energy and information from place to place?
- What effect can water have on land?
- How can we reduce negative impacts of natural hazards and of resource use?
- How do organisms receive and process information?
The Stoughton Area School District's elementary social studies curriculum is based on the 2010 National Council for the Social Studies standards and the Wisconsin State Standards for Literacy in All Subject Areas. A technology rich program created by TCI is the core resource used in grades K-5.
In Fourth Grade, Social Studies Alive! Regions of Our Country presents five regions of the United States through the lens of four social sciences — economics, geography, political science, and history (From teachtci.com).
In the Stoughton Area School District, we believe that the study of art is a vital component to the development of all students.
The 4th Grade Art courses cover the Understanding and Using the National Core Arts Standards along with these projects and curriculum.
1. Elements & Principles (value, movement, space, form)
2. Drawing (1 point perspective, contour line)
3. Painting (tints/shades, complementary)
4. Ceramics (coil, construction techniques)
5. Sculpture (armature)
6. Mixed Media (weaving/fiber/collage/metal): (textiles)
7. Graphics (technology/printing): (relief (subtractive) prints)
In the Stoughton Area School District, we believe that the study of music is a vital component to the development of all students. The general music program in our district reflects the National Music Education Standards, also adopted in the state of Wisconsin. Our grade four students will be able to:
- Demonstrate singing in harmony
- Respond to conductor’s cues when singing
- Play melodic and rhythmic patterns
- Understand how to play whole notes and whole rests
- Perform simple rhythms using sixteenth notes, whole notes, and whole rests
- Read simple music using standard notation
- Improvise simple rhythmic and melodic variations
- Describe music using appropriate terminology
- Create criteria to evaluate music performances
- Compare commonalities that exist in the arts and other disciplines