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Fourth Grade

Welcome to the Fourth Grade at Benjamin E. Mays IB World School! Thank you for visiting us.

We encourage families to use this website to learn about the Fourth Grade classrooms. This site will be updated to include information on Reading, Math, PYP (IB), Writing, Social Studies, and Science. It will also remind families of important dates, upcoming events, and changes in our schedule. For more specific information, please access our individual pages by clicking on the name to the right.

Please contact your 4th grade teacher for additional information or questions!

Thank You,

The 4th Grade Team!

Reader's Workshop: 
Fountas and Pinnell Literary Continuum is the literacy curriculum we use to help our students learn reading strategies to become better readers. Reader's Workshop begins with a 10 minute whole group mini lesson focusing on a reading strategy followed by an activity on the focus and 30 minutes of independent reading, along with guided reading group work.

Writer's Workshop: 
We also use Teachers College curriculum, Writers Workshop, for writing instruction. It follows the large group mini lesson and independent writing time detailed above. It is important to remember that writer's write, we will be writing every day.

Phonics:  Our school uses Words Their Way to focus on spelling/word patterns.

Math: We use the TQE (Tasks Questions Evidence) framework to plan our mathematical experiences. TQE is a fluid ‘lens’ through which math instruction and learning is seen. TQE, at its core, is about:

  • Selecting Tasks that support learning goals, promote deep mathematical understanding, allow for multiple entry points, and drive student voice in the mathematical experience.

  • Using Questions that facilitate student discourse and engagement in mathematical practices. These questions also promote higher order thinking and productive struggle, such as: probing for understanding, pushing for multiple perspectives and solutions, using wait time effectively, scaffolding and adjusting questions as needed.

  • Gathering and utilizing Evidence of student learning through formative and informal assessment.

Additionally, our students will develop automaticity of basic math facts through our Math Facts curriculum.

Social Studies and Science: These subjects are integrated into our daily PYP units of study.

Learning at Home

Mays Family Days - Math, Reading, Writing support/resources for learning at home 


Primary Years Programme

Throughout the year, students will explore Six Transdisciplinary Themes:

  • How the World Works
  • How We Express Ourselves
  • How We Organize Ourselves
  • Sharing the Planet
  • Where We Are in Place and Time
  • Who We Are

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