4th Grade

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Steps for Deeper Understanding Chart by Mrs. Benway

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Mrs. Benway, M. Ed4th grade image

  • Graduated Foxcroft Academy, 1988
  • Associate Science Accounting, Mid State College 1992
  • Associate Science Business Management, Mid State College 1992
  • BS Elementary Education, University of Phoenix 2011
  • Masters in Reading Instruction and Curriculum, University of Phoenix 2013 

Math - Everyday Math

Unit 1: Naming and Constructing Geometric Figures

IXL: P.2, P.3, P.11, P.12

Unit 2: Number and Operations in Base Ten

IXL: B.1, B.2, C.1, C.2, D.1, D.2, J.1, J.2, J.3, J.4, J.6, V.3, V.4

Unit 3: Multiplication and Division, Number Sentences and Algebra 

IXL: D.4, D.5, E.1, E.2, E.3

Unit 4: Decimals and Their Uses, Number and Operations- Fractions

IXL: U.1, U.2, U.3, A.1, A.2, A.3, T.2, T.9, T.10, T.11, T.12

Unit 5: Big Numbers, Estimation, and Computation

IXL: A.6, A.7, A.9, D.5, D.6, D.8, D.10

Unit 6: Division; Map Reference Frames, Measures of Angles

IXL: P.11, P.12, P.13, P.14, P.15, F.1, F.2, F.3, F.7, N.1, N.2

Unit 7: Fractions and Their Uses; Chance and Probability

IXL: Q.1, Q.2, Q.3, Q.4, Q.7, Q.8, R.1, R.2, R.3, R.4, V.1, V.2 

Unit 8: Perimeter and Area, Measurement and Data

IXL: P.17, P.18, P.19, P.20, P.22

Unit 9: Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Measurement and Data

IXL: T.1, T.3, T.4

Unit 10: Reflections and Symmetry

IXL: P.25, P.26, P.27, P.28

Visit IXL at home at http://www.ixl.com/math/

I also use supplemental materials such as ADD's, and internet resources to provide enrichment and skilled practice. 

Here is a site for parents for Everyday Math http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/ 



  • Narrative 
  • Opinion/Argument- Letter's About Literature
  • Poetry- Acrostic and Exploration http://www.poetry4kids.com
  • Informative/Explanatory- Maine Studies Research

Daily notebook writing- exploring a wide variety of writing.

Reading: Narrative

Scholastic Book club
  • Unit 1: Taking Responsibility
  • Unit 2: Community and Relationship
  • Unit 3: Amazing Animals
  • Unit 4: The Artists Eye
  • Unit 5: Cinderella Tales
  • Unit 6: Fantasy
Other narrative texts used
  • Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler, told by Joseph B. Egan
  • Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Expository

  • Scholastic News Magazine
  • Cross-Curricular Reading http://www.k12reader.com
  • Fourth Grade Reading Passages http://www.ncsu.edu/project/lancet/fourth.htm
  • Students are using a deeper understanding process using a combination of Kelly Gallagher, and Penny Kittle philosophies and best practices for writing/reading instruction. I have been working for two years developing a process that works for grade 4.

Social Studies:

  • Maine Geography, Economics and Natural Resources
  • Maine's Native Americans
  • Bill of Rights and Responsibilities 
  • Maine People/ Maine Events
  • State Government/Three Branches
  • Interdependence

Science:robotics Click here to view Movie

  • Ecosystems
  • Conservations
  • Energy and Electricity
  • Force and Motion
  • Changing/Watery Earth
  • Pond Life
  • Robotics
  • Bridges 


Unit 1: short /a/

Unit 2: short /e/

Unit 3: short /i/

Unit 4: short /o/

Unit 5: homophones

Unit 6: short /oo/

Unit 7: long /oo/

Unit 8: ou patterns

Unit 9: [ir],[ar], [ar] patterns

Unit 10: vowel + r

Unit 11: compound words

Unit 12: final /er/ sound

Unit 13: final /l/ or /el/ sound

Unit 14: drop the e and add ing

Unit 15: final long /e/

Unit 16: k, ng, and kw sounds

Unit 17: final /j/ sounds

Unit 18: prefixes

Unit 19:VCCV syllable patterns

Unit 20: VCCV syllable patterns

Unit 21:consonant /y/ ending to add es, ed, er, or est

Unit 22: VCV long vowel first

Unit 23: VCV short vowel first

Unit 24: suffixes

Unit 25: VCCV

Unit 26: two-syllable VCV words

Unit 27: syllable division

Unit 28: three-syllable word division

Unit 29: silent consonants

Unit 30: unusual spellings 


Wordly Wise 3000, third edition.  This is a systematic Academic Vocabulary Development curriculum that is a good vocabulary development structure for students.  We also do vocabulary building within our reading and writing content. 

7 Habits of Healthy Kids

Habit 1-Be Proactive

You're in Charge

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2-Begin with the End in Mind

Have a plan

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school's mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit 3-Put First Things First

Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Habit 4-Think Win-Win

Everyone Can Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others' Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

Habit 5-Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Listen Before You Talk

I listen to other people's ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

Habit 6-Synergize

Together is Better

I value other people's strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people's ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

Habit 7-Sharpen the Saw

Balance Feels Best

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with my family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others. 

Growth Mindset

Chapter 1: A Secret about the Brain

Chapter 2: The Magic of Mistakes

Chapter 3: The Power of "Yet"

Chapter 4: The World of Neurons

Chapter 5: Mojo Puts It All Together