Follows the Common Core Curriculum. As students move on, special emphasis is paid on reading and creative writing skills in English Language Arts. Math includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division among other manipulation of numbers. Spoken Arabic language with proper usage of grammar, reading of the Quran with tajweed, memorization of Surahs, and Islamic Studies are all part of the daily curriculum. Memorization of the entire Juz Amma is completed around 4th grade depending on student’s pace. Additional classes include Science, Social Studies, Art, Physical Education and Computer. The use of manipulatives, games, projects, and various activities are utilized to maximize learning and make it fun for the students. A great deal of focus is placed on Islamic History, Arabic as a second language, and training in the appropriate Islamic conduct.
– Learn high frequency words & Read fluently
– Read and comprehend fiction and non-fiction text
– Learn about community, Family, Geography & the importance of rules and regulations
– Learn about Plants (life cycle), Seasons, Animals (habitat); Classifying objects and comparing and contrasting; Using tools such as thermometer, balance beam, hand lens and more properly
– Subtraction and addition; Understand place value; Tell time to the hour & half hour; Use addition and subtraction to solve word problems; Measurement
– Odd and Even numbers
– Writing legibly; Write a beginning, middle, and end; Use correct grammar (sentence structure, punctuation, capital letters)
– Write an opinion and give reasons for that opinion
Arabic (Sr. Mouna)
– Learn the Arabic alphabet; Read and write Arabic letters and words; Vocabulary; Learn simple conversation
Arabic (Sr. Falastine)
– Students shall be able to articulate all of the letters of the Arabic Alphabet with proper Makharij.
– They will be able to memorize from surah Al-Bayyinah to Al-Ghashiyah ad focus on pronouniation.
Math classes will cover a wide range of mathematical concepts. Concepts are enriched through hands-on activities. Students will learn:
– Exploring addition and subtraction (2-digit & 3-digit) Addition & Subtraction strategies.
– Understanding Place Value
– Time and Money
– Graphs, Data & Regrouping
– Measurement & Estimate (length, weight, capacity.)
– 2 Dimensions & 3 Dimensional shapes
Science classes are full of exploration activities. Students are given the opportunity to observe, predict, infer, communicate, make models, classify and all the other scientific skills.
Some science topics being instilled in the classroom are
– Plants; Animals; Homes of Plants and Animals (Land habitat & Water Habitats)
– Weather and Earth changes; Earth Yesterday and Today
– The Sun and Earth; Moons, Stars & Planets.
Our classes put the social back in Social Studies. We explore the society we live in and understand how it is shaped and works. Students are exposed to such topics as:
– Communities; The Earth; Our Part
– Work (jobs, needs & wants etc.); Government
Language Arts / Writing
Language skills and writing will be improved through learning to
– Write sentences; Nouns, Verbs, Pronouns, Adverbs, Adjectives
– Writing: Personal Narratives, Descriptive Writing, Explanatory Writing, Writing that Compares, Expository Writing & A Story.
– Reading Strategies: making predictions, inferences, Story Elements-plot, setting, characters etc, problem-solution, sequence of events, and more.
– Increased reading fluency, vocabulary and spelling efficiency.
Quran- Br. Salah
Students will be able to
– Articulate all of the letters of the Arabic alphabets with proper Makharij (pronunciation)
– Understand and apply Ghunnah, Ikfah, and Idhaar.
– Know the general meaning of the verses they memorize.
– Memorize Surah Al Abasa to Muddathir.
Arabic- Sr. Falastine
By the end of the year, Inshallah, your child will be able to:
– Distinguish between the letters by reading and writing them in the end, first and middle of the sentence.
– Read the vocabulary of the lessons and ask questions; Know vocabulary by looking at the picture; Ask questions by using what, why, how, which, where and who in Arabic & Say the four seasons in Arabic.
– Count from 1-10 in Arabic; Say the colors in Arabic; & Distinguish between notation and values
In fourth grade we will work on honing 8 major skills: (1) make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, (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, and (8) look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
In fourth grade, students will be working on spelling, grammar, vocabulary, reading/comprehension and writing. Students will be reading a variety of literature aligned with the new Common Core Standards. Students will learn to utilize various comprehension skills while they read such as making predictions and sequencing as well as using visual aids such as graphic organizers. Students will also be writing evidence-based answers based on informational texts. In writing, students will mainly focusing on narrative writing, comparison writing, persuasive writing, and expository writing.
The fourth grade science curriculum focuses on three major areas: (1) Life Sciences- the discussion of cells, classification of organisms, ecosystems, plant growth and reproduction, animal characteristics, and animal survival, (2) Earth Science- types of rocks, the earth and its core, the solar system, earth’s climate/weather, (3) Physical Science- discussion of matter and what it is made of, physical/chemical changes, forms of energy, and electricity and magnetism.
This year students will work on being familiar with the geographical layout of the United States as well as our countries history starting from the colonial days. Students will also learn about the American Revolution, Industrial Revolution and the development of the United States throughout history.
Arabic: (Sr. Mouna)
There are a few major goals in Arabic this year for the fourth graders, (1) reading, writing, and understanding vocabulary, (2) being able to hold short conversations while doing daily tasks such as shopping, (3) improving pronunciation of words spoken.
Qur’an: (Br. Salah)
In fourth grade, students will be able to articulate all of the letters of the Arabic alphabet with proper Makharij. They will be familiar with, understand, and apply Ghunnah, Ikfa, and Idhaar. They will be memorizing a portion of the Qur’an starting from Surah-tul Haqqa to then end of Surah-tul Tahreem. Students will also learn the general meanings of the verses they memorize.
This year we will be covering the following main topics as delineated by the new common core standards: numbers and operations, algebra, fractions, measurement and data, and geometry
This school year we are learning from the various categories of science listed below:
Classifying Living Things, Diversity, Ecology and the cycles of life, Earth Science, and the properties of matter, motion, and energy.
English Language Arts
This year students will learn to (1) Respond to literature at an academic level by developing their critical thinking and inference abilities, (2) Write research papers based on an assigned research topic by learning the basic of MLA format, and (3) Develop the command of grammar by working on general grammar lessons, as well as their specific areas of concern reflected in their Classwork and Homework.
This year students will learn about the different regions of the United States, their histories, and about the civilizations and communities that inhabited or currently inhabit them.
Students will be memorizing from Suratu Al-Talaq to Suratu Al-Saff. Students will be able to articulate all of the letters with the proper Makharij. Students will learn about and apply the rules of Ghunna, Idgham, Idhaar, Ikfa’a, Iqlab, and Qalqala. Students will know the general meanings of the ayaat they memorize. They will also be learning the 99 names of Allah.
This year we will cover the following topics: Tawheed, Prophets (‘alayhimus salam), Muslims Under Siege, Ibadah, and Akhlaq.