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North Lake School District

2022-23 Theme: Together We Can!


3-4 students

Welcome to North Lake School’s Third and Fourth Grades. North Lake School’s curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy and Mathematics. Science, social studies, and specialized classes are guided by the Wisconsin Academic Standards. The overall instructional program is balanced and integrated through thematic grade-level units. The goal is to provide enriching experiences through learning activities that support our school mission. Students are actively involved in the teaching and learning process as they discover new knowledge, develop positive attitudes, and communicate effectively with our school community.
Grades 3 and 4 have core classes which are taught by two teachers specializing in literacy/social studies or math/science. All content subjects are integrated across the curriculum. The academic program in 4K-4th grade is held to high standards and focuses on the acquisition of independent work habits, personal responsibility, and relevant learning.

Third & Fourth Grade English Language Arts/Literacy

North Lake School’s third and fourth grade language arts curriculum is derived from the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) JOURNEYS 2014 and Into Reading programs. These two reading programs provide a balanced approach to literacy instruction. They dig deeper into complex text and engage students in classroom discussions about essential questions. HMH provides materials for differentiation to meet all learners’ needs, including multiple opportunities for learning, and personalized intervention for specific readers. Journeys and Into Reading raises the bar with apps, Interactive Whiteboard Lessons, eTextbooks, online student and teacher collaboration, & research and assessment. For specific grade learning targets, please contact your child’s teacher.

Third & Fourth Grade Mathematics

Math Expressions (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is our math curriculum for third and fourth grade. Math Expressions combines the most powerful elements of standards based instruction with the best of traditional approaches. Math Expressions uses objects, drawings, conceptual language, and real world situations to help students build mathematical ideas that make sense to them.

3rd Grade

  • Unit 1 – Multiplication and Division with 0-5, 9 and 10
  • Unit 2 – Multiplication and Division with 6, 7 and 8. Also, multiply withmultiples of 10
  • Unit 3 – Measurement, Time and Graphs
  • Unit 4 – Multi-digit Addition and Subtraction
  • Unit 5 – Write Equations to Solve Word Problems
  • Unit 6 – Polygons, Perimeter and Area
  • Unit 7 – Explore Fractions

4th Grade

  • Unit 1 – Place Value and Multi-digit Addition and Subtraction
  • Unit 2 – Multiplication and Whole Numbers
  • Unit 3 – Division with Whole Numbers
  • Unit 4 – Equations and Word Problems
  • Unit 5 – Measurement
  • Unit 6 – Fraction Concepts and Operations
  • Unit 7 – Fractions and Decimals
  • Unit 8 – Geometry
Third & Fourth Grade Science

Third and Fourth graders have a blast with many hands-on science experiments and engineering quests. Multiple resources and texts are employed in the classrooms. Engineering is Elementary units extend and enhance the curriculum. Students become familiar with the scientific method and engineering design process.

Third Grade Science:

Physical Science

  • Physics
  • Astronomy and Aerospace (EiE unit)
    Life Science

  • Plant Package Engineering (EiE unit)
    Earth Science

  • Solar Systems
  • Earth’s Interior

    Fourth Grade Science:

    Physical Science

  • Energy and Sustainable Engineering (EiE unit)
  • Magnetism
  • Electricity and Electrical l Engineering (EiE unit)
    Life Science

  • Light and Sound
    Earth Science

  • Weather
  • Water

    Third & Fourth Grade Social Studies

    Nystrom, Hands-On Social Studies Curriculum

    (Nystrom’s Website)

    -Builds a solid foundation of essential social studies skills and concepts.
    -Develops responsible citizens-in the community, country, and world.
    -Develops multicultural awareness and sensitivity.
    -Reinforces reading, writing, math, and science.
    -Develops critical thinking skills.
    -Integrates frequent assessment and evaluation.
    -Stimulates a variety of intelligences.
    -Provides learning opportunities for diverse student populations.
    -Ensures success for all students.

    3rd Grade-Exploring Where & Why: People and Places Everywhere

    • Mapping and Exploring Communities, the United States, and the World.

    4th Grade-Exploring Where & Why: Map and Globe Skills

    • Exploring various maps such as Political, Physical, and Thematic.
    • Exploring the Globe and learning how to use Grid Systems.
    • Exploring the Eight Regions of the United States.

    4th Grade Wisconsin History

    (Wisconsin Historical Society Website)
    The Wisconsin Journey is our primary resource for reading and reference in fourth grade social studies. Themes and topics are integrated with our language arts curriculum throughout the year. There are some very special projects that enhance student learning as well. Grade 4 enjoys a one-week One Room Schoolhouse Simulation and completes a personalized Heritage Project.

    • Wisconsin, Our Home
    • Our Beautiful State
    • First People of Wisconsin
    • Missionaries, Traders, and Indians
    • Making a Living in Wisconsin
    • American Revolution and Government
    • Settlement, Immigrants, Growth, and Statehood
    • Slavery and the Civil War
    • New Century of Progress
    • Good Times and Bad



    Mr. Budde

    3rd Math/Science
    M.Ed. Aurora U.
    EiE Certified
    Admin. License – GT Program Coordinator
    Ext. 124 Google Site


    Ms. Peret

    3rd Literacy/SS
    BS Elementary Education – UW-Whitewater
    Ext. 122 Google Site


    Mr. Byrne

    4th Math/Science
    M.Ed., Cardinal Stritch
    EiE & PLTW Certified
    Ext. 127 Google Site


    Mrs. Flannery

    4th Literacy/SS
    M.Ed. DIAL, Marian U.
    ERE & OG certified
    Ext. 125 Google Site