4th Grade



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We started our year with enhancing our map skills, focused on the Eastern region of the US, and the Revolutionary War time period. We will be moving on to learning about our government and other regions of our country, including their economy, geography, and history. Throughout the year, students will work together on projects and activities to learn about the United States.



In Science, we imagined ourselves as engineers to use the Engineering Design Process to create catapults, air planes, towers, and much more. We explored rocks, fossils, and the Earth’s surface. Using Foss curriculum, students are engaging on hands-on activities to explore electricity, magnets, and energy. We shall wrap up the year focusing on plant and animal structures and functions.

Reading/Writing/Language Arts:  

The main focus this year is for our students to become proficient in applying higher-level comprehension strategies to both fiction (literary) and nonfiction (expository) texts. Students will also be writing daily across all genres as well as communicating ideas through specific types of writing that include narrative, opinion, persuasive, and informational.



Our fourth grade math program covers a number of topics that build upon the concepts learned in third grade. The interactive component of ThinkCentral is used to promote critical thinking and independence among our math learners as we start the year building our foundation of place value.  From there, the students apply their knowledge of basic facts to complete more complex addition and subtraction problems. We then move on to multiplying and dividing multi-digit numbers. Next the students will find themselves adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions as well as relating fractions to decimals. We end the year with concepts related to geometry and measurement. Throughout the entire year, multi-step problem solving is woven into math instruction.

Meet Our Fourth Grade Teachers:

Hi, my name is Mrs. Piccirillo! I’ve been a Troy Hills Tiger for 16 years and even did my student teaching here! I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development Family Relations from the University of Connecticut and a graduate degree in Elementary Education from Montclair State University.  My goal as a 4th grade teacher is for each of my students to become confident, responsible, and independent learners, while realizing and reaching their full potential. When I am not teaching, I enjoy exploring the outdoors. Skiing, swimming, hiking...anything that involves outside adventure!

Hello! I am Ms. O’Toole, 4th grade teacher at Troy Hills School. After a 12-year telecommunications career, where I lived in California and New York City, I went back to William Paterson University and obtained my teaching certification and Master of Arts in Teaching. I have since gone on to acquire certification as a Reading Specialist.  In my free time I love to spend time with my family, read, play tennis and knit. I also love to travel and share my experiences with my students.



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