ISD - The International School of Dakar

Grade 4

Fourth grade is a year of growing independence. Students learn to use acquired skills and strategies to explore topics deeply and with a critical eye. Our fourth grade classrooms are communities of learning, where students work collaboratively in language-rich environments to grow toward a greater responsibility for themselves and their learning.

Reading, writing, speaking and listening are taught across all content areas, providing our diverse student population with multiple opportunities for sharing and growing. Hands-on experiences, in-depth literary analysis, application of concepts, and independence-building activities are all hallmarks of our fourth grade program.

Fourth graders begin their day at 8:30 AM, often starting with a classroom morning meeting that sets the tone for respectful learning in a trusting environment. Included in each day’s activities are time for balanced literacy (reading, writing and word work) and mathematics. Social studies and science topics are often integrated into literacy lessons. In addition, there is time for recess, snack and lunch.

Throughout the week, fourth graders visit the library to check out books, participate in music and art classes, participate in games and team sports during physical education classes and develop research and digital literacy skills. Fourth graders receive 45 minutes of daily, leveled French instruction.

Non-proficient English language learners in the fourth grade receive support during language arts instruction. Fourth graders who have had an educational evaluation that identifies specific learning needs receive support during the French instructional block and do not participate in the French program at ISD.

Please click on the program guide to learn more about our fourth grade program.

Grade 4 Curricular Framework – Systems and Processes


Trimester One

Trimester Two

Trimester Three

Essential Questions

Why are systems and processes important?  How do systems and processes affect the way things work? How do conflict and cooperation interact within different systems and processes? How does a change in form affect the function of a system or process?

Social Studies

in Action

“Senegalese Tourist Bureau”

Thies Cultural Unit


“World Governments”
Space Colony Storypath

Our Class Government 

ISD Community

Individual - Community - State/Country -
The World - Space


Map Skills

Senegal Focus

Local community of ISD


Senegalese Culture &
Religion – trip to Thies


Service Learning


Science Unit and Focus

“Human Body”
Life Science

“Electricity and Magnetism”
Physical Science

“Sun, Moon, Stars & Planets”
Earth Science


Realistic Fiction
Personal Narrative
Reading Strategies & Response

Informational Writing

Science Fiction
Literary Essay

Core Novels

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume
Because of Winn-Dixie , by Kate DiCamillo

Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo
The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan

Governments Around the World, by E. Giesecke
How To Build Your Own Country, by V. Wyatt and F. Rix
The Green Book, by Jill Patton Walsh