Fourth Grade Curriculum


  • Harcourt Trophies is the District adopted core reading program for Gilbert Public Schools.  GPS is currently in the process of adopting a new core reading program for grades K-6.
  • GPS Traditional Schools use the Spalding Method as the basis for all instruction in literacy.  The Spalding Method of instruction is a total language arts approach to instruction that includes instruction in spelling, writing, and reading.  It integrates content, principles, and procedures that empower teachers and parents to be successful decision makers, equipping them with the ability to help all students learn to read and write.
  • GPS Traditional Schools use Treasures, McGraw Hill Education as a resource for reading instruction.  This reading program offers a wealth of high quality literature to engage learners.Explicit instruction and ample practice ensure students’ growth in reading proficiency.  Each week’s lesson integrates grammar, writing, and spelling for a total language arts approach.





Our vision is to provide every elementary student with an integrated, hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum that facilitates critical thinking skills and stimulates an interest in science.  Science kits available are Electric Circuits and Land & Water.


Social Studies

Fourth Grade Social Studies Units follow the Arizona State Standards and emphasize the history of Arizona and the Southwest from its earliest civilizations to modern times.  Units include: Arizona Government, Arizona History, Arizona Land and Geography, and Early American and European Civilizations. Harcourt’s Social Studies Arizona is the District adopted textbook for fourth grade.

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