Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade
 \  Fourth Grade


Mrs. Abshere Mrs. Sweeney
Mrs. Abshere Mrs. Sweeney



Mrs. Sheila Abshere
  • California native
  • Graduated magna cum laude with degree in english from U.C.S.B.
  • Multiple subject and supplementary credential in english
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Married to a 4 th grade teacher! Mr. Abshere from Ellwood school
  • 2 children who went to La Patera school, kindergarten through 6 th
  • Over 20 years working for GUSD


Mrs. Laura Sweeney
  • Grew up in Austria and Colorado
  • Graduated from Colorado University Boulder
  • Over 15 years of service in Goleta Union School District and 3 years in North Carolina
  • Married with three children

Welcome to 4th Grade! There are many exciting and unique experiences for students to look forward to this year. We focus on meeting all students’ individual learning needs. We believe every child learns in his or her own unique way, and at his or her own pace. We strive to create an environment where everyone feels safe to take risks and try new things. Our classrooms are communities that support each other, learn from each other, and appreciate what each person has to offer. Students learn organizational skills to go along with the added responsibility of being in the upper grades.



Language Arts

Wonders Language Arts Curriculum

Informational Texts: Scholastic News Storyworks

Core Literature: Island of the Blue Dolphins, By the Great Horn Spoon

English Language Development/Academic Language Development

Class Play (supporting reading, speaking, and listening standards)


Bridges: Multiplication and Division Strategies (focus on understanding of place value and number sense), Addition and Subtraction Algorithms, Fractions & Decimals, Geometry, Measurement

Number Corner

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Use of Manipulatives to make sense of concepts



Social Studies

California State History Mission Project

Gold Rush Simulation



Reading 30 minutes every night

Math practice

Reading and writing practice


Field Trips:

La Purisima Field Trip

Early CA dancing: Folklorico

SBCC Geology Lab

Lotusland Field Trip

Arroyo Hondo Preserve Field Trip


School Supply List:

Homework Folder


Reusable Water Bottle


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