Sheridan Hill Elementary

Together We Make Learning A Way Of Life

Learning logo TEACHER: Craig Miller
PHONE: 716-407-9250

About the Teacher:  I have been a teacher in the Clarence Central School District for 19 years. This is my 4th year teaching 4th grade. I am looking forward to helping your child develop both academically and socially.
4th Grade Social and Academic Goals


  • Students will use proper manners when interacting with peers and adults
  • Students will be patient and productive when waiting for assistance
  • Students will work cooperatively with all students
  • Students will recognize that we all have a variety of strengths and challenges


  • Help students enjoy reading
  • Expose students to  a variety of reading genres through the Readers Workshop format
  • Practice various reading skills and strategies to help improve comprehension
  • Reinforce decoding strategies and vocabulary development with additional focus on prefixes, roots and suffixes 
  • Increase students' exposure to informational texts to help students gain a more in-depth understanding of subject content and to further develop their overall schema
  • Utilize Close Reading as a strategy for gaining deeper meaning of texts
  • Become more familiar with common text structures found in short stories and articles 


  • Utilize a writer's workshop to develop narrative, opinion and informational writing
  • Help students become more adept at writing organized and detailed paragraphs
  • Help students apply grammar and writing conventions

Word Study

  • Work with increasingly difficult word patterns
  • Apply spelling strategies and dictionary skills to written work

  • Utilize knowledge of prefixes, root words, and suffixes to determine word meanings


  • Utilize the scientific method and inquiry based learning to explore cell function and structure, crayfish and life science, nutrition and digestion, properties of matter, and magnetism
  • Work in a science lab setting in a safe, responsible, cooperative and productive manner

Social Studies

  • Build geography knowledge and map and globe skills
  • Learn about early U.S. history and the history of New York State


  • Develop number sense and estimation skills with numbers into the millions
  • Demonstrate mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication, & division facts 
  • Explore and use elapsed time, metric and U.S. customary units of measurement, decimals, geometry and fractions
  • Apply problem solving strategies in multiple-step word problems 
  • Communicate problem solving strategies orally and in writing