• Learning logo TEACHER: Craig Miller

    PHONE: 716-407-9250
    EMAIL: cmiller@clarenceschools.org


    About the Teacher:  I have been a teacher in the Clarence Central School District for 20 years. This is my 5th year teaching 4th grade. I am looking forward to helping your child develop both academically and socially. I live in East Amherst with my wife, Susan, and my daughter, Lindsay.
    Our Schedule of specials for 2018-2019:
    Lunch 10:50-11:20
    Monday  - Fitness Break 9:45-10:15        Art 1:30-2:15
    Tuesday - Library 9:15-9:45                    Chorus 1:30-2:15
    Wednesday - Music 1:30-2:15
    Thursday - Phys. ed. 1:30-2:15
    Friday - Phys. ed. 1:30-2:15
    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