The 4th grade day begins with a community building morning meeting that includes reading, sharing, and the agenda for the day.
Our reading curriculum includes explicit instruction in lessons through a variety of novel studies with a focus on comprehension and vocabulary followed by time to practice skills taught, conference with teachers, and reflect and set goals. Through novel studies, fourth grade students continue to develop their vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and reading stamina. Daily oral language development is practiced through language activities and skills practice. Vocabulary development is also practiced through Wordly Wise. Comprehension strategy instruction remains a hallmark of our fourth grade curriculum focus. Students are encouraged to use one more comprehension strategies to make sense of new texts they encounter. By fourth grade, students begin to take charge of their own learning by utilizing comprehension strategies as they read to further understand texts.
Through our writing curriculum, fourth grade students practice journal writing, creative writing and write narrative, persuasive, descriptive, and expository pieces. Grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling remains a crucial part of the ELA portion of each lesson.
Through our math curriculum, Progress in Mathematics, students explore concepts in numbers and operations, fractions, measurement, data, probability, problem-solving, geometry, and math facts. The approach used builds deep conceptual understanding of key math skills and concepts at a developmentally appropriate level.
In fourth grade, students become scientists as they observe, classify, and record data collected through science investigations. The core areas of the fourth grade science curriculum include concepts in life, earth, and physical science. Social Studies concepts taught in fourth grade include regions, map skills, geography, graphs, US government, and research skills.
Students participate in performances including Chapel presentations and the USA program that builds confidence and pride. Students also participate in special classes including Religion, music, PE, art, Spanish, technology, and library one-two times each week.
Student Leadership opportunities Student Council, Beta Club, Battle of the Books, Quiz Bowl, Spelling Bee, and Yearbook staff.