Fourth Grade Curriculum & Academics

STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO:• 20:1
SPIRITUAL & SOCIAL
BIBLE:• Emphasis on Bible Truths & that the Bible is God’s Word.
• Aid students in recognizing their need of Christ as personal Savior.
• Students learn more about God & how to apply Bible knowledge to daily lives.
• Textbook: Bible Purposeful Design (ACSI).
CHAPEL:• 35-45 Minutes, 1 Day a Week (With all elementary student body).
ACADEMICS
MATHEMATICS:• Mad Dog Math and timed math facts tests.
• Place value in addition and subtraction to one million.
• Multiplication by 1-2 digit numbers and division by 1 digit numbers.
• Factors, multiples, and patterns.
• Fractions: equivalence, comparison, addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
• Fractions and decimals relation to one another.
• Geometry, measurement, data: 2 dimensional figures, angles, and measurement units.
• Algebra: perimeter and area.
• Textbook: Go Math (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
LANGUAGE ARTS & READING:• Reading comprehension: comprehension, inquiry, and prediction strategies.
• Literary response and analysis of literary elements.
• Vocabulary: context clues, Latin/Greek roots, reference skills, usage.
• Writing Strategies (multiple-paragraph composition: narrative, informative, persuasive).
• Writing Process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing).
• Penmanship (cursive writing).
• English language conventions: parts of speech, capitalization, and punctuation.
• Research report and technology.
• Literature novels (3 a year, plus a Summer Reading Log).
• Book Reports (3 a year).
• Textbook: Open Court Reading Program, Easy Grammar, and Word Wisdom Vocabulary.
• Field Trip – Performing Arts production.
SCIENCE:• Earth Science: Lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and study of the universe.
• Physical Science: Energy, heat, light, sound, motion, force, and matter.
• Life Science: God’s design, order, diversity, ecosystems, and food chains.
• Science Method and Lab: inquiry, hypothesis, investigation, observation, conclusion.
• Field Trip – Orange Country Zoo.
SOCIAL STUDIES:• Physical geographic features of California.
• California Indians.
• Spanish exploration.
• Spanish missions and ranchos.
• Mexican-American War.
• Gold Rush.
• Statehood of California.
• Christian economic, social, and political history of California.
• California today.
• California mission research and project.
• Special Event: Sacramento and Yosemite Trip.
• Field Trips–San Juan Capistrano Mission, Walk Through California, Heritage Hill.
HOMEWORK:• 40 minutes per night, plus 20 minutes of nightly reading for Reading Log.
ENRICHMENT CLASSES
COMPUTER:At Grace we love to have fun with technology. During our weekly sessions in the computer lab, we explore technology and teach students to use it in a fun, safe and responsible way. Whether the kids are learning math facts, studying insect life cycles, or completing a research project, we use technology to enhance the classroom experience.
• Increase keyboarding proficiency & Integration of all Microsoft programs.
• Integration of all computer programs by completing multimedia projects.
• Computer coding.
SPANISH:Our Spanish curriculum is an interactive curriculum using mainly music, games and fun activities to make learning a positive experience. Our curriculum also includes a Christian program in Spanish. This involves activities such as coloring and some workbook activities to reinforce Christian principals and to express God’s love. The students will also learn some Sunday school and Christmas songs throughout the year.
• 40 Minutes, 1 day a week.
• Students will continue to build on their basic listening and speaking skills.
• Start to conjugate some verbs such as “to be” and introduce themselves with more detail, express feelings, ask questions about the weather, communicate basic needs and desires.
• Continue to study colors.
• Practice counting in Spanish.
• Learn many calendar concepts, i.e. months, days of the week, & seasons.
• Begin to learn opposites, parts of the body, members of the family, different types of animals.
• School, household and food items will also be introduced.
• They will be able to tell their birthdays.
• Describe their family and some professions.
• Some geography, culture, and traditions of Latin America will be a part of the curriculum to understand and appreciate its people.
• Learn Pledge of Allegiance.
• Bible verses & reading Bible stories in Spanish to reinforce Christian principles.
• Learn to express God’s love in Spanish.
ART:Our Art Program focuses on the basic elements and principles of Art encompassing past and present artists with various styles and techniques. Each student will create their own Art portfolio with the collection of all their art work throughout the year. Students use sketchbooks every class for design, practice, discovery, and exploration. Each month is dedicated to a specific artist, skill or theme, and creative projects are varied according to the grade level. It is believed that Art develops critical thinking and problem solving skills that will empower students throughout their lives. Our goal is to expose and educate students to appreciate the diversity in all art forms. Every year we build upon the skills and introduce new medium and tools.
• Focus includes mission architecture, positive & negative space, & figure drawings.
• Complimentary colors.
LIBRARY:The main objectives of our Library Program are to encourage students to develop a love of reading, teach students how to access information in any library setting through the Dewey Decimal System, help students select books appropriate to their age and reading levels based on Lexile reading scores, & to provide opportunities to build reading comprehension through the Reading Counts Program.
• Dewey Decimal system, parts of a book, Fiction & Non-fiction, & literary genres.
• Learn to write book reviews, peer reading, & research skills.
• Develop reading comprehension.
MUSIC:In our Music Program, students will learn how to properly sing, including breath control. Students will learn how to sing harmony. In addition, students will learn the art of performance as they prepare for two or more performances during the year. Through performing, students will gain self-confidence, stage presence, plus musical and theater experience. During the rehearsal process for the spring musical, students learn to project, acting, & re-acting. Students will continue learning the tools needed to read music. The tools include, identifying rhythms, notes, & dynamic markings. The process by which they will learn is mostly playing musical games and activities. Students will also learn to identify different styles of music in addition to instrument identification. Fourth Grade has an additional 30 minutes per week for recorder. Fourth grade students pick up where they left off in Third Grade recorder and play more advanced music. Students will learn more notes, different music styles and more difficult rhythms.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION:The Physical Education Program focuses on fitness and health concepts, skill development and sportsmanship. The goal is to provide each student the tools needed to lead healthy and active lifestyles with a positive attitude. Presidential Fitness Program is included.
• Continued focus on developmental skills, and games, as well as developing skills necessary to participate in sports.

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