Welcome to fourth grade! As a team we work together to inspire our students to grow academically, spiritually, and socially. As your child begins departmentalization, we believe they will benefit from unique teaching styles. We seek to provide a warm, nurturing environment in which students will become accountable, independent and responsible. We enjoy partnering with parents as we guide our students to discover their God given gifts and talents.
The Fourth Grade Team
Using Positive Action for Christ’s elementary series, the theme for this year is Building Life Castles. This curriculum is represented by five primary truths: Jesus Christ is our Savior, His parables teach us key lessons about living a Christian life, the Holy Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit shapes our character, we must have confidence and trust in God, and every Christian has a purpose. As students study the New Testament and the life and writings of the Apostle Paul, they are led in daily prayers and are expected to memorize and reproduce key Bible verses. Working closely with a ministry of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, the students sponsor supply drives for the Seven Bridges Ministry, which provides local homeless people with supplies, shelter, and training.
Using Everyday Mathematics, students are exposed to a variety of mathematical functions, including: geometry, polygons, parallel and perpendicular, angles, organizing data, construct and interpret graphs, number sentences, algebraic equations, number stories, decimals, large number estimation and computation, fractions, percents, three dimensional shapes, weight, volume, capacity, and multiplication and division. In addition to daily practice, students also use a multitude of hands on activities to reinforce learning.
Fourth grade students read grade appropriate novels and participate in Literature Circles, a program that assigns a specific role to each child in the group. Students work on their job assignment and meet weekly to discuss. Children complete all jobs during the course of the novel, thus allowing each child the opportunity to build skills and confidence as a group leader and participant. Multiple novels go on at the same time, allowing for differentiation and growth. In addition, students participate in whole group novel studies approximately four times a year. Included with the novel studies and literature circles, students conduct research and projects related to the various novel topics.
Students are immersed in topics that include; weather, the water cycle, states of matter, the solar system, sound and light, forces and motion, biomes and fire safety. A field trip to the Fire Safety Village, STEM projects, and a variety of hands on experiments help students apply their knowledge to real life situations. Students also experience their first overnight field trip as we travel to Camp Wahsega, a 4H camp where students take classes in Stream Ecology, Herpetology, and Entomology among others.
Students explore the five themes of geography, memorize the names and location of the fifty states, investigate the beginning of our country’s history from early explorers to the first European settlements, colonization and the American Revolution. Students actively participate in a hands-on Colonial Day held at school to experience life as a colonial child. To conclude our studies, students take a field trip to the Cobb Youth Museum to experience and participate in simulations of the events we have studied including the Constitutional Convention.
Students will delve deeper into previously taught concepts using the Grammar Workshop program. Concepts include the eight parts of speech, types of sentences, and proper sentence development. Working closely with those ideas, students will construct appropriate paragraphs and use that form in multi-paragraph writing assignments. Topics covered include: descriptive writing, persuasive letter writing, expository essay, and research writing. Using the Zaner Bloser Grade 5 spelling curriculum, students will study spelling patterns and word analysis features to enhance their vocabulary.