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 write 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 Progress in Mathematics, students are exposed to a variety of mathematical functions, including: geometry, polygons, parallel and perpendicular lines, angles, data and graphing, 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 complete a variety of activities designed to improve comprehension and critical thinking. Students participate in both whole group and small group novel studies in order to differentiate and develop growth. Students are expected to read both fiction and non-fiction books independently.
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 Rock Eagle, a 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: short stories, persuasive, informative, and narrative writing. Using the Vocabulary Workshop program, students will use word analysis features to enhance their working vocabulary. By learning not just the word's spelling and definition but also synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and common uses, students develop a more comprehensive vocabulary to then be used in their writing.