4th Grade Curriculum

Bible

Building on The Rock Level 4, Summit Ministries
  • Teacher directed Bible study with multi-sensory follow-up activities
  • Praise and worship music
  • Corporate prayer time
  • Weekly chapel (frequent student performances)
  • Weekly Scripture Memory

Language Arts

Open Court Reading, Book 4, SRA/McGraw-Hill
Teaching Vocabulary with Multiple-Meaning Words, Grade 4, Rebecca Lamb
Using Rubrics to Improve Writing, Grade 4, Hampton, et.al
The Writing Genre, Lori J. Rog
Marvelous Mini-Lessons for Teaching Intermediate Writing, Lori J. Rog
Easy Grammar 4, Easy Grammar Systems
Spelling Workout, Level E, Modern Curriculum Press
Cursive Success, Handwriting Without Tears
  • Continues to develop fluency and comprehension
  • Utilizes fiction and nonfiction selections which are organized into meaning-based learning units, each of which revolves around compelling concepts from across the curriculum
  • Refines writing skills to communicate knowledge
  • Pursues personal and collaborative inquiry through study and research, identification and accessibility to needed information as well as communication opportunity with classmates
  • Self-selected novels (fantasy and historical fiction)
  • Class novels (Island of the Blue Dolphins and From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler)
  • Research Papers - integrated with Texas History and Island of the Blue Dolphins units
  • Study Skills/Test Taking Skills
  • Interactive writing journals
  • Spelling lessons and games designed to teach spelling concepts and improve proficiency
  • Vocabulary enrichment through a variety of vocabulary games and exercises
  • Discussion groups
  • Memorization of poetry
  • Weekly reading logs
  • The writing process (Prewriting through publishing)
  • The 6 + 1 Traits of Writing
  • Grammar and mechanics
  • Cursive writing
  • Assignments are both reflexive and extensive
  • Peer and teacher writing conferences
  • Keyboarding

Math

Go Math!, Houghton Mifflin
  • Systematically teaches math concepts through active participation
  • Introduces problem-solving success through early exposure and continual practice of key math concepts and fundamental concept connections
  • Exposes students to calendar, clock, money, measurement, calculators and computers
  • Students analyze data, see patterns, explore mathematical relationships and number theory
  • Continue working with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, fractions, decimals, integers, ratios, proportions and percents
  • Beginning Algebra
  • Beginning Geometry
  • Consistent connections between math and language
  • Math vocabulary development

Typical Multi-sensory Activities:

  • Computer games
  • Geo Boards
  • Chromebook technology for individualized and interactive learning
  • Experiences with money
  • Precision teaching for mastery of facts
  • Board games designed to practice key math concepts and fine tune basic skills
  • Mastery of facts
  • Math centers emphasizing deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills

Social Studies

Heritage Studies 4, Bob Jones University Press
Exploring Texas, Stephanie Hirsh, et.al
Daily Geography Practice, Evan-Moor
  • Post-Civil War American history
  • Ellis Island, Immigration and the numerous ways ethnic communities have shaped our nation today
  • Cultural adjustments and benefits of diversity
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Early inventions and inventors that shaped America
  • America’s economy
  • Framework of our government
  • Physical geography – hemispheres, globe lines, latitude/longitude, plotting coordinates, maps, map reading, landforms, world climate zones, and world time zones
  • Texas geography - the regions of Texas
  • Texas history from the early explorers through the Civil War
  • The native Texans
  • Texas’s Early explorers
  • Early pioneers
  • Texas Revolution
  • Independence and the Republic of Texas
  • Texas in the Civil War

Science

Science 4, 4th Edition, BJU Press

Science materials are designed to help students master appropriate science content and skills within the framework of a Biblical worldview.

  • Exposes students to God's creation, forces and energy, the moon and oceans, the Earth, and the human body
  • Activity-based, hands-on approach meets the NSES Category: “Science as Inquiry”
  • Students learn to observe, manipulate, and explore the world around them
  • Integrates real life applications

Typical Multi-sensory Activities:

  • Class visits from neighborhood experts
  • Field trips
  • Hands-on experiments
  • Observations and inquiries with microscopes

Co-Curricular Classes

  • Music
  • Spanish
  • PE
  • Library
  • Art