In fourth grade, our main goal is to build upon learning and experiences in life so far. Student responsibility increases as they prepare for fifth grade and get ready for middle school. Students practice organizational skills, study skills, and good time management. We engage in hands-on learning through science projects, field trips, and research across the curriculum.
We read several novels throughout the year, do book reports, memorize poems, and compile a writing portfolio with articles created through the writing process. In language arts, there is a focus on comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and correct usage of the conventions of the English language. The Saxon Math program allows students continual practice of concepts while adding new concepts in a manageable way. They build a foundation that will allow them to succeed in math. The students continue to gain speed with their math facts, learn division, and solve multi-step word problems.
The social studies program walks us through the geography, history, regions, and citizenship of North Carolina. Fourth graders will also complete a NC Notebook. This year-long project will highlight what they have learned about our state. In science, we learn about organisms, ecosystems, rocks, fossils, electricity, and magnetism. Inquiry, research, diligence, practice, and creativity are important elements in our learning process.
- Roanoke, The Lost Colony by Jane Yolen
- Poppy by Avi (Poppy copies are available in the office to borrow and return on the first day of school).
- Book Reports are due on the first day of school for both of these books.