Fourth grade is a year of exciting firsts for students: they move “up the hill” into Kuyper Hall, rotate among teachers for core classes, experience their first overnight field trip, learn the value of time management in a daily study hall, and have the opportunity to participate in St. Paul athletics for the first time.
The fourth grade team builds a strong community in which students develop greater responsibility and independence. Under the shepherding of the fourth grade teachers, students emerge with the skills and habits they will need for the new demands of fifth grade.
Fourth grade students revisit Old Testament stories from first and second grades with the intention of learning themes and common truths that reveal the character of God. Lessons highlight the way that God continuously loves, leads, and forgives his people through mistakes, hardships, and even rebellion. Students begin to understand how the Old Testament points to Christ, the Great Rescuer.
Students develop reading comprehension skills through reading great novels written for children. They learn to identify figurative language, compare and contrast characters, and utilize diagrams to describe the plot. Students gain a greater understanding of the major parts of speech and enhance their vocabulary and spelling skills so they are able to communicate fluently and convey ideas and feelings effectively. Planning, organizing, and editing are emphasized in the writing process, and finished work is assessed using the ERB Writing Rubric.
The Everyday Math Curriculum is continued in fourth grade. The routines and algorithms the students use provide continued practice to build and solidify skills throughout the year. The content provides all students with a balanced mathematics curriculum that is rich in real-world problem solving opportunities and stretches critical thinking skills. Students continue to explore concepts more deeply, expanding their work with statistical measures, probability, chance, decimals and fractions, as well as classifying and manipulating geometric shapes. Throughout the year, they analyze patterns and relationships, and grow in their ability to explain their mathematical thinking and organize data they collect into presentable work.
Fourth grade science is a lab-based program that grows students understanding of scientific concepts and cultivates skills of scientific inquiry. Topics of study include the solar system, weather, energy, heat, electricity, and magnetism.
The focus in fourth grade social studies is building skills to prepare students for their study of world history in fifth and sixth grade. Students practice basic map skills and study geography terms related to the physical geography of the Earth. The students also learn about Early American history. Topics studied include Native Americans, explorers, regions of early American colonies, and the Revolutionary War.
What is your favorite thing about fourth grade?
"I like learning how to write descriptively, a better way to do math and how to be a good leader.”
"My favorite thing was our trip to Nature's Classroom."
“Being able to get help from teachers during study hall.”
THE ADVENTURES OF FOURTH GRADE
Participate in St. Paul athletics as part of the spirit team, cross country team, and track team
Change classes and take iPads home
Travel to Nature's Classroom in Mentone, AL, for an overnight field trip
Dress up in team colors for a day of interactive games and learning during “Math Mayhem”
Experience an online scavenger hunt of The Met while reading The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and then create a Michelangelo-inspired angel statue
Read The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, as well as The Cricket in Times Square, and a biography of Harriet Tubman
Write original poetry and memorize “The Road Not Taken” while enjoying a novel study of Love That Dog
Carve a pumpkin with a partner while learning to write a sequence paragraph
Dance at the sock hop
Enjoy a Valentine’s party with kindergarten “buddies”
Engineer an alarm circuit to solve a problem
Participate in service projects
... and many more adventures!