“What makes a great book?” is the essential question we ask students as they uncover the many different genres of literature in the Fourth Grade reading curriculum. Students read new literature as well as timeless classics as avenues to answer this essential question. Fourth Grade students are able to use their self-confidence to hone their presentation skills in projects that require both writing and speaking about the literature they are reading.
Fourth Graders study the State of Missouri in the Social Studies curriculum that asks questions like, “Are modern civilizations here now more civilized than ancient ones?” and, “Is bartering still a valuable way to obtain goods?” During the process of learning about these cultures and historical periods, as well as modern-day government, students create their own unique classroom city. Making decisions involved in creating a city enables them to discover how specific decisions by government and businesses affect everyone in the community.
The Mathematics curriculum used in Fourth Grade further stimulates problem solving and increases mental math ability. Different algorithms are used to solve multi-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Geometry is introduced and elementary algebraic concepts are presented on a regular basis using a variety of hands-on activities.
Being a part of the upper school allows Fourth Graders to take on a more advanced leadership role. Students guide their younger buddies in classroom activities and lessons.
In Social Studies, the Fourth Grade at Rohan Woods is studying the State of Missouri.
We started the year by learning some basic facts about our state (e.g. State Bird, State Tree), which then moved into learning about the geographic regions of Missouri. Last week, during our study of rivers, the class took a field trip to the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, Illinois. It was so much fun. Our students had a great time completing a scavenger hunt around the museum, finding lots of information about how we rely on rivers, particularly the Missouri and Mississippi in this area, for so many things in our daily lives. That was followed by a very informative tour of the museum and a nice movie about the Mississippi. As we were leaving the facility, we were fortunate enough to see two Bald Eagles circling over the parking lot. They must have known Rohan Woods was there! Go Eagles!