“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.
November was a great month in Fourth Grade!
Our class has been working hard throughout the year in math, and now we are working on one of their teacher's favorite things to teach: Data and Probability! In this unit, the students learn how to read and interpret data from tally charts and line plots to find the mean (average), median (middle number), and mode (number that occurs most often) of a set of data. To find those three things, the students must incorporate other skills they learned before, such as estimation, place value, and division.
Fourth Grade also learned about stem-and-leaf plots as easy ways to record a set of numbers. The premise is pretty simple: In the left column, or "stem," students put the number that they see in the tens place. In the right column, or "leaf," they record the numbers from the ones place. So, if your number is 52, the 5 is your stem and the 2 is your leaf.
Lastly, students learn about outcomes and and probability as fractions. Not only is this great to get them thinking about the likelihood of of something occurring, but it also gets them set up for our next unit, which is all about fractions.
We're all excited for winter break, but have great mindsets to keep working hard! Way to go Fourth Grade!