“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 ancient civilizations in the Social Studies curriculum that asks questions like, “Are modern civilizations 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, students create their own unique classroom civilization. Making decisions involved in creating a culture enables them to discover how geography might shape their civilization and what factors can contribute to a civilization’s decline.
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. They prepare the monthly school assembly agenda by interviewing teachers, staff and students for contributions and important announcements.
Looking ahead to a great year in Fourth Grade!
At the end of last year, we finished up our year with some incredibly fun field trips. In early May, we supplemented our State of Missouri curriculum and took a trip to Jefferson City to visit the State Capitol as well as the Jefferson City Museum of Modern Art. Later in May, the Fourth Grade, along with Mrs. Page, took a camping trip to Onondaga State Park. The students survived the inclement weather that came through overnight and had a great time exploring the cave system within the park. What a great month! And now we are looking ahead to a great 2017-18 year!