Third and Fourth Grade
“What makes a great book?” is the essential question we ask students as they uncover the many different genres of literature in Third and Fourth Grade reading curriculums. Students read new literature as well as timeless classics as avenues to answer this essential question. Third and 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.
Over the last couple of weeks, both Third and Fourth Graders have been practicing their math facts using a fun tool.
They’re called Wrap-Ups, and so far they’ve been a big hit. The concept is pretty simple: The number you see in the middle of the stick tells you what you need to use to add, subtract, multiply, or divide. Knowing that, you take the string and wrap it around left to right, trying to find the correct answer. It’s easy to double-check your answers, as there are little plastic pathways on the back that let you know if your answer was right!
Third Graders use Wrap-Ups almost daily, as the current chapter they're working on is multiplication with 6, 7, 8, and 9, as well as a little division. These tools help reinforce how the numbers work together in equations. Wrap-Ups have also been helpful for Fourth Grade, who are currently learning about Data and Probability, specifically how to find the mean, or average, of a set of numbers. In order to do that, students need to have a solid understanding of their math facts, particularly division.
It's been wonderful to see the kids eager to learn and use the resources around them! Way to go Third and Fourth Grade!