4th Grade Curriculum

Fourth graders become more self-confident as their perceptions of the world sharpen, broadening the child’s perspective and showing a world of endless, exciting possibilities. The fourth grader has an adventurous spirit, is full of curiosity, and is eager to explore new capacities for learning and creativity.

WRITING
- Weekly vocabulary/spelling tests
- Sentence structure and paragraph development
- Independent research paper on an animal

READING
- Introduction to grammar and parts of speech
- Comprehension, inferring and decoding
- Independent and small group reading
- Book reports

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS
- Human/animal environments & behaviors
- Fractions: equivalent, expanding, reducing, greatest common factors and least common multiples
- Measurement, the four basic operations, long division and multi-digit multiplication

GEOGRAPHY & HISTORY
- Drawing maps, the four directions
- Geographic placement through movement
- History of Chicago

ART
- Celtic knot illustrations
- Modeling animals & local land forms
- Painting story motifs using warm/cool colors
- More advanced drawing techniques

WORLD LANGUAGES
-Alternating 6-week blocks of German and Spanish
- Introduction to writing, reading and vocabulary

HANDWORK
- Cross stitch: sequences, patterns, symmetry and direction

MUSIC
- Modern musical notation and reading sheet music
- Recorder
- Singing and playing rounds and part music
- Beginning orchestra

GYM & EURYTHMY
- Advanced physical games and movement skills
- Choreography and gestures for the major and minor moods in music

FIELD TRIPS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
- Camp Edwards YMCA:  Three days in Wisconsin hiking, skating, tubing and cross-country skiing
- Local field trips: explore the city’s rich history
- 4th grade play: A Norse myth recited by the whole class in costumes/props, introduction of individual speaking parts

 

Read more about the teacher's perspective for 4th grade.

 

STUDENT BLOCK BOOK: THE LEGENDS OF NORSE MYTHOLOGY

The challenges, trials and achievements of the gods (here Thor & Loki) are studied in the 4th grade curriculum