Often we think of 4th grade as the beginning of a new adventure for our students. No longer are our students learning to do many different skills; instead, they are applying what they have learned and are now able to be more independent thinkers and doers.
For example, in Science, questions are often posed to our students or tasks given; students then must figure out the best way to proceed. Students are encouraged to try multiple ways to solve problems in Math; this will enable them to understand that there is not only one way to achieve the correct answer.
By asking students to think outside of the box in both Math and Science, we are allowing our students to become creative problem solvers who can take on new challenges fearlessly. We strive to give our students lots of opportunities to expand their knowledge base without being dependent on a textbook in both Science and Math.
Our Reading and Language Arts curriculum is challenging yet it provides students with great literature and solid foundational skills in grammar and spelling. Students are exposed to great novels and dynamic informational text pieces. In rising to meet the rigorous writing standards, students are required to write extensively across all subject areas. No longer do we focus on creative writing; students must now demonstrate their capabilities in writing explanatory pieces as well as opinion pieces.
The Social Studies curriculum covers the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. Although a tremendous undertaking, our students rise to the challenge of learning about our great leaders, government, and cultural aspects of life as our country developed. Technology and media are used frequently to bring history to life for our students. We also use biographies and historical fiction to tie Social Studies to Reading and Language Arts.