The fourth grade curriculum is full of hands-on activities, reading, and responsibility. At this grade level, we put a great deal of focus on teaching students to be responsible for themselves and their work. We teach note taking and study skills. These skills are extremely important in math, science, and social studies.
In fourth grade language arts and math, we build on concepts that were taught in the younger grades. Language arts include the Core Knowledge novels, such as Robin Hood, Pollyanna, and Robinson Crusoe. In math, students are expected to have mastered the basic multiplication and division facts by the second trimester of fourth grade due to their consistent use in higher level concepts throughout math.
Our social studies curriculum is Core Knowledge. We study American History which includes the American Revolution and early Presidents and World History with the Middle Ages and Ancient China. We also study Arizona history throughout the year. Every school year, we take a field trip to the Arizona State Capitol.
Our Core Knowledge science curriculum includes the study of Earth Science: meteorology, geology, chemistry, and electricity. We also learn about the respiratory and circulatory systems of the human body. Every school year, we take a field trip to the Halle Heart Center to expand our learning of the circulatory system. Throughout the year, fourth grade also works on the scientific method of experimenting, and this culminates with the student’s first Science Fair experience.