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4th Grade

Fourth grade is an amazing year of growth and discovery in God’s world.  For the first time, students experience switching classrooms for Bible, social studies, and science.  This is also the first year for earning letter grades. Fourth graders become more independent as learners as well as community members as they work together in regularly scheduled grade-level activities.

Curriculum Highlights

Science

Students enjoy hands-on learning through our FOSS kits. Our investigations focus on (1) Environment, (2) Soils, Rocks, and Landforms, and (3) Energy and Electromagnetism. Through it all, students learn and reflect on God’s wisdom, power, and glory in how He created our world.

Math

Students build on their knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, measurement, and geometry. Real world problem-solving is a major focus as we learn how math plays a part in God’s world.

Social Studies

Students examine fundamental concepts in geography, civics and government, and economics through the lens of Michigan history and the United States.

Language Arts

Students enjoy reading self-selected, “just right” books, along with various novel studies as they practice reading strategies, increasing their comprehension and fluency. “Roadtrippin’ Michigan” keeps us on track with our reading minutes, while “Bring On the Books” is our winter program that motivates us to try new genres. Students continue to increase their knowledge of spelling and grammar rules. In addition, their writing curriculum guides them through narrative, persuasive, and informational writings.

Bible

4th graders learn more about the development of the Bible and how to navigate its pages, including memorizing the books of the Bible. The curriculum then picks up with the stories of the kings through the prophets, emphasizing that while people fall short, God keeps his covenants throughout history.

Physical Education

In 4th grade, the basic skills are further developed. Sport-specific skills are reinforced and put into practice in more team-oriented games where being a good teammate and playing by the rules are priorities. Fitness activities continue, as students are encouraged to be active and to take care of the bodies God has given them. Visit our Gym Times site to learn more about our current activities. 

Special Events

4th grade: school at the zoo

Zoo School

In September, students travel to John Ball Zoo for a week experiencing behind-the-scenes tours, wildlife encounters, and more. Students become experts about one zoo animal, observing this animal each day of the week..

4th Grade: Water Safety

Water Safety

In October, students visit the Forest Hills Aquatic Center are introduced to basic rescue maneuvers, CPR, survival floating, and various safety drills.

Music

Many exciting things happen in music for fourth graders. Using Music Ace, students learn music theory which prepares them for playing chimes and recorders.

Field Trips

Additional field trips and excursions include Impressions 5 Science Center, Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, and an in-house Southwest fiesta!