Grade 4 Curriculum

Fourth grade is a year of exciting intellectual progress and growing independence. Students read with higher levels of fluency, expression, and comprehension. Their writing becomes more detailed and dense, their subject matter more intellectual, abstract, and conceptual. Research is more extensive and culminates in written and oral presentations about ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. Fourth grade students savor performances of all sorts. They take on complex logic problems and science experiments. Throughout the year, they internalize the importance of practice, attention to detail, and good organization.

Program Highlights

  • Greek Festival
  • Pyramid project
  • Reading Greek myths and The Odyssey
  • Superhero stories
  • First grade partners
  • Mummifying Cornish hens
  • Plant cultivation and sale

Specialist Time

  • French twice a week for 45 minutes
  • Art studio once a week for 45 minutes
  • Music once a week for 45 minutes
  • Theater arts once a week for 45 minutes
  • Woodworking once a week for 45 minutes
  • Physical education three times a week for 45 minutes
  • Library once a week for 45 minutes
Fourth graders build comprehension skills and explore character development as they read novels independently and with peers. Students generate ideas in their writers’ notebooks and meet weekly in Writers’ Group to share and practice giving feedback. They solidify paragraph structure and craft longer compositions.

Language Arts

Fourth graders build comprehension skills and explore character development as they read novels independently and with peers. Students generate ideas in their writers’ notebooks and meet weekly in Writers’ Group to share and practice giving feedback. They solidify paragraph structure and craft longer compositions.

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Three girls work on mathematics together

Math

Fourth graders build confidence in their mathematical abilities as they solidify multiplication and division operations, and apply mathematical reasoning to draw logical conclusions. They also tackle fractions, decimals, and percentages.

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Fourth graders engage in a year-long study of ancient Egypt and Greece that covers archaeology, architecture, and important aspects of a civilization. They practice research skills, analyze information . Students design mosaic tiles and study Greek myths and epic poetry. The culminating Greek Festival highlights their work for the year.

Social Studies

Fourth graders engage in a year-long study of ancient Egypt and Greece that covers archaeology, architecture, and important aspects of a civilization. They practice research skills, analyze information . Students design mosaic tiles and study Greek myths and epic poetry. The culminating Greek Festival highlights their work for the year.

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Two students staff the fundraising plant sale

Science

Fourth graders study plant growth and development, explore the properties of light, and create star maps of constellations. In connection with their study of ancient Egypt, they engineer pyramids made from recycled materials and study osmosis by mummifying Cornish hens.

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Fourth graders gather twice per week to learn French through songs, poems, videos, skits, and games. From third to fourth grade, the emphasis is on reinforcing oral skills and developing reading and writing skills. Topics are revisited and broaden each year.

World Language

Fourth graders gather twice per week to learn French through songs, poems, videos, skits, and games. From third to fourth grade, the emphasis is on reinforcing oral skills and developing reading and writing skills. Topics are revisited and broaden each year.

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Among other experiences, fourth graders create artworks inspired by classroom curriculum on ancient cultures. They also create one-of-a-kind weavings on looms handmade in woodworking class.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Among other experiences, fourth graders create artworks inspired by classroom curriculum on ancient cultures. They also create one-of-a-kind weavings on looms handmade in woodworking class.

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As their skills grow in both vocal and instrumental music, fourth graders begin to perform solos and in small-group ensembles.

Music

Music

As their skills grow in both vocal and instrumental music, fourth graders begin to perform solos and in small-group ensembles.

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Taking inspiration from the study of ancient cultures, fourth graders use improvisation and collaboration to develop a script they will perform—complete with student-crafted costumes and sets.

Theater Arts

Theater Arts

Taking inspiration from the study of ancient cultures, fourth graders use improvisation and collaboration to develop a script they will perform—complete with student-crafted costumes and sets.

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Fourth graders take pride in completing long term projects of increasing complexity and combining fundamental woodworking skills with other disciplines

Woodworking & 21st Century Skills

Woodworking & 21st Century Skills

Fourth graders take pride in completing long term projects of increasing complexity and combining fundamental woodworking skills with other disciplines

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Fourth graders combine locomotor and manipulative skills in increasingly complex situations. Activities include volleyball, badminton, track, basketball, soccer, and noodle floor hockey.

Physical Education

Physical Education

Fourth graders combine locomotor and manipulative skills in increasingly complex situations. Activities include volleyball, badminton, track, basketball, soccer, and noodle floor hockey.

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Students build healthy habits, personal and community awareness, and positive social skills. Among other topics, fourth graders learn conflict resolution skills and participate in discussions on media influences and stereotypes.

Social Competency and Health and Wellness

Social Competency and Health and Wellness

Students build healthy habits, personal and community awareness, and positive social skills. Among other topics, fourth graders learn conflict resolution skills and participate in discussions on media influences and stereotypes.

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Fourth graders learn the basics of digital citizenship, create multimedia presentations, publish their own book reviews in Belmont Day’s library catalogue, and use proper citations for research.

Information Literacy and Technology

Information Literacy and Technology

Fourth graders learn the basics of digital citizenship, create multimedia presentations, publish their own book reviews in Belmont Day’s library catalogue, and use proper citations for research.

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