Fourth Grade Curriculum

Bible
The fourth grade Bible curriculum uses the One in Christ curriculum from Concordia Publishing House to cover major Biblical stories and themes, chronologically, from both the Old and New Testaments. Beginning with the story of creation and ending with the missionary journeys of St. Paul, each lesson includes two main elements. The Bible story itself is covered, as found in the scriptures, and then it is revisited and applied to our daily lives. Each lesson includes elements of law and gospel. Students gain practice in looking up Bible verses, reading passages from the Bible, and memorizing Scripture.

Reading and Language Arts
The fourth grade reading and language arts program at ILCA consists of a rich variety of reading experiences.  Students continue to work on their fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills through the study of novels, such as Charlotte’s Web and Tale of Despereaux, and nonfiction texts.  Through the study of authentic texts, students are able to combine a variety of skills and better comprehend their reading.

In language arts, students learn about the writing process. They brainstorm for ideas, write and edit a rough draft, and produce a final copy ready for publishing. Students learn about sentence structure, word usage, and parts of speech. Students are each given individualized word work to increase their knowledge of phonics.  They also begin a basic understanding of Greek and Latin words and word parts, which assists both vocabulary and spelling.

Handwriting
Children continue cursive writing skills taught in third grade and practice the correct manuscript form using the D’Nealian method and other resources.

Math
Students study place value (to the millions place), number patterns, and rounding. Weekly multiplication fluency checks during the first and second semester prepare students for later multiplication of two and three-digit numbers. Students progress from multi-digit multiplication to division with remainders. They also work with fractions, decimals, measurement, geometric concepts, and problem solving.

Science
Students learn about science in the context of a universe created by an all-wise God who fashioned the world with His infinite wisdom. To study this world, students learn about scientific methods of observation, inquiry, and experimentation. In life science, they study the ways animals adapt to the environment, how plant and animal systems work to keep them alive. In physical science, they study the transfer of energy from one object to another, the movement of waves, and the transfer of information. Earth science concepts include study of the rock cycle, fossils, weathering, and erosion.  Students also study the impact of humans upon the earth, including renewable and nonrenewable resources.

Social Studies
Students focus on our country’s rich heritage and resources. Using maps and other resources, they study the different regions of the United States. They learn about and identify the states, capitals, and major metropolitan areas of the U.S. They study the resources and contributions of each region to the nation as a whole.

Specialty Classes
All fourth grade students participate weekly in P.E., vocal music, or band (depending on the semester), art, and computers.  They also visit the library once each week.