Our fourth grade classroom is organized, peaceful, and student oriented. The classroom is currently desert themed. The back wall has a bright blue sky, with cactus and desert animals. Student work is displayed each month or so to display student learning and projects. If you were to visit our classroom during the day, you wouldn't only hear and see the teacher teaching. You would hear engaging discussions with students, small groups of students working on various tasks, activities, or projects, and students participating in hands-on activities which further engage them in learning.
There is a strong focus on using novels such as “Island of the Blue Dolphins” and “By the Great Horn Spoon!” to develop reading comprehension, critical thinking, and figurative language skills. We also read short stories and non-fiction throughout the year that aid us in developing these skills. Students learn how to write well-written personal narrative, and reflection writing pieces about the novels read in class. “Language” (Grammar) is its own subject area here at Trinity, and the concepts learned in Grammar also help students develop their writing and communication skills.
Fourth grade Math covered includes place value, multiple-digit addition, subtraction and multiplication, division, measurement, graphing, and basic geometry. Mrs. Khalil uses direct teaching, small groups and math centers to help students learn and practice these math concepts.
SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES
We use Studies Weekly newspapers as our curriculum for these subjects, which are based on State Standards, and are very student friendly.
Sciences covered in fourth grade include: Earth, Life and Physical Science. Students receive an overview of these sciences through engaging reading material, and class discussions. Some weeks, students also participate in Science labs which help to engage hands-on learners and allow students to think critically about what is being studied in class.
Social Studies in fourth grade is California history. Students learn about the Native American tribes who inhabited the current California regions. Next, students learn about the political changes which took place in the land of California before it was part of the United States, including the Spanish colonization when the 21 missions were built. Students are assigned a mission to research, and have the option of presenting a project that goes along with their research, such as building a mission, creating a book, or poster. Finally, students learn about how California finally became part of the present-day United States.
Our Bible curriculum is “Building Life Castles” by Positive Action Bible Curriculum. During their fourth grade year, students learn about the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ; what it means to be a disciple of Christ; and finally, students learn about the Apostle Paul’s conversion, and his missionary journeys.