In fourth grade, we focus on being responsible and making wise choices throughout the year. A verse I often pray for our students is Colossians 2:2-3. It says, “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Fourth graders at MAK work very hard at developing their reading and writing skills. This is one of the main areas of focus for the year. Students learn many reading and writing strategies that can be used for the rest of their lives. They also learn how to evaluate their writing more carefully, and how to use strategies to improve their writing skills by focusing on the Six Traits of Writing.
Students spend time in fourth grade addressing questions to help them better understand and develop their math skills. It is more than simply coming up with the correct answer; students are challenged to think more deeply, as they develop problem-solving and reasoning skills. They also come to realize that we may be able to solve math problems in different ways. So we evaluate the different ways we solve the same problem and how these strategies can help us solve real-life problems.
In science, students learn through exploring, designing, and discovery. The science units focus on making models to show how things work. Science labs help students develop critical thinking skills as they discover more about animal structures and senses, energy, waves, rock formations and erosion, and learning how to read and evaluate data based on the scientific method.
Fourth-grade social studies provide opportunities for students to focus on the five regions of the United States of America. They evaluate the way people live and how it influences the culture around them. In the five regions, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, and Southwest, students focus on history, geography, culture, government, and interesting facts about these regions.