Curriculum - Grade 4

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BIBLE*

Following God's way
Scripture reveals God as Creator, Sustainer, Friend
Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, etc.
Living by His counsel: Proverbs
Learning lessons through Parables: lost coin, talents
The Golden Rule
God's words of wisdom: Ten Commandments, Beatitudes
Choices we make
Worshiping God: prayer, tithe, offerings, and Lord's Supper
Responding to and following God
Reverence for God and His Word

 
ART

Realism and abstractions
Vocabulary
Interpreting feelings and ideas in art
Intermediate colors
Perspective
Positive and negative space
Create designs
Hues, textures, and shapes in creation
Acquaintance with artists' lives and their works
Media experimentation
Fabric comparisons: color, texture, design
Collage, paper mache, block prints, enlargements
Proportions
Organic and inorganic
Elements and principles of design

 
COMPUTERS

Define and use data base
Print shop: create posters, banners
Newsletter
Community and home computer use
Set shapes, Positions, Headings
Ethics of copying
Computer courtesy
Load, Save, Menus

 
LANGUAGE ARTS

Reading and Literature
Read at instructional level
Read independently for information
Word analysis: context clues, root words, prefixes and suffixes, accent marks
Comprehension: author's intent, skimming, scanning, inference, summarizing, paraphrasing, prediction
Variety of literature: classics, contemporary, multi-cultural
Compare literary forms and types
Analysis of media: point of view

Speaking
Vocabulary and usage
Discussion and conversation
Reports and messages
Christian drama: audience awareness, empathy
Presence and behavior

Spelling
Assigned words
Organized spelling plan
Spells correctly written work

Listening
Courtesy and appreciation
Information
Critical thinking: fact versus opinion, persuasive words, nonverbal cues

Writing
Legibility
Composition, reports, letters, poetry, journal
Parts of speech: nouns, verbs, pronouns, demonstrative and predicate adjectives, negative adverbs, objects, prepositional phrases
Sentence types
Essays, news articles, and editorials

Study Skills and Reference
Note taking, outlining
Concordance and index
Library and media center: card catalog and computer access

 
MATHEMATICS

Reading and writing through millions place value
Roman numerals to 'C'
Estimation
Multiples and factors
Averages
Multiplication and division facts to 144
Addition and subtraction of fractions
Fraction and decimal equivalency
Simple ratios
Geometric concepts
Standard and metric measurements
Problem solving
Collect, organize, and interpret data
Prime and composite numbers
Prime factoring
Meaning of mixed numbers
Multiplication: one digit multiplication
Division: digit divisor

 
MUSIC

Basic time signatures: 3/4, 4/4, 2/4
Simple conducting patterns
Three-part round
Major and minor chord sounds
Harmony and dissonance
Rondo and variation forms
Composers and their compositions
Syncopation, phrasing
Staff, treble clef, measure
Terms referring to tempo
Lines and space names of treble clef
Affect of legato and staccato
Nationalistic and patriotic music
20 Century music
Hymnal page parts identification

 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Motor skills
individual activities, group games, lead-up games for team sports

Concepts
safety, rules of health

Fitness
fitness testing, agility and coordination activities, heart rate monitoring

Positive attitudes
self-worth, self-control, responsibility

Interpersonal skills
cooperation, sportsmanship, leadership, respect

 

SCIENCE & HEALTH+

God's unchangeable laws
Properties of matter
Molecules
Mixtures and solutions
Changes in matter
Transfer of heat
Choice and decision making
Substance abuse
Dinosaurs, fossils
Health habits
Environment
Natural resources: conservation
Plants: structure, function, life cycle
Plant growth and life cycle
Scientific method

 
SOCIAL STUDIES+

Geographic regions
Weather, climate
Geography, topography
Resources: use and conservation
Patriotic holidays
Reading maps and globes
Tolerance for and acceptance of others
Natives of the New World
Introduction to significance of national history
God's involvement in history
State and province history

 

* Bible series may be rotated through grades 1-4.  Materials for each series are adapted to the appropriate grade level.

+ Subjects may alternate for grades 5 and 6 and for grades 7 and 8. Materials are adapted to the appropriate grade level.