Significant blocks of time are devoted to independent reading. Students continue to read selections from classic and contemporary literature, and adapt their reading approach to a variety of texts. Students read for meaning and develop the ability to paraphrase their reading. Students continue to develop a variety of vocabulary words and concepts. Students produce summaries of their reading focused on plot, character analysis, setting, and cause and effect. Students begin to analyze spoken language for meaning by evaluating content and the speaker’s intent.
Written language is developed through direct instruction in parts of speech and spelling. Students use their skills to create manuscripts which are edited and produced as written compositions. Students create responses in complete sentences and communicate their thoughts effectively.
Mathematics reinforces the use of mathematical skills and operational strategies involving numbers. Students apply this learning to analyze graphs, charts, and data to develop comparisons, predictions, and estimation of data involving numbers. Students continue their development in the use of numbers to measure and explore objects along with solving mathematical application problems.
Religion is designed to assist students in learning key concepts of faith, such as Law and Gospel, confession and repentance, forgiveness and grace, while focusing specifically on the actions of God on behalf of His people. Students study the Biblical patriarchs as well as the life of Christ. Students worship during weekly chapel services and participate in regular service projects.
Students continue to use the scientific method when investigating the natural world. Students explore properties of soil, effects of the oceans on land, and the role of the sun as a major source of energy. Students are active in investigation of matter, especially the cause and effect of change in states of matter. Students investigate living organisms including adaptations, cycles, structures, and processes of interaction with the intent of explaining relationships between living organisms and nonliving matter. Students use a hands-on approach with the materials and tools appropriate for their investigations.
Grade Four examines the history of Texas from its beginnings to the present. Topics include the Texas revolution, establishment of the Republic of Texas, and subsequent annexation by the United States. The curriculum emphasizes an understanding of the people involved in these events, as well as the numerous populations which are a part of Texas history. Economics, geography, and culture are also topics of study in the exploration of Texas history and Texas today. Students use critical-thinking skills, including generalizations, predictions, and comparison/contrast to better understand the development of the Republic and State of Texas.
Fourth Grade Spanish adds a component known as Total Physical Response Storytelling (TPRS). The goal is to develop fluency. Students are active in the storytelling process and use this method to develop speaking and comprehension skills. Students add to their vocabulary base by learning household and clothing terms, numbers (0-100), and reviewing previously learned material. As part of the K-12 Spanish curriculum, students continue to learn about cultural and seasonal celebrations in the Hispanic culture.
Students continue to develop strength, endurance, and flexibility. Students demonstrate mature form in fundamental motor and manipulative skills. Students demonstrate more mature movement forms, learn age-specific skills and the health benefits of physical activity. Students continue to learn game strategies, rules, and etiquette.
Four basic strands--perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation--provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students acquire.
Students have an opportunity to begin learning to play recorder and hand chimes, grow in their knowledge of music, participate in a group activity, and use music as an outlet for self expression to the glory of God. Students participate in instrumental music two days per week.
Students continue to develop musical skill with a vocal emphasis. Proper singing technique is taught and encouraged in conjunction with songs, games, dances, sheet music and other activities that reinforce musical development. Students also learn music as it relates to history and culture through the study of composers and influential composers. Students participate in two performances a year: a Christmas Musical and a Spring Program. Class meets once per week for thirty minutes.
Students demonstrate mastery in the use of software, use of the mouse, use of computer terminology, and ability to use software and hardware. Students develop keyboarding skills in conjunction with word processing.