Fourth Grade Curriculum

Language Arts

The fourth grade Language program consists of grammar study, listening and speaking skills, and correct language usage. This includes the development of vocabulary, research, critical thinking, and practical life skills. Teachers model the steps of the writing process intensively and frequently which includes the use of graphic organizers, self/peer/teacher editing, final composition.

Course content includes:

  • Sentence Construction
  • Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Pronouns, Conjunctions, Prepositions, Capitalization and Punctuation Mechanics
  • Listening, Speaking and Thinking Skills
  • Composition
  • Literature
  • Phonics Skills
  • Proofreading Marks


Reading is not just a basic skill but rather a complex process. It involves problem solving, phonetic decoding, and comprehension. Attention is given to various genres, elements of literature, elements of story, theme, and author’s purpose. The goal is to develop good readers who are mentally engaged, motivated intrinsically to read and learn, and strive to be in charge of their own learning.

Course content includes:

  • Decoding and Phonetic Skills
  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary Skills
  • Literature: Genres, Elements of Literature, Elements of Story
  • Study Skills


Spelling skills are presented through a sequential, developmental approach. Students are asked to hear the sounds, see the letter patterns that represent those sounds, and write the words in which those sounds and patterns appear. Students practice, apply, and finally extend their skills to new words.

Course content includes:

  • Short Vowels
  • Long Vowels
  • Consonants
  • Controlled Vowels
  • The “ar” Sound
  • Final “al”
  • Compounds, Contractions and Abbreviations
  • Prefixes and Suffixes


Instructional time focuses on developing an understanding and fluency of math facts including multi-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It also requires development of critical thinking and problem solving skills. These skills are essential to every student’s future success with mathematics and it requires a scaffolding of knowledge. Students are provided authentic learning opportunities through the use of manipulatives, repetitive practice, and the use of technology tools.

Course content includes:

  • Operation and Algebraic Thinking
  • Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers up to 5-Digit Numbers
  • Multiplication by 1 and 2 Factors
  • Division by 1 and 1 digit divisors
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Place Value
  • Measurements
  • Time and Money
  • Estimation
  • Geometry


Science education is intellectual and practical in nature. It encompasses the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation, experimentation and inquiry. It naturally invokes curiosity and intrigue. Through the use of engaging activities, labs, field trips, and visual tools, students are motivated to extend their own learning and curiosities beyond the classroom.

Course content includes:

  • Animal Structures and Function
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy in Ecosystems
  • Light and Sound
  • Makeup of Earth
  • Surviving in the Environment
  • Body and Nutrition
  • Measuring Weather

Social Studies

Our Virginia social studies program is designed to help students understand the world around them. Our approach is directed towards helping students understand how they are linked to other people in their community, state, region, nation, and world. We seek to prepare students for responsible citizenship. Students build an appreciation of the United States and the nation’s deep cultural heritage which includes an emphasis on geography, organization of government, as well as past conflicts and resolutions.

Course content includes:

  • The First People
  • Colonial Life
  • Leadership in the New Nation
  • Civil War
  • Geography
  • English Colony
  • Leaders in the Revolution
  • Home in the New State
  • Government in Virginia
  • Making a Living in Virginia



The students will begin to generate creative ideas through experimentation. They will continue to work with the basic elements of art and continue to study different artists. Each student will be given many opportunities to explore and develop their inner creativity through hands-on art activities and use of many different types of art media. They will be given individual attention and every lesson will be differentiated to meet that child’s learning style. They will gain an appreciation of their art and the art of others which will give them a sense of pride, admiration, and open-mindedness.

Course content includes:

  • Clay
  • Painting
  • Color
  • Printmaking
  • Well-Known Artists
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Design
  • Two-and Three-Dimensional Art

Choir and Creative Movement

The focus of the choral music and creative movement class is on public performance and developing individual creativity. Music and movement skills are introduced throughout the class, and a theatrical production is produced. Children will perform at Festival of the Trees, Grandparent’s Day, Closing Ceremonies and the Spring Band/Music/Movement show. The student will spend a concentrated period of time on a theatrical performance combining singing, acting, and choreography.

Physical Education

Physical Education is a vital component for the development of a student’s physical, mental, and social well-being. It is our mission to provide an equal opportunity to our students, through planned activities, for physical development in the areas of strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance, balance, agility, range of motion, and power. Our diverse program will allow students the opportunity to develop individual skills and introduce new, enjoyable experiences for life- long physical fitness and well-being.