Fourth Grade
Four teachers standing in front of a welcome sign.
Fourth graders are developing a sense of personal and social responsibility, increasing their social skills, and improving their work and study habits.

Reading strategies to further enhance comprehension are practiced in fourth grade as students begin reading different genres. Students will apply a variety of reading comprehension strategies in all content areas. Writing instruction continues to follow the six-trait approach focusing on writing narratives, expositories, and explanations. In Math, students will cover number sense, rounding and estimating whole numbers/decimals, patterns, graphs, multiplying whole numbers, geometry, elapsed time, division, fractions and mixed numbers, probability, and measurement. Students are exposed to technology integrated and/or enhanced instruction and problem solving. The science program allows students to investigate plants, ecosystems, weather, electricity, and our solar system. Social studies provides students an exciting opportunity to learn all about our state from its early history to the present. Students will learn about contributions made by many important individuals from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. This history curriculum is very exciting and prepares our students for the History Standards of Learning test.

Language Arts

Kindergarten children notice that words are all around. They play with language by creating silly rhymes and nonsense words. While this is usually great fun, it is also a very important step in learning to read. In kindergarten your child will be exposed to diffrent literacy activities through whole group, and small group instruction. Literacy Center’s are a daily part of our schedule allowing time for small group guided reading instruction.

Math

Math is all around us. We begin each day discussing our calendar. Throughout the year you can find us counting cubes, number rods, and other math materials. These materials help kindergartners work with a larger set of numbers. Children also begin to use these materials to solve simple addition and subtraction problems, like how many cookies they’ll have left after they’ve shared some with a friend.

Science

In kindergarten, our main focus is the five senses. Children learn about plants and animals and explore the weather and seasons. Teachers use simple science experiments to introduce children to the process of scientific inquiry. In the fall we take a trip to the pumpkin patch to learn about plants and seasonal changes and in the spring we will travel to the Richmond Zoo, and study mothers and babies.

Social Studies

Kindergarteners are ready to expand their world beyond their homes and classrooms to the larger neighborhood or community. They learn more about the rules that help people get along with each other. They may begin to form opinions on issues and understand that others may have different points of view. In the second ½ of the school year we learn about different famous Americans, and have a Famous American Parade. Most importantly they learn what it means to be a good citizen.