In the words of past and present fourth grade students of Allendale Christian School, “Fourth grade at ACS, is a year of:
- prayer partners, prayer journals, and learning how to pray.”
- learning more about your classmates.” · growing in our friendships.”
- learning to be yourself.”
- loving reading more than ever.”
- learning how to work with partners and groups.”
- becoming more responsible.”
- how to write better paragraphs.”
- realizing that I am smart.”
- becoming a better Christian.”
Bible: The first half of the year we study the book of Philippians, the history and the writing of the Bible as a book, reviewing the main stories of the Old Testament, and learning about the time during the Judges. The second half of the year will include King Saul, King David, and King Solomon’s reign and other rulers and prophets of Israel and Judah. Every week we have Bible memory verses that coincide with the unit we are studying or with the school’s spiritual theme.
Math: We believe that math is an area of learning that brings order to our world in which God has created for His people! We use the math curriculum called, Math Expressions. The areas of study are: addition and subtraction strategies, multiplication and division with whole numbers, fact fluency, equations and word problems, measurements, fraction concepts and operations, decimals, and geometry.
Reading: Our reading program uses a reading workshop style of learning focusing on a variety of genres and reading skills. This consists of a mini-lesson, time of silent independent reading, teacher read aloud, book clubs, literature circles, and teacher-guided reading.
Spelling: Spelling words will be taken from our spelling program, Words Their Way, frequently misspelled word, and words from other subjects that we are studying. We will be assessing students’ overall spelling abilities three times a year to help guide which word patterns go into their individualized weekly spelling lists.
Writing Workshop: A writing workshop time will take place four to five times a week with mini-lessons, time for free writing, grammar and mechanics practice, and teacher-student conferences. Each student will have a writer’s binder and a composition notebook. They will be used for writing stories, personal narratives, personal essays, opinion pieces, and nonfiction essays. During the workshop, students will go through the writing process to eventually publish at least three pieces of writing.
Science and Social Studies: Not only do we see God as the Creator of our universe, but He reveals Himself to us through the intricate creation of his people, animals, processes, and systems. The science units consist of a study of the weather, moon, and sun, electricity-magnetism, and states of matter. Our social studies unit is a bit different. We study the four types of social scientists: geographer, economist, political scientist, and historian and their jobs, questions they may ask, and the tools they use. These concepts help us connect the facts about Michigan and how they compare to the different states and regions of our country.
Physical Education: Fourth grade students receive two forty-five minute sessions of PE each week. Students learn about the different areas of physical fitness, why they are important and what activities can be done to increase each area. As students move into lead-up games for specific sports, they learn how to communicate with each other and also how to use skills in a game-like situation.
Art: Fourth Grade students receive forty-five minutes of art instruction each week. In fourth grade students are introduced to more complicated techniques, and ideas of art making. They can begin to use their own experiences more in their work and begin to develop their own artistic style.
Music: Fourth Grade students receive thirty minute classes of music instruction each week. Using curriculum from Music Express, ETM, Kodaly, Orff, students improvise rhythmic and ostinato accompaniments and melodic phrases. Students identify genre and musical styles from historical periods and culture. Students also use appropriate terminology in explaining music and learn how to play the recorder.
Computers and Technology: Fourth Grade students receive one forty-five minute class of computer instruction each week. Students continue to practice keyboarding skills while using these skills to type classroom assignments. The rest of the time focus is on all other aspects of curriculum. We may type our stories, play a math game, create our spiritual theme book, or visit a website that teaches us about the regions of the United States. In addition, they also use presentation software a great deal to convey their classroom learning to their peers.