Academics

Instilling a strong foundation for lifelong learning

Grade 4

TRANSITIONING INTO INDEPENDENCE

In Grade 4, students focus on making more independent choices. They need to understand that taking a risk simply means taking a chance. Even if it doesn’t work out the first time, they have the opportunity to come up with a new plan. Students learn how to take risks and persevere.

The year starts out reading biographies of the students’ choice. After reading a selection of biographies, the learners choose one on which to concentrate. They complete many activities around the biographies including writing poems and creating graphic images of obstacles and accomplishments.

Themes of the novels Grade 4 reads throughout the year are concerned with choices people make and consequences of those choices. Character education traits are examined in relation to the literature studied. The year finishes with a novel about 1880s pioneers in Florida, bridging literature and social studies.

Florida history is completely project­-based. They examine prehistoric animals followed by a study of the people who inhabited Florida before the Spanish arrived. Students discover that the native people had a complex and rich culture. The culminating activity is a presentation about a ‘Day in the Life’ from the perspective of a member of native tribes.

In order to understand colonial life in Florida, students research the types of skills needed to start a settlement. They create a mural that depicts life in an early 1700’s Spanish settlement, loosely based on St. Augustine.

The highlight of the year is a three­ day trip in which all fourth-grade students and parents visit historical sites of the oldest continuously occupied settlement in and around St. Augustine, Florida.

Upcoming Events

December 20, 2017

PK-SK Christmas Show
10:00 am

December 22, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Christmas Break
12:00 pm

January 8, 2018

School Resumes
7:50 am

January 15, 2018

No School - MLK Jr. Birthday