Welcome to 4th Grade at KCA!
Our fourth grade is an active place! In the 4th grade, students begin to expand their knowledge beyond the basics. Our STEM program begins in the 4th grade, and every student takes a weekly Robotics course where they are given the opportunity to build and program a bot.
Additionally, students who have an interest in learning a musical instrument may take band, which meets twice a week. Fourth graders who choose to participate will perform in band concerts throughout the year, and may opt for additional private lessons.
Seven 4th graders are chosen annually to compete in the SMECO Math Challenge. This county-wide competition brings together a variety of public and private schools from across the county.
Fourth grade students enjoy several field trips throughout the year -- including a trip to clean and beautify St. Mary's City.
4th Grade Academics
Students learn that the Bible is true, inspired and endures. Various biblical topics during the 4th grade year include God incarnate, grace, the body of Christ, prayer, angels, and eternity. Students memorize a Bible verse every week and will be asked to write the verse as part of their weekly test. Homework in Bible consists of reviewing the lesson and verse to prepare for the test. Text: Purposeful Design (ACSI)
Fourth graders will read a series of readings focusing on comprehension and fluency. Text: A Beka Reading Program - Salute to Courage, Liberty Tree, Flag Unfurled, Trails to Explore.
Fourth graders learn all eight parts of speech We focus on sentence structure, punctuation, rules for grammar, and how to do a variety of reports on different genre, including biographies, autobiographies, Christian fiction, mysteries, adventure, historical fiction and research reports. Text: A Beka God's Gift of Language
The ACSI spelling curriculum consists of 36 annual lessons, designed to take into account child development, learning styles, and academic strengths and weaknesses. Each lesson providers opportunities for high achievers to study challenging words and for struggling learners to receive additional spelling support. Text: Purposeful Design (ACSI) Spelling 4
Most work must be done in cursive.
The fourth grade curriculum covers the following skills:
Text: Mathematics 4 Purposeful Design (ACSI)
Fourth graders at KCA learn about the beginnings of American history, starting with the discovery of the land through today's modern times. Students memorize the American's Creed, Declaration of Independence, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and the Preamble to the Constitution. History and geography skills sheets are included in lessons. Additionally, students complete a sizeable undertaking known as the "The Maryland History Project." This project takes between 6 - 7 weeks to compile and is completed in the fall. Text: History of the United States by A Beka
Science topics include plants, birds, matter, geology, insects, ocean life, and space. Additionally, each student complete an individual science project, which is entered and judged in the school science fair. Text: Understanding God’s World by A Beka
Health is taught during the 4th quarter of the school year. Textbook materials covers muscle, skeletal, and respiration systems. There are regular quizzes and tests given. Text: Developing Good Health by A Beka
SPECIAL COURSES OFFERED EACH WEEK
Computer - The technology program is based on objectives in many different technology areas such as word processing, graphics, spreadsheets, data bases, internet research, multimedia, and desktop publishing. Grade appropriate in-class projects are assigned. (45 minutes per week)
Music - In fourth grade music students continue to learn how to read music and continue playing the recorder. Recorder concerts are held each spring to showcase the class' efforts. They also prepare for the annual Christmas Musical performance, (45 minutes per week)
Art - The goal in art is to enjoy the creative process while learning how the Elements of Art and Principles of Design play in creating a final production. A weekly Bible verse contains either the theme of the week or the art term for that week’s project. The last quarter of the year focuses on specific master artists and their style. All young artists learn that because they are created in God’s image, they have the ability to do art when they put forth the effort. This is also the one place where it is OK not to complete a project because process is more important than product. (45 minutes per week)
Physical Education - Students are taught good sportsmanship, body awareness (naming muscles, etc), and how the body moves. Manipulative skills are taught including rolling, catching, throwing, striking, kicking, trapping and dribbling. Both locomotor (walking, leaping, running) and non-locomoter skills (stretching, pushing, pulling) are introduced. Presidential Fitness testing is done with this grade level in the fall and spring. (45 minutes two times a week)
Library - Students focus on using library manners, taking proper care of books, and are introduced to the genres. Library time usually includes “reading” to the class, or using video and audio materials, and then individual book selections to take home for the week. (45 minutes per week)
Homework is given regularly throughout the week. Students can expect to take quizzes and tests each week.