The King’s Ridge Fourth Grade program continues to develop reading, writing, math and additional subjects using already established foundational skills.
In the reading program, students read core novels as a class with multiple novels within a unit allowing them to control the pace at which they read and the topics they choose as they become independent readers. Students are encouraged to create individual reading goals within multiple genres of literature, supported through one-on-one conferences with the teacher. Comprehension skills are further developed with oral communication.
The writing program incorporates parts of speech, usage and mechanics to create varied sentence patterns. Students learn about analogies, synonyms, antonyms and contextual clues to assist in their comprehension. Writing assignments include descriptive writing using vivid verbs, multi-paragraph essays and a research paper, incorporating the five step writing process.
In fourth grade, math talk and daily-guided practice continue as students work toward proficiency in mental computation, written work and fluency with math facts. In addition, students are taught to communicate mathematically, analyze multi-step problems and apply mathematical ideas to real-life situations.
Students engage in the learning process through the use of hands-on materials, games and cooperative learning activities. The science curriculum expands to satisfy each student’s growing ability to think critically about science and apply it in the real world. Students practice the scientific process while acquiring an overview of life, earth and physical sciences. Social Studies begin with the study of the exploration era and continue with the European influence on the colonial settlements, and the Revolutionary War. Education technology is used to reinforce and enrich the learning process.
At King’s Ridge, we acknowledge and tailor curriculum to each student’s individual level of comprehension. Students who need a challenge are offered accelerated activities in reading, writing and math. Reading specialists provide small group instruction and extra reading activities for students needing remediation.
Creativity is fostered in multiple centers and art activities through hands-on methods of instruction. Exploration of God’s handiwork sparks curiosity in students to discover His presence in nature and the world in which we live. King’s Ridge uses technology to reinforce and enrich the learning process even during the fourth grade age.
Class size: 20 students with teacher and half-time assistant