Fourth grade adds onto the new skills developed in third grade. These students continue to develop critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as writing and mathematical proficiency. The study of grammar is continued using Shurley English, and students work on more advanced arithmetic skills using Singapore math.
Fourth grade students read books such as Beowulf the Warrior, Song of Roland, Saint Patrick: Missionary to Ireland, The Door in the Wall, andCharlie and the Chocolate Factory. They study modern history using Story of the World (volume 4), and focus on the natural world in science. Fourth grade students also begin the study of Latin using Latin for Children.
By the end of fourth grade, students will:
- be able to spell accurately, and write neatly in cursive, the 1,500 most commonly used words in the English language;
- recite the Shurley English jingles for nouns, verbs, sentences, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, and pronouns, and use them to identify parts of speech in a sentence, classify types of sentences, and categorize sentence patterns;
- continue to build problem-solving skills and strategies; multiply and divide with 1-digit and 2-digit numbers; use tables, graphs, data, and probability; add and subtract with fractions and decimals; and study angles, line segments, area, and perimeter;
- be familiar with the major individuals and events of modern history;
- scientifically classify animal kingdoms, with a focus on insects;
- recite Psalms 19 and 73, various other memory verses, as well as the books of the Old Testament;
- and recall main characters and stories of the New Testament.