Bible (Positive Action Bible Curriculum)
Building Life Castles
Bible lessons – The focus in fourth grade is the New Testament. We move through the life of Christ, His miracles, parables, teachings, and His saving grace. Throughout the year we focus on the character of Christ and how to apply His teaching to our everyday lives.
Classroom Management – Classroom management focuses on promoting Honorable Character traits from the Word of God such as kindness, honesty, forgiveness, responsibility, obedience, etc. This helps the students understand how each decision they make through the day is tied into honoring God and each other with their choices.
Bible Verse Memorization – Each class has a "Class Bible Verse" and all fourth grade classrooms memorize the rest of the year's verses. The verses correlate with the lessons and are usually cumulative over a period of several weeks.
A few examples of scriptures are:
- Psalm 1:1-6
- Ephesians 6:1-9
- 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
- John 1:1-18 and
- Psalm 119:1-16
Chapel- Once a year each class is responsible for chapel. The class decides on a theme, message, and music; then performs in front of the school.
Math (5th Grade Saxon Curriculum)
Here are some examples of what is learned in math throughout the year:
- Place Value- to the millions, place value of negative numbers and decimals
- Multiplication and division – double and triple digit as well as averaging and long division
- Problem Solving- creating story problems; illustrating story problems; choosing the operation; solving given extra facts, and determining whether or not there are enough facts
- Fractions – In fourth grade we delve deep into manipulating fractions. We will be adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions, improper fractions, and mixed numbers. Also, we learn how to reduce fractions to the lowest terms and we learn how to write a fraction as a decimal.
- Equations – solve equations containing an unknown number (variable)
- Geometry – recognize geometrical shapes; find perimeter and area using simple equations, use graphs.
Easy Grammar: Grade 5
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style (The Institute for Excellence in Writing)
Spelling, Vocabulary & Poetry 4
Our curriculum covers both grammar studies as well as tools for writing. The key concepts of the grammar are: sentence structure, subject/predicate, simple/compound sentences, common/proper nouns, possessive nouns, action/linking verbs, main/helping verbs, verb tenses, irregular verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions (phrases and clauses), and punctuation. The types of writing tools and concepts we study are: personal voice, personal narrative, paragraphing, how-to essays, elaboration, persuasive essays, effective sentences, comparison/contrast essays, organizing your information, research reports, word choice, and story writing.
Students begin the year working in the Spelling Workbook. Nightly homework is assigned as well as weekly vocabulary quizzes and spelling bee contests. Students are tested weekly for their mastery of the spelling and vocabulary words. Tests include dictated sentences along with each spelling and vocabulary words and definitions. Poetry models teach correct phrasing.
History and Geography (A Beka Book Curriculum)
The History of Our United States and The History of Our United States Geography Maps and Reviews
Through the year we learn the history of the United States from the first explorers and settlers through the events occurring within the last twenty years. We strive to make History stimulating and informative. Some of our students now believe that history is their favorite subject because it is taught in such an interactive and exciting way. The really get involved in history.
Fourth grade memorization includes:
- Preamble to the Constitution
- First Amendment to the Constitution
- The first segment to the Declaration of Independence
- The Rights of American's
- Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
- States and Capitals
- Geographical facts and locations
We The People, Citizens and the Constitution.
This year we will be adding a study in the formation and operation of our Constitutional Government. The students will literally get involved in finding out how the different branches of government work together to govern the people. They will learn about the privileges, rights and responsibilities that go along with being a citizen of These United States. It is fun, exciting, and engaging. It is amazing what they will learn.
Reading (A Beka Book Curriculum/various novels)
Throughout the year, students read eight curriculum books (Song of the Brook, Saved at Sea, Salute to Courage, Flags Unfurled, Liberty Tree, Trails to Explore, Cricket in Time Square and The Whipping Boy). Books are read daily in class either individually or as a class. Books are also read at home during the week as homework assignments. The stories and poems develop vocabulary skills and strengthen reading abilities.
Weekly timed reading tests are also administered. These tests are short stories with questions and answers. This is designed to teach students how to read quickly with comprehension
Book Reports (oral and written) are assigned one per quarter. Books are 150-200 pages in length. These are intended to introduce report writing and encourage public speaking. One of the biggest reports that we do is on a historical figure. The report actually becomes a Live Wax Museum where students dress as their figure and "come to life" telling about themselves.
Science (ACSI Pruposeful Design)
Purposeful Design Science Level Four.
In fourth grade we have science class four times a week. Life Science covers how God designed living and nonliving organisms to work together in their environment to create balanced ecosystem. In Physical Science, where we learn about energy, waves, light, force and atoms. We also investigate Earth and space science. This unit details the world around us; the earth's crust, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, and the universe. Finally, we jump into learning about the Human Body and the different systems that cause it to function as God intended. Through the year we do MANY hands on activities and experiments.
In the spring, GVCS has a Science Fair. All students' grades 1-12 are required to do a science project. This is a fantastic way for each student to learn the scientific processes and learn, in depth, areas of science that interest them the most. The students beam with a sense of accomplishment when they bring their finished project in for display.
- P.E.- 2 times per week
- Art - 2 times per week
- Computers - 2 times per week
- Music - 2 times per week
- Chapel - 1 time per week