Bible (Positive Action Bible Curriculum)
Building Life Castles
The focus in fourth grade is the New Testament. We learn about the life of Christ --His miracles, parables, teachings and saving grace. Throughout the year we focus on the character of Christ and how to apply His teachings to our everyday lives.
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 is tied into honoring God and each other.
All fourth grade classes memorize an increasing amount of Bible verses. The verses correlate with lessons throughout the year.
Once a year each class helps lead our school-wide chapel service. The class decides on a message with music, then performs in front of the school.
Math (5th Grade Saxon Curriculum)
- Place Value
- Multiplication and division
- Problem Solving
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.
Students use a spelling workbook. Nightly homework is assigned as well as weekly vocabulary quizzes and spelling bee contests. Students are tested weekly for their mastery of words. Tests include dictated sentences along with spelling and vocabulary words with their definitions. Poetry models teach correct phrasing.
History and Geography (Abeka Book Curriculum)
The History of Our United States and The History of Our United States Geography Maps and Reviews
Students learn about U.S. history from its first explorers and settlers to modern times. We strive to make History come alive. Some students now consider history to be their favorite subject because they learned about it in an interactive and exciting way.
Fourth grade memorization includes:
- Preamble to the Constitution
- First Amendment to the Constitution
- The first segment to the Declaration of Independence
- The Rights of Americans
- Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
- States and Capitals
- Geographical facts and locations
We The People, Citizens and the Constitution
Students learn how the different branches of our government work together. They learn about the privileges, rights and responsibilities that each citizen has.
Reading (Abeka 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
- The Cricket in Times Square
- The Whipping Boy
Books are read daily in class as well as at home during homework assignments. The stories and poems develop vocabulary skills and strengthen reading abilities.
The students learn how to read quickly with comprehension through weekly timed tests.
Book reports (oral/written) are assigned once per quarter. Books are 150-200 pages in length. These are intended to introduce report writing and encourage public speaking. One of the highlights is a report on a historical figure where the students dress up and "come to life."
Science (ACSI Purposeful 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 non-living organisms to work together in their environment to create a balanced ecosystem.
In Physical Science, 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, hydrosphere, 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 are required to submit a project. This is a fantastic way for each student to learn the Scientific Process.
- P.E. (twice a week)
- Art (twice a week)
- Computers (twice a week)
- Music (twice a week)
- Chapel (once a week)