Classically Educating Disciples for Christ

Fourth Grade

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BIBLE: Chronicles through Malachi and Job

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • List key events from the scriptures studied in chronological order, listing dates and scripture references where applicable.
  • Locate in the Bible the biblical events studied.
  • Recite the reasons given for the importance of significant dates or events covered in the study of Chronicles to Malachi & Job.
  • Recall important facts related to each event studied.
  • Locate on a map of the world the key places where biblical events occurred.
  • Articulate the fact that God has sovereignly led through all of Scripture.
  • Recognize Jesus as the central figure in each Old Testament story/event studied.
  • Memorize and quote key scripture passages that complement biblical events and theology studied.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Completion of worksheets, quizzes, and tests
  • Chanting and singing the series of events in chronological order
  • Integration with art, geography, history, and music
  • Building models, making drawings, writing stories, playing games, etc.
  • Field trips to related sites and museum exhibits

Primary texts and materials

  • Chronicles to Malachi & Job published by Veritas Press
  • Bible (ESV)
  • Journey Through the Bible by V. Gilbert Beers
  • Abingdon's Reproducible Old and New Testament Maps
  • The Child's Story Bible by Catherine F. Vos                                                                                    
  • The Children's Illustrated Bible by Selina Hastings
  • Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History
  • Student Bible Atlas

Approximate time per week -- 2 hours

HISTORY: Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • List key events from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation in chronological order including dates and scripture references where applicable.
  • Recite the reasons given for the importance of significant dates or events covered in the study of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation.
  • Recall important facts related to each event studied.
  • Locate on a map of the world the key places where historical events occurred.
  • Describe the basic life-styles of people during this period of history, including dress, technology, vocations, religious practices, education, housing, and entertainment.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Completion of worksheets, quizzes, and tests
  • Chanting and singing the series of events
  • Integration with art, Bible, geography, and music
  • Building models, making drawings, writing stories, playing games, and making collections and displays
  • Field trips to related sites and museum exhibits

Primary texts and materials

  • Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation published by Veritas Press
  • Bible (ESV)

Approximate time per week -- 2 1/2 hours

READING/LITERATURE

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • Read orally and silently:

Demonstrating an ability to read unfamiliar words by using basic decoding skills.
Regularly participating in a schedule of oral and silent reading of literature. (This includes the SFS Boni Libri reading program as well as assigned class reading.)
Demonstrating an ability to comprehend and enjoy books with increasing levels of difficulty and complexity.
Practicing rhetoric by performing oral presentations (drama, oral reading, story-telling, etc.) in front of the class, parent groups, or other students. (An emphasis should be placed on proper diction, phrasing, inflection, etc. that promotes clear eloquent communication.)

  • Demonstrate vocabulary knowledge and comprehension by:

Memorizing definitions of selected vocabulary words and demonstrating an ability to recognize their meanings in more than one context including how they are used as various parts of speech.
Applying contextual clues, derivation of words with Latin roots, and use of the dictionary to determine vocabulary meaning.
Substituting vocabulary words for synonymous words or phrases while maintaining proper connotation within the given context.
Associating vocabulary words with real life/familiar situations and concepts.
Applying vocabulary words to written and oral presentations.

  • Correctly comprehend the literal and inferential meaning of selected literary works by:

Completing written work (essays, worksheet questions, drawing, etc.) that demonstrates comprehension.
Participating in group discussions.
Recognizing and identifying story types by the style of the literature.
Recognizing and identifying literary devices used in selected works of literature.
Recalling the qualities of the characters in stories and acknowledging those that are worth admiring.
Comparing/contrasting selected reading passages with biblical principles found in scripture.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Reading groups where students read orally, listen, and follow along with other students
  • Discussion about the book in large or small groups and answering oral and written questions
  • Using pictures, objects, projects, personal stories, guest speakers, and field trips to increase comprehension and vocabulary, relating as much as possible to the lives of the students
  • Provide time for silent reading and teacher or guest reading to students
  • Integrate with art, Bible, English grammar, history, Latin, etc.

Primary texts and materials

  • Book titles from the Samuel Fuller School Literature List
  • Selected comprehension guides from approved publishers (Progeny Press, Veritas Press, Memoria Press, Logos, etc.)
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book 4
  • Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson
  • Lassie by Eric Knight
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Approximate time per week — 3 hours

ENGLISH GRAMMAR

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • Comprehend basic sentence structure and recognize the use of sentences and paragraphs in written and verbal communication.
  • Demonstrate a consistent, correct use of subjects, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, direct objects, indirect objects, prepositions, objects of prepositions, and conjunctions and identify them in simple sentences.
  • Know and use the helping verbs, the adverb “not,” and the question verbs.
  • Identify homonyms for given words.
  • Write the possessive forms of nouns with proper spelling and punctuation.
  • Identify and use simple sentences with compound parts.
  • Recognize and correct run-on sentences and double negatives.
  • Compare and contrast being verbs with action verbs.
  • Consistently use correct capitalization and punctuation in a written sentence.
  • Correctly locate the complete and simple subject and predicate in a sentence.
  • Demonstrate clear and correct understanding of past, present, and future tenses of verbs and be able to change verb tense in written and oral work.
  • Demonstrate correct use of grammar elements through proofing and editing his own and others’ written work.
  • Use basic research materials in addition to a thesaurus and dictionary.
  • Know how to find books in a library.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods   

  • Large group instruction
  • Individual instruction
  • Written completion of practice exercises, quizzes and tests
  • Basic parsing, diagraming, and classifying practice
  • Playing review games
  • Chanting and drilling jingles

Primary texts and materials

  • Rod and Staff English 4 “Building with Diligence”
  • Shurley Grammar Level 4 Jingles
  • Thesaurus
  • Dictionary

Approximate time per week – 3 hours

WRITING

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • Self-edit sentences and paragraphs.
  • Write short stories, fairy tales, fables, poetry, and expository essays using learned English grammar skills.
  • Summarize narratives.
  • Imitate well-written works to compose paragraphs, essays, and stories.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group and individual instruction
  • Imitation of well-written works to teach writing skills
  • Integration of other subjects in written and oral presentations

Primary texts and materials

  • Imitation in Writing: Fairy Tales by Matt Whitling

Approximate time per week – 2 hours

SPELLING

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • Use spelling rules to represent the various sounds in a word with the correct letters.
  • Translate phonetic sounds into standard spellings by interpreting phonetic spellings.
  • Spell grade appropriate words in given word lists by rote and application of spelling rules.
  • Use and spell grade appropriate words intelligently in written work.
  • Use words or word parts to properly form other words using the following concepts: syllable divisions, plural and compound nouns, verb forms, abbreviations, prefixes, suffixes, contractions, etc.
  • Satisfactorily and consistently apply spelling rules in assigned work (including other disciplines).

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Worksheet practice
  • Use of weekly spelling list
  • Integration with other subjects
  • Classroom games and activities

Primary texts and materials

  • Spelling by Sound and Structure 5, Rod and Staff Publishers
  • Thesaurus
  • Dictionary

Approximate time per week – 1 hour

LATIN

Primary objectives—the students will be able to:

  • Review and utilize all previously studied material throughout the course of the year.
  • Memorize approximately one hundred forty new 1st and 2nd declension nouns, 1st and 2nd conjugation verbs (the four principal parts), 1st and 2nd declension adjectives, and frequently used prepositions governed by the accusative and ablative cases.
  • Identify English derivatives from the Latin vocabulary they have learned.
  • Memorize and recite the imperfect and future tense verb endings and the imperfect and future tenses of the irregular verb sum, esse and their English meaning.
  • Memorize and recite the present, imperfect, and future tenses of the irregular verb eo, ire and their English meaning.
  • Conjugate 2nd conjugation verbs in the present, imperfect, and future tenses and give their English meaning.
  • Translate simple Latin sentences of the following constructions including prepositions and adjectives: subject-verb, subject-linking verb-predicate noun, subject-linking verb-predicate adjective, and subject-direct object-verb transitive.
  • Memorize and recite famous Latin mottos or expressions.
  • Retell Greek and Roman myths associated with the twelve Olympian gods and goddesses.
  • Identify main figures in Roman history and culture: Hannibal, Scipio Africanus, Cleopatra, Marc Antony, Seneca, Cicero, Virgil.
  • Identify and define the Romance languages.
  • Identify three political phases of Roman history: 753 BC – Monarchy, 509 BC – Republic, 27 BC – Empire.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Individual instruction as necessary
  • Chant, sing, and write Latin vocabulary and paradigms
  • Draw and play games to reinforce learning
  • Integrate Latin with study of science, Bible, history, literature, music, art, etc. as appropriate

Primary texts and materials

  • Latin for Children, Primer A, published by Classical Academic Press
  • D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

Approximate time per week -- 2 hours

MATH

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding that God gave us numbers and mathematical systems to help us in life and to also help us understand his immutable (unchangeable) and logical character.
  • Complete all assigned math work/worksheets satisfactorily (75%+).
  • Memorize math facts using 0-12 with addition, subtraction and multiplication with 100% accuracy and increasing speed and confidence.
  • Complete written story problems involving up to four steps.
  • Solve all given addition, subtraction, 3-digit multiplication, and 2-digit division problems using whole number and decimals.
  • Solve beginning-level division, algebra, and geometry problems.
  • Add and subtract fractions with common and different denominators and correctly add and subtract mixed numbers.
  • Recall all twelve months of the year and cardinal directions.
  • Accurately describe and use standard and metric measurements.
  • Correctly identify basic geometric figures and calculate perimeter and area of rectangles.
  • Accurately estimate numbers to solve and check problems.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction: using daily drills, mental math, problems on chalkboard
  • Written math practice
  • Small group work, individual instruction, and flash cards
  • Games solving story problems
  • Timed tests

Primary texts and materials

  • Saxon Math 6/5

Approximate time per week -- 5 hours

SCIENCE

Primary objectives - Students will be able to:

  • State that God is the Creator of the earth and all that is in it.
  • Identify the sun and stars as a source of energy, light, and heat.
  • Contrast the geocentric and heliocentric views of the universe.
  • List the planets in order of their distance from the sun and be able describe key features of each planet.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of revolution and rotation as they apply to Earth and other planets and the sun.
  • Explain the relationship of the earth and the other planets to the sun and to each other within the solar system.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Projects, hands-on experiments, and observation
  • Drawing, coloring, and/or modeling bodies found in our solar system
  • Research and report information on given planets.

Primary texts and materials

  • God’s Design for Heaven and Earth: Our Universe by Debbie and Richard Lawrence
  • Literature and science books to meet third grade science objectives

Approximate time per week – 1 hour