Grade 4

Language Arts 4

This course provides a comprehensive sequence of lessons covering composition, vocabulary, grammar, usage, and mechanics including sentence analysis and diagramming. Structured lessons on spelling enable students to recognize base words and roots in rK12ted words. Students also get structured lessons on spelling. Lessons are designed to develop comprehension, build vocabulary, and help students become more independent readers.

Language Skills

  • Composition – Students practice writing as a process (from planning to proofreading), as they write a report, a book review, a persuasive essay, poetry, a news article, and more
  • Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics – Students learn more about sentence structure, parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, and usage. They begin sentence analysis and diagramming
  • Vocabulary – The Vocabulary Workshop program helps enrich students’ vocabulary, develop word analysis skills, and prepare for standardized tests
  • Spelling – Students understand sound-symbol rK12tionships and spelling patterns, and recognize base words and roots in rK12ted words

Literature

Students learn to identify and analyze literary elements such as character, plot, theme, and setting. The emphasis is on classic literature, including episodes from Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver’s Travels, and Pollyanna;legends of King Arthur; and folktales from many lands. Students read works of nonfiction, as well as four novels (selected from a long list of such classics as The Cricket in Times Square, My Side of the Mountain, and Sarah, Plain and Tall). A test preparation program prepares students for standardized tests.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 120 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: Third Grade Language Arts
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

Math + 4

This research-based course focuses on computational fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem solving. The engaging course features new graphics, learning tools, and games; adaptive activities that help struggling students master concepts and skills before moving on; and more support for Learning Coaches to guide their students to success. This course for students in Grade 3 provides a quick overview of whole number addition and subtraction, but has a greater focus on whole number multiplication and division, encompassing early algebraic thinking. Decimals are studied in rK12tionship to place value and money, and fractions are addressed through multiple representations and probability. Students are introduced to specific methods and strategies to help them become more effective problem solvers. Geometry and measurement are addressed through the study of two- and three-dimensional shapes, early work with perimeter, area, and volume, and applying measuring techniques to time, length, capacity, and weight.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: Third Grade Math
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

Science 4

Students develop scientific reasoning and perform hands on experiments in Earth, Life, and Physical Sciences. They construct an electromagnet, identify minerals according to their properties, use chromatography to separate liquids, and assemble food webs. Students will explore topics such as:

  • The Interdependence of Life — producers, consumers, and decomposers; food webs
  • Animal and Plant Interactions — populations; competition; predators and prey; symbiosis; animal behavior
  • Invertebrates — sponges; worms; mollusks; arthropods; echinoderms
  • Chemistry — mixtures vs. solutions; distillation, evaporation, and chromatography
  • Forces and Fluids — pressure; forces in flight; density; buoyancy
  • Human Body — nervous system (senses, reflexes, nerves, and brain); endocrine system (hormones, glands, growth, and digestion)
  • Electricity and Magnetism — charges; magnets; static electricity; currents and circuits; electromagnetism
  • Rocks and Minerals — the earth’s interior; crystals; minerals; rock cycle; plate tectonics; volcanoes,earthquakes
  • The Fossil Record and the History of Life — types of fossils; the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 72 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: Third Grade Science
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

History 4

Concluding their investigation (spanning grades 1–4) into history from the Stone Age to the Space Age, fourth grade students turn to the study of the modern world. They will:

  • Learn about the Age of Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution, and meet Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin
  • Become familiar with James Madison and American constitutional government, as well as Napoleon in France
  • Learn about various revolutions in Latin America
  • See how great changes—nationalism, industrialism, and imperialism—shaped, and sometimes shattered, the modern world, leading to the two world wars
  • Study many inventors and innovators who achieved great advances in communication, transportation, medicine, and government

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 108 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

Art 4

Following the time line of the K¹² History program, fourth grade Art lessons introduce students to the artists, cultures, and great works of art and architecture from French and American Revolutions through modern times. Students will:

  • Study and create artworks in various media, including portraits, quilts, sculpture, collage, and more
  • Investigate the arts of the United States, Europe, Japan, Mexico, and Africa
  • Learn about Impressionism, Cubism, Art Nouveau, Regionalism, and more
  • Create artworks inspired by works they learn about, using many materials and techniques—after studying sculptures and paintings of ballerinas by Edgar Degas, students create their own clay sculptures of a figure in action, and, inspired by works of Grandma Moses, they create winter landscapes demonstrating the illusion of space

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 72 Lessons – 45 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

Music 4: Intermediate Music 2

Intermediate 2 Music is intended for students of third grade age or older who have completed intermediate 1 Music. The course begins by introducing notes that are lower or higher than the familiar lines and spaces of the staff. Students expand their knowledge of rhythm and harmony, and they practice recognizing pentatonic patterns. The course introduces the Romantic period in music, with listening activities to help students recognize Romantic music and identify pieces by individual composers, such as Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky. Students also take a musical trip through Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Japan, and China. Students will:

  • Identify notes below do in song material
  • Perform songs with solfege syllables for low la and low so
  • Identify rhythms of ti-tiri
  • Identify rhythms of tiri-ti
  • Read and write patterns with low la and low so
  • Read and write patterns with ti-tiri and tiri-ti
  • Identify characteristics of Romantic composers
  • Identify Romantic composers and know facts about their lives

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 32 Lessons – 45 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: Intermediate Music 1
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

Elementary Spanish

The Spanish Elementary course consists of 180 lesson days formatted in an intuitive calendar view, which can be divided into two 90-day semesters. The content for each week is based on an immersive Diglot WeaveTM story which runs throughout the course with weekly episodes beginning in English and each day weaving in more Spanish. Although the course focuses principally on vocabulary acquisition, basic grammar principles are intuitively grasped through the story, games, activities, and assessments. In addition, students learn to perform a different simple story each semester. Culture lessons are presented through multi-media CultureGramsTM lessons covering cultural aspects of major Spanish- speaking areas in Europe and the Americas.

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

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Elementary French

The French Elementary course consists of 180 lesson days formatted in an intuitive calendar view, which can be divided into two 90-day semesters. The content for each week is based on an immersive Diglot WeaveTM story, which runs throughout the course with weekly episodes beginning in English and each day weaving in more French. Although the course focuses principally on vocabulary acquisition, basic grammar principles are intuitively grasped through the story, games, activities, and assessments. Culture lessons are presented through multi-media CultureGramsTM lessons covering cultural aspects of major French-speaking areas in Europe and across the globe.

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

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Elementary German

The German Elementary course consists of 180 lesson days formatted in an intuitive calendar view, which can be divided into two 90-day semesters. The content for each week is based on an immersive Diglot WeaveTM story, which runs throughout the course with weekly episodes beginning in English and each day weaving in more German. Although the course focuses principally on vocabulary acquisition, basic grammar principles are intuitively grasped through the story, games, activities, and assessments. Culture lessons are presented through multi-media CultureGramsTM lessons covering cultural aspects of major German-speaking areas in Europe.

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

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Elementary Latin

The Latin Elementary course consists of 180 lesson days formatted in an intuitive calendar view, which can be divided into two 90-day semesters. The content for each week is based on a You-are-there adventure story, which runs throughout the course with regular episodes. Although the course focuses principally on vocabulary acquisition, basic grammar principles are intuitively grasped through the story, games, activities, and assessments. Culture lessons are presented about significant practices or products of the Latin world or its influence on contemporary manifestations.

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

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