Grade 4

English Language Arts 4

ELA 4 Summit provides a well-balanced approach to literacy that connects reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling into one integrated program. Dedicated time for keyboarding practice is also included. The course is made up of 12 units. Each unit contains workshops that center on one major focus (reading, writing, or word study) for instruction and reinforcement of big ideas. In reading workshops, students read independently in a variety of genres and formats—fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and magazines—before exploring each text through various activities. In writing workshops, students analyze model writing samples and then work through the writing process to develop original compositions of their own. They learn about grammar, usage, and mechanics and apply those skills as they revise and proofread their work. In word study workshops, students grow their vocabulary by learning the meanings of groups of conceptually related words. Students also learn to focus on spelling patterns that are necessary to be fluent, proficient readers, writers, and spellers.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 120 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • 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

Math 4 Summit is designed to support true depth of knowledge required by today’s standards. With rich content to form conceptual understanding and enough practice to support mastery, including time built-in for individualized independent practice, games, and offline practice, Summit Math 4 includes the tools and technology that students need to succeed in a blended learning environment. Summit Math 4 focuses on expanding understanding of operations with whole numbers, developing a greater understanding of fractions, discovering decimals and their relationship to fractions, and exploring geometric figures.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • 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
  • 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.

American Studies 4

Fourth graders investigate the geography, history, economics, and civics of the United States. Students begin their study of geography by learning how to read and interpret different types of maps. They use maps to explore the five regions of the United States, as well as neighboring countries to the north and south. Students learn about the nation’s natural landmarks and landforms, weather and climate, plant life, and wildlife. They learn about capital cities, urban and rural areas, business and industry, recreational and historical sites, and the importance of preserving the environment. Using primary and secondary sources they explore historical events and perspectives in American history. While students learn about cultural exchanges, settlement patterns, and migrations as the country changed over time, they begin to analyze historical events in terms of cause and effect to better understand the past. Students use research skills to learn about their state and share those findings with others. Students study basic economic concepts, financial choices, taxes, banking, and investing. They also explore federal, state, and local government and learn how America’s founding documents establish government by the people. They learn about citizenship rights and responsibilities, limits to rights, and how citizens address modern-day issues in their communities and nation.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 108 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • 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
  • 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.

Spotlight on Music, 3-5

Get ready to travel the world through music as students explore and build foundational music skills with Spotlight on Music. This hands-on music course offers a variety of learning activities that include singing, dancing, virtual instruments, listening maps, authentic sound recordings with famous past and present artists, a player that allows students to customize key signatures, tempo, and lyrical highlighting, and playing the recorder. Six units in the course are organized into three sections: Spotlight on Concepts, Spotlight on Music Reading, and Spotlight on Celebrations. Students learn about these musical elements: duration, pitch, design, tone color, expressive qualities and cultural context, while exploring music from all over the world. Students also learn to read music and explore beat, meter, rhythm, melody, harmony, tonality, texture, form, tone color, dynamics, tempo, articulation, style, and music background. Students apply the music skills they are learning while performing seasonal and celebratory songs.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year 
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • 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.

Physical Education 4

Students explore a multitude of fitness activities through online reading, animations demonstrating fitness skills, and hands-on practice, building on skills they have learned in the past. Lessons emphasize proper form and execution of skills, rules of games, good sportsmanship, and an understanding of all that goes into the term “physical fitness.” Students exercise daily with workouts tailored to coordinate with the topics they are reading and learning about in the online component of the course. Workouts include creative and fun warmups, focus activities, and cooldowns, which students log and submit to their teacher. Students solidify the learning process by explaining what they have learned in writing. Topics include:

  • Components of Fitness– muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, balance, cardiovascular health, coordination
  • Fitness and Health– nutrition, heart rate, stress management, community involvement
  • Safety– equipment, proper warmups, rules of the road
  • Team Sports– basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee
  • Individual Activities– yoga, juggling, jump rope, in-line skating
  • Rhythm– understanding rhythm, dance moves, choreography
  • Character– good sportsmanship, perseverance

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year 
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • 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.