Fourth Grade Curriculum at Allen Academy
Fourth-grade children have the opportunity to explore and discuss a wide range of two- and three-dimensional forms of art. This class encourages fourth-grade children, through a hands-on approach, to experience a variety of media, learn more advanced techniques, and sharpen their maturing appreciation of many artists and artistic styles. A strengthening of their basic design knowledge and skills is fostered through each assignment.
Students in fourth grade will read independently, as well as in a variety of groups, to acquire knowledge and information relating to all content areas. Fourth-grade children are given guidance toward quality genres of literature and are responsible for sharing their knowledge in various methods within the classroom such as written book reports and book talks. Activities that highlight grammar, punctuation and the mechanics of writing are assigned to strengthen students’ reading and writing skills. Student vocabulary is strengthened through the use of vocabulary units that challenge students to identify relationships among word groups. Throughout the course of the fourth grade school year, students will display growth in the contents of reading and writing through the application of learned skills.
Fourth-grade Mathematics program enables students to encounter math in a meaningful way and translates mathematical skills from the concrete to the abstract. Skills are developmentally progressive from previous grades and guide students to develop logical thinking and critical problem-solving skills. Students learn to identify alternative algorithms and cover geometric figures, multiplication and division, number sentences, decimals, estimation, computation, measures of angles, fractions, chance and probability, perimeter and area, percent, reflections and symmetry, shapes, weight, volume and capacity, and rates.
Fourth graders in music learn to read, write, sing, and play the melody on instruments including the voice and recorder. Students learn to read, write, sing, and play the harmony on multiple instruments including the voice, the xylophone, the glockenspiel, West-African drums, and the ukulele.
Through skill drills and games, fourth-grade students begin to put all skills and movement patterns into team games. Game concepts, strategies, and positioning continue to be taught and practiced. Sportsmanship is stressed in competitive-game situations while demonstrating respect for opponents and pride in their own performance. Fitness concepts continue to be taught and practiced.
Our fourth-grade program utilizes project-based learning. Students can expect to engage in a variety of hands-on science inquiry activities during each unit of study. Investigations throughout the year will focus on electricity, magnets, Earth's surface, air, and health and nutrition. These projects focus on building presentations, design, and research skills.
Students in fourth-grade social studies will acquire knowledge about the importance of agriculture on the economy, life through the ages, migration, artists, political and social rights. Social Studies is taught through project-based learning. Students will use primary sources and information texts to gather historical, economic, and political facts for each study. Students will apply their knowledge from their research into projects that focus on developing their research and presentation skills.
Fourth-grade students have a developmental foundation that allows them to begin a more formal approach to foreign language learning. The five basic skills for second language acquisition, listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural awareness, are emphasized in the content to maintain and strengthen foundational abilities. Fourth grade Spanish highlights basic grammar structures, such as gender, the formation of plurals, and subject-verb agreement.
By fourth grade, students are comfortable using technology tools appropriately and often for classroom work. They will be using email for connections with teachers and schoolwork and will be introduced to and engaging with a school informational program called Haiku which they will use throughout their middle and upper school years. The fourth-grade year focuses on an in-depth study of innovative technologies, using more student-driven and open-ended projects. Also, by fourth-grade, students have a dedicated grade level set of Chromebooks for fourth-grade use only.
Meet the Fourth Grade Teachers!
- B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Sam Houston State University
- M. Ed. in Administration, Sam Houston State University
What do you love about Allen? There are so many great things about Allen Academy! I love the connections that I am able to make with my students due to the small class size. I feel that at Allen, we are a family from the teachers to the students to the parents. There is one vision and that is the success of the child. We are team players and work to better each other.
- B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas A&M University, cum laude
- B.S. in Political Science, Texas A&M University
What do you love about Allen? One of my favorite things about teaching at Allen Academy is that while we are definitely driven academically we also take time to help children grow emotionally and teach them the values of respect, responsibility, empathy, cooperation, and honesty.
- B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas A&M University
- M. Ed. in Reading, University of Texas at Tyler
What do you love about Allen? I love that students have the opportunity to learn beyond a textbook. We are focused on academic growth; however, we encourage students to experience the world around them and allow opportunities to grow socially and emotionally. This process is amazing to witness as students continue their educational careers through Allen.