Fourth Grade Social Studies focuses on American History. We begin with the earliest Native Americans' migration to North America, and end with shots being fired on Ft. Sumter - the beginning of the Civil War. In the middle of those two time periods, the Revolutionary War takes place, which is where we'll focus the majority of our studies. We also integrate map skills and economics.
As of the fall of 2007 we have been using the Houghton Mifflin math series, which focuses on students being fundamentally sound in skills they will use the rest of their lives. Students also use skills they have already learned to reach the next step of mastery in each of the mathematical operations. Multiplication and division of large numbers is an exciting topic in math this year, as are fractions, decimals, percents, geometry and even statistics!
Fourth graders become more advanced writers by composing many types of writing. We keep daily journals, write poetry, research heroes/heroines of the American Revolution, and even integrate creative writing into Science with Solar System Journals.
Science begins with the study of ecosystems, then we explore our solar system. We take a break to discuss weather. After the winter holidays we learn about light and sound. Next, we move onto simple machines, and finally end with the study of animals. We also mix in health and discuss the human body, drugs and alcohol, nutrition, and safety.
Students will be assessed in the Spring on the CRCT. This test is aligned with Georgia Performance Standards, that requires teachers to follow standard subject matter.
Finally, and probably most importantly, students learn important study and organization skills from the beginning of the year until the end. They learn how to organize thoughts, take notes, use study guides, and complete homework assignments that help them learn the information. Hold on for a fast and fun ride because fourth grade will keep you on your toes more than any other grade has!
Big Creek's fantastic fourth grade teachers: