Mrs. Sue Trinklein
Grade 4 Teacher
"He who believes in me as the Scripture said, from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water." John 7:38
A study of Bible accounts starting with creation through the Apostles and the early church. Through the Bible accounts studied, the students learn the attributes of God, His love for them, and His grace offered through Jesus Christ.
Memory work consists of weekly written tests taken from Lutherâ€™s Small Catechism. Bible verses are also recited orally on a weekly basis. The Bible verses assigned reinforce the chief parts of the catechism that the students are learning.
Students review and build upon their knowledge of place value, addition, subtraction. Emphasis is placed upon multiplying and dividing multi digit numbers. Measurement, fractions, geometry, and decimals are also introduced.
For the first half of the year, students explore the characteristics that make the regions of the United States unique. The regions' climate, geography, resources, and industry are all studied. Map skills are learned and practiced through a variety of activities. For the second half of the year, students explore the history of the state of Michigan. Field trips to Lansing and Mackinaw enhance and reinforce some of the concepts studied in Social Studies. Research skills are also developed and practiced through two projects during the year.
Through a variety of short stories and novels the students learn a variety of literary elements. Reading fluency and comprehension are monitored and improved upon throughout the school year. Class novels that are read during the year include Sarah Plain and Tall, Dear Mr. Henshaw, and The Cricket in Time Square.
Weekly spelling lessons review, build on, and introduce spelling skills. Each lesson also introduces students to new words as vocabulary words. Mastery of the spelling and vocabulary words is assessed at the end of every week.
Students review the rules for capitalization and punctuation. Students also learn how to identify the parts of speech with in a sentence. Creative writing allows students to learn how to write for different purposes and in different forms while using and applying the rules they learn from the textbook.
The three major units of study are life science, physical science, and earth science. Within life science students explore characteristics of plants, animals, ecosystems, food chains, and food webs. A field trip to the zoo enhances the study in this unit. Within physical science students explore forces, motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, light, and sound. Within earth science students explore weather, space, rocks, oceans, and volcanoes.
Students review and continue to practice their cursive writing. All written work is completed in cursive.
Students will recognize ways technology has changed and help their lives at school and at home. Students will recognize the need for security applications and how to keep their computer safe, especially on the Internet. Students will learn how to use basic input/output devices, proper keyboard and typing techniques, manage and maintain files on a hard drive or network, and demonstrate proper care of hardware, software and storage media. Students will know how to exchange files with other students using technology, identify search strategies for locating information, and proofread and edit using appropriate resources.
Students will demonstrate and identify fitness components, demonstrate progress toward mature forms of throwing, catching, kicking striking, rolling and locomotor and non-locomotor skills. Students will develop responsible personal behavior traits, social character traits and the use of good sportsmanship in sports. Students will have an understanding of physical activities that lead to a healthy lifestyle, the importance of them, and begin to learn the basic muscles of the body and how to exercise them.
Students will explore Early American and Folk Art through the creation of various artworks and crafts. Students will apply continued knowledge of the elements and principles of art and design through a variety of media. Students will become more involved in problem solving on individual levels, and evaluating their choices along the creative path of their work. Music
Students are offered the opportunity to explore various beats and rhythms. Students play percussion and sing. In addition, the students learn the written value of musical notes, and become acquainted with compositions and composers of various time periods.
Choir (Sonshiners) Grades 1-4
Students meet weekly and learn many songs, which are sung throughout the year, during Chapel (monthly), Church (quarterly), Christmas Musicals, Spring Musicals, and in a special Student Led Worship once a year.
Textbooks and Other Sources
Voyages Exploring God's WordConcordia Publishing House 2001
Progress in MathematicsSadlier-Oxford 2006
God's Gift to Language A Beka 1998
ReadingMacMillian/McGraw Hill 2005
ScienceScott Foresman 2003
Our Country's RegionsMacMillian/McGraw Hill 2005
Michigan - The World Around UsMacMillian/McGraw Hill 1997
Michigan Map Skills and Information WorkbookHillsdale Educational Publishers 2004
A Reason for HandwritingConcerned Communication 2001
Spelling, Vocabulary, and Poetry 4Beka 1998