Thank you for visiting the fourth grade website! Our vision is to equip our students to communicate and demonstrate the love of Christ to every race, culture, and generation, and to develop Christ-centered servant leaders who are academically and spiritually prepared to live in the service of God and man.

At Victory Family School fourth grade follows an academically rigorous blended, rather than traditional, classroom model. Students come to school on Mondays and Wednesdays. During their time on campus, the fourth grade students interact regularly with the traditional VFS students. On their off days, they continue their studies at home. The teacher, student, and parents are in constant communication with one another to ensure that the student reaches all stated academic goals.

As with the other grade levels, our goal is to create a challenging yet enjoyable environment. The fourth grade students will continue to develop foundational and primary skills that will last a lifetime. Lower School is the building block for the future. The students will be given more responsibilities, including a reasonable amount of homework and, as always, VFS expectations are high. More than anything, we want our students to be excited about learning and growing – spiritually and academically.

Fourth grade curriculum includes Bible lessons and memory passages, basal textbooks and many excellent novel studies, poetry, grammar, spelling and writing activities, math, science, geography/history and Latin, along with all of the special classes.

This year also includes some special at-home projects: book reports with different formats for each genre, marketing brochures (for our garden harvest), and other science and history projects, and community service projects.

Bible
Objective: Students continue their in-depth study of the Bible. They will memorize Bible scriptures and study the context of the scriptures. Students continue devotional studies and learn how to apply Biblical principles to their daily life and demonstrate the love of Christ to others, as evidenced by their interactions with others.

Resources and Textbooks:

  • Holy Bible
  • Positive Action Bible Curriculum

Materials:

  • Workbook
  • Praise and Worship Music

Additional Activities:

  • Chapel
  • Drama
  • Creative Writing
  • Singing
  • Sharing
  • Prayer Time

Language Arts
Objective: Students will demonstrate fluency, accuracy, and comprehension of any age-level reading (oral and silent). The students will produce a variety of written expressions such as stories, reports, letters and poems. The student program will encompass reading, writing, phonics, grammar, listening, speaking, and spelling. We will expose children to many different genres of literature, in addition to poetry, sayings and phrases. The student will develop independent reading strategies to foster optimal literacy growth, including self-monitoring skills, fluency, and comprehension. Sub-categories include phonemic awareness, decoding, word recognition, oral reading, reading comprehension and response, writing, spelling, grammar, and usage, poetry, fiction, saying and phrases. All categories work together to help students develop the necessary skills to become effective and successful readers and writers.

Resources and Textbooks:

  • Holy Bible
  • Shurely English
  • Spellwell
  • Novel Studies (classic and contemporary)
  • Student dictionary, thesaurus

Materials:

  • Benchmark Assessment Kits
  • Workbooks
  • Teacher resources

Social Studies
Objective: Students will increase knowledge in geography and the characteristics of specific cultures and regions around the world.

Resources and Textbooks:

  • Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook
  • Holy Bible
  • Globes and maps of the world, including the United States of America
  • Core Knowledge History and Geography (Pearson Learning) – Teacher and Student Guides
  • Additional Activities:
  • Class plays
  • Art projects
  • Guest speakers

Science
Objective: Students will demonstrate scientific knowledge from a Biblical perspective. They will conduct experiments and explorations in many topic areas.

Resources and Textbooks:

  • Holy Bible
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Science Fusion

Materials:

  • Corresponding supplies and equipment needed for each experiment

Math
Objective: Students will demonstrate higher-order problem solving skills, the sound grasp of basic facts, and automatic fluency with fundamental mathematic operations.

Resources and Textbooks:

  • Everyday Math
  • Holy Bible

Materials:

  • Math Manipulatives
  • Workbooks

Latin
Objective: Students will explore the components of Latin and Latin grammar, demonstrate the ability to pronounce, spell, and translate words in Latin, memorize Latin prayers, songs, and poems, explain the concept of derivatives.

Resources and Textbooks:

  • Holy Bible
  • Latin for Children: Primer A (Classical Academic Press)

Materials:

  • Student workbook
  • Flashcards

Art
Objective: Students will explore, examine, and use a variety of art mediums, study art history and classical works of art. They will demonstrate knowledge in color theory, principles of design, artistic concepts, and techniques.

Resources and Textbooks

  • Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook
  • Selected prints from Core Knowledge Sequence for Visual Art
  • Holy Bible

Materials:

  • Paint
  • Variety of brushes and other medium
  • Graphite, oil pastels, charcoal
  • Color wheel
  • Clay
  • Materials for collage and sculpture
  • Sketchbook

Music
Objective: Students will recognize various musical concepts and terms; demonstrate knowledge of various composers and their works.

Resources and Textbooks:

  • Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook
  • Selected Songs Form the Core Knowledge Sequence for Vocal Music
  • Holy Bible

Materials:

  • Instruments
  • Rhythm Instruments
  • Music CDs
  • Multi-Sensory Materials
  • Course Content
  • Elements of Music
  • Listening and Understanding – The Orchestra
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Songs
  • Language of Music
  • Composers and Their Music
  • Music Expression
  • Music Appreciation

Additional Activities:

  • Seasonal programs

Physical Education
Objective: Students will increase their gross motor development skills, coordination, and sportsmanship.

Resources and Textbooks:

  • Holy Bible

Materials:

  • Sports and PE Equipment

Course Content:

  • Obstacle Course
  • Movement and Music
  • Games
  • Various Ballgame Skills (Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, Kickball, etc.)
  • Tumbling and Climbing
  • Jump Rope
  • President’s Fitness Test

Evaluation:

  • Participation