Religion instruction is based on the inerrant Word of God, and centered in Christ so all students have the opportunity to grow in faith and life with God.
The class work includes:
Old Testament studies from Genesis through 1 Samuel using "Stories of God and His People"
New Testament studies of the life of Jesus into the beginnings of the early church, also using "Stories of God and His People"
Law & Gospel relationships
~Portions of Luther's Catechism
Students receive weekly art instruction using a variety of medium. Experiences in the fine arts are occasionally integrated into core subjects.
Students in grade fourth will review the math concepts of:
large number addition and subtraction
The Saxon program challenges students to interpret and organize data in order to solve problems. Emphasis is placed upon mastering multiplication and division in order to multiply and divide by 2-digit numbers.
Students receive weekly music instruction using a variety of experiences:
periods of music
learn about composers
listen to a variety of types
study different instruments and families of instruments
In Science, students will learn through teacher directed instruction, guided inquiry, directed inquiry and student exploration. The areas studied are:
Plants and animal classification
Energy of Plants
Ecosystems and Changes in Them
Human Body Systems
Properties of Matter
Electricity and Magnetism
Sound and Light
Objects in Motion
The Water Cycle and Weather
Hurricanes and Tornadoes
Rocks and Minerals
Changes in the Earth's Surface
Using Natural Resources
Space and Technology
Inner and Outer Planets
Effects of Technology
In trying to align our curriculum with Alpena Public School, our fourth grade students study Michigan history, with the use of primary sources, field trips, and printed materials.
Students throughout the year we will utilize the eight strands of Social Studies:
social studies skills
science, technology, and society
Students continue to develop keyboarding skills with portable keyboards. Students learn to use a word processing program through writing assignments and begin to develop presentation skills with PowerPoint and PhotoStory 3. Robotics activities help students continue to develop collaboration skills and problem solving techniques. Students also use a classroom computer to supplement
English language reinforcement is strengthened through lessons using:
parts of speech
mechanics of writing
digital story telling
Spelling techniques are taught through:
spelling patterns & rules
Reading skills are taught through the use of student level novels and will incorporate:
word attack skills
oral reading encouragement of personal reading with Reading Counts software
2 classes per week
Presidential and National Fitness Program