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CBG 4th grade

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Language Arts
In 4th grade CBG, we incorporate reading and writing into all subject areas, not just Language Arts. Over the course of the year, each student will be required to read 25 books. Although we allow students to choose what they read, we do ask that they read at least two books from each genre. Students complete weekly personal responses to reflect on what they have read. In class, we teach reading and writing lessons that they can apply to the books they are currently reading. We find that this approach makes students more motivated and excited to read and write!

In Math, we cover a wide variety of topics, including multiplication, division, fractions, and geometry. We also apply mathematics using several real-world simulations. We participate in the VCEE online Stock Market Game, complete a project where students balance checkbooks, and another where they learn to fill out tax forms. At every given opportunity, we use hands-on activities to reinforce the topics taught in the classroom, from exploring centers about mass and volume to flying paper airplanes and calculating the mean, median, mode, and range of the distance they travel. Over the course of the year, we cover all of the 4th grade math SOLs and half of the 5th grade math SOLs.

In fourth grade CBG Science, we study many interesting topics. These topics include plants, ecosystems, life cycles of a cricket and anole, weather, electricity, magnetism, planets in the solar system and the Sun, Moon and Earth relationships. The children are continually using hands-on activities that require them to hypothesize, experiment, observe and conclude throughout the school year.

We use an interactive exploration of weather where the students become scientists in order to solve a weather mystery. When they have solved the mystery, they are then assigned a U.S. city to research and predict weather. Scripts are written; forecasts are drawn and prepared in preparation for the filming of their television weather production. When the children finish their electricity and magnet unit, they wire, light and decorate a shoebox that becomes a store within their class mall. They apply their knowledge and use wires, batteries, fans, motors and switches to electrify their shopping establishment. The students learn about magnetic levitation trains and then build their own model of this vehicle. They test their trains over a magnetic track.

Social Studies
Social Studies in 4th grade concentrates on the study of our great state of Virginia! Using primary source documents, various texts and trade books, videos, field work, and simulations, students explore the history, geography, economics, and government of Virginia. Beginning with the study of pre-historic Native Virginians through present-day current events, students learn how Virginia and Virginians help shape our country.

Using whole-class discussion as well as small group work, students are encouraged to more deeply explore aspects of our state’s history that interest them the most. Using simulation activities, students become citizens during the Revolutionary War or soldiers during the Civil War. Field trips – or field studies – often include specific tasks or research goals for the students. One of the favorite “trips” is our participation in the VCU Market Day to support our economics unit. After establishing a classroom “town” or economy, students design, create, and market products to sell to other students from throughout Virginia, and to compete for design and marketing awards. We also visit the Virginia Historical Society and Pamplin Park each year.