Fourth grade center based gifted is an accelerated and challenging program. It supports fourth grade curriculum while facilitating the development of self-directed learners.
Reading skills are developed through the use of novel studies. Students will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction literature and will apply a variety of reading comprehension strategies to enhance understanding in all content areas. Through the use of individual and group projects, students will become independent and strategic thinkers.
Students will plan, draft, revise, and edit narratives, descriptive writing, and personal and research essays.
In fourth grade accelerated mathematics, problem solving strategies, logical reasoning skills, and algebraic thinking skill continue to be developed and refined. Extensive work with computation with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions is included. Additionally, students explore topics in measurement, geometry, data-analysis and probability. All fourth grades and most fifth grade Virginia Mathematics Standards of Learning are included in the course.
Continuing with the importance of investigating and observing, students will use information gathered through experimental results. We will explore the basic principles of electricity and the concept of motion. Weather, plants, and the solar system will also be covered.
Moving from the study of ancient civilizations, the fourth grade students will study the state of Virginia beginning with the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown to the end of the Twentieth Century.
Students will explore how the geography and the state’s resources, its economic systems, and cultural makeup have influenced Virginia history. Through various projects, students will demonstrate what they have learned.