Grade 4 - LCA

Ms. Gonyou

London Christian Academy

Grade 4 - Course Outlines – 2018/19

Teachers: Ms. Suzanne Gonyou (Homeroom), Mme. Barbora Trebicka (French), Miss Danielle Bird (Phys Ed/Health), Mr. Ken Bignell (Technology), Mrs. Julianne Foster (Music).

LANGUAGE ARTS

Philosophy

The Bible gives us many instructions about governing what we say and what we think about. Therefore, we will allow God's word to influence everything we read and write in language arts, focusing on fulfilling Philippians 4:8. We also hope to gain a better grasp of overall literacy in order to better study and apply the Scriptures, and share the gospel with others.

Curriculum Objectives

  • read, understand, and recognize features and stylistic elements in various text forms
  • read fluently, and reflect on strengths and areas for improvement as readers and writers
  • generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience
  • draft and revise their writing, using editing, proofreading, and publishing skills and strategies, and knowledge of language conventions, to correct errors, refine expression, and present their work effectively
  • listen, respond, and communicate appropriately in a variety of situations

Overview

Throughout the year, we will focus on the strands of Oral Communication (listening and speaking), Reading, Writing, and Media Literacy, using the following methods of exploring these strands:

  • daily reading, writing, and word work
  • read-alouds, silent reading, cross-curricular reading
  • independent reading projects
  • standardized reading and language usage assessments
  • journal writing, letter writing, descriptive writing
  • vocabulary development, word pattern study
  • grammar work – parts of speech, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure
  • publication skills - cursive writing, layout, organization, proofreading, editing
  • novel studies (including Charlotte’s Web and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe)
  • themed units (e.g. poetry, Christmas, Easter)

Curriculum Resources and Materials

Nelson Literacy 4 – Nelson Balanced Reading (S.Wren, J, Watts)

Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

Professor Grammar’s Punctuation - Scholastic

English Smart Grammar, Grade 4 - Popular Book Company

MAP Growth Assessment - NWEA

FRENCH

Philosophy

God calls us to love our neighbour. To learn someone’s language is to identify oneself in a very strong and conscious way with him and his people. It is a commitment to them. It is a clear way of saying that you respect them and are willing to take a major step in their direction. This is an important and real part of loving one’s neighbour beyond one’s own small community.

Second language study should foster respect for the richness and diversity of expression within God’s creation, and encourage responsible world citizenship. While the knowledge of any language has value, French is not only a global language but the mother tongue of many Canadians and an integral part of the Canadian identity. Learning French equips students to communicate with French-speaking Canadians and millions of French speakers around the world.

Learning an additional language not only challenges a mind, it also teaches understanding, encourages patience, and fosters open-mindedness. Practically, studying a second language develops one’s understanding of their own language, develops logical thinking skills, memory skills, problem-solving skills, creative thinking skills and oral presentation skills.

Curriculum Objectives

According to the guidelines given by the Ontario curriculum, the goals of the French program are that our students will:

• use French to communicate and interact effectively in a variety of social settings;

• learn about Canada, its two official languages, and other cultures;

• appreciate the interconnectedness and interdependence of the global community;

• use effective language learning strategies;

• become lifelong language learners for personal growth and for participation as world citizens.

Overview

The Core French expectations are organized into four strands, which correspond to the main areas of language use. The four strands are: listening, oral communication, reading, and writing. Specific grammar, language conventions, and vocabulary expectations will be developed in the context of these strands.

Curriculum Resources and Materials

Les trois petits cochons – AIM Language Learning (Accelerative Integrated Methodology)


MATH

Philosophy

It's clear from the Scriptures that God is a God of order. Through our studies in math this year, we will see, learn, and manipulate the patterns and order that God created.

Curriculum Objectives

  • represent numbers to 10 000, money amounts to $100, fractions using fractional notation; develop the concept of place value to tenths; add and subtract three-digit numbers; multiply and divide two digit whole numbers by one digit whole numbers; relate halves, fifths, and tenths to decimals (N)
  • estimate, measure, and record length, perimeter, area, mass, capacity, volume, and elapsed time, using a variety of strategies; determine the relationships among units and measurable attributes, including area and perimeter of rectangles (M)
  • identify quadrilaterals and 3D figures and classify them by their geometric properties, and compare various angles to benchmarks; construct 3D figures using 2D shapes; identify and describe the location of an object, using a grid map, and reflect 2D shapes (G)
  • describe, extend, and create a variety of numeric and geometric patterns, make predictions related to the patterns, and investigate repeating patterns involving reflections; demonstrate an understanding of equality between pairs of expressions, using addition, subtraction, and multiplication (P/A)
  • collect and organize discrete primary data and display the data using charts and graphs; read, describe, and interpret primary and secondary data presented in charts and graphs; predict the results of a simple probability experiment, then conduct the experiment and compare the prediction to the results (DM/P)

Overview

The Ontario Ministry of Education designates five strands of math to be covered: Number Sense and Numeration (N), Measurement (M), Geometry and Spatial Sense (G), Patterning and Algebra (P/A), Data Management and Probability (DM/P). These strands will be covered weekly using a variety of activities to increase student confidence and reinforce understanding of important concepts in all strands.

Curriculum Resources and Materials

Math Makes Sense 4 - Pearson Canadian Daily Math 4 - Demetra Turnbull

Math manipulatives


BIBLE

Philosophy

The Bible teaches us that "all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work," (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Our studies in the Bible will give us a solid knowledge of Scripture so that we will be equipped for good works through Christ and so that we will know God better than we did before.

Curriculum Objectives

  • study the book of Philippians
  • understand how and when the Bible was written and the divisions of the Old Testament
  • study the judges and kings of Israel (and Judah) in the Old Testament
  • learn about God’s character through a study of Psalms and Proverbs
  • see God's hand in Old Testament events
  • understand how the Old Testament points toward the coming of Jesus
  • memorize Scripture in order to hide God’s Word in our hearts (Psalm 119:11)

Overview

  1. Philippians
  2. The Bible as a Book
  3. Judges, Ruth
  4. Samuel and King Saul's Reign
  5. King David and King Solomon
  6. Psalms and Proverbs

Along with the units of study, students are asked to memorize 100 Bible verses throughout the school year and will be challenged to complete a Bible reading program. Each morning we will have a devotion time as a class where we will consider how we can apply God's Word to our daily lives.

Curriculum Resources and Materials

Walking With God & His People - 4th Grade - 3rd edition - CSI

365 Trivia Twist Devotions - Schmitt

Student planners


SCIENCE

Philosophy

“For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17

All life is created and sustained by God for a specific purpose, to proclaim His glory. Throughout the following units this year we will explore how God’s hand is evident in His perfectly crafted creation. We will also grow in our understanding of how to glorify God in our own lives by being responsible stewards of what He has entrusted to us.

Curriculum Objectives and Overview

We will study the following units this year:

1. Understanding Earth and Space Systems – Rocks and Minerals

  • assess the social and environmental impacts of human uses of rocks and minerals;
  • investigate, test, and compare the physical properties of rocks and minerals;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the physical properties of rocks and minerals.

2. Understanding Structures & Mechanisms – Pulleys and Gears

  • evaluate the impact of pulleys and gears on society and the environment;
  • investigate ways in which pulleys and gears modify the speed and direction of, and the force exerted on, moving objects;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and functions of pulley systems and gear systems.

3. Understanding Matter & Energy – Light and Sound

  • assess the impact on society and the environment of technological innovations related to light and sound;
  • investigate the characteristics and properties of light and sound;
  • demonstrate an understanding of light and sound as forms of energy that have specific characteristics and properties.

4. Understanding Life Systems – Habitats and Communities

  • analyze the effects of human activities on habitats and communities;
  • investigate the interdependence of plants and animals within specific habitats and communities;
  • demonstrate an understanding of habitats and communities and the relationships among the plants and animals that live in them.

Curriculum Resources and Materials

Hands-On Science and Technology 4, Portage & Main Press

Science and Technology 4, Addison Wesley

Nelson Literacy 4 – Nelson


SOCIAL STUDIES

Philosophy

God is sovereign over all of history – the past, present, and the future. Through the use of world leaders, God uses nations to accomplish his purposes whether it is during medieval times or present day Canada. It is when we examine these experiences that we can see God’s hand and influence in our lives and the lives of so many other people.

Curriculum Objectives

  1. Canada’s Provinces, Territories and Regions
  2. Medieval Times

Overview

Students investigate and describe the physical and political divisions of Canada. They determine how physical characteristics influence the economy and culture of Ontario and the other provinces and territories, and use maps, graphics, and print materials to present information about their findings. They also identify and describe economic and cultural relationships that connect communities throughout the country.


Students discover the major features of daily life in medieval European societies. Students investigate the major events and influences of the era and determine how they shaped medieval society (including the medieval church). Students apply their understandings to compare communities in medieval times with their own communities today.

(The Ontario Curriculum, Social Studies Grade 1 to 6, 2004)

Curriculum Resources and Materials

Our Country, Canada, Mary Cairo & Luci Soncin, 2001

Nelson Literacy – Canada’s Regions, Jennette MacKenzie, Nelson Education, 2007

Medieval Times, Mary Nelson, Duval House Publishing, 2002

Nelson Literacy – Medieval Times, Jennette MacKenzie, Nelson Education, 2007

Hands-On Social Studies 4, Portage & Main Press


PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH

Philosophy

God has called us to take care of our bodies, His temple. Weekly physical and fitness activities will encourage students to lead a healthy and active life. Students will also participate in health classes designed to challenge them to live a life worthy of the calling we have been given.

Curriculum Objectives and Overview

This year in Physical Education, students will develop the motor skills needed to engage in more formal sports. A wide variety of activities, games, sports and fitness components will be included throughout the year to teach controlled balance and movement at different speeds, in different directions and with different equipment. The above activities will continue to build students’ skill development, as well as maintain their physical health. The focus for our Physical Education activities this year will be on active participation according to each student’s capabilities. Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in intramurals during lunch break at various times throughout the year.

This year in Health, students will focus on how to care for their physical, emotional and social needs in order to maintain overall health. The following units will be studied this year:

1. Goal Setting and Being Me

2. Healthy Eating

3. Healthy Relationships

4. Personal Safety

5. Smoking and other Drug Abuse

Curriculum Resources and Materials

Power to Explore: Food, Activity and My Choices, Teach Nutrition Ontario

Physical Education 3-5, Christian Schools International

Lesson Plans for Classroom Teachers: Third and Fourth Grades, Robert P. Pangrazi

MUSIC

Philosophy

Psalm 147:7 says, “Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; make music to our God…” The Bible gives countless examples of people using instruments and their voices to praise God. As we practice various forms and styles of music and gain musical skills, each student will have new opportunities to use their gifts and offer their praises to our Lord.


Curriculum Objectives

1.) Creating and Performing: apply the creative process to create and perform music for a variety of purposes, using the elements and techniques of music

2.) Reflecting, Responding, and Analyzing: apply the critical analysis process to communicate their feelings, ideas, and understandings in response to a variety of music and musical experiences;

3.) Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of musical genres and styles from the past and present, and their social and/or community contexts.

Overview

In Grade 4, students will build on their knowledge of the elements of music and related musical concepts that were introduced in Grades 1 to 3. Listed below are the new concepts they will learn. Students will have the opportunity to study, appreciate and perform music in a variety of ways such as singing, listening, and playing the soprano recorder. They will further develop their knowledge of music theory and have the opportunity to perform in school concerts.

The Ontario Ministry of Education designates six elements of music to be covered.

1.)Duration: syncopation, and fermatas (pause/ holding note longer then its value)

2.) Pitch: Make and read melody maps, five-line staff, learn note names in treble clef (A, B, C, D, E, F, G), major and minor tonality, major scale (written with notes or numbers), intervals (unison, step, skip, leap), key signatures in the music they perform

3.)Dynamics and other expressive controls: exploring differing dynamics (e.g., getting louder); and articulation (e.g., smooth [legato], detached [staccato]), phrase markings

4.) Timbre: Hear and identify individual instruments of the orchestra or other performing ensemble

5.)Texture/harmony: play or since a canon, or simple two-part piece

6.) Form: phrase, binary (AB) form: verse and chorus; piece with an introduction and/or a coda; simple repeats

Curriculum Resources and Materials

Music Play 4- Denise Gagne

The Complete Recorder Resource Kit – Denise Gagne

Various CDs, repertoire books, etc.


ART

Philosophy

God is our Creator. Part of being made in His image means that we, too, have creative abilities. In our art studies this year we will appreciate the beauty that God has given to us, while learning to create pieces of art that praise God for our abilities. Additionally, we will develop our skills through purposeful dramatic expression.

Curriculum Objectives

  • produce a variety of two- and three-dimensional art works, using elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts to communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings
  • respond to a variety of art works and art experiences
  • apply the creative process to dramatic play, using the elements and conventions of drama to communicate feelings, ideas, and stories
  • demonstrate an understanding of a variety of art forms, styles, and techniques from the past and present, and their sociocultural and historical contexts

Overview

The Ontario Ministry of Education designates six elements of design (line, shape and form, space, colour, texture and value) and one principle of design (emphasis) as important elements in art for grade four. Throughout the year, we will also learn about a variety of drama and theatre forms, traditions and styles.

Curriculum Resources and Materials

Art Lessons – Popular Book Company

How to Teach Art to Children - Evan Moor

http://elementaryartfun.blogspot.ca/

http://jamestownart.blogspot.ca/

http://www.mrsbrownart.com/


COMPUTERS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Philosophy

God gave man imagination and skills to develop tools to help with their work. Computers are one of these important devices that students use to help them with their education.

Objectives and Overview

Students will learn and develop:

  1. Accurate and proper typing techniques – to assist with typing reports and assignments.
  2. A variety of software applications – to assist students with delivering information in a meaningful way.
  3. Fundamentals of computer hardware
  4. Computer/Internet Safety

Curriculum Resources and Materials

Microsoft Office 2007 TechnoKids Computer Programs All The Right Type 4.0