Fourth Grade

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


The school continues to utilize course content provided by Connections that is taught by Esperanza Cyber teachers. Connections Academy’s accredited online elementary curriculum stresses the fundamentals, and students focus on the core subjects: reading, writing, science, math, and social studies.

Fourth Grade

Connections Academy’s online fourth grade courses are formulated to help students explore more sophisticated topics using fundamental skills. In virtual fourth grade classes, students develop well-organized compositions, explore the history of the United States, investigate the forms of energy, and apply basic math operations to fractions and decimals.

Language Arts 4 A

Throughout the course, students are exposed to a wide array of fiction and nonfiction as they develop and apply their comprehension skills. They develop the tools to understand vocabulary presented through a variety of reading material and have the opportunity to read independently, as well as to create projects in response to self-selected books. After reviewing the five stages of the writing process, students create well-organized compositions aided by effective planning tools. The basic skills of writing are reinforced with instruction in spelling, handwriting, grammar, and language usage. Daily spelling activities give students opportunities to use spelling words in context.


Units:

This Land is Your Land

Work and Play

Patterns in Nature


Language Arts 4 B

Throughout the course, students are exposed to a wide array of fiction and nonfiction as they develop and apply their comprehension skills. They develop the tools to understand vocabulary presented through a variety of reading material and have the opportunity to read independently, as well as to create projects in response to self-selected books. After reviewing the five stages of the writing process, students create well-organized compositions aided by effective planning tools. The basic skills of writing are reinforced with instruction in spelling, handwriting, grammar, and language usage. Daily spelling activities give students opportunities to use spelling words in context.


Units:

Puzzles and Mysteries

Adventures by Land, Air, and Water

Reaching for Goals

Math 4 A

Students expand their math skills in all four operations. They practice their addition and subtraction skills with six-digit numbers, multiplication skills with two-digit numbers, and division facts with one-digit numbers. With these skills in hand, students perform operations with fractions and decimals. Measurement is a hands-on unit that covers both customary and metric units of length, capacity, and weight. Students have the opportunity to study geometry concepts, including lines, angles, shapes, perimeter, area, congruence, and similarity. Students are also introduced to equations, statistics using data and graphing techniques, and probability concepts.


Units:

Let's Get Ready to Learn Math!

Numeration

Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers

Multiplication Meanings and Facts

Multiplying by 1-Digit Numbers

Multiplying by 2-Digit Numbers

Division Meanings and Facts

Dividing by 1-Digit Divisors

Lines, Angles, and Shapes

Math 4 B

Students expand their math skills in all four operations. They practice their addition and subtraction skills with six-digit numbers, multiplication skills with two-digit numbers, and division facts with one-digit numbers. With these skills in hand, students perform operations with fractions and decimals. Measurement is a hands-on unit that covers both customary and metric units of length, capacity, and weight. Students have the opportunity to study geometry concepts, including lines, angles, shapes, perimeter, area, congruence, and similarity. Students are also introduced to equations, statistics using data and graphing techniques, and probability concepts.


Units:

Understanding Fractions

Adding and Subtracting Fractions

Understanding Decimals

Operations with Decimals

Area and Perimeter

Measurement, Time, and Temperature

Data and Graphs

Equations


Science 4 A

Science is an adventure in which everyone can take part! In this first semester course, the student will be participating in scientific investigations of many different forms including simple observations and experiments. Results from these investigations will provide information about the surrounding world. The McGraw-Hill textbook, Science: A Closer Look, and the science kit are the primary resources for this course.

The opening unit examines volcano exploration and reviews the scientific method. The life science units examine the commonalities and differences among organisms. The Earth Science units provide an opportunity for the student to investigate the different land features on Earth, as well as how to care for Earth. In this course the student will observe seed growth, explore the effects of flooding on a riverbank, and much, much more!

The lessons in this course are designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles, and to provide a variety of opportunities for the entire family to participate in the student’s education. Some lessons, or groups of lessons, in each unit are activity-centered, which allows the student to engage the new concepts he encounters through exploration and discovery; others are more traditional, requiring the student to read, research, and reflect on the underlying theory.


Units:

Be a Scientist

Kingdoms of Life

The Animal Kingdom

Exploring Ecosystems

Surviving in Ecosystems

Shaping Earth

Saving Earth's Resources


Science 4 B

Science is an adventure in which everyone can take part! In this second semester course, the student will be participating in scientific investigations of many different forms including simple observations and experiments. Results from these investigations will provide information about the surrounding world. The McGraw-Hill textbook, Science: A Closer Look, and the science kit are the primary resources for this course.

The Earth Science units provide an opportunity for the student to investigate the solar system and the effects of different climates on Earth. The Physical Science units enable the student to explore the composition and use of different forms of energy. In this course the student will analyze the effect of warmed air on weather, explore chemical reactions, create a compound machine, and much, much more!

The lessons in this course are designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles, and to provide a variety of opportunities for the entire family to participate in the student’s education. Some lessons, or groups of lessons, in each unit are activity-centered, which allows the student to engage the new concepts he encounters through exploration and discovery; others are more traditional, requiring the student to read, research, and reflect on the underlying theory.


Units:

Weather and Climate

The Solar System and Beyond

Properties of Matter

Matter and Its Changes

Forces

Energy


Social Studies 4 A

In this course, students are introduced to state history and use a regional approach to examine the geography and history of the United States. The course also looks at the state’s people, economy, resources, and geography, and students study the structure and functions of local and state governments. In addition to learning state history, students learn how to integrate different types and uses of maps and apply geographic skills and concepts.


Units:

Living in the United States

The Northeast

The Southeast


Social Studies 4 B

In this course, students are introduced to state history and use a regional approach to examine the geography and history of the United States. The course also looks at the state’s people, economy, resources, and geography, and students study the structure and functions of local and state governments. In addition to learning state history, students learn how to integrate different types and uses of maps and apply geographic skills and concepts.


Units:

The Midwest

The Southwest

The West


Physical Education 4

Students participate in a variety of activities that are designed to enhance personal fitness. Students choose from a variety of fitness plans including yoga, participating in an individual or team sport, or Connections Academy’s fitness plan. Students track their participation and progress through an the Activity Tracker.


Units:

The Presidential Fitness Challenge: Introduction

Learning Locomotor Skills

Developing A Healthy Exercise Routine

Your Body and Exercise

The Presidential Fitness Challenge

Games Around The World


Art 4

Art history and art criticism are introduced, and students study the arts of various cultures. Your child will also use various media to create two- and three-dimensional projects.


Units:

A European Adventure

African Travels

Above and Below: Art in the Americas

The Expressive Art of Asia


Educational Technology and Online Learning 4

Prerequisites:

To participate in this course you must have Microsoft® Office, or software that is equivalent, installed on your computer.


In this course, students use appropriate technology tools and resources to complete projects, manage information, and solve problems. Students use software to write, organize, analyze, and present information and data. Students learn listening and organizational skills and set attainable learning goals. Students become responsible users of technology as they learn about internet safety, appropriate online behavior, and effective search and website evaluation strategies.


Units:

Keyboarding

Microsoft® Word

Microsoft® PowerPoint

Microsoft® Excel

Study Skills

Internet Safety