3rd & 4th Grades

Third Grade

Religion
Students are introduced to key concepts of the Lutheran faith using the Bible. Luther’s Small Catechism and other materials. Reading from the Bible and developing a concept of chapter and verse are emphasized. Areas of Bible study are God’s Early Family, Israel in the Wilderness, Rise of a Nation, David, Nation Divided, Into Exile and Home Again, Child Jesus, Teachings of Jesus, the Last Week, Jesus Death, Resurrection and Ascension, and the Christian Church Begins and Grows. Throughout all is the understanding that forgiveness of sins comes by faith in Jesus Christ alone. Memory work is an important part of this class.

Reading/Language Arts
Reading is regarded as elemental to instruction and learning. A variety of different types of literature are studied, and comprehension, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, and vocabulary skills are emphasized. Test-taking, information and study skills are also of importance, as are spelling, grammar, usage and mechanics practice. Writing skills are developed with an emphasis on content and organization. Listening, speaking and viewing skills are also emphasized. Weekly spelling units are studied, and practice tests and final tests given. Monthly book reports are required.

Handwriting
Learning and practice of cursive writing is the emphasis this year.

Mathematics
It is recognized that math is an important part of daily life. Therefore, emphasis is on concept and skill development in areas such as problem solving, using basic operations, identifying patterns, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Basic math facts need to be committed to memory. Decimals and fractions are introduced and geometric concepts are expanded. Other areas studied are place value, money, time, measurement, data and probability. Hands-on materials are available.

Social Studies
Students understand that God created our world and that it is important to learn about it. Emphasis is on landforms, natural resources, map reading, geographical skills, history, and citizenship. Communities are studied in detail, recognizing that they are places where people live, work, and cooperate with each other to accomplish tasks and goals.

Science
Students understand that God created our world and everything in it. Major units of study include life cycles, roles of living things, forms of energy, solar system, and earth’s water. Hands-on materials are available.

Computer
Students continue learning and improving basic skills, building on skills learned in previous grades. Classes are held in the computer lab.

Art/Music/Choir/Gym
Students complete various art projects using different types of media. Singing, music reading and playing the precorder/recorder are emphasized in music class, and third and fourth grade students are all part of the Cherub Choir. The Cherub Choir sings for Sunday service approximately once per month. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the band, instructed by a qualified teacher from Walther Lutheran High School. A choir chime program is being developed. Weekly aerobic exercise classes are held which are taught by a licensed instructor. In addition, students have outdoor gym class several times a week.

 

Fourth Grade

Religion
Students study key concepts of the Lutheran faith using the Bible. Luther’s Small Catechism and other materials. Increasing skill is developed in reading from the Bible and finding chapter and verse. Areas of Bible study are Ancient People of God, the Patriarchs, Moses, God’s People Live for Him, Jesus the Man, Jesus the Healer, Jesus the Miracle Worker, Jesus – Bringer of Good News, Risen and Ascended Lord, and Paul, Man on a Mission. Throughout all is the understanding that forgiveness of sins comes by faith in Jesus Christ alone. Memory work is an important part of this class.

Reading/Language Arts
Reading is regarded as elemental to instruction and learning, building on skills developed in previous grades. A variety of different types of literature are studied, with an emphasis on comprehension, phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, fluency, and vocabulary. Test-taking, information and study skills continue to developed, and grammar, usage and mechanics are practiced. Writing, listening, speaking and viewing skills are developed with an emphasis on organization and content. Weekly spelling units are studied, and practice and final tests given. Monthly book reports are required.

Handwriting
Cursive handwriting is reviewed and practiced to improve skill and legibility.

Mathematics
It is recognized that math is an important part of daily life, building on skills learned in previous grades. Emphasis is placed on developing skills such as problem solving, using basic operations, identifying patterns. Basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts are memorized. Other areas studied are place value and money, algebraic equations in addition and subtraction, multiplication of whole numbers, one and two digit divisors, measurement, negative numbers, fractions, decimals, statistics and probability, geometry, measurement, graphing and algebra. Hands-on materials are available.

Social Studies
Students understand that God created our world and that it is important to learn about it. The study of landforms, natural resources, map and globe reading, use of latitude and longitude and other geographical skills are emphasized. Five regions of the United States are studied. The geography, environment, history, and people of each area are part of the emphasis in this class.

Science
Students understand that God created our world and everything in it. Major units of study include animals, properties of matter, magnetism and electricity, land resources, weather, and climate. Hands-on materials are available.

Computer
Students continue learning and improving basic skills, building on skills learned in previous grades. Classes are held in the computer lab.

Art/Music/Choir/Gym
Students complete various art projects using different types of media. Singing, music reading and playing the precorder/recorder are emphasized in music class, and third and fourth grade students are all part of the Cherub Choir. The Cherub Choir sings for Sunday service approximately once per month. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the band, instructed by a qualified teacher from Walther Lutheran High School. A choir chime program is being developed. Weekly aerobic exercise classes are held which are taught by a licensed instructor. In addition, students have outdoor gym class several times a week.