Lower School 4th Grade Courses
The 4th-grade curriculum at Laurel Springs includes courses in language arts, math, science, and social studies, as well as opportunities to explore subjects such as art, music, and foreign languages. Courses incorporate multimedia resources, virtual labs, and interactive activities to engage and challenge students. The online learning environment allows for a flexible schedule that accommodates students’ individual needs and learning styles. Additionally, Laurel Springs provides individualized support and feedback from experienced teachers who are dedicated to their students’ academic success.
This course integrates reading, writing, speaking, listening, and the study of vocabulary and grammar in a way that engages today’s learners and supports them in building a broad and diverse set of literacy skills. Students study classic literature as well as more contemporary forms, including media and multimedia products. Writing assignments in semester A focus on narrative and persuasive modes and emphasize the use of reasoning and details to support opinions. Each writing assignment spans several lessons and guides students through a writing process that begins with prewriting and ends by emphasizing one or more aspects of conventions of standard written English. Students also learn how to participate in collaborative discussion and peer review sessions. In each lesson, engaging and relevant models and step-by-step instruction guide students toward mastery and appreciation of 21st-century communication in all its forms and functions.
In this course, learners will use their understanding of social studies skills to explore their local states and communities. Learners will also research local animals and gain an understanding of local Native American grounds in their part of the country. This course walks students through the research and report writing steps that will be vital to their continuation of social studies. They will continue to focus on their individual states as they do projects based on local geography, state capitals, as well as nearby natural wonders and landforms. The course uses video, enrichment activities, and project-based learning to enhance the student’s social studies skills.
This research-based course focuses on computational fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem solving. Students will learn addition and subtraction with fractions and decimals and then will use multiplication and division to solve problems involving numbers up to the thousands place. Students will learn the names of various addition and multiplication properties. Students will be introduced to formal geometry by learning various terms and how to measure an angle. Students will also start to learn algebraic ideas including the idea of a variable and how to use it to solve problems.
This research-based course provides structured lessons designed to introduce students to general science principles in a variety of science disciplines. Students study topics in biology including types of plants and types of animals. In environmental science, students look at ecosystems. Students study weather, rocks, and the moon as part of earth/space science topics. Students finish up looking at the physical science topics of machines, electricity, and waves.
Health & Wellness
4th Grade Health and Wellness helps young learners establish a basic understanding of the aspects of health. Students focus on the various aspects of their health and how they can make healthy choices. Topics of study include mental, emotional, family, and social health; growth and nutrition; personal health and safety; drugs and disease prevention; and community and environmental health.