The fourth grade teachers are Mrs. Truax and Miss Shannon. Each classroom teacher leads the instruction in academic subjects in her classroom. Reading and math specialists may also work with individuals or small groups of students when needed.
Phonics is taught through the Lindamood-Bell program and the SPIRE program. Reading is taught in a whole-group, small group or one-to-one setting. The Scott-Foresman My Sidewalks on Reading Street and novel studies are used in reading instruction. Critical reading skills are taught using the Visualizing-Verbalizing program and the STARS program. All students receive reading fluency training with a reading specialist.
The Sitton Spelling is the basis for spelling instruction. Students also work on spelling skills through aspects of the Lindamood-Bell program and Megawords.
Some of the programs used to teach language skills are Writer’s Express, Heath Language, and Distar Language. The students have bi-monthly writing activities using the SRSD writing program and weekly responses to literature. The writing genres covered include descriptive paragraphs, personal narratives, journal writing, explanatory writing, letter writing, and poetry.
The Handwriting Without Tears program is used to practice cursive writing skills.
The students divide into three or four groups for math instruction. Saxon math provides the basis of the fourth grade math program. The Saxon curriculum is supplemented with computer software, interactive math websites, and SMART board activities.
Texas History is the focus of the social studies curriculum in fourth grade. The main resource for instruction is Texas Weekly, a weekly newspaper with online read alouds and quizzes. As a part of their year-long Texas studies, the fourth graders go to Waco every spring to visit the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and the Cameron Zoo.
The science curriculum covers The Scientific Method, Plant, Texas Wildflowers, Ecosystems, Fossils and the Solar System. The Outdoor Learning Center, which is maintained by the fourth graders, provides many opportunities for science inquiry activities related to life science such as micro-ecosystems and learning how to make and write observations. Trips to the Nature Exchange at the Dallas Zoo give the students many additional hands-on experiences with science.
As a community service project, the 4th graders spread holiday cheer in December by baking treats and singing carols at a local fire station.
Fourth grade students receive additional instruction in the following areas:
P. E.-2 days a week
Music- 2 days a week
Computer-2 days a week
Art -1 day a week for an hour