Picture of Carlthorp School
Picture of Carlthorp School

Fourth Grade

“Supposing is good, but finding out is better.”
–Mark Twain

Fourth graders journey to Old California with a year-long social studies curriculum that focuses on California Missions and the Gold Rush. Class trips to the San Juan Capistrano Mission, Sacramento, and the Gold Rush country are highlights of the year.  A musical program presented by the fourth graders in the spring, “California Patchwork,” gives the children the opportunity to share the knowledge they have gained about an important part of the state’s history.

Academic fundamentals and the development of social responsibility lay the groundwork for future school years.  Students work in small groups for math, English, and reading, while classroom-wide subjects include social studies, Spanish, and science.

Fourth graders utilize cutting-edge technological tools.  They each receive a new laptop for school use.  When the time comes to create mission reports, all the children research, outline, draft, publish, and present using a variety of computer programs.  By the end of the year, students are technologically savvy.

The Public Speaking Program continues as fourth graders deliver bi-weekly current events. The students are also excited to begin giving school tours to prospective parents. By the end of their fourth grade year, they are comfortable showcasing their school to adults they have just met!