Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade Curriculum


At Corvian, while we certainly teach isolated skills, we strive to continuously give students meaningful and purposeful opportunities to use those newly learned skills. All students at all grade levels are always participating in multi-disciplinary, integrated units of study that give the students an opportunity to participate in meaningful, purposeful and relevant studies. Rather than memorizing isolated facts, students will ponder and reflect upon big ideas that truly matter in the larger picture of life. For every unit, there are one or two of the core commonalities studied as threads that tie our learning together. We adhere to the brain research that supports helping students find connections across all learning.

Theme: North Carolina

We explore the growth and development of North Carolina to help us understand how NC history, geography, culture, and economics impact the world around us. We explore our earth and moon and how animals adapt to change. We discover our responsibilities to our community as citizens and how to lead healthy lives.
Units of Study
North Carolina
  • Pre-Colonial through Reconstruction time period with links to contemporary issues; North Carolina’s geographic regions, cultural and ethnic diversity (including NC American Indian groups), the economic impact of colonization, and NC government
Our Earth
  • Rocks and minerals, fossils, our moon, causes of day and night, and animal adaptations to their environment
  • How basic forms of energy (magnets, light, sound, heat, electricity) cause motion and changes in matter
Author Study
  • Patricia Polacco, Roald Dahl, Gloria Houston, and Andrew Clements
The Artist in Me
  • Cotton Ketchie, NC Pottery Makers, and Scottish Settlers' Bluegrass Music
Field Trips
  • Classic Theater Productions, Old Salem, Biz Town, Raleigh, The World in Our Backyard in-house programs- regions of the Carolinas

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