Grade Four Curriculum

CLE’s grade four curriculum has the standard LightUnits you’ve come to expect. We also offer these textbooks: Bridges Beyond (reading), Math Around the World (mathematics), and Into All the World (social studies). Consider making fourth grade CLE part of your teaching arsenal.

Sunrise Reading 400

Second Edition

This course consists of five LightUnits and the reader Bridges Beyond, which is illustrated with full-color art. Each reader selection speaks of God’s power and principles. The stories build bridges from the child to real people, historical events, the animal world, and other lands and cultures.

Meet young Noah Webster who was fascinated with words, a fox who outwitted his enemy, a seal who wouldn’t swim, a French girl who puzzles over a mystery, and a Dutch family who wonders whether war will stop the stork’s return.

The LightUnits build reading and study skills. Students learn to “read between the lines,” recognize basic story construction, understand the mechanics of poetry, and distinguish between fact and opinion. Exercises build vocabulary and employ skills such as inferring, summarizing, understanding cause and effect, and working with figures of speech.. New concepts are reviewed systematically.

How to Teach the Course

Two or three lessons per week cover a full year’s work, or you may choose to cover the course in one semester. Students may do many exercises independently.

The Answer Key contains reproductions of LightUnit pages with answers and is spiral bound.

The second edition Teacher’s Guide includes LightUnit pages with answers, instructions for teaching new concepts, oral reading activity ideas, discussion questions, and alternate LightUnit tests.

Sunrise Bible 400

Bible 400 expands the study of the Gospels begun in Bible 300. The first LightUnit is a fictional story of children in New Testament times that acquaints students with Jewish culture and geography during Jesus’ life on earth. LightUnits 402-405 focus on Christ’s earthly ministry, His teachings, and His death and resurrection. Each lesson contains a Bible story followed by workbook activities. Some Bible memory work is included.

LightUnit 401 contains fictional stories that teach facts about Jewish holidays and wedding customs. Students will also learn about the customs and daily activities of Jews during the time of Christ.

LightUnit 402 focuses on the parables of Christ. The parables are explained simply and their lessons are applied to the students’ lives.

LightUnit 403 contains lessons teaching about stories Jesus told and miracles He performed during the last months of His life on earth.

LightUnit 404 focuses on events that happened during the last weeks of Jesus’ life — from Mary’s anointing to supper in the Upper Room.

LightUnit 405 contains the final events of Jesus’ life on earth — in the garden of Gethsemane to His ascension.

How to Teach the Course

Each LightUnit consists of sixteen lessons, providing two or three Bible lessons a week for a full school term. Each LightUnit includes two quizzes and a test.

The Teacher’s Guide gives objectives and suggestions for teaching each lesson and provides alternate LightUnit tests for students who need to make up for a failing test score. It also gives the corresponding Bible text for each story, detailed lesson plans, and discussion questions. Reproductions of all the LightUnit activities, quizzes, and tests with the answers are included. Separate answer keys are not required if the Teacher’s Guide is purchased.

Sunrise Language Arts 400

Second Edition

Sunrise 2nd Edition Language Arts 400 integrates grammar, spelling, and penmanship. In addition to basic English skills, students learn to research information using encyclopedias and personal interviews, to listen and take notes, and to scan for specific information. Each LightUnit includes two creative writing lessons.

How to Teach the Course

Use CLE’s Language Arts Diagnostic Test to correctly place new students. The teacher should monitor the child’s daily work, but students do many exercises independently. Use the Extra Practice Sheets for specific review on difficult concepts.

The spiral-bound Answer Key contains reproductions of the LightUnit pages with answers. The Quiz and Test Answer Key is required if you purchase the spiral-bound LightUnit Answer Key.

The Teacher’s Guide includes teaching notes, spelling word lists, LightUnit pages with answers, and alternate tests.

Study Skills: note-taking; listening; scanning; using the dictionary, atlas, and encyclopedia

Grammar: common and proper nouns; pronouns; possessive words, articles; present, past, past participle; adverbs; sentences, fragments, run-ons, transition words; diagramming

Punctuation: capitalization; end marks, quotation marks, accent marks, commas, colons

Composition: paragraphs; friendly letters; using information from encyclopedia, interviews

Poetry: rhythm and rhyme

Spelling and Penmanship

Sunrise Mathematics 400

Students have been successfully learning with Sunrise Math 4 LightUnits for over ten years. Now this time-tested math program is also available in a full-color textbook. The format and appearance are new, but we have kept the incremental approach to learning and the same scope and sequence as the LightUnits. Geometric and algebraic foundations are laid down in gentle steps.

How to Teach the Course

LightUnit Study Method

Math LightUnit 401 reviews concepts that should be adequately mastered in order to succeed in Math 400. It can be used as a diagnostic tool.

The remaining LightUnits introduce new skills and concepts in increments, while continuously reviewing earlier material. The metric system is taught simultaneously with the U.S. system of measurement.

Daily flash-card exercises and speed drills cement the basic number facts into the student’s memory. Along with general fourth-grade math skills such as long division and fractions and decimals, a foundation for later geometry and algebra is laid in gentle, painless steps.

LightUnit themes used in story problems take students around the world from Italy to Australia to a Navajo reservation in New Mexico to a science station on Antarctica.

The Teacher’s Guides give teaching tips, extra practice, solutions, LightUnit answers, and alternate LightUnit tests. Answer keys are optional if the Teacher’s Guides are purchased.

LightUnit study students new to CLE should take their Math Diagnostic Test to ensure proper grade level placement.

Textbook Study Method

Mathematics 4 is an attractively formatted hardcover textbook (Math Around the World) with colorful pictures and illustrations. It teaches students basic math facts and concepts. Its use of practical applications helps students relate to math in the real world. Its incremental approach and spiral review (teaching concepts in small increments and continuous review) makes Mathematics 4 an effective math course. The consistent, systematic review helps students retain what they have learned. The goal is mastery, not just exposure.

Math Around the World was developed to equip students with tools that will enable them to apply principles to math in everyday life. It enables students to see the beauty in numbers and to learn to appreciate math. We believe that mathematics should help students achieve the ultimate goal — loving, serving, and bringing glory to God.

Students need to write their answers on a separate paper. Quizzes and tests have space for student computations.

The Teacher’s Guide is full-color, and includes reproductions of all textbook pages with answers.

The Full Solution Answer Key shows each problem with its solution for the textbook, quizzes, and tests.

The Student Pack includes consumable quizzes, tests, and daily speed/mastery drills.

This is the first in a series of math hardcover textbooks.

Algebra: simplifying expressions in correct order using order of operations; counting and comparing across zero; squaring and square roots; infinities

Decimals: rounding tenths to whole numbers; using decimals to show wholes and hundredths; decimals and money; decimals and halves; ordering decimal hundredths; adding and subtracting hundredths

Division: five-step long division with remainders as whole numbers or fractions; dividing with zero in the quotient; dividing with money; checking division

Fractions: proper and improper fractions; changing improper fractions to mixed numbers and mixed numbers to improper fractions; reducing fractions; adding and subtracting with common denominators; borrowing to subtract fractions

Geometry: naming line segments and rays; vertex of angles; naming angles; naming triangles; using a protractor for angles and degrees; area of triangles, squares, rectangles; grids; measuring circles and finding volumes by multiplication; circumference, perimeter, and diameter of circles

Measurements: volumes; measurements in ounces, pounds and tons; special temperatures; measurements of 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, to the nearest inch; metric units of weight and volume; meters, grams; using milli, centi, kilo

Multiplication: multiplication tables to 12×12; multiplying 3 digits by 2 and 3 digits; lowest common multiples; multiplying money; checking multiplication; factor rules and prime numbers

Numbers: counting sequences by 11, 12, 16’s; digit sums; using digit sums to check addition, subtraction, multiplication; rounding nines; rounding to tens and hundreds; writing and expanding large numbers to millions

Problem Solving: word problems for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division; borrowing and carrying by mental math

Ratios: learning ratios to compare amounts or size

Statistics: circle graphs; analogies; logic; mean averages; Roman numerals

Subtraction: borrowing to subtract mixed numbers from whole numbers and fractions

Science 400

Each LightUnit in this course takes about seventeen days to cover, providing work for a 170-day school year. Each LightUnit contains a self check for each section and a LightUnit test. The ten themes, one per LightUnit, are as follows:

401 Plants
402 Animals
403 Man and His Environment
404 Machines
405 Electricity and Magnetism
406 Changes in Water
407 Weather
408 Our Solar System and the Universe
409 The Planet Earth
410 Understanding God’s Wonderful Creation

Answer keys are in list format and are required for the course.

No teacher’s guide is provided; the reading level is simple enough for fourth graders to study on their own.

Sunrise Social Studies 400

The textbook Into All the World invites students to tour the world, learn the geography of each continent, and discuss stewardship of the resources God has supplied. The writing style is interesting and conversational, the book filled with pleasing illustrations.

How to Teach the Course

You have two options for teaching this course: use the LightUnit study guides, or follow the textbook exercises. Both require the textbook. Either method provides a whole year of lesson material.

The LightUnits provide exercises, reviews, quizzes, and tests. Teacher materials include lesson notes, discussion/activity ideas, and reproducible maps. Outline maps are also available as individual student packets. Answer keys are required.

For the second option, use the exercises provided in the textbook. This method requires more teacher interaction for review and test preparation. Teacher material contains answers for the text, weekly lesson plans, discussion ideas, extra map work, and reproducible maps. Tests packets are sold separately. Individual student map packets are also available.

Above all, love God!
%d bloggers like this: