In fourth grade, the student continues building his study and reading skills. He reviews skills learned earlier, learns to read between the lines, recognize parts of a story and the basic mechanics of poetry, to distinguish between fact and opinion, and much, much more.
The stories in the reader Bridges Beyond take the child to the past, to the animal world, and to other lands. 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.
Each reader selection speaks of God's power and principles.
Answer keys are in list format and are required for the course. The optional Teacher's Guidebook provides brief notes for the teacher, plus useful indexes and appendices, including alternate LightUnit tests.
Bible 400 expands the study of the Gospels started in Bible 300.
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.
Each lesson contains a well-written story from the life of Christ and related workbook activities. Each LightUnit has 16 lessons, plus two quizzes and a LightUnit test. Doing two or three lessons per week will provide Bible teaching for the entire year.
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. 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.
Language Arts 400 integrates grammar, spelling, and penmanship into one easy-to-use package. Grammar and punctuation skills are introduced incrementally at the beginning of each daily lesson, followed by exercises reviewing the material as well as more familiar skills. Each day's lesson concludes with penmanship and spelling practice.
In addition to these basic English skills, students learn how to research information using encyclopedia and personal interviews, how to listen and take notes, and how to scan for specific information. Creative writing exercises use the book On Teaching Writing.
Answer keys are in list format and are required for the course. The teacher's guide provides teacher's notes, spelling word lists, useful appendices, and alternate LightUnit 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
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 child'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.
Answer keys are in list format and are required for the course. An optional teacher's guide provides brief teacher's notes, useful appendices, and alternate tests.
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 12x12; 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, multilication, 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
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.
401 -- Plants
402 -- Animals
403 -- Man and His Environment
404 -- Machines
405 -- Electicity 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.
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.
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.
For the second option, use the questions provided in the textbook. This method requires more teacher interaction for review and test preparation. Teacher material contains answers for the text, discussion ideas, extra map work, and reproducible maps. Tests packets are sold separately. Individual student map packets are also available.