4th Grade Curriculum
Fourth Graders at The Banff School journey on exciting adventures through reading award-winning stories and novels. They expand their writing skills by practicing comparison and contrast essays, how-to and descriptive paragraphs and research reports.
Fourth Graders enhance the math skills they have attained by practicing more challenging problems. They also increase their knowledge of vocabulary as it relates to mathematics.
4th grade science students further develop their knowledge of matter, forms of energy, electricity and circuits, forces and motion, the Earth’s surface, the water cycle and weather, patterns in the sky, organisms and their environments, and plants and animals. As part of the Science Fusion curriculum, students use research skills, the Engineering Process, and the Scientific Method as they build on their inquiry skills and engage in cooperative learning. As part of our STEM program, students conduct weekly experiments and investigations, from virtual online labs to real, hands-on activities and other challenges.
In 4th grade social studies, students learn about Texas History. From prehistoric people to Texas Independence to modern times, students learn about important people, places, eras, and events that shape Texas history. They further develop note-taking skills and research strategies using the Studies Weekly curriculum, which has resources available online for students as well. Students may dress up as historical figures, write and perform skits to share their understanding of topics, and learn how to conduct debates.
Our Elementary students study Spanish. Students are taught basic vocabulary and greeting skills as well as more complex skills such as verb usage and tenses. Students are encouraged to converse in Spanish with other students in order to build an even greater understanding of the language. Tools such as literature, music and video are also used.
Students take part in two full-scale musical productions each school year in our brand new fine arts complex. While rehearsing for their productions, students learn proper breathing techniques, performance skills, and basic theatre terminology and practices.
All students follow a program of visual art throughout the year culminating in the Banff School Art Festival, where they show several pieces of art. The program explores the use of diverse media and various sources from photographs to famous paintings to the student's own environment.
A full curriculum is taught that includes skill building, hand/eye coordination and motor skill refinements. Students will be taught to utilize agility, endurance and teamwork by participating in exercise drills and sport games. Healthy lifestyles in and out of the school gym are encouraged and supported.
Our Elementary students refine their computer skills in a number of classes. At Banff we introduce technology at an early age to prepare students for future classes.