In 4th grade the students change classes between two teachers for their core curriculum classes. The traditional curriculum areas of math, science, social studies, language arts and reading are taught with a strong emphasis on organization, personal responsibility, long range planning, and cooperative group work.
Units of study in the 4th grade include states and regions of the United States, map and globe skills, ancient Egypt, animals, food chains, rainforests, geology, light, deserts, and wetlands.
A maximum class size of 22 students makes it possible for teachers to work closely with students and to understand their needs.
Special Events and Activities:
In addition to our core curriculum and enrichment classes, field trips, programs, projects and special activities support and enhance the 4th grade experience for St. Luke’s students.
• Turtle Cove Wetland Research Center: Our study of animals and wetlands is enhanced with a field trip to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Turtle Cove Wetland Research Center. Hands-on exploration of the Manchac wetlands is facilitated by professional scientists.
• Big Buddies: Twice monthly students meet with their Pre-K buddies for planned activities.
• “FInS”: Students have big buddies in 7th grade for “Fellowship, Involvement and Service”.
• Christmas Service Project: The students participate in a service project during the holidays with first graders at LaSalle Elementary.
• Pen Pals: Corresponding throughout the year with 4th graders from other states enhances our study of the United States.
• State Fair and US Musical Program: The State Fair is the culmination of a semester’s worth of work. Students produce table displays, construct a group project representative of their state, serve an appropriate food, and wear simple costumes. They also demonstrate presentations they have produced about their state.
• Dissection: As part of their study of animal habitats, students dissect owl pellets.