In the fourth grade, stories come to life and imaginations soar. While reading The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, fourth graders create “scrappy caps” which they wear in class whenever stories are read aloud. These magic caps are said to be able to focus the beams of our imaginations, and allow whatever you are reading to come alive inside your head.
Writing is also of particular focus in the fourth grade. Students craft research reports, creative stories, and narratives throughout the year, allowing for development of voice, details, and extension of thought. Fourth graders love compiling their own portfolio at the culmination of the school year to demonstrate their personal growth in writing.
During the “Mission year,” each student creates a model or book or film about one of California’s historic missions. And, through an imaginative program called Walk through California, students go back in time for a day to experience the sights and sounds of California’s history. History comes alive in fourth grade!