Gears, multiplication, personal health and the people of Alberta—exciting topics for exploration! Grade 4 students take eight required subjects: Art, English Language Arts, Health and Life Skills, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies. Some schools may offer additional optional subjects.
English Language Arts (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
My friends think differently than I do! Students explore, discuss and interpret other opinions. They listen for main events in stories and notice how certain things cause other things to happen. Your child will express their ideas logically and in ways that entertain! They’ll learn that brainstorming in a group can be more fun than working alone.
Mathematics (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
I know how to tell time! Your child will explore the mathematics of symmetry and will use pictures and numbers to describe quantities to 10 000. They’ll use their own strategies to add and subtract numbers, they’ll apply mental mathematics to multiply 9 x 9 and do related division, and they’ll use personal strategies to multiply and divide by 1 digit numbers. Your child will connect numbers and shapes to their everyday life and will explore ways to solve problems involving numbers, patterns, measurement and data collection.
Science (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
Can that be recycled? Grade 4 students learn about how much waste we produce and identify ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Students examine and build devices with moving parts and learn about plant parts and their function. By using mirrors and prisms, students investigate light and its pathways.
Physical Education (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
What are the benefits of an active lifestyle? Your child will take part in various activities that will help them to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. They will grow to appreciate the importance of physical activity, while discovering essential life skills, such as cooperation, leadership, fair play and teamwork.
Health and Life Skills (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
I feel great when I help others! Grade 4 students learn more about being there for others, showing respect and being good role models. They learn that they can deal with bullies and set good goals for themselves.
Art (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
Doesn’t it look real? In Grade 4 Art, your child will develop more realistic treatments and refine forms. They will think about the visual qualities of objects, distinguish natural objects and improve their work as much as possible. Your child will also use art to express their feelings and ideas.
Music (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
Musical harmony! Grade 4 students experiment with tuned instruments and combine sounds to make harmony. Your child will identify chords, group beats into fours and group instruments into families. They’ll sing quickly and slowly, happily and sadly, understanding that music changes.
Drama (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
Express yourself! Drama students experiment with dramatic play and discover creative ways to express themselves. Through puppetry, storytelling and other types of dramatic play, students discover who they are and discover the connections they have with others.
Languages (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
Languages open the door to other cultures and new ways of thinking. A variety of language courses are offered across Alberta. Your child may have the opportunity to learn a First Nations language, French or another international language.
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