What your child is learning
Grade 4 students develop a better understanding of sound and music. Your child will understand that they can experiment with tuned instruments and combine sounds with their classmates to make harmony. They will group instruments into families based on their tonal qualities and identify major and minor chords. In song, they will respond to changing tempo and mood. Grade 4 students use more skill and expression when they interpret and perform music. For more about Grade 4 Music, refer to the program of studies .
How your child is assessed
Your child’s learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask your child’s teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you and your child’s teacher about your child’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well your child is doing throughout the course. Your child’s teacher can then change or refine their teaching plans to ensure that learning activities better meet the needs of your child. At the end of the course, your child is assessed and their achievement is reported so that you know if they have achieved the expected learning outcomes for their grade.
Resources to help your child
A variety of digital and print resources from many different sources help students learn. Alberta Education reviews and authorizes many student and teacher resources that support learning and teaching in the classroom. Additionally, teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous other innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your child. Visit LearnAlberta.ca to learn more about the resources your child may encounter.