An independent JrK-12 college preparatory school 
located in Concord, North Carolina
The fourth-grade year is a busy and challenging year as students take on more responsibility and accountability for themselves and their organizational skills. There are inquiry based projects and various writing assignments to complete in all subject areas. Fourth graders continue to hone their skills in physical education, art, library, computer, music, science lab, and world language.

Curriculum - click on subject for more information

List of 10 items.

  • Art

    The fourth grade art program focuses on individual students and their abilities. The students learn to develop their skills through art by drawing, painting, letter making, and clay works. Integration of lessons that relate to their classroom work is vital to making relevant connections. Students reflect upon their Lower School experiences which includes writing about art and creating definitions according to their own experiences. Art history and appreciation continues to be a key component in this program.
  • Computers

    Technology is integrated into classroom curriculum units to promote information literacy, creative work, and critical thinking. Students complete computer projects that enhance the overall learning experience. In fourth grade, students continue to work on the writing process, using a variety of excellent resources, contexts, and tools. They continue to add to their productivity skills, gain more experience with using spreadsheets, and use multimedia software to collaborate and communicate. An information literacy curriculum is used in the Lower School that emphasizes comprehension, communication, organization, and research skills. This program helps students increase their sophistication levels in currently available technology, but also incorporates "learning to learn" in a way that will transfer to the technology tools of the future.
  • Language Arts

    The fourth-grade reading and language arts program provides opportunities for the integration of communication skills through the curriculum. Students learn analytical skills using both traditional and modern literature in a variety of genres. Using the Open Court reading program and a variety of novels that correlate with the science and social studies curriculum, students focus on character studies, conflict and resolution, cause and effect, and author's style. Writing skills include structure of a five-paragraph essay, quotations, sequence organization, figurative language, personal correspondence, and poetry. Students have opportunities to develop speaking skills through the study of current events, interviewing, and oral presentations of reports. The program includes weekly vocabulary, spelling, and grammar development.
  • Library

    We continue to foster a love for books and reading throughout the final year of Lower School as we prepare our fourth graders for their transition to Middle School. Exposure to cultural diversity through literature is further expanded during the fourth-grade year. They also further cultivate their reading, listening, discussion, and story retelling skills. In addition, fourth graders incorporate the use of the Cannon Five principles: Be Curious, Be Strategic, Be Creative, Communicate, and Be Reflective in their research methods. They learn to locate resources, use criteria to choose credible sources as well as to paraphrase and summarize information, avoiding plagiarism.
  • Math

    The mathematics program in fourth grade continues to build the foundation in computational and problem-solving skills. Using the Everyday Mathematics program, mathematical concepts are presented in a real-world context, with students solving problems cooperatively, as well as individually. Skill acquisition is monitored in practice, reteaching, enrichment, and extension activities using a variety of hands-on materials. Decimals, metric and standard measurement, fractions, time, and money are included in basic computation.
  • Music

    In fourth-grade music, increased awareness of healthy vocal technique is emphasized alongside a basic understanding of music theory. Instrumentally, students reinforce their skills learned on the soprano recorder when they are introduced to the alto recorder. Skills in reading and writing musical notation are reinforced through singing, movement exercises, playing the recorder, and other classroom musical instruments. Students read, write, and perform more advanced rhythmic and melodic patterns. Examples of classical, folk, contemporary, and world music are used throughout the school year to enhance each student’s development in understanding musical concepts. In addition to studying the life and works of famous composers, fourth graders begin also to learn about the period of music history in which the composer lived, and how his or her work related to that era. Fourth-grade students perform at the Lower School Christmas concert in December, a grade level assembly, at the Arts Jam in the spring, and at their Fourth Grade Honors Celebration in May.
  • Physical Education

    First- through fourth-grade PE classes experience a vast exposure to sports of all kinds, all designed to improve coordination, flexibility and strength with an age appropriate emphasis. Students are instructed in the areas of fitness, technique, and teamwork. Such activities as Nitroball (volleyball, with a twist!), volleyball, soccer, gymnastics and tumbling, scooter activities, softball and baseball, track and field, basketball, badminton, running/jogging, tennis, and marshmallow ball are introduced throughout the year. Our goal as a Lower School Physical Education Department is for all students to be equipped with appropriate knowledge of varying sports and to develop a lifelong love for fitness.
  • Science

    In the beginning of fourth grade, students focus on becoming better scientists by improving their science skills. They complete labs designed to stretch their curiosity, observing, measuring, reasoning, while forming their own hypothesis. Next students study earth movements, such as continental drift, mountain formation and earthquakes. Learning about digestion and nutrition is next on their "menu." Students study parts of the digestive system, learn how to read food labels and about different types of foods. Students learn about the formation of electricity and its relationship to magnetism. Students invent their own motorized projects with switches. Students end the year by studying plant and animal adaptations. Plant studies include learning parts of plants, flower dissections, steps in the growth process and functions of each plant part. Students then research different types of animals and how they are adapted for survival.
  • Social Studies

    The fourth grade social studies program has three specific components – world geography, world history, and American history. A study of the longitude and latitude coordinate system is the focus for world geography. The world history topics are the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Europe. In American history, the fourth grade focuses on the American Revolution (including North Carolina's role). Each student studies and reports on an American hero. All social studies topics incorporate making and reading time lines and maps, writing in-depth research reports on selected areas within the major topics, and cooperative group projects. Literature set in appropriate time periods enhances the details and helps students visualize the reality of the periods.
  • Spanish

    Moving into the Level 3 Spanish curriculum, fourth graders continue learning verb forms and expanding their use of the pronouns: I, you, he, she, we, and they. The use of more complex dialogue, writing, reading and constructed responses is integral to the fourth-grade Spanish program. Students are able to construct full conversations both verbally and in written form by year's end. Culturally, students research Spanish-speaking countries and develop and present a full-scale presentation on a country of their choosing.

Classroom Teachers

Denise Horton
Fourth Grade Teacher

Kevin Fox
Fourth Grade Teacher

Joseph Dally
Fourth Grade Teacher

Co-Curricular Teachers

Judy Campbell
Physical Education

Kelvin Drakeford
Physical Education

Barb Falkenbury
Reading Specialist

Kathryn Riley
Computer Science

World Language

Tracy Wade
Learning Specialist

Cannon School

Phone: 704-786-8171 | Fax: 704-788-7779