A Course Survey Overview
Outlines briefly what you intend to present through out the school year. Generating a survey at the beginning of the year can help you plan what you intend to teach. Typically the course survey will vary at the end from what you wrote originally. It's fun to keep the "original" and an updated version to see how the game changes as your student does.


4th Grade Course Survey
Language arts, reading, spelling, writing:
• Alphabetical order, use of a dictionary, long and short sounds, beginning and ending sounds, prefixes, suffixes, diphthongs, combinations, blends, diagraphs, plurals, syllables, word division and accent, contractions, compound base words, antonyms, synonyms.
• Sentence construction.
• Writing process.
• Facility of expression, letter writing, simple compositions using knowledge of grammar & punctuation.
• Journal writing.
• Poetry, reading and writing.
• D'Nealian Cursive.

Geography & History :
• Map reading and symbol interpretation.
• Determining distances.
• Identifying land form symbols.
• Using grids, latitude and longitude graphs.
• Graphs.
• Physical road and distribution maps.
• The continents and geographic comparisons.
• Fall of Rome and the Middle Ages.
• The Renaissance Era.
• Early American History

Science:
• Plants.
• Light, color and sight.
• The Solar System.
• Minerals, rocks and fossils.
• Animal adaptations and behavior.
• Sounds.
• Earth's Oceans.
• Electricity & Magnets.
• Human health and environments.

Computer Technology
• Internet Research
• Web Site design
• HTML and PERL programming

Mathematics
• Elementary Set Operations
• Basic Axioms of Arithmetic
• Addition and Subtraction (100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000, 1,000,000)
• Integers
• Multiplication and Division (10, 100, 1000)
• Symmetry, Angles, and Polygons
• Systems of Measurement
• Arithmetic of Fractions

We are enrolled in the EPGY (Education Program for Gifted Youth) at Stanford University for mathematics. We receive periodic progress reports from Stanford.

History
We are supplementing the Calvert History program with the series "A History of US" by Joy Hakim and other resources to study the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Field trips are planned.

Reading
We are supplementing the reading program with selected classics and reading level appropriate books.

Science
We are supplementing the Calvert Science program with additional science readings and Internet exploration, we intend to attend NASA Space Camp and perform extra science field trips and projects.

Art
We plan to take art education classes at the Art Shack at Sundance one day a week. We will study Art History and water color.

Physical Education
Our student will continue in a Taekwondo Martial Arts program.

Foreign Language
Transparent Language CD:Spanish