SCIENCE: Land Animals
Unit 1: Introduction
Predator and Prey, Studying the Animals, Habituation, Animal Careers, Zoologist, and Pet Careers.
Unit 2: Carnivorous Mammals
Creature Features, Order Carnivora, Family Canidae, Dogs, Canine Communication, Canine Construction, Canine Senses, Hunting, Wolves, Coyotes, Foxes, Jackals, Dingoes, Raccoon Dogs, and African Wild Dogs.
Unit 3: Carniforms Continued
Unparalleled Ursidae, Do Not Feed the Bears, If You See a Bear, Brown Bears, American Black Bears, Polar Bears, Sun Bears, Giant Pandas, Musky Mustelidae, Otters, The Great Hunt, Mephitidae Stink, Prying Procyonidae, and Raccoon Rabies.
Unit 4: Feliform Carnivores
Family Felidae, Profient Predators, Specific Spots and Stripes, Family Names, TheTop of the Food Chain, Lions, Tigers, North America's Three, Hyaenidae, Aardwolves, Viverridae, Herpestidae, and Meerkats.
Unit 5: Marsupials
Marsupial Migration, Order Diprotodontia, Suborder Macropodiformes, Wallabies, Bettongs and Potoroos, Suborder Bomboatiformes, Soborder Phalangeriformes, Order Peramelemorphia, Order Notorcyctemorphia, Order Dasyuromorphia, Order Microbiotheria, Order Didelphimorphia, Virginia Opossums, Playing Opossum, and Other American Opossums.
Unit 6: Primarily Primates
Monkeys and Man, Primate Classification, Suborder Strepsirrhini, Aye-Ayes, Suborder Haplorrhini, Tarsiiformes, Platyrrhini: The New World Monkeys, Catarrhini: The Old World Monkeys and Apes, Baboons and Mandrilly, Apes, Gibbons, Chimpanzees, and Bonobos, Gorillas, and Orangutans.
Unit 7: Rodentia and the Rest
Rodentia, Mouse-Like Rodents, Special Squirrels, Flying Squirrels, Beavers, Insectivora, Lagomorpha, Dermoptera, Monotremata, Platypuses, Echidnas, Edentata, Sloths, Anteaters, Armadillos, and Tubulidentata.
Unit 8: Ungulates
Proboscidea, Wooly Mammoths, Mastodons, Equine, Horse History, Horse Care, Horse see, Horse Breeds, The Gait, Growing Horses, Donkeys, Zebras, Rhinos, and Tapirs.
Unit 9: Order Artiodactyla
Bovidae, Antelopes, Gazelles, Impalas, Wildebeests, Bison and Buffalo, Caprines, Deer, Leaf Lovers, Okapis, and Hippopotamidae.
Unit 10: Order Squamata and Rhynchocephalia
Reptiles, Snakes, Lizards, Iguania, Geckos, Skinks, Lizards, and Tuataras.
Following Units will include, other reptiles, dinosaurs, and worms!
Social Studies:The Modern World (1850 to 2000)
Where was the Crystal Palace? Who was the Sick Man of Europe? And how did cow fat start a revolution? Year four, the final year in our first cycle, covers the major historical events of the years 1850 to the late 1990s, from the reign of England’s Queen Victoria to the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
West Against East
Resurrections and Rebellion
The American Civil War
Two Tries for Freedom
Two Empires, Three Republics, and One Empire
Two More Empires, Two Rebellions
A Canal to the East and a Very Dry Desert
The Far Parts of the World
The Old Fashioned Emperor and the Red Sultan
Two Czars and Two Emperors
Small Countries with Large Invaders
The Expanding United States
Europe and the Countries Just East
China, Vietnam - and France
Revolution In the Americas
A Revolution Begins, and the Great War Ends
'Peace' and a Man of War
The King and Il Duce
Armies In China
The Great Crash, and What Came of It
Civil War and Invasion
The Second World War
The End of World War II
Western Bullies and American Money
Africa and China After World War II
Communism in Asia
Dictators in South America and Africa
The Cold War
Struggles and Assassinations
Two Short Wars and One Long One
Two Ways of Fighting
The 1980s in the East and the Mideast
The 1980s in the USSR
Communism Crumbles--but Survives
The End of the Twentieth Century
Grammar and Writing
Using the Easy Grammar Program, students will cover an in depth grammar course to ready them to write clearly in future classes. Students will practice dictation, narration, basic grammar and writing.
Topics Covered include:
Writing skills, Penmanship:
(for information on why we teach cursive, please visit our "about us" or "curriculum" page)
Building upon each grade, the consistent step-by-step approach to good penmanship presented each year emphasizes neatness and correct letter formation in daily practice. Writing habits which are polished during second grade will greatly influence students’ penmanship skills throughout life. Beginning in lesson 81, penmanship class will focus primarily on creative writing skills and some penmanship review. Creative writing skills will be taught in a sequence that will prepare students to write their own stories incorporating higher level thinking skills into imaginative writing.
Oklahoma State Study
During modern era studies, students also study an in depth study of our home state, Oklahoma. At the end of the year, your student will have compiled a binder with all they have learned they can be proud of! Frequent reviews will take place so learning will not be wasted and left to the back crevices of the mind.
Fourth Grade Math
The Lab school of Oklahoma uses Saxon math for it's core math instruction. We believe each student is unique and teach to the individual. Therefore, we supplement with Math-U-See to integrate a more hands on approach with those who would benefit. For more information on Saxon math, please visit our "About Us" page.
Below is a list of new topics covered this year in math. For a great resource and explanation on why we use Saxon Math, please refer to our "About Us" page.
Multiplying fractions and mixed numbers
Dividing with decimals
Dividing with fractions and mixed numbers
Ratios and proportions
Prime and composite numbers
Greatest common factor (GCF)
Least common multiple (LCM)
Simplifying mixed measures
Scale drawings (two-dimensional)
Scale models (three-dimensional)
Horizontal, vertical, and oblique
Writing a word problem for a given equation
Making predictions based on statistics
Comparative Bar Graphs
Stem and Lea Plots
Classifying events as impossible, unlikely, likely, or certain
Books We May Read In Class:
Bridge to Terebithia by Catherine Patterson
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney
Mary Poppins by Pamela Lindon Travers
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Judy Blume