A co-educational private school for Preschool–Grade Eight

Grade 4

Grade 4 girl presenting projectStudent Chloe presents her research on Colonial America during the Colonial Expo.

What do we learn?

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EXPOSITION
The Colonial Expo

Fourth grade's capstone experience begins when each class creates two debates related to their Inquiry Studies. Each student participates in one of these debates, the subjects of which are as follows:

  • Native Americans debating how to respond to a new group that has arrived on their land
  • Colonial tradespeople debating the actions of the British—some debaters are Loyalists, some are Patriots

They then participate in a live debate at the end of the school year.

"The Colonial Expo" helps fourth grade students to refine their skills in the following areas:

Public Speaking

Researching

Creativity

Debating

Time Management

Drafting, writing and refining arguments

A Day in the Life...

Fourth-graders are the leaders of the Lower School. They take this "job" seriously—leading by example and showing their younger classmates the importance of the FH Pillars. They receive instruction in traditional subjects each day but also participate in special subjects like Learning & Design, both Spanish and Chinese language and culture, music and visual arts, and physical education.

Below is what a sample day could look like in our Grade 4 classrooms:

4th grade schedule

Meet the Team

Tara Hartmann

Tara Hartmann

Titles: Fourth Grade Teacher
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Peter McBride

Peter McBride

Titles: Fourth Grade Teacher
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Jean Perry

Jean Perry

Titles: LS Administrative Assistant
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Mary Wagner

Mary Wagner

Titles: Science Teacher
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