Grade Four Curriculum Picks

Note: These Grade Four Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form). Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the OverDrive virtual eBook library.

Vendor websites are pick-and-choose and some optional or alternate suggestions may be listed, so select your items with care.

Overview Of Grade 4 Curriculum Picks
English Language Arts
  • Language Lessons for a Living Education 4 with 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall novel with Literature Kit (or alternate)
  • Growing up in Wild Horse Canyon by Karen Autio with free teacher's guide

Mathematics

  • Math Lessons for a Living Education 4

OR

  • Jump Math New Canadian Edition 4.1 and 4.2

Science 

The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers OR 3-D Graphic Organizers

Biology

  • What Senses do Animals Have? by Bobbie Kalman
  • What is a Biome? by Bobbie Kalman

Chemistry

  • Solids, Liquids and Gases by the Ontario Science Centre 

Physics

  • God's Design for the Physical World: Heat and Energy Teacher and Student Pack

Earth/Space

  • Seasons, Tides and Lunar Phases by Tara Haelle 

Social Studies

  • Courage & Conquest by Northwoods Press

Bible/Christian Studies

  • Building Life's Castles Student Manual by Positive Action for Christ

Optional Resources (not detailed below)

  • STEM Starters: Zip-Line Racers (ADST)
  • I Am Canada: Blood and Iron (English Language Arts, Social Studies)
  • Hudson's Bay Company Adventures (English Language Arts, Social Studies)
  • Canadian Handwriting D (English Language Arts)
  • Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids Gr. 3-4 (Health Education)
  • ScienceWiz Energy Kit (Science)
  • Discovering New France (Social Studies; use with Courage and Conquest)
  • Canada Map Book 3 (Social Studies)

 

Detailed Information - Grade 4 Curriculum Picks

English Language Arts

Language Lessons for a Living Education 4 with 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible

Type of Resource: Workbook 

Description: This course utilizes a story-based approach, using Charlotte Mason's ideas for the modern homeschool student with character-building themes. Each quarter has five stories, two picture studies (one of which is biblically-based), and two poems (one of which is a psalm). Using the spelling words and the Dictionary Worksheets, the student will create their very own dictionary as they move week by week through the material. This course incorporates picture study, memorization, grammar and punctuation, spelling and vocabulary, observation, and application through creating their own stories through pictures, sentences, paragraphs, poems, psalms, and letters. This course also develops reading skills and gently develops narration skills.

Students will build on and reinforce essential communication skills as they achieve proficiency in grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and reading comprehension. Independent reading and mastery of effective sentences and paragraphs are at the heart of this course. Students will enjoy poem, hymn, and picture studies and faith-growing stories to inspire detailed and descriptive paragraphs. Activities include memorizing poems, Scripture, and the books of the Bible, creating a dictionary, gentle narration and copy work, and critical thinking games to hone and apply their writing and reading skills creatively.

Additional copy work, fun games, and activities are in the back for extra practice of key grammar concepts and spelling, making the course easily adaptable to meet the needs of each student. Writing stamina is built up gradually. By the end of the course, students should be able to comfortably write a four to five-sentence paragraph. 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible is a required resource for this program.

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/language-lessons-for-a-living-education-4

Series Overview: https://www.masterbooks.com/language-lessons-for-a-living-education-series

Placement Guide: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/939/

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/graded-language-arts-curricula/language-lessons-for-a-living-education#

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents: see this page under "Description"

PDF Samples: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/968/ 

Sarah, Plain and Tall Novel with Literature Kit

Type of Resource: fiction novel and workbook

Description: Students begin by imagining the hardships of living as a pioneer on the American prairies. Answer true or false questions about Sarah's letter to Anna and Caleb. Complete sentences from the story with their missing vocabulary words. Do some investigation to learn about mica, something that Sarah says her dune sparkled with. Use events from the story to inspire a tercet poem. Students imagine interviewing Sarah about her experiences. The comprehension quiz works great as a study guide for a final exam. Written to Bloom's Taxonomy; additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.

About the Novel: a story filled with wisdom, gentle humour and the practical concerns necessary for a satisfying life. This Newbery Medal-winning story is based on the true adventures of a family living on the vast prairie in the early years of the 20th century. The story begins when Anna and Caleb missing their mother who died, wish for another woman to make their father laugh again. Sarah responds to an ad, stating she will come by train, wearing a yellow bonnet and that she is plain and tall. And into their lives comes Sarah, with her own needful loneliness and searching to help them create a whole family. But life on the endless prairie can be hard and unforgiving, taking all a person's strength and courage just to survive.

Website: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp2308

Free Bonus Worksheets: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/cc2308d

PDF Samples: available on their website here

Growing up in Wild Horse Canyon by Karen Autio with Free Teacher's Guide

Type of Resource: nonfiction picture book

Description: explores Okanagan history by focusing on Wild Horse Canyon in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park (south of Kelowna, BC) and its vicinity. This narrative nonfiction picture book, with illustrations by Loraine Kemp, includes natural and social history.

A hidden canyon in British Columbia's southern interior, a ponderosa pine tree sprouts. Season pass as the tree grows, witness to generations of human history in the Okanagan Valley, from First Nations quests to fur brigades, horse wrangling, secret wartime commando training, to the firestorm of 2003. Richly illuminated by maps, illustrations and historical images and informed by a timeline and historical notes, this fascinating book weaves First Nations history with European settlement and natural history. By following the thread of one tree growing one sheltered and sacred space, award-winning author Karen Autio gently explores patterns of colonization that will resonate with readers all over North America. 

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This resource also addresses many standards in Grade 3 Social Studies, especially when the activities in the teacher guide are explored.

Website: http://www.karenautio.com/PictureBooks

Reviews: http://www.karenautio.com/GUWHC_Reviews

Teacher's Guide: https://www.crwth.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/TG_GrowingUpinWildHorseCanyon.pdf

Sample Pages (Amazon): https://www.amazon.ca/Growing-Up-Wild-Horse-Canyon/dp/1775331903

 

Mathematics

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education 4
Option 2: Jump Math New Canadian Edition 4.1 and 4.2

Singapore Math Standards Edition edition is not mentioned here because as the grades progress, it is more difficult to "jump in" to this method of learning. It is still a strong option and can be considered for students looking for an academically rigorous curriculum. A placement test is strongly recommended before selecting a level.

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education 4

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: teaches math concepts through engaging, real-life stories and practical application. In Level 4, a summer spent in Peru has meant a lot of changes for Charlie, Charlotte, and their growing family! Your student joins them as they see new sights on a family trip, explore the role math plays in their adventures, develop important character traits, apply critical thinking skills, and discover how mathematical concepts interact with the world around them.

Math is a living subject that happens all over everyday life! In Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 4, students learn math concepts such as fractions, metric units of measurement, basic geometry, and averaging through exciting, real-world stories and applications. A blend of stories, copy work, oral narration, and hands-on experience brings the concepts to life, invites the student to explore the world around them, and gives this math course a Charlotte Mason flavour.

This course includes: convenient Daily Schedule; short, engaging 15-30 minute lessons; full-colour worksheets; answer key; manipulatives section, and features convenient perforated pages.

Students will learn:

  • New Fraction Concepts
  • Multiplication with Carrying using 11’s & 12’s
  • Measurement
  • Division with Remainders
  • Decimals
  • Geometry

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/math-lessons-for-a-living-education-level-4

Placement Tests: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/750/

Series Overview Video: https://youtu.be/JHlMs8kFp18

Series Overview Webpage: https://www.masterbooks.com/math-lessons-for-a-living-education-series/

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/math/math-grades-k-6/math-lessons-for-a-living-education

Table of Contents: found on this page under "Description"

PDF Sample Pages: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/731/ 

 

Option 2: Jump Math New Canadian Edition Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 4 (Parts 1 and 2) 

Type of Resource: workbooks

Description: in conjunction with the New Canadian Edition of JUMP Math's teacher resources, Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 4 is designed to cover the curriculum for Grade 4 mathematics, with units on:

  • Number Sense
  • Patterns and Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Probability and Data Management

The New Canadian edition of AP Book 4 is printed in two parts, Book 4.1 and Book 4.2. In order to cover the full curriculum, students will need both parts. 

Note from Curriculum Consultant: The multi-modal approaches to solving math problems presented in this resource can be a benefit to some students, but other students may find this approach confusing and would be better served with a program that presents a consistent approach to solving problems.

Website: https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/ap_new_cdn_4

Teacher Resource/Lesson Plans: free when you register online, https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/tr_4_new_Cdn 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents here

Sample Pages: 

Science

The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, K-5

100 ready-to-use graphic organizers that help elementary students learn

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: graphic organizers are a powerful metacognitive teaching and learning tool. These graphic organizers can be used before learning, during learning, or after learning activities. This resource provides tools to help students understand relationships between facts, terms, and ideas.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: this resource can be utilized where resources do not provide a way to interact with the material presented. Teachers and students can pick and choose organizers that appeal to them and are readily adaptable to the material they are learning. It is a recommended pick for grades 2 - 5 and can be used again year after year.

Website: here 

Biology

What Senses do Animals Have? by Bobbie Kalman

Use this book with one of the "Graphic Organizers" resources mentioned on this page to assist with learning and reinforcing key concepts.

Type of Resource: nonfiction book

Description: did you know that worker bees have more than 5,000 lenses in each eye and dragonflies have more than 30,000? Did you know a chameleon can move each of its eyes in opposite directions? This fascinating book will thrill children with facts, such as how crickets hear with their legs, how bats and dolphins use echolocation, how elephants hear low-frequency sounds, and how sharks use their lateral line for sensing movement in the water. Other topics include animals that can sense ultraviolet and infrared light, temperature changes, and smells and those that are able to detect magnetic fields. This book, written at a grade 3 reading level and illustrated with magnificent photographs, is more interesting than a science-fiction novel! 

Website: https://www.crabtreebooks.com/en-ca/ProductDetail/9780778732853_what-senses-do-animals-have

Preview available here

What is a Biome? by Bobbie Kalman

Use this book with one of the "Graphic Organizers" resources mentioned on this page to assist with learning and reinforcing key concepts.

Type of Resource: nonfiction book

Description: the earth has over 30 types of biomes, some of which are home to thousands of ecosystems. All of the plants and animals living in these huge natural areas depend on one another for survival. Children will love learning about life in each major biome. Using simple-to-understand text and beautiful images, What is a Biome? clearly defines the concepts of biome and climate, and covers:

  • the world’s biomes including forests, deserts, grasslands, wetlands, oceans, and the chilly arctic tundra
  • how wildlife has adapted to their biome’s particular climate
  • biomes in danger

Website: https://www.crabtreebooks.com/en-ca/ProductDetail/9780865058873_what-is-a-biome

Preview available here

Chemistry

Solids, Liquids and Gases by the Ontario Science Centre 

Type of Resource: nonfiction book

Description: Solids, Liquids and Gases has 13 experiments carefully chosen by the Ontario Science Centre. With minimal supervision, children can explore the three states of matter, what makes each state unique and how matter changes from a solid to a liquid to a gas through evaporation, condensation, melting and freezing. Filled with bright photographs, the Starting with Science series provides valuable lessons about basic science.

Website: https://www.kidscanpress.com//products/solids-liquids-and-gases

PDF Sample: https://www.kidscanpress.com/sites/default/files/products/assets/SolidsLiquidsAndGases_0717_activity.pdf

Physics

God's Design for the Physical World: Heat and Energy Teacher and Student Pack

Note: This resource will make up the bulk of the student work for Grade 4 science. The other branches of science addressing the other big ideas and content competencies are purposefully not addressed to the same level of depth.

Type of Resource: softcover student home education resource book

Description: your student will delight in learning about the many kinds of energy that power our lives. From fossil fuels to nuclear power plants, you will see how God provided for our energy needs. Your student will enjoy experimenting with magnets and mirrors, light bulbs, and lenses, as he/she studies the wonders of electricity, magnetism, light, and sound. Your student will also learn about that wondrous power source, the sun. Heat and Energy provides 35 lessons that will introduce your student to the energy available in the physical world. Full-colour.

God’s Design Series Overview

Elementary and middle schoolers will love the exciting, easy-to-understand, and easily taught lessons in the God’s Design textbooks by Debbie and Richard Lawrence. Best of all, God’s Design textbooks help you teach science from a biblical, creationist perspective, emphasizing God’s handiwork in the world around us. Using God’s Design curriculum from AiG will help strengthen your student’s faith by showing how science consistently supports the Bible’s written record. Students will learn to think critically and logically examine arguments presented by all sides in the creation/evolution debate.

Note: this resource is suitable for Grades 3 - 8. There is a Challenge section in light green boxes throughout the book for students in grades 6-8. The description above refers to the full colour updated 4th Edition.

The teacher supplement book provides an introduction on how to teach the curriculum, a supply list and answer key for each lesson, a resource guide containing suggested books, videos, and field trips, and a master supply list for God’s Design for the Physical World: Heat & Energy. Also includes student supplement worksheets and tests in an electronic form.

Website: https://answersingenesis.org/store/product/gods-design-physical-world-heat-and-energy-2016/?sku=13-1-041

Table of Contents and Sample Pages: https://assets.answersingenesis.org/doc/prod/etc/sample/13-1-041_heat-energy-student.pdf

Earth/Space

Seasons, Tides and Lunar Phases by Tara Haelle 

Use this book with one of the "Graphic Organizers" resources mentioned on this page to assist with learning and reinforcing key concepts.

Type of Resource: nonfiction book

Description: the Earth rotates on its axis, causing day and night, and revolves around the Sun, causing changes in season and weather occurrences

Website: https://rourkeeducationalmedia.com/products/seasons-tides-and-lunar-phases-paperback

 

Social Studies

Courage and Conquest: Discovering Canadian History 7th Edition by Northwoods Press

Type of Resource: softcover student home education resource book

Description: a chronological study of Canadian History including all major events in the settlement of Canada to Confederation. Each lesson includes references to literature sure to captivate the student's interests. Text, reproducible work pages and timeline picture with each lesson. Includes exciting living text geared for upper elementary.  

Assignments with each lesson introduce the Six Historical Thinking Concepts for critical thinking. Colour timeline pictures complement each lesson. Historical fiction titles are listed for each topic, both in print and out of print for library users.  While this resource is most suitable for upper elementary, all ages can benefit. 

The following additional resources are recommended to deepen the quality of learning not essential to this independent guide.

  • Stowing Away with the Vikings - fiction
  • Gold Rush Fever: A Story of the Klondike, 1898 (fiction; out of print)
  • The Kids Book of Canadian History - highly recommended
  • The Kids Book of Canada's Railway - highly recommended
  • The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration - highly recommended
  • Discovering Canada Series by Robert Livesey and A. G. Smith (7 books in the series)

Website: https://www.donnaward.net/courage-and-conquest-discovering-canadian-history-7th-edition/9781927474587/shop.php

Review here

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Digital Content: To collect digital content on a product you have purchased Login (or create a user account) and enter the code inside the front cover on the Redeem Code Field (original purchaser only).

Table of Contents and Samples Pages: available on this page (scroll down)

 

Bible/Christian Studies

Building Life's Castles Student Manual by Positive Action for Christ

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: encourage the study of God’s Word with this full-colour workbook filled with approachable exercises that teach biblical truth and apply what is taught. This Student Manual includes

  • Engaging Design—full-colour activity pages with original artwork, puzzles, and maps
  • Vocabulary Sections—key terms from Scripture
  • Music Curriculum—hymn lyrics included in the back of the book
  • Life Applications—activities to encourage self-reflection and character development

Fourth Edition improvements include . . .

  • Segmented sessions and a simplified layout that help with planning
  • Greater variety of student exercises to encourage recall, conceptual thinking, and higher reasoning
  • Additional map activities and graphics for visual engagement with the material
  • Dedicated personal application or journaling section at the end of each lesson

Website: https://positiveaction.org/store/group/building-life-castles#overview

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/bible-religion/curricula-and-scripture-memory/positive-action-for-christ-bible-curriculum#

PDF Sample of Student Manual: https://positiveaction.org/documents/603/G4_SM_Sample.pdf 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: free printable verse cards

Teacher's Manual: provides tools for teaching and discipling students. With features including a weekly schedule, lesson objectives, discussion questions, and character trait activities, you’ll have everything you need to help your students grow in their knowledge of God and His Word.

Note from curriculum consultant: although it is recommended to use the teacher manual with this resource, students can use the student manual alone with minor adjustments.

PDF Sample of Teacher's Manual: https://positiveaction.org/documents/709/G4_TM_Sample.pdf

 


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