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Fourth Grade

Our Fourth Grade Curriculum

At Carden Academy of Whittier, we consider nothing more important than to help each student learn and grow at their best pace. We have constructed our fourth grade program with the benefit of all of our students in mind. Our small class sizes allow our dedicated teachers to provide an accelerated curriculum and individualized instruction that benefits all of our students. Our teachers are able to provide additional support in academic areas to foster the learning pace and needs of our students through daily small group work sessions.


When you choose Carden Academy of Whittier, you ensure that your child will be exposed to a wide and varied curriculum filled with all of the skill sets necessary to help guide their development thoroughly. We offer instruction in classical literature, math, physical education, music, foreign languages, art, and advanced academic programs such as STEM. We believe a child’s development is not just cognitive, but also social, creative, and physical. We are committed to supporting the development of the whole child at every grade level.


Schedule a tour to learn more about our fourth grade program!

Fourth Grade Objectives

To Give Each Child:

Security in learning, the ability to think, self-reliance, understanding of what he/she is learning, and knowledge of the purpose of that learning; good study habits, love of reading and math, a pleasurable learning experience.



Parts of speech: preposition; conjunction; interjection; relative pronoun; four kinds of nouns. Difference forms of adjectives (positive, comparative, and superlative). Parts of the sentence: subject; predicate; direct object. Verbs: Future perfect tense, negative question form, synopsis (one person in all forms and all tenses), done to (passive voice) conjugation and synopsis. Punctuation: comma rules. Language Workbook. Sentence Analysis (outlining).


Grade Four Spelling Book. Contrast and application of major rules already learned. Advance vowel charts - necessary (nec(e)-eD-ary=ery), 45 word groups, synonyms and antonyms.


California, Map reading, Our Home, Our Earth.


Complete farmer pattern: four sentences, Carden summary (more difficult material summarized) paraphrase, smiles, 5-step paragraph: four of the sentences (topic sentence; three, varied, specific sentences to prove it), Composition Forms: 17 more advanced forms (4 sentences to 5 paragraphs).


Expressions, tenses, vocabulary, reading, writing, and answering questions.


All four processes into the 1.000,000 house, Subtractions: borrowing from any house, Multiplication: 3-place with expansion and carrying to any house, and multiplication properties, Division: 3-place divisors in long division with and without, remainders, Word problems: more difficult in all processes; difference between; "all in the beginning," Factual mastery: timed tests on all processes, Fractions: conversations and related work up through simple adding and subtracting, and mixed numbers, Roman Numerals: 1-1,000's, Measurement (conversions): linear; liquid; weight; Metrics: measuring: simple computations, Other topics: rounding off in the millions; simple line graphs; bar graphs; table graphs; pie graphs; pictographs, Centigrade and Fahrenheit, decimals, and solving equations.


Early North American explorers, Colonial history of the U.S. with focus on American heroes, California history and customs, Techniques of outlining: drawing conclusions from facts presented.


Scott-Foresman Science: weather, fish, reptiles, hibernation, birds, sea life, circulation, earth science, plants, sound experiments, physical science.


Weekly art projects and techniques as well as art appreciation.

Physical Education:

Seasonal organized sports and skills, sportsmanship.

Social Studies:

Developing knowledge and skill in history, geography, culture, economics, civics, and government. We also focus on people and their interaction with others and the world in which they live. Our students gain a better understanding of their country and its regions.

Attitude Development:

While discussing Carden Standards of Living, the student is helped to develop the ability to function without self-consciousness in the presence of classmates and adults. Accept responsibility for learning, make individual contributions to group discussions and bring from home resource information when pertinent to discussions. Praise the work of others, accept constructive correction, have a calm demeanor, and have a sense of security in the learning experience. Display kindness and respect to others, always.

California Day:

Friday, May 3, 2024

Books for the Pupils


Dr. Doolittle

Indian in the Cupboard

Swiss Family Robinson

Aesop's Fables

Just So Stories

By the Great Hornspoon

Read to the Children:


The Little Princess

Island of the Blue Dolphins



The Singing Tree

Brer Rabbit

Tom Thumb

The Legend of William Tell

Pied Piper of Hamlin

A Tale of Old Holland

The Little Lame Prince


Intermediate Class Book

Grade 4 Workbook (Reading)

Language 4 Workbook

Comprehension Techniques

California Workbook

Looking at the World

Spelling Workbook

Greek Mythology

Uncle Remus


Mathematics by Houghton Mifflin

Math Steps by Houghton Mifflin


Science by Scott-Foresman


Oh, California Text

Extracurricular Activities

Field Trips:

January, 2024 - "Seussical the Musical" at the Brea Curtis Theater

Monday, January 22, 2024 - "Walk Through California" (on campus)

Friday, May 17, 2024 - San Juan Capistrano

After-School Clubs:

Mondays: Cheer, Choir, Gardening, and Musical Theater

Tuesdays: Cross Country

Wednesdays: Cross Country, Dance (Ballet) and Train Children Chess Club

Thursdays: Cross Country, Reading Club, and Spanish Club

Fridays: Cheer & Dance (Hip Hop)

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