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In fourth grade, new opportunities abound, and the world seems to be expanding all around.

Fourth graders have a blast learning math by digging deep into the statistics of Memphis Grizzlies players.

These boys are eager to take laptops home for the first time and switch classes. Fourth graders have a growing sense of self and are also increasingly aware of others. As a result, collaborative learning is more productive than ever, and boys begin to understand that over time collaboration leads to innovation and change in our world. Fourth graders are passionate. Whether taking mad-minute tests or cheering for the Memphis Grizzlies, fourth-grade boys put forth intense effort.

Language Arts

  • Engage in Reader’s Workshop and apply comprehension strategies to heighten conference discussions with peers and teachers
  • Understand that story elements provide structure to reading and writing
  • Identify figurative language
  • Begin to apply metacognition marks and self-monitor comprehension while reading
  • Communicate in writing using knowledge of parts of speech (prepositions, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, and interjections) Identify complete subjects and predicates
  • Become familiar with dependent and independent clauses
  • Use the writing process to compose narrative, informational, and opinion writing samples during Writer’s Workshop
  • Use grade-appropriate paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and word usage to effectively complete a variety of writing tasks

Social Studies

  • Understand that advancements in civilizations lead to change
  • Research ways that ancient, modern, and medical innovations have impacted society
  • Discuss how innovations were conceived, were used, and have improved over time
  • Identify and explain the connections between geography and innovations
  • Explore how culture and innovations are connected in a civilization
  • Determine ways in which innovations cause a civilization to flourish


  • Read, write, identify, order, and compare whole numbers, decimals, and fractions
  • Round whole numbers and decimals
  • Add and subtract whole numbers, decimals, and fractions
  • Identify factors, multiples, and exponents as they relate to multiplication
  • Identify prime and composite numbers and understand their role in multiplication
  • Understand, memorize, and apply proper divisibility rules
  • Multiply multi-digit whole numbers, decimals, and fractions
  • Divide whole numbers, decimals, and fractions using single- and double-digit divisors
  • Identify properties of polygons
  • Identify points, lines, line segments, rays, angles, and their symbols
  • Determine area and perimeter of squares, rectangles, and circles
  • Demonstrate an understanding of patterns, relationships, and elementary algebraic representations
  • Identify mean, median, mode, and range in a set of data


  • Identify plants and animals as living organisms
  • Identify parts and observe functions of plants and flowers
  • Recognize characteristics of invertebrate phyla
  • Classify invertebrates
  • Understand the difference between static and current electricity
  • Test, repair, draw, and construct circuits from diagrams
  • Construct circuits in which the batteries are connected in series and parallel fashion
  • Construct a switch and place it in a circuit
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We intentionally educate and nurture the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.

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We know, nurture, and love each boy as a unique child of God.

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We teach the Bible and model the Christian faith to our boys.

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We aren't just teachers; we are life-long learners and students.

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We push students to engage as thinkers.

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In an increasingly connected world, our curriculum has a global perspective.

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Flexible teaching strategies seek to maximize learning for each boy.

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Our assessments aren't just a way to measure learning — we want our boys to demonstrate understanding.

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We seek to enroll boys from diverse backgrounds.

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We seek balance and excellence in all we do.

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We aren't just boy-friendly; we're boy-specific.

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Our program sets a foundation of learning that will help boys thrive beyond PDS.

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We take time to make sure our faculty and staff are growing spiritually.

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We hold high standards for ourselves, pushing ourselves to reflect, renew, and grow.

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