Becky Collyard



5th grade class

Fourth Grade Curriculum

Handwriting: Our students continue practicing cursive lettering with use of Zaner-Bloser worksheets and progress to using regular lined notebook paper.

Memory Work: Our students memorize Bible passages related to the lessons they are studying in religion. They also memorize selected hymn verses.

Literature: Our students use Lucy Calkins to work through four units of study - Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Non Fiction, and The American Revolution.  Focus is also placed on learning and reading selections from the different genres of Literature.

Religion: Our students read from the Bible learn how each lesson applies to their lives. We use the Christ Light curriculum.

Social Studies: Our students learn about the history of Wisconsin all year.  The year is supplemented by enjoying WI born author Laura Ingalls Wilder's first book, "Little House in the Big Woods," and also WI written and published book "Shapers" at the end of the year.

Spanish: Our students learn using Rosetta Stone on their Chromebooks.  They practice identifying and hearing Spanish words and phrases.

Spelling: Our students retain, internalize, and transfer valuable spelling knowledge for improved results in all areas of literacy in the classroom and beyond. We use Zaner-Bloser’s Spelling Connections 2012

Language Arts/Writing: In language arts, our students develop their skills in grammar and writing. We use the Shurley Method and Lucy Calkins.

Science: Our students learn science concepts and principles in a hands-on approach. 

Math: Our students deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts through smaller, easily assimilated increments are spread across the year. They review and build connections to other “strands” every step of the way. We use the Big Ideas curriculum.

Art: Our students learn about various artists and their unique styles of art, and they undertake several projects of their own. They also learn that while God did not give everyone equal artistic abilities, all good efforts are God-pleasing.

Music: Our students learn songs; both secular and religious. They also learn about instruments through the 2020 Plank Road Publishing Inc.'s program of Ukulele/Recorder/Karate, a highly motivational method for young players.

Physical Education: Our students learn skills in several sports, including volleyball, cross-country, basketball, track and field, dancing, and softball, in conjunction with cooperative games that emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, and the importance of fair play.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School
734 Holy Cross Way
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608-249-3101