READING READINESS AND LANGUAGE ARTS: This year we move to reading chapter books and use a variety of methods, including guided reading, literature circles, and self-guided novel study. Emphasis is placed on the writing process through creative and research writing, frequently using 1-1 Chromebooks to create Google slide presentations, do research, and Young Author stories, along with many other projects.
MATHEMATICS: Students develop problem-solving strategies, reinforce their fact recall, are introduced to pre-algebra skills, learn about the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages, and build an understanding of the benefits of learning skills through real-world problem solving activities. Each week we have a Math Magician activity—a student planned and lead math lesson.
RELIGION: Fourth graders learn to be Jesus’ disciples by studying the Beatitudes, Ten Commandments and the Saints. We start learning how to use the Bible, study the liturgical calendar and church history. During Lent they perform Stations of the Cross. Students write Befriender letters monthly to Christian Community Home residents and raise money for a charity through their Works of Mercy Rummage Sale
SCIENCE: We expand upon what we’ve learned about the scientific method and participate in the science fair. We also learn about plant structures and their life cycle, identify ecosystems and our natural resources. Fourth graders research properties and changes in matter and are introduced to forms of energy and electricity.
SOCIAL STUDIES: They primarily study Wisconsin and its geography, history, economics and culture along with other Midwestern states and their impact on historical events, including the American Revolution and Civil War. Students study in-depth about immigration, culminating in our Immigrant Day event.
- Hudson’s Track & Field Day
- Participate in the school’s Geography Bee
- Junior Achievement
- Clubs: Children’s Choir, Comic Book Club, Greenhouse Club, Band, Drama Club, Passport Club
- Field Trips: Interstate Park, Minnesota Historical Museum, St Paul Cathedral, UWRF Dairy Farm and local hobby farms, Octagon House Tour, Willow River Nature Center & Bird Hike
- Educational river class at the St Croix with the St Croix National Scenic Riverway Stewards Program
- Tree Trek Program in conjunction with the Hudson Urban Forestry Board, Willow River & Trinity School that will lead to identifying and tagging trees for a Historic
- Hudson Tree Walk
- Guest Speakers – Octagon House presentations on the establishment of the town of Hudson and the impact of lumbering / Visiting Wizard’s Science presentations
Key above all else: LEADERSHIP! This is learned through becoming a disciple of Jesus. Very basic and simple – follow Jesus and what he asks of us and we will make the right decisions, treat people kindly and empathetically, and work hard. It is a journey to learn independence, become more spiritual (their prayer journals are conversations with God), and gain confidence that will last a lifetime.