Fourth Grade

Wheeling Country Day School offers Fourth Grade for children eight and nine years old. Fourth grade marks a clear transition in a student’s academic progress with increased expectations for student responsibility and self-directed learning. 

Fourth grade students concentrate heavily on social aspects of life, with a strong emphasis on contextual understanding, recognition of differing perspectives, and a development of empathy.

The reading component focuses on vocabulary, comprehension, and analysis of character and plot in a broad range of selections including fiction, historical fiction, and non-fiction. Writing continues to be a central part of all learning activities including journals, book reports, and research papers. Spelling and vocabulary skills develop from word lists and from words in the content areas. Grammar and structure become valuable tools to enhance communication. Students develop reports, stories, letters, and journal entries using the writing process.

Mathematics continues to stress the need for accurate computation and careful application in the problem solving process. Concepts are introduced and reviewed through a variety of hands-on and pencil-and-paper activities. Equations and word problems take on increasing importance in the program. The analytical approach to problem solving prepares the children for more rigorous quantitative explorations.

The study of United States history uses both historical and current events, along with cultural analysis, which culminates in a Native American societal review. The use of Socratic discussions and open-ended, Problem-Based Learning activities is relied upon in order to instill a sense of understanding across civilizations.

Classroom experiments rooted in Inquiry-Based Learning allow students to utilize creative and innovative thinking skills, as well as develop unique solutions to real world situations. Students will study a variety of topics including physical, earth, and natural sciences while using outdoor, place-based resources among a lush campus in order to better visualize both the problem and solution.

Writing and Language Arts

The fourth-grade class has a strong focus on writing and language arts throughout the year. The students work on memoir writing, learning how to craft engaging introductions and endings for their stories. They explore various forms of figurative language, such as similes, metaphors, and hyperbole, to enhance their writing. In grammar, the students learned about conjunctions, compound sentences, and capitalization rules. Additionally, the class participated in literature circles, choosing books like “Lawn Boy,” “Chocolate Fever,” and “Amber Brown,” to discuss and analyze together. The teachers encourage the students to practice writing regularly and aim to foster a love for reading through engaging class read-alouds.

Creative & Skill-Based Courses

In addition to the traditional subject areas, students participate in fine arts, physical education, foreign language, and technology classes. An emphasis on the fine arts has been a part of the school since its inception. Biweekly classes in art and music are highlights in the children’s experiences. Daily physical education classes enhance physical development, while the morning intramural program fosters team relationships across grade levels. Children learn to use both the library and the computer as valuable resources for information.


Mathematics has been a significant focus in the fourth-grade curriculum. The students work on multiplication, reviewing and recalling their multiplication facts. They engage in timed practice problems to improve their multiplication speed and partner up for flashcard exercises. The class also explore concepts like multiplying by tens, hundreds, and thousands, as well as using place value to add and subtract large numbers. Emphasizing real-world applications, the students were encouraged to use addition and subtraction in word problems. The teachers incorporated interactive and hands-on activities, such as a whole-class Jeopardy game, to reinforce their math skills.

An Emphasis on Character Development

Character development instruction highlighting respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship complements the academic offerings. Each teacher weaves this special program into the class’s regular curriculum.

Science and History Deep Dive

Fourth grade Deep Dive’s are an in-depth exploration of specific subjects or topics beyond the regular curriculum. It involves immersing the students in a comprehensive study of a particular subject, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the chosen topics.

During a History Deep Dive, they could focus on significant historical events and periods, such as the American Revolution and the French and Indian War. They learn about key figures, important battles, and the impact these events had on shaping the nation’s history. Through engaging activities and discussions, the students connect these historical events to real-life experiences and learn valuable lessons from the past.

During a Science Deep Dive, the students could explore various scientific concepts and phenomena. They learn about sound waves, the water cycle, and other scientific principles through hands-on experiments and activities. The goal is to foster curiosity and a deeper understanding of the natural world. By actively engaging in scientific exploration, the students develop critical thinking skills and make connections between scientific theories and their everyday experiences.

Technology & Culture

While being part of the Wheeling Country Day School community, children prepare for an increasingly global, technological society with language and culture classes as well as technology instruction. In addition to studying Spanish, students explore the rich cultural heritage represented by the school’s families. Special school-wide and classroom activities throughout the year expand this understanding of the relationship between self and community. At the same time, students receive computer instruction preparing them for the world’s technology and their participation in it.

Fourth Grade Teachers & Staff

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Damon Rouse

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Grace White

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Margie Howells


Stella Boldrick

4th Grade

Before & Aftercare Programs

Our before and aftercare programs are designed to help the student and the parent. Drop your students off early or pick them up a bit later and feel comfortable knowing they are safe and still learning.

Tutoring & Multisensory Learning

Edge at Wheeling Country Day School is an on-campus instruction center for students with language-based learning differences. 

Fifth Grade

For students ready to graduate from Second Grade, Wheeling Country Day School offers exceptional Third Grade education.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I stay informed about my child's progress in the class?

We maintain open communication through various channels, including regular emails, parent-teacher conferences, and our class blog, where we share updates, assignments, and important announcements.

What safety measures are in place for field trips and school activities?

We prioritize student safety during all school activities and field trips. We ensure proper supervision, follow safety protocols, and have designated parent drivers for off-campus events.

How are the deep dives enhancing my child's learning experience?

The deep dives provide an enriching and immersive learning experience. Through in-depth studies of historical events and scientific concepts, students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the subjects, fostering curiosity and critical thinking.

How can I support my child's learning at home?

Encouraging your child to practice multiplication facts, reviewing spelling words, and engaging in discussions about their history and science topics can greatly support their learning. Additionally, staying updated on class activities through our blog will help you stay connected to their educational journey.


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WCDS seeks to purposefully build an environment that reflects and honors diversity. We honor the dignity of every human being, and we respect and value differences including but not limited to socioeconomics, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, and family composition. Our community is committed to ongoing dialogue, education, and reflection to develop understanding and inclusion of every member.

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