Welcome to Fourth Grade!
Teacher: Michelle Khalil
My name is Mrs. Khalil, and I’m glad you are interested in our school. Below you will find information about the main subjects covered throughout the fourth grade year.
There is a strong focus on using novels such as “Island of the Blue Dolphins” and “By the Great Horn Spoon!” to develop reading comprehension, critical thinking, and figurative language skills. We also read short stories and non-fiction throughout the year that aid us in developing these skills. Students learn how to write well-written personal narrative, and reflection writing pieces about the novels read in class. “Language” (Grammar) is its own subject area here at Trinity, and the concepts learned in Grammar also help students develop their writing and communication skills.
Fourth grade Math covered includes place value, multiple-digit addition, subtraction and multiplication, division, measurement, graphing, and basic geometry. Mrs. Khalil uses direct teaching, small groups and math centers to help students learn and practice these math concepts.
Science and Social Studies
We use Studies Weekly newspapers as our curriculum for these subjects, which are based on State Standards, and are very student friendly.
Sciences covered in fourth grade include: Earth, Life and Physical Science. Students receive an overview of these sciences through engaging reading material, and class discussions. Some weeks, students also participate in Science labs which help to engage hands-on learners and allow students to think critically about what is being studied in class.
Social Studies in fourth grade is California history. Students learn about the Native American tribes who inhabited the current California regions. Next, students learn about the political changes which took place in the land of California before it was part of the United States, including the Spanish colonization when the 21 missions were built. Students are assigned a mission to research, and have the option of presenting a project that goes along with their research, such as building a mission, creating a book, or poster. Finally, students learn about how California finally became part of the present-day United States.
Our Bible curriculum is “Building Life Castles” by Positive Action Bible Curriculum. During their fourth grade year, students learn about the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ; what it means to be a disciple of Christ; and finally, students learn about the Apostle Paul’s conversion, and his missionary journeys.
I am from Sacramento, CA. I was blessed to have learned about the Lord at a young age. As a child, my mom took myself and my brother and sister to church weekly. It was at a children’s outreach that I dedicated my life to Christ, around the age of 7. At the service, a video was put on about Saul, before he became the Apostle Paul. I learned that Jesus confronted Saul when he was on his way to imprison Christians. (The story is in Acts 9: 3- 9). I learned about Saul’s transformation – that he went from persecuting Christians, to proclaiming Jesus as raised from the dead, and Jesus as the Messiah who gave his life for sinners. After learning about Paul’s conversion, I realized that Jesus really was God’s Son, and that I needed to give my life to him. It was on this day that I gave my life to Christ, and I have followed him ever since. God has brought me through many trials, and I am so blessed to be his child.
I earned my California teaching credential and Masters of Teaching degree through Biola University. My bachelor’s degree was in Intercultural Studies, also from Biola. I have been teaching fourth grade at Trinity since the fall of 2016. Before teaching at Trinity, I worked as a substitute teacher in all grades, in public and private schools for about four years. I also taught a homeschool class of 5th and 6th graders for a school year in 2013-14.
My first interest in teaching began after I tutored children in the country of Bolivia for eight months, where I worked as a missionary in two orphanages. I returned to Bolivia in in 2009 to 2010 for another year, where I worked in before and after-school programs, teaching English, Bible, Computers, and Spanish.
Besides traveling, I enjoy spending time with my husband and friends. I also enjoy exercising, going to the beach, eating Mexican food, and drinking tasty coffee ☺
One of my favorite Scripture verses is Psalm 139: 7-10:
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”