4th Grade – Mrs. Falck

Weekly Assignments for Mrs. Falck’s 4th Grade Class


Mrs. Karena Falck grew up in Lansing, MI and attended school at Emanuel First Lutheran. She attended high school at Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, MI. Mrs. Falck attended one year of college at Eastern Michigan University to study Interior Design. Her sophomore year she transferred to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. She graduated in 2000 with a degree in Elementary Education. She was not assigned a teaching position and found work as an optician and substitute teacher in the Cedar Rapids, IA school district. Her first WELS teaching position was K-3 at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Cedar Rapids, IA. Mrs. Falck has also taught in Wisconsin and Colorado, and she has teaching experience in the daycare setting up through 8th grade.
Mrs. Falck is married to Jeffrey Falck and they have four children: Ida, Maxwell, Bradford, and Ava. In their spare time they love to travel to National Parks and Monuments. Jeff and Karena were both history majors in college, so they love to take their kids to historic places of interest! Fun fact – she worked as a teen zoo keeper at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, MI. Her hobbies are CU football, gardening, animals, and art.

Curriculum Highlights

Christ-Light studies the major stories of the Bible in chronological order. The study alternates between Old Testament and New Testament stories. Applying the lessons of these stories to the lives of the students is a very important part of this class. The study of Christian hymns is also part of this class.

Saxon Math is used throughout Illinois Lutheran Elementary School. Highlights of the Grade 4 curriculum include extensive work with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Special attention is also put on fractions, decimals, place value, and measurement. Word problems are a part of our daily practice as well.

The study of reading in Grade 4 continues on the reading skills built in earlier grades. A variety of fiction and non-fiction resources are used to teach skills such as story elements, main idea and details, author’s purpose and point of view. Strategies to improve comprehension are also studied. Spelling/vocabulary words from the reading selections help students increase their personal vocabulary.

Grade 4 English continues building on the skills of students learned in earlier grades. Work with the six basic parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, and preposition) is extensive. The steps of writing including prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, and publishing are practiced. Writing topics include personal narratives, stories, instructions, persuasion paragraphs, and research reports.

Grade 4 science continues studying the three basic areas of science: earth science, life science, and physical science. Earth science stresses study of the solar system, rocks, water and weather. Physical science focuses on matter, energy, electricity, magnetism, and motion. The main areas in life science include the study of plants and animals.

Social Studies
During Grade 4, the students focus on the United States of America. The five regions, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West sections of the country, are studied. A brief history and geography study accompanies each region of the U.S.A. Reading various maps, time lines, and graphs is also included. Location of states and capitals are practiced with map quizzes.

Fine Arts
In music the Grade 4 students have the opportunity to experience personal musical performance and basic musicianship skills including notation and theory. During the Grade 4 art class students experience both two and three-dimensional projects using multiple different media. This includes studying the elements of art and the principles of design. The physical education class for Grade 4 concentrates on helping students build life-long fitness skills as well as using several sports to develop an understanding of rules, self-control, and physical coordination. These sports include soccer, jump rope, basketball, volleyball, and softball.