4th Grade Curriculum for the 21st Century

These are my ideas for a new type of school curriculum. This is just an overview and the subjects, of course, would need to be taught in an age appropriate way, which I haven’t done here. Ideally, the student would pick from each subject what interested them.

 

4th grade
 
1. hygiene
 hands
  – washing with soap and water
  – when to wash hands
  – germs
– respiratory
  – cover your cough
  – using a tissue
– food
  – sanitizing surfaces
  – separate raw from cooked
  – cook thoroughly
  – keep food at safe temperatures
  – washing food
– water
  – clean water vs. dirty water
– kitchen
  – food storage
  – cleaning up
  – when to refrigerate
– bathroom
  – hand washing
  – taking a bath
– laundry
  – putting dirty clothes in the hamper 
– medical
  – cleaning a cut
– disinfectant
  – surfaces
– body
  – washing
  – brushing teeth
  – washing hair
  – changing clothes (dirty and clean)
  – nail trimming
  – sleep
  – don’t touch blood
  – getting a haircut
  – going to the doctor/dentist
2. physical health
– diet
– exercise
– sleep
– disease
3. inventing
– play
– re-envision
– insight
– exploration
– improvement
4. sports
5. woodwork
6. music (history)
– eras of music
  – prehistoric
  – ancient music
  – biblical period
  – early music
– western art music
  – medieval
  – renaissance
  – baroque
  – classical era
  – romantic
  – 20th and 21st century
– classical music outside of europe
  – byzantium
  – asia
  – india
  – china
  – middle east
  – persia
 
7. dance (choreography)
– ballet
– contemporary
– jazz
– hip hop
– folk
– techno
– k pop
– religious
8. theater (playwriting)
– character
– plot
– setting
– theme
– style
– structure
– form
– genre
– narrator
– tense
9. fine arts (painting)
– different media (oil, acrylic, etc.)
– symbolic
– still life
– body painting
– figure painting
– illustration
– landscape
– portrait
– cityscape
10. applied arts (printmaking)
– woodcut
– engraving
– etching
– screenprinting
– digital
11. biology
– cell theory
– evolution
– genetics
– homeostasis
– energy
– structural
– physiological
– research
– systematic
– kingdoms
– ecological and environmental
12. economics
– production
– distribution
– consumption of goods and services
13. languages (english)
– phonology
  – consonants
  – vowels
  – phonotactics
  – stress, rhythm and intonation
  – regional variation
– grammar
  – nouns and noun phrases
  – verbs and verb tense
  – syntax
– vocabulary
  – word formation processes
  – word origins
  – english loanwords and calques in other languages
14. writing (journalism)

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