4th Grade: Mrs. Carver

Welcome to the Fourth Grade Classroom at FLS!

My name is Gail Carver. I graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul with a BS in Elementary Education. I have taught in Faribault for 37 years. I love teaching because I love telling children about God’s love for them, demonstrated through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It’s also exciting to see students become more independent and self-reliant. I enjoy that moment when “the light goes on” and students understand a new or difficult concept.

My husband and I live in Faribault. We have two grown sons. Our older son works with us in our Kona Ice trucks. Our younger son is a teacher at St. Lorenz Lutheran School in Frankenmuth, Michigan. In summer, we can often be found in our shaved ice trucks helping organizations, sports teams, schools raise money through Kona Ice.

One of my favorite Bible verses comes from 1 Peter 3: 15 “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”

During your child’s fourth grade year, your child will experience:

1st Grade

Spiritual Development

  • Daily Bible study focusing on Old and New Testament stories and how to apply them as we live as Christians in the Faribault community
  • Weekly worship at chapel services
  • Planning of and participation in at least one chapel service within the school year
  • Leading of classroom devotions and prayer

Social Development

  • Classroom meetings on a regular basis
  • Whole brain teaching strategies
  • Small group learning activities in all subjects
  • Increased independent classroom responsibilities
  • Rocket Math partners

Physical Development

  • Physical activity breaks throughout the day
  • Ed. classes
  • Daily active recess
  • Cursive handwriting practice
  • Friday Fitness

Unique Opportunities

  • Animal adaptations project
  • Setting personal and classroom reading goals
  • Writing a biography
  • Independent learning activities and projects
  • Field trips to River Bend Nature Center and theater productions
  • Free enterprise large group project

Parental Partnership Opportunities

  • Assignment books used daily
  • Weekly classroom newsletters and emails
  • Multiple volunteer opportunities

Academic Development

  • Multiple novel studies, writing and grammar lessons
  • Study of United States regions and states
  • Introduction to increasingly difficult math concepts
  • Daily spelling activities
  • Experiential learning in science