4th Grade: Mrs. Kitzman

Welcome to the Fourth Grade Classroom at FLS!

My name is Diana Kitzman. My Elementary Education B.A. degree from Gustavus Adolphus College led me to a Lutheran elementary school in N. Hollywood, California before my husband brought me to Faribault and FLS.

I have taught for 27 years at many grade levels.  I especially love teaching children at this grade level because of their excitement and enthusiasm for learning and their willingness to take on the challenges this grade and their age presents.  They are beginning to become independent, but still appreciate adult guidance. Their insight into God’s word and what Jesus has done for them as their Savior enlightens me daily. To be allowed to help them grow in faith is a blessing and honor.

My husband Chris and I have lived in Faribault for 25 years.  We have two boys; one at FSHS and the other in college in California.  The best dog in the world, Mazely, also lives at our house.

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