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  • Ms. Victoria with students

    Ms. Victoria guiding students through a claymation project.

  • 4th graders performing Cherokee Animal Stories

Fourth Grade

Fourth graders explore the curriculum through overarching themes of change integrated across subject areas and through the arts. Students are immersed in the history and culture of North Carolina through various role plays, re-enactments, and the arts. In math we bring fundamental concepts to life through storytelling and authentic, real-world applications. We use the scientific method to encourage critical thinking skills. Students collaborate to research and write their own lines for our original play, The Incredible Journey, based on the cycles of the moon and themes of friendship and belonging.  Students also create script adaptations after reading The Little Prince together and build puppet stages to film individual scenes they have created in small groups. There is a focus in fourth grade on creating a culture of respect and a community in which students are encouraged to reflect on their work. A value is placed on independent problem solving and collaboration in productive learning teams.

Click here to see student claymation films about animal adaptations.

Teaching Staff

Name Phone Ext. Title
Katie Gerstel 4th Grade Math and Science Teacher
Sheila Midgett 4th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher
Ann Denton
Terri Fletcher 635 Exceptional Children's Teacher

Recent Classroom News

4th Grade Exercises Their Right to Assemble

This fall 4th-grade students were immersed in the study of the constitution, The Bill of Rights and more specifically the 1st Amendment. Tonya Clanton, 4th-grade language arts and social studies teacher, led her students in ...

The Little Prince: Time Bandits – A Multilayered Performance

[caption id="attachment_7705" align="alignright" width="300"] One of the LIttle Prince's[/caption] Recently 4th grade students at ArtSpace Charter School performed an original multi-layered social studies play entitled “The Little Prince Time Bandits”.  This piece combined puppet theater ...

ArtSpace Charter School Elects and Inducts 2016-17 Student Council

On Wednesday, August 31st ArtSpace Charter School had their elections for the 2016-17 Student Council. Student Council serves as a student government program which provides opportunities for leadership and a “channel” for students to voice ...


SWANNANOA, NC - March 3rd - Students at ArtSpace took part in the school’s third annual STEAM Expo.  STEAM is an expansion of the National Science Foundation’s acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to include ...

Good-Bye Old World: 4th Grade Colonial Night

SWANNANOA, NC- On Thursday, February 11, 2016, ArtSpace 4th graders demonstrated their knowledge of  NC colonial history through an evening filled with performances.  Students opened the evening by dancing a traditional reel common to colonial ...

Claymation Rocks in 4th Grade (Literally)!

The study of rocks and minerals is a large part of the NC Essential Standards in Science for 4th graders.  Of course, a [caption id="attachment_7078" align="alignleft" width="225"] An example of a student storyboard to use ...

Ms. Meg Implements Music Stations for Rewards and Assessment

[caption id="attachment_7012" align="alignleft" width="300"] Second graders playing musical memory made with recycled materials. Students are looking for musical symbol matches.[/caption] Swannanoa, NC September 17, 2015- This year, in music classes, ArtSpace K-5 grade students have ...

Recycled Flower Garden

Every student from the 2014-15 school year created a flower for this garden. Flowers were created from recycled vinyl records. The Old Depot Association in Black Mountain donated the money to finance this project. It ...

Fourth Grade Claymation Videos

4th Graders have created some awesome claymation videos. Click below to view each video. Wolf adaptations Red Wolf adaptations White tailed deer adaptations Some more deer adaptations Raccoon adaptations Some more raccoon adaptations Beaver adaptations ...