4th Grade

All homework and assignments are on Google Classroom.  Google Classroom are shared with current students only.

Core Knowledge is a clear and sequential body of knowledge that builds each year beginning with What your Fourth Grader Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.  Because we are a public school in Colorado, we have aligned CK with Colorado Academic Standards.  The body of knowledge can be found in the Core Knowledge Sequence  and the text Core Virtues by Mary Beth Klee.

Some of the highlights in 4th grade Reinactment of the Revoluntionary War; Electricity, Meteorology, Geology; Colorado History, Middle Ages.

Core Knowledge Sayings and Phrases that students learn Beauty is only skin deep; The bigger they are the harder they fall; Birds of a feather flock together; Bull in a china shop.


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Mrs. Gossack - homeroom teacher 
Welcome to the 4th Grade!  My name is Leanne Gossack and I have been a part of the Littleton Academy community for 24 years.  First as a parent, and then as a teacher.  This is my second career.  My first career was as a social worker.  This is my 17th year teaching 4th grade at Littleton Academy.  I received my Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Both my children, now adults, attended our wonderful school! I will be entering a new role as a grandmother this September and I am very excited!  My husband and I love to go fly fishing in the summer, and enjoy the great outdoors.  I love teaching 10 year olds and we are going to have an incredible year.

Mrs. Payne - homeroom teacher 
 Welcome Gators!! I am ecstatic to be teaching fourth grade this year after teaching 5 years in first grade at Littleton Academy.  Things I love to do outside of school is hang out with my husband, Mr. Payne, and my golden retriever, Scout. We enjoy skiing, golfing, camping, and rooting on the Rockies, Broncos, CSU Rams and Avalanche. This year I am expecting my first bundle of joy to be joining our family around fall break. Luckily, we will have Ms. Iracheta joining us starting in September and will be taking over my classroom while I’m on maternity leave.  It's going to be a great year!

Mrs. Hartzell - reading specialist 
As a teacher and GT Facilitator, I look for each child’s strengths and build on them. Helping students set and achieve goals in both affective and academic areas is an important aspect of my job.  I will do my best to ensure that your child learns and practices new things each day, thinks deeply and ENJOYS reading, writing and problem solving.      
A little bit about me: I grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado and attended Auburn University.  After graduating from Auburn and spending a year in China, I moved to Denver. Since then I have always worked with children.  After working in the non-profit sector for a few years, I was chosen to participate in the Denver Teacher Project. That began my teaching career with Denver Public Schools. I hold a Professional Teaching License (K-6). Throughout my years as an educator, I have taught preschool, kindergarten, first, third, fourth and fifth grades.  This has led me to my current position as the Honors ELA (English Language Arts) Teacher and Gifted and Talented Facilitator.      
My husband, Erick, and I have 4 children who either attend LA or graduated from LA, and a neurotic yet lovable Yorkie named Timmy. Our family loves to be outside, play/watch a variety of sports, travel and enjoy delicious food together. 
​Your children are about to begin a year of taking chances, making mistakes, learning and growing as all around incredible young people. May the journey begin!

Ms. Anderson - math specialist 

Mrs. Patel - teaching assistant