Fourth Grade

Fourth grade is a self contained classroom unit. There is one main teacher for social studies, science and religion. The students are split into two groups for math and reading/language arts and have the opportunity to participate in physical education, Spanish, art and music.

Curriculum

Language Arts

  • Grade appropriate narrative and exposition texts
  • Reading comprehension – determining the author’s purpose, cause and effect, and main idea
  • Read a variety of fictional texts and determine the characteristics of each
  • Read and identify the characteristics of a variety of nonfictional texts
  • Determine plot, conflict resolution and theme of a variety of works
  • Vocabulary – synonyms, homonyms,¬†antonyms,¬† and homophones
  • Compound words, suffixes and prefixes
  • Grammar – nouns, verbs, pronouns, modifiers, connectors
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Composition
  • Handwriting

Mathematics

  • Fractions and decimals
  • Rounding
  • Commutative and distributive properties
  • Find products of single and multi-digit factors
  • Add and subtract with fractions and decimals
  • Identify the appropriate order of operations in multi-step problems
  • Solve numeric equations involving inequalities and use parenthesis
  • Explore basics of geometric thinking
  • Measurement – perimeter, area and metric system
  • Graphing
  • Mode, mean and median

Science

  • Scientific Method
  • Discover that light has a source and travels in a direction
  • Determine that sound is produced by vibrating objects
  • Explore the effect of force on the motion of objects
  • Investigate changes in energy
  • Understand that waves have measurable properties
  • Analyze the interdependence of plants and animals
  • Explore how waves, wind, water, and ice shape and reshape the Earth’s land surface.

Social Studies

  • Analyze the physical, cultural, political, economic, and the historic features and places of the regions of the United States
  • Examine Native American groups and the European explorations and settlements impacting the development of the major regions of the United States
  • Examine how government meets the needs of American citizens

Religion

  • Understand how God’s love is shown to us
  • Describe how Jesus teaches us to live using the beatitudes and the Greatest Commandment
  • Understand that the Holy Spirit helps us to live as Jesus did, Pentecost
  • Recognize how Mary teaches us obedience, Mary’s feast days and May devotions to Mary
  • Saints as role models
  • Determine how the Bible teaches us about choices and how to live good lives, Exodus, the New Covenant and the Greatest Commandment and Psalms
  • Describe the four parts of the Mass: Introductory Rites, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist, and Concluding Rites
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the Catholic customs of the liturgical seasons – Advent and Lenten customs, Ordinary time, Holy Days of Obligation and the Triduum
  • Recognize that the Christian way of life is based on understanding and applying the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes
  • Reverence for life
  • Prayer

Enrichment

  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library
  • Computer
  • Spanish

Special Activities and Celebrations

  • Adoration
  • Make a rosary