The fourth grade is a transition year filled new discoveries and a greater sense of responsibility. Students come with a wide variety of interests. They are more attentive to factual material, take pride in their abilities, and appreciate humor. Students seek independence, yet need to feel like part of a team. They need security, understanding, and encouragement in order to succeed. The fourth grade curriculum offers a variety of disciplines. Students are engaged in many academic areas and have many opportunities to reinforce concepts and skills.
Students reading comprehension is a major focal point in grade 4. Students read a variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, and fairy tales. They use prereading strategies such as preview and prediction. The use of skills such as inference, sequence, problem and solution, and cause and effect relationships aid in comprehension. During the year students are read aloud to for enjoyment. This introduces them to new authors and various forms of literature.
Writing and vocabulary skills are developed through structured assignments such as journal entries, essays, letters, and a research paper. Students demonstrate their understanding of new words through assessment as well as usage within assignments.
Grammar skills are reinforced throughout the year, including parts of speech and punctuation. Students are taught how to write compound and complex sentences to form three to four well structured paragraphs. Students are also given a variety of book reports assignments to demonstrate these skills throughout the year.
The mathematics program includes a review of basic addition and subtraction as well as number sense. Students continue their mastery of multiplication and division, which includes the use of larger numbers. They strengthen their understanding of fractions which includes addition, subtraction, and mixed numbers. Probability and statistics are introduced as a way to use predictions and generalizations. Problem solving strategies are used in each of the concept areas.
The science curriculum focuses on the areas of the human body, matter and sound, electricity and magnetism. Concentrated topics allow for a greater depth of understanding with the use of hands on activities, classroom demonstrations, and laboratory exercises.
In social studies, students focus on the geography of the United States with concentration on the five regions. The themes of geography, location, place, movement, human/environment interactions, and region, are defined. An annual state pageant gives each of the students a unique opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of one of the 50 states. Students also read and discuss current events through the use of a weekly magazine.
The religion program focuses on the sacraments of initiation. Students also learn how to live as Jesus taught and to treat others with respect. Students understand the presence of God in their daily lives. Students begin to realize their own gifts and talents and have many opportunities to share these throughout the year.
- Food Share for St. Joseph’s Table
- Adopt a family from St. Mary’s at Christmas
- Make welcome cards for the Anointing Mass