Fourth Grade Curriculum

Reading/Language Arts

One of the main objectives of our Language Arts Curriculum is that all students are, or become, able to read a variety of materials. Students are exposed to many different genres. Most of our literature is drawn from a basal reader, however, students also read a novel, study poetry, and learn how to read and act out a screenplay for an onstage performance. The Accelerated Reader Program is used to help increase the reading level of each student and check for comprehension.

Developing writing skills for a variety of purposes and audiences is another objective in the area of Language Arts in fourth grade. The students learn how to use correct grammar and spelling when presenting their ideas. The Daily Oral Language Program is used on a regular basis.

Throughout the year, the students in fourth grade develop the ability to confidently convey ideas to others and learn to use media and technology to support their writing and speaking. As teachers, we also encourage active listening to attain information.

Areas of Study:
  • vocabulary
  • reading strategies
  • reading comprehension
  • independent reading
  • book reports
  • drama
  • parts of speech
  • daily oral language activities
  • types of sentences
  • diagramming sentences
  • writing activities
  • studying and interpreting various types of poetry
  • oral presentations
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Fourth Grade Math

In fourth grade, students learn a basic understanding of numbers and their operations. They begin to identify and use relationships between numbers to solve problems. Using a variety of strategies to solve problems is a main focus of this grade level. Students learn how to effectively communicate mathematical ideas to others.

Areas of Study:
  • place value
  • basic facts
  • addition, subtraction
  • multiplication, division
  • money operations
  • estimation, benchmarks
  • using a calculator
  • problem solving strategies
  • interpreting data from tables and graphs
  • time
  • geometry and measurement
  • fractions
  • decimals
Fourth Grade Art

In fourth grade, students are provided a basic understanding of the principles and elements of art and learn to apply them in their own artwork. Students are also exposed to, and learn to appreciate, works of art and artists from a historical and cultural point of view.

Areas of Study:
  • use a variety of mediums to create artwork
  • discover shapes and patterns
  • explore primary and secondary colors
  • show color, line, and repetition in art
  • appreciate art from other cultures and learn about some famous artists
  • learn techniques of water color painting
  • use clay to create an expressive work of art
  • learn to plan art before attempting it
Fourth Grade Religion

In fourth grade, students learn to develop an understanding of God's gifts to our world. They learn that Jesus came to teach us about God and share himself with us. Students begin to understand how the decisions they make each day can be guided by scripture and the teachings of the church. Opportunities are given for students and families to help others in their community. We feel it is important to expose students to different prayer experiences. Finally, our hope is to teach understanding and appreciation of the sacraments as well as seasons in the church year.

Areas of Study:
  • Creation
  • Commandments
  • Beatitudes
  • Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Sacraments
  • Scripture
  • Vocations
  • Saints
  • Holy Days, and Seasons in the Church
  • Prayer, the Rosary
  • Family Life Program
Children in grade four, and older, are invited to participate in preparation for First Reconciliation. Because sacraments are prepared for, and celebrated, within the faith community, sacramental preparation is done as a parish activity. Classroom teachers support the parish program, but do not do the actual instruction. School and faith formation children, and their parents, participate in group preparation sessions and a retreat for families. The purpose of these sessions is to help participants attain a deeper understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the importance of healing relationships. In addition, a preparation book is provided for families to complete at home. For more information, please check out the Parish Faith Formation page.

Fourth Grade Social Studies

A primary outcome of the fourth grade social studies curriculum is that students understand their own Christian values and learn to recognize and respect the values of others. Students gain awareness of cultural diversity and acquire an understanding of the interrelations between cultures, lifestyles, and social/economic structures.

As students develop an understanding of the sequence of events as shown through historical figures, events, and achievements, they, in turn, will better understand their role as a responsible citizen now and in the future.

Areas of Study:
  • vocabulary
  • using Globes and Maps
  • reading Elevation Maps
  • working with Latitude and Longitude
  • reading Time Lines
  • comparing maps at different scales
  • summarizing
  • reading circle and line graphs
  • making generalizations
  • using special purpose maps
  • reading road maps
  • using primary and secondary sources
  • identifying equator and prime meridian
  • locating and naming 50 states and capitals
  • producing a state report
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