4th Grade Curriculum
As a Catholic school, we will focus our religious education on both faith and action. The units which we will study involve the Church's sacraments, the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Works of Mercy, Saints, and Scripture. Students will also learn how to apply these teachings to their lives in order to build a stronger relationship with God. We develop this in a variety of ways: through prayer, reading, stories of the saints, song, and discussion. Each day begins with prayers and a virtue message led by our principal, Mrs. Gendron to the whole school and then we as a class say prayers and intercesions.
My hope is for religion class to be a stimulating, faith-filled, and informative class that produces prayer, discussion, and a deeper understanding of the fullness of our faith.
As Catholics, we know the importance of not only believing our faith, but acting out our faith. The students will be involved in various service projects throughout the year with the whole school. As the year continues, more information will be provided on the various opportunities we will be involved in.
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Reading class consists of two primary sources: the Reading textbook, and the required reading novels for the year. The textbook contains short stories that introduce 10 new vocabulary words and a vocabulary strategy. There will be one 10 point test on the vocabulary words and vocabulary strategy and another 10 point test on the short story.
Title and Author of the novels being read in class:
- Phineas L. MacGuire .... Gets Slimed by Frances O'Roark Dowell
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
The novels will allow us to develop comprehension skills, and address challenging vocabulary and literature concepts. Throughout the book the students will keep track of their comprehension using several reading strategies, such as predict, question, clarify, and summarize. Quizzes will be given at certain points throughout the novel to check on the comprehension. At the end of each book the students will be given an opportunity to complete a final project.
Students will also be required to read and pass quizzes on Accelerated Reader books each quarter, which will be averaged into their final reading grade.
1st quarter 6 points
2nd quarter 8 points
3rd quarter 8 points
4th quarter 10 points
In fourth quarter the students will participate in Literature Circles and in Reader's Theatre.
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In English, we will be focusing on these parts of speech: noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, and adverb along with how to use them properly in writing. There will be a test on each of these parts of speech.
Students will often write as a reflection to their reading. They will master the correct format of a friendly letter. They will also practice writing multiple paragraphs in a creative and a narrative piece of writing. In 2nd semester each student will be developing a 5 paragraph research report complete with a bibliography. All of this work will be done in class.
The students will use a five step writing process. These steps are found in the English textbook. They are:
2. Write rough draft,
3. Revise to improve writing,
4. Proofread to fix errors,
5. Publish the final draft.
Writing assignments may also require illustration, peer editing, and typing their work up on the computer.
We will focus on grammar throughout all subjects, keeping in mind the importance of capitalization and punctuation, along with spelling and other important factors in creating writing that is correctly formatted and presented.
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In the first quarter, we will be reviewing basics such as place value, adding, subtracting, rounding and comparing. The main portion of the curriculum focuses on double and triple digit multiplication, long division, and understanding the concepts of fractions. We will also develop problem-solving skills and solve single step and multi-step word problems, as such concepts are applicable to real life.
To prepare your child for each of these concepts, it is important to check in with them on their understanding of the material. When we work on multiplication and division, your child will benefit from knowing their basic facts well. Practicing the basic facts at home with another person will provide additional help for your child to memorize the math facts solidly. Using several methods to learn the basic facts will increase the speed of memorization.
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The science curriculum focuses on life, earth, and physical sciences. The life sciences will include plants and animals and their adaptations, and ecosystems. The earth sciences include earth's layers, earthquakes and volcanoes, as well as planets and the solar system. Finally, the physical sciences (which are the most abstract and challenging for the fourth grade mind) concentrate on electricity, magnetism, motion, and simple machines.
Fourth grade is the first year for switching classes. The students will work from their textbooks in class by following along as I read the text and then participate in discussions on the reading. They will use a spiral notebook (with a pocket) to record notes, definitions, diagrams, and lab observations. Throughout each chapter the students will participate in several experiments which will help give a hands on understanding of the science concept. Tests will be created using the chapter vocabulary, the review questions at the end of each lesson within the chapter, and the review questions at the end of the chapter.
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Fourth grade is the first year students switch classes. Social Studies is taught by the other fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Seivert. Please see her page for curriculum information.