4th Grade Curriculum

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Religion

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, Mr. Seivert 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

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 quiz 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 4 reading strategies: Predict, Question, Clarify, and Summarize. Quizzes will be given at certain points throughout the novel to check on the understanding of the characters, the plot, and the concepts in the book. 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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English

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. Most 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:

1. Prewrite/brainstorm,
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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Math

In the first quarter, we will be reviewing basics such as place value, adding, subtracting, rounding and so on. The main portion of the curriculum focuses on double and triple digit multiplication, long division, understanding the concepts of fractions, and decimals. We will do a lot of work on problem- solving skills and word problems, as such concepts are applicable to real life.

To prepare your student 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, the students will benefit from knowing their basic facts well.

Practicing at home may be of benefit to the students in order to help them with their math fact memorization. I will be sure to keep families informed of what we will be covering in math so that you may keep up with where we are, and where we are headed, in order to best work with your student.

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Science

The science curriculum focuses on life, earth, and physical sciences. The life sciences will include plants, animals, cells, 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 matter, heat, energy, 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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Social Studies

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.

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