In math, knowing their multiplication facts are a must! They are expected to know the facts up to their 12s before entering the classroom. With these basic skills in place, it will make the transition into long-division, fractions, and geometry so much smoother.
Language Arts in fourth grade is a combination of reading, grammar/writing, and spelling. Our reading consists of a variety of novels throughout the school year. While reading our novels, we discuss the skills of main idea, context clues, inferencing, and comprehension. We also discuss virtues, look at the social injustices of novels, and how we are called as Catholics to be servants to others.
We also focus on formal types of writing such as narrative, expository, research, poetry, and persuasive essays. Through our writing, we learn the parts of speech (grammar) and figurative language presented as “SMAPHIO” – similes, metaphors, alliteration, personification, hyperboles, idioms, and onomatopoeia. Students use the Writing Process and Writing Traits in all of their writing. We also learn spelling patterns & word study using rich vocabulary words.
In Science we learn about matter, energy, plants/animals, and planets. We add hands-on activities using STEM/STEAM projects as culminating ideas for units learned. In our first half of the year, we focus on the United States geography by studying the regions of the US. Then we finish our year learning all about Texas History.
Religion is the highlight of our curriculum. We aim to incorporate our faith into all subjects. We do quarterly Current Event projects called “Pray the News”. It allows the students to know what is going on in the world, and how we can best pray/serve those in need. We also learn about the Commandments & Beatitudes and find ways we can live the faith in our daily lives. Fourth grade is a big year for the Saints Project. Students research & dress up as their saints for All Saints Day. Then they put their skills to the test by participating in our Living Museum.
Students will learn in whole group, small group, and individual settings, and our focus is sharing our strengths and strengthening our weakness. Applying our faith into our daily lives through prayer and action, fourth grade is an important year in helping us develop into the person that God has always intended for us to be.
Highlights: Saints Living Museum; Famous African-American Project; Novel Projects; Pray the News