Students continue to explore Catholicism through study of Scripture. Study of sin in the world, the Ten Commandments, Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy, Virtues and the love of God are studied. Through prayer, song and actions that express their beliefs, students are called to live out their discipleship among their peers, their families and their school and parish communities. Students attend Mass weekly on Wednesday mornings at 8:15, on Holy Days of Obligation and special Feast days. They actively participate in liturgies.
Reading for comprehension is an expectation of fourth grade students. Identification of story elements, authors’ view and purpose, fact versus opinion, main idea and supporting details and oral and silent reading are stressed. Spelling, Phonics, Grammar, Penmanship, and Writing are major components of the fourth grade curriculum. The writing process is extended through rewriting and revision. The Accelerated Reader program augments reading comprehension and practice. Students are baseline tested to determine their reading level. Quarter goals are set and students read and take computer generated tests on AR books to increase their reading comprehension.
Students continue the study of number sense; place value, ordering, multi-digit addition and subtraction, multiplication, division, division with remainders, and rounding. Students explore simple algebraic equations, measurement using standard, non-standard, conventional and metric, area, perimeter, and volume, money, time, and temperature. Basic probability and statistic concepts such as predicting and verifying outcomes, constructing, interpreting and describing pictographs, bar graphs and line graphs are also taught. Geometry principles such as 2-3 dimensional geometry, recognizing shapes in the real world, manipulating shapes, identifying rays, lines (intersecting and parallel) and angles. Problem solving using a variety of strategies is also taught.
Students study basic physical, biological, and earth science. Students conduct laboratory experiments and are introduced to the Scientific method. Participation Science Fair is mandatory in grades 3-8.
Students study Florida state history in which the five themes of geography are taught. Students begin with geographical attributes of Florida. Students explore the cultural and economic results of native American peoples, European discovery and the effects of expansion and industrialization thereof. Skills such as interpretation of maps, charts and graphs are taught.
Students have morning and lunch recesses. Students in the fourth grade have approximately 30 minutes homework every day. Daily practice of Math and Spelling is essential. Occasionally, homework in Science or Social Studies is assigned.
Fourth grade students receive instruction in Spanish, Art, Music, and Physical Education. They also visit the media center as well as the computer lab.
Students are exposed to elements of drawing, shading and color. Students keep a portfolio of their work. They are exposed to varying artistic styles and genres.
Students explore elements of Music such as meter signatures, read and play whole, half, quarter, eighth and dotted notes, notation by sight and sound, rhythmic patterns, phrases, melodic direction by notation. In addition, students begin their study of the recorder through the Recorder Karate program. Students are expected to implement basic fingering and note reading for one octave.
Students spend time in the Media Center through conducting basic concepts of titles, authors, subjects and research. Students can check out books appropriate to their age level.
Students are exposed to fitness assessments, traveling/locomotor skills, Body management/Gymnastics/Dance, Soccer. Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Track, T-ball and individual dual sports such as Golf, Tennis, and Badminton are taught.
Students explore elements of conversation through greetings, salutations, colors, numbers, music, dance, and basic vocabulary. Directions, physical descriptions, through both written communication, as well as oral communication, are also taught.
The purpose of the technology laboratory is to integrate the use of technology with the curriculum. In that light, students spend their “lab time” with the assistance of the Technology Coordinator and their classroom teacher. Basic elements of word processing, graphing, research and simple publishing are explored.
LINKS to favorite sites for 4th Graders
TIME FOR KIDS- Read interesting information happening in your world.
ASK JEEVES! Got a question?? Ask Jeeves anything!!
DISCOVERY KIDS- Learn something new!!
Fun School- Play fun learning games here!
For Parents--This site features booklets that a parent can use to help their child with different subjects, as well as, homework, responsible behavior, etc.
Practice Multiplication with Mad Max
Writing--Practice your cursive here!!
Check out Roal Dahl's Home page. Take a look at all the awesome books he has
Grammar Gorillas- Nouns and verbs practice!
Florida Links---Cool sites for our study of Florida.
The Official Portal of the State of Florida
Online Sunshine- A Florida site for kids!
50 States.com- Look up Florida facts!
World Almanac for Kids
Exploring Florida- A great place for anything Florida- Movies, Maps, Music etc. (One of my favorites)
Underground Railroad- Wonderful sites for information on this subject.
Road to Freedom
Threads of Freedom
Virtual Underground Railroad Quilt
Science- This site correlates with our science textbook.
Religion- This site is great for students and family. This site has faith based activities for all to enjoy.
4th Grade Mathematics Curriculum
Fractions Who Wants Pizza?