Fourth Grade

  • Grade 4 Curriculum Overview
    A Journey through my classroom…

    In grade 4, I have a strong focus on reading. The children will study and read from a variety of genres throughout the year and learn how to respond to literature and make meaningful connections to the stories and current events we read about.  My reading curriculum is strongly project based.  We have reading and writing projects due every month. I use a variety of trade books, engaging magazines such as Scholastic’s Story Works and Scholastic News for current events, and classic selections from the Celebrate Reading Basal. Children leave fourth grade loving reading as life long learners!

    Nancy Larson Science

    Our science program uses engaging content that is presented through student booklets. Concepts are reinforced through hands-on lesson activities and experiments. Nancy Larson® Science 4 focuses on organisms and their interactions as well as forms of energy. The emphasis is life science and physical science as lessons review and build upon topics taught in Science K–3. Life science lessons include introduction to cells and cell structures, botany (plants are examined and classified), characteristics of vertebrate and invertebrate animals, and ecosystems, including adaptations and behaviors of plants and animals. Physical science lessons explore energy, including kinetic and potential energy, sound, radiant energy, visible light, heat, and renewable and non-renewable energy resources. Introduction of electricity finishes the program with lessons on types of electricity and building series circuits, parallel circuits, and electromagnets.

     

     

    Eureka Math

    Fourth grade mathematics is about  developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication, and developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends; developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers; and understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry. In grade four we also use the engaging math program Zearn to bring our math lessons to life. We use Zearn for extra guided practice in the classroom and at home to strengthen the home/school bridge.

     
    Religion - We Believe Sadlier


    What Your Child Will Learn in Unit 1
    The first unit of Grade 4 invites the children to focus on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, who is the center of our faith. The children come to understand that Jesus is both human and divine, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity who became one of us. They comprehend the need for Jesus as our Savior and become more aware of their life of grace begun at Baptism and strengthened by the Holy Spirit. All this leads to a presentation of becoming a disciple of Jesus. The children are helped to understand the true meaning of the Beatitudes. Next, the reality of sin is presented. This is followed by a thorough discussion of our conscience, our guide in making decisions that keep us close to Christ. As the unit ends, the children learn the need for reconciliation as celebrated in the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

    What Your Child Will Learn in Unit 2
    Unit 2 presents the beginning of the discussion of the Ten Commandments. Each commandment is given a full chapter so that the children can learn not only the commandment but also what it means to live out this commandment. The children are introduced to the Great Commandment and its call to love God and to respect the human rights of all people. The children grow in their understanding of the first commandment by learning to keep God first. The second commandment is presented with many of God's beautiful titles and blessings of God introduced. The third commandment is the basis for discussions about our Sunday obligation, holy days of obligation, the need to rest on the Lord's Day, and the opportunity the Lord's Day gives us to love and serve others. The unit concludes with a chapter that outlines the four parts of the Mass. The children are encouraged to participate at Mass and to find strength and comfort in the Eucharist.

    What Your Child Will Learn in Unit 3
    Unit 3 continues the presentation of the Ten Commandments with the fourth through the eighth commandments. In this unit, the children learn the need for being a responsible member of their family and society in general. Family responsibilities and respect for authority are highlighted as is the sacredness of all human life. Children are encouraged to commit themselves to protecting life, respecting their bodies, and working for the dignity of all human beings. The children are called to appreciate that they are made in God's own image. The meaning of virtue and specifically the meaning of chastity and what it entails are next explained. The joys of friendship, married love, and faithfulness in all relationships are also highlighted. The meaning of justice and respect for the property of others is stressed. Respect for creation, caring for the poor, and appreciating the Works of Mercy are included here. The unit concludes with an emphasis on God as the source of all truth, the importance of giving witness to the truth, telling the truth, and respecting the truth.

    What Your Child Will Learn in Unit 4
    This last unit of the Grade 4 We Believe program is meant to inspire the children to live out the Ten Commandments in their daily lives. It begins with a presentation of the ninth commandment as the children become more aware that they are growing up and experiencing all kinds of feelings. God creates all of us to share love and relationships. This discussion leads to the benefits of purity of heart and the virtue of modesty. The tenth commandment is presented in the context that trust in God counters greed and envy while promoting generosity of heart. The Ten Commandments are summarized as the children are called to grow in holiness, to be the Church, and to be disciples of Jesus. As members of the Church, they are called to respect the laws, or precepts, of the Church as well as Church leaders who guide and help them. The children end their Grade 4 textbook with an inspiring call to discipleship. Here, the Blessed Virgin Mary is presented as our model of discipleship.

    Liturgical Lessons: The Church Year, Ordinary Time, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Triduum, Easter
     

    English

     
    Our book Voyages in English for Grade 4 fully prepares students to become literate masters of the written and spoken word. The components of this program are the result of decades of research and practice by experts in the fields of grammar, writing, and communication. The result is better writers, readers, listeners, and speakers. In grade 4 we also keep a writer’s notebook full of our ideas and special writing reflections.
     

    Social Studies


    The  American States and Regions text published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is used by fourth grade students in our school. The curriculum continues to spiral outward as students explore the geography, culture, economics, and government of the United States. Students study the five major regions of the United States from a geographic, historical, and economic perspective while broadening their map and globe competencies. There is also increased emphasis placed on interpretation of current events, both nationally and internationally. Students in my classroom will know their states and capitals, and we do a big unit project on the states at the end of the year. Each student is assigned a state that they need to research and create a travel brochure poster and present to the class.

     
    Spelling


    Spelling Connections is not your typical spelling program. Backed by extensive research, it uses carefully-curated spelling lists to teach patterns, build vocabulary, and develop the skills students need to become proficient spellers. Proficient spelling leads to improved skills in other areas, including more fluent writing and better readers. Spelling Connections incorporates hands-on activities, motivating online resources, and differentiated instruction to make our students savvy spellers. We do spelling activities every morning in fourth grade and I also incorporate content vocabulary from other subjects into our word work each week.