Frassati Catholic Academy 4th Grade Highlights
The reading curriculum in fourth grade includes a balanced literacy program (reading, writing, listening, speaking, creating and viewing). In this setting, fourth grade students are challenged to move into a new stage of learning. They “read to learn” rather than “learn to read.” Differentiated instruction meets the needs of all learners (shared, guided and independent). Text becomes increasingly complex, exposing students to multiple genres.
Students read assigned text (narrative and expository), as well as read for enjoyment. They read, respond to, and show a deeper level of comprehension. Lessons also include: vocabulary development, word analysis/phonics, multifaceted fluency (using multiple skills simultaneously), and response to literature (extension/enrichment activities).
Students read assigned text (narrative and expository), as well as read for enjoyment. They read, respond to, and show a deeper level of comprehension. Lessons also include vocabulary development, word analysis/phonics, multifaceted fluency (using multiple skills simultaneously), and response to literature (extension/enrichment activities). As students mature as readers, they also mature as writers. Students are guided through the writing process, and write in a variety of styles (descriptive, narrative, informative, explanatory, procedural, opinion, friendly letter, poetic, thank-you note and journaling). Students move towards developing correct spelling, grammar conventions, punctuation, deliberate use of vocabulary, complex sentence structure, paragraphs, self-editing, and cursive handwriting. Since the paragraph is the building block to good writing, students start to focus on writing well-formed paragraphs.
Fourth grade math engages students developmentally, moving from concrete hands-on problem solving, to a more abstract way of thinking. When introducing new concepts, manipulatives are used to help all students learn in a way that maximizes understanding. Differentiated instruction enables teachers to meet the individual needs of all students.
Problem-solving strategies relate to real world situations and applications. Fourth grade math concepts include algorithms for all four operations (using place value to the billions), estimation, mental strategies, and complex word problems, more complex probability investigations, measurement, fractions, decimals and percentages (comparing and ordering), two and three dimensional figures (describe, classify and draw; perimeter, area, volume and how they relate to our world), tools to measure angles and areas, translations, reflections and rotations of figures, the collection, organization, and interpretation of data (focusing on real world situations) and beginning algebraic concepts (equations, inequalities and variables).
Fourth Grade Religion moves students from knowledge of self toward charity for others. Students continue to develop their relationship with God, as revealed by Jesus Christ. Students study the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy as ways to understand our relationship with God and our service to others. The liturgical calendar is followed as we celebrate the seasons of the Church. Students have the opportunity to celebrate Mass and a variety of prayer experiences. Their religious growth includes a heightened sense of right and wrong, retelling and acting out stories from the Bible, incorporating good works into daily living, and a greater understanding of the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Students learn concepts and skills in life, physical, and earth sciences through an inquiry based approach. They explore the structures of life in the life science module. In the physical science module, students study the physics of sound. They study landforms and earth processes in the earth science module. Students also learn the history of inventions and inventors. This supports the work they will do in all science modules. Students develop a familiarity with the natural world, its diversity and interdependence. They begin to understand that science, technology, mathematics, and engineering are interdependent. Students observe, compare, classify and organize data which helps develop scientific thinking. Lego Education Kits give students the opportunity to think and work as engineers.
Students in Fourth Grade study “States and Regions” in a multifaceted curriculum. They are introduced to the American landscape (physical features), people, climate, and natural resources. Students study the similarities and differences between regions of the United States and nearby countries. This includes the physical geography, early history, natural resources, landforms, and famous Americans who have impacted these regions. Students examine regional economies and come to understand the impact of imports and exports. Students apply, interpret and communicate ideas in social studies using conventional methods as well as technology.