4th Grade Curriculum:
Mrs. Joyce and Mrs. Faherty
Fourth grade is fabulous! It is the year that transitions the children from primary level to middle school by "switching classes", becoming more responsible for assignments, and developing time management skills. Fourth grade has a strong and challenging program to meet the needs of its students with a solid curriculum aligned to the Common Core Standards. Teachers strive to provide stimulating, challenging lessons while making the necessary adjustments to give each child an opportunity to learn and be productive.
Math is marvelous, magnificent, and magical in 4th grade! We try to instill a love of math in the students and show them how, from start to finish, math impacts our daily lives. Many concepts are reviewed and new concepts presented including place value, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, geometry, and problem solving skills. Chromebooks are also available in the classroom for students to use as an additional resource.
In language arts students learn the different types of sentences, capitalization, punctuation, and parts of speech. The writing curriculum at St. Mary of the Hills is based on the Collins Writing Project. A variety of techniques are used to progress from writing well structured sentences through well developed multi-paragraphed essays. Spelling and vocabulary are emphasized throughout the year.
The reading focus in fourth grade spotlights reading comprehension, summarizing, predicting, inferring, and determining main idea and details through the Fountas and Pinnell reading program. Fourth graders also complete a variety of book reports across a range of literary genres, the favorite being the biography book report in February.
In social studies the students "travel" across the country by investigating the different regions of the United States learning about the geography, natural resources, economy, and history of each region. We begin with a pancake breakfast incorporating the products of the New England region and culminate with an amazing States Fair in the spring.
In science students investigate several areas including earth science, physical science, and life science. The human body unit is always very popular. This year we have new science tables which will be helpful in conducting experiments and sharing theories in small groups.
In religion the focus is on the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes, however each month we reflect on and celebrate the events of the church calendar such as All Saints Day, Advent, Christmas, and our devotion to Mary. The presentation of The Stations of the Cross is a very special event unique to grade four.
We love the enthusiasm of fourth graders and are mindful of our school’s mission to educate each child spiritually, academically, and socially throughout the year.