Fourth Grade Curriculum


Religion: Students begin the year by learning the ways that they come to know God; through His Son, Scripture, and the Church. The focus of the class then shifts to the ways that God strengthens us to be holy. Specifically, we will study the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, the Ten Commandments, and The Beatitudes. Several chapters are devoted to the Commandments and their application to students’ everyday lives. We will also celebrate the seasons of the liturgical year.


Christ our Life    Loyola Press  ISBN-13: 978-0-8294-3962-5


Math: Students begin the year with a review of place value and addition and subtraction of whole numbers. Students explore multiplication and division of whole numbers as well as graphing, basic geometry and measurement. Next, students work with fraction and decimal concepts including addition and subtraction. In order to be successful in math, students must master their basic facts.


Envision  Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley  ISBN-13: 978-0-325-80809


Social Studies: After an introductory chapter on the land and people of the United States, students will move into an in-depth exploration of the regions of our country. They will study the environment, history and economy of the Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Middle West, Mountain States and West. This will require students to know the states of each region and their capitals.  Students will have the opportunity to select alternative assessments such as posters, plays and newspapers to deepen their understanding of each region.


Our Country’s Regions  Macmillan/McGraw-Hill  ISBN: 0-02-149265-4


Science: 4th grade science includes four units: life science, physical science,earth science, and the human body. The students participate in labs and lesson that strengthen their processing skills.


Pearson/Scott Foresman  ISBN: 0-328-03424-X 


Language Arts-This program includes Reading, Spelling, Writing, Word Study, and English.  In Reading, students read short stories with developing and learning literary skills and elements to become better readers.  Some of these skills include compare and contrast, sequence, author’s purpose, visualizing, and character traits.  The word study text provides proven sequence for teaching students how to decode words.  In English, grammar lessons on sentences and punctuation, subjects/Nouns, Possessive Nouns, adjectives and adverbs, and the different kinds of verb are covered.  Students will also write drafts with learning editing skills in writing narrative, descriptive, persuasive, and expository essays.  


Language   Harcourt   ISBN: 0-15-317834-5

Reading Street    Pearson/Scott Foresman   ISBN: 0-328-10837-5

Word Study   Modern Curric. Press   ISBN: 0-7652-0023-6


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