Fourth grade students continue to develop skills in reading comprehension and critical thinking. Using various genres, students are taught and challenged to read with understanding, using text and personal experiences to draw conclusions. Fourth graders use several reading sources, textbook, chapter books, and Accelerated Reading books.
In fourth grade, students continue to expand and perfect their writing skills. Students continue to focus on grammar, sentence structure, and parts of speech. Vocabulary and spelling strategies are vital in assisting students in learning to become good writers.
Fourth grade mathematics focus is on operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and operations in base ten, numbers and operations with fractions, measurement and data, and geometry. Students entering fourth grade are expected to know the basic facts of each operation, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The textbook is available on the SMARTboard and is used in daily instruction.
Fourth grade students study the Old Testament and the Ten Commandments. They learn about the Catholic Church and the Liturgical calendar. Students study the parts of the Mass and learn the names of the items on the altar used by the priest. All fourth graders attend and participate in the weekly school community Mass. They serve as the choir, altar servers, and gift bearers for the year.
Fourth graders use spelling patterns and strategies to improve skills.
Fourth grade students continue to expand their knowledge in Life and Physical Sciences. Students also study Earth and Space Science and the human body system. Learning is enhanced with activities and instruction on the SMARTboard.
Fourth grade Social Studies focuses on five themes of geography, location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and regions. Fourth graders study Florida History, which examines the state’s early history, Native Americans, European Explorers, and Catholic Missionaries. They trace Florida’s path to statehood, learn about state government, and famous Floridians who have impacted the state. This history comes to life through a guided field trip to St. Augustine. Students will also learn how to effectively read and use charts, graphs, political and physical maps. Classes are enhanced with lessons on the SMARTboard. The text is available to students at home through an online resource.