The main theme for fourth grade religion is: “God’s Law Guides Us.”
Students will learn about the Catholic faith through stories, activities, scripture, prayer, discussion, and reflection. The text used for instruction is “We Believe”.
Emphasis is on:
Growing in Christ Jesus
The Ten Commandments
The Liturgical Calendar/Year
We are Called to Holiness/ Life of Virtue
Lives of the Saints
Life through Jesus’ example
Students will utilize the text of
Everyday Mathematics, as well as other supplemental materials, to master understanding of skills with the following emphases:
Understanding and classifying geometric figures by their properties
Fractions and fraction equivalence
Multiplication of fractions by whole numbers
Large Numbers and Estimation
Perimeter and Area
Percents, Reflections, and Symmetry
3D Shapes, Weight, Volume, and Capacity.
Circle, line, and bar graphs
Time to the minute
Two step words problems
Students will apply their knowledge of grammatical skills and the five step writing process to become reflective, creative, and articulate communicators in written form.
Types of writing that will be developed include:
Five paragraph writing with topic sentence and concluding sentence
Synthesizes a response to a central theme based on a fiction text or a non-fiction concept studied
Five step process writing
(pre-writing/ brainstorming with thinking maps as graphic organizers, drafting, revising, editing, publishing)
Life Science Trimester 1
Students will construct arguments that plants and animals have internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, and behavior.
Earth’s Features Trimester 2
Students will make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, wind, or vegetation.
Students will also analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
Physical Science Trimester 3
Students will study how energy can be moved from place to place. Students will also be able to describe human uses of energy. Finally, students will investigate Earth’s place in the universe
Students will read grade-level novels to apply the skills learned throughout the year. Novels such as: Frindle, Because of Winn-Dixie, and Wonder. Students will read texts from every genre using the Journeys Common Core: Catholic Schools Edition.
Cause and effect
Plot (problem, main events, solution)
Sequence of events
Analysis of details
Context clues/ vocabulary
Characteristics of fiction & non-fiction
Use of thinking maps to organize information
Language Arts/ Grammar
Students will develop mastery in the following grammatical concepts:
types of sentences
identifying subjects/ predicates +run-ons/ fragments
common vs. proper
forming plural nouns
forming possessive nouns
present/ past/ future verbs
main verbs/ helping verbs
progressive forms of verbs
Adjectives, adverbs & prepositions
comparing with adjectives (er/est, more/most & good/bad, etc.)
comparing with adverbs (er/est, & good/ well, etc.)
Prepositions and prepositional phrases
subject & object pronouns
relative pronouns & adverbs
Capitalization, punctuation & spelling
capitalizing proper nouns & titles
editing mistakes in capitalization, punctuation & spelling
The goal of the P.E. and Health curriculum at Saint Mary School is for students to gain a greater awareness about what constitutes their physical, mental and social well-being. The program mission is to provide the knowledge and skills that will enable students to become literate. This will allow them to make responsible decisions and maintain a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their life, which benefits students of all ages and all aspects of their growth, development and learning. This will allow the students to become proficient movers, demonstrate strong character, collaborate effectively with their peers, think critically and become advocates for family and friends in promoting the value of exercise and making healthy lifestyle choices.
Students will develop their social and cultural understanding of the world around them. They will utilize the text of Houghton Mifflin: States and Regions, as well as other supplemental materials.
Theme emphases are:
Branches and their roles
Map skills/ geography
The United States, its land and people
The Regions of the United States
To prepare students to communicate effectively in an increasingly global community.
The Spanish classes focus on the three modes of communication:
Interpersonal-communicating effectively with native speakers in oral fashion.
Interpretive-reading and comprehending authentic texts made for native speakers.
Presentational-expressing yourself effectively and correctly in Spanish in written form.
Element 1-Homestay Countries, Cities & Languages
Element 3-Trip Plans
Element 4-Travel Details
Element 5-Echanging Letters With Host Family
Element 6-Preparing a Photo Album
Element 8-Homestay House & Daily Routines
Element 9- Getting Around Town
The art class at Saint Mary is an interactive experience. Students are encouraged to strive for a "growth mindset.” Students use all forms of artistic mediums to do a variety of artistic projects.
Students are evaluated using pass/fail, based on the following guidelines:
Students will have the opportunity to participate in music activities and to develop an appreciation for music.
Emphasis is on:
Singing in groups and performance opportunities
Involvement in choirs.
Exploring a variety of musical styles
Understanding tonality through singing and listening activities.
Developing vocal skills, understanding how the voice works