Fourth Grade Curriculum in a Nutshell


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Religion: By deepening their understanding of God’s laws for us and Jesus’ teachings, the students will learn about how to live as Catholic Christians. Within our school and classroom communities, we will share the light of Jesus every day by living the virtues and beatitudes.

Students will practice stewardship by participating in service projects to help children in need and will spread the message of peace by becoming peacemakers in their daily lives.

Math: Fourth grade math focuses on three critical areas: developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication, and developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends; developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers; understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measures and symmetry. ~ Common Core Standards

ELA: Our class follows the Reading/Writing Workshop model for reading and writing instruction. Within this framework, students will build knowledge, gain insights, explore possibilities, and broaden their perspective as they read a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature and challenging informational text in a range of topics. Fourth grade students will learn to write logical arguments based on sound reasoning, conduct research, and present information, ideas, and evidence through listening and speaking as well as through media. See the Fourth Grade Literature page to see the books we are reading during our shared reading time.

For more about Reading Workshop, see the Parent Guide to Reading Workshop.

Social Studies: It’s all about our great state of Pennsylvania! Our young citizens of the Commonwealth will study Pennsylvania’s geography, history, people, and government.

Science: The Science Fusion Program helps students develop science knowledge and scientific process skills through a balance of lab investigations and content exploration. Major topics include Plant and Animal Adaptations; Ecosystems of the World; Weather; Matter and Energy; The Earth and Its Movement