4th Grade Curriculum
Language Arts and Writing
Students in 4th grade go into depth on reading and writing skills that develop comprehension. A focus is also on proper grammar and English language usage. The writing process is incorporated into other subjects as they advance in writing research reports.
The 4th grade Social Studies curriculum begins to explore early Americans and the geography of North America. Students spend time in the first months of school learning about a country and preparing for International Night. A unit on Vermont history is also completed.
Among other exciting learning opportunities, 4th graders are the youngest participants in the school’s annual Science Fair. Much time and energy is spent on the process of researching and preparing to present about a chosen endangered species. The other four major components of science are organization of living things, ecosystems, the atmosphere and beyond, and energy and motion. The class also contributes to school-wide composting efforts.
In Religion, students continue learning about the life of Jesus. Fourth graders assist in Mass preparations on a rotating schedule, serving as readers, bringing up the gifts, and participating in altar server training. The Circle of Grace curriculum is taught to provide a holistic approach to the safety, well-being, and spiritual formation of children and youth. Fourth graders meet regularly with their PreSchool buddies to develop positive relationships and help the PreSchoolers grow as community members.
Students continue to work in the Sadlier Progress in Mathematics program and follow a Math Menu structure to explore:
Understanding of the four operations with whole numbers and the relationships among them
Multiplication facts through 12x12
Solve addition and subtraction problems with whole numbers with regrouping through the thousands place
Addition and subtraction problems with decimal fractions
The place value structure
Area and volume formulas
Elapsed and accrued time to the quarter hour
Standard units, tools, and strategies to measure length, area volume, weight, time, temperature, and the size of angles
Organizing data using tables, bar graphs, line plots, stem & leaf, Venn diagrams, and pictographs