FOURTH GRADE CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
Writing: Students produce a variety of written works including: stories, reports, summaries, descriptions, poems, letters, dialectical journaling, and reading response assignments. Writing process will focus on: understanding the purpose of audience, defining a main idea and demonstrating clear focus in writing, providing solid introductions and conclusions, organizing material into coherent paragraphs, beginning body paragraphs with topic sentences, supporting topic sentences with examples and details, indenting paragraphs, documenting sources in a rudimentary bibliography.
The fourth grade math program uses Everyday Mathematics (EDM),a rigorous curriculum designed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics project. EDM builds a foundation of mathematical knowledge that, in time, enables students to move from the basics to higher-order thinking and critical problem solving. This program is supplemented by Rocket Math (a basic math-facts program) and ADD, or Arithmetic developed daily (a short review program using math operation exercises.) The fourth-grade math program includes a thorough review of addition, subtraction, and single-digit multiplication and division. The subsequent arithmetic content includes number concepts, estimation, functions, two- and three-digit computation, decimals, fractions, and an introduction to the basic skills of algebra and geometry. Through continual and incremental practice with word problems, measurement, scale, and graph reading, as well as arithmetic, students learn and remember the foundation skills and concepts of mathematics. Speed drills provide additional practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.
St. Mary’s science curriculum is a hands-on approach to learning the fundamental processes of science. Through direct laboratory, classroom and outdoor experiences, students will be exposed to observing, measuring, recording, classifying, interpreting, analyzing, inferring, predicting, and investigating. The fourth grade science curriculum will focus on the earth/space, life and physical sciences and has been developed with the National Science Education Standards as its foundation. Hands on Elementary Science, AIMS, Science Studies Weekly, Project Learning Tree and Delta Science Modules have been used in the development of activities and learning experiences. The topics covered include: meteorology, geology, electricity, chemistry and the circulatory and respiratory systems. Students will be responsible for participation in outdoor education, conducting lab investigations, keeping lab notebooks and completing various assessments throughout the year.
Using the Pearson Learning Core Knowledge textbook, History and Geography, fourth-grade students will be working with maps, globes, and other geographic tools. We will study World History such as Europe in the Middle Ages, the spread of Islam and the “Holy Wars”, Early and Medieval African Kingdoms, as well as the Dynasties and Conquerors of China. Fourth graders also learn about the American Revolution, making a constitutional government, early Presidents and politics, and reformers. Fourth grade students will learn about Oklahoma History and famous people who shaped our great state. The students will recognize and become familiar with symbols and figures that define our country. Students review and expand their map and globe skills throughout the year. Each student is responsible for compiling an interactive notebook from our classroom notes an discussion.
FOURTH GRADE ENRICHMENT CLASSES