Fourth Grade

Religion

  • Students attend weekly and monthly mass with the entire student body
  • Attend mass on Holy Days of Obligation when school is in session
  • Participate in Prayer Services
  • Reconciliation during Advent and Lent
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Beatitudes
  • Service projects
  • Prayer partner activities
  • Maintenance review (daily)

Math

  • Place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, geometry, fractions and decimals, probability and statistics, graphing, and measurement
  • Problem-solving experiences
  • Maintenance review (daily)

Science

  • Earth History
  • Ecosystems
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Forms of Energy
  • Hydrosphere
  • Matter
  • Organisms
  • Plants
  • Solar System
  • Weather
  • Weekly lab experiments

Social Studies

(Fourth grade topics are explored from a Virginian perspective)

  • Virginia’s geography
  • Virginia’s major regions
  • Virginia history
    • Early exploration
    • Jamestown
    • American Revolution
    • Declaration of Independence
    • Constitution
    • Civil War
    • Reconstruction
    • Twentieth Century

Language Arts

  • Guided reading groups: graphic organizers, comprehension strategies including characterization, plot, theme, figurative language, point of view and using context clues to understand key vocabulary.
  • Use of leveled readers online to supplement and support a differentiated reading approach.
  • Book reports/book chats
  • Writing products may include personal narrative, persuasive essay, “how-to” paragraph, descriptive writing, friendly letter, and poetry.
  • Daily oral language activities
  • Grammar lessons
  • Diagramming sentences, context clues, dictation (spelling)
  • Weekly spelling tests
  • Grammar review through maintenance sheets
  • Practice oral speaking

Technology

Use of technology is integrated throughout the curriculum. Examples include:

  • Pearsonsuccess.net
  • Quia, Edmodo
  • SOS4 Wikispaces
  • NASA eClips
  • National Geographic
  • Grammar Blast
  • Character scrapbook
  • ThinkReadWrite
  • Word Girl
  • Google Docs, Slides, Sites

Students also participate in the following Specials:
Art, Computer, Library, Music, PE, Spanish, "Genius Hour" Electives