Curriculum Overview - Fourth Grade
In conjunction with our mission statement, we are truly a family of learners who model Christ in all that we do. We learn and live by modeling and practicing what it means to be “Happy, Holy, and Helpful”. Instruction integrates Catholic doctrine and tradition, Scripture and the Church’s social teachings to follow Christ. The Commandments and Sacraments are fundamental themes in the curriculum.
Reading is the foundation to effectively build knowledge across subject lines, as we comprehend a variety of texts, learn academic vocabulary, and conduct independent explorations of topics and concepts. Our reading series, Journeys, emphasizes Catholic identity through positive story character traits and moral decisions. Writing is also practiced daily in a variety of ways, as a developing skill, and as a method of effective communication. In addition, the language arts curriculum integrates technology and multi-sensory activities to differentiate learning experiences.
In fourth grade, we focus on developing mathematical thinking and understanding as a lifelong skill. This is accomplished through computational skills, conceptual understanding, reasoning, problem solving and communicating, integrated with technology.
Fourth grade delves into a variety of science topics which help prepare them to progress in a STEM based future. Physical science (energy), Life Science (structures and processes), Earth Science (Earth’s place in the Universe), Earth and Human Activity (Natural resources and environment), and Engineering design are incorporated throughout the year. Asking questions, defining problems, and planning and carrying out investigations are explored through the scientific process.
Early United States History is the emphasis of 4th grade Social Studies. Students develop the ability to appreciate, analyze, and relate America’s past, present, and future. Topics include: geography; ancient and native American civilizations; European exploration from the discovery of the New World to formation of the thirteen Colonies; the American Revolution and birth of the United States of America. Georgia history and historical significance is explored and tied into many of these topics. Students also examine current events and analyze their impact on our world.