4th Grade

RELIGION

The Faith First curriculum is divided into four units of study: creed, worship life of the church, morality, understanding the meaning of prayer. Scripture stories from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are used with each lesson. Students learn how to look up Bible passages. Biographies of various saints and Catholic faith situations are studied, which give focus to the student’s daily life. Chapter reviews, tests, and class participation are used as an assessment. Students attend Mass each week and special prayer services are held throughout the year. Fourth graders do a special project, sending cards to those in the parish who are in nursing homes or unable to attend Mass.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Students use the Macmillan McGraw-Hill reading series which is a guided reading program. Grammar and spelling are incorporated throughout the lessons. Each unit focuses on a different type of writing skill. Weekly selection assessments and unit tests are given. Students complete the assigned spelling lesson at home. The spelling assessment given consists of dictation sentences using the list words from the lesson and challenge words from the reading story. Daily edits, journal writing, and DOL are a part of the language arts. Students are given extra credit for participating in the Flying Horse weekly topic in the newspaper. Students are encouraged to develop good independent reading habits. Book reports exploring different genres are completed on a monthly basis. Various reading incentive programs are offered to the class.Scholastic book orders are sent home and students are encouraged to add to their home libraries. Students also visit the school library on a weekly basis.

MATHEMATICS

Instructional time should focus on three critical areas:

(1) Developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication, and developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends;
(2) Developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers;
(3) 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.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.
  • Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.
  • Generate and analyze patterns.

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

Number and Operations—Fractions

  • Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.
  • Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers.
  • Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.

Measurement and Data

  • Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.
  • Represent and interpret data.
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure angles.

Geometry

  • Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

SCIENCE

The MacMillan McGraw-Hill Science Series is used in the elementary grades. Life, Earth, and Physical Science are units of learning. Fourth graders focus is primarily with the Earth science with units of studies on trees, water, weather. EARTH EXRESS sponsored by the McLean County Soil and Water Conservation Organization comes to 4 th grade. The class also participates in WAY TO GROW sponsored by the McLean County Farm Bureau. Various internet sites are used throughout the year to enhance the units of study.

SOCIAL STUDIES

The McGraw-Hill text series is used in fourth grade.  Students focus on the five themes of geography and the text is divided into regions of the United States. Various “mini-units” of study are used throughout the year for additional information on topics of study. Reading for information is an important skill developed at this grade level.  Students participate in the multi-cultural project DAY of the DEAD during the Halloween season.

Art

Students will be introduced to the elements of the visual arts. These include: line, shape, color, value, texture, form, and space. Students will do exercises that will help them understand how these elements are used to create works of visual art. Exercises include mixing colors/paints, rendering objects, sculpting from clay, and using one-point perspective.

MUSIC

In fourth grade, students are introduced to instrument families and playing the recorder. Time signatures, rounds, partner songs, and more advanced music reading is developed. Dotted rhythms and whole and half rests are added to the rhythm patterns already being developed.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The physical education curriculum has four focus areas:  manipulative skills, physical fitness, cooperative learning, and moving rhythmically.  Students are expected to demonstrate control when  tumbling, balancing, kicking, throwing/catching, dribbling, and passing.   Students are taught how to evaluate their own personal fitness. Sport rules are taught.  Sportsmanship is addressed and practiced.   Health and fitness principles are emphasized through lecture as well as daily running, resistance, and stretching routines. Topics such as personal hygiene, nutrition, disease prevention, anatomy, conflict resolution, physical fitness, and some chastity education are addressed in the classroom.

Spanish

Students meet two days a week for 30 minutes. The curriculum uses the Risas y Sonrisas program which utilizes CD-DVD programs to instruct spanish. Students will be expected to:

1) know terminiology for: colors, numbers, basic vocabulary
2) Sing basic songs to reinforce vocabulary
3) Begin to understand spanish orally

COMPUTERS/TECHNOLOGY

Fourth grade computer/technology curriculum focuses on expanding and building upon computer/technology terminology and age-appropriate software. Fourth graders learn number keys and build upon their accuracy and speed.  Students will be able to type 9-12 wpm with 90% accuracy. Students expand their word processing knowledge by learning the window parts, toolbars, moving text, using the find and replace feature, changing line spacing, changing horizontal alignment, formatting bullets/numbering, and creating outlines. Students will build and expand upon spreadsheet concepts by creating graphs.  Students will begin to search the Internet without teacher assistance.