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4th Grade Curriculum

4th Grade Curriculum

Religion
Resources for Christian Living, Faith First
  • God’s Word
  • Listening to God
  • Advent
  • The Good Shepherd
  • Story of God
  • Lent, Holy Week, and Easter
  • Holy Spirit
  • Beatitudes
  • Ten Commandments
  • Students learn monthly prayers.
  • Students attend a retreat.
  • Students attend mass weekly.
  • Students plan and participate in a student body mass.
  • Students participate in a service project.
 
Language Arts
Reading – Harcourt Publishers - Excursions
  • Challenges
  • Getting the Job Done
  • Imagination at Work
  • Novel: Novels are given to meet the students level. Such novels as A Tale of a Forth Grade Nothing or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe have been used.
  • Skills add Author’s purpose and perspective, motivation, plot, conflict and resolution, figurative language.
  • Skills such as compare and contrast, predicting, drawing conclusions, summarizing, fact and opinion, main idea and details, and cause and effect
  • Accelerated Reading Program
 
Grammar:
Sadler-Oxford, Grammar Workshop
  • Sentence structure
  • Parts of speech
  • Nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Verbs
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Prepositions
  • Contractions
  • Homophones
  • Punctuation

Vocabulary:
Sadler-Oxford, Vocabulary Workshop
  • 12 words for each unit. Students need to know definitions, synonyms, antonyms, word association, and be able to use words in sentences.
 
Spelling: Zaner-Bloser
  • Words cover different phonics problems in spelling.
 
Writing
Aligned with the Common Core
  • Personal Narrative
  • Narrative poem as well as various types of poetry using figurative language
  • Mission Report
  • Persuasive Essay
  • Explanatory Essay
  • Other writing is done across curriculum such as lab reports in Science
 
Handwriting:
Zanar-Bloser, Handwriting A Way to Self-Expression
  • Students learn to write all upper case and lower case letters, words, and sentences in cursive.
  • Handwriting is required in all subjects except math.
 
Math
McGraw Hill, My Math
  • Place Value 
  • Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers
  • Understanding Multiplication and Division
  • Multiplying by 1 and 2 digit factors
  • Division by 1 digit numbers
  • Patterns and Sequences
  • Fractions
  • Operations with Fractions
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Customary Measurement
  • Metric Measurement
  • Perimeter and Area
  • Geometry
 
Science
Discovery Science Tech Book
  • Systems For Survival
  • About Energy
  • Energy Transfer In Waves
  • Resources
  • Electrical Thermal Energy
 
Social Studies
Houghton Mifflin, History-Social Science
  • Geography of California
  • The First Californians
  • Spanish California
  • Mexican California
  • Gold Rush Years
  • California Becomes a State
  • Students write individual mission reports.
  • Students build mission replicas in groups in class.
  • Class Field Trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • U.S. Geography Bee for 3rd and 4th graders.