Students in the fourth grade are academically challenged as they become more sophisticated readers, writers, and thinkers. They manage their work more independently which includes keeping track of their homework assignments in multiple subjects. Students collaborate with peers in group assignments, as they learn to work through long range planning to coordinate group projects.
English Language Arts
Students read and comprehend literature including stories, dramas, poetry, and informational texts. They compare and contrast, identify theme, author's purpose, and story elements through written, oral, and visual projects.
The writing curriculum includes a variety of written work, including: opinion pieces, informative, explanatory texts, narratives to develop real or imaginative experiences, and research projects to build knowledge through investigation.
In grade four students learn the story of their home state, California, unique in American history, in terms of geography, waves of immigration, continuous diversity, economic energy and rapid growth.
Instructional time in math focuses on three critical areas: developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication and division to find quotients, developing an understanding of fraction equivalents and understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties.
With a great level of reading comprehension under their belts, fourth grade students dive into sacred scripture of both the Old Testament and the New Testament, learning faith vocabulary and content. There is an added focus on the Beatitudes, with an understanding of conscience, free choice, and the Holy Spirit.