Fourth Grade

Our Fourth Grade Curriculum is as follows:
 
Religion
Fourth Graders at St. Leo Catholic School focus on the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes during their Religion classes.  We study both in depth and how they guide us in our daily lives.  Students also have numerous opportunities for service projects including our annual bake sale and Lenten project.  These topics are reinforced through daily/weekly prayer, Bible study, First Friday and Eucharistic Adorations and spending time with our Prekindergarten Prayer Partners.
 
Text:  Loyola Press, Christ Our Life, 2016
 
Social Studies
Students in the Fourth Grade dive into a deeper study of the state of North Carolina.  In our study of the state, students learn about early inhabitants, exploration, the Revolution, Civil War and key contributors to the state.  Along our study of North Carolina, students will deepen their map skills and learn about U.S. states and capitals.
 
Text:  Harcourt Social Studies:  Grade 4 North Carolina Geography, History, and Culture, 2009
 
Language Arts
The Fourth Grade language arts program is designed to focus on all aspects of the English language. Our spelling curriculum focuses on word families and word sorts. Our grammar, vocabulary and writing texts ensure student learning of higher level vocabulary, proper sentence and paragraph structures as well as the different types of writing. Our Individual writing will focus on the following writing strategies:  sentence fluency, word choice, conventions, ideas, organization, and voice.  Students work on honing their overall writing skills through various prompts and projects throughout the year.  They also take part ion the Diocesan writing assessment during the spring trimester.
 
Grammar Text:  Sadlier, Grammar Workshop, 2013
Vocabulary Text;  Sadlier, Vocabulary Workshop 2011
Spelling Text:  Zaner-Bloser, Spelling Connections, 2016
Writing Text:  Zaner-Bloser, Strategies for Writers, 2015
 
Reading
The Fourth Grade students work on improving their overall reading fluency and comprehension by working with the different reading strategies:  activate prior knowledge, use context clues, infer meaning, summarizing, make predictions and visualize the text. Over the course of the year, these strategies will help us identify key ideas and details, understand points of view, use evidence to support text and ultimately build our overall reading abilities.
 
Text:  McGraw-Hill, Reading, 2011
Supplemental Materials: various leveled readers and chapter books, book reports
 
Science
The Fourth Grade science program strives to spark students' curiosity of the world around them. Through knowledge, investigation, and exploration, students will experience success in science.  The units of study include earth science, life science, and physical science. Students use the tools and process of scientific inquiry in each unit of study which includes several hands-on investigations.
 
Text:  McGraw-Hill, InspireScience:  Be a Scientist, 2017
 
Math
Our curriculum includes, but is not limited to:
  • Place Value
  • Add and Subtract Whole Numbers
  • Multiplication of One and Two Digits
  • Division by One and Two Digits
  • Fractions
  • Operations and Fractions
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Customary Measurement
  • Metric Measurement
  • Perimeter and Area
  • Geometry
  • Algebraic Concepts
 
Text: Sadlier-Oxford, progress in Mathematics, 2014
Supplemental Materials:  Math Journal, various manipulatives, Holy Cards