In fourth grade, our goal is for students to be active participants in the Mass. We study the parts of the Mass and encourage students to improve their prayer lives through Mass. Students will also focus on the 10 commandments, Corporal Works of Mercy, sacraments, and do an in-depth scripture study during Lent. Our hope is to have students make their faith their first priority in all they say and do.
Within the classroom, we will work on a variety of activities to allow the students to show growth in all curriculum areas. In math, a big focus is on long multiplication and division. Our main goal in social studies is to study the regions of the United States. In science, students will learn about the Earth’s layers, energy, and the skeletal system. Reading allows students to experience a variety of genres, as well as learning comprehension strategies through class novels and guided reading. Students in fourth grade will compose a personal narrative, an opinion paper, and go through the writing process through a research report. Our goal is to promote a growth mindset in our students as they work through the fourth grade curriculum.
There are a few activities in fourth grade that seem to always stand out! One experience is performing the Because of Winn-Dixie play after reading the novel. Another favorite is the biome fair in science. Students will research the biome characteristics and then create that biome using clay plants and animals. Students also enjoy the challenge of learning all 50 states and capitals by the end of the year. Wow, fourth grade is full of fun!
Fourth grade utilizes PBIS, a school wide behavior system, geared towards reinforcing positive behavior. Students will be rewarded with individual and class tickets when consistent positive behavior is modeled. Students can celebrate their positive choices by redeeming tickets at the prize cart and earning class parties. In fourth grade, we really try to promote rewards as an intrinsic motivator and making the right choice because that is how we live our lives as Christians.