4th Grade Curriculum Guide


 

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St. Teresa Catholic School

Mission Statement

The mission of St. Teresa Catholic School is to provide a quality education that challenges and empowers students to develop their full potential. Our program is based on Gospel values and Catholic traditions and is implemented in a Christ-centered community that stresses excellence for all students.

Philosophy

At St. Teresa School we believe that each person is a child of God, blessed with unique gifts and talents, and so we endeavor to:

    • Promote the holistic development of each individual
    • Provide a program of learning which challenges and empowers   students
    • Integrate spiritual beliefs and values with learning and living
    • Form a partnership between home and school to enrich each child’s life
    • Promote respect for the dignity and uniqueness of each individual.

Curriculum Guide Introduction

The purpose of this Curriculum Guide is to summarize the major objectives of the instructional program at this grade level at St. Teresa Catholic School.  The curriculum has been designed to follow the recommendations of the Diocese of Orlando, and meets or exceeds the expectations set forth in the Florida Standards.

         Religion

The focus of the Religion program for this level is that God’s Law guides us.  The students realize that each one  helps build the kingdom of God by following the commandments and serving others as Jesus did.  Through stories from the Old Testament and the New Testament the students become aware that God has been present and faithful to His people.  They continue to learn about various saints and memorize traditional prayers A Home-and-Family section provides a means for families to be involved and support what children are learning in school.

      Language Arts

The Reading/Language Arts program develops skills in reading, writing, and oral expression.  The SRA literature-based series, which features selections of fiction, nonfiction, historical fiction, and poetry, is the basic text.  Students identify the genre, the author’s purpose and style, and develop an understanding of explicit and implicit ideas.  They have access to a variety of strategies to monitor reading comprehension – tests, summarizing, class and group discussions, searching for context clues.   The Language program includes: writing,  grammar, correct usage and mechanics, dictionary, thesaurus, and library skills. These different areas are integrated throughout as this curriculum area is an interrelated whole.

 

      Mathematics

The fourth grade student learns to become a problem solver through an approach that integrates strategies, applications, and problem formulation. Students solve problems using manipulatives, diagrams, and written expressions.  They understand the place value of whole numbers and decimals to two decimal places and are able to round numbers through the millions. Fluency in adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers mentally and in writing is expected.  Students extend understanding to include addition and subtraction of simple decimals. Geometric concepts, measurement, statistics, (compare and order fractions, add and subtract mixed numbers with common denominators) and probability are also studied.  Students know how to estimate and apply formulas to obtain perimeter, area, and volume of various polygons, solids, and other figures.

Science

Through the science curriculum, the students discover the wonder of organization of living things in Life Science.  They become familiar with the structure of the earth, as well as the atmosphere and beyond in the earth science section.  In the physical science section, students explore matter, energy, and motion.  Students participate in hands-on activities and practice the scientific method of experimentation.  Each student is expected to present a project at the annual school science fair.

Social Studies

In fourth grade, the students study the history and geography of Florida.  They learn about the native peoples of Florida and how they adapted their lives to the environment in which they lived.  Students read about the European settlements started in Florida and discover the nation’s oldest city – St. Augustine.  Students learn about the events that led to the Civil War and the statehood of Florida.  They study the effects of the Spanish-American War, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II on Florida and its people. Students identify major geographic features and the physical features of their own area and major areas within the United States.  They study the U. S. Map; identify state names and state capitals.  Do various projects throughout the year to enrich the program.

Music

A variety of activities including listening exercises, singing technique, movement, and playing pitched/unpitched instruments are explored this year.  Some of the fundamentals taught during this year include:  syncopation, octaves, dotted notes, major/minor, augmentation, call-response songs, and countermelodies.   The “Angel Chorus” is offered to students in fourth grade as a training chorus before they enter Concert Choir in fifth grade.

                  Library / Media/Technology

Students are exposed to a much more in-depth analysis of how a library is organized.  They become more adept at using resources and references to find information and know how to cite other sources in their work. Students become proficient in finding books using electronic and print catalogs.  As proficient readers, they may choose from a broad range of material and are required to make selections from the Accelerated Reader reading series.

In technology class, the fourth grade student learns word processing skills and keyboarding techniques.  Creating spreadsheets and slide show presentations are also taught.  Basic computer programming techniques and critical thinking skills are learned and practiced through various game style tutorials.

Art

Students at this level work in media such as crayon, paint, sculpture, and collage.  They master skills such as cutting, pasting, and painting.  Lessons integrate classroom themes from language arts, social studies, math and science while incorporating art history, aesthetics, and art criticism.  The curriculum stresses the principles of art, line, shape, space, color, texture, value, and form; and the elements of design.

 

Spanish

In the fourth grade, student’s learning focuses on vocabulary in topics of everyday life.  Focus is also on cultural information.   Students continue to improve their fluency in speaking.

Physical Education

The students continue to develop team strategies (offense, defense, and spacing). They demonstrate rules of safety and are held responsible for the safety of themselves and others.  Students expand their knowledge of team play and the human body as it relates to fitness.  Written tests are given in these areas.  Students have the opportunity to participate in some extracurricular athletics.

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