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4th GRADE CURRICULUM

Art – Int his course of study, students will complete art projects that teach hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity and perception. Students will learn about different kinds of lines, colors, contrast, symmetry, balance, and design, among other concepts.

English – Students will continue to reinforce parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, and diagramming. Students will also practice dictionary, library and online research skills. Students will develop the skill of writing paragraphs and complete short writing assignments, such as sorties and reports. Students will also learn the importance of grammar.

Handwriting – Students will achieve proficiency in cursive writing during this course of study. Once proficient, students will be encouraged to write faster and with greater accuracy and neatness as their skills flourish.

History – Students will begin studying the age of exploration with the Vikings and early explorers. They will learn about the early voyages of European discovery. Students will also learn about colonial American history, the mission system in California and throughout the Americas. Students will continue to study geography through the use of maps.

Math – Students will learn new problem-solving skills as they demonstrate proficiency in multiplication and division. Students will learn how to add fractions and solve decimal problems. Graphing skills will be developed, and probability will be introduced.

Music – In this course of study, students will learn additional songs for the liturgical season.

Phonics – In Phonics, students will learn blends, consonant and vowel diagraphs, diphthongs, and silent letters. They will develop their decoding skills by examining prefixes, suffixes, and roots. An emphasis will be placed on improving reading ability.

Reading – At this level, students begin reading for the purpose of learning. Students will also begin writing more formal and extensive book reports. Students will learn how to appreciate biographical works. Students will also be taught how to write a four-paragraph essay with topic sentences.

Religious Education – In this course of study, emphasis will be placed on the Ten Commandments and the Seven Sacraments. Students will also learn more stories from the Old and New Testaments. They will learn that the Church has laws, which must be followed.

Science – Students will learn more about space and the universe, as well as the nature of water, matter, and the human body. Students will also learn about hygiene and self-care.

Spelling – Students will continue to improve their spelling skills as they master words of greater complexity.

Vocabulary – Students will continue to learn new words and ideas. In addition to standard exercises, students will also play word puzzles and games to encourage further learning.