Fourth grade continues to emphasize the acquisition of solid learning skills and the construction of a strong learning foundation while placing increasing emphasis on the student’s role in his or her own academic success.
The fourth grade religion program is divided into three parts: Doctrine, Scripture, and the Liturgical Seasons. Students continue their Catholic faith formation with a focus on the ten commandments and the beatitudes. They also plan and participate in the All Saints’ Mass. To help celebrate the Christmas Season students prepare and present a Christmas Play to the school community.
The fourth grade reading program provides a comprehensive approach to the study of literature and vocabulary development. Quarterly theme-based Literature Circles offer additional support and opportunities for growth. There is a strong focus on language and usage through the continued study of grammar, mechanics and composition. Fourth graders extend their writing skills by writing 5 paragraph essays independently on a variety of topics.
Our program focuses on making mathematics relevant to daily life. By beginning each class with math problem solving, students view mathematics as a way of thinking and reasoning. The content focuses on geometry, algebra, number and operations in base ten, fractions, measurement and data. There is a continued focus on computation skills and strategies applied to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
The fourth grade program has a strong focus on Florida History from its first inhabitants up to present day. The following topics are explored: Pre-Columbian Florida, exploration and settlement, growth of Florida, Civil War and Reconstruction in Florida, the Great Depression, WWII in Florida, and Contemporary Florida into the 21st Century. We also incorporate a study of geography, economics, civics, government and financial literacy. A field trip to St. Augustine helps to enrich the study of Florida history.
The science program develops concepts through inquiry, observation and investigation. Course units covered include earth, life, and physical sciences with a focus on the following topics: Earth’s structures, Earth in space and time, energy, heredity, reproduction and interdependence of plants and animals, Students complete a project following the Scientific Method to participate in the Science Fair.