Religion is part of the students’ daily lives. Fourth grade has a heightened awareness of right and wrong. It is a prime time to concentrate on the Ten Commandments as they apply to a fourth grade student. Students are introduced to the use of the Bible as a classroom tool for learning. There is a deepening in their understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Character education, anti-bullying and conflict resolution are incorporated on a weekly basis.
In fourth grade, this includes reading, writing, grammar, and spelling. Decoding skills and reading strategies are taught to help the students become better readers and to better understand what it is they are reading. Students are taught the writing process from brain storming through final copy. This is done in a manner that incorporates proper sentence structure, spelling, and use of grammar.
Fourth grade math begins with reinforcement of skills learned in third grade and rapidly moves into the processes of multi-digit multiplication and division. Problem solving skills as well as computation are essential to the curriculum. Word problems are one way to apply understanding of math concepts and to use computation abilities to solve problems. Students are expected to solve and compute properly and explain in writing what was done to solve the problems by integrating literacy into math curriculum.
Fourth grade social studies is divided into three areas of study. Students begin the year by focusing on the history of Pennsylvania followed by a brief introduction to American history. The concepts introduced in fourth grade will later be expanded on as students progress into the higher grades. The second half of the year introduces the children to the five regions of the United States. The children will learn about the geography, economy and people of each region.
Science is divided into three parts: Physical Science, Earth Science and Life Science for fourth grade. Students are involved in various classroom activities, such as experimental questioning, scientific investigation, testimony and analysis. Students are encouraged to use critical thinking skills to relate science to the world around them.