CURRICULUM:

RELIGION:

STRAND I – MESSAGE:

The students will continue to learn about Sacred Scripture.  They will develop an understanding of the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes as guides to holiness. 

STRAND II – WORSHIP:

The students will understand that through prayer, the celebration of the sacraments and the Liturgy their spiritual life will grow.  They will realize that by celebrating the seasons of the liturgical calendar they will grow in the Catholic way of life.

STRAND III – COMMUNITY:

The students will learn how they ca more fully participate in the worshipping community.  They will learn that by celebrating the Mass and studying the lives of saints and holy people they will grow in holiness. 

STRAND IV – SERVICE:

The students will learn the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.  The students will understand Christ’s mission and ministry in today’s world and how to continue His mission and ministry.  The students will use their gifts and talents to serve others.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

*Literature:  The Common Core Standards in Literature offer a focus for instruction each year and help ensure that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. Rigor is also infused through the requirement that students read increasingly complex texts through the grades. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades. 

*Foundational Skills:  These standards are directed toward fostering students’ understanding and working knowledge of concepts of print, the alphabetic principle, and other basic conventions of the English writing system. These foundational skills are not an end in and of themselves; rather, they are necessary and important components of an effective, comprehensive reading program designed to develop proficient readers with the capacity to comprehend texts across a range of types and disciplines. Instruction should be differentiated: good readers will need much less practice with these concepts than struggling readers will. The point is to teach students what they need to learn and to discern when particular children or activities warrant more or less attention.

*Writing:  The Writing standards offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications. Each year in their writing, students should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades. The expected growth in student writing ability is reflected both in the standards themselves and in the collection of annotated student writing samples.

*Speaking and Listening:  The Speaking and Listening Standards for K–5 offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

*Language:  The Language Standards for grades K–5 offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades. Beginning in grade 3, there are many skills and understandings that are particularly likely to require continued attention in higher grades as they are applied to increasingly sophisticated writing and speaking.

MATH:

In Grade 4, instructional time should focus on three critical areas: (1) developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication, and developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends; (2) developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers; (3) understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.
  • Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.
  • Generate and analyze patterns.
Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
Number and Operations—Fractions
  • Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.
  • Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers.
  • Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.
Measurement and Data
  • Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.
  • Represent and interpret data.
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure angles.
Geometry
  • Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
Mathematical Practices
  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

SCIENCE:

Overviews:  These are the science disciplines: Earth and space sciences, physical sciences, and life science. Overlaying all the content standards and embedded in each discipline are science inquiry and applications. These are the overarching ideas that connect the strands and the topics within the grades. Themes illustrate a progression of increasing complexity from grade to grade that is applicable to all the strands.

The Common Core Standards and Model Curriculum for Science Education serve as a basis for what all students should know and be able to do in order to become scientifically literate citizens equipped with knowledge and skills for the 21st century workforce and higher education. Ohio educators are provided with the content and expectations for learning upon which to base science curriculum at each grade level. The PreK-8 documents are designed to provide guidance for educators who have the responsibility to teach science to Ohio students. 

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Strands

The four disciplines within the social studies: History, Geography, Government and Economics

SPANISH:

Spanish is introduced in this grade level.  Students have Spanish every other week.