Students focus on nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns and conjunctions. Time is spent expanding on subject-verb agreement, sentence structure, punctuation and capitalization.
Leveled group instruction is a key to expanding the student’s addition, subtraction and multiplication knowledge keeping in line with our STEM focus. The students are also introduced to various fraction functions, multi-digit multiplication, multi-digit division, area, perimeter, volume, lines and angles.
Prayer, service, and liturgy are a large part of the focus of Christian living in the 4th grade. Mass and Adoration are a highlight of each week. Students also participate in the Step by Step stewardship program each month. The development and review of the Beatitudes, liturgy, scripture and 10 Commandments are ongoing throughout the year.
Students focus on the regions of the United States and explore Kentucky studies, including the state government, symbols and regions. Field trips to Fort Harrod and Frankfort further enhance the studies of our state.
The students investigate life sciences with an emphasis on adaptations and behaviors of animals and plants. Changes in the Earth’s surface (earthquakes, volcanoes), rocks and minerals, and the Earth’s resources are a focus. Knowledge of matter, motion, electricity and magnetism are expanded in physical science. All of these areas have culminating Engineering projects (creating Plant Packages, building Earthquake Resistant Buildings, and constructing a Solar Oven) as part of our STEM curriculum.
Fourth grade students are divided into literature groups where they read chapter books at their Lexile level and meet once a week to discuss the book with fellow students and parent volunteers. Mini lessons throughout the week explore story structure (characters, setting, conflict, resolution) and focus on prior knowledge and experiences to understand text (infer, predict, conclude, summarize, sequence events). Reading stations are incorporated into the instruction to allow extra practice with vocabulary, fluency and reading skills. Throughout the year, students are encouraged to read from different genres (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies) and create a variety of reports to demonstrate their comprehension.
Writing time focuses on mastering the construction of complete sentences. The students also explore organization of writing pieces with introduction, body and conclusion and prepare selected pieces for publication. Handwriting skills are emphasized and the students review and practice cursive writing.