Fourth Grade Curriculum
Room 202 - Mrs. Ellen McNichols
The theme for fourth grade religion is that Jesus is with us in everything we do. The students learn about the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church as they grow as part of our community. Emphasis is placed on the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes and the lives of the saints, as well as learning new prayers and the Rosary.
LANGUAGE ARTS / READING
Literature is used for oral reading, comprehension, inferencing, vocabulary, and character analysis. Both basal textbooks and novels are used. Through journaling, the writing process is developed in all subjects. Daily Oral Language (D.O.L.) is presented 3-4 times a week as early morning “warm-ups” for language usage, punctuation, capitalization and sentence structure.
The children review and practice cursive handwriting skills that they have learned in previous grades. Children are encouraged to use this in their everyday work.
New concepts are introduced in small increments and are continually practiced. Number sense, computation in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, geometry, algebra, measurement, and fractions are a major focus at this grade level.
Words are taken from both the Houghton Mifflin Practice Book and various subject areas to teach the use of spelling strategies. Once a word has been presented, the students are expected to spell it correctly in all subjects.
We begin the school year discussing the history of Illinois from exploration to settlement. Then for the remainder of the year we divide the United States into four regions. In each region we study its history, geography, economics, people, occupations, citizenship, map skills, and how each region is connected with the rest of the United States and the world. Students will memorize all fifty states and their capitals by the end of the year.
Science curriculum is divided into two main categories. The study of Earth science encompasses land form changes, the ocean, the solar system, weather, earthquakes, volcanoes, minerals, rocks, and fossils. The study of physical science encompasses electricity, magnetism, sound, heat and matter.
Thank you to the 4th grade students and parents on making this school year so successful. I enjoyed teaching the 4th graders, and look forward to teaching them Social Studies next year. I hope everyone has a restful, and fun filled summer.