Students will read various fiction and nonfiction texts, focusing on skills such as finding main ideas and details, cause and effect, inferencing, finding author’s purpose, and comparing and contrasting. Students will also build vocabulary through several strategies such as using context clues as well as Greek and Latin roots.
Students will study the parts of speech and demonstrate a command of the conventions of English grammar such as using proper capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Students will focus on writing narrative, informative and persuasive essays.
Students will study Florida history beginning with map skills and ending with Florida's economy and government. Students will study topics such as the Native American tribes, European explorers, and growing Florida industries. Students will learn how to identify facts and opinions, compare and contrast people, places, and situations, and a variety of other skills.
In the fourth grade math curriculum, we are applying the Archdiocese of Miami standards which have been adopted with the goal of better preparing our children for college or a job. The math standards cover the following areas: Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Number and Operations in Fractions, Measurement and Data, and Geometry. In our book, My Math, differentiated instruction is included in each chapter to provide different strategies and resources to meet the needs of each student at different times and in different ways.
In science, most of the material is learned through the textbook/workbook, Science Fusion, online resources, various activities using the smart board technology, and hands-on approach to learning in the science lab. Learning to think like a scientist is the foundation for fourth grade science. Our young scientists will learn to use the scientific method and tools to investigate our world. Students will learn to observe, investigate, form a hypothesis, collect data, analyze information, make conclusions and report results. The main areas of study are: Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, Engineering and Technology.
In religion, the priority topics will be on The Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Precepts of the Church. In the book we are using, Christ Our Life, Scripture, is centered between the four fundamental themes of the Cathechism of the Church, which is Creed, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer. Catholic social teachings are also woven into each lesson, to encourage active participation in the faith.