Welcome to Fourth Grade!  The curriculum is aligned with the diocesan guidelines and Ohio State Academic Standards.  Our students learn how to effectively gather information, apply it, and then use this data as the basis for new skills; such as inference, analyzing, and thinking critically.  By focusing on the critical skills of comprehension and math in these formative years, we guide students to become confident in these areas.

READING: Students are provided with a structured literature program that supports young children in developing a love for literature using narrative and expository works, poetry from the Scott Foresman Reading Street series, as wee as through novels.

  • Students are taught about books, authors, and illustrators.
  • Increase level of comprehension/enriched vocabulary/sequencing skills/making inferences/comparing & contrasting/main idea & supporting details
  • In class novels: Shilo, Shilo Season, and The Rats of Nimh
  • Accelerated Reader program
  • Relay understanding and knowledge of story elements of the novels through creative book reports

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS: An integrated Scott Foresman Language Arts curriculum providing core instruction in the following areas:

  • Grammar usage and mechanics
  • Parts of speech: verbs and verb tenses/nouns/adjectives/adverbs/pronouns/and contractions
  • Capitalization and punctuation
  • Identify parts of a sentence
  • Daily grammar
  • Weekly spelling words that coincide with our weekly Scott Foresman story

MATH: McGraw-Hill/My Math – introduces concepts incrementally and is continually practiced throughout the problem sets:

  • Whole number concepts and computation within the four operations
  • Geometric concepts – points, lines, rays, angles, measuring angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, and symmetry
  • Perimeter and area
  • Patterns and sequences
  • Fraction, decimals, and percents
  • STUDENTS ALSO PARTICIPATE IN THE ST. JUDE’S MATHATHON

SOCIAL STUDIES: OHIO HISTORY (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) The social studies curriculum places emphasis on Ohio and the regions of the United States.  Map skills are integrated throughout the year.

  • Ohio’s geography and early people
  • Ohio territory and statehood
  • Ohio’s place in the: French and Indian War, War of 1812, and the Revolutionary War
  • Ohio’s government and economy
  • STUDENTS TOUR MEADOWCROFT VILLAGE – a prehistoric Indian village and THE FORT STEUBEN HISTORICAL FORT – and 18th century military fort

SCIENCE: Macmillan/McGraw-Hill (A Closer Look) The science curriculum includes an extensive study of:

  • Living things, ecosystems, earth and its resources, weather and space, matter, and forces of energy
  • Students also participate in scientific labs and create projects

RELIGION: Loyola Press (Christ Our Life) series – The religion curriculum of the Dioceses of Steubenville engages students in hearing and understanding the proclamation of the faith and invites the student to respond through deeper openness to a relationship with God.

  • WE COME TO KNOW GOD: Learn that God is revealed in creations, sacred scripture, the Church, and his Son
  • GOD STRENGTHENS US TO BE HOLY: learn about their obligation as Christians to live like Jesus, loving God and others
  • WE LOVE GOD AND WE LOVE GOD’S PEOPLE: know how to show love for God, as outlined in the first three commandments and will know how the last seven commandments guide us to love our neighbor as ourselves. They will develop reverence for life and for the gifts of the earth.
  • JESUS LEADS US TO HAPPINESS: learn that Jesus gave us the Beatitudes as a guide to happiness both in this life and in the life to come
  • STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN WEEKLY MASS, STATIONS OF THE CROSS, RECITATION OF THE ROSARY, AND SEVERAL SERVICE PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR.