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Fourth Grade

The fourth grade curriculum builds upon their completion of third grade at St. Mary’s, integrating language arts, math, science, and geography/history into units of fun and vigorous instruction.

Language Arts
Students study Shurley English, poetry, fiction/drama, speeches, saying/phrases and spelling/vocabulary. Additionally, they produce a variety of written works by going through the writing process and publishing their final copy by having it displayed in the hallways. The students take part in novel studies on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, Pollyanna, King Arthur, Robin Hood, My side of the Mountain, and Wher the Red Fern Grows.

Students investigate mathematical equations/terminology through Everyday Mathematics. The students participate in Rocket Math to help speed up their problem solving skills. Both of these programs build the foundation of mathematical knowledge that challenges students to a higher-order thinking level that incorporates critical problem solving.

The curriculum is a hands-on approach through direct laboratory and outdoor experiences for learning the fundamental processes of science through observing, classifying, analyzing, predicting, investigating, etc. Students create their own individual models of the earth, make rock candy, develop mini submersibles (submarines), explore many more experiments as well as participate in the Science Fair. Various TEAM activities are also done in the students' homeroom class.

Using the Pearson Learning Core Knowledge textbook, the students are able to travel back in time to different parts of the world in order to study individuals, places, and events through use of an Interactive Notebook. Units of study include the Middle Ages, the Spread of Islam, African Kingdoms, and the Dynasties of China. Instruction also includes the American Revolution, Early American Presidents, and Oklahoma History. Students participate in a reenactment of the Oklahoma Land Run each April.

What to Expect From a 4th Grader

  • It is recognized that fourth graders (the nine year olds) tend to learn better on their own as they gain mastery of basic skills.
  • They are able to develop better understanding of key cognitive concepts such as more difficult multiplication and division problems, spelling patterns and the scientific process.
  • They can take on lengthier project assignments and preparations for chapter tests.
  • Test taking becomes more significant at this age and fourth graders need many opportunities to practice this skill. 
  • Fourth graders can feel that nothing is fair and therefore are at a cognitive level where they struggle with understanding ethical behaviors and world-wide situations.
  • This is a great age and stage for group activities.
  • Students this age can complain more about hurt feelings and therefore teachers need to have a sense of humor and positive, encouraging language.
  • Socially, they like to work with a partner of choice (usually same gender) and can begin to form cliques.They can work in groups but like to negotiate rules and directions so guided practice is needed to further develop this skill.

Enrichment Classes                                               Special Events/Activities
Fine Arts (visual and music)                                  Land Run reenactment
Physical Education                                                   Rock climbing
Religious Education/Chapel                                 Territorial Schoolhouse
Spanish                                                                        Research Famous Oklahomans
Technology Education                                            K-Storm Radio
Ice Skating                                                                  Ardmore Train Trip