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Fourth Grade at St. Mary's

St. Mary's 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.

As emerging leaders, our fourth-grade students assist with our weekly assembly, "Storm Central" and broadcast twice daily on our radio station, K-Storm. 

Fourth grade enrichment classes

  • Fine Arts (Visual and Music)
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education/Chapel
  • Spanish
  • Technology
  • Library

fourth grade special events

  • Rock Climbing
  • Research Famous Oklahomans
  • K-Storm Radio
  • Ardmore Train Trip

Fourth Grade Curriculum

Students study Shurley English, poetry, fiction, drama, speeches, sayings, phrases, and spelling with vocabulary. The students participate in novel studies that are usually related to what they are learning in other disciplines of study. Additionally, they produce a variety of written works through the implementation of the writing process. They publish their final copies by displaying them in the hallways.

Students investigate mathematical equations and terminology through EnVision Math. Fourth grade is also the first year that they participate in ixl.com to help them continue developing their problem-solving skills. Both of these programs continue to build on their foundation of mathematical knowledge and challenge them to attain higher-order thinking levels that incorporate critical problem-solving.

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. 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.

Fourth grade science curriculum uses a hands-on approach through direct laboratory and outdoor learning experiences. Students will observe, classify, analyze, predict, and investigate. 

The topics covered in fourth grade are properties of matter, geology, volcanoes, mountain formations, earthquakes, individual human body systems, electricity, meteorology and weather instruments and layers of the atmosphere. Fourth graders also develop and present a science fair project as well as an invention convention on alternating years.