In Religion, our goal is to help students live their Christian faith through participation in the life of the Church and the understanding of Sacred Scripture. This goal is facilitated through the development of knowledge of the faith, liturgical education, moral formation, prayer, education for community life, and missionary initiation. The emphasis in fourth grade is on the Ten Commandments, the Sacraments, the Beatitudes, and the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. Other Catechetical concepts, such as the celebration of the Mass, the Liturgical Year, Mary, the Saints, Social Justice, and Catholic prayers are developed.
Language Arts involves the continuing development of phonemic awareness – the awareness of sounds in spoken language, decoding – the process of translating written words into speech, oral reading, fluency, and listening comprehension. Reading comprehension – the process of constructing meaning from texts, coupled with increased vocabulary, is integrated throughout the entire curriculum in all content areas. Writing is an equally important aspect of the curriculum. Included in written expression are the knowledge of steps of the writing process, the application of grammar rules, the identification of parts of speech, correct spelling, and the ability to write the various paragraph and poetry forms.
Math is aligned with the NCTM Standards and correlates with Georgia Performance Standards. This includes the development of concepts such as numbers and operations – place value, multiplication and division, rounding and estimation, mental math, and use of fractions. It also includes the study of measurement focusing on perimeter, area, and volume; beginning geometry; and the application of algebraic patterns using variables in mathematical expressions. Other aspects of the curriculum are the process standards such as problem solving, reasoning, and evaluating proofs. In addition, data analysis and probability are developed through the use of graphs and tables and making predictions.
Social Studies emphasize five focus points which are integrated throughout each chapter of each unit. Geography which includes extensive practice with map skills enables students to compare and contrast geographical features and to use latitude and longitude to identify points of study on a globe or map. The history of each region of the United States is studied with an emphasis on European exploration, Native American influence on culture, the American Revolution and up to the Civil War, as well as key events and individuals in the history of Georgia. Culture, citizenship, and economics are also studied in order to round out the curriculum and to show how these concepts affect current events and political issues in the United States.
Science helps students develop the understanding of concepts through active involvement and participation in their own learning process to endure well past the next test. We learn science inquiry skills such as observation, inference, classification, prediction, and data interpretation. Life science is developed by the comparison and contrast of plant and animal structures and traits including the five basic life functions, the study of ecosystems, and the understanding of the classification of animals. Physical science topics include the properties of matter and the transference of heat energy, the study of light and sound, friction and gravity, and mass and weight.