Living as a faithful Christian is at the center of our religion curriculum. The students study the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Liturgical Year and Reconciliation. This assists students in developing an understanding of what it means to live as a Catholic Christian. The liturgical calendar marks days of observation and celebration. Students participate in planning and implementing school liturgies.
Different themes are used throughout the multicultural-based stories in our Open Court reading program used in fourth grade. Students read the following novel: “By the Great Horn Spoon” which ties in with the Social Studies program. Development of the writing process is incorporated into all subject areas. Language usage is developed with a strong emphasis on the parts of speech, along with reinforcement of spelling skills through weekly assessment.
Students are taught to solve one and two-step word problems, multiplication and division. Fourth graders explore place value, fractions, equivalent fractions, simplest form, and addition and subtraction of fractions. Students are taught to use various intermediate geometric terms and shapes.
The Scott Foresman science series enables the students to explore the universe with a detailed study of the physical characteristics of Earth. This includes the power of water, the changes in Earth's crust, the study of weather, and the diversity of life within an ecosystem. Fourth grade covers Electricity, Magnetism and Geology. These lessons in science reinforce responsible stewardship of Earth's resources.
Fourth graders begin to develop critical thinking skills while studying the history and geography of California. Beginning with the Native Americans, California's rich and colorful past is explored in detail through the influence of the Spanish, to the days of the gold rush, and on to the growth and development of modern California.
Special Events and Learning Opportunities:
Heart of Jesus Retreat Center
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Lazy W Ranch
California Physical Map
California Landmark Project
California Agriculture Assignment