Language Arts The purpose of the Fourth Grade Language Arts Program is to develop students’ literacy in reading and writing as well as help develop students' listening, oral language and vocabulary skills. Mathematics In Grade 4 instructional time focuses on 4 critical areas: (1) Developing understanding with multi-digit multiplication and dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends; (2) Developing on understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with denominators and multiplication of whole numbers. (3) Understanding the geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on properties such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, angle measures and symmetry. These standards will be accomplished through classroom demonstrations and discussions. The use of manipulatives in class lessons and working in cooperative groups. At times students will be asked to write or draw how they got their answer in their math journal. The teacher will use drill exercises in class and at home. Approximately every three weeks students will have tests. Students will get the chance to play math games and use the smart board for interactive games and use calculators and software programs. Students will understand that the knowledge of math facts and problem solving strategies will help them in other areas of their life. Religion The purpose of the Grade 4 Religion curriculum is to develop an understanding of the basics of Christian/Catholic doctrine, morality, and scripture. Students participate in various age appropriate activities that help them learn about the Christian faith and to demonstrate this knowledge in their everyday lives. The Religion Curriculum is taught through a series of instructional approaches. Students receive direct instruction, work in small groups and participate in class discussions. The faith journal and activities from the workbook are done for each chapter. Students listen to Bible stories and sing hymns once a week. Art and writing projects are done on a regular basis to emphasize the importance of religion in all areas of life. Students learn, understand and pray the Rosary once a week. Students also watch religious videos. Science The overall goal of the Grade 4 Science Curriculum is to continue exploring various scientific concepts within the main scientific domains (earth, life, and physical). The science curriculum is a comprehensive collection of hands-on experiments, activities, and projects designed to develop scientific literacy in children. These projects will help children explore the wonders of the world in which they exist. Grade 4 Focus: inquiry, rocks and minerals, fossils, earth and sun system, adaptations, different types of energy, magnetism, electricity, technology. Social Studies The Grade 4 Social Studies Curriculum at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus School is based on the Massachusetts State Frameworks while incorporating the Common Core Standards for literacy in History and Social Studies. Students will gain a better understanding of North America through its different countries and regions. Students study the physical and political geography, government, economics, and culture of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Islands and how geography affects the way people live. The five regions of the United States are studied in detail and the role each plays in the country and world today through the Five Themes of Geography: location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and region. In addition, students receive an introduction to American history, government, and economics that will prepare them for an in-depth study of that curriculum in Grade 5.