St. Paul's 4th Grade

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Grade Highlights

Fourth Grade
Extensive integrated thematic units on the 50 States and Environmental awareness
School-wide recyclers
Focus on literacy with quarterly book clubs and separate creative writing classes
Lower School English Language Arts (ELA) Overview
The foundations of the lower school language arts essential learning goals are reading, writing, grammar, speaking, listening, and spelling. These components are integrated into all core subjects. Students are taught to develop and utilize multiple strategies in understanding quality fiction and nonfiction texts. The writing process is stressed throughout lower school and practiced daily across the curriculum. Writing opportunities include: paragraphs, journals, poetry, creative writing and research reports. In each grade level language arts is taught in a variety of ways such as small guided reading groups and whole class instruction.
  • Fluently read and comprehend grade appropriate fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Refer to details and examples when drawing inferences from the text.
  • Summarize a piece of literature including important details from the text.
  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis in decoding words and their meanings.
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Write, edit, revise and publish narrative, persuasive, informative and explanatory texts.
  • Research a topic to build knowledge and present information to a group.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when speaking or writing.
Essential Learning Goals Lower School Math Overview
The foundations of the lower school math program are problem solving, concept application, and using multiple ways to solve problems. Math concepts are presented in our essential learning goals in a progression from concrete to abstract. Teachers use multiple methods of instruction to appeal to every learning style. Each student may require different methods to practice and master math skills in order to reach his or her highest mathematical abilities.
  • Use the four operations to solve problems.
  • Generalize place value understanding to solve problems.
  • Identify factors and multiples of a number.
  • Generate and analyze patterns.
  • Extend fraction equivalence and ordering.
  • Use decimal notation for fractions and compare them.
  • Solve problems involving measurement and conversions.
  • Represent and interpret data.
  • Understand concepts of angles, lines, and shapes.
Essential Learning Goals Lower School Social Studies Overview
The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people understand the importance of making informed decisions for the public good. Students begin to recognize themselves as citizens in a culturally diverse, democratic society.

The Lower School Essential Learning Goals focus on 7 Themes including Geography, Culture, Economics, Government, History, Global Connections and Tools of Inquiry. These themes provide a foundation for engaged citizenship and an awareness of the world around them.
  • Locate and describe the major geographical features of each U.S. region with an emphasis on Missouri
  • Explain how culture influences the way people modify and adapt to their environments
  • Describe key industries of each region of the United States and how these industries support the region's economy
  • Describe how authoritative decisions are made, enforced, and interpreted within the state government
  • Compare and contrast life in Missouri during specific historical time periods to life today
  • Recognize the role of immigrants as the building blocks of our nation's populations
  • Research a topic using a variety of texts and online resources and present information clearly and in a variety of ways
Essential Learning Goals Lower School Science Overview
The primary purpose of science is to help young people apply skills that promote developing questions, making observations and measurements, and communicating their findings with others. Students begin to recognize themselves as scientists who can solve problems and make connections in the world around them.

Lower School Essential Learning Goals are broken into four domains: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Engineering Design. These domains provide a foundation for students to actively engage in methods of scientific inquiry.
  • Understand that energy can be transferred from place to place to produce motion, sound, light, or heat
  • Recognize that everything is made of matter, it can change form, and be measured
  • Observe that when two or more substances are mixed a new substance with different properties may be formed
  • Identify characteristics in organisms that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction
  • Demonstrate that matter cycles between the air and soil and among plants, animals, and microbes as these organisms live and die
  • Understand earth's composition and how it changes over time
  • Actively engage in the eight science and engineering practices throughout all units of study
Essential Learning Goals
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