4th Grade

Items in bold exceed 4th Grade State Common Core Standards

Mathematics (5th Grade)

  • Illustrate significant knowledge and understanding of numbers and the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Predict and determine measurements using both nonstandard and standard methods
  • Possess a strong knowledge of geometry including: identifying and drawing a line, point, line segment, ray and angle; classifying and identifying triangles, quadrilaterals, and polygons, and calculate area, perimeter, and circumference
  • Possess a working knowledge of the concept of probability
  • Possess a working knowledge of time including solving problems that involve multiplying and dividing time
  • Possess a working knowledge of money including identifying different coin combinations as percents of a dollar
  • Possess a working knowledge of fractions, decimals, and percents including: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; identifying equivalent fractions, decimals, and percents; write percents and decimals as fractions; and compare decimals
  • Collect and analyze data with the use of charts and graphs including finding mean, median, mode, and range of a data set


  • Review the story of creation – the angels, world, and mankind
  • Understand original sin and its consequences
  • Study the history of the Chosen People
  • Know and be able to explain and apply the Ten Commandments
  • Study the Incarnation and some of Christ’s miracles
  • Explain why Jesus is the Perfect Sacrifice for our sins
  • Describe and explain the parts of the Mass, emphasizing participation
  • Understand the concept of the Transubstantiation and the reality of the Eucharistic Presence
  • Explore other topics: conscience and sin, the Holy Spirit, the Church, the life of grace, Our Blessed Mother, and the four Last Things

Character Education

  • Experience the example of good character in adults
  • Practice a range of virtues called forth by the academic program and school behavioral expectations
  • Experience the beauty of virtues through literature

Language Arts

  • Master the basic strategies of reading comprehension to determine a theme
  • Develop an appreciation for literature in its various forms
  • Make interpretive inferences, supporting them with evidence from the text.
  • Read aloud with clarity and expression
  • Read other selections approved by parents and/or teacher and present an oral, written, or illustrated book report upon completion of the book
  • Understand and use the writing process to produce compositions in a variety of forms, both fiction and non-fiction, that are interesting, well-organized, adequately supported, and correct according to the conventions of Standard English
  • Explore several forms of personal, narrative, expository, and persuasive writing with an emphasis on the four-paragraph essay
  • Create and present a short oral presentation
  • Use and understand appropriate punctuation and capitalization
  • Identify and use correctly the following parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, and interjections
  • Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense, voice, and mood
  • Place phrases and clauses within a sentence
  • Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun and person
  • Vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader interest, and style
  • Use punctuation (commas, parenthesis, dashes) to set off parenthetical elements
  • Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely


  • Understand how environments interact
  • Identify cells as the building blocks of life
  • Understand how plants, animals, and protists interact
  • Describe the development of renewable energy sources
  • Explore the water cycle
  • Become familiar with the development and model of hurricanes and tornadoes
  • Learn to identify rock and minerals, including the rock cycle
  • Explore changes to the Earth’s surface

History & Geography

  • Measure distances on maps, locate places using latitude and longitude, and understand time zones
  • Study the formation of mountains, how they affect rainfall and farming, and become familiar with mountain animals
  • Study people and major events of Europe during the Middle Ages
  • Introduction to some of the dynasties of China
  • Understand the conditions and motives that led up to the Revolutionary War
  • Become familiar with the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and our form of government


  • Mastery of greetings, introductions
  • Count and describe the classroom
  • Articles and adjectives, favorite animals
  • Verbs: to be, to go, to do
  • Noun-adjective agreement
  • Days of the week, schedules and calendars
  • Weather and seasons
  • Hispanic holidays
  • Learn key aspects of the culture of Mexico and Central America

Choir/Music Appreciation

  • Develop vocal skills and techniques
  • Develop melodic and rhythmic skills
  • Describe music by reading, listening, and demonstrating comprehension of music
  • Perform a repertoire of Judeo-Christian and traditional songs
  • Understand music theory, music symbols and musical instruments

Visual Arts

  • Creativity is at the heart of this instruction
  • Draw, paint, sculpt, and design using a variety of tools, techniques, and media in a safe and responsible manner
  • Learn to make choices that enhance communication of their ideas
  • Build on artistic literacy while developing imagination and dexterity
  • Know that visual arts have a history and relationship to culture

Physical Education

  • Develop gross motor skills, fitness and flexibility
  • Practice sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership