A basal reader and workbook are used to introduce various genres and teach skills associated with reading, writing, and grammar.
The 6+1 Traits of Writing are taught throughout Sacred Heart Elementary. Grammar, punctuation, and writing skills are taught through workbook lessons as well as being integrated into the entire curriculum. Daily Oral Language is used to foster knowledge of writing skills. Many forms of writing are taught throughout all subject areas.
Students are responsible for learning and spelling words from a list of frequently used words based on the Sitton Spelling program. A variety of activities are used to understand different spelling patterns. A notebook is used for vocabulary and spelling development. Each student is responsible for keeping an individual list of words to learn.
Fourth graders study regions of the United States. Throughout the year they learn about the history, government, and economy of the U.S. by focusing on the five regions. They also master the locations of the states as well as the spelling. Activities include a group presentation of a region. Skills in answering essay questions, as well as multiple choice questions, are developed.
Addison Wesley is the series used in fourth grade. Emphasis lies in the further development of the basic math facts, problem solving strategies, and critical thinking skills. Students are challenged to write the thinking process they use to find an answer. They are also introduced to geometry, fractions, and decimals.
The fourth grade curriculum includes the study of energy, properties and changes in matter, organization of living things, evolution, ecosystems, and the Earth in space and time.
Focus in fourth grade is on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Students study the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, sin and temptation, and God’s forgiveness and love. A morning prayer which incorporates Bible readings and Psalms is used daily. Students attend Mass every week.