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Grade 4 Curriculum

Grade 4 Curriculum


English Language Arts


Reading Literature

  • Identify and describe story elements
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases in text
  • Explain differences between poetry, drama and prose
  • Compare and contrast first- and third- person points of view
  • Connect written text to visual or oral presentations of that text
  • Compare and contrast themes, topics, and events across texts


Reading Informational Texts

  • Find details and examples in a text.
  • Determine main idea and key details to summarize text
  • Describe ideas and information based on specifics in the text
  • Identify text structure (chronology, cause/effect, problem/solution)
  • Compare and contrast firsthand and secondhand accounts
  • Interpret information using graphs, charts, diagram, etc.)
  • Integrate information from two texts on the same topic


Foundational Skills

  • Use and decode multisyllabic words
  • Read fluently with accuracy, appropriate rate and expression
  • Use content to understand vocabulary



  • Write opinion pieces
  • Write informative texts
  • Write narrative texts
  • Produce clear and organized writing
  • Plan, revise and edit for conventions
  • Use technology to produce and publish writing (includes keyboarding)
  • Conduct short research projects
  • Take notes and categorize important information
  • Gather evidence from texts to support analysis, reflection, and research


Speaking and Listening

  • Engage effectively in discussions (partners and groups)
  • Paraphrase text
  • Report on a topic or text



  • Use grammar and conventions in speaking, writing, and spelling
  • Clarify the meaning of unknown words, multiple-meanings and phrases
  • Consult reference materials (dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses) to find pronunciation or clarify meaning of words
  • Demonstrate understanding of similes, metaphors, idioms antonyms, synonyms, etc




Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems
  • Gain Familiarity with factors and multiples
  • Generate and analyze patterns


Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic


Number and Operations – Fractions

  • Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering
  • Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers
  • Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions


Measurement and Data

  • Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure angles



  • Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles




Weather/Water Cycle (build upon the foundation started in the second grade science curriculum)

  • Identify the elements of weather
  • Measure and record elements of weather
  • Predict weather based on qualitative and quantitative observations
  • Understand the water cycle
  • Explain the processes of melting, precipitation, evaporation, condensation, percolation, weathering and erosion


Rocks, Minerals/Fossils

  • Identify properties of rocks and minerals
  • Categorize rocks and minerals according to observed properties]
  • Discuss and draw the rock cycle
  • Collect and analyze data about Utah fossils and infer how fossils are formed
  • Explain how Utah fossils can be used to draw inferences about earth's history



  • Gather data on the components of soil
  • Determine soil types such as sand, clay and silt
  • Research and communicate the economic value of soil


Biomes/Plants and Animals of Utah

  • Describe Utah's past biomes
  • Compare and contrast Utah's wetlands, forests, and deserts
  • Relate plants and animals to a given biome
  • Understand how plants and animals adapt to their respective environments
  • Use of an existing classification system and development of a new classification system for Utah plants and animals


Social Studies


  • The study of Utah over time: geography culture, communities, Native Americans, trappers, explorers, first settlers, future growth
  • Government: Utah as a territory vs. statehood
  • Economy: goods and services, workers and consumers in Utah history
  • Comparison of Utah government and economy to Japan
  • Geography of Japan and China compared to Utah/Identification of major geographical features of the United States in comparison to Japan and China
  • Promote cultural understanding and good citizenship skills through a year-long service project TBA at the start of every year as well as year-long service to our sister school in Palestine
  • Participate in the school Social Studies/Science fair with their Utah County project





  • God's word to us through the Bible
  • Listening to God
  • God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
  • Death and resurrection of Jesus
  • The beatitudes
  • The precepts of the Church



  • Celebrating God's love for us
  • Sharing in Christ's life and work
  • Jesus feeds His people
  • Jesus' work of healing
  • Signs of God's love


We Live as Children of God

  • Created in God's image
  • Living a moral life
  • The Law of Love



  • People of prayer
  • We pray in Jesus' name
  • Formal and informal forms of prayer: The Gloria, Penitential Rite (Confiteor), and Angelus


Special Celebrations

  • The liturgical year/ordinary time
  • Seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter
  • Holy Week


Building Catholic Character (Virtues)

  • Participate in Virtues rotating three-year program
  • Participate in year-long service project to be decided upon at start of year
  • Participate in global service in support of our sister school in Tanzania