4th Grade - Mrs. Susan Wimmer
Teacher Welcome

Welcome to my classroom page! Below you will find important information regarding the class curriculum. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

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WHAT WE LEARN IN FOURTH GRADE

Religion (200 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
• Attends weekly Mass
• Discovers that Jesus is our Redeemer
• Reflects on God’s relationship with His people throughout history as based onunconditional love, revealed through life experience
• Recognizes that the Church is structured
• Understands the role of the laity, priests, and thereligious hierarchy of the Church
• Recognizes Mary as a model of obedience
• Understands there are laws, rule, and guidelines forour behavior (as exemplified inthe Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes)
• Realizes our responsibility is to give service to others inour community, and that theChurch plays an active role in our world
• Understands the dignity of human life and ouruniqueness as created in God’s image
• Prays spontaneously and formally

 

Language Arts (625 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
Word Analysis, Fluency, and Vocabulary
• Attempts to determine the meaning of unknown wordsthrough use of word origins, synonyms, antonyms, androot words
• Uses roots, prefixes, and suffixes to analyze the meaningof complex words
• Reads orally with fluency, accuracy, and appropriateinflection and expression at grade level expectations
Reading Comprehension
• Summarizes, extracts main idea, identifies supportingdetails and sequences events
• Re-reads to verify or obtain information
• Makes predictions based on prior knowledge
• Evaluates and uses new information
• Distinguishes between cause and effect, fact, and opinion
• Predicts outcomes, and makes inferences and generalizations
• Understands analogies
• Determines author’s purpose for writing and point of view
• Identifies the plot, setting, characters, and point of viewof a story
• Identifies use of figurative language, abstract, literal, andinferred meanings
Study and Reference Skills
• Reads independently on a daily basis, reading pointgoals set every quarter through use ofAccelerated Reader and Scholastic Reading Counts,
• Selects grade-appropriate reading materials
• Reads and gathers information from maps, charts,graphs, schedules, time lines, and notices
• Uses glossary, table of context, and index
• Alphabetizes to the fifth letter
• Uses a dictionary, general reference sources, and cardcatalogue
Writing
• Articulates meaning of and uses prefixes, suffixes, nouns,parts of speech, and subject/verb agreement
• Uses correct punctuation
• Identifies kinds of sentences and sentence parts
• Writes social and business letters, explanatoryparagraphs, haiku, and outlines
• Writes 6-10 sentences, nonfiction, and fiction paragraphsusing a variety of sentence construction and forms with a
main idea, supporting details, and conclusion
• Evaluates correctness of grammar, mechanics, clarity,and organization, to revise and prepare a final copy

Listening and Speaking

• Asks thoughtful questions
• Identifies major ideas and supporting details in oralpresentations
• Understands and follows a sequence of directions
• Makes effective introductions, clearly states purposes, andpresents conclusions when making oral presentations
• Uses details, examples, or experiences to clarify information
• Identifies the speaker’s intent
• Makes narrative and information presentations
• ecites brief poems
• Engages critically and constructively in discussions

 

Mathematics (250 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
Number Sense
• Understands place value of whole numbers and decimalsto two decimal places and how numbers and decimalsrelateto simple fractions.
• Uses the concepts of negative numbers
• Extends use and understanding of whole numbers to theaddition and subtraction of decimals
• Solves problems involving addition, subtraction,multiplication, and division of whole numbers
• Factors small whole numbers
Algebra and Functions
• Uses and interprets variables, symbols, and properties towrite and simplify expressions and sentences
• Knows how to manipulate equations
Measurement and Geometry
• Understands perimeter and area
• Uses two-dimensional coordinate grids to representpoints and graph plots
• Demonstrates an understanding of plane, solid geometricobjects, and uses this knowledge to show relationships to
solve problems
Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability
• Organizes, represents, and interprets numerical and categoricaldata to communicate findings
Math Reasoning
• Students make decisions about how to approach problems
• Uses strategies, skills, and concepts in finding solutions
• Moves beyond a particular problem by generalizing toother situations

 

Science (175 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
• Investigates kinds of matter, distinctive properties, andknowledge that these properties interact with energy inpredictableways
• Realizes that the Earth is a system that is alwayschanging
• Analyzes living things and their adaptations for survival indiverse environments
• Develops a realization that technology produces tools that helpextend human knowledge and capabilities
• Demonstrates a sense of scientific inquiry to extend knowledgeof earlier scientists and their contributions


Social Studies (175 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
California History
• Develops an understanding of the concepts of state,diocese, and group structures within a state and theCatholic Church
• Understands the physical and human geographicfeatures that define places and regions in California
• Describes the social, political, cultural, and economic lifeand interactions among people of California from the pre-
Columbian societies to the Spanish mission and Mexicanrancho periods
• Explains the economic, social, and political life ofCalifornia from the establishment of the Bear FlagRepublic through the Mexican-American War, the GoldRush, and California statehood
• Explains how California became an agricultural andindustrial power by tracing California’s economy and itspolitical and cultural development since the 1850s.
• Understands the structure, functions, and powers ofgovernment, including the similarities and differencesamong federal, state, and local governments

 

 

Computer (45 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
• Learns keyboard through the use of touch-typing
• Continues to polish and enhances formal typing skillsand increasing speed
• Recognizes and uses the correct terminology
• Edits text
• Saves and retrieves word processing files
• Formats and types paragraphs correctly in word processing
• Properly starts and shuts down a computer
• Recognizes the use of a computer as a tool
• Names the parts of the computer system
• Learns to save to disk and open files from disks

 

Physical Education(90 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
• Develops ball skills
• Promotes physical fitness through exercise and calisthenics
• Learns and develops team sport skills, includingbasketball, football, baseball, soccer, and track
• Participates in relays and agility games
• Develops teamwork and sportsmanship
• Participates in Presidential Physical Fitness Program
• Develops and understanding for physical healthand nutrition

 

Fine Arts (45 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
• Develops visual and tactile perception
• Experiences creative expression in a variety of media
• Appreciates art heritage from a cultural perspective

• Appreciates artwork using elements of design, art media,artistic mood, and style through art history

 

Music (45 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
• Identifies meter, pulse, and texture in music; recognizespentatonic scales; experiences two and three part forms;recognizes basic notation terms; understands uses oftempo dynamics and tone
• Sings solo and in a group, improvises simple dances,and develops expressions of creativity
• Experiences multicultural, liturgical, and ethnic music;recognizes instrumental combinations
• Appreciates music from a variety of performers andcomposers

 

Educational Field Trips

 

Book List
A variety of books are available in the school library. You may print out a list of acceptable books from the school website: http://www.stbarbara.com