Fourth Grade Academics
In Fourth Grade, students apply the skills they’ve learned in reading and writing at a complex level. In Reading, they learn new analytical skills such as compare and contrast, cause and effect, character and plot analysis, the use of similes, metaphor, idiom, and various types of visual imagery. Students learn to identify and explore the author’s purpose, setting of the story and how to identify and characterize the variety of literary genres.
They will use the skills that they master in Language Arts to write with a more “mature voice” and express themselves, at the same time being able to identify nouns, pronouns, verbs, etc. in their writing. They will also learn the meanings of hundreds of new vocabulary words and strive to use them in everyday speech.
During Religion, students are offered a more in-depth study of Jesus and Mary as our examples of living a life that is pleasing to God. Students learn about the 10 Commandments, the sacraments, the Beatitudes and the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in detail. The curriculum also includes examining God’s covenant with the Israelites as well as the prophets and Old Testament figures in the Bible.
In Science, students have the opportunity to engage in a hands-on approach through the Lablearner curriculum. Fourth graders experiment with chemistry, learn how to use scientific tools such as the microscope and triple beam balance, and explore all types of energy. As students learn about light waves, they are able to experiment with chromatography. The Lablearner program allows student to develop critical thinking skills as they collaborate with peers to conduct experiments.
In Math they will really use their basic math facts extensively as they learn to add, subtract, multiply and divide much larger numbers. They will also learn more about fractions, mixed numbers, equivalent fractions, standard and metric measurements, and use different types of graphs and tables to organize data. They will review the basic geometric shapes and learn how to find perimeter, and other dimensions of simple polygons. They will learn all kinds of Math vocabulary and the various properties of addition and multiplication. They will also see how decimals relate to fractions, as parts of a whole number or mixed numbers.
Social Studies emphasizes the study of Virginia history, geography, environment, resources, culture and arts from the 17th century to the present in an interdisciplinary approach. Students participate in map and globe studies and various research reports, culminated in a field trip to one of the local historical sites in which the students experience first hand what it might be like to live in colonial times. A highlight of the year is Colonial Day held in the spring, when the children dress in colonial garb for the day, and are immersed in colonial activities all day including even lunch and recess activities.
Fourth Grade Teachers
Fourth grade students at St. Timothy will be assigned to a homeroom and will attend all classes, including specials, with the students in their homeroom class. The homeroom teachers will teach the core subjects (Math, Spelling, Vocabulary, Reading and Religion) to their homerooms. Mrs. Quigg will teach Science to each class, Mrs. Connolly will teach Social Studies to each class, and Mrs. Murad will teach Grammar and Writing to each class. All other subjects (Spanish, PE, Technology, Music, Library and Art) will be taught be teachers specializing in those subject areas.
Students have the option to bring a packed lunch to school or to order lunch through the STS Cafeteria. Fourth graders also have the opportunity to enjoy a packed snack in their classrooms during the day. On the Nurse’s Office page, there is a list of the allergies in your student’s classroom that may require special attention to food brought during snacktime.
A weekly folder with important information is sent home on Fridays to be signed by parents and returned. Students also receive a planner to help them organize upcoming events and assignments. The best way to reach Mrs. Connolly, Mrs. Quigg, and Mrs. Murad is through email, by phone, or through a scheduled conference. Classrooom news and announcements are posted on their teacher pages.
Methods of school-wide communication include Friday Update emails, Teacher Page updates, and our Principal’s Tuesday Tidbit emails. Emergency and last minute announcements may occur via our school messaging system which allows school-wide announcements from the principal via email and phone call. Please ensure that your contacts are up to date to receive these notifications!
Saint Timothy Catholic School follows the curriculum of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Curriculum guidelines are available on the Office of Catholic Schools’ website.