Fourth Grade

St. John the Baptist Catholic School’s curriculum is based on the school’s mission, philosophies, and Minnesota Standards.


Our year-long focus is The Ten Commandments and The Beatitudes. Students will be able to recite The Commandments and Beatitudes as well as understand their meanings, and apply them to daily life. Other learning goals include:

  • Locate stories and specific verses in the Bible
  • Apply Catholic Social Teachings and Corporal Works of Mercy through service learning opportunities
  • Understand and identify the Order of the Mass
  • Develop prayer life

The Sadlier We Believe (2011) program supports our curriculum.

Language Arts

Language Arts include experiences in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students are exposed to a variety of genres, authors, and writing modes to strengthen comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, and communication skills. Our curriculum is supported by Houghton Mifflin Journeys (2011). Students will:

  • Use details from a text to draw inferences, explain cause and effect relationships, and determine the theme in a story.
  • Summarize a story.
  • Determine the main idea of a text and identify supporting details.
  • Identify author’s purpose and determine the author’s point of view.
  • Make text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections.
  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and decoding skills.
  • Write persuasive essays, personal and creative narratives, and research reports using conventions of Standard English grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.


Our focus is on learning basic math facts through repetition, using mental math to do arithmetic, and reviewing strategies to aid in solving real-world mathematical problems, using Saxon Math (2008). The emphasis in fourth grade is on mastering multiplication and division facts needed for multi-digit multiplication as well as long division. Students learn to:

  • Multiply multi-digit numbers.
  • Solve division problems with remainders.
  • Multiply and divide by multiples and 10 and 100.
  • Convert between fractions, decimals, and percents.
  • Describe, identify, and draw lines, segments, and rays.
  • Convert customary units of measurement and metric units of measurement.
  • Represent and interpret data using tables and various types of graphs.

Students are introduced to long division and long multiplication. Other concepts that are reviewed and extended are fractions, decimals, measurement, algebra, and geometry.


The focus in fourth grade science is to develop a greater understanding of soil, rocks and landforms by:

  • Investigate the processes of physical and chemical weathering.
  • Use physical tools and chart of properties to make observations and identify minerals.
  • Observe how earth materials are used in the community around the school.
  • Consider the ways people impact natural resources and how humans can conserve them.

The focus in fourth grade science is to develop a greater understanding of electricity and magnetism by:

  • Ask questions that can be answered about electricity and magnetism.
  • Plan and conduct investigations about electromagnetism; record and organize date.
  • Conduct an experiment to determine how the force of attraction between two magnets changes with the distance between the magnets.
  • Use tools and techniques to make observations and build explanations about light.

This is accomplished through investigation and experiments within the classroom using FOSS-Full Option Science System (2012).

Social Studies

Our curriculum is supported by Houghton Mifflin (2008). The focus in fourth grade social studies is to develop a greater understanding of our country, The United States of America. This is done through exploring each of the countries regions and the states that are associated with each region. Students will:

  • Identify the geography of our world including the bodies of land and water
  • Locate the regions of the United States
  • Explore each regions land, climate, resources, economy, and people
  • Learn each states location, capital, and abbreviation
  • Conclude the year with a United States celebration


Major Focus:

  • Typing skills
  • Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Publisher
  • Integrate classroom research projects with Microsoft Office skills.