Fourth Grade Curriculum Guide

The Catholic School is a unique faith-centered community, which integrates thinking and believing in ways that encourage intellectual growth, nurture faith, and inspire action.

The commitment to academic excellence, which fosters the intellectual development of all students, is an integral part of the mission of our school.


Your child will learn about:

  • God, as our Father, and his message to us in the Bible
  • The life of Jesus
  • The liturgical seasons throughout the year
  • Saints
  • Church, as community
  • Parts of the liturgy
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Beatitudes

Language Arts

Your child will learn to:

  • Identify parts of a sentence (such as:  nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions)
  • Identify the subject and predicate of a sentence
  • Recognize homographs, homophones, synonyms, antonyms, and analogies
  • Research/locate information using various resources
  • Follow written directions
  • Apply spelling patterns to everyday sentences
  • Identify independent and dependent clauses
  • Write simple, complex, and compound sentences


Your child will learn to:

  • Compute addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems with multi-digit numbers (including money and regrouping)
  • Write number sentences that represent addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division situations
  • Identify, compare, and order numbers to 1,000,000, as well as simple common fractions
  • Apply strategies (guess and check, draw a diagram, make a list, and work backwards) to solve story problems
  • Tell time to the minute as well as add and subtract time
  • Identify basic geometric shapes (triangle, cube, quadrilateral, pentagon, hexagon, cylinder, cone, rectangular/triangular prism and sphere), find area and perimeter of figures and recognize symmetry and congruency
  • Read and interpret charts, tables, and graphs in order to make predictions, comparisons, and compute the range, median, and mode
  • Add and subtract fractions


Your child will learn to:

  • Write expository text (writing to explain)
  • Write narrative text (writing to tell a story)
  • Understand and apply the six + traits of writing (ideas/content, organization, word choice, voice, conventions, sentence fluency)
  • Understand and apply the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, publishing)


Your child will learn to:

  • Read for purpose and meaning
  • Draw conclusions from text
  • Predict outcomes
  • Make inferences and judgments
  • Summarize and paraphrase text
  • Decode using context clues, prefixes, and suffixes
  • Recognize the narrative elements
  • Use the above listed skills to
  • improve comprehension of both fiction and nonfiction text.

Social Studies

Your child will learn about:

  • Geography, history, and natural resources of Washington State
  • Map skills (locating, identifying, and using directions) using maps of Washington and the United States


Your child will learn about:

  • Land and Water Earth Science
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Evidence that we live on a changing earth
  • Maintain science notebooks
  • Predict, hypothesize and experiment


Students receive 30 minutes of P.E. two times a week in which the focus is on gross and fine motor skills, learning new games, participation and respect for others.


Students will participate in music 2 times a week for 30 minutes.  Students will review learned concepts, as well as, continue moderate folk, sacred and secular pieces to explore:

  • Rhythm – meter/time signatures, sixteenth notes, intro to syncopation
  • Melody – Tonal center, octaves, moveable “do” , light/heavy registers
  • Form-Phrasing, Da Capo al fine, Del Segno al fine
  • Texture/expression – partner songs, musical weight, tone color (timbre)

Students will experiment with pitched and unpitched percussion.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in band or strings.


  • Beginning strings
  • Beginning band
  • KOSTKA Club – Weekly Liturgies

Computer Technology

Your child will:

  • Use word processing to create, edit, and publish
  • Use computer programs to practice and review various math and reading skills
  • Use technology to aid in research

Message to Parents

The Fourth Grade curriculum at St. Joseph/Marquette Catholic School is taught in accordance with our school mission statement and the benchmarks set by the State of Washington. Our Values of Respect, Responsibility, Love, Faithfulness, and excellence allow the students to work in a positive learning environment while receiving an education that is based on high expectations and standards.