Fourth Grade Curriculum Overview

A Day in the Life of a 4th Grader

Each day students are immersed in a wide variety of subjects and topics.  Listed below are short descriptions of each aspect of our day.

Reading and Writing

 Students read a variety of self-selected and teacher selected texts for extended periods. They work with teachers during this time to develop a love of reading and the comprehension strategies that will help them to succeed while reading both fiction and nonfiction texts. They construct meaning and make personal and textual connections as they learn from and about reading. Students also work on their writing skills by working on choice topics as well as teacher given topics.  Mini-lessons are used to provide direct instruction allowing the teacher to act as a model author.  Students also use mentor texts to see how other writers use different styles and language. Finally, students develop their vocabulary and grammar skills by using these skills in their writing and text decoding.

Our writing program is designed to meet developmental needs of each student author. Students have a large amount of choice in their topic and style of writing. The teachers act as a mentor author, modeling writing techniques and conferring with students as they move through the writing process. Direct writing instruction takes place in the form of a mini-lesson and is followed by active writing time.

Word Study 

Each day we devote time to enhance our knowledge of language. Students explore the intricacies of language across multiple genres including literature, informational texts, and poetry. They investigate the conventions and forms of written language by completing word sorts and applying various spelling features to their daily writing.


Using the Common Core Curriculum, students will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts.  They will use Close Reading Strategies to deeply read and understand a text.  Students will also develop their listening, speaking, and writing skills.  For more information on the 4th Grade ELA Curriculum please visit EngageNY.


Using the Common Core Curriculum, students study topics including multiplication, division, measurement, fractions, solving word problems, and geometry.  Each day students work with a teacher to complete the problem set focusing a the specific topic for the day.  They will practice their fact fluency through work in centers and Mad Minutes.  For more information on the 4th Grade Math Curriculum please visit EngageNY.

Science/Social Studies

In science, we cover a broad spectrum of areas which include earth science, life science,  physical science, space, and technology. In social studies the class follows the New York State curriculum which stresses New York state. We work on geography skills, the history of New York state, the Native Americans, the American Revolution, the French and Indian War, and New York State government. To supplement the Science and Social Studies curriculum students read a variety of articles in Studies Weekly. Students can access their accounts to play games and learn more about topics we are studying in class. Science and Social Studies is  also addressed using the New York State ELA modules.


This year 4th graders will be teaming up with 5th graders to build their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.).  Each month we will focus on a new topic and students will work in small groups to complete tasks aligned to the state standards.  Students will build a sense of community and collaboration while solving problems in a hands-on experience. 


The religion curriculum is Walking by Faith which concentrates on the Law of Love. Bishop Dunn encourages the children to follow different virtues such as compassion, caring, respect, cooperation, patience, courtesy, courage, understanding, wisdom, and generosity.