4th Grade

Learning to accept responsibility for one's homework is an important goal for 4th graders. On most evenings, some homework will be assigned. A quiet place to study and complete assignments - equipped with the necessary school supplies - will greatly enhance your child's ability to concentrate and focus his/her attention on the task at hand.

We will be following the guidelines as stated in the Parent Handbook concerning homework and the grading system. Please discuss these policies with your child. The 4th grade homework policy is as follows:

  • Each unexcused late assignment will be noted. For every three unexcused late assignments, one point will be deducted from the final grade.

  • Quizzes and tests will be sent home in the Thursday folder. Papers needing a parent's signature must be returned the next day. Failure to do so will result in a late assignment notice. (Thursday folders should also be signed and returned to school the next day.)

  • If your child has trouble understanding and completing an assignment, please include a short note of explanation to the teacher along with the attempts to complete the assignment. A missing slip will not be given.

Mrs. Ross, our St. Paul of the Cross Resource teacher, is available to re-teach or reinforce skills. As the need arises, we call upon her help. At times, she will hold small study groups prior to tests. Students are recommended by the teacher.

A good night's rest and a healthy breakfast will be most beneficial in preparing your child for the school day. If your child is not feeling well before the school day begins, resting at home may not only be helpful for your child, but for the other students as well by maintaining a healthy classroom environment. Make-up work will be sent home and your child will have the necessary time to complete it.

As the school year progresses, some supplies need to be replaced. Most often, but not exclusively, these would be the writing or drawing supplies, scissors, glue, and rulers. Having proper supplies does help the day run smoother.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us or send a note. We will respond to you with an email or a note or set-up an appointment if that is needed.                                              

Grade 4 Curriculum is based on Illinois state standards and will include:


  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and decimal numbers

  • Geometry which will include shapes, lines, area, volume

  • Measurement and capacity

  • Estimation, factors, multiples

  • Reading and creating graphs

  • Finding elapsed time and reading time

  • Fractions

  • Solving word problems

  • Probability



  • Map and geography skills

  • Studying the four regions of the United States through geography, history, culture, resources and economy

  • Citizenship and Government

  • Emphasis on comprehension as well as critical thinking



  • Comprehension strategies

  • Building robust vocabulary

  • Developing higher-order thinking skills

  • Fluency

  • Spelling

  • Novel readings

  • Reading reflections



  • Building fluency

  • Writer's craft

  • Writing purposes

  • Forms of writing

  • Writer's Workshop

  • Usage and mechanics

  • Handwriting

  • Listening and speaking

  • Researching



  • Life Science - classifying plants and animals; energy from plants; ecosystems; systems of the human body

  • Earth Science - water cycle; weather; hurricanes and tornadoes; minerals and rocks; natural resources

  • Physical Science - properties of matter; heat; electricity and magnetism; sound and light; motion; simple machines

  • Space and Technology - Earth's cycles; inner and outer planets; effects of technology

  • Science Focus - Group project completed in class



  • We come to know God through creation, Sacred Scripture, the Church, and His Son.

  • We have an obligation as Christians to live like Jesus, loving God and others.

  • We show our love for God as outlined in the first three commandments.

  • We show our love for others and ourselves as outlined in the last seven commandments.

  • We learn that Jesus gave us the Beatitudes as a guide to happiness both in this life and the life to come.

  • Family Life

  • Second Step

ART – Ms. Kelly

        The art program at St. Paul of the Cross School is designed for students to perceive, create, and appreciate the visual arts. Students will gain an understanding of the variety of ways that artists function in society. Projects are based on art history and cultural art with a strong emphasis on the elements of art (line, color, shape, texture, etc.) and the principles of design (balance, contrast, pattern, unity, etc.). Students experience a wide assortment of media in both two and three dimensional art production. Problem solving skills as well as the development of fine motor skills are intrinsic to the art experience. Each project is graded based on the following criteria:

1.  Effort – Students are expected to utilize class time to complete art projects rather than socialize with classmates.

2.  Following Directions

3.  Neatness

4th Grade – Students will work with a variety of two and three dimensional media; art history includes, but is not limited to, units on Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh.

MUSIC – Ms. Elko

Fourth graders will explore making music through different types of instruments and singing. The primary purpose of fourth grade music will be learning how to play the recorder. The recorder is an excellent classroom instrument for learning how to read music, developing the coordination needed to play a band instrument, and learning how to breathe properly. The fourth graders will learn concepts needed to play an ensemble: keeping a steady beat, teamwork and cooperation through various rhythm games, using body percussion and classroom instruments.  

SPANISH – Mrs. Mejicanos

The Spanish program at St. Paul of the Cross School is designed to develop basic communication skills, with a final goal of confidently communicating in Spanish. The Spanish curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of both the National and State Foreign Language Learning standards. Thematic units integrate both culture and vocabulary. This approach also aids students in listening, reading and writing skills.

The same curriculum is used with all students, but adjusted to meet the needs of students in a particular grade. These thematic units are designed to build on knowledge obtained from the previous school year. Using Total Physical Response (TPR) as a method for long term retention of vocabulary, students acquire vocabulary in a manner similar to how a child learns their first language. In TPR, the teacher models actions and students mimic as they hear, in the target language. When the students reach fifth grade, TPR storytelling is introduced. This method provides opportunities for utilizing and expanding vocabulary. High interest stories enable students to hear and see a story, and then act out, retell, revise, and rewrite it.

The goal is language acquisition, which happens through comprehensive input with a variety of fun and interesting activities. The key to learning a foreign language is that it must be made comprehensible, while at the same time being interesting to the student.

The exposure to a foreign language helps students develop an awareness of other cultures, preparing them not only to interact with other people, but to increase sensitivity to and understanding of values, customs, and traditions of others. All students are encouraged to participate in class to help them acquire not only language proficiency, but comprehension as well. Students are further encouraged to make an effort to study the language outside of class to further hone their skills.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Themes:

Review of themes learned in previous years with components to expand and utilize vocabulary in diverse contexts. New themes: the alphabet, describe my favorite animal, more numbers, food , meals, clothing, professions, feelings, physical sensations, more body parts, and the house. Stories, music, dance and videos related to these themes are used. In fifth grade students start creating their own stories (TPRS).



Physical Education class in 4th grade will emphasize applying rules and safety procedures in physical activities.