Fourth Grade Curriculum

Fourth grade is a very exciting and powerful year! At the fourth-grade level, students are scaffolded and guided to achieve both on standardized tests and formative assessments. Students will be building their knowledge across all academic areas.
In the content area of reading, students will be both challenged and motivated to build academic language for the purpose of comprehension. Students will be engaged through multiple means of representation in content through both engaging and critical thinking activities. Similarly, students will be acquiring the skills to broaden their writing by both learning and executing proper essay format across curriculum appropriate to audience and purpose. Likewise, students will learn how to be well-rounded and excited scientists and mathematicians. Fourth-grade students will engage in hands-on and multiple step experiments focusing on the areas of physical science, life science, earth and space science. In the area of math, students embark on a journey to conquer long-division, mixed numbers, simplifying fractions, and decimals. Through multiple engagement opportunities, students are able to ask questions, work alongside peers, and continue to be curious in order to reach their individual success.
Furthermore, the fourth-grade is an opportunity to teach students how to manage homework, stay organized, and be aware of his or her own learning growth.



  • Read appropriate grade level text aloud with correct pace and expression.
  • Read or demonstrate progress toward reading appropriate grade level text independently.
  • Can read between 92-143 correct words per minute by the end of the year.
  • Learn and use new vocabulary through listening, discussion or reading.
  • Use knowledge of words to determine their meaning (examples: homonyms, idioms, roots).
  • Use a thesaurus to determine related words and concepts.
  • Listen to, read and discuss a wide variety of narrative and informational text.
  • Identify key facts and information on a topic after reading several articles or selections.
  • Make and confirm predictions about a text.
  • Distinguish between cause and effect and between fact and opinion in an expository text.
  • Read, listen, and respond to a wide variety of literature from a wide variety of cultures and time periods.
  • Compare and contrast various forms of literature (examples: fairy tales, fables, myths).
  • Identify the main events in the plot.
  • Use knowledge of the setting and characters to interpret the character’s actions.
  • Define figurative language.
  • Understand author’s purpose.


  • Write using the entire writing process (pre-write, rough draft, revise/edit, publish).
  • Write essays and stories across the curriculum that are well organized while supported by details and description.
  • Write a short informational text.
  • Investigate topics of interest, selecting appropriate resources and showing correct use of resources.
  • Write texts of different modes (narrative, expository, persuasive) and forms (journals, essays, short stories, poems, etc.) across the curriculum that are appropriate to audience and purpose.
  • Use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and penmanship across the curriculum.
  • Use the scoring guide to evaluate and revise writing.

Listening & Speaking

  • Listen critically and respond appropriately to spoken messages and formal presentations.
  • Orally communicate supported ideas across the curriculum using oral, visual and multi-media forms that are appropriate to audience and purpose.
  • Deliver an oral message while demonstrating control of eye contact, volume, rate, and expression.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate information and ideas presented across the curriculum.


  • Listen/respond to Scripture.
  • Actively participates in Liturgical and Sacramental celebrations.
  • Participate and lead prayer services.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Liturgical Seasons and Celebrations.
  • Articulate learning of doctrine and lessons learned.
  • Ask/respond to questions about the Faith.
  • Understand the meaning of having a good conscience and of making good moral choices.
  • Experience and contribute to the building of community at home, in the classroom, in the parish, and in the community.
  • Actively participate in prayer experiences using a variety of formats.
  • Engage in role-playing, poems, songs, etc. related to Scripture stories.
  • Articulate a clear understanding of the Church as the Body of Christ.
  • Understand the leadership roles of the Pope and Bishops of the Church.
  • Know the Rite of Reconciliation and participate appropriately.
  • Respond to scenarios of moral dilemmas using guidelines of Faith.
  • Know the stories of the lives of the saints.
  • Memorize the Ten Commandments and the Two Greatest Commandments. Examine concept of stewardship in the church.
  • Write own prayers.
  • Observe the created world to reinforce learning about God and his or her personal relationship with Him.
  • Frequent the sacraments.
  • Know and recite prayers appropriate to grade level.


Managing Information

  • Use alphabetical and numerical order.
  • Use the table of contents, index, glossary, dictionary, and thesaurus.
  • Use print encyclopedias.
  • Use charts, illustrations, graphs, and diagrams.
  • Understand how to search for items using the library catalog and locate library materials using call numbers.
  • Locate information or research a topic using more than one source.

Appreciating Literature

  • Identify a story’s sequence of events.
  • Identify cause and effect relationship.
  • Make predictions based on clues.
  • Reach logical conclusions.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion, fiction, and nonfiction.
  • Read and identify characteristics of a variety of genre.
  • Identify where a selection may be located in the library.
  • Read and identify classics and award winning books.
  • Investigate an author’s background in order to understand an author’s motivation.
  • Use the library for selecting recreational reading materials.

Understanding Mass Media

  • Create a media work for a specific purpose.


Calculations & Estimations

  • Read, write, order, model and compare whole numbers to one million, common fractions and decimals to hundredths.
  • Locate common fractions and decimals on a number line.
  • Determine factors of whole numbers to 100.
  • Multiply a three digit number by a two digit number.
  • Divide a three digit number by a two digit number with or without remainders.
  • Add and subtract commonly used fractions with like denominators and decimals to hundredths.

Statistics & Probability

  • Determine the median for a set of data.
  • Determine the probability of a single event.
  • Understand that the probability of an event can be represented by a number from 0 (impossible) to 1 (certain).
  • Conduct experiments and simulations to determine experimental probability of different outcomes.
  • Represent and interpret data.

Algebraic Relationships

  • Describe, extend and make generalizations about patterns and sequences.
  • Represent and solve open sentences or problems involving numeric equations or inequalities.


  • Select and estimate, using the most appropriate tool and US customary unit to measure length, perimeter, area, weight, and volume.
  • Read temperature measurements of thermometers with Fahrenheit and Celsius units.


  • Identify, describe, compare and classify quadrilaterals by their sides and angles.
  • Identify right, acute and obtuse angles in isolation and in geometric figures.
  • Model, sketch, draw and label points, lines, line segments, angles, rays, quadrilaterals and parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines.
  • Build three-dimensional objects and sketch two-dimensional representations of the object.
  • Locate coordinates of points on graph paper, maps, globes and other charts.
  • Predict and describe the results of performing reflections, rotations, and translations of quadrilaterals.


Physical Science: understand matter and changes that happen in the physical world.

  • Identify objects (solid, liquid, gas, air).
  • Understand force (speed, direction, magnetism, gravity).
  • Understand energy (the sun, fossil fuels, hot, cold).

Life Science: understand organisms.

  • Diagram and label a life cycle.
  • Describe the basic needs of living things.

Earth & Space Science: identify the structure of the Earth system.

  • Identify the composition of rocks and soil.
  • Understand recycling and its impact on the environment.
  • Understand the effect of weather and natural disasters have on the earth’s surface.
  • Describe Earth’s gravity, moon’s orbit, and stars.
  • Understand different qualities of astronomical features in the solar system.


  • Make observations and predictions.
  • Write some sequential steps.
  • Write simple observations.

Unifying Concepts & Processes

  • Recognize and diagram parts of a system.
  • Compare models to the real thing.
  • Describe examples of change over time.

History & Nature of Science

  • Understand that accurate description help comparisons.
  • Know that new observations may change explanations.
  • Contrast observations and inferences.
  • Ask questions and attempt answers about the world around you.
  • Know the fields of science.

Science in Personal & Social Perspectives

  • Know that people’s actions have an effect on others/the environment.
  • Describe how scientific developments help keep us healthy.

Science & Technology

  • Know that people are always inventing new ways to solve problems and get work done.
  • Understand that tools are used to observe measure and make things.
  • Design a specific project.


  • Identify body systems and their functions (examples: digestive, nervous, excretory and immune).
  • Identify possible safety hazards at home, school and around the community.
  • List procedures for handling emergencies.
  • Identify personal safety strategies for prevention of potentially violent situations.


Civics & Government

  • Know the branches of state government.
  • Understand how Oregon laws are made.
  • Know how a treaty works.
  • Know ways individuals participate in the democratic process (examples: voting, writing officials, signing petitions).


  • Know the function of money (examples: trade, the value of items, saving), distinguish between barter and use of money.
  • Understand that prices rise and fall depending on supply and demand.
  • Recognize that savings are the part of income not spent on goods, services, etc.
  • Know state government provides services through taxation.


  • Label continents of the world on a map.
  • Map physical regions of Oregon.
  • Locate Oregon land features on a map.
  • Use latitude and longitude and estimate distances.
  • Understand ways the environment influences human activities and how humans affect their environment.
  • Identify how geographic factors have influenced Oregon settlement patterns, traveling routes.


  • Create and interpret timelines of people, events, and movements in U.S. history.
  • Understand the cause and effect of early European exploration and western migration on Native American populations in Oregon.
  • Identify different types of primary and secondary information sources.
  • Describe social, political and economic changes in Oregon, past and present.

Social Science Analysis

  • Research and compare different points of view on a specific topic or issue from a historical period.
  • Compare possible consequences of two or more solutions for resolving a problem.


  • Recognize simple technical and organizational elements and understand the emotional impact that music can have.
  • Use appropriate music terminology in explaining various technical and organizational elements of music.
  • Identify and describes the sounds of a variety of instruments including orchestra and band instruments, instruments of various cultures, as well as children’s, male and female voices.
  • Explain various purposes for creating and performing music.
  • Begin to identify how people’s experiences influence the development of works of music and music forms.
  • Compare pieces of music from a variety of different cultures.
  • Utilize personal preferences and their relationship to music elements and form.


  • Identify and use materials tools and techniques to create multi-step art and can understand the steps and sequences used.
  • Identify different media forms and begin to select appropriate materials, tools and processes to communicate intended idea, experience or story.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the elements and principles of design and begin to identify them in their work.
  • Describe using appropriate technical terms, how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different effects and responses.
  • Continue to use art materials and tools in a safe, responsible manner.
  • Reflect and communicate the effectiveness of their own art work verbally and in writing.
  • Identify basic artistic elements and principles (using appropriate technical terms) which can be seen in art works.
  • Identify and describes a variety of forms of art.
  • Identify personal preference and their relationship to artistic elements (i.e. describe why they like or dislike a piece: ?I like the way the artist shows speed with use of the line”
  • Explain various purposes for creating works of visual art.
  • Describe ways an art work reflects the artist’s experiences and/or culture.
  • Compare several pieces of art from historical periods and cultures.


Expressive & Efficient Moving

  • Identify, explain and perform specialized skills for an activity.
  • Explain, modify and perform efficient movement patterns.

Fitness for A Lifetime

  • Perform fitness elements and develop improvement goals.
  • Participate and communicate a positive attitude toward physical activities.

Self-Management & Social Behavior

  • Practice consistent behavior of good sportsmanship.
  • Demonstrate cooperation, respect, responsibility, safety and conflict resolution for self and others.


  • Talk to your child about school.
  • Check your child’s homework.
  • Emphasize worthwhile learning activities.
  • Attend school meetings.
  • Talk to the school about your child’s progress.
  • Read to your child.
  • Provide a variety of reading materials in the home and frequently take your child to the library.
  • Promote school attendance and discourage absenteeism.
  • Encourage your child to participate in learning activities when school is not in session.
  • Keep in touch with your child’s teacher.
  • Volunteer to participate in school activities.
 Ms. Erika Pakalnis
Fourth Grade Teacher

Ms. Erika Pakalnis is a 2018 graduate of the University of Portland’s Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education Program. In this program, she completed two years of teaching and obtained her Master’s Degree from the University of Portland with a reading endorsement. She completed her undergraduate degree from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Pakalnis has attended the 2018 National Catholic Educational Association Conference in Ohio where she had the opportunity to collaborate with other Catholic educators and divulge into new and exciting resources for not only her classroom, but also the school. As a teacher at St. Francis, she completed the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP) and further studied how to both implement and integrate Oregon environment and environmental resources into everyday academics to provide students with a more well-rounded and engaging educational experience.

She ran both cross country and track while in college and went on to coach our prize winning cross country team this year. She looks forward to the start of next season! Ms. Pakalnis’ philosophy of teaching derives from her passion to teach students with active engagement and to instill an academic curiosity and zeal to be well-rounded individuals both in the classroom and out. Her favorite aspect of teaching is giving students a plethora of opportunities to be both academically curious and acquire a natural curiosity to strive for success both in the classroom and out. Miss Pakalnis truly enjoys teaching fourth-grade and engaging students with new books, creative projects, and “outside the box” thinking to best challenge the student both mentally, creatively, and holistically to instill a well-rounded education. Outside of school, Miss Pakalnis enjoys hiking, running, playing basketball and above all else snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor!