The curriculum for fourth grade at St. Michael the Archangel School follows the guidelines of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Diocese of Allentown.
Students learn the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes which help to develop an understanding of their consciences and the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Students read stories and novels focusing on different genres. The skills studied follow the continuum of learning included in the Houghton Mifflin reading series.
The curriculum includes grammar, parts of speech, and five types of writing (friendly letter, summary, essay, limerick, and descriptive paragraph). Students are also taught the rules and mechanics of spelling and are introduced to new and additional words to enhance their writing skills.
Students continue to practice with whole numbers within the four operations with emphasis on multiplication and division. The concepts of fractions and geometry are also introduced.
The science curriculum includes kinds and groupings of plants and animals, the human body, and the study of the earth — its layers, volcanoes, and earthquakes. Students participate in experiments, creative projects, and write reports which also enhance the curriculum.
The curriculum places emphasis on the state of Pennsylvania and the regions of the United States. Map skills are also integrated throughout the curriculum this year.
Students enjoy creating a cookbook using the skills they have learned in Language Arts, Math, and Computer classes. They participate in a Living Rosary each October and are encouraged to become active members of their church community by serving at the altar or becoming readers of the scripture during school mass. They take a field trip to the State Capitol and Museums toward the end of their year.