4th Grade Curriculum

Curriculum follows California Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards

Students in the fourth grade are academically challenged as they become more sophisticated readers, writers, and thinkers. They manage their work more independently which includes keeping track of their homework assignments in multiple subjects. Students collaborate with peers in group assignments, as they learn to work through long range planning to coordinate group projects.


With a great level of reading comprehension under their belts, fourth grade students dive into sacred scripture of both the Old Testament and the New Testament, learning faith vocabulary and content. There is an added focus on the Beatitudes, with an understanding of conscience, free choice, and the Holy Spirit.Each student is called to live as Jesus did: choosing a life of love, service, and obedience to God, especially in light of the Ten Commandments.

English Language Arts

Students read and comprehend literature including stories, dramas, poetry, and informational texts. They compare and contrast, identify theme, author's purpose, and story elements through written, oral, and visual projects.


The writing curriculum includes a variety of written work, including: opinion pieces, informative, explanatory texts, narratives to develop real or imaginative experiences, and research projects to build knowledge through investigation.


Instructional time in math focuses on three critical areas: developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication and division to find quotients, developing an understanding of fraction equivalents and understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties.


Students in fourth grade develop an understanding of key concepts through hands-on experiences to help them make sense of the world around them. The NGSS performance expectations in fourth grade science blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices as well as crosscutting concepts to support students in developing usable knowledge to explain real-world phenomena in scientific terms. In the fourth grade performance expectations, students are expected to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in asking questions and defining problems; developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

Social Studies

Students in Fourth Grade at St. John Vianney will learn the story of their home state, California. They will learn about the state of California’s unique history in terms of its vast and varied geography, the waves of immigration, continuous diversity, economic energy, and rapid growth. In addition, students will focus on the 21 California Missions, the Gold Rush, and structures, functions, and powers of the United States local, state and federal governments as described in the US Constitution.