Grade 4 Learning Expectations

STA Student Learning Expectations (SLE)


Religion (200 weekly minutes)

  • Attends weekly grade level Liturgy
  • Discovers that Jesus is our Redeemer
  • Reflects on God’s relationship with His people throughout history as based on unconditional love, revealed through life experience.
  • Recognizes that the Church is structured.
  • Understand role of the laity, priests, and the religious hierarchy of the Church.
  • Recognizes Mary as a model of obedience.
  • Understands there are laws, rules, and guidelines for our behavior (as exemplified in the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes).
  • Realizes our responsibility is to give service to others in our community; that the Church plays an active role in our world.
  • Understands dignity of human life and our uniqueness as created in God’s image.
  • Prays spontaneously and formally.


Language Arts (600 Weekly Minutes)

Word Analysis, Fluency, and Vocabulary

  • Attempts to determine the meaning of unknown words through use of word origins, synonyms, antonyms, and root words.
  • Uses roots, prefixes, and suffixes to analyze the meaning of complex words.
  • Reads orally with fluency, accuracy, and appropriate inflection and expression at grade level expectations.

Reading Comprehension

  • Summarizes, extracts main idea, identifies supporting details and sequences events.
  • Rereads to verify or obtain information.
  • Makes predictions based on prior knowledge.
  • Evaluates and uses new information.
  • Distinguishes between cause and effect, fact and opinion.
  • Predicts outcomes, makes inferences and generalizations.
  • Understands analogies.
  • Determines author’s purpose for writing and point of view.
  • Identifies the plot, setting, characters, and point of view of a story.
  • Identifies use of figurative language, abstract, literal, and inferred meanings.



Study and Reference Skills

  • Reads independently on a daily basis.
  • Selects grade-appropriate reading materials.
  • Reads and gathers information from maps, charts, graphs, schedules, time lines, and notices.
  • Uses glossary, table of context, and index.
  • Alphabetizes to the fifth letter.
  • Uses a dictionary, general reference sources, and card catalog.


  • Write opinion pieces on topic or texts, narratives and informative/explanatory pieces.
  • Uses correct punctuation.
  • Identifies kinds of sentences and sentence parts.
  • Writes 6-10 sentences, nonfiction, and fiction paragraphs using a variety of sentence construction and forms with a main idea, supporting details, and conclusion.
  • Evaluates correctness of grammar, mechanics, clarity, and organization, to revise and prepare a final copy.
  • Practices cursive writing according to criteria for correctness.

Listening and Speaking

  • Asks thoughtful questions.
  • Identifies major ideas and supporting details in oral presentations.
  • Understands and follows a sequence of directions.
  • Makes effective introductions, clearly states purposes, and presents conclusions when making oral presentations.
  • Uses details, examples, or experiences to clarify information.
  • Identifies the speaker’s intent.
  • Makes narrative and information presentations.
  • Recites brief poems.
  • Engages critically and constructively in discussions.


Mathematics (225 Weekly Minutes)

Number Sense

  • Students understand place value of whole numbers and decimals to two decimal places and numbers and decimals relate to simple fractions. Use the concepts of negative numbers
  • Students extend their use and understanding of whole numbers to the addition and subtraction of decimals
  • Students solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers understanding relationships among operations.
  • Students factor small whole numbers

Algebra and Functions

  • Students use and interpret variables, symbols, and properties to write and simplify expressions and sentences.
  • Students know how to manipulate equations

Measurement and Geometry

  • Students understand perimeter and area
  • Use two-dimensional coordinate grids to represent points and graph plots
  • Demonstrate an understanding of plane, solid geometric objects and use this knowledge to show relationships to solve problems.

Stats, Data Analysis and Probability

  • Students organize, represent, and interpret numerical and categorical data to communicate findings

Math Reasoning

  • Students make decisions about how to approach problems
  • Use strategies, skills and concepts in finding solutions
  • Move beyond a particular problem by generalizing to other situations


Science (170 Weekly Minutes)

  • Investigates kinds of matter, distinctive properties, and knowledge that these properties interact with energy in predictable ways.
  • Realizes that the Earth is a system that is always changing.
  • Analyzes living things and their adaptations for survival in diverse environments.
  • Develops a realization that technology produces tools that help extend human knowledge and capabilities.
  • Demonstrates a sense of scientific inquiry to extend knowledge of earlier scientists and their contributions.

Social Studies (170 Weekly Minutes)

California History

  • Develops an understanding of the concepts of state, diocese, and group structures within a state and the Catholic Church.
  • Understands the physical and human geographic features that define places and regions in California.
  • Describes the social, political, cultural and economic life and interactions among people of California from the Pre-Columbian societies to the Spanish mission and Mexican rancho periods.
  • Explains the economic, social, and political life of California from the establishment of the Bear Flag Republic through the Mexican-American War, the Gold Rush and California
  • Explains how California became an agricultural and industrial power by tracing California’s economy and its political and cultural development since the 1850’s.
  • Understands the structure, functions, and powers of government including the similarities and differences among federal, state, and local governments.


Technology (60 Weekly Minutes)

  • Learns keyboard through the use of touch-typing.
  • Continue to polish and enhance formal typing skills and increase speed.
  • Recognizes and uses the correct terminology.
  • Edits text.
  • Save and retrieve word processing files.
  • Format and type paragraphs correctly in word processing.
  • Properly start and shut down a computer.
  • Names the parts of the computer system.
  • Learn to save to server and open file from server.
  • Use programs to supplement study tools.


Physical Education (90 Weekly Minutes)

  • Develops ball skills.
  • Promotes physical fitness through exercise and calisthenics.
  • Learns and develops team sport skills including basketball, football, baseball, soccer, and track.
  • Participates in relays and agility games.
  • Develops teamwork and sportsmanship.
  • Participates in Presidential Physical Fitness Program.
  • Develops an understanding for physical health and nutrition.


Fine Arts (90 Weekly Minutes)

  • Distinguish among color, shade, tint, color relationship and contrasts in art
  • Recognize and compare two-dimensional compositions using principles of design
  • Evaluate are work from a cultural perspective in architecture, symbols and media
  • Appreciates art work using elements of design, art media, artistic mood, and style through art history.



  • Identifies meter, pulse, texture in music; recognizes pentatonic scales; experiences two and three part forms; recognizes basic notation terms; understands uses of tempo dynamics and tone.
  • Performs on melodic instruments, practices listening skills, with increased sensitivity, singing rounds, descants and songs in two or more parts in performance situations; sings solo and in a group; improvises simple dances; develops expressions of creativity.
  • Experiences multicultural, liturgical, and ethnic music, identifies interludes in music; recognizes instrumental combinations.
  • Appreciates music from a variety of performers and composers.




Book List (* signifies read in class)

*Sign of the Beaver

*Island of the Blue Dolphins

*By the Great Horn Spoon

*Bandit’s Moon