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Fourth and Fifth Grade Highlights

Fourth and Fifth Grade Highlights


  • Textbook: Blest Are We from RCL Benziger
  • Students are actively engaged in prayer, service projects, and learning to read and interpret scripture.
  • Writing the Mass intentions, leading the school in Advent and Lenten prayer services, and creating commercials to introduce our favorite saints are just a few ways the 4th and 5th grade students grow stronger in their Catholic faith.
  • Students reflect upon the Liturgical Year events.  In addition to increasing the students’ knowledge of the Catholic Faith, students are encouraged to develop their personal relationship with God and to share their faith with others.



  • Textbook: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Go Math! program including e-learning access using Think Central
  • S.T.E.M. based active learning environment with real-world connections and problem solving opportunities including Hot Wheels Speedometry lessons, a Roller Coaster Engineering Project and computer science classes in coding.
  • Students participate in the Math Workshop Model, traveling in small groups through different stations for classroom differentiation. A Math Literature component is also included for special curriculum-based mathematical explorations throughout the year.
  • MobyMax Access: a curriculum-based e-learning practice and assessment tool



  • Textbook: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Science Fusion series blends interactive write-in student editions with digital lesson modules and virtual labs using ThinkCentral
  • We provide inquiry-based lessons aligned with the NGSS curriculum in which students learn by experiencing and interacting with science.
  • Students make predictions and observations, collect and analyze data, and share conclusions. Some explorations we do throughout the year include Bottle Biology Ecosystems, Biomes-in-a-Box, salt crystal experiments and a variety of S.T.E.M activities that challenge students to think outside the box.



  • Students work through the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, peer revising, editing, teacher conferencing, and publishing) to develop a well-written piece.
  • Focus on Personal Narrative writing, Expository writing, Persuasive writing, Poetry writing, and Research Paper writing.
  • Instruction in grammar, spelling and vocabulary enhance a student’s writing.
  • Words Their Way is a spelling program in which the goal of the program is to teach students spelling patterns instead of memorizing weekly words.



  • Reader’s Workshop approach provides an active and enjoyable learning environment.
  • Students are engaged in daily student- led and teacher-directed discussions during Literature Circles. When the students are not meeting in their groups they are working independently and with other students on various stations that correlate to the learning that is going on in all other classes.     
  • Students work on threads of core reading strategies, such as compare and contrast, cause and effect, making inferences, sequencing, synthesizing, and summarizing.
  • Students will learn weekly vocabulary words and use them in their daily writings.


Social Studies:

  • 5th grade Students learn about the formation of our government, the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, and the regions and states of our country.
  • 5th grade Students bring history to life with paper mâché explorer replicas, history scrapbooks, and Native American travel brochures.
  • The 4th grade also creates a mini-society to learn how an economy works.
  • 4th graders will study the Regions of the United States


A Typical Day in 4th and 5th Grade:

  • Morning Homeroom: Students listen to morning announcements and get any important information from their homeroom teacher.
  • Morning Class Rotations: The 4th and 5th Grade students travel to classes (Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Religion).
  • Specials: It's time for students to spend time in Spanish, Computers, Gym, Art, Music, or Library.
  • Lunch Time and Recess
  • Afternoon Class Rotations: The 4th and 5th Grade students travel to classes (Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Religion)
  • Afternoon Homeroom Students return to their homerooms for the last 20 minutes of the day to clean-up, pack-up, and fill out academic planners

What is new in 4th and 5th grade?

  • Students switch classes for the first time. The 4th/5th Team Teachers each provide instruction for the subject areas they specialize in.
  • Students are required to use a daily class planner and an expandable folder with tabs for each subject to help them stay organized
  • We only write in cursive!
  • Students start writing in the 5 Paragraph Format.
  • We teach all subjects every day.
  • Students can be on the Safety Patrol or join the Breakfast Chess Club.
  • We go on an overnight camping trip at Walled Lake Outdoor Education Center.