Fourth Grade at Saint Paschal Baylon School (SPBS) is a great year full of learning, excitement and challenge! Our Fourth Graders are no longer “learning to read”…instead, they are “reading to learn”. During Fourth Grade at SPBS, students study many different literary genres, including: myths, folktales, historical fiction, realistic fiction, and expository text. The Fourth Grade class reading themes interlace with our Science and Social Studies units, including: rocks, electricity, habitats, and California History. Students practice different forms of writing: narrative, informative, persuasive, and response to literature – all within the context of our school wide writing program, and the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS.ELA).
Within our 100% Catholic student body, Catholic faith formation is inculcated throughout all aspects of the Fourth Grade year, including: participation in weekly school wide Masses, liturgical events, student-led Stations of the Cross during Lent, prayer services, annual Sacrament of Reconciliation, conflict resolution based on gospel values, and the formal/academic study of our Catholic faith.
One of the favorite Fourth Grade class faith formation traditions at Saint Paschal Baylon School is a visit to the Santa Barbara Mission during Lent. Students attend Ash Wednesday service in the same place where Native Americans worked and prayed during the 1800's.
The class also takes a day trip on the “Gold Digger’s Express” in conjunction with the Brig Pilgrim
tall ship in Dana Point. In preparation for that unique curriculum-based field trip, the students acquire knowledge of sea terms, chanteys, line handling, and experience what life was like in the gold mining camps. The students then experience an unforgettable adventure reenacting the voyage of those who risked it all for the California gold fields in 1849. History truly comes alive for our students during this culminating field trip.
This important grade level marks the first year in the school's “upper grade” building for our students, and it is the beginning of the critical transition from Primary Grades to Intermediate Grades for our SPBS students.
Students are presented with a challenging curriculum in a technology-rich environment, which includes wireless iPads and an interactive touch screen SmartBoard
in the classroom. Fourth Grade is also the first year that SPBS students receive "letter grades", and participate in the Honor Roll program and Trimester Honors and Awards Assemblies here at SPBS. Parents and students alike are able to access academic grades online via Gradelink.
We invite parents to collaborate with our credentialed and highly-experienced Fourth Grade teacher (a graduate of SPBS!), who also holds a Masters Degree in Education. The teacher is assisted daily by a classroom Teacher Aide for a fun-filled and exciting Fourth Grade year! Students look forward to learning more about our Catholic faith, our great state of California, how to help/serve the less fortunate, intermediate-level academics, altar serving, excellence in Catholic education, and effective time management skills!