Fourth Grade - Kolbe Academy

Fourth Grade

The Fourth Grade online program will include a comprehensive study of Religion, Grammar, Phonics, Literature, Vocabulary, Penmanship, Math, Art, Science, and History. All subjects will be delivered in a live format, while some subjects are supplemented with videos and creative assignments, as designated by the instructor. Latin is also offered as an optional live session for students. The goal of each part of this program is to develop your child spiritually and academically in all necessary skills to progress to fifth grade. The focus is on developing basic technology skills, active reading skills, intellectual curiosity, and an authentic passion for learning. Below you will find details regarding the curriculum and books needs for this program. 

Art – Art will feature a monthly video focused on a famous artist from history. Students will be tasked with a monthly project to complete. It will match the artist’s style and will be geared towards the student’s grade level. 


Course Texts:

  • Jesus Our Guide, Textbook
  • Jesus Our Guide, Activity Book
  • St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #1

Course Description:

Grade Four Religion introduces the student to God’s plan for the salvation of His people from sin. It shows us how we participate in that salvific act. This course explains to the student in clear and unmistakable terms the many ways God helps us in our pilgrimage here on earth. God, His Law, and His Church help and guide us.

The suffering of man is demonstrated through the fall of man, Cain and Abel, Joseph in Egypt, the slavery of Israel in Egypt, and the Exodus to the Promised Land. King David and King Solomon are looked at, leading to the promise of a new king, fulfilled in Jesus.

The material from the St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #1 will overlap in many places with that of the Faith and Life Series. You may choose to follow the framework of the Baltimore Catechism rather than that of the Faith and Life Series, but you should choose one and only use the other for supplementary material. There are many wonderful activities at that can be used in conjunction with the lessons in this book.


Course Texts:

  • Catholic National Reader, Book Four, Textbook
  • Novels:
    • The Black Cauldron
    • The Children’s Homer
    • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    • My Side of the Mountain 
  • Saint Story:
    • St. John Paul II

Course Description:

Fourth Grade Reading presents a selection of readings appropriate to the level of the student. The program is based on mutual response: teacher reading and students listening; student reading and teacher and other students listening. Vocal reading skill is to be practiced and developed; to this end, the child should read orally every day.

The Catholic National Reader (CNR), Book Four is the primary reader for this level. The CNR is quite challenging so if necessary, proceed more slowly than the course plans suggest. It is not unusual for a student to be reading the book that is a year below his grade level. In this course, the student will continue to develop a love for reading, understand how learning develops from good reading habits, understand the assimilation of word meanings and vocabulary from reading, identify characters, plots, and the point or objective of the author, and write book reports.

The Primary Literature program for Grades Three and Four, introduces the student to literature in a deeper, more rigorous fashion than a typical reading course.  The course is comprised of classic literature and the lives of saints.  There is a suggested amount of time in which to cover each book.  

A well-rounded literature course for each year includes choices from both the novels and lives of saints.  Each Novel and most of the saint books include weekly written assignment topics.  

English 4 

Course Texts:

  • Vocabulary Workshop (Grade 4), Student book
  • Voyages in English 4, Student Edition
  • Voyages in English 4, Practice Workbook 
  • Writing Our Catholic Faith: Grade 4 Cursive Writing

Course Description:


The students will also use Sadlier’s leveled vocabulary workshop to further solidify their knowledge of language, connotation and denotation. Grade Four Vocabulary develops the student’s capacity to pronounce, spell, use, look up in the dictionary, understand, and remember the definitions of words, their diacritical marks, and syllabication.  It also develops the student’s ability to work with synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and analogies.

Grammar & Composition

Voyages in English offers comprehensive language arts instruction.  It builds students’ confidence as effective writers, readers, listeners, and speakers.  The textbook is organized into two related yet distinct parts: grammar and writing.  The course includes lessons which integrate these two parts to show the relationship between grammar and writing.

In addition to a full grammar course (including sentence diagramming), the fourth-grade text also provides instruction in writing personal narratives, formal letters, how-to articles, persuasive writing, creative writing, expository writing, and research reports.


Cursive is a beautiful and important skill for classical learners. Your students will be encouraged to grow in their attention to detail in how they transcribe their work.

Supplemental Course Texts:

  • Phonics D, Workbook (Optional)

If your child is struggling with spelling and reading, we recommend purchasing this text as a supplement to the rich English Grammar curriculum your instructor will provide. This would be done at your own pace with you guiding your child through the book. Grade Four Phonics introduces the student to a gradual sophistication of use in the skills developed from the previous phonics courses. Uses of the apostrophe, possessives, contractions, prefixes & roots all expand the student’s ability to read, write and speak with use of simple but important and expanded phonics skills. Syllables, silent letters, diphthongs, vowel pairs and digraphs, alphabetical order, and dictionary skills are also included in this course.

Phonics Level D begins with easy material, and the child should be able to read the instructions and follow the directions with very little help. Much in the word study book reinforces what the student learns in English and Spelling.

History (Ancient Civilizations: Egypt, Greece, & Rome)

Course Texts:

  • History Pockets: Egypt
  • History Pockets: Ancient Greece
  • History Pockets: Ancient Rome
  • D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths

Course Description:

Grade Four History is designed to introduce the student to the great figures of ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman history and myth, and to trace the historical rise and lasting influence of the civilizations.  The textbooks can be supplemented with material from other sources, particularly encyclopedias for the writing of brief research reports.  As the student studies Famous Men of Greece, the teacher will read aloud and guide the students through D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths.  This can give the student more details and help to reinforce in his memory persons, places, and incidents of Ancient Greece.

Mathematics (Progress in Mathematics)

Course Texts:

  • Progress in Mathematics (ORANGE),Textbook
  • Progress in Mathematics (ORANGE), Workbook

Course Description:

Fourth Grade Math introduces to the student a program of “foundational” elements upon which the successful mathematical equations are worked out. This program contains a thorough review of addition, subtraction, and single digit multiplication and division. The subsequent arithmetic content includes number concepts, estimation functions, two- and three-digit computations, decimals and fractions. The basic skills of algebra and geometry are introduced. Continual and incremental practice with word problems, measurement, scale, and graph reading, as well as arithmetic, provides the opportunity for students to learn and remember the foundational skills and concepts of mathematics.


Course Texts:

  • Harcourt Science, Grades 3/4 Textbook*

*Harcourt Science Grades 3/4 is used in both 3rd and 4th grade

Course Description:

Fourth Grade Science continues the basic introduction to the life, earth, and physical sciences.  The most important part of teaching science in the early years is helping the student see the wonders of God’s world, and making him unafraid of the subject when he pursues science in more depth later.  Children learn more from doing the experiments and investigations alongside the reading of the textbook.

The Harcourt Science series has the availability of several online learning tools to anyone who purchases the textbook.  The first is provided by the publisher, Harcourt.  There are several supplementary activities for the student and teacher on this website.  Another website is provided by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).  This website allows you to select the topic you are studying in the book, and will take you to a page of selected website links that can help you to enhance and further develop the topics that your child is studying.  The online resources are a wonderful addition to the activities provided within the text itself.

Life Science Topics:

  • The components, habitats, & conservation of ecosystems
  • Rain forests
  • Coral reefs

Earth Science Topics:

  • The atmosphere & weather prediction
  • The water cycle & the ocean floor
  • The earth, moon, & other planets

Physical Science Topics:

  • Electricity & magnetism
  • Motion & forces
  • Simple machines, including levers, pulleys, & wheels

Elementary Latin 1: Liber Primus, Puella Romana  Opt-In

Course Texts:

  • Liber Primus Puella Romana, Reader, Drill book, Workbook

Course Description:

This course will meet once per week for 30 minutes and have at least one weekly graded assignment, assessments and memorization activities. This course will use the first text in the Little Latin Reader series, Puella Romana, introduces the first declension. Kolbe recommends this course for fourth grade students or fifth grade students who are new to Kolbe.

Course Objectives:

  • Review first declension feminine nouns in the nominative case
  • Master first declension masculine nouns in the nominative case
  • Master second declension masculine nouns & adjectives ending in -r & -us
  • Master use of first & second genitive case for nouns of possession
  • Master use of first & second accusative case for nouns as direct objects
  • Master use of transitive verbs with accusative case (direct objects)
  • Master second declension neuter nouns & adjectives
  • Master the use of nominative case for predicate complements
  • Master the use of third person indicative active imperfect verbs in four conjugations
  • Master the use of various prepositions using the accusative & ablative case
  • Master the identification of subjects, direct objects, prepositional phrases, transitive & intransitive verbs, & predicate complements
  • Master the use of Latin cardinal numbers one through ten

Math Lab Opt-In

Elementary studentwho need remediation and extra support in Math can sign up for this supplemental live Math Lab to work through foundational concepts with the guidance of a Kolbe instructor. The class will meet once a week for 30 minutes to go over math facts, homework assignments, and questions that arise while completing assignments throughout the week.  

Art Masters Program Opt-In 

K-5 online students may opt-in to our Art Attacks: Marvelous Masters Program. In this program students are introduced to a famous historical artist and style each month through an instructor led video and lesson. The students will complete the lesson on their own time and post their completed work each month on the Schoology course page for a Pass grade at the end of each quarter. If you choose not to opt into this course, you will not have access to the art course and will not be issued a grade for art on your child’s grade report for K-5 online.  

Music and PE Reporting Opt-In 

K-5 online families may opt into our Music and PE reporting option. By opting into the Music and PE course, you have the ability to submit samples of PE activities or Music instruction that occurs outside of Kolbe to be included on your child’s grade report at the end of each quarter. As a K-5 Kolbe Online student, Music, Art, and PE are not required. However, by opting into this, you have the flexibility to report your enrichment activities to us to keep them on record. 


  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Watercolor set
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil Grip (If needed)
  • Pencils
  • Small white board, marker, eraser

Typing and Technology

Course Description:

In 3rd-5th grade, the students will be gradually introduced to technology concepts such as typing, digital citizenship, Adobe Connect and Schoology independence, etc. The teacher will provide resources and instruction for the students to grow in these skills.