Fourth Grade at St. Peter's
Fourth grade students begin to read with a higher level of fluency and expression and apply comprehension strategies to literary and expository texts. During the year, fourth graders formulate multiple paragraph pieces that focus on a specific purpose or audience, utilizing root words, prefixes, suffixes, and context clues to analyze unfamiliar words.
Additionally, students add and subtract large numbers with sums up to 1,000,000, complete basic multiplication and division problems, and understand basic fraction and decimal concepts. Students also learn about the characteristics, structures, and functions of living things and of how living things interact with one another and their environment: types of rock, glaciers, static and current electricity, and the history of California.
Ms. Elizabeth Watters
Ms. Watters is a native San Franciscan, who attended St. Cecilia’s and St. Ignatius College Preparatory. She comes from a family of educators, with her father a now retired math teacher from St. Vincent de Paul School and her mother a veteran kindergarten teacher at St. Cecilia’s. She received her Master’s and teaching credential through Notre Dame’s ACE program and has taught 4th grade in Brownsville, Texas as well as 2nd grade in Denver, Colorado. When asked what drew her to St. Peter’s, Ms. Watters remembers playing against St. Peter’s and knew about the school’s rich history even then. She also loves that St. Peter’s is “a small school with a big heart” and that we “prioritize developing the whole child as a way to make the school community and outside community a better place.” Her favorite thing about teaching 4th grade is how ready and excited students are to learn each day. She says, “We discuss current events, and work to make connections between what we are learning and our current world. We also get to learn about California history; and learning about the best state is pretty neat!” We are blessed to have her join the St. Peter’s family.
Activities and Field Trips
Visiting the California Academy of Sciences
Students take a field trip to the California Academy of Sciences, which includes a lesson on plants or rocks from the Academy's educators. Following the lesson, students and parent chaperones tour the museum.
Students create a model of a California mission and present their research using PowerPoint as part of their Social Studies course.
Students create a number of projects throughout the school year, including: annotated illustrations, illustrated dictionary entries, illustrated timelines, mosaics, perspective pieces, pictowords, sensory figures, spoke diagrams, T-Charts, and Venn Diagrams.