Fourth Grade at St. Peter's

The Program

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.

 
 

Teacher

mr. david guzman

Mr. David Guzman graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology from San Francisco State University. He returned to SFSU's teaching credential program and earned a single subject social science credential and a multiple subject credential. Mr. Guzman is in his seventh year teaching at St. Peter's, but prior to that, he worked with our school as the Catapult Learning Reading and Math teacher. Before coming to St. Peter's, he taught in Maui at an after-school program with the Hui Malama Learning Center and began his teaching career in the city teaching history, economics, and coaching baseball at Mission High School. Mr. Guzman has a passion for teaching and learning and chose to be a teacher because there were educators who made a difference in his life. He hopes to do the same for the students who walk into his classroom. As each new school year begins, he looks forward to working together with students, parents, teaching colleagues, and administrators to provide a quality Catholic education.

 
 

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.

Missions Project

Students create a model of a California mission and present their research using PowerPoint as part of their Social Studies course.

Project-Based Learning

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.