Grades 3–4 Curriculum

3–4 Curriculum

List of 5 items.

  • Language Arts

    The language arts program is literature-based, and enhanced by the addition of novels. The novels, carefully chosen to complement the content areas, allow students to make connections, and see that reading is everywhere. Instructional vocabulary is integrated into spelling, grammar and content areas. Intermediate writing, integrates grammar, punctuation and reading skills. Writing instruction covers narrative, expository, persuasive, explanatory and comparative pieces.
  • Math and Science

    Math Skills are introduced in whole group and supported by a variety of activities and manipulatives. Skills introduced in the primary grades are practiced and reinforced with the addition of multiplication, division, fractions, long division and place value. It is at this stage that application of math skills becomes a major focus. Problem solving strategies include making lists, too much/too little information and multi-step word problems. Observation and exploration of our world are the basis of the intermediate level Science Curriculum. Science units developed in the Primary grades are now studied in greater depth. Extensive labs and integrated technology are evident in every science unit.
  • Social Studies and Religion

    Intermediate Science and Social Studies are linked to the Language Arts program. The Social Studies curriculum begins with the history of the U.S., progresses to exploration of the regions and an in depth study of the State of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. Students are taught to create and interpret time lines and apply this information to Reading, Science and Religion. Skills are refined using hands-on activities, media center research projects and technology. Religion is taught in whole group and integrated into Social Studies, Language Arts, Science and Technology. Third grade focuses on a study of Liturgy, the call to be disciples, and lives of the Saints. Fourth grade learns the Beatitudes and Works of Mercy and explores the Ten Commandments. Activities continue to involve the family and the community as we proclaim our Catholic identity.
  • Foreign Language

    The Foreign Language Curriculum develops listening and comprehension skills in an atmosphere of fun and creativity. General Spanish vocabulary relates to the thematic units, with commands and directions given in Spanish.
  • Specials

    In Art, the Intermediate level student develops an understanding of art history, art concepts, theory and techniques. Students are encouraged to express themselves creatively as they weave art into all aspects of the curriculum.

    The Music Curriculum explores vocal music and movement in grades K-5 and further opportunities for students to experience music are offered through our Band Program for students in grades K-8.

    Physical Education classes encorporate a variety of team and individual opportunities that increase the students physical health, while promoting sportsmanship and teamwork.

    Using our best critical thinking skills, STEM class highlights the use of integrated technologies, recycled materials, and challeging objectives to shine a light on this vibrant strand of instruction.


List of 10 items.

  • Language Arts

    The Language Arts Curriculum is literature based, with emphasis on vocabulary development and application. Each grade level reads challenging novels and learns to analyze and interpret quality literature. Writing and poetry, narrative and research papers are developed, presented and published. Current topics in Science, Social Studies, and Religion are incorporated into the writing curriculum. Technology and media skills are important tools in the writing process.
  • Math

    The Math Curriculum includes the investigation of mathematical connections. Math is seen as an integrated whole. Students explore problems and describe results using graphical, numerical, physical and algebraic representations. Grades five and six introduce decimals, percentages, ratios, and formalize geometry. Problem solving strategies now include graphing, scale drawings and logical tables.

    In seventh grade, students add the use of formulas, expressions and equations to previously learned skills.  Students entering grade 7 may qualify for placement in one of three Math courses: 7th Grade Math, Pre-Algebra, or Algebra.  

    Similarly, the eighth grade students are placed in one of three course options, Pre-Algebra, high school Algebra I or Geometry.  These placements are rigorous and based on student achievement-based criterias.  
  • Social Studies

    The Social Studies Curriculum is specific by grade level. Fifth and sixth grade students move from American history to world cultures, geography and religions. The seventh grade curriculum explores U.S. History 1300-1865, and in eighth grade the focus is on U.S. History 1805-1970.
  • Science

    Science in the Middle school is charged with inquiry and discovery. The scientific method is developed and mastered through challenging lab projects in purpose built science labs. The study of the Chesapeake Bay, not only educates the students, but also helps them move beyond knowledge, to commitment through service learning projects.
  • Religion

    Middle School Religion introduces the students to Bible study, moral formation, and community service. There is an increased awareness of the flow of liturgical seasons and their connection to Scripture.
  • Foreign Language

    Middle school students are given the unique opportunity to experience Spanish through the paced learning program, Rosetta Stone.  St. Mary's students in grades 6-8 learn content that includes, gender of nouns, definite and indefinite articles, present, past, future tenses and advanced vocabulary. There is an increased emphasis on dialogue, tactile and visual approach through this program.  Students may achieve at a their individual pace, which creates confidence and increased student achievement.
  • Technology

    Technology in the middle school is used as an invaluable tool of enhanced learning. Students use individual iPads, media resources, Math labs, STEM maker spaces and classroom technologies on a daily basis to plan, research, organize and learn curricular content.  Students also participate in weekly STEM classes to enhance critical thinking skills, problem solving and diverse learning objectives.
  • Specials

    The Art Curriculum provides understanding of visual arts in relation to history, culture and the Catholic faith. Students understand and apply media, technology, techniques and processes, and use knowledge of elements of art and principles of design.

    Physical Education classes encorporate a variety of team and individual opportunities that increase the students physical health, while promoting sportsmanship and teamwork.

    Using our best critical thinking skills, STEM class highlights the use of integrated technologies, recycled materials, and challeging objectives to shine a light on this vibrant strand of instruction.

  • Progress Reports

    These reports will be mailed at the midpoint of each marking period to all students in grades 1 and 2 as well as to inform parents of a significant drop of two letter grades. These reports should be signed and returned within 24 hours.
  • Report Cards

    A report card is a trimester report from the child's teacher that indicates the child's progress. Conferences may be scheduled by teacher or parent at any time.

Grading Scale

Marking Codes Grades 3-8

A+ = 97-100
A = 93-96
B+ = 89-92
B = 85-88
C+ = 80-84
C = 75-79
D = 70-74
E = 69 and Below

Specials Achievement Comments

P = Demonstrates Proficiency
V = Very Good Progress
G = Good
S = Satisfactory
I = Improvement Needed
N = Not Yet Demonstrating
St. Mary’s Parish, a Catholic congregation served by the Redemptorist Order, includes St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Mission Church. St. Mary's Elementary and High School located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, serve students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.