Ms. Sahlfeld ~ 4th Grade

4th grade curriculum

Qualifications: B.S. in Education with a minor in Math - Oregon State University
*working towards my Masters in Special Education from Portland State University
Ms. Elizabeth Sahlfeld
4th Grade Teacher
503 357 6990 x229
Visitation Catholic School
4189 NW Visitation Road
Forest Grove, OR, 97116
Being raised as a devote Catholic everything I do is influenced by my faith. In the classroom this certainly holds true. It does not matter the time of day or the subject matter, faith and love of God is being taught throughout. Teaching in a Catholic school has strengthened my faith, and hopefully I am helping all of the students strengthen their faith by my example and by the education that I am opening up to them.
  • Study the Ten Commandments
  • Review the 7 Sacraments especially Baptism, Confirmation, and Reconciliation
  • Prepare and participate in Liturgies
  • Locate and memorize Bible verses
  • Discuss the lives of saints
  • Identify the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Study the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy
  • Identify setting, plot, theme, author’s purpose and text structure
  • Look for cause, effect, fact, and opinion
  • Show comprehension by identifying context clues, paraphrasing, and summarizing
  • Use main idea and supporting details to draw conclusions, make judgments, and generalizations
  • Identify various genres
  • Begin research process with outlining and note taking
  • Enhance skills of sequencing, comparing and contrasting, visualizing, and character identification
  • Identify parts of a book
  • Reinforce vocabulary building, dictionary skills, and reading diagrams and graphic sources
  • Write paragraphs with opening ,closing and supporting sentences
  • Write various friendly and formal letters
  • Explore different style and mode of writing
  • Compose poetry in diverse styles
  • Improve grammar usage and mechanics
  • Study parts of Speech; nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs
  • Diagram sentences
  • Continue working with spelling patterns
  • Use proper spelling for frequently spelled words
  • Practice legible cursive handwriting
  • Give oral reports and speeches
  • Practice speaking clearly and with feeling
  • Use eye contact
  • Practice active listening
  • Read, write and order numbers through the millions
  • Add and subtract greater numbers with carrying and borrowing
  • Tell time to the minute and figure elapsed time
  • Multiply greater numbers by two digit numbers
  • Divide by two digit numbers with and without remainders
  • Use appropriate metric and customary units of measurement
  • Demonstrate understanding of various graphing techniques
  • Identify geometric figures, space and plane figures
  • Gain understanding of fractions, probability and decimals
  • Select strategies for solving story problems
  • Predict, observe and record data
  • Discover how moving objects interact
  • Explore how living things stay alive
  • Gain understanding of how the nervous system functions
  • Incorporate Steps to Respect, a bullying prevention unit into our daily lives
  • Identify healthy habits and practices
  • Identify safety rules for various activities and emergencies
  • Study Oregon’s geography and regions
  • Study Oregon’s settlers and early history
  • Travel the Oregon Trail
  • Explore Oregon today-work, life, and government
  • Increase awareness and sensitivity to elements of design; line, color, texture, form, space, shape, and value
  • Participate in art production; painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpturing, building, and constructing
  • Become aware of the principles of design; unity, emphasis balance, variety, pattern, rhythm, proportion and harmony
  • Observe and interpret visual characteristics
  • Understand and value art contributions in a variety of different historical and cultural contents
  • Enter various art contests

* Physical Education, Music, Spanish, Library, and Technology are taught by specialists trained in these areas.

Further curriculum enrichment includes:

  • Field trips
  • Guest speakers
  • Service projects
  • Reading incentive program
  • Extracurricular activities