Mater Christi School

35 Hurst Avenue
Albany, NY  12208
Phone: 518.489.3111
Fax: 518.489.5865

Grades 4-5

The skills students have mastered in earlier grades are now being applied to higher levels of thinking. Students in grades 4 and 5 take the New York States tests in English language arts and mathematics, as well as science in grade 4. Skills and concepts are presented and reinforced through careful instruction, practice, and hands-on activities. The use of Smart Boards, an interactive technology resource, further enhances instruction.

Children learn to take responsibility for themselves and their schoolwork in primarily self-contained classrooms.


The students in grades 4 and 5 continue their religious instruction with a focus on the Ten Commandments, Beatitudes, Sacraments, Liturgy, Bible study, and the Works of Mercy. This prepares the students to live their faith with a deeper understanding. The students write and lead prayer services and participate in a Liturgy for the whole school.

Reading/Language Arts

Reading and language arts are presented through a research based reading program, which incorporates spelling, grammar, and writing instruction. Weekly writing assignments help students to apply skills they are learning and to practice written expression. The “Six Trait Writing” program is taught throughout the grades and gives a strong framework for their writing skills. Vocabulary, phonics, and comprehension skills, such as text structure, main idea, author’s purpose, and comparing and contrasting are further developed at these levels, building a foundation for successful reading and writing.


In the 4th grade, students work toward mastery of multiplication of two-digit numbers, long division, decimals and fraction concepts, and measurement. They are given an introduction to algebra and apply all skills as they learn the critical thinking needed for problem solving.

In the 5th grade, concepts and skills are expanded and all operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) for whole numbers, decimals, and fractions are learned. Geometric formulas, proportion, ratio, and percent are all part of the curriculum.


4th and 5th grade science includes topics from both life and physical science. Experiments and investigation enhance students understanding and stir their curiosity. Life science concepts such as cells, classification concepts, and ecosystems, and physical science concepts such as elements and motion are explored.

Social Studies

4th grade social studies focuses on local and New York State geography, government, economics, and history. The 5th grade expands their view to studying these same aspects of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Maps, multi-media materials, individual white boards, and projects engage them in learning.


Students receive instruction through the use of the audio-lingual approach. Conversation, verbal and written exercises, listening comprehension, and lessons are incorporated in an engaging and participatory classroom environment for student learning. Elementary students learn vocabulary and sentence structure, with emphasis placed on pronunciation and self-expression.