What Do Children Learn in Fourth Grade?In language arts, students will… read a variety of fiction and non-fiction material independently with fluency and comprehension • give personal responses to materials read • share what they already know before reading and what new information has been learned after reading • identify cause and effect relationships • identify unique characteristics of story forms, such as mysteries, fantasies, and realistic fiction • use all five stages of the writing process • use a variety of writing forms, including descriptions, narratives, letters, poems and story problems • vary the structural pattern, length and complexity of sentences • use reading, writing and speaking skills every day!
In mathematics, students will… give the value of digits in numerals to hundred-millions • use successful strategies for adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers • quickly recall multiplication and division facts • use and explain strategies for solving multiplication and division number stories • compare and order fractions • use a calculator to rename any fraction as a decimal or percent • convert between metric measures • find the area and perimeter of a polygon • use a protractor to measure and draw angles.
In science, students will use, construct, and reflect on scientific knowledge through hands-on units of Nature’s Recyclers, Watery Earth, Energy, and Input/Output: Computer Systems. In these units, students will… learn to classify, observe, experiment, compare and contrast, report and explain • generate questions about the world based on observation • develop solutions to problems through reasoning • observe and investigate • manipulate simple devices that aid in observation and data collection • develop strategies and skills for information gathering • develop an awareness of the need for evidence in making decisions scientifically.
In social studies, students will learn about the regions of the United States, studying… civics • history • geography • economics • public discourse • citizen involvement.
Fourth graders also have instruction in art, health, information literacy and technology (through media), music, physical education, and world languages.
All this…and a whole lot more!