Grade 4

  • Grade 4


    • Reading Literature: Students can summarize literary text, draw inferences, determine the central theme, cite details and examples directly from the text, identify narrator perspective and describe structural elements of different types of literary texts (CCSS.RL.4.1.9).
    • Reading Informational Text: Students can provide a summary from a single text and multiple texts on the same topic, identify the main idea(s), draw inferences, show how an author supports particular points in a text, use text features, cite evidence directly from the text and interpret information presented visually, orally or quantitatively (CCSS.RI.4.1-9).
    • Reading Foundational Skills: Students can read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words (CCSS.RF.4.3-4).
    • Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity: By the end of the year, students can read and comprehend literature (including stories, dramas, and poetry) and informational texts (including history/social studies, science, and technical texts) in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range (CCSS.RL/RI4.10).


    • Text Types: Students can write opinion pieces supporting a point of view with reasons and information, write informative/ explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly and write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences (CCSS.W.4.1-3).
    • Production and Distribution of Writing: Students produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience, with guidance/support from peers and adults develop strengthen writing as needed (planning, revising, and editing) and use technology to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with other, including demonstrating sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting (CCSS.W.4.4-6).
    • Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Students conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic; recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information; draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection; and research and provide a list of sources (CCSS.W.4.7-9).
    • Range of Writing: Students write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences (CCSS.W.4.10).


    • Convention of Standard English: Students demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking and capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing (CCSS.L.4.1-2).
    • Knowledge of Language: Students use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening (CCSS.L.4.3).
    • Vocabulary Acquisition and Use: Students use strategies to determine or clarify the meaning of unknown words and phrases, demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings and acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases based on grade level reading and content (CCSS.L.4.4-6).


    • Comprehension and Collaboration: Students can effectively engage in collaborative discussions on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly, identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points, and paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented visually, quantitatively, and orally (CCSS.SL.4.1-3).
    • Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas: Students can present information in an organized manner, use appropriate and relevant details to support main ideas or themes, speak clearly at an understandable pace, include audio and/or visual displays when appropriate and adapt speech to task, purpose and audience (CCSS.SL.4.4-6).


    • Operations and Algebraic Thinking: Students use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems, gain familiarity with factors and multiples and generate and analyze patterns (CCSS.4.OA).
    • Number and Operations in Base Ten: Students generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers and use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic (CCSS.4.NBT).
    • Number and Operations - Fractions: Students extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering, build fractions from unit fractions, understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions (CCSS.4.NF).
    • Measurement and Data: Students solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements, represent and interpret data and show an understanding of the concepts of angle and measure angles (CCSS.4.MD).
    • Geometry: Students can draw and identify lines and angles and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles (CCSS.4.G).


    • Scientific Inquiry: Students apply inquiry skills to explore and understand the world around them.
    • Physical Science: Students describe the relationship between energy and matter.
    • Physical Science: Students describe motion and demonstrate how forces affect motion.
    • Life Science and Human Body: Students observe and describe structures, characteristics, systems, life cycles, patterns of development, and interdependent relationships that allow organisms to survive and species to evolve.
    • Universe, Earth, and Environment: Students observe, describe, explain, and predict continual changes in the universe and in Earth's features and atmosphere and consider their impact on managing natural resources and agricultural systems.


    • Inquiry: Students design, conduct, and present research that analyzes and interprets social, environmental, historical, and contemporary contexts in order to generalize understandings of societies and public issues.
    • History: Students connect the past, present, and future through understanding and interpreting periods of change and continuity in history.
    • Physical Geography: Students use geographical skills and tools to identify various locations, places, and regions of the world in order to analyze and interpret geographical influences on the past, present, and future.
    • Cultural Geography: Students understand diverse cultures and how the movement and settlement of people, ideas, and goods impact the world.
    • Civics, Government, and Society: Students debate the meaning of citizenship in a democracy from local, national, and global perspectives and act as informed citizens who understand human rights, civic responsibilities, and political tensions
    • Economics: Students understand how and why individuals, societies, and governments make economic choices given unlimited wants and limited resources.


    • Adjusts to new learning challenges and manages transitions.
    • Shows initiative and self-direction as an independent learner.
    • Works cooperatively with classmates and as a member of a team.
    • Follows directions, rules, and established routines.
    • Uses materials and resources purposefully and respectfully.
    • Participates in the classroom community with a focus on learning.
    • Communicates and demonstrates respect for others and acts responsibly throughout the school day.
    • Follows guidelines and expectations for organization and quality work.
    • Assesses progress in learning and sets goals independently or with adults.


    • Motor Skills and Movement: Students know and apply both fundamental and complex motor skills and movement patterns that can be transferred to a variety of physical activities.
    • Concepts/Vocabulary/Strategies: Students know and apply movement concepts and principles, sports vocabulary, and strategies and tactics related to physical activities.
    • Fitness: Students know and apply fitness concepts to the five components of health-related fitness.
    • Safety and Responsibility: Students practice safe and responsible behaviors that promote personal and group success in all physical activity settings.
    • Participation: Students participate regularly in a variety of individual and group physical activities, which promote enjoyment, self-confidence, and personal accomplishment, that lead to an active lifestyle.


    • Skill Development: Students communicate an understanding of age-appropriate musical concepts and vocabulary through the appreciation, performance, and creation of music.
    • Reflection and Critique: Students analyze, interpret, and respond in an age-appropriate manner to a variety of musical works, including their own.
    • Making Connections: Students make connections between music and history, culture, personal life, and other disciplines.
    • Approach to Work: Students approach musical experiences through problem-solving and creative thinking, and demonstrate appropriate interactions and responsible work habits.


    • Techniques and Processes: Students understand, select, and implement various artistic techniques and processes.
    • Elements and Principles of Art: Students understand and apply elements and principles of art.
    • Reflection and Critique: Students reflect, describe, analyze and interpret their own and others' work.
    • Making Connections: Students make connections between art and history, culture, personal life, and other disciplines.
    • Approach to Work: Students approach a range of art explorations through problem solving, creative thinking, and responsible work habits.