Fourth Grade Curriculum

Fourth grade is the year that many teachers say students shift from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." We begin to research answers to questions by using reference books and the internet to complete collaborative assignments and projects.

Fourth grade is also the first year that students begin preparing for middle school. The key word we emphasize is responsibility. Fourth grade is the perfect time for parents to help their children transition, focus on staying organized, and taking ownership in their own work.

Fourth graders at TRA can expect to participate in many fun activities such as our annual service day, erupting volcanoes, creating polygon towns/cities, making slime, Earth Day, pumpkin experiments, and much more!

Math
  • Place value and relationships
  • Subtracting multi-digit numbers
  • Multiplying: strategies to multiply, 2-digit numbers, 2-digit by 2-digit numbers
  • Estimating numbers
  • Division: interpret what remainders are
  • Identify prime, composite factors, multiples, greatest common factors or multiples
  • Fractions: equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, simplest form, mixed numbers, multiply a fraction, decimals
  • Angles and Triangles: right, obtuse, acute
  • Identify Lines: parallel, perpendicular, segments, rays, and angles
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Measurements of Units: volume, weight, and mass
  • Perimeter and Area
  • Multi-step Word Problems
Reading
  • Fairy Tale, Folktale, Expository, Narrative Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Persuasive Text, Drama, Fantasy, Biography, Historical Fiction
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Idioms, Similes, Metaphors
  • Making Predictions
  • Context Clues
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Text Evidence
  • Root Words
  • Theme
  • Main Idea and Key Details
  • Prefixes and Suffixes
  • Point of view
  • Setting, Plot, and Sequence
  • Greek and Latin Roots
  • Problem & Solution
Social Studies
  • War for Independence: causes, key figures, battles, Acts and Treaties
  • Creating a New Government: key figures, Great Compromise, Bill of Rights, and Constitution
  • Westward Expansion: geography, journeys, California Gold Rush
  • Growth of the Republic: Industrial of Revolution, The Mexican War, and key figures
  • Map skills
English
  • Writing complete sentences: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative
  • Punctuation: end marks, commas, quotations marks
  • Contractions and Possessives
  • Nouns: proper, common, plural, compound, and subject nouns
  • Verbs: action, compound, State of being, helping, verb phrases
  • Pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Prepositions
Science
  • Scientific Investigation: cause and effect, hypothesis, experiment, scientific process, and conclusion
  • Energy and Matter: kinetic, chemical, momentum, friction, gravity, and electricity
  • Sound: vibration, sound waves, pitch, nerves, echo,
  • Ecosystems: living and non-living things, cell, membrane, family kingdoms, food chain, and classes
  • Solar System: planets, orbit, asteroids, and galaxies
  • Rocks and Minerals: types, weathering, erosion, layers of Earth, and fossils