Grade 4 Compilation

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Year At A Glance

Grade 4 English Language Arts

Grade 4 students will develop reading, writing, speaking, listening and language skills through grade level and varied resources.

Grade 4 Math

In grade 4, students' learning will focus on three critical areas:

  1. developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication, and developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends;
  2. developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers;
  3. understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry.

Grade 4 History and Social Science

In grade 4, students study the geography and people of the United States today. Students learn geography by addressing standards that emphasize political and physical geography and embed five major concepts: location, place, human interaction with the environment, movement, and regions. In addition, they learn about the geography and people of contemporary Mexico and Canada. Teachers may choose to teach the standards on the geography and social characteristics of the nations in Central America and the Caribbean Islands. Teachers may also choose to have students study in the first half of the school year one early civilization. We recommend China because it is not taught in grade 7 and can be easily connected to the English language arts curriculum through its myths, legends, and folktales.

Grade 4 Science & Technology/Engineering

Grade 4 Science and Technology/Engineering explores content standards in Earth and Space Sciences, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Engineering. Students will plan and carry out investigations and will incorporate mathematical skills of measuring and graphing to communicate their findings. Students will actively engage in many reading and writing lessons as they work to become scientifically literate citizens.

Family Resources

Grade 4 Health

This health course teaches students fundamental concepts and skills that foster healthy habits and behaviors through the teaching of developmentally appropriate lessons that address nutrition, hygiene, disease prevention, violence prevention, including bullying, decision making, and hygiene.

Grade 4 Physical Education

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Physical Education program in accordance with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Education Framework. The emphasis is on manipulating objects in and through space. Students will learn to demonstrate the correct techniques for using manipulative including throwing, catching, striking, kicking, trapping, and dribbling. Students will learn to analyze their performance in order to learn or improve a movement skill. Students will continue to learn fitness concepts, participate in a variety of fitness development exercises, and learn to assess their personal fitness. Working together as part of a group, students will learn to appreciate personal differences and value the rights of others. Units of instruction include playground rules and games; fitness pre- and post-testing; jump rope; throwing, rolling, and catching; striking with hands; striking with implements; striking with feet; new games; parachutes; rhythms and dance.

Grade 4 Music

Students will continue to synthesize their understanding of musical concepts on order to perform and critique their own work. Students will engage in singing and movement games, play parties and dances, improvisation and composition exercises, play un-pitched percussion instruments and use body percussion (i.e. clapping, patting etc.) Students will continue to use and expand their understanding of standard musical notation. In addition; students will begin to formally critique and reflect upon the artistic process.

Grade 4 Art

Areas if study will include the introduction to parallel and perpendicular lines, the concept of positive and negative space as shapes, portraiture in profile, one point perspective, additive and subtractive sculpture process, the color wheel with primary, secondary and intermediate colors, complementary color harmony, color values through the use of white, gray and black, and inventive texture in two-dimensional and three-dimensional art work.