Building the stamina and skills to read challenging fiction, nonfiction, and other materials is fundamental in 4th grade. Your child will continue to learn about the world as well as build vocabulary skills by reading more complicated stories and poems from different cultures. Fourth grade students also will make important strides in their ability to explain plainly and in detail what a book says — both explicitly and what is implied from its details. In grammar, your child will learn about the difference between common and proper nouns, as well as singular vs. Plural nouns and possessive nouns. Students will also learn additional skills with commas, punctuation, and capitalization, and about clauses, complex sentences, and contractions. This year, students will begin to write essays, including a personal and persuasive essay, as well as a literary essay. By 4th grade, your child will be writing effective summaries, book reports, and descriptions of characters or events that use correct grammar and punctuation.
Trish Brockbank, Coordinator
Instructional Technology Staff Developer
ELA Staff Developer
One of the main areas studied in 4th grade is arithmetic and applying it to solve problems. Students will learn to use whole-number arithmetic to solve word problems, including problems with remainders and with measurements. They will also learn to multiply and divide multi-digit numbers in simple cases (for example, 1,668 x 7 or dividing 6,966 by 6). This is an important life skill, and your child should make significant strides in this area during the year. Your child will also build knowledge and skills with fractions, including adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions in simple cases (such as 2 ¾ - 1 ¾) and understanding and applying equivalent fractions (recognizing that ¼ is less than 3/8 because 2/8 is less than 3/8) to prepare for mastering this topic in the 5th and 6th grades. These skills will help ensure your child is ready for algebra and advanced math.
Dionne Serrette, Coordinator
Math Staff Developer