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Grade 4 Parent Curriculum Guide


Your child will:

  • Utilize a variety of strategies to enhance reading comprehension and vocabulary growth
    • Summarize texts, from a variety of genres, to determine a theme or central idea
    • Describe a character, setting or event drawing on specific details in the text
    • Explain events, procedures, ideas or concepts based on evidence form the text
    • Determine the meaning of words within a text
    • Explain how text features (e.g., charts, graphs, diagrams, timelines, animations, and illustrations) contribute to an understanding of the text
    • Identify the overall structure using terms such as sequence, comparison, cause and effect, and problem and solution
  • Extend understanding by making inferences from text
    • Locate important details when explaining what a text says and make inferences
    • Identify and analyze structural elements, using terms such as verse, rhythm, meter, characters, settings, dialogue, and stage directions
    • Compare and contrast the point of view from different stories  
    • Compare and contrast a primary and secondary source on the same event or topic
    • Explain how claims in a text are supported by relevant reasons and evidence


With guidance and support, your child will:

  • Produce writing in which the development and organization is appropriate to task and purpose
    • Opinion text:
      • Write an introduction that names the topic 
      • State the opinion
      • Use an organizational structure to group related ideas to support writer’s purpose
      • Use reasons that support the opinion
      • Use linking words to connect opinion and reasons
      • Write a concluding statement or section that restates the opinion
    • Informative text:
      • Write an introduction that names the topic
      • Write related information in paragraphs and sections
      • Use facts, definitions, and details to develop points
      • Write a concluding statement or section that restates the most important information
    • Narrative (events real or imagined):
      • Write a lead
      • Write a real or imagined situation
      • Introduce narrator or characters through actions, thoughts, and feelings
      • Write events in order 
      • Use narrative techniques such as dialogue, description, and pacing
      • Use transition words (first, next, then, however, further, after, before, as a result, etc.)
      • Provide a sense of closure

Foundational Skills

Your child will:

  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills when decoding words
    • Use knowledge of letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, roots, and affixes to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words
  • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension 
    • Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding
    • Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings
    • Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary

Speaking and listening

Your child will:

  • Participate in collaborative conversations with peers and adults in small and large groups
    • Prepare for discussions
    • Follow agreed-upon norms
    • Pose and respond to questions to clarify understanding and link ideas to the remarks of others
    • Review key ideas and explain own ideas and understanding during the discussion
  • Present information in a small or large group format
    • Report on a topic or text with facts and detail speaking clearly at an engaging and understandable pace
    • Consider audience, purpose and situation
    • Integrate audio and visual content in presentations


Your child will:

  • Use four operations to solve multi-step word problems and interpret remainders
  • Explain the place value system by telling how a digit increases in value by ten times as it moves one place to the right
  • Read, write, round, and compare multi-digit whole numbers
  • Add and subtract multi-digit numbers using the standard algorithm
  • Multiply and divide a whole number up to a 4 digit by a 1 digit whole number
  • Secure multiplication and division facts
  • Order, compare, and make equivalent fractions with different numerators and denominators
  • Add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with like denominators
  • Solve word problems using fractions and mixed numbers
  • Understand multiples of fractions can be found by multiplying by a whole number
  • Use decimal notations for fractions with denominators of 10 and 100
  • Compare decimal numbers to the hundredth
  • Create line plots and answer questions about the created line plots
  • Measure angles and record angles as additive
  • Explain math solutions using math vocabulary words


Your child will engage in science and engineering practices to explore:

  • energy conversions
  • vision and light
  • Earth’s features
  • waves, energy, and information

Social studies

Focus: State of Wisconsin

Your child will explore the the state of Wisconsin through inquiry and the four lenses of geography, economy, civics or government, and history:

  • Learn about Wisconsin’s geography, history and people including Native Americans, explorers and immigrants
  • Compare our state to other states and other regions of the world
  • Investigate the impact of nature and man on Wisconsin’s natural resources
  • Research people and events that are part of Wisconsin’s past and present
  • Identify and describe the State’s social, economic and governmental institutions
  • Develop an appreciation of the unique cultural and environmental heritage of Wisconsin
  • Develop maps, charts and graphs to illustrate social studies concepts

Fitness education

Your child will:

  • Understand and apply the components of health-related fitness to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Develop and maintain appropriate levels of skill-related fitness
  • Develop understandings so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles
  • Develop positive attitudes about physical activity so that they engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles


Your child will:

  • Sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Play, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Read and notate music
  • Listen, analyze, describe and evaluate music


Through drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking, your child will:

  • Identify, describe and effectively use elements of art in their projects
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the Design Principles
  • Know a variety of artists, art styles, and art movements throughout history
  • Know that art is created by all cultures
  • Create art that expresses their feelings and communicates their personal ideas
  • Demonstrate their understanding of skills and techniques necessary to produce specific projects
  • Know specific art vocabulary and demonstrate their understanding of it

Classroom guidance

Students participate in classroom guidance activities facilitated by a school counselor. Each school provides a developmental guidance curriculum that encompasses dealing with feelings, peer relationships, decision making, protective behaviors and careers. Skills taught will assist each child in his or her academic, emotional and social development. This, in turn, will help ensure success in school, at home and in the community.

Social and emotional learning

  • Growth mindset & goal-setting – students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply research-based goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives
    • This unit’s content helps create classrooms that are connected and encouraging by helping students set and achieve collective and personal goals and learn from challenges and mistakes
  • Emotion management – students learn how to build their emotion vocabularies, practice identifying their own and others’ emotions and recognize the importance of labeling and processing their emotions
    • This unit’s content helps students understand and explore how past experiences as well as unique perspectives influence how they feel and respond to situations
  • Empathy & kindness – students learn how to recognize kindness and act kindly toward others, and how to develop empathy by learning strategies to take others’ perspectives
    • This unit’s content helps students understand others’ points of view.
  • Problem-solving – students learn how to process strong emotions, describe a problem, identify the wants and needs of others, think of and explore the outcomes of potential solutions, and pick the best solution
    • This unit’s content helps students ask, listen and empathize with all parties involved during problem-solving