Grade 4 Parent Curriculum Guide

Reading

Your child will:

  • understand and select different skills and strategies to 
    • adjust reading speed to suit purpose and difficulty of material
    • activate background knowledge and make predictions
    • check understanding of written materials by asking questions while reading
    • retell main idea
  • read to acquire, remember and apply information
    • select appropriate reading strategies to understand material
    • apply information to new situations such as projects and reports
  • extend understanding by making inferences from printed materials
    • understand implicit ideas and make inferences
    • relate content to experience and knowledge
    • understand and use documents such as maps, forms, tables, and graphs
  • read and discuss a variety of materials to understand self and others
    • relate settings, characters and plot to real-life situations
    • read materials that match personal interests

Writing

Using the writing process, your child will:

  • consider audience and purpose of the writing
  • focus on a main idea throughout the piece
  • determine best order by grouping like ideas into paragraphs
  • include examples and details that support the main ideas
  • group like ideas into paragraphs
  • use sequence words to organize the story
  • begin to use dialogue
  • make effective word choices and demonstrate voice
  • vary sentence structure
  • use grade appropriate grammar, punctuation and capitalization
  • use standard spelling in published pieces
  • complete a research project

Speaking and Listening

Your child will:

  • contribute to group discussions as a speaker and as a listener
  • ask questions when he or she is confused
  • present compositions and reports to class
  • be an active listener

Mathematics

Your child will:

  • show academic progress
  • display effort
  • secure addition/subtraction facts
  • secure multiplication/division facts
  • demonstrate problem solving strategies
  • explain mathematical reasoning

Science

Your child will learn about science by asking questions about the world, designing and conducting experiments and recording and reflecting on findings. Your fourth grader will:

  • investigate the three systems most involved in the moving body – skeletal, muscular and nervous
  • learn how the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems support muscles and bones
  • analyze, explain and diagram the water cycle
  • examine how wise choices can help conserve water and keep it clean
  • observe, describe and investigate static and current electricity
  • design and build circuits that transform electricity

Social Studies

Focus: State of Wisconsin
Your child will:

  • 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

Music

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  

Art

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/her academic, emotional and social development. This, in turn, will help ensure success in school, at home and in the community.