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Grade 4 Parent Curriculum Guide


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


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


Your child will:

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


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


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


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.

Social-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