4th Grade Curriculum

In the fourth grade an emphasis is put on research and reference skills and the development of multi stage projects.  Students continue to work in cooperative learning groups to explore the settlement of California.  Critical thinking skills are expanded as they explore the many ways their academic skills apply to real life situations.  The keeping of a daily log for assignments and activities helps to enhance the further  development of responsibility, self reliance, organizational skills and independent work habits.

Health and Safety

  • Body systems - respiratory, circulatory, and digestive
  • Substance abuse

Language Arts

Written Language

  • Grammar - interjections, adverbs, prepositions
  • Regular and irregular verbs
  • Punctuation - colon, semi colon, italics

Development of Organizational Skills

  • Interviews
  • Biographies
  • Autobiographies
  • Fact / opinion
  • Note taking
  • Sequencing

Oral Language

  • Reader’s Theater
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Report presentation
  • Teaching a lesson
  • Plays

Literature Forms

  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • Plot, character, setting
  • Analysis
  • Sayings, phrases, idioms
  • Core Literature Strand: Fairy tales



  • Place value
  • Standard / expanded rounding


  • Planes / rays
  • Perpendicular / parallel
  • Triangles
  • Quadrilateral


  • Properties of multiplication
  • Multiples
  • Multiplying 2 digit and 3 digit numbers, hundreds, and money
  • Division - remainders, quotients, estimating
  • Roman numerals
  • Units of time
  • Fractions - lowest terms, improper, mixed
  • Addition and subtraction of fractions


Life Science

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Ecosystems

Earth Science

  • Earth, moon, and sun
  • Atmosphere
  • Mineral and rocks
  • Water on the earth

Physical Science

  • Properties of matter
  • Work and energy
  • Heat

Social Studies

  • The history of California - its settlement, its missions, its people
  • California today
  • Geography of California
  • Map Skills including latitude and longitude


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