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Fourth Grade Expectations


In grade four, students will continue to build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. They will read more challenging literature, articles, and other sources of information and continue to grow their vocabulary. They will also be expected to clearly explain in detail what they have read by referring to details or information from the text. In writing, students will organize their ideas and develop topics with reasons, facts, details, and other information. Activities in these areas will include:
• Identifying the theme or main idea of a story, play, or poem
• Comparing stories from different cultures
• Explaining how an author uses facts, details, and evidence to support their points
• Reading and understanding information presented in charts, graphs, timelines, and other illustrations
• Learning the rules of spoken and written English
• Learning and using new words, including words related to specific subjects (such as science words)
• Participating in class discussions by listening, asking questions, sharing ideas, and building on the ideas of others
• Giving a class presentation on a topic or telling a story using relevant, organized facts and details and speaking clearly
• Writing stories with dialogue and descriptions of character’s actions, thoughts, and feelings
• Taking notes and organizing information from books, articles, and online sources to learn more about a topic
• Writing research or opinion papers over extended periods of time


In grade four, your child will use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solve word problems, including problems involving measurement of volume, mass, and time. Students will continue to build their understanding of fractions—creating equal fractions, comparing the size of fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, and multiplying fractions by whole numbers. They will also start to understand the relationship between fractions and decimals. Activities in these areas will include:
• Adding and subtracting whole numbers up to 1 million quickly and accurately
• Solving multi-step word problems, including problems involving measurement and converting measurements from larger to smaller units
• Multiplying and dividing multi-digit numbers
• Extending understanding of fractions by comparing the size of two fractions with different numerators (top numbers) and different denominators (bottom numbers)
• Creating equal fractions (3⁄4 = 3x2⁄4x2 = 6⁄8)
• Adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator
• Building fractions from smaller fractions (3⁄8 = 1⁄8+1⁄8+1⁄8)
• Connecting addition and subtraction of whole numbers to multiplying fractions by whole numbers
• Connecting addition of fractions to the concept of angle measurement
• Representing and interpreting data
• Converting fractions with denominators of 10 or 100 into decimals
• Locating decimals on a number line
• Comparing decimals and fractions using the symbols > (more than), = (equal to), and < (less than)

What Does CCSS mean for you?

• Your students will participate in a more rigorous instructional program that will better prepare them for success
• As a parent/guardian, you will know what your student is expected to learn and in turn help support student learning

• Students will be better prepared to go onto college and the workforce.
• Students will have a clear understanding of what they are expected to learn in ELA and Mathematics

• These common standards will help prepare students to be college prepared and workforce ready
• With these standards students will receive a high quality education regardless of what school they go to or what state they live in.


Common Core State Standards

Parent Guide

English Language Arts - English Version

English Language Arts - Spanish Version

Mathematics - English Version

Mathematics - Spanish Version

Common Core

State Standards

English Language Arts


English Language Development