Grade 4

In Grade 4, your child 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 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 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


Suggested books for fourth graders

Video: Comprehension

Article: Comprehension

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Video: Building Knowledge

Article: Fourth Grade Writing