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Fourth grade will begin using the McGraw-Hill Wonders reading series to expose the students to the following genres:
  • historical fiction 
  • fantasy 
  • adventure 
  • biographies 
  • plays 
  • nonfiction 
  • realistic fiction 
  • poetry 
  • narrative fiction

Many strategies and skills are incorporated into the fifth grade reading program.  Some of these skills and strategies are: 
  • increasing vocabulary 
  • decoding words using context clues to construct meaning 
  • utilizing resources including glossaries, dictionaries, and thesaurus 
  • setting a purpose for reading 
  • identifying main idea and supporting details 
  • drawing conclusions and making predictions 
  • sequencing story order and events 
  • summarizing and making generalizations 
  • using tables, maps, charts, and electronic text to improve comprehension 
  • identifying characters, setting, plot, conflict, climax, foreshadowing, bias, point of view, theme, resolution, and techniques

Weekly Reading Log

Students are required to read a minimum of 20 minutes per night for five out of the seven days of the week.  Reading Logs are due on Friday morning.

To download a Reading Log form, go to the Classroom Information page.                                                    


In conjunction with the Wonders series, fifth grade students use the “Six Traits” writing to express themselves.  These traits include: 

                  Ideas               Organization              Voice 
         Sentence Fluency      Word Choice          Conventions

Fourth grade students will develop well organized and coherent writing in projects such as: 
  • narrative essays 
  • expository essays 
  • persuasive essays 
  • poetry writing 
  • journal writing 
  • research papers


In Grade 4, we focus on three critical areas:

  • Developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication, and developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends;
  • Developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers;
  • Understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry. 

Fourth Grade Overview

Operations and Algebraic Thinking (4.OA)

  • Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.
  • Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.
  • Generate and analyze patterns.

Number and Operations in Base Ten (4.NBT)

  • Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

Number and Operations—Fractions (4.NF)

  • Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.
  • Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers.
  • Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.

Measurement and Data (4.MD)

  • Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.
  • Represent and interpret data.
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure angles.

Geometry (4.G)

  • Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles. 

Social Studies

Map Skills
  • Latitude and Longitude 
  • Compass directions 
  • Landforms 
  • Types of maps

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  • Why do people settle in these regions? 
  • Why have they in the past?How does geography affect the economy of any region?
  • How do landforms, climate, and the location of natural resources affect the way people live and work?
  • Why is it important to recognize and honor historical contributions?
  • How do people utilize and share resources?
  • How do we use and preserve natural resources of any region? 
  • How do we meet our needs and be responsible citizens of the earth?
  • How do the people of a region work together when the goals and interests of different groups conflict?


In fourth grade, students will develop an understanding of Science concepts through the following Next Generation Science Standards:
  • Energy
  • Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
  • From Molecules to Organisms:  Structures and Processes
  • Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • Earth’s Systems
  • Earth and Human Activity
  • Engineering Design