What to expect in Fourth Grade?
A year closer to graduating from elementary school! Fourth grade focuses more on preparing for fifth grade if you pay attention more closely. This year is nothing but making your kid equip to handle four-digit numbers and do addition and subtraction with four and five-digit numbers. Word problems become a little more complex and multistep. In language art, the reading level is expected to be more advanced. Let’s take a look at what to expect in fourth-grade topic-wise.
The English language arts and reading are interconnected nature of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking through the seven pillars of developing and sustaining foundational language skills, comprehension, response, multiple genres, author’s purpose, craft, composition, and inquiry and research. The focus is on academic oracy (proficiency in oral expression and comprehension), authentic reading, and reflective writing.
Text complexity increases with challenging vocabulary, sophisticated sentence structures, nuanced text features, cognitively demanding content, and subtle relationships among ideas.
- Use and understand multisyllabic words closed syllables; open syllables; VCe syllables; vowel teams, including digraphs and diphthongs; r-controlled syllables; and final stable syllables.
- spelling homophones, multisyllabic words with multiple sound-spelling patterns.
- spelling words using knowledge of suffixes, including how they can change base words such as dropping e, changing y to I and doubling final consonants.
- write legibly in cursive to complete assignments.
- make and correct or confirm predictions using text features, characteristics of the genre, and structures.
- Use and familiarise with the writing process, like planning the first draft, organizing structure with purpose, developing ideas, revising and improving the draft, proofreading, correcting the sentences, and finalizing the draft.
This year math advances by embedding statistics, probability, and finance while focusing on computational thinking, mathematical fluency, and a solid understanding of all the operations.
- Use a problem-solving model that incorporates analyzing given information, formulating a plan or strategy, determining a solution, justifying the solution, and evaluating the problem-solving process and the reasonableness of the solution.
- Use strategies and algorithms, including the standard algorithm, to multiply up to a four-digit number by a one-digit number and to multiply a two-digit number by a two-digit number. Strategies may include mental math, partial products, and the commutative, associative, and distributive properties.
- Round to the nearest 10, 100, or 1,000, or use compatible numbers to estimate solutions involving whole numbers.
- Solve with fluency one- and two-step problems involving multiplication and division, including interpreting remainders.
- Represent multi-step problems involving the four operations with whole numbers using strip diagrams and equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity.
- Solve problems related to the perimeter and area of rectangles where dimensions are whole numbers.
- In geometry,
- Identify points, lines, line segments, rays, angles, and perpendicular and parallel lines.
- Convert measurements within the same measurement system, customary or metric, from a smaller unit into a larger unit or a larger unit into a smaller unit when given other equivalent measures represented in a table.
- Solve problems that deal with measurements of length, intervals of time, liquid volumes, mass, and money using addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division as appropriate.
- Personal financial literacy: Kids are expected to:
- Distinguish between fixed and variable expenses.
- Calculate profit in a given situation.
- Compare the advantages and disadvantages of various savings options.
- Describe how to allocate a weekly allowance among spending; saving, including for college; and sharing.
- Describe the basic purpose of financial institutions, including keeping money safe, borrowing money, and lending.
There are other subjects too (Social Studies, Art, Music, PE) but I am mentioning only those subjects and information on which worksheets will be available on the website.