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4th Grade Curriculum

What is my fourth grader learning at school? 


Bulleted (•) items are examples of fourth grade expectations, but do not represent the entire curriculum. 


    Selects and reads a variety of text

• Reads a variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction and poet

• Interprets charts, maps, graphs, timelines 

• Recognizes format variations in text 

     Applies strategies and skills

• Sets purpose for reading

• Adjusts rate for purpose and text difficulty

• Rereads and reads ahead

• Uses dictionary, atlas and encyclopedia

• Categorizes information using graphic organizer

• Uses a variety of strategies to build vocabulary 

     Reads independently 

• Summarizes what has been read independently

• Keeps a record of reading

• Identifies strengths and needs as a reader 

     Demonstrates comprehension in oral and written reading response 

• Summarizes reading

• Makes inferences about similarities in characters across text 

• Identifies point of view 

• Differentiates fact from opinion

• Identifies author’s purpose

• Explains similarities and differences among text


     Uses writing process effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences

• Shows evidence of planning 

• Drafts well-developed paragraphs 

• Revises and proofreads drafts 

• Produces personal experience narrative, content-based summary, report a process explanation Uses information from a variety of sources 

• Locates information using library system 

• Uses variety of reference materials 

• Compiles and prepares simple bibliography


• Makes few errors in high frequency words 

• Uses dictionary/spell checker 

• Uses variety of spelling strategies (phonics, endings, syllables) 

     Writes neatly 

• Uses correct letter formation and consistent spacing and size 

• Writes legibly  

     Speaks effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences 

• Participates in small group presentation 

• Presents an explanation speech 

• Paraphrases and orally summarizes 

     Listens actively 

• Listens to distinguish fact from fiction 

• Restates and responds to what has been said  


     Number Sense 

• Converts decimals to fractional equivalents (e.g., .25=1/4) 

• Compares and orders fractions with like and unlike denominators 

• Apply equalities and inequalities of whole numbers from 0 to 100,000

      Algebraic Concepts 

• Using a variable (y) solves addition, subtraction or multiplication problems (e.g., if y x 3 = 9 and y x 4 = 12 then y = 3) 

• Using a T-chart explain how the change in one quantity is related to a change in another 

• Demonstrate balance and equality in an equation 

     Statistics and Probability 

• Collect and display data using line, dot plots, circle, bar graphs or pictographs 

• Determines median, mode, range and mean 

• Determine and describe the number of outcomes obtained from a variety of chance devices 


• Define, describe and identify similarity, congruence and symmetry 

• Use vocabulary and show examples of: parallel, perpendicular, intersecting lines, angles, rays 

• Measure sides and perimeters of geometric shapes and determine area using standard units Measurement 

• Find the area of rectangular regions without using a formula (e.g., counting squares, using arrays) 

• Describe and use units for measuring length, area, volume, capacity and temperature in U.S. customary and metric units 

• Measure the length of objects to the nearest half inch and nearest centimeter 

• Demonstrate addition and subtraction of proper fractions and mixed numerals 

• Multiply two digits by two digits and three digits by one digit with regrouping 

• Division of three digits by one digit with remainders 


     Scientific Investigation 

• Asks testable questions 

• Collects data 

• Displays and discusses result 

     Physical Science 

• Describes the properties of water, the water cycle, landforms shaped by water erosion and why water is a conserved natural resource in Colorado

     Life Science 

• Describes how Colorado wildlife is adapted to specific life zone ecosystems Earth and Space Science 

• Compares, contrasts, and quantifies Earth’s characteristics as a planet to other planets in our solar system 

     Technology and Careers 

• Identifies careers related to each of the three investigations 

• Identifies technology used in their daily life Science as a particular way of knowing 

• Predicts future events based upon observable patterns 



 • Places in chronological order significant people, groups, and events in the history of Colorado in various ways Geography 

• Investigates the influence of the geography of Colorado on the following: settlement, use of resources and economic growth 


 • Identifies various examples of government prior to statehood


• Describes the “boom and bust” economy of Colorado 

*Culture is integrated into all standards