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4th grade

Fourth grade is known for its focus on California history.  The students learn about the state's ever changing story and what influences have contributed to making the state what it is today.  They'll learn about its varied geography and the people who have lived within its regions.  The study of California is exciting because every day trip, hike, or road you travel connects to what the students learn in school.  In addition to social studies, the students will gain many new skills in math including positive and negative numbers.  In language arts, students will be expected to create meaningful reports and creative works.  Science is not to be forgotten as students dig deeper into the energy cycle, rock cycle, and get hands on with many materials including magnets and electricity.

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Below is a brief list of Key academic skills that students are expected to have mastered by the end of fourth grade.  For a complete list of the California State Standards for Education, follow this link to the California Department of Education's website.

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Language Arts: Reading/Oral Language
  • Read grade level text aloud fluently and accurately.
  • Applies knowledge of word origins and root words to determine the meanings of words
  • Understands words with multiple meanings
  • Uses a variety of strategies such as answering questions, making predictions, and comparing information from several sources
  • Distinguishes between cause and effect between fact and opinion in expository text
  • Reads and understands different genres including fantasies, fables, myths, legends, and fairy tales
  • Follows multiple step directions in a basic technical manual
  • Compares and contrasts tales from different cultures
  • Identifies main events of the plot
  • Defines figurative language such as simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and personification
  • Delivers well organized oral presentations
  • Listens effectively and responds appropriately to oral communication

Language Arts: Writing
  • Writes clear sentences and multi-paragraph compositions that develop a central idea and include simple facts, details, and explanations
  • Compositions conclude with a paragraph that summarizes the points
  • Uses structures such as cause and effect, similarity and difference, and chronological order to convey information to an audience
  • Uses the stages of the writing process including pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing
  • Uses the writing strategies to write narratives, responses to literature, information reports, and summaries
  • Uses simple and compound sentences in writing and speaking
  • Identifies and uses regular and irregular verbs, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions
  • Capitalizes proper nouns
  • Uses appropriate punctuation such as commas, parentheses, apostrophes, underlining titles, and quotation marks
  • Uses appropriate grade level spelling

  • Reads, writes, and order whole numbers to the millions
  • Rounds whole numbers through the millions
  • Uses concepts of negative numbers
  • Shows positive fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals on a number line
  • Adds and subtracts multi-digit numbers
  • Multiplies large numbers using a two digit multiplier
  • Divides a multi-digit number by a single digit divisor
  • Uses problem solving strategies involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Understands and solves expressions and equations that use parentheses
  • Understands the properties of equals
  • Understands the uses of formulas to solve problems involving perimeter and area
  • Uses two-dimensional coordinate grids to represent points and graph lines
  • Demonstrates an understanding of plane and solid geometric figures
  • Organizes data and identifies the modes, median, and outliers

  • Life Science
  • Living things need energy
  • Living things and their environment
  • Physical Science
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Earth Science
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Slow changes on earth
  • Fast changes on earth

History/Social Science: California: A Changing State
  • The land of California
  • Early People in California
  • Early History to Statehood
  • Growth and Development since 1850
  • California Government