Grade 4 Language Arts

Reading

The fourth grade reading curriculum builds comprehension skills and vocabulary while fine-tuning the fundamental skills of fluency and expression. To accomplish these goals students read and discuss a variety of novels independently, with partners, in small groups, and as a class. They explore character development and use active reading strategies such as summarizing and questioning.

Our fourth grade students will:

  • increase fluency, both silently and orally
  • extend vocabulary
  • develop literal, inferential, and evaluative reasoning
  • identify and summarize the main idea and details
  • understand point of view
  • read from a variety of genres

Class books have included:

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • Frindle
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  • Flora and Ulysses
  • D'Auliere's Book of Greek Myths
  • The Odyssey (a children's version)

Writing

The writing curriculum for the fourth grade includes spelling, vocabulary, grammar, mechanics, usage, and composition. Daily editing exercises and mini lessons aid students in learning the fundamentals of writing as they focus on individual correction areas in their own work. While continuing to master correct end punctuation and capitalization, students are learning the mechanics for writing dialogue and the rules for using commas in lists and compound sentences. Students generate ideas in their writers’ notebooks and meet each Thursday with their Writers’ Group to share and practice giving feedback. They practice putting non-fiction material into their own words, using note cards and outlines to organize their work, and editing and revising rough drafts. Fourth graders work to solidify paragraph structure and learn to join paragraphs together into research papers and other longer compositions.

Our fourth grade students will:

  • implement the writing process by planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing in a variety of genres
  • share writing and receive feedback
  • organize and sequence ideas
  • identify and write strong sentences
  • understand how to develop and write organized paragraphs using a main idea, topic sentences, and detail sentences
  • understand and demonstrate the process for writing research papers
  • understand and apply correct capitalization and punctuation
  • continue to develop spelling and vocabulary skills