Your fourth-grader moves away from learning basic reading and writing and toward a deeper understanding of academics. Fourth-grade students read challenging texts on many different subjects, write longer, more complex assignments. Here are some examples of the skills he or she will practice in fourth-grade English language arts, along with useful questions to ask your son or daughter’s teacher, and strategies for helping him or her learn at home.
Reading Literature and Informational Text
- Be able to determine and summarize the main idea and vital details of a story, play or informational text.
- Read complex, challenging texts that build knowledge of subjects including science, history and literature.
- Understand unfamiliar phrases and words using context clues.
- Write narratives that include dialogue and detailed descriptions of the characters’ actions and thoughts.
- Complete independent research projects that address several aspects of a topic and provide evidence to support claims.
- Write informational or opinion pieces that state a main idea, contain well-organized headings and paragraphs, use facts to back up the theme and end with a logical conclusion.
Speaking and Listening
- Paraphrase stories from books that are read aloud or presented with audiovisual media.
- Be able to give an oral report or tell a story that contains details and facts.
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- "Parent Roadmap: Supporting Your Child in Grade Four English Language Arts," Council of the Great City Schools
- "Parents’ Guide to Student Success: 4th Grade," National PTA
- "Parent Toolkit: Fourth Grade Academic Growth Chart," ParentToolkit.com
- Patti Ghezzi, "4th Grade Academics: What To Expect," SchoolFamily.com