• 4th Grade Curriculum Highlights
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    Identify elements of story structure

    Identify various genres of fiction and nonfiction literature

    Apply comprehension strategies of making inferences and generalizations, drawing conclusions, and sequencing

    Identify cause/effect, fact/opinion, compare/contract and author’s purpose

    Use graphic organizers to analysis text

    Demonstrate ability to paraphrase and summarize

    Identify the main idea and supporting details of a passage

    Increase vocabulary acquisition

    Demonstrate growth of fluency, accuracy, and expression with oral reading

    Engage effectively in one-on-one, group, and teacher-led discussions

    Demonstrate appropriate speaking skills needed to participate in small and large group discussions

    Independently read appropriately leveled literature


    Identify and properly use various parts of speech including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, pronouns, and conjunctions

    Use appropriate punctuation and capitalization in writing

    Identify and construct the four types of sentences

    Create a paragraph containing a concise main idea with supporting details and a conclusion statement

    Create a 5 paragraph writing piece including an introduction, body, and conclusion

    Develop writing pieces by implementing the writing process

    Compose pieces of descriptive, narrative, persuasive and informative writing


    Life Science Units:  From Cells to Ecosystems, Plants, Describing Animals and Life Processes.

    Physical Science Units: Electricity & Magnetism

    Acquire and integrate skills by observing, classifying, measuring, designing, collecting and organizing data, and inferring/ predicting outcomes

    Use research skills to create a report


    Explore reading different genres

    Recognize subgenres and their features

    Recognize figurative language in texts

    Review using dictionaries, thesaurus, and encyclopedia

    Learn to be good digital citizens and cite sources

    Evaluate websites and other information

    Complete a research project using graphic organizers




    Master basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts

    Use algorithms to solve long addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems

    Use estimation skills to check accuracy of answers

    Identify and compare numbers using place-value strategies

    Understand and demonstrate the relationships between decimals, fractions and percents

    Apply basic algebraic rules to a variety of number sentences

    Identify and compare and contrast geometric figures

    Organize and interpret data through the use of graphs, tables, and grids

    Use the metric and customary systems of measurement in various activities

    Formulate the area and perimeter of a figure

    Solve multiple step number stories using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

    Identify the rule for a given number and/or shape pattern

    Explain and defend the process through which a problem is solved orally and in writing


    Understand the history, geography, people, natural resources, economics, and climate by regions of the United States

    Master all 50 states and capitals

    Read and interpret maps, timelines, and diagrams

    Explore Wisconsin’s history, landforms, people, cities, government, and products

    Identify the 5 regions of Wisconsin and its state symbols

    Compare and contrast state government to federal government


    Demonstrate singing on pitch & familiarity with solfege

    Demonstrate a steady beat

    Identify melodic direction, leaps and steps in music

    Introduce students to ostinatos, repeated music phrases

    Demonstrate echoing & singing in a round

    Introduce students to musical sequencing, musical form (AB, ABA), and dotted rhythms

    Recognize different vocal tone colors

    Review harmony (partner songs, rounds, counter melodies)

    Recognize instrumental tone colors

    Introduce conducting using a 3 and 4 beat pattern.


    Recognize a variety of art terms using the word wall.

    Recognize Durer, Nevelson and Ringold and their works

    Recognize art from the African, Grecian, Roman, and Navajo cultures

    Use  a variety of media to create 2-D and 3-D art work.


    Participate in a variety of activities which improve sport specific skills

    Apply rules and strategies to game situations

    Identify and participate in activities that will improve their physical fitness levels

    Work cooperatively and positively with others

    Understand and demonstrate good sportsmanship


    List words that describe personal strengths and weaknesses

    Set and achieve a personal goal

    Describe how people cooperate with one another to reach goals

    Describe and discuss various options and roles that interest them in their communities, family, and work.   List potential jobs of the future

    List and demonstrate the steps of good decision making skills

    Identify the feelings of others, reasons why they might be feeling this way, and act appropriately

    Demonstrate impulse control and anger management

    Write an autobiography for a class book


    Use formal keyboarding skills to learn letter key positions

    Use application software including a standard word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation program

    General technology awareness including organizing and managing files

    Use technology to access and transmit information


    Exhibit basic performance skills for playing as a soloist and in an ensemble, including following a conductor

    Perform first year notes and rhythms as appropriate for their instrument

    Evaluate the quality of their and others’ performances

    Demonstrate proper posture, hand, and playing position as well as correct embouchure to produce characteristic tone

    Demonstrate basic articulations at a beginning level

    Develop a productive routine for at-home practice

    Develop responsible and cooperative behaviors for group participation

    Demonstrate the basics of written notation and composition