Foundational skills for fourth grade readers involve making sure they are reading a wide variety of books and other written materials. They will be sharing what they are reading with others, both verbally and in writing. Your child should be reading fluently enough to read aloud comfortably as well.
Specifically, some of the objectives for this year’s reading instruction include:
- Paying close attention to the key features of what is read, and being able to share details afterward
- Comparing ideas, characters, events, and settings in stories
- Recognizing figurative language when reading (similes, metaphors, etc.)
- Learning the difference between first and third person narration
- Gaining additional skills in reading comprehension including summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying details
Your fourth grader will become actively involved in the steps of the writing process this year. From prewriting to drafting to editing and revision, fourth graders will learn how to plan out their compositions and refine them.
Some of the specific writing goals our 4th grade language arts curriculum aims for this year include:
- Using research tools to investigate and write about a specific topic.
- Writing summaries or opinions of topics, using supporting details.
- Analyzing and interpreting a story they have read by writing about it.
- Writing an example news article.
In fourth grade, students learn to apply what they have learned about grammar and mechanics as they write original compositions. Our 4th grade language arts curriculum lessons focus on parts of speech, similes and metaphors, punctuation, double negatives, and spelling.
Fourth graders will continue to review the grammar rules they have learned to this point, and will add new concepts such as:
- Rules of spelling
- Proper and common nouns
- Regular and irregular verbs
- Correctly using commas in series, dates, addresses, and compound sentences
- Recognizing and avoiding double negatives