Language Arts in Fourth Grade
In previous years, students were learning to read. The focus of reading in fourth
grade changes to reading to learn. All
reading selections in fourth grade focus on world literature. This includes: fiction, poetry, speeches,
folktales, myths, and novels. Selections
support and mirror the history of Europe in the Middle Ages.
World History and Geography in Fourth Grade
Fourth grade students move into studying longitude and latitude as well as map
skills. Their focus on geography is to
reinforce their historical studies. The
scope of their studies span the history of Europe, the Roman Empire, the
Christian Church as a cultural force, world religions, China, and the American
Revolution and early presidents.
Mathematics in Fourth
In math, fourth grade students will learn to multiply and divide two-digit
numbers, simplify fractions and write decimals as fractions. They will also examine numbers and number
sense, fractions and decimals, money, measurement and geometry.
Science in Fourth Grade
The study of the human body will expand in fourth grade to include the
circulatory and respiratory system.
Other areas include: matter, electricity, meteorology, and a study of the
Music in Fourth Grade
Music in fourth grade continues with active practice through singing and
knowledge of orchestra instruments. This
year they will explore new composers, Handel, Hayden, and Mozart, and learn
songs associated with the U.S. armed forces and other events in U.S. History.
The Visual Arts in Fourth
The visual arts in fourth grade centers on the areas of historical
study. Areas central to this are art of
the Middle Ages, art and architecture of Islam, traditional African art, and
the art of China.
*This and additional information on the fourth grade curriculum
can be found in What Every Fourth Grader Needs to Know edited by E.D.
Hirsch Jr and the Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook edited by E. D. Hirsch and