Skip to main content

4th Grade

NGSS Science



Processes that Shape the Earth

Structures and Functions of Organisms

Rocks and Minerals

What Students Learn in 4th Grade

Students are moving away from: state, tell, match label arrange, repeat, and towards:

critique, create, prove, explain, hypothesize, cite evidence, make observation, summarize, compare, revise, identify patterns, collect and display, organize, investigate, differentiate, explain.

Renaissance Home Connect is a website that allows parents to view your child's bookshelf and quizzes. 

You can be notified via email every time your child takes a quiz. You can view their scores, points, books read and reading level. For support, contact our librarian Ms. Tami Martin.


4th grade 1
Think Before you Quench That Thirst!
think Before you Drink!

Tattling or Telling?

How to Beat Cyberbullies

We are so proud of our students!


 Grades 4-5-6 prepare students for middle school.  Fourth graders are learning how to think deeply about many topics, and make connections with new material and new ideas. They are encouraged to be more independent in how they learn.  We are learning how to research, plan, and revise our work, and use online tools like dictionaries, online simulations, videos, learning platforms, and more.  

Some texts are read by students independently, and at other times our entire class will read the same novel and discuss it.  Our aim is to show students strategies for thinking about and analyzing what they read, and encourage them to provide evidence for their statements, answers, and the grades they want. We also encourage them to be open to different points of view and perspectives. 

You can help at home by asking students to use specific examples to explain their thinking, and compare and contrast different perspectives.  Help them make connections between people, events, or important ideas and use previous knowledge and experiences to understand what they are learning. 

In math, we began with place value, comparing large numbers, and estimation.  We are learning to add, subtract, multiply and divide three and four digit numbers , find common multiples, and understand fractions and mixed numbers, decimals and even negative numbers. Multiple step real world problems are key. 

In social studies are learning about our home state of California, and the social and economic changes that have occurred and reasons why.

In science we are covering a variety of topics from the Next Generation Science Standards, and use online games, simulations, videos, projects, and experiments to make the learning fun. 


Research Project/Report Rubric 

(Monthly optional projects give students a chance to show what they know, earn "above and beyond credit",  and learn all they can.)

4-Exceeded standard with good effort

3- Met Standards with good effort

2-Partially met some standards 

1-Did not meet standard or showed little effort


___Notes/notecards:  Orderly, notes, organized

___Graphic Organizer: Clear, logical and notes related to topics

___Amount of Information: All topics addressed and all questions answered. At least two SENTENCES FOR EACH AREA.

___Quality of Information: Clear main topic and supporting details with examples.

___Diagrams/Illustrations: Neat, accurate, resized, text-wrapped.  Adds to our understanding of the topic

___Internet Use: Successfully uses and navigates to cited sites without assistance.

___Presentation: Followed directions; spoke loudly; eye contact; asked questions; pronounced words correctly.


Poster Project Rubric:  (Think -Quality-Quantity-Organization-Presentation)

__Details on the poster capture the important information about the topic and increase the audience's understanding.

__All graphics are related to the topic and make it easier to understand.

__Information is organized with clear titles/subheadings/captions

__All information on the poster is in focus and can easily be viewed from 6 feet away.

__All sources are documented

__No grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. 

__The presentation was an appropriate length with good articulation, pacing, volume,   and eye contact with the audience. 


(Students have about 15-20 minutes each day to work on their projects, homework, and receive support.  Parents should see projects, notes, and directions provided either in person or on Google Classroom.  It is an upper elementary skill  essential to success to keep track of papers and deal with timelines and due dates.)

Students read 20-30 minutes every night.  "The More They Read-The More They Succeed!" Parents, thank you for supporting our nightly reading program.  After students finish each book they take an AR reading test on it on the Chromebook at school.  If they pass the test, they earn AR reading points.  No points are awarded for tests not passed. Students are expected to earn  AR reading points and meet  or exceed their personal goals.


Engaged Readers:

  • Predict:  I know a little about... or I think this will happen...
  • Retell:  The story so far...
  • Discover the Main Idea:  This is the most important part...
  • Make Connections:  This reminds me of...  or I have seen something similar in another book...
  • Sequence:  The events happened in this way...
  • Question:  I wonder...
  • Visualize:  It's like a movie in my head or The pictures that come to mind ...
  • Make Inferences:  I think the author is trying to say... or I can read between the lines…
  • Make the Story my Own:  I think I understand why...
  • Look back:  I remember... or
  • My favorite part...
  • Theme/Author's Message: I think the heart of the story is... or I think the author is trying to me that...
  • And so much more!