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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 varety of topics from the Next Generation Science Standards, and use online games, simulations, videos, projects, and experiments to make the learning fun. 

Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions:



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! 


Helpful Resources


Internet Safety


A.R. Book Finder 

4th Journeys E-Book 

4th Journeys Reader's Notebook 

4th Journeys Leveled Readers 

4th Journeys Focus Walls 

4th Journeys Spelling City

4th Close Reader

4th Journeys Practice Book 

4th Journeys Vocabulary Cards 

4th Journeys Write In

All Grades



4th Go Math 

Dude's Dilema Math

Alien Addition

Penguin Multiplication

Division Derby

Math Is Fun! 

AAA Math 

Create A Graph

Math: Wordless Problem Solving Videos

4 Math Practice 

Nale's Math

San Diego Zoo for Kids

Big Bear Alpine Zoo article

(Order of Operations)

Eureka "How To Math videos"

Multiplication Grand Prix

Capture Fractions


Foss Environments E-book 

Foss Magnetism & Electricity E-book 

Foss Solid Earth E-book 

Safe Search Engine

America's Library

Awesome Library

Grammar Monster

Foss Environments Student Text 

U.S. Map Puzzle

Tae Bo Elementary I 

Tae Bo Elementary 2

Tae Bo Upper Elementary/Middle School

Tae Bo 

Tae Bo for Kids 

Online Safety Game



Language Arts

Figurative Language Jeopardy


Figurative Language click here

P.E. Challenges Click here

California Water: click here

MobyMax click here

ROOT, PREFIX, SUFFIX: click here

Anthology Story Spelling Words:  click here

Clean Up Grammar: Click here

Fish 'em up Word game: Click here

ABC Ya: Click here

Helen Keller Report: click here

Math CAFE Practice Click here

Wordle (Use Internet Explorer)

Latin American Heroes: click here

Aquatic Ecosystems : click here

By the Great Horn Spoon links: click here

Beverly Cleary: click here

International Women's Day: Beating the Odds: click here

Mahala Yousafzai Bio: click here

Bessie Coleman: click here

Grace Hopper:  click here

Nancy Reagan: click here

WORD ROOT SUPPORT: Root Support click here

ROOT, PREFIX, SUFFIX: click here

Dirty Thirties-Filthy Fifties-Dust Bowl: click here

Catapult Support: click here

Baseball Legends:  click here

Robo Bee: Choose the correct word from a choice of homonyms click here

Wilma Rudolph: Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph video: click here

Teddy Roosevelt:  click here

Wright Brothers: Wright Brothers

Famous Californians: click here

Building Vocabulary:

Lexipedia click here

Snappy words visual thesaurus click here

Visual Dictionary online:

Word Hippo  click here  Wordnick click here

Your Dictionary


U.S.Satellite Map of U.S click here

Precipitation Education

Aquatic Ecosystems:  click here

I.D. Common Minerals: click here

Minerals for Kids: click here

Major Rock Types: click here

Environmental Action Project:

Dino Games Click here

Endangered Species of California click here

Latitude-Longitude Game: click here

Magnetism-Electricity, Rocks-Minerals; Slow and Fast changes to Earth;Energy of Living Things- Student Text click here

4th-California Regions and Features: California Regions 

Properties of Matter Animated Review and Word Game: click here (lessons 1-4)

Latitude-Longitude Game: Click Here

-Engineer Girl

What's In A Food Label: click here

Layers of the Earth & Plate Tectonics click here

Volcanoes click here

Treehouse Video Support if you get stuck: click here

Minerals for Kidsclick here

Everyday Inventions click here

Famous Inventions A-Z click here

Los Angeles Aqueduct click here

Luther Burbank and other famous scientists: click here

I.D. Common Minerals: click here

Major Rock Types: click here

Mineralogy for kids: click here

Minerals in Your House: click here

Landslide info: click here

Volcano Info: click here

Volcano Info:  click here

Pioneers of Electricity: click here

Dinosaurs: click here

More dinosaurs: click here

Forces and Magnets: click here

Electricity Games: click here

NASA Kids Club  click here

Biomes of the World:  click here

Aquatic Ecosystems:  click here

Electricity Explained! click here

Interactive Explorer map: Click here

Kids History resources

Grolier Online Encyclopedia: (Username: sls  Password: sls) Click here

World Book Online Encyclopedia: (Username: opcsd Password:  World) :Click here

SHR: 3-ring government: Click here

SHR: I'm just a bill: Click here

Government: click here

Ben's Guide: click here

National Park Project Link 1:Click here

California -National Park Project Link 2:

Top Ten National Parks in CA: Click here

Luther Burbank and other famous scientists: click here

California Commodities: click here

Commodities: click here

More commodities facts: click here

Honor Roll of Notable Women: click here

Gold Rush for Kids: click here

PBS Kids-Goldrush

Women in History

Harriet Tubman 

Mahala Yousafzai Bio

Bessie Coleman

Grace Hopper

Nancy Reagan

California Missions

Ellis Island

Gold Rush

Dust Bowl

More Dust Bowl

Interactive Dust Bowl

Life in the Dust Bowl

Mission Floor Plans

Teddy Roosevelt

Presidents and First Ladies

Geography Games 

Native American Tribes and Regions of the U.S.

4th-California Regions & Features

U.S. Map Puzzle

Longest Rivers of the US

Sally Ride 

Ellen Ochoa 


California Commodities

More Commodities

More commodities facts

Biographies of Famous African Americans

Black History Month

Honor Roll of Notable Women

4th-Gold Rush for Kids

4th-PBS Kids-Goldrush

Kidport Gold rush

The Road to Statehood

CA. Biographies

More Ca. Biog

Oil Info

The how-to of oil drilling

Commodities Project Help