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Fourth Grade Standards

What your student will be working on in Fourth Grade
ELA (Literacy Math

Describing the basic elements of stories —such as characters, events, and settings  by drawing on specific details in the text

Adding and subtracting whole numbers quickly and accurately (numbers up to 1 million).

Comparing ideas, characters, events, and settings in stories and myths from different cultures. Compare and Contrast two texts/topics.

Multiplying and dividing multi-digit numbers in simple cases (e.g., multiplying 1,638 x 7 or 24 x17, and dividing 6,966 by 6).

Independently conducting short research projects on different aspects of a topic using evidence from books and the Internet.

Using whole-number arithmetic to solve word problems, including problems with remainders and problems with measurements.

Using context clues, roots to determine the meaning of new words, and use new academic vocabulary correctly.

Understanding and applying equivalent fractions (e.g., recognizing that 1⁄4 is less than 3⁄8 because 2⁄8 is less than 3⁄8).

Writing summaries or opinions about topics supported by a set of well-organized facts, details, and examples.

Adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions in simple cases (such as 2 3⁄4 − 1 1⁄4 or 3 x 5⁄8), and solving related word problems.


Help Your Child Learn at Home

Try to create a quiet place for your child to study, and carve out time every day when your child can concentrate. You should also try to sit down with your child at least once a week for 15 to 30 minutes while he or she works on homework. This will keep you informed about what your child is working on, and it will help you be the first to know if your child needs help with specific topics. Additionally, here are some activities you can do with your child to support learning at home:

English Language Arts and Literacy:

  • Urge your child to use logical arguments to defend his or her opinion. If your child wants a raise in allowance, ask him or her to research commonsense allowance systems and, based on that research, explain reasons why, supported by facts and details.

  • Encourage your child to tell you about his or her day at school

  • Talk about the news together. Pick one story in the news, read it together, and discuss with your child what it means.


  • Ask your child to compare numbers using phrases like “times as much.” For example, if the family cat weighs 8 lbs. and the family dog weighs 56 lbs., how many times as much does the dog weigh?

  • Ask your child to help you compare fractional amounts — for example, if one recipe calls for 2⁄3 of a cup of oil, but another recipe calls for 3⁄4 of a cup of oil, which recipe calls for more oil? (In 5th grade, your child will learn ways to determine just how much more oil)

For more information, the full standards are available at