Ten Things Your Child Should Know: 4th Grade

20 skills are examined (10 skills in mathematics and 10 skills related to reading and writing).

Fourth Grade

"Your child now has many of the foundational skills needed for success in school.  Now, he or she will be exposed to many more new concepts and ideas. She will be asked to process new information and to understand the basic knowledge upon which many of our subjects are based.

For instance, in social studies she may start to learn more about how our country is structured. She may learn all of the fifty states and their capitals along with the idea of what a state is vs. a city. She may also be introduced to basic concepts in science like mass, density, and matter. 

More information and techniques will be taught to her about how to do a research paper. She may be given the basics about how to go to different sources for information. Information can be obtained from books, from the Internet, from magazines, etc. Many of the projects she will work on will be conducted to teach her “how” to go about doing such research projects so that in later years she will have the skills needed to complete any project that is asked of her.

She will develop additional skills in mathematics, including advancing with division, handling fractions and decimals, and multiplying numbers with multiple digits. The lessons she has learned in earlier grades will really pay off here."

Selected Skills:

  1. My child is able to correctly solve three- and four-digit addition and subtraction problems, even those that require “regrouping” or “carrying over.” For instance, 3,489 + 894 = 4,383 or 987 – 78 = 909.
  2. My child knows, with proficiency, multiplication facts for 0–12. For example, 2 x 1 = 2, 2 x 2 =4 … 12 x 1 = 12, 12 x 2 = 24, 12 x 3 = 36, etc.
  3. My child is able to correctly solve multiplication problems involving multiple digits, such as 27 x 5 = 135 or 50 x 40 = 2,000.

Our Book

Our book, Ten Things Your Child Should Know about Reading, Writing and Math: 4th Grade, offers lists of skills and activities you can do with your child to support him or her in this grade.