Grade 4

The world opens up for fourth graders. Seeing and understanding the perspectives of others becomes more important. They are questioners, industrious workers, and beginning critical-thinkers. It is a time when students accept more responsibility for their own learning and apply the skills and knowledge gained in previous grades. They are ready for and desire that challenge. They enjoy the process of learning along with the satisfaction of a product well-completed.

Fourth graders are encouraged to take academic and social risks in an atmosphere that is supportive. They are expected to do their best and be good citizens. There are chances to explore new interests and extend the boundaries of what they think they are capable of doing. It is a chance for them to discover and express their identities as individuals and members of the Tower community. We work to develop confidence in the students to be successful learners, contributors to the betterment of our world, and generous friends.

Grade 4 Curriculum


  • Demonstrate competence in reading, writing, and comparing whole numbers through one million
  • Understand the relationship between multiplication and division: multiply two-, three-, and four-digit numbers by one-digit and two-digit numbers; divide by one-digit divisors
  • Demonstrate mastery of multiplication and division facts through 12 x 12
  • Understand relationship between fractions and decimals; compare, order, add, subtract, and simplify fractions with common denominators
  • Identify geometric figures; polygons, quadrilaterals, congruent figures, symmetry, and employ formulas to determine perimeter and area of a polygon

Social Studies

  • Year long study focuses on world and local food resources and the distribution of healthy, plentiful, and sustainable food throughout the world.
  • Topics covered include renewable and nonrenewable resources, world population, food equity, and large and small scale food systems.
  • Research projects are conducted to develop research and presentation skills.
  • Class participates in a field trip to Appleton Farm.
  • Geography topics cover continents/oceans, latitude/longitude, and political/physical/thematic map skills.

Language Arts


  • Develop ability to interpret thematic elements and critically analyze text
  • Experience different genres and develop understanding of structures in a novel
  • Use text to support responses and opinions
  • Develop vocabulary and advanced reading strategies
  • Cultivate love of literature and enjoyment of reading for pleasure


  • Follow writing process—brainstorm, organize, write, revise, and finalize written pieces
  • Write for different purposes and understand writing conveys different information
  • Employ specific and descriptive details, vocabulary, and transitional words to enhance writing
  • Use age-appropriate spelling and grammatical constructs


  • Understand and identify zones within an ecosystem through study of the rocky coast and the tropical rainforest
  • Learn about and be able to identify animal and plant adaptations
  • Apply the scientific method to an experimental question
  • Investigate the properties of air
  • Learn about plant growth and food production while planting and tending a vegetable garden


  • Communicate orally in more complete and complex sentences
  • Use appropriate manners vocabulary independently
  • Retell a simple story using learned text and write own personalized story
  • Describe self and others using descriptive adjectives
  • Topics covered include: salsa making, classroom objects, foods, and island geography
  • Study unique cultural aspects of Puerto Rico
  • Explore Spanish and Hispanic culture


Integrated Technology

  • Learn to manage personal files on devices and cloud services.
  • Expand presentation skills by creating custom animations, slide transitions, recording/inserting sounds, etc.
  • Explore the relationship between ethics/responsibility and technology, particularly as it relates to the Internet
  • Expand use of multimedia software and hardware tools to express learning and creativity.
  • Use iPads, laptops and desktop computers to assess skills in areas like reading and math.
  • Integrate iPad and laptop use in classroom curriculum.


  • Develop intermediate programming skills using Scratch
  • Write programs with complex conditional structures
  • Use Variables and Lists to store and retrieve data
  • Refine programming strategies and code efficiency, including consistently using best practice principles when writing scripts
  • Develop greater independence and proficiency in debugging programs


  • Recognize, demonstrate, notate, and create with the rhythms: dotted half, eight notes, and the same duration of rests
  • Identify, sing with accuracy, notate, and create with the melodic notes: do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti and high do (extended diatonic scale)
  • Sing and recognize the corresponding hand signs for the diatonic scale
  • Read notes G through high D on the treble clef and finger the pitches on the soprano recorder
  • Learn to sing thirty to fifty folk songs confidently, with expression and in pitch
  • Use the real names for rhythmic values learned and read simple melodies with absolute note names
  • Learn recording basics on iPad GarageBand and other apps
  • Participate in a class musical presentation, working on stage skills, solo voice, and public speaking

Visual Arts

  • Expand color mixing skills: intermediates colors
  • Introduce one and two point perspective
  • Explore many aspects of landscape drawing and painting
  • Use knowledge of clay construction and glazes to create a landscape in clay
  • Create gestures of the human figure for both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work
  • Use pliers for creating a structurally sound and balanced wire armature for a plaster sculpture
  • Practice observing and drawing from wooden mannequins
  • Participate in a community critique using fourth grade art vocabulary


Appreciate the value of handmade wood projects

Apply skills and prior knowledge to build a increasingly complex structure

Appreciate contribution to class and positive working environment

Physical Education

Use locomotor skills in a gymnastics floor routine

Demonstrate manipulative skills such as hitting a tossed pitch, receiving a passed football, and returning a hit pickle ball with a paddle

Develop fitness plan while setting goals and learning about different components of own physical fitness

Chase, flee, and dodge while controlling their bodies in a game situation

Demonstrate rules and strategies of large team games while demonstrating teamwork

Cooperatively problem solve while supporting each other with ideas, honesty, and an open-mind