Fourth grade is a year of progress in reading, writing, and language arts. By the end of fourth grade language arts, students should be able to read with an increased level of fluency and expression and use root words, prefixes, suffixes, and context clues to analyze unfamiliar words. They will also recognize and be able to identify the eight parts of speech. They will apply comprehension strategies to literary and expository texts and formulate multiple paragraph pieces that focus on a specific purpose or audience.

Visible math skill development will also be noted in fourth grade. By the end of fourth grade math, students should be able to add and subtract large numbers with sums up to 1,000,000. They will be proficient at completing basic multiplication and division problems and they will understand basic fraction and decimal concepts. They will recognize and identify basic geometric vocabulary and ideas and be proficient in data collection and analysis.

The fourth grade science units focus on ecosystems, electricity and magnetism, and Earth. In life science the students will know that ecosystems are communities of organisms that interact with each other and their physical environment; basic interactions in ecosystems are food chains and food webs in which matter cycles and energy flows. In physical science, students will know that electricity and magnetism are related effects that have many useful applications in everyday life. Students will learn the role of electromagnets in the construction of electric motors and experience how electrical energy can be converted to heat, light, and motion.  In earth science students will know Earth changes and is shaped through slow and rapid processes. Through a series of hands-on investigations, students will experience the effects of weathering and erosion. Students will learn how to identify rocks and minerals by their properties.

The fourth grade social studies curriculum consists of Florida history, geography, economics, and civics. Students will learn about Florida focusing on exploration and colonization, growth, and the 20th Century and beyond. Students will study the important people, places, and events that helped shape Florida history.


Language Arts Mathematics Science Social Studies
● Reading – genres

● Reading – recognition of:

     o   Context clues

     o   Main idea and supporting details

     o   Summarization

     o   Predictions

     o   Inferences

     o   Theme

     o   Conclusions

     o   Author’s purpose

● Brainstorming

● Organizing

● Paragraph and essay structure:

     o   Narrative

     o   Expository

     o   Persuasive

     o   Research-based

● Revision and editing – elaborating with:

     o   Word choice

     o   Details

     o   Sentence fluency

● Place value

● Number sequencing

● Multiplying and dividing numbers

● Adding and subtracting fractions, decimals, and mixed numbers

● Order of operations

● Math properties

● Lines, points, rays

● Angles

● Plane figures

● Vertices

● Edges

● Faces

● Transformations

● Graphs and data: mean, median, mode

● Time

● Temperature

● Customary and metric measure

● Perimeter, area, volume

● Probability


Life science – Ecosystems

● Biomes

● Animal adaptions

● Food chains

● Food webs

Physical science – Magnetism and Electricity

● Magnets

● Magnetic fields

● Static electricity

● Simple circuits

● Series circuits

● Parallel circuits

● Motors

Earth Science – The Changing Earth

● Rocks and minerals

● Weathering and erosion

Year A – Florida History

● State symbols

● Government

● Geography

● Natives

● Explorers

● Spanish Florida

● English Florida

● Revolution

● Wars (Seminole, Civil, Spanish American)

● World Wars


● Modern Florida

Year B – U.S. History


● Geography

● First Americans

● Exploration

● Settlements

● Colonies

● Revolution: causes, war

● Creating nation

● Early republic

● Expansion

● Civil War: causes, battles, Reconstruction

● The Plains

● Business, industry, cities

● World power

● Current issues