Fourth Grade Classroom Goals:
By the end of the school year, 100% of the students will meet or exceed the state standards in reading, as measured by district benchmark tests and the STAAR test.
By the end of the school year, 100% of the students will meet or exceed the grade level math standards, as measured by district benchmark tests and the STAAR test.
Learning Standards in Fourth Grade
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS & READING
• listen to gain information and supporting evidence;
• monitor their understanding of a spoken message and appropriately seek clarification;
• interpret speaker’s messages (both verbal and nonverbal), purposes and perspectives; and
• monitor their own understanding of the spoken message and seek clarification as needed.
• read and comprehend a variety of fourth-grade level texts;
• adjust reading rate according to the purpose for reading;
• monitor their own comprehension and reread, use reference aids, search for clues, and ask questions when understanding breaks down;
• use multiple reference aids, including software, to clarify and seek information;
• study word meanings across content areas and through current events;
• respond to readings and ideas through journal writing, discussion, and media;
• paraphrase and summarize text;
• represent text information by generating outlines, timelines, and graphics; and
• offer observations, make connections, react, speculate, interpret, and raise questions after reading.
• capitalize, use punctuation, and spell correctly in “published” pieces of writing;
• evaluate written compositions using assigned and established criteria;
• conduct research and raise new questions for further investigation;
• write to express, discover, record, develop, reflect on ideas, and problem solve; and
• compose journals, letters, reviews, poems, narratives, and instructions.
• understand and interpret visual messages and media;
• analyze and critique media; and
• produce visual images, messages, and meanings that communicate effectively.
• compare similarities and differences of Native American groups in Texas and the Western Hemisphere before European exploration;
• explain causes and effects of European exploration and colonization of Texas and the Western Hemisphere;
• explain causes and effects of the Texas Revolution, the Republic of Texas, and the annexation of Texas to the United States;
• describe political, economic, and social changes in Texas during the last half of the 19th century; and
• describe important issues, events, and individuals of the 20th century in Texas.
• use geographic tools to collect, analyze, and interpret data;
• describe political, economic, and physical regions in Texas and the Western Hemisphere;
• explain the location and patterns of settlement and the geographic factors that influence where people live in Texas; and
• describe how people in Texas adapt to and modify their environment.
• explain basic patterns of work and economic activities of early societies in Texas;
• describe the characteristics and benefits of the free enterprise system in Texas; and
• identify how Texas, the United States, and the world are economically interdependent.
• compare how people organized governments in different ways during the early development of Texas;
• identify important ideas in historic documents, such as the Texas Declaration of Independence; and
• explain the basic functions of the three branches of state government.
• explain important customs, symbols, and celebrations of Texas;
• explain the role of the individual in state and local elections; and
• identify leaders in state and local government and tell how to contact them.
• identify the contributions of people of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups to Texas.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY. Students:
• describe the impact of science and technology on life in Texas.
SOCIAL STUDIES SKILLS. Students:
• apply critical-thinking skills, communicate effectively, and use problem-solving and decision-making processes.
NUMBER, OPERATION, AND QUANTITATIVE REASONING. Students:
• read, write, compare, and order whole numbers through millions;
• read, write, compare, and order decimals through hundredths;
• model fractions greater than one;
• generate equivalent fractions using models;
• compare and order fractions using concrete and picture models;
• relate fractions and decimals for tenths and hundredths;
• add and subtract whole numbers and decimals to hundredths;
• model factors and products;
• represent multiplication and division;
• recall and apply multiplication facts;
• multiply with two-digit multipliers;
• divide with a one-digit divisor;
• use addition and subtraction to solve problems;
• round to ten, hundred, or thousand; and
• estimate products and quotients.
PATTERNS, RELATIONSHIPS, AND ALGEBRAIC THINKING. Students:
• use patterns to remember multiplication facts;
• solve division problems using fact families;
• use patterns to multiply by 10 and 100; and
• describe the relationship between two sets of data.
GEOMETRY AND SPATIAL REASONING. Students:
• use formal language for angles;
• identify parallel and perpendicular lines;
• describe shapes and solids with vertices, edges, and faces;
• demonstrate translations, reflections, and rotations;
• verify congruence and symmetry; and
• locate and name whole numbers, fractions, and decimals on number line.
• estimate and measure weight and capacity; and
• measure length, perimeter, time, temperature, and area.
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS. Students:
• interpret bar graphs;
• list possible outcomes of a probability experiment; and
• use a pair of numbers to describe the probability of an event.
PROBLEM SOLVING. Students:
• identify the mathematics in everyday situations;
• use a problem-solving model;
• select or develop an appropriate problem-solving strategy;
• explain and record observations;
• relate informal language to mathematical language and symbols; and
• make generalizations from patterns.
FIELD AND LABORATORY INVESTIGATIONS. Students:
• demonstrate safe, environmentally appropriate, and ethical practices; and
• learn to use and conserve, dispose and recycle resources.
SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY. Students:
• plan and implement descriptive and simple investigations, ask well-defined questions, formulate hypotheses, select and use appropriate equipment and technology, collect, analyze and interpret information, observe and measure, and communicate valid conclusions; and
• construct graphs, tables, maps, charts to organize, examine, and evaluate information.
CRITICAL THINKING, PROBLEM SOLVING, AND DECISION MAKING SKILLS. Students:
• analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations/hypotheses/ theories, including strengths and weaknesses, and draw inferences on promotional materials for products and services;
• evaluate research on scientific thought, society, and the environment; and
• connect science concepts with history of science and contributions of scientists.
TOOLS AND MODELS. Students:
• collect information, measure, and compare using tools, including safety goggles, microscopes, sound recorders, computers, hand lenses, thermometers, meter sticks, balances, and compasses;
• represent the natural world using models and analyze their limitations; and
• demonstrate that repeated investigations may increase the reliability of results.
SYSTEMS, CYCLES, PATTERNS, AND CHANGE. Students:
• identify and describe roles of organisms in living systems and parts in non-living objects and predict and draw conclusions when part of a system is removed; and
• identify patterns of change and use reflection to verify symmetry.
MATTER AND PHYSICAL PROPERTIES. Students:
• observe and record changes in states of matter caused by heat and conduct tests, compare data, and draw conclusions about physical properties of matter-states, conduction, density, and buoyancy.
• identify characteristics that allow survival and reproduction of species;
• compare adaptive characteristics of species and identify and compare species that lived in the past to existing species; and
• distinguish inherited and learned characteristics providing examples.
PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE EVENTS. Students:
• identify and observe effects of events that require time for change to become noticeable.
PROCESSES OF THE NATURAL WORLD. Students:
• test properties of soils, effects of oceans on land, and the Sun as our major source of energy.