• St. Louis Public Schools Curriculum 2021-2022

    Reading / English

    By the end of the year, students in 4th grade will be able to…

     Identify the main idea of what has been read, explaining how the author used facts and evidence to back up the text.

     Compare writing from different cultures.

     Understand information presented in drawings, timelines, charts and other non-text formats.

     Take notes and organize facts; create oral and written reports using the information.

     Participate in class discussions about specific questions and share their own ideas and understandings in relation to the


     Use dialogue and descriptive language in stories to show a character’s inner life.

     Read with a higher level of fluency, pacing and expression.

     Reads grade-level texts with accurate comprehension.

     Apply comprehension strategies to literary and expository texts.

     Utilize root words, prefixes, suffixes, and context clues to analyze unfamiliar words.

     Formulate multiple paragraph pieces that focus on a specific purpose or audience.

     Write chronological pieces, pieces focusing on cause and effect and pieces that draw from personal experience

     Understand subject-verb agreement and use it correctly.

     Know basic punctuation and use it correctly.

     Define idioms and adages.

     Know the difference between formal and informal language and use it correctly in speaking and writing.

     Research, plan, and revise their writing independently.

     Identify and refer to the different parts of poems and plays, such as verses, settings, and characters.

     Interpret and connect information from illustrations, graphs, charts, or other sources related to the text.

     Identify, compare, and contrast different perspectives from which texts are written (for example, first and third person).

     Compare and contrast the way different texts address the same issue, theme, or topic.

     Makes connections between people, events, or important ideas in a text.



    By the end of the year students in 4 th grade will be able to…

    • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic with numbers up to one million.

    • Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering. (Limit denominators to 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 100.)

    • Extend understanding of operations on whole numbers to fraction operations.

    • Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions. (Denominators of 10 or 100.)

    • Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.

    • Work with factors and multiples.

    • Generate and analyze patterns.

    • Classify 2-dimensional shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

    • Understand the concepts of angle and measure angles.

    • Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.

    • Represent and analyze data.

    Social Studies

    By the end of the year students in 4th grade will be able to… develop a background of facts, ideas, and skills about Missouri and its relationship to our country and the world, in order to enable the student to become a contributing member of our society.


    By the end of the year, students in fourth grade will be able to…

    • Make predictions about an objects direction while moving

    • Identify patterns in moving objects and make predictions about the direction it will go

    • Define an unbalanced force and plan an investigation demonstrating it

    • Use a spring scales to design an investigation about friction

    • Relate the motion of an object to its mass and the force applied

    • Explain a relationship between speed and energy of an object

    • Use evidence to explain energy transformation

    • Design, test, or refine a device that converts energy from one form to another

    • Use a model to describe simple machines

    • Describe a model of wave properties

    • Use evidence to explain structures for support, survival, growth, behavior, and plant reproduction

    • Use a model to describe how animals respond based on information through their senses

    • Use a model to describe evidence for changes in landscape over time

    • Investigate and provide evidence for how natural processes shape Earth’s surface

    • Use models to describe patterns in data of Earth’s features

    • Generate and compare solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans

    • Design a simple problem including criteria and constraints

    • Design and compare multiple solutions to an engineering design problem

    • Carry out a test to improve a model using variables