Learning Guide: Fourth Grade

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In the Classroom

Teachers will show students how to...

  • Learn more complex oral presentation skills (explaining and presenting stories, puns, riddles, anecdotes and plays); make oral presentations without notes.
  • Use the dictionary to determine word meanings and pronunciations; Use encyclopedias, CD-ROMS and the Internet to locate information; use maps, globes, pictures, diagrams and complicated graphs.
  • Summarize a story with the book closed; arrange events in sequential order without signal words (like first and second); compare and contrast works of different authors; begin to understand metaphor, imagery, and flashbacks.
  • Learn simple research concepts for writing papers; learn to delete superfluous information; differentiate between figurative and literal language; follow more complex plots.
  • Round numbers to the nearest ten and hundred; add and subtract decimals to hundredths; order, compare and use numbers through millions; divide numbers using long division; multiply two and three-digit numbers; add and subtract fractions.
  • Solve multi-step math word problems, using metric and U.S. standard units; understand and be able to calculate area and perimeter; identify parallel and perpendicular lines and right, acute and obtuse angles.
  • Discuss structure of local, state and federal government; identify executive, legislative and judicial functions.
  • Learn ways in which plants and animals protect themselves; learn to predict events (like storms) from a trend in data.
  • Be able to articulate what you do to solve a math problem, and why.

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