WELCOME TO FOURTH GRADE!
This brochure is an overview of the Athens School District curriculum for fourth grade. It is intended to
provide a general description of the year’s basic studies. Parents who desire more detailed information may
request copies of the curricula from the principal, your child’s teacher, or the curriculum director.
You are always welcome to visit school and witness your child’s educational program in action. Please
contact the elementary school office or your child’s teacher to make arrangements for a visit.
What’s A Fourth Grader Like?
Physiological development occurs more rapidly in girls, but boys begin to widen the gap in physical
superiority over girls. The competitive spirit and desire to excel heightens. Muscular coordination shows
marked improvement. Fourth graders want to know “why” and “how,” and become increasingly capable of
complex organization skills. They begin accepting more self-responsibility and develop an insight into the
emotional lives of others. Fourth graders want affection from adults, but it is not openly sought. Groups
have a great impact on them, and they become very clique oriented.
Fourth grade students will begin to communicate orally in large and small group settings. They will also
continue reading classics and contemporary literature. Your child will:
- Integrate math, science, history, and social science material with their reading.
- Use text organizers, summarize information, and draw conclusions to demonstrate comprehension.
- Plan, write, revise, and edit narratives and explanations.
- Use information resources and word references while writing.
Student objectives for fourth grade emphasize the importance of using information, analyzing data, and
validating experimental results. Your child will:
- Define variables in experimentation.
- Make simple predictions from picture, bar and line graphs.
- Formulate hypotheses.
- Learn how principles of electricity and energy relate to work and machines.
- Investigate the interactions between the Earth, moon, and sun.
- Investigate the interactions between plants, animals, and their environments.
- Identify factors affecting weather.
- Investigate the natural resources of Wisconsin.
Problem solving skills and the application of mathematical principles to real life situations is a major
focus in grade four. Your child will:
- Divide whole numbers.
- Add and subtract fractions and decimals.
- Multiply large numbers.
- Refine estimation skills for computations and measurements.
- Investigate the relationships between points, lines, segments, and rays.
- Solve problems involving perimeter, patterns, and probability.
- Acquire specialized mathematical vocabulary.
Students will explore Wisconsin’s rich history. Your child will:
- Investigate geographic, economic, and civic concepts.
- Use geographic tools to analyze the influence of physical and cultural geography on Wisconsin
- Learn the concepts relating to economic interdependence and the historic ideas that form political
- Study historic and current examples of monetary exchange, credit, and taxation.
- Begin examination of constitutional documents and the operation of state government.
- Summarize and sequence major events in Wisconsin history from 1607 to the present.
Children are exposed to age-appropriate skills and activities that build physical fitness, improve neuro-
muscular skills, develop desirable attitudes and behaviors, and acquire knowledge and understanding of
principles of healthy lifestyles. A physical education specialist instructs all children on an every-other day
schedule which meets forty-five minutes per session.
Children are taught age-appropriate activities which enhance not only artistic ability, but also creative
thinking, problem solving ability, leadership skills, and employability skills. Art is taught by a specialist in
a forty minute block, one to two times per week.
Vocal music is taught by a specialist in a forty minute block one to two times per week. Children are
exposed to age-appropriate music literary skills which contribute to creative and aesthetic development. In
addition, music lends itself to helping foster self-discipline, self-esteem, self-confidence, coordination, and
listening and memory skills.
Parents, What’s Your Role?
Parents are a child’s first teacher, an influential and important partner in his/her education. If you
approach learning as challenging and valuable, chances are your child will do so as well. Through the use
of normal daily activities and routines, you can help your child acquire skills and abilities that will help
him/her succeed in school. These are some ideas you can use to enhance your child’s learning:
- Make sure your child has a good breakfast and a good night’s sleep.
- Have your child read to you regularly.
- Check your child’s homework assignments each night and discuss the day’s lessons.
- Stress the importance of completing assignments on time.
- Quiz your child regularly.
- Help your child set priorities when more than one assignment needs to be completed.
- If your child has trouble with an assignment, take time to sit down and find the root of the problem.
- Set high expectations for your child and talk about why it is important to try hard in school.
- Talk to your child about current events.
- Help your child develop their natural skills.
- Have reading resources available and set up a quiet place for your child to study.
AS A TEAM, TEACHERS AND PARENTS TOGETHER CAN HELP CHILDREN BECOME