4th Grade




"Lack of motivation is sometimes born of lack of achievement. If nothing is ever won, it becomes difficult to continue to fight the battle. It is the satisfaction of minor advances that whets one's appetite for larger victories"

Welcome to our fourth grade website. This year in fourth grade your child will learn a lot and have a lot of fun too. There are 3 important things we would like you to know about our fourth grade teaching team.

  1. First of all, we are teachers who love teaching.
  2. Second, we love fourth graders, and thoroughly enjoy guiding them as we explore the fourth grade curriculum together.
  3. Third, we think your child will love school this year. Our goal is to make each child excited about school and learning. We want to ensure that every child experiences successes, and is in turn motivated to reach his or her full potential.

Reading Tips


Ask your child the following questions about a book:

  1. Who are the main characters?
  2. Where does the story take place?
  3. What is the problem in the story?
  4. Why did the characters act the way they did?
  • Never use reading as a punishment. Your child should learn to love reading through you.
  • Your child should read for 20 minutes nightly. It takes practice to become a good reader.
  • Take turns reading with your child, so that you can model good reading.
  • Reward your child for good behavior at home by taking him or her to the local library.
  • Set up a home library for your child.
  • Keep track of how often your child reads at home, and how many words your child can read per minute. Your child will be able to see his or her progress in reading.


Writing Tips

  • Reading and writing go hand in hand. If your child reads well, there is a greater chance that he or she will write well.
  • Have your child keep a writing journal in which he or she can reflect upon what is read at home. You can have him or her write summaries after reading, or write about a specific situation in a book. Your child only needs to write a paragraph of 5-7 sentences each time. Have him or her proofread written work for errors in sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Write letters back and forth to your child at home, or have your child become a pen pal with another family member or friend.
  • Set up a writing station with new writing supplies to motivate your child to write.

Mathematics Tips and Units (Topics)

  • We use Envision Math at 4th grade, which correlates with the Common Core
  • Have your child STUDY, STUDY, STUDY math facts. Students should come to 4th grade knowing addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts. If your child is not fluent with these facts, then he or she will struggle with our curriculum. These facts are the foundation for all of the math content that your child will learn this year.
  • Practice problem solving. Students who can compute may still have trouble with problem solving. All computing on the New York State Mathematics test is embedded in word problems. It is essential for students to be able to use mathematical reasoning to solve word problems.


In general, fourth graders should plan to spend approximately 40 minutes on homework daily. While each child varies somewhat in time spent, if your child spends inordinately more or less time on homework, please contact his or her teacher without hesitation. Students will be expected to complete various take home assignments, study basic math facts, and devote time to leisure reading on a daily basis. Students will bring home a yellow homework folder and an assignment book nightly. Things on the "leave at home" side of the folder should be taken out and left at home each day, so that they do not accumulate in your child's folder. The materials on the "bring back to school" side of the folder should be completed and returned to school the following day. It is very important that your child has the assignment book in school everyday, as it will allow your child's teacher to communicate with you, and ensure that your child is up to date with homework assignments. Students will be expected to copy the assignments from the board at the end of each day. The assignment book should be signed each night after the homework is complete. The assignment book will be checked by your child's teacher, and notes will be made in the book if your child is missing an assignment.

New York State Tests

  • English Language Arts Test 
  • Mathematics Test
  • Science Test
  • Check the school calendar for dates





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