Below you'll find a very brief overview of our fourth grade curriculum. You are encouraged to visit the district curriculum page, Lincoln Public Schools Curriculum Overview, for detailed information. There you will be able to explore key outcomes for each subject area, as well as fourth grade essential knowledge and skills.
Students spend their fourth grade year developing and maturing as readers, writers, speakers, and listeners. In reader's workshop, students learn and apply skills and strategies to improve their fluency, accuracy, vocabulary, and comprehension. Independent reading is an important part of each fourth grader's experience. During writer's workshop, students focus their energies on idea development, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, and voice. Students develop skills in writing effective response paragraphs, as well as engage in the writing process to create multi-paragraph narratives, opinion essays, and informational writing. During word study, students work to develop a better understanding of sentences, parts of speech, conventions, and spelling patterns.
Students are immersed in mathematics through the Everyday Mathematics curriculum. Fourth graders develop a broad background by learning concepts and skills in the following areas: Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Number and Operations-Fractions, Measurement and Data, and Geometry. Students engage in the following mathematical practices: making sense of problems and persevering to solve them, reasoning abstractly and quantitatively, constructing viable arguments, modeling with mathematics, using tools strategically, attending to precision, looking for and making use of structure, and looking for and expressing regularity in repeated reasoning.
Students in fourth grade spend time "touring" the United States, Canada, and Mexico. They experience the regions of the United States from the perspective of different social scientists. Students spend time thinking like geographers, historians, economists, and political scientists. In addition, students study the rights and responsibilities of US citizenship and explore key contributions and experiences of immigrants to the United States.
Students in fourth grade participate in three science units: Adaptations for Survival: Inside and Out, Energy and Waves, and Earth's Changing Surface. In addition, students experience an inquiry-based engineering unit entitled "A Stick in the Mud: Evaluating a Landscape." Each unit allows students to explore scientific principles, processes, and concepts in different ways. All fourth graders also benefit from weekly science/engineering enrichment classes.