A PARENT'S GUIDE TO FOURTH GRADERS

A PARENT’S GUIDE TO FOURTH GRADERS

 

  • How They Grow in Fourth Grade 
    • Where They Are
      Nine is a time of rapid learning for kids. Nine-year-olds:
      • Want to put some distance between themselves and adults, and may rebel against authority.
      • Need to be part of a group.
      • Seek independence.
      • Possess a high activity level.
      • Can express a wide range of emotions and verbalize easily.
      • Can empathize.
      • Can think independently and critically, but are tied to peer standards.
      • Begin to increase their sense of truthfulness.
      • Are typically not self-confident.
    • Where They're Going
      At nine years old, your child is learning how to make decisions and set standards. You can help by encouraging your child as she:
      • Begins making decisions.
      • Gains a greater sense of responsibility.
      • Sets personal standards.
      • Develops personal interests and abilities.
      • Develops social skills.
      • Learns to engage in group decision-making.
  • The 9-year-old
    • Gaining self-confidence
    • Less quarreling
    • Perfecting motor skills
    • Becoming more inner-directed
    • Likes organized play with definite rules
    • Bursts of emotion and impatience
    • Accepts failures and mistakes more realistically
    • Tries to give impression of being calm and steadfast
    • Becomes selective in activities and spends more time focused on an activity
    • Girls may start puberty spurt of growth
    • Loves to form clubs and be an officer
    • Sense of humor is well defined
    • May begin to show signs of neglecting personal hygiene while interest in clothing styles and fads begins to be important

                Your Child's Communication: Fourth Grade  By the end of fourth grade your child                        should be able to do the following:

    • Listening
      • Listen to and understand information presented by others
      • Form opinions based on evidence
      • Listen for specific purposes
    • Speaking
      • Use words appropriately in conversation
      • Use language effectively for a variety of purposes
      • Understand some figurative language (e.g., "the forest stretched across…")
      • Participate in group discussions
      • Give accurate directions to others
      • Summarize and restate ideas
      • Organize information for clarity
      • Use subject area information and vocabulary (e.g., social studies) for learning
      • Make effective oral presentations
    • Reading
      • Read for specific purposes
      • Read grade-level books fluently
      • Use previously learned information to understand new material
      • Follow written directions
      • Take brief notes
      • Link information learned to different subjects
      • Learn meanings of new words through knowledge of word origins, synonyms, and multiple meanings
      • Use reference materials (e.g., dictionary)
      • Explain the author's purpose and writing style
      • Read and understand a variety of types of literature, including fiction, nonfiction, historical fiction, and poetry
      • Compare and contrast in content areas
      • Make inferences from texts
      • Paraphrase content, including the main idea and details
    • Writing
      • Write effective stories and explanations, including several paragraphs about the same topic
      • Develop a plan for writing, including a beginning, middle, and end
      • Organize writing to convey a central idea
      • Edit final copies for grammar, punctuation, and spelling

 

 For additional information go to http://www.education.com/grade/fourth-grade

 This information is a guide to the “typical” child. Each child is unique and achieves these mile stones in their own time. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s progress, please contact the teacher for ways to help your child to work toward achieving these mile stones.