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4th Grade

Fourth Grade Expectations

Fourth grade is a transition year for students.  Our goal is to encourage them to sharpen and refine the various concepts learned in the primary grades.  Students will be expected to assume more responsibility and independence for their own learning.  They are to develop work habits and skills that will enable them to do the following:

  • Respect the rights and dignity of others at all times
  • Ask questions and seek help (not answers) from teachers and peers when appropriate
  • Listen attentively during instruction
  • Become active learners
  • Organize materials and notes
  • Work independently and also with cooperative groups effectively
  • Complete classwork and homework on a timely basis


Your child will have the best opportunity for fourth grade success if there is an open line of communication between school and home.  Feel free to contact your child’s teacher throughout the year with questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress.


Reading Expectations

Fourth grade students will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction literature and will apply a variety of reading comprehension strategies to enhance understanding in all content areas.  Students will continue to increase communication skills in large and small group settings.  In addition, students will plan, draft, revise, and edit narratives and explanations and will routinely use information resources and word references while writing.  All aspects of literacy will be taught through a balanced literacy framework for instruction, enabling all students to become independent and strategic readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators.


Writing Expectations

Our goal at Beulah is to develop competent and effective writers who can express themselves in their own unique manner.  In the early Spring the students take a Writing Predictor which is a Chesterfield County assessment.  The goal of the predictor is to give the student a sense of what is needed to improve their writing and prepare them for the Virginia Standards of Learning Writing test administered in Fifth Grade.  To this end we work developmentally in a methodical step by step manner that should result in a confident writer.


Words Expectations:

Fourth graders will focus on the following skills during the word study block; applying phonics, word structure, and context to improve fluency and understanding, and build vocabulary.


Students will:

Explain words with multiple meanings

Use knowledge of roots, affixes, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and homophones to read and understand meanings of words

Build vocabulary by applying knowledge of word structure

Develop vocabulary by listening to and reading a variety of texts

Use vocabulary from other content areas

Study word meanings across content areas


Math Expectations:

Fourth grade students should be reviewing basic fact strategies and practicing daily to develop fluency.  Major topics included in the course of study are double-digit multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and geometry.

Students entering fourth grade should know the following math skills:

  • Understand basic place value through hundred thousands
  • Tell time to the minute
  • Identify and compare fractions
  • Recite basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts
  • Choose appropriate operation for solving word problems


By the end of the fourth grade year, students should extend these skills and master the following;

  • Understand place value through millions
  • Multiply 3-digit by 2-digit numbers
  • Divide by 1-digit numbers with remainders
  • Compare and order fractions and decimals
  • Determine elapsed time
  • Solve multi-step problems


Virginia Studies Expectations

Fourth grade students will study the state of Virginia beginning with the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown to the end of the Twentieth Century. Students will explore how the geography of Virginia and the state’s resources, its economic systems, and cultural makeup has influenced Virginia history from pre-colonial times to the end of the Twentieth Century.  Reading and writing about famous Virginians and studying important historical documents and events that have influenced Virginia history will prepare students to develop problem solving and decision making skills.


Our state provides a wealth of resources that extend our students knowledge and understanding of Virginia’s history.  Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg are within driving distance of our school.  Both sites offer opportunities for families to examine history up close and personal.  Richmond is home to several museums that also will help make our lessons more meaningful.