Fourth Grade Curriculum

Dept. of Teaching and Learning Services

5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah, WA 98029

The Issaquah Content Standards guide teaching and learning in all our classrooms in the areas of Literacy (reading, writing, and communication), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health and Fitness, and the Arts. These statements describe what students should know and be able to do during and as a result of their educational experiences. The Issaquah Content Standards are based on the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards.


Read Grade Level Text

  • Read and comprehend text accurately

Comprehension: Key Ideas and Details

  • Use text-based evidence to make inferences and demonstrate understanding of text
  • Determine main idea(s) and themes
  • Summarize text
  • Describe causes and effects between characters and events
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including content- related words

Comprehension: Craft and Structure

  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including content- related words
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including content- related words
  • Use text structure and text features in informational texts
    • Cause and effect
    • Chronological
    • Problem/solution
    • Compare and contrast
  • Explain text structure and text features in literature
    • Poems (verse, rhythm)
    • Drama (dialogue, settings)
  • Compare and contrast different points of view

Comprehension: Integration

  • Use information from illustrations, print, and digital texts to deepen understanding
  • Explain how authors use reasoning and evidence to support their points
  • Compare and contrast themes
  • Use information from multiple texts in research


Analyze Ideas, Select Narrow Topics, Elaborate and Organize

  • Write narratives using effective technique, descriptive details and clear event sequences
  • Write opinion pieces supporting point of view with reasons and information
  • Write informative texts to examine a topic and clearly convey information
  • Use leads, transitions and organization
  • Elaborate on ideas

Write for Different Audiences and Purposes; Uses Sentence Variety

  • Use descriptive language to convey emotion, dialogue, thought to bring story to life
  • Include facts, evidence and figurative language to make a point
  • Use words to show expertise on a subject


  • Use grade appropriate grammar and conventions in writing.

Analyze and Evaluates Own Writing

  • Reflect on writing, revises and sets goals


Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems
  • Gain familiarity with factors and multiples
  • Generate and analyze patterns. Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic

Number and Operations—Fractions

  • Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering
  • Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers
  • Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions

Measurement and Data

  • Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure angles
  • Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles

Mathematical Practices

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Model with mathematics
  • Use appropriate tools strategically
  • Attend to precision
  • Look for and make use of structure
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning


  • Energy
  • Waves: Waves and information
  • Structure, function, and information processing
  • Earth’s system: Processes that shape the Earth
  • Engineering design

Social Studies

  • Washington’s Earliest Times
  • Exploration of Washington
  • Washington Today
image of fourth grade students in P.E. class


  • Understand and apply art knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrate thinking skills using artistic processes
  • Communicate through the arts
  • Make connections within and across the arts, to other disciplines, cultures, life and work


  • Read, note, and perform rhythm
  • Hear, discriminate, perform, read, and note pitch
  • Listen to, analyze, demonstrate, and describe qualities of sound
  • Identify simple music forms
  • Experience and perform independent parts while others sing or play
  • Understand and creatively interpret expressive markings and cues
  • Sing alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Understand music in relation to history and culture

Physical Education

  • Understands and applies skills and concepts of sports and fitness
  • Participates actively, cooperates with others and stays on task
  • Understands how to follow directions
  • Learns to contribute positively


  • Understand the control and prevention of disease
  • Learn about reducing risks
  • Understand social skills
  • Study the human body
  • Learn to identify safe and unsafe behavior


  • Learn basic operations and concepts
  • Use productivity tools that include word processing, database, spreadsheet, graphics, multimedia
  • Use communication tools
  • Use technology for research
  • Use network skills
  • Use technology ethics