Fourth Grade Merlin Report Card Content Areas



Reads (MERLIN advanced) Grade Level Text

  • Reads and comprehends text accurately


Key Ideas and Details

  • Quotes accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text
  • Determines a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarizes the text
  • Compares and contrasts two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact)

Craft and Structure

  • Determines the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes
  • Explains how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem
  • Describes how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described


  • Analyzes how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem)
  • Compares and contrasts stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics




  • Writes narratives using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequence
  • Writes informative texts to examine a topic and clearly convey information
  • Writes opinion pieces supporting point of view with reasons and information
  • Uses leads, transitions, and organization
  • Composes a strong ending specific to the type of writing


  • Uses descriptive language to convey emotion, dialogue, and thoughts to bring story to life
  • Includes facts, evidence and figurative language to make a point
  • Uses purposeful word choice
  • Elaborates on ideas in ways appropriate for the type of writing
  • Uses sentences to create a story-telling or convincing tone
  • Makes effective use of the writing process: prewrite, draft, revision, and edit
  • Reflects on writing and sets goals

Language Conventions

  • Uses grammar, spelling, and conventions appropriate for 4th Grade MERLIN expectations




  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
    • Writes and interprets numerical expressions
    • Analyzes patterns and relationships
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
    • Understands the place value system
    • Performs operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths
  • Fractions
    • Uses equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions
    • Applies and extends previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions
  • Measurement and Data
    • Converts like measurement units within a given measurement system
    • Represents and interprets data
    • Geometric measurement: understands concepts of volume and relates volume to multiplication and to addition
  • Geometry
    • Graphs points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems
    • Classifies two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties


  • Makes sense of problems and perseveres in solving them
  • Reasons abstractly and quantitatively
  • Constructs viable arguments and critiques the reasoning of others
  • Models with mathematics
  • Uses appropriate tools strategically
  • Attends to precision
  • Looks for and makes use of structure
  • Looks for and expresses regularity in repeated reasoning



Understands skills and concepts related to scientific principles from science units on Energy Conversions; Vision and Light; Earth’s Features; Waves, Energy, and Information.


Social Studies

Understands skills and concepts related to social studies lessons on Washington’s Earliest Times, Exploration of Washington, Washington Today.



Demonstrates behaviors that promote learning

  • Stays on task
  • Follows directions
  • Contributes positively

Demonstrates skills and concepts

  • Sings
  • Performs with instruments
  • Reads and notates music
  • Composes and improvises
  • Listens, analyzes, and describes music


Health and Fitness

Demonstrates behaviors that promote learning related to health and fitness from among the following content areas:

  • Respects the rights and feelings of others
  • Actively listens and follows directions
  • Stays on task
  • Contributes positively

Demonstrates skills and concepts related to health and fitness from among the following content areas:

  • Demonstrates locomotor, non-locomotor, manipulatives, balance, and rhythm skills in group activities
  • Applies movement concepts in cooperative situations; understands and applies the need for different roles with in a team game (offense and defense)
  • Recognizes the health and skill related components of fitness
    • Cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition
    • Power, agility, balance, speed, coordination, reaction time
  • Understands skills and concepts related to health
    • Nutrition and the body