Fourth Grade Essential Learnings

Essential Learnings for Trimester 3

Links to Common Core State Standards for Reading and Writing, Washington State Learning Standards for Social Studies, Washington State Science Learning Standards, Washington State Social and Emotional Learning Standards, and Common Core State Standards for Math.


Informational Text

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and drawing inferences from the text. RI.4.1

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text. RI.4.3

Describe the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text. RI.4.5

Literary Text

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. RL.4.1 

Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text. RL.4.3 

Foundational Skills

Use grade level phonics and word solving skills: syllables, affixes, spelling patterns. RF.4.3

Read accurately and fluently to support comprehension. RF.4.4


Opinion Writing

Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. W.4.1 A-D

Recall relevant information from experiences; take notes and categorize information and provide a list of sources. W.4.8 

Information Writing

Write informative/ explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. W.4.2 A-E.

Language Skills

Conventions of standard English: grammar and usage. L.4.1

Conventions of standard English: capitalization, punctuation & spelling. L.4.2

Social Studies

Exploration of Washington

Understands that there are multiple perspectives regarding the interpretation of historical events. History 4.3.1

Uses critical reasoning skills to analyze and evaluate claims. Social Studies 1.4.1

Washington Today

Understands that civic participation involves being informed about public issues and voting in elections. Civics1.4.1

Understands how geography, natural resources, climate, and available labor contribute to the sustainability of the economy of regions in Washington State. Economy 2.4.1


Vision and Light—Continued from Tri 2

Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. 4-LS1-1 

Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brains, and respond to the information in different ways.

Develop a model to describe that light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen. 4-PS4-2 

Earth's Features

Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. 4-ESS1-1

Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation. 4-ESS2-1

Social and Emotional Learning


Demonstrates awareness and understanding of one’s own emotions and emotions' influence on behavior. (1A)


Demonstrates the skills to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, impulses, and stress in constructive ways. (2A)

Demonstrates responsible decision-making and problem solving skill. (2B)


Demonstrates problem-solving skills to engage responsibly in a variety of situations. (3B)

Social Awareness

Demonstrates awareness of other people’s emotions, perspectives, cultures, languages, histories, identities, and abilities. (4A)

Demonstrates an awareness and respect for similarities and differences among community, cultural, and social groups. (4B)

Social Management

Demonstrates a range of communication and social skills to interact effectively with others. (5A) 

Demonstrates the ability to identify and take steps to resolve interpersonal conflicts in constructive ways. (5B)

Demonstrates the ability to engage in respectful and healthy relationships with individuals of diverse perspectives, cultures, language, history, identity, and ability. (5C)

Social Engagement

Demonstrates a sense of school and community responsibility. (6A)

Contributes productively to one’s school, workplace, and community. (6C)



Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering. 4.NF.A

Build fractions from unit fractions. 4.NF.B

Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions. 4.NF.C

Fluency expectation: Add/subtract within 1,000,000. 4.NBT.B.4


MP2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively

Students recognize that a number represents a specific quantity. They can connect the quantity to written symbols and create a logical representation of the problem at hand, considering both the appropriate units involved and the meaning of quantities. Students can extend this understanding from whole numbers to their work with fractions and decimals. Students write simple expressions, record calculations with numbers, and represent or round numbers using place value concepts.

MP4 Model with mathematics

Students experiment with representing problem situations in multiple ways including numbers, words (mathematical language), and graphical representations.


PE activities will focus on the following goal areas:

  • Students recognize the value of physical activity for physical, emotional, and mental health.
  • Students demonstrate skill competency and can apply concepts and strategies to movement and performance.
  • Students demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of personal fitness.
  • Students demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior.

For more information on the PE Learning Standards click here.


The elementary music team is committed to helping students continue creating, performing, responding, and connecting to music as aligned to state and national standards. The elementary music specialists will encourage growth through the elements of rhythm, melody/pitch, movement, expression, and culture across all grade levels. We will continue to nurture our students’ social and emotional learning through the arts. Below are Essential Learnings for Trimester 2.


Improvise rhythms


Body percussion, Non-pitched percussion, Singing, Recorder, Apply and extend known rhythms


Identify orchestral instruments and world instruments, Explore music from diverse genres and cultures


Recognize how feelings are expressed through music, Explore music in relation to the other arts and content areas, Relate music to family, culture, and community

Visual Art

Art Lessons this year will be provided through video links for teachers to use either synchronously or asynchronously. We are focusing on lessons that use basic supplies we hope students have at home, as well as instructions students can follow along with independently.

Art Lessons will be:

  • Integrated into the Essential Learnings for a variety of subject areas such as SEL or Writing
  • Focusing on the Basic Elements of Art such as line, form or color; as well as the Basic Principals of Art such as repetition, balance or movement.
  • Showing students how art can help them express emotions, deal with stress, and build their creative expression.

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