National PTA Parents’ Guide to Student Success
The National PTA’s Parents’ Guide to Student Success provides an overview of what your child will learn by the end of 4th grade in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. It focuses on the key skills your child will learn in these subjects, which will build a strong foundation for success in the other subjects he or she studies throughout the school year. This guide is based on the new Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 states. These K–12 standards are informed by the highest state standards from across the country. If your child is meeting the expectations outlined in these standards, he or she will be well prepared for 5th grade.
English Language Arts and Literacy
Building the stamina and skills to read challenging fiction, nonfiction, and other materials is fundamental in 4th grade. Your child will continue to learn about the world as well as build vocabulary skills by reading more complicated stories and poems from different cultures and a range of books on history, science, art, and music. Fourth grade students also will make important strides in their ability to explain plainly and in detail what a book says — both explicitly and what is implied from its details. By 4th grade, your child will be writing effective summaries, book reports, and descriptions of characters or events that use correct grammar and punctuation.
In 4th grade, your child will gain important new skills while continuing to build on what he or she learned the previous year. One of the main areas studied in 4th grade is arithmetic and applying it to solve problems. This is an important life skill, and your child should make significant strides in this area during the year. Your child will also build knowledge and skills with fractions to prepare for mastering this topic in 5th and 6th grades. These skills will help ensure your child is ready for algebra and advanced math.
The National PTA Guide also includes ideas for activities to help your child learn at home and topics of discussion for taking to your child’s teacher about his or her academic progress.
Vision i5 Common Core Academic Standards
Cincinnati Public Schools is launching the new standards under a campaign called, "Vision i5 - Imagine, Illuminate, Innovate, Invest and Inspire."
- Cincinnati Public Schools’ Vision i5 Common Core Academic Standards
- Language Arts PDF — Grades 3-5
- Mathematics PDF — Grade 4
- Social Studies PDF — Grades 3-4
- Ohio’s Implementation of the Common Core Standards
- Ohio's State Tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies
- Be a Learning Hero includes resources developed to support your child’s learning in Math and English language arts at home. Parents can search by state, grade, subject and type and access resources to support children outside of the classroom.