What Parents Can Expect Children to Experience in Fourth Grade

Learn the books, math and science skills covered at this level

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In fourth grade, children's social lives begin to get more complicated and the academic demands they face grow as well, but parents can help them through this crucial year by identifying the reading, math and science skills required to master the grade level.

This fourth-grade guide for parents offers tips on helping children deal with cliques, heavy backpacks and more. 

Fourth Grade Basics

    • What Do Kids Learn in Fourth Grade?: Kids learn a number of new things in fourth grade, both socially and academically. Just as the formation of cliques begins to increase and complicate your child's social life, the academic ante is upped as well, requiring him not only to be responsible for his own work, but to work in groups as well.
    • Signs of Learning Difficulties in Fourth Grade: Fourth grade is a year when children are expected to take on new challenges, and it's important to be on the lookout for signs of trouble. Such signs vary, but if your child is consistently showing trouble in any of the areas covered here, it's a good idea to check in with his teacher or pediatrician for a closer look.

          Fourth Grade Reading, Writing, and Math

          • Books for Students Entering Fourth Grade: By the time your child is ready to enter fourth grade, she not only has a good grasp on the rudimentary skills required for reading and comprehension but has also been introduced to a number of different genres during third-grade reading. Add some poetry and folk legends to her library.
            • Order of Operations: Many parents last took algebra years ago, making it hard to give children the math help they need. The most important thing to remember is that your child does the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in the right order.
              • Math Games Online: These sites offer lots of fun online math games that encourage the development of addition, subtraction, and other math skills.

              Helping Your Fourth Grader

              • Fourth Grade Science Fair Project Ideas: According to chemistry expert Anne Helmenstine, "Great fourth-grade science fair projects involve answering a question, solving a problem or testing a hypothesis."​​
              • How to Set Up a Kids' Homework Area: Having a homework area can help children learn organization and time management skills. It also gives them a quiet place to focus on their schoolwork.

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