What Are We Learning?

Grade 4 English Language Arts

What your child will


What your child

will do

What you will see


How you can help

• Put the important story events in order

and understand how the incidents are


• Find important details in a story or


• Tell what a story or passage is mostly


• Make predictions and draw conclusions

• Use text features (such as graphs and illustrations)

to help with understanding

• Retell a story with the important events in


• Ask questions and participate in discussions

about stories or passages

• Summarize what has been read

• Make predictions and draw conclusions

using clues from the story or passage

• Written retellings and summaries

• Plays and performances based on readings

• Projects, timelines, charts, and illustrations

that show understanding of works that

were read

• Help your child read and follow instructions

to make a handmade craft or play a game

• Ask your child to retell a favorite story, TV

show, or movie in order

• Take your child to the library and check out

books together

• Let your child see you reading

• Strategies to help him/her figure out unknown


• Choose books that he/she can read independently

• Read common high-frequency words

• Reread familiar stories or passages to build

reading fluency

• Read materials on fourth grade level

• Read at about 120 words per minute (by

the end of the year)

• Read high frequency words

• Read aloud correctly and with expressions

• Read silently from chapter books for an

extended period of time

• Read aloud to entertain others

• Reread the same passage multiple times

to improve the quality of the reading

• Poems, passages, and selections from

stories or plays to practice reading

• High frequency word lists for practice

• Charts of words read per minute

• Time your child to see how many words

he/she can read in one minute

• Listen to your child read aloud

• Read aloud to your child

• Tape your child while he/she is reading

(audio or video)

• Continue to learn new words and their meanings

while reading

• Learn word parts that help the reader figure out

word meanings (such as un-, -able, -less)

• Understand that some words have more than

one meaning

• Use clues the author puts in a story (such as definitions

or examples) to figure out unknown words

• Use word parts to help figure out word meanings

• Choose the correct meaning of a multiple-meaning

word using clues and dictionary definitions

• Word maps and drawings that show word meanings

• Word lists (such as word parts and their common


• Personal dictionaries, notebooks, or vocabulary


• Ask your child to explain the meanings of unfamiliar

words when you are reading together

• Help your child use clues to figure out the meanings

of words

• Help your child practice word lists at home

• Encourage your child to pay attention to new and

interesting words

• Write journals, descriptions, letters, narrative

essays, book reports

• Plan stories before writing using webs,

maps, or charts

• Write stories about real events

• Conduct research using three or more


• Use correct capitalization, punctuation,

and spelling

• Find and correct mistakes in his/her own


• Practice writing to a narrative prompt within

a specific time frame

• Write stories about real life

• Write an I-Search report using three or more


• Use webs, maps, or charts to plan stories

• Evaluate work using the Tennessee Writing


• Webs or charts for planning a story

• Stories that are easy for the reader to


• Corrections made by the student to his/her

own work

• Encourage your child to write letters to family

or friends

• Help your child plan and write a story

• Provide writing materials