Grade 4

To the left are links to brief overviews of what your child will learn in Grade 4.  Below is a calendar outlining the CREC Units of Study.  If you should have any questions about your child's curriculum, please reach out to your child's classroom teacher.

Grade 4 Curriculum Scope and Sequence

Note:  Implementation of the CREC curriculum units outlined below may vary between schools.  Please contact your child’s teacher for specific implementation information.

Reading and Writing



Social Studies


Poetry, Poets, and Becoming Writers

Unit 1: Love that Dog and Famous Poems

Students are encouraged to embrace a love of literacy and writing by reading the novel in verse Love that Dog as well as poems the main character reads and describes.

ALL (Additional Language and Literacy) Block

Small group work with a focus on: 

-Additional Work with Complex Text; 

-Reading and Speaking Fluency 

-GUM (Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics); -Writing Practice; -Word Study and Vocabulary; 

-Independent Reading

Unit 1: Factors and Multiples

Students will apply their understanding of multiplication and area to work with factors and multiples.

Unit 1: U.S. National Parks and Their Changing Landforms

Students will be investigating various national parks and monuments in order to build their conceptual understanding of energy, collisions, weathering and erosion.

Unit 1: The Northeast - Viewing My World through a Geographic Lens

During this unit, students will be introduced to the study of Geography. To begin, students will learn about and connect their lives to the Five Themes of Geography. This first unit will have a focus on the Northeast Region where students will learn about the Human and Physical Geography of the region in which they live. 

Unit 2: Fraction Equivalence and Comparison

Students will generate and reason about equivalent fractions and compare and order fractions with the following denominators: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 100.


Unit 2: What Inspires Writers to Write Poetry?

Students study poets and what inspires them to write poetry.

Unit 3: Poetry

Students focus on what might inspire them and write their own original poems using this inspiration.


Animal Defense Mechanisms

Unit 1: Animal Defenses and the Research Process

Students begin this unit by building background knowledge on general animal defenses.  Then they continue their exploration by focusing on a specific animal.

Unit 3: Extending Operations to Fractions

Students will learn about multiplication of fractions using unit fractions.  They will also learn to add and subtract fractions with like denominators, and to add and subtract tenths and hundredths.

Unit 2: The South - People on the Move in the Past

During this unit, students will explore the South region with a look at the past in an effort to better understand the present.  Specifically, students will learn how the geography of the region has played a significant role in the history of the region through study of the food  and culture of the South as well as the movement of people from the time of slavery to the Great Migration of the 20th century. 


Unit 2: Using Writing to Inform

Students continue their research about their animal and write an informative piece about their animal.

Unit 4: Large Numbers and Decimal Fractions

Students will read, write and compare numbers in decimal notation.  They will also extend place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers and add and subtract within 1,000,000.

Unit 2: Biomimicry: Humans Mimic Nature

Students will explore biomimicry, how humans mimic the natural world in their innovations and designs.  This unit will compare and contrast energy transfer in the natural and design worlds focusing on how electric currents, light and sound are received and perceived by both. 

Unit 3: Using Writing to Entertain

Students write a narrative piece about their animal that incorporates their research.


The American Revolution

Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge

Students build background knowledge about the Revolutionary War and the different perspectives of the colonists.  They further their understanding by  reading about different groups within the Loyalists and Patriots.

Unit 5: Multiplicative and Comparison and Measurement

Students will interpret, represent, and solve multiplicative comparison problems using an understanding of the relationship between multiplication and division.  They will use this thinking to convert units of measure within a given system from larger to smaller units


Unit 2: Perspectives in Literature

Students read the historical fiction play Divided Loyalties to deepen their understanding of the Patriot and Loyalist perspectives.

Unit 3:  The Midwest - People and the Land

This unit focuses on the movement of people and how transportation made this region more accessible.  National landmarks/parks are highlighted as students consider who/what is memorialized nationally and why. Students will explore how transportation in the region has changed over time and how geographical features and innovation influenced urban development by looking closely at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.  

Unit 6: Whole Number Multiplication and Division

Students will multiply and divide multi-digit whole numbers using partial products and partial quotients.


Unit 3: Using Writing to Share an Opinion

Students use their research from Unit 1 and their analysis of perspectives from Unit 2 to write an opinion piece from the Patriot perspective as well as one from the Loyalist perspective before deciding whether they would or would not have supported the American Revolution had they lived during colonial times.

Responding to Inequity, Ratifying the 19th Amendment

Unit 1: Reading About and Analyzing Events in The Hope Chest

Students begin reading The Hope Chest.  As they read about events in The Hope Chest, they also read informational firsthand and secondhand accounts of real-life responses to inequality and compare and contrast the information in both.


Unit 7: Angles and Angle Measurement

Students will learn to draw and identify points, rays, segments, angles, and lines, including parallel and perpendicular lines.  Students also learn how to use a protractor to measure angles and draw angles of given measurements, and identify acute, obtuse, right, and straight angles in two-dimensional figures.

Unit 3: Water Erosion along CT Rivers and Coasts

Students will investigate why the Earth’s surface is constantly changing and how those changes impact people.

Unit 4: The West - People on the Move

This unit finishes a yearlong study of United States Geography through the lens of the western United States.  Students will look closely at the people that make up this region; their culture and movement patterns over time.  They will also explore concepts of westward expansion and immigration.  Topics of physical geography will be investigated including natural disasters and preparedness, allowing students to access technology and take civic action by exploring what is needed to be safe. 

Unit 2: Reading and Analyzing The Hope Chest

Students continue to read The Hope Chest, identifying themes and summarizing events that show evidence of a theme.


Unit 3: How Can We Make a Difference?

Students connect their learning about the process of ratifying the 19th amendment to their own lives as they focus on how students can make a difference and contribute to a better world.

Unit 8 Area, Perimeter, and Classifying Shapes

Students will classify triangles and parallelograms based on the properties of their side lengths and learn about lines of symmetry in two-dimensional figures.  They will use their understanding of attributes to solve problems, including problems involving perimeter and area.

Unit 9: Putting it All Together

Students will consolidate and solidify their understanding of the major skills of the grade.  They will also continue their work towards fluency.


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