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. 





Social Studies


Unit 1: Interpreting Characters - The Heart of the Story

This unit launches the Reading Workshop for the year through a close study of characters. Readers focus on reading with inference and interpretation skills, developing theories about characters and supporting those theories with evidence from the text.

Unit 1: Writing Realistic Fiction

After years of writing personal narrative first, this unit focuses on writing fiction.  It is also a unit on rehearsal and revision of writing.

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: Reading the Weather, Reading the World

Students engage in non-fiction reading with a focus on text structure,  Students will learn to use these structures to help them discern what is and is not important so they can summarize more accurately and efficiently.  Students will then use this new knowledge to conduct research projects.

Unit 2: Boxes and Bullets, Personal Persuasive Essay

In  this unit, students will learn a variety of more sophisticated strategies for introducing their topics, to provide reasons to support their opinions, as well as facts and details to elaborate on these reasons.

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 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: Historical  Fiction Book Clubs 

Readers tackle complex texts through close reading in the company of friends.   Historical fiction is inherently complicated - it happens in a time and place that the reader is not familiar with, the characters are entangled in historical and social issues of great significance, and the events of the story are intimately related to real historical events.  They support each other to trace themes that relate across time, place, and texts.  

Unit 3: The Literary Essay

This unit relies upon students’ prior experience writing personal and persuasive essays.  While students have learned to write with evidence, they will now  learn about citing texts.


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 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.


Readers will read a variety of poetry and prose with a focus on the topics and themes that permeate through the text.   Students will study the  craft from both the reader’s and the writer’s 


In this unit, students will  write poems in response to the topics and themes that surround them.  Students will study the craft from both the reader’s and the writer’s perspective.


Unit 4: Reading History

This is a unit on researching history. As the second of the two nonfiction reading units for fourth grade, a focus will be on moving the fourth-graders along the continuum of skill development in reading nonfiction. This unit builds on previous work and guides students to learn to read like historians. They will be introduced to  primary documents and strategies for using these more difficult texts.  They will conduct research projects and will be writing reports in conjunction with the concurrent writing unit.

Unit 4: Bringing History to Life

Students will  dive deep into the project of writing research reports.  As part of their research, they work with citations, primary documents, conflicting views on a subject, and with the challenge of incorporating and synthesizing information.

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 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 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.

Updated Fall 2022
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