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Parent’s Guide

to Support Learning from Home

Grade 4

Your 4th grader is officially part of the ‘upper grades’! This means they are working to deepen and expand their skills across all subject areas. While you’re at home looking to engage your child, the following list of academic skills and educational activities can help support you! This list highlights those academic skills you can focus on at home with your 4th grader. We have also included a variety of ageappropriate activities that will entertain, educate, and engage your child! 


  • Use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solve word problems
  • Read and write whole numbers and understand place value into the millions
  • Multiply a number that has up to 4 digits by a 1-digit number (for example, 2,345 x 6) and multiply 2, 2-digit numbers by each other (for example, 13 x 16)
  • Add and subtract decimals and compare decimals and fractions
  • Add and subtract fractions with like denominators (the bottom number of the fraction), for example: 3/8 + 2/8 = 5/8
  • Explore algebra and learn about area by using the formula area = length x width (a = l x w)
  • Write and verbally explain their thinking behind solving math and word problems


  • Write a paragraph with structure: an introductory topic sentence, supporting details, and a closing sentence that sums up the main idea of the paragraph
  • Use books, websites, and other digital sources to do research projects and keep track of sources to create or source list
  • After multiple readings, read aloud smoothly and with expression
  • Compare and contrast different texts about the same issue, theme, or topic
  • Use specific examples to explain characters’ motivations, main events, themes, or ideas about a text
  • Put together compound words (ex. The light of the moon is moonlight)


  • Conduct experiments using the scientific method
  • Develop their science knowledge with an overview of earth, life, and physical sciences
  • Write about and present the conclusion of an experiment
  • Experiment with different materials and different matter such as solids, liquids, and gasses
  • Learn what real scientists do and practice their inquiry and/or investigation skills