Fourth Grade Curriculum

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Course Description

This course will guide you through typical curriculum expectations for the fourth grade level. This includes the recommended national standards for eight academic disciplines. National standards are voluntary only, and each teacher should check with state and local school districts for any mandatory curriculum requirements.


The first lesson provides an overview of the fourth grade year, including child development and learning needs, teaching tips and parent communication. The second lesson covers how to approach curriculum design, the role of the teacher, teaching to different learning styles, and how to make assessment part of the curriculum.


Lessons 3 – 10 address eight common academic subjects, each with sections on curriculum standards, suggested activities, and teaching tips:

Lesson 3: Reading and English Usage (Includes literature)

Lesson 4: Writing

Lesson 5: Mathematics

Lesson 6: Science

Lesson 7: Social Studies

Lesson 8: Art

Lesson 9: Music and Movement

Lesson 10: Creative Dramatics

We include tips on designing curriculum and lesson plans that move away from passive, lecture-and-textbook-centered teaching to more active style teaching. Studies show that interactive teaching models engage students' natural curiosity, build on what they already know, and help students find ways to apply new knowledge to the real world.


Fourth graders still like to play; teachers can capture that physical energy with active teaching lessons that help students learn with understanding. Teachers can also experiment with incorporating creative movement and artistic lessons with traditional academic subjects to create rich learning environments.

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.9 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
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Lesson 1 - 4th Grade Overview

Children entering fourth grade are usually about nine years old. Fourth grade moves at a more challenging pace than the early grades. 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: How the Fourth Grader Thinks
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Introduction Assignment

Lesson 2 - Creating Curriculum

In this lesson, we will address methods to plan lessons so that you cover required content, engage students at all levels, and assess what is learned. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Lesson Planning Ideas
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3 - Writing

In fourth grade, children begin to see clearly how paragraphs and stories are put together. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles:; Popular Fourth Grade Creative Writing Printables; Fourth Grade Writing Activities
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4 - Reading and English Usage

In order to both engage and strengthen readers, teachers are moving to a more balanced mix of real-world material in a variety of genres, coaching students with appropriate techniques, and providing social opportunities to talk about books. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Fourth Grade Reading Activities; Reading Comprehension Worksheets; At Home Reading Activities for the Fourth Grader; Favorite Books for Fourth Graders
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5 - Mathematics

Math teaching at this age must be active and challenging while helping students to understand math concepts. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Fourth Grade Math Activities; Fourth Grade Math Games; Fourth Grade Hands On Math Activities
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6 - Science

It may be some comfort to know that the focus has shifted from teaching students scientific facts to memorize to helping students learn to think scientifically. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Fourth Grade Science Activities; Introduction to 4th Grade Science Fair Projects
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7 - Social Studies

During this year, students will likely study their home state in depth. They may also look at geographic regions of the world. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Fourth Grade Social Studies Resources; Fourth Grade Social Studies Vocabulary; Fourth Grade Social Studies Worksheets
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8 - Art

Nearly every state has adopted a form of the national standards established for the visual arts. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Fourth Grade Arts and Crafts Activities; Ideas for Fourth Grade Crafts
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9 - Music and Movement

It is a relatively new development that learning the arts has been seen as an important academic discipline in its own right. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Neat Music Sites for 3rd and 4th Graders; Fourth Grade Free Stuff; Health and Fitness- Fourth Grade
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10 - Creative Dramatics

Drama ties in with the formal education goals of the curriculum by promoting language arts development, problem-solving skills, and role-playing topics learned in other disciplines. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Creative Drama Lesson Plans; Pro Teacher: Drama Lesson Plan Activities
  • Take Poll: What is your opinion of this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize 4th grade curriculum requirements.
  • Describe the processes and challenges of creating curriculum for the fourth grade
  • Identify and summarize the fourth grade curriculum requirements for writing, reading and English usage, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • Identify and summarize the fourth grade curriculum requirements for art, music, and creative dramatics, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Fourth Grade Curriculum
Course Number: 8900185
Course Requirements: View Course Requirements
Lessons Rating: 4.9 / 5 Stars (180 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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