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Course Description

This course will guide the reader 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.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Overview 
§ 4th Grade curriculum standards
§ child developmental and learning needs
§ teaching tips
§ parent communication
Lesson 2: Creating Curriculum
§ Approaching curriculum design
§ Role of the Teacher
§ Teaching to different learning Styles 
§ Assessment as part of curriculum
Lesson 3: Reading and English Usage (Includes literature)
§  Objectives, Activities and Tips
Lesson 4: Writing 
§  Objectives, Activities and Tips
Lesson 5: Math 
§ Objectives, Activities and Tips
Lesson 6: Science
§ Objectives, Activities and Tips
Lesson 7: Social Studies 
§ Objectives, Activities and Tips 
Lesson 8: Art 
§ Objectives, Activities and Tips
Lesson 9: Music and Movement 

§ Objectives, Activities and Tips


Lesson 10: Creative Dramatics

§ Objectives, Activities and Tips

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz. An assignment will be included in several of the lessons. Students will successfully complete this course with an overall average of 70% or higher

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know 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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Introduction Assignment1
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Exam10
The Final Exam35
Total Points:126

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