Fourth Grade Curriculum Overview

Language Arts
York Suburban School District follows the Pennsylvania Core Standards of teaching children to read, write, speak and listen. PA Core standards in fluency, decoding, comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and responding to reading are addressed through shared reading, guided reading, self-selected reading, writing, and phonics instruction.
Throughout the year fourth grade students will:
  • learn to read independently by using before, during and after reading strategies during guided and shared reading experiences
  • increase ability to figure out new words through analysis of word parts and patterns
  • develop the ability to read text smoothly, accurately, and with an appropriate rate
  • read and apply new vocabulary
  • develop comprehension through the application of focus skills and strategies
  • read and understand content in all academic areas
  • read all types of literature and construct meaning through discussion and written responses
  •  actively participate in the writing process – prewriting, drafting, editing, conferencing, revising and publishing
  •  produce quality narrative, informational and persuasive writing
  • learn to listen and respond to others and to literature
  •  participate in sharing, discussions, directions, explanations, reports and oral readings
  •   be able to select a topic and gather information for a research presentation

York Suburban School District uses Everyday Mathematics as the core instructional program and follows the Pennsylvania Standards of teaching children to understand and apply mathematical concepts.
Throughout the year fourth grade students will:
Numbers and Operations - Base Ten
  • Apply place-value concepts to show an understadning of multi-digit whole numbers
  • Use place-value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic

Numbers and Operations - Fractions

  • Extend the understanding of fractions to show equivalence and ordering
  • Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers
  • Connect decimal notation of factions, and compare decimal fractions

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving the four operations
  • Develop and/or apply number theory concepts to find factors and multiples
  • Generate and analyze patterns using one fule


  • Draw lines and angles and identify these in two-dimensional figures
  • Classify two-dimensional figures y properties of their lines and angles
  • Recognize symmetric shapes and draw lines of symmetry

Measurement and Data

  • Solve problems involving measurement and conversions from a larger unit into a smaller unit
  • Translate information from one type of data display to another
  • Represent and interpret data involving fractions using information provided in a line plot
  • Measure angles and use properties of adjacent angles to solve problems.


York Suburban School District promotes the scientific process in the study and exploration of science units.

The fourth grade curriculum incorporates earth and space, physical and life science. Students will be introduced to units and be provided with opportunities for self-selected projects in the areas of:
  • The Solar System, including the Sun, Planets and Moon
  •  Electricity
  •   Magnets
  •  Sound
  •  Color and the Eye
  •  Light
  •  The Scientific Method

Social Studies
In the fourth grade social studies curriculum, York Suburban focuses on geography, history of the North American age of exploration, the culture of the Americas and ancient civilizations.
Throughout the school year, the students will learn information on the following topics:
World History
  •   Ancient Civilizations
  • The geography, culture, buildings, people, religions, social pyramids, customs and time periods of:
o   Ancient Greece
o   Ancient Rome
o   Ancient Egypt
o   Maya civilization
European Explorers
  •   Names
  •  Related countries
  • Goals of expeditions
  • Effects exploration had on our culture
  • Time periods


  •   Maps
  •  Landforms
  •  Ordinal directions
  •   Junior Achievement