• 4th Grade Curricular Outline (Website a Work in Progress)

    Literacy (English/Language Arts)

    The Kirkwood School District philosophy of Balanced Literacy is comprised of K-2 Phonics and Phonemic Awareness, K-2 Shared Reading, K-5 Language and Word Study, K-5 Reading Workshop, K-5 Writing Workshop and K-5 Read Aloud. We strongly believe in a workshop approach to support student learning. The primary K-5 resources used by teachers to support reading and writing instruction are the Units of Study, authored by Teachers College Reading & Writing Project at Columbia University.


    • Module 1: Interpreting Characters - The Heart of the Story
    • Module 2: Reading the Weather, Reading the World
    • Module 3: Little Things Are Big - Making Meaning from Poems & Poetic Craft in Literature
    • Module 4: Reading History - The American Revolution
    • Module 5: Social Issues Books Clubs
    • Module 6: Historical Fiction Book Clubs


    • Module 1: The Arc of Story - Writing Realistic Fiction
    • Module 2: Boxes & Bullets - Personal and Persuasive Essays
    • Module 3: Writing, Thinking, and Seeing More
    • Module 4: Bringing History to Life
    • Module 5: Journalism
    • Module 6: The Literary Essay - Writing About Fiction


    In Grade 4, instructional time should focus on three critical areas: (1) developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication and developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends; (2) developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition, and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers; (3) understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry. In addition, students work on fluently adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers, solving problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from larger units to smaller units, representing and interpreting data, and generating and analyzing patterns.

    • Module 1Place Value, Addition and Subtraction - Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers             
    • Module 2: Multiplication and Division - development of  fluency with multi-digit multiplication and development of division to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends
    • Module 3: Fractions and Decimals
    • Module 4: Geometry and Measurement
    • Module 5: Represent and Interpret Data   
    • Module 6: Operations and Algebraic Thinking - Generate and Analyze patterns