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Essential Fourth Grade Standards

To view all standards, please visit the California Department of Education’s Content Standards and the Common Core State Standards Initiative. If you are looking for further information about the Common Core standards, please click here.

* Last Edit: August 2014

Trimester One
English Language Arts (CA)

  • I can show that I understand words that have several meanings.

  • I can tell the difference between cause and effect, and fact and opinion.

  • I can write in cursive forming the letters correctly and neatly so that anyone can read it.

  • I can find information in my texts using its index, table of contents, glossary, maps and charts, etc.

  • I can speak and write in simple and compound sentences.

  • I can speak and write using all kinds of verbs, adverbs, prepositions, and the correct connecting words in my sentences.

  • I can capitalize names of magazines, newspapers, works of art and music, organizations, and the first word inside a quotation.

Mathematics (CCSS)

    Unit 1: Place Value, Rounding, Fluency, with Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers.

  • I can explain the value of each digit in a multi-digit number as ten times the digit to the right.

  • I can read/write multi-digit whole numbers using numerals, number names, and expanded form. I can compare two multi-digit numbers using >,=,<.

  • I can round multi-digit whole numbers to any given place.

  • I can fluently add/subtract multi-digit numbers.


  • Unit 2: Factors and Multiples

  • I can find factor pairs for whole numbers 1-100. I can recognize a whole number as a multiple of each of its factors. I can decide whether a whole number (1-100) is a multiple of a given one-digit. I can determine if a whole number (1-100) is prime or composite.

Trimester Two
English Language Arts (CA)

  • I am able to figure out the meaning of words or phrases by using word origins, synonyms, and antonyms.

  • I am able to use root words to define unknown words in my reading.

  • I can compare and contrast information on a topic after I have read several articles on the topic.

  • I can identify the main events of a story and tell how each affected the future action in the story.

  • I can combine short sentences into more interesting sentences using adjectives, adverbs, and phrases to describe.

  • I can use commas, quotations marks, and parentheses correctly. I can use apostrophes in contractions and to show ownership.

  • I can correctly spell root words, with prefixes and suffixes, and use this skill to spell longer words.

Mathematics (CCSS)

    Unit 1: Multiplication and Division Using Place Value

  • I can multiply a four-digit whole number by a one-digit whole number using strategies and properties of operations. I can multiply two two-digit numbers using strategies and properties.


  • I can apply strategies to find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors. I can represent/explain the calculation using an equation, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.


  • Unit 2: Multiplication and Division Using Place Value

  • I can choose the correct operation to perform each step of a multi-step word problem. I can interpret the meaning of remainders. I can represent problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity (variable). I can decide if my answer makes sense using mental math, estimation, and rounding.

Trimester Three
English Language Arts (CA)

  • I can make predictions about ideas in articles or stories in my text by using my experiences, pictures, bold print, titles, and highlighted words.

  • I can take new information and ideas and compare them with what I already know.

  • I can follow multiple-step instructions in a basic technical manual (e.g., how to use computer commands or video games).

  • I can compare and contrast similar characters in similar tales from different cultures.

  • I can define figurative language (e.g., simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification) and identify its use in literary works.

  • I can write a composition of many paragraphs.

  • When I write I use an organized plan such as compare-contrast, chronological order, or asking and answering a question.

  • I can write using the help of several reference materials such as a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, and online.

  • I can find and use information in almanacs, newspapers, and periodicals.

  • I can edit, rearrange, and rewrite my drafts in improve my writing.

Mathematics (CCSS)

    Unit 1: Fractions

  • I can explain why fractions are equivalent using fraction models. I can recognize and create equivalent fractions.


  • I can compare two fractions with different numerators and denominators using <, >, and =. I can recognize that comparisons of two fractions are valid only when they refer to the same whole (congruent shape). I can show and prove my comparisons using a fraction model.


  • I can use visual models to add and subtract fractions within the same whole. I can use visual models to decompose a fraction in more than one way, including decomposing a fraction into a sum of its unit fractions. I can record each sum of fractions using an equation. I can prove my equation using a fraction model. I can add and subtract mixed numbers with denominators. I can solve word problems using addition and subtraction of fractions with the same denominator.


  • Unit 2: Fractions and Decimals

  • I can use a visual fraction model to show that fractions have multiples. I can use a fraction model to multiply a fraction by a whole number. I can use fraction models to solve word problems involving multiplication of a fraction by a whole number.


  • I can identify the tenths and hundredths place of a decimal. I can explain the relationship between a fraction and the decimal representation. I can represent fractions with denominators of 10 and 100 as a decimal. I can show the placement of a decimal on a number line.