4th Grade ELA
Parents’ Guide to Student Success in
English Language Arts
Why Are Academic Standards Important?
Academic standards are important because they help ensure that all students, no matter where they live, are prepared for success in college and the workforce. Standards provide an important first step — a clear roadmap for learning for teachers, parents, and students. Having clearly defined goals helps families and teachers work together to ensure that students succeed. They will also help your child develop critical thinking skills that will prepare him or her for college and career.
Here Are Some Things Your Child Will Be Working on in 4th Grade
· Describing the basic elements of stories — such as characters, events, and settings — by drawing
on specific details in the text
· Paying close attention to key features of informational books and articles: these include
understanding the main and supporting ideas; being able to compare and contrast information;
and explaining how the author uses facts, details, and evidence to support particular points
· Comparing ideas, characters, events, and settings in stories and myths from different cultures
· Independently conducting short research projects on different aspects of a topic using evidence
from books and the Internet
· Paraphrasing and responding to information presented in discussions, such as comparing and
contrasting ideas and analyzing evidence that speakers use to support particular points
· Reporting orally on a topic or telling a story with enough facts and details
· Relating words that are common in reading to words with similar meanings (synonyms) and to
their opposites (antonyms)
Keeping the Conversation Focused:
When you talk to the teacher, do not worry about covering everything. Instead, keep the conversation focused on the most important topics. In Grade 4, these include:
Help Your Child Learn at Home
Try to create a quiet place for your child to study, and carve out time every day when your child can concentrate. You should also try to sit down with your child at least once a week for 15 to 30 minutes while he or she works on homework. This will keep you informed about what your child is working on, and it will help you be the first to know if your child needs help with specific topics. Additionally, here are some activities you can do with your child to support learning at home:
- Read to and/or with your child daily.
- Have your child write about what they have read.
- Utilize a word of the week to enhance vocabulary.
- Practice adding prefixes and suffixes to words to change their meanings.
Nine Week Checkpoints for Parents and Students