Grade 4



Our fourth graders busy growing their abilities as readers and writers. In our literary studies, students are exploring the structural elements of poems and dramas, comparing and contrasting point-of-view, and making connections in regards to themes and patterns of events. Fourth grade students also work hard to make inferences, utilize academic language, and pull evidence from informational text. In the area of writing, fourth graders continue their practice with opinion, explanatory, and narrative writing, while also working toward writing five-paragraph essays.


MUSE fourth graders are passionate about our math explorations! Through engaging, hands-on activities, students continue to solidify their understanding and fluency with multiplication and division, along with geometric measurement. They also work hard to develop a strong grasp of fractions, including comparing factions, generating equivalent fractions, and adding and subtracting fractions.


Our fourth grade students are natural scientists! Throughout the year they delve into the world of physical science as they explore energy and light reflection. In earth science, we investigate rock formations, fossils, and weathering through observation and measurement. Lastly, from the structure of plants to the classification of mammals, our life science studies keep MUSE students engaged and passionate about the world around them.

Social Studies

Fourth grade students at MUSE learn the story of their home state, unique in American history in terms of its vast and varied geography, its waves of immigration, its continuous diversity, economic energy, and rapid growth. Students will expand their map skills as they plot and identify locations and characteristics throughout California. They will also examine the effects of the Gold Rush on settlements, daily life, politics, and the economy.


Teachers and students come together as a class to build community and focus on self-efficacy, self-reflection and communication. This daily practice allows time for students to set and reflect on personal goals. Topics such as community issues and social justice are explored. MUSORY topics are guided by the self-efficacy and communication standards in the grade 4 curriculum guide and are developmentally and age appropriate.

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