4th Grade Benchmarks

Language Arts

Reading & Literature
Oral reading
Reading comprehension
Speed reading
Vocabulary building

Language (Writing Process)
Letters–Friendly, postcards, thank you notes
Gathering information
Writing with details
Writing an encyclopedia report
Writing book reports
Creative writing
Dictionary skills

Language (Grammar)
Sentence structure, Kinds of sentences, Puctuation
Capitalization facts
Abbreviations, Possessive words
Recognizing and using all eight parts of speech
Diagraming verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs
Correctly using troublesome words

Penmanship
Review of cursive writing formation through skill practice, word games, original composition & dictation

Spelling, Vocabulary & Poetry
Weekly word lists with challenging words and vocabulary
Reinforcement activities
Six poems committed to memory

History & Geography

Map study
State history
Eight documents memorized
The Years of Discovery
The Years of Exploration
The First Americans
The English Come to America
The New England Colonies
The Middle & Southern Colonies
A Picture of Colonial Life
The Great Awakening
The French & Indian War
The American War for Independence
Building a New Nation
Our Nation Grows
The Civil War
New Frontiers
An Age of Progress
Beyond Our Boundaries
The World Wars
Time for Freedom & Responsibility

Science

Plants: Provision for Man & Beast
Animals: Insects/Miniature Marvels of Creation & Birds/Winged Wonders
Matter: Water, Air and Weather
Energy: Sound & Hearing
Earth & Space
Geology: Planet Earth
Oceanography: Wonders of the Sea
Astronomy: Consider the Heavens

Health

Physical Fitness
Your Body Framework
The Muscle Builder
Your Breathing Machine

Person Hygiene
A Winning Smile
Your Body’s Cover
Keys to Good Grooming

Interpersonal Relationships
A Healthier You

Arithmetic
Place value of whole numbers and decimals
Mastery of fundamental operations
Story problems
Estimating answers
English & metric measures
Converting measures within the same system and solving measurement equations
Roman numerals
Addition, subtraction & multiplication involving fractions
Estimation
Averaging
Factoring
Divisibility rules
Introduction to decimals
Making change
Reading a thermometer
Solving equations using addition & subtraction axioms
Graphs and scale drawing
Basic geometric shapes
Perimeter and area
Using an English and metric ruler
Time lapse

Bible
Lessons such as Salvation Series, Genesis, Life of Christ, Paul
(includes memory verses, hymns/choruses, and Bible doctrine)

Fine Arts
Music Theory
Traditional, patriotic, fun songs
Basic drawing and painting techniques, color concepts and perspective.