Fourth Grade

Year at a Glance

Portrait of a Graduate

Collaborator Communicator Creative Critical Thinker Global Citizen Goal Directed Resilient Thinker

A goal of FCPS is to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate learning in authentic ways and support students in the development of skills that employers are seeking for the workforce. Teachers in FCPS are enhancing learning opportunities to include the Portrait of a Graduate attributes:

  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Ethical and Global Citizen
  • Creative and Critical Thinker
  • Goal-Directed and Resilient Individual

To develop these skills, FCPS strives for all students to:

  • Develop knowledge and skills that can be applied across subject areas and in real life settings.
  • Utilize and grow critical thinking skills that require them to go beyond the facts.
  • Engage in learning that fosters curiosity.
  • Confront and make contributions to solving real-world problems.
  • Demonstrate learning and skills in a variety of ways, such as projects and portfolios.
  • Set goals and reflect on their progress.

Topics listed here reflect the essential standards identified for the 2020-21 school year for both face-to-face (synchronous) and virtual (asynchronous) instruction. Review of foundational skills from spring 2020 is incorporated whenever necessary.


  • Developing a Writing Process
  • Personal Essay
  • Information Writing: Feature Articles
  • Effectively Using Writer’s Literary Tools
  • Narrative Writing
  • Research-Writing Cycle

Oral Communication

  • Active Listening
  • Collaborative Discussions
  • Conversation Skills
  • Presentations Using a Variety of Media Forms


  • Character Development
  • Developing and Refining Theories about Text
  • Exploring Author’s Literary Tools
  • Multiple Points of View
  • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Nonfiction Text Features and Organizational Patterns
  • Everyday Texts: From Advertisements to Webpages
  • Reading and Writing Poetry
  • Research Skills within Science and Social Studies Content
  • Word Study and Vocabulary Development



  • Place Value through Millions
  • Estimation
  • Operations with Whole Numbers
  • Factors and Multiples
  • Fraction and Decimal Number Sense
  • Patterns
  • Equality
  • Operations with Decimals and Fractions
  • Lines, Rays, and Angles*
  • Area and Perimeter*
  • 2- and 3-Dimensional Figures*
  • Quadrilaterals*
  • Elapsed Time*
  • U.S. Customary and Metric Systems*
  • Bar and Line Graphs*
  • Probability*


  • Scientific Investigation
  • Virginia Ecosystems
  • Watersheds
  • Plant and Animal Adaptations
  • Habitats
  • Food Webs
  • Mineral Resources
  • Weather and Storms
  • Solar System
  • Earth-Moon-Sun System
  • Magnetism
  • Electricity and Circuits
  • Force and Motion
  • Photosynthesis and Plant Reproduction

Social Studies

  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Analyzing and Using Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Geography
  • Virginia’s Native Peoples
  • Jamestown 
  • Colonial Virginia
  • Revolutionary War
  • New Nation
  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction and Segregation
  • Civil Rights
  • 20th Century Virginia
  • Fairfax County

* Students will engage with these Math topics through various asynchronous activities but will not be assessed during the 2020-21 school year.