Fourth Grade

Year at a Glance

Portrait of a Graduate

Collaborator Communicator Creative and Critical Thinker Ethical and Global Citizen Goal Directed and 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.


  • Developing a Writing Process
  • Personal Essay
  • Information Writing: Feature Articles
  • Writing Historical Fiction
  • Persuasive Reviews
  • 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
  • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Nonfiction Text Features and Organizational Patterns
  • Everyday Texts: From Advertisements to Webpages
  • Historical Fiction
  • Examining Bias and Persuasion in Media Messages
  • Reading Poetry
  • Understanding How “Test Reading” Works
  • 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
  • Life Processes
  • Photosynthesis and Plant Reproduction
  • Habitats
  • Food Webs
  • Virginia Natural Resources
  • Weather Data Analysis
  • Extreme Weather Events
  • Climate
  • Geology of Ocean Floor
  • Physical Properties of Ocean Water
  • Interactions of Ocean Organisms
  • Solar System
  • Earth-Moon-Sun System

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