Grade 4

Key Learnings


Following in His Way: God the Creator, Sustainer, Friend

  • Understand that the Bible contains a message for humanity
  • Know the structure and divisions of the Bible
  • Understand that the "Fruit of the Spirit" are an expression of God's character
  • Understand and accept the free gift of salvation
  • Know importance of developing, exercising faith in Jesus
  • Realize the importance of preparing for a mission and service for God
  • Identify specific spiritual gifts given to N T characters
  • Understand that God has a plan for everyone's life
  • Understand that expressions of adoration are an important part of worship
  • Understand the importance of examining and accepting God's unconditional love and forgiveness
  • Know that worship and obedience are a natural response to God's gift of salvation



  • Use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories
  • Know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas
  • Select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning
  • Know that the visual arts have both history and specific relationships to various cultures
  • Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times and places
  • Describe how people's experiences influence the development of specific artworks
  • Identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum
  • Read meter signatures (2/4, 3/4, 4/4)
  • Identify staff, treble clef and measure
  • Know names of lines and spaces of treble clef
  • Distinguish between secular and sacred music
  • Recognize rondo form (ABACA pattern)
  • Recognize terms: ritardando, accelerando, allegro, andante
  • Recognize how legato/staccato affect music performance
  • Experience nationalistic and patriotic music
  • Recognize an overture
  • Identify parts of the hymnal page



  • View visual media for a specific learning purpose
  • Ask questions for clarification of visual media
  • Recognize how impressions of visual media can influence understanding
  • Listen to and show respect for ideas of others
  • Identify false or misleading information
  • Connect learning to all subjects from what is heard
  • Identify persuasive messages
  • Decode unfamiliar words
  • Use punctuation clues to help read aloud
  • Understand author's purpose
  • Read aloud, adjust speed of reading
  • Identify figurative language
  • Use word origins, derivations to understand word meanings
  • Use the thesaurus to learn word meanings
  • Use notes, memory aids to assist in speaking effectively
  • Convey clearly focused main idea and details, making connection and transition among ideas and elements
Visually Representing
  • Generate visual media to communicate topic, context, and purpose
  • Construct visual media to demonstrate specific information
  • Write legibly in cursive with proper size and form
  • Practice the writing process
  • Use characteristics of good writing
  • Select an organizational structure to fit purpose
  • Identify and use declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences
  • Write business letters, invitations, and thank-you notes



Numbers and Operations
  • Understand place value through millions
  • Understand concept and representation of numbers between zero - one, i.e. fractions - decimals
  • Recognize representations for equivalent numbers
  • Read, write and compare decimals to the hundredths
  • Know equivalents in counting money
  • Know how to count up to make change
  • Understand how x and ÷ relate to solve problems
  • Interpret the meaning of a remainder in a division problem
  • Memorize multiplication and division facts through 12
  • Multiply a 3- and 4-digit number by a 1-digit number
  • Divide using 1-digit divisor and 1- 2- or 3-digit dividend
  • Multiply two 2-digit numbers
  • Understand simple equivalent fractions
  • Convert improper fractions to mixed numbers
  • + and - fractions and mixed numbers with CD
  • Estimate solutions
  • Understand basic concepts of LCM and GCF
  • Reduce simple fractions to lowest terms
  • Explore numbers less than zero by extending the number line and through familiar applications
  • Construct a table of values to solve problems in a mathematical relationship
  • Understand how a change in one variable affects the value of another variable
  • Use distributive properties
  • Make and justify predictions
  • Describe points, lines and planes
  • Use columns and rows to determine position on a grid
  • Use coordinate systems to specify locations
  • Identify line symmetry in 3-dimensional shapes
  • Create models of 3-dimensional objects
  • Multiply to find area of rectangles
  • Make and test conjectures about geometric properties and relationships, develop arguments to justify conclusions
  • Compare similarities and differences of quadrilaterals
  • Measure length to the nearest ¼ inch
  • Use measures less than one unit
  • Solve multi-step problems involving measurement
  • Estimate and measure the perimeter of irregular shapes
  • Compare the number of units to the size of units
  • Draw a simple time line
  • Determine elapsed time by the hour and half-hour
  • Understand time zones and read timetables
  • Read Celsius and Fahrenheit thermometers
  • Know equivalent measures for simple metric and customary units of length, capacity, weight/mass and time
  • Convert simple metric and customary units of length, capacity, weight/mass, and time 
Data Analysis/ Probability
  • Collect, organize data to tables/graphs with different scales
  • Read and interpret data presented in circle graphs
  • Conduct simple probability experiments
  • Interpret and construct Venn diagrams
  • Evaluate the process of data collection



Spiritual Emphasis
  • Recognize that God's ideal for quality living includes a healthy lifestyle
  • Incorporate into one's lifestyle the principles that promote health: nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest, trust in God
  • Avoid at-risk behaviors
  • Apply Christian principles in recreation and sports
  • Achieve a balance in work and leisure; balancing physical, mental, social and spiritual activities
  • Recognize the interaction of physical, mental and spiritual health with emotional and social well-being
Movement and Motor Skills
  • Demonstrate mature form in all locomotor patterns and selected manipulative and non-locomotor skills
  • Adapt a skill to the demands of a dynamic, environment
  • Acquire beginning skills of specialized movement forms
  • Combine movement skills in applied settings
  • Apply critical elements to improve personal performance
  • Use critical elements to provide feedback to others
  • Recognize and apply concepts that impact the quality of increasingly complex movement performance
Lifestyle and Fitness
  • Identify several activities related physical fitness
  • Associate results of fitness testing to personal health status and ability to perform various activities
  • Meet the health-related fitness standards as defined by a fitness testing program
  • Experience enjoyment participating in physical activity
  • Enjoy practicing activities to increase skill competence
  • Interact with friends while participating in group activities
  • Use physical activity as a means of self-expression
Sportsmanship and Appropriate Behaviors
  • Follow activity-specific rules, procedures and etiquette
  • Utilize safety principles in activity situations
  • Work cooperatively/productively with a partner, small group
  • Work independently/on-task for a specified period of time
  • Explore cultural/ethnic self-awareness through participation
  • Recognize the attributes that individuals with difference can bring to group activities
  • Experience differences and similarities among people by participating in activities of national, cultural, ethnic origins



Physical: Atomic Structure/Matter

  • Explain the structure of atoms as building blocks
  • Identify substances as they exist in different states of matter and how they may be changed
  • Distinguish between chemical/physical changes in matter

Life: Plants: Classification, Growth, Photosynthesis, Reproduction, Structure/Function

  • Group, classify plants based on a variety of characteristics
  • Identify conditions necessary for plant survival and growth
  • Describe the steps of photosynthesis and sequence them
  • Describe life cycle of a plant including pollination process
  • Describe basic plant structures, systems, identify functions
  • Understand ecosystems and communities and how plants adapt to survive

Earth: Environmental Use: Conservation/Ecology, Pollution

  • Identify properties, uses and misuses of Earth materials
  • Identify renewable and nonrenewable resources
  • Explain how human activity affects the balance of nature
  • Recognize that Earth materials are limited and explore strategies for addressing this problem

Health: Disease Prevention, First Aid, Community Health

  • Identify sources of diseases and prevention
  • Identify appropriate emergency first aid procedures
  • Identify important community health care resources 
Scientific Inquiry
  • Make observations
  • Ask questions, form hypotheses based on observations
  • Plan a simple investigation
  • Collect data from the investigation
  • Use data collected to explain the results
  • Safely use and store tools and equipment
Service/Career Options
  • Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Science to serve the community
  • Identify careers in areas of Science



History: Earth's Regions and Its People (Time, Technology, Native People, Early Settlers, National Leaders,
Transportation, Holidays)

  • Recognize the importance of God's global mission and the work of the Adventist church
  • Understand time measurements
  • Understand current events and the history, traditions and holidays of one's state, provinces and other world regions
  • Know the influence of early settlers and native people in one's region and state
  • Recognize cultural influences in different world regions

Civics: Ideas about Civic Life, Politics and Government

  • Know the difference between power and authority
  • Know the characteristics of an effective law, understand the consequences of the absence of government and laws
  • Understand the role of diversity and the importance of shared values in the United States
  • Understand components of state government, constitution
  • Know the importance of Christian citizenship
  • Develop responsibility through good decision making
  • Understand the roles of volunteerism and organized groups in American social and political life

Geography: Geographic Features and Patterns of the Environment

  • Know the basic elements of maps and globes
  • Use a globe to clarify knowledge of the earth
  • Use charts and maps to show the physical and human characteristics of one's state
  • Know characteristics of other regions of the United States
  • Know how the characteristics of places are shaped by physical and human processes
  • Understand how climate, weather effects earth's surface
  • Understand responsibilities of Christian stewardship in a global economy
  • Know which goods/services are produced, delivered and shared in various regions; know why people produce them
  • Know how the production of goods and services affects the environment
  • Understand that limited resources make economic choices necessary
  • Learn how technology impacts the world through inventors/inventions



  • Demonstrate proper use and care of computers and other audio-visual equipment
  • Practice using the keyboard
  • Become familiar with proper computer terms
  • Use computers to express ideas with drawing, multi-media and word processing software
  • Learn file management
  • Learn about technology related occupations
  • Use appropriate input/output devices
  • Begin troubleshooting for basic malfunctions
  • Become aware of copyright issues
  • Practice courtesy and respecting of computer time

Our key learnings are aligned with the North American Division curriculum guides, national standards, McRel Database (Mid-Continental Regional Educational Laboratory) and Ten Sigma (a compilation of standards for 38 states).