compassion. curiousity integrity respect

Fourth Grade

A year of responsibility and resourcefulness, fourth grade students’ natural curiosity leads them to explore why and how things work in the world, the purpose and meaning of literature, and how to solve real-world math problems. With a growing sense of organization, time management, and independence, students are encouraged to think beyond the most evident solutions and work collaboratively to apply reading, writing, and problem-solving skills. Students begin to thrive when they combine their love of technology with other subjects to create multi-dimensional projects throughout the year. Rich field experiences, guest speakers, projects, and presentations add depth to the content-rich curriculum. The state project has become a well-known tradition in which students use the research process to learn and share information through an oral presentation and multi-component project. Fourth graders at Bright School begin to value their personal contributions to the whole group and recognize the need for others in working towards a common goal.


• Expands love of reading and identity as a reader
• Investigates a range of texts to explore complex themes
• Strengthens comprehension by applying appropriate reading strategies
• Reads beyond the literal meaning of texts to analyze and evaluate an author’s intent
• Uses a full range of word-solving strategies to increase fluency and build vocabulary
• Begins to appreciate the power of the written word and develop a deeper understanding of self, others, and the world


• Investigates and applies writing elements for narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive writing
• Understands and applies the writing process to develop, revise, and edit writing
• Develops writing ideas from personal experience, research, and literature
• Examines and applies spelling patterns and rules in daily writing
• Recognizes and applies writing mechanics and grammar usage to daily writing



• Uses math fact knowledge to solve multi-digit math problems with all operations
• Understands and executes the multi-step process of problem solving with bar models as representations
• Begins to understand the relationship between fractions and decimals; uses visual representations to illustrate and compute both
• Continues exploring algebraic concepts: number theory, functional relationships, equations, and equalities/inequalities
• Uses estimation and probability to determine reasonable outcomes
• Explores geometric concepts of lines and angles; applies measurement and formulas of two-dimensional shapes
• Represents data using a variety of tables, diagrams, and graphs; determines the mean, median, mode, and range in a data set

Social Studies

• Examines the past, present, and future of Tennessee
• Explores the United States by region through history, economy, culture, geography, agriculture, and natural resources
• Understands the roles of the three branches of government at the local, state, and federal levels
• Executes the research process to explore immigration and the Revolutionary War