Grade 4

Grade 4 Curriculum Scope and Sequence

Implementation of the CREC curriculum units outlined below may vary between schools.  Please contact your child’s teacher for specific implementation information. 





Social Studies


Unit 1: Following Characters into Meaning

This unit launches the Reading Workshop for the year through a close study of characters. Readers focus on reading with inference and interpretation skills, developing theories about characters and supporting those theories with evidence from the text.

Unit 1: Writing Realistic Fiction

After years of writing personal narrative first, this unit focuses on writing fiction. It is also a unit on rehearsal and revision of writing.

Unit 1: Place Value and Multidigit Addition and Subtraction*

Students use place value to compare and round multi-digit numbers. They use place value concepts and grouping and ungrouping methods to add and subtract multi-digit numbers.

Unit 1: U.S. National Parks and Their Changing Landforms

Students will be investigating various national parks and monuments in order to build their conceptual understanding of energy, collisions, weathering and erosion.

Unit 1: The Northeast - Viewing My World through a Geographic Lens

During this unit, students will be introduced to the study of Geography. To begin, students will learn about and connect their lives to the Five Themes of Geography. This first unit will have a focus on the Northeast Region where students will learn about the Human and Physical Geography of the region in which they live.


Unit 2: Reading Informational and Literary Nonfiction

Readers read a variety of nonfiction, paying attention to the structure of each text and the way the text is written in order to organize their understanding of the topic. Continuing on their learning about building theories from Unit 1, students reread to find important ideas and questions in their notes to build theories about what is said and what is suggested.

Unit 2: Boxes and Bullets, Personal Persuasive Essay

In this unit, students will learn a variety of more sophisticated strategies for introducing their topics, to provide reasons to support their opinions, as well as facts and details to elaborate on these reasons.

Unit 2: Multiplication with Whole Numbers*

Students use place value, area models, and numerical methods to multiply one-digit numbers by two-, three-, and four-digit number. They also solve two-digit by two-digit multiplication problems.


Unit 2: The South - People on the Move in the Past

During this unit, students will explore the South region with a look at the past in an effort to better understand the present. Specifically students will learn how the geography of the region has played a significant role in the history of the region through study of the food and culture of the South as well as the movement of people from the time of slavery to the Great Migration of the 20th century.

Unit 3: Historical Fiction Book Clubs and Related Informational Text

Readers tackle complex texts through close reading in the company of friends. Historical fiction is inherently complicated - it happens in a time and place that the reader is not familiar with, the characters are entangled in historical and social issues of great significance, and the events of the story are intimately related to real historical events. They support each other to trace themes that relate across time, place, and texts.

Unit 3: The Literary Essay

This unit relies upon students’ prior experience writing personal and persuasive essays. While students have learned to write with evidence, they will now learn about citing texts.


Unit 3: Division with Whole Numbers*

Students adapt methods they learned for multiplying to divide with whole numbers. They interpret their answers and remainders in the context of real world problems.

Unit 2: Biomimicry: Humans Mimic Nature

Students will explore biomimicry, how humans mimic the natural world in their innovations and designs. This unit will compare and contrast energy transfer in the natural and design worlds focusing on how electric currents, light and sound are received and perceived by both.


Unit 4: Learning through Reading

Readers build on and extend their prior learning about reading informational texts as they read nonfiction about a particular topic. Readers will research several aspects of their topic in order to build background knowledge, organize information, and teach others what they are learning.

Unit 4: Bringing History to Life

Students will dive deep into the project of writing research reports. As part of their research, they work with citations, primary documents, conflicting views on a subject, and with the challenge of incorporating and synthesizing information.

Unit 4: Equations and Word Problems*

Students write and solve equations to solve real world problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They also find factors and multiples of whole numbers and identify and extend numerical and geometric patterns.


Unit 3: The Midwest - People and the Land

This unit focuses on the movement of people and how transportation made this region more accessible. National landmarks/parks are highlighted as students consider who/what is memorialized nationally and why. Students will explore how transportation in the region has changed over time and how geographical features and innovation influenced urban development by looking closely at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.

Unit 6: Fraction Concepts and Operations*

Students are introduced to basic fraction concepts and building fractions from unit fractions. Students apply fraction concepts to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with like denominators and multiply whole numbers by fractions.


Unit 5: Interpretation Book Clubs

Readers have the opportunity to do close reading across texts in the company of others in order to investigate themes and issues. They compare and contrast the way a theme is handled similarly and differently across texts and how different authors approach the same theme.

Unit 5: The Craft of Fiction

In this second fiction unit of the year, students will have the chance to tackle fiction learning to play with word choice, symbolism, metaphor, and perspective.


Unit 7: Fractions and Decimals*

Students compare fractions with like and unlike denominators. They model related fractions, mixed fractions, and decimals.

Unit 3: Water Erosion along CT Rivers and Coasts

Students will investigate why the Earth’s surface is constantly changing and how those changes impact people.

Unit 4: The West - People on the Move

This unit finishes a yearlong study of United States Geography through the lens of the western United States. Students will look closely at the people that make up this region; their culture and movement patterns over time. They will also explore concepts of westward expansion and immigration. Topics of physical geography will be investigated including natural disasters and preparedness, allowing students to access technology and take civic action by exploring what is needed to be safe.

Unit 6: Raising the Level of Interpretation and Analysis through Mystery Book Clubs

Readers will participate in book clubs to study and talk about shared mysteries. They will build on their previous experience to collect and interpret clues so that they can solve the mystery before the crime-solver does.

Unit 6: Journalism

This unit teaches students to write news reports—with an emphasis on writing concise, focused reports that tell the who, what, where, and when, with a sense of drama.


Unit 7:Poetry (optional)

Readers will read a variety of poetry and prose with a focus on the topics and themes that permeate through the text. Students will study the craft from both the reader’s and the writer’s perspective.

Unit 7: Poetry (optional)

In this unit, students will write poems in response to the topics and themes that surround them. Students will study the craft from both the reader’s and the writer’s perspective.

Consolidation of Concepts

Students work to connect their learning through the year with a focus on complex problem solving.


*Geometry and Measurement are infused throughout all units

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