4th Grade Family Activities
- Read 20 minutes a day.
- While reading or after reading, write/draw:
- an important part of text.
- a connection made to the text.
- a question about the text.
- the problem and resolution of the story (literary text only - fiction, poetry, drama).
- the central idea and details to support it (informational texts only - nonfiction, persuasive).
- a conclusion that can be drawn from the text.
- something that could be added to the text to extend its message.
- something learned from the text
Environmental Shape or Pattern Hunt
- Go on a scavenger hunt around the house (or even through different picture books) and find different objects/pictures to represent all the different two and three dimensional figures.
- Have your child build different two and three dimensional figures with Legos, blocks, cans, boxes, toothpicks, etc.
- While doing physical activities (e.g. walking from one end of a room to another, hopping, jumping jacks, going up and down stairs), keep track by skip counting by 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s,10s, 11s, and 12s. If you have access to an outdoor space, have your child create a hopscotch path. If you’re indoors, create a number path by writing on cardboard boxes or sheets of paper and have students skip count by different amounts.
Cooking and Food
- Have your child help out in the kitchen by measuring out ingredients and determining the amount of ingredients would be needed if you made two batches or three. Have your child identify information from the nutritional facts and solve problems such as if you had 3 servings of these cookies, how many calories would that be? How many milligrams of sodium are in the entire box of cereal? How do you know?
Shopping and Money
- Have your child look at the grocery ads or online and have them determine what they would purchase if given a specific amount of money. You can require they purchase a specific number of items. In addition, have students determine the change they should receive after purchasing their items. Give your child a recipe and have them look online or in a grocery ad to determine the cost of all the items and calculate the total cost to prepare the recipe.
- Create a question about an organism, object, or event that can be observed in the natural world. It may sound something like:
- What is the best way to keep an ice cube from melting?
- Does salt affect the freezing rate of water?
- Plan and conduct a simple investigation to answer your question.
- Be sure to make observations and collect data.
- Record and organize your data using pictures, numbers, and/or words.
- Write about what you learned and new questions that you have.
- Research or test your new questions.
- What traits can be inherited? Learn about Hereditary Traits then observe the people around you for some common inherited traits.
- Make daily calendars and timelines
- Create a map of your neighborhood or school
- Look through family albums, photos, and/or artifacts and discuss what students see and know
- Read about a historical figure and discuss or write about their contributions