- Academics at Plano ISD
- Entering 4th Grade
4th Grade Resources for Parents and Families
- Read 20+ minutes a day.
- While reading or after reading, write/draw:
- an important part of the 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.
- 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.
- Building - Have your child build different two and three dimensional figures with Legos, blocks, cans, boxes, toothpicks, etc.
- Physical Activities - 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 them to 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:
- Does the color of a crayon affect its melting rate?
- Do oranges float or sink in 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.
- 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.
All Things Digital
- Access Seesaw Official via tile in Webdesk.
- An interactive learning platform across all content areas, including digital citizenship and computer science.
- Students create, reflect, share, and collaborate.
- The platform is also a communication tool between school and home, where connected families can view student work and send messages to the teacher.
- Any text written in Seesaw can easily be translated into 100+ languages by both teachers and families.
Keyboarding Without Tears
- Access via tile in Webdesk.
- Access PISD Savvas via tile in Webdesk.
- Access resource:
- Click link under Classes > Social Studies dropdown or
- Go to “Learning systems” and click on Pearson Realize. Select MyWorld Social Studies from options on the right under "My Programs".
- Students can access the eText and read, read along with audio, and watch videos.
- If students have assigned content, please work through those assignments first.
- Construct and interpret maps (using grid systems, legends, symbols, scales, and compass roses).
- Describe a variety of regions in Texas and the United States.
- Explain the meaning of various patriotic symbols and landmarks of Texas.
- Describe how Texas was founded as a republic and state.
- Identify leaders important to the founding of Texas as a republic and state.
- Access PISD Discover Education via tile in Webdesk.
- Students can listen to texts/read along with texts/watch videos in their Student Techbook.
- Design a descriptive investigation to explore the effect of force on an object such as a push or a pull, gravity, friction, or magnetism.
- Differentiate between conductors and insulators of thermal and electrical energy.
- Examine the properties of soils, including color and texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the growth of plants.
- Identify and classify Earth's renewable resources.
- Access Dreambox via tile in Webdesk.
- Suggestion: complete 5 lessons a week.
- Represent whole numbers through 1,000,000,000 and decimals to the hundredths using expanded notation and numerals.
- Compare fractions.
- Add and subtract fractions with common denominators.
- Add and subtract whole numbers and decimals to the hundredths place.
- Represent and solve one and two step multiplication and division problems, including interpreting the remainder.
HMH Ed Online
- Access PISD HMH ED via tile in Webdesk.
- Access text in:
- Student choice library
- Current events
- Listen to and/or read and understand texts in a variety of genres, including literary (fiction), informational (non-fiction), poetry, drama, and persuasive/argumentative texts.