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Last updated 10/19/07
Elementary (K-5) -> Grade 4
Grade Level Expectations

These are the core grade level expectations based on the McRel standards and benchmarks that should be taught during fourth grade and represent what a student will learn. They are written from the student point of view. Local sites may add additional grade level expectations to correspond with their curriculum. These grade level expectations are aligned with McRel standards and the standards-based progress report. The number listed is in reference to McRel 3rd edition; the number listed for Religion standard is in reference to By Their Fruits You Shall Know Them, Lorraine Ozar. The grade level expectations that are aligned with and developed by ITBS/ITED are noted in italics. Not all standards are addressed at every grade level which is appropriate considering a student’s development.

* = referenced in Progress Report


1. Reads, interprets, and applies Scripture to life.

(1.1) Participates in discussion*
(1.2) Knowledge of content*
(1.3) Continues to explore how the Ten Commandments, Beatitudes, Works of Mercy and theological virtues are lived out in one’s life
(1.4) Recognizes that God made a covenant of love with Noah, Abraham, Moses, and to all people.
(1.5) Continues to deepen one’s understanding of scripture and its relationship to daily life
(1.6) Recognizes that God’s everlasting love is revealed in the Old and New Testaments
(1.7) Recognizes that the Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus to be a helper, guide and inspiration.
    2. Presents a reasoned rationale, based on faith and knowledge, for being a Catholic.

    3. Illustrates basic understanding of Catholic dogma and doctrine in light of the “Catechism for the Catholic Church.”

    (3.1) Continues to develop a deeper realization of the role of Mary’s Motherhood of Jesus, of the Church, our mother, and the greatest model of holiness
    (3.2) Recognizes the Church as the people of God on the journey to heaven
    (3.3) Continues to articulate more about the doctrine of the Catholic faith
      4. Demonstrates the importance of sacraments, with an emphasis on the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of Catholics.

      (4.1) Recognizes that the sacraments give grace to help us grow spiritually
      (4.2) Understands that the Church has been given the power to forgive sin through the priest in the sacrament of Reconciliation
      (4.3) Knows the Seven Sacraments

      5. Makes moral decisions consistent with Church teachings.

      (5.1) Realizes that God’s plan is that people be good in order to live with God forever in heaven
      (5.2) Realizes that God gave humans the special gift of free will
      (5.3) Recognizes that God gives us rules for living a life of love

      6. Illustrates a basic understanding of the history of the Church.

      7. Acknowledges and affirms the diverse cultural expressions of Catholicism.

      (7.1) Recognizes the many gifts, talents and abilities that God has provided each of us
      8. Applies Catholic principles to interpersonal relations (e.g., family, peers, work, society, Church, etc.)

      (8.1) Practices Christian action toward others*
      (8.2) Understands that the spiritual and corporal works of mercy are ways to show love for others
      (8.3) Continues to study the meaning of stewardship i.e., stewards of creation; stewards of the Church

      9. Demonstrates an appreciation for faith community as the way we come to know God.

      (9.1) Continues an awareness of various roles and ministries in the Church
      (9.2) Recognizes that the Church is a visible sign of the kingdom of God
      10. Uses effective community building skills in relating with others.

      (10.1) Applies skills to concrete life situations - is considerate of others and their feelings*
      (10.2) Understands that God’s gift of life needs to be protected and nurtured from conception to death
      (10.3) Understands that respect and care must be shown for the biological processes/changes of one’s own body and that of others
      (10.4) Recognizes the importance of reflecting on what it means to live in relationship with God and to live a moral life

      11. Critiques societal structures in light of Catholic social justice principles and apply to social and personal situations.

      (11.1) Practices Christian action toward others*

      12. Engages in service to the community (e.g., family, parish, local, national and global) in response to the Gospel call.

      (12.1) Participates in parish and community service projects
      (12.2) Is made aware of various roles and ministries in the Church
      (12.3) Recognizes that the Work of the Church is to show love, peace, and justice in the world

      13. Exercises responsible stewardship for the gift of creation.

      (13.1) Practices Christian action toward others*
      (13.2) Responds joyfully to God’s call to give of one’s self in love to God and others (stewardship)
      (13.3) Understands that being a good steward is to respect all forms of life particularly human life from birth to death

      14. Examines the variety of Christian life styles as ways to respond to the baptismal call to a life of service.

      (14.1) Participates in parish and community service projects

      15. Demonstrates the relationship between faith and culture through arts, social sciences, sciences, technology.

      16. Uses appropriate resources to plan and participate in liturgy and other prayer experiences.

      (16.1) Participates in planning liturgies and para-liturgies on student level of growth and awareness

      17. Uses a variety of prayer forms (e.g., traditional, spontaneous, devotional, multicultural) to enrich and express personal and communal spirituality.

      (17.1) Develops a personal relationship with Jesus that evokes a response of generous love
      (17.2) Can recite and use the designated prayers and gestures; Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary,  Grace before/after meals, Morning Prayer, Doxology (Glory Be), Act of Contrition, Rosary, Apostles’ Creed, and the Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love, Stations of the Cross and other prayers of cultural/liturgical significance as designated by the local site*

      18. Celebrates the presence of the Sacred in experiences of sacramentals, symbols, and rituals.

      19. Demonstrates an understanding of liturgical seasons and feasts.

      (19.1) Increases knowledge of Church’s liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter
      (19.2) Participates at their own level of growth and awareness in liturgical celebrations and other forms of prayer
      (19.3) Recognizes that the Church year celebrates Jesus as Savior of the world and gives honor to Mary and all the saints, living and dead



      1. Uses general skills and strategies in the writing process

      (1.1) Applies the writing process*
      (1.2) Prewriting, drafting and revising, editing and publishing, evaluating peers’ and own writing
      (1.3) Identifies strengths and weaknesses in own writing
      (1.4) Writes effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes*
      (1.5) Writes a variety of stories, letters, or essays for an intended purpose
      (1.6) Handwriting - writes legibly using proper size and spacing*

      2. Uses stylistic and rhetorical techniques in written composition

      (2.1) Demonstrates an understanding of the English language, i.e., usage, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling*
      (2.2) Spells high frequency words correctly
      Identifies figurative language such as similes, alliteration and idioms
      (2.3) Uses a variety of sentence structure in writing - identifies and writes the four kinds of sentences

      3. Writes with a command of the grammatical and mechanical conventions of composition

      (3.1) Applies rules of grammar usage, punctuation, and capitalization in writing
      (3.2) Identifies and uses nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and prepositions

      4. Gathers and uses information for research purposes

      (4.1) Effectively uses media resources to gather information*
      (4.1.1) Uses the library/media center on a regular basis and properly uses a variety of resources for research topics; dictionary, glossary, encyclopedia, atlas, and internet
      (4.2) Distinguishes between fact and opinion
      (4.3) Listens, views, and asks questions to collect information


      5. Reading Process - Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process*

      (5.1) Uses a variety of decoding skills
      (5.2) Monitors own reading strategies and makes modifications
      (5.3) Adjusts speed of reading to suit purpose and difficulty of material
      (5.4) Makes appropriate book selections to gain knowledge and for personal enjoyment
      (5.5) Makes, confirms, and revises simple predictions
      (5.6) Continues to develop a desire to read; engages in daily silent reading
      6/7. Reading Comprehension - Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of literary works and informational texts*

      (6/7.1) Responds to literary and informational texts (oral, written, artistic)*
      (6/7.2) Understands and comprehends stated information
      (6/7.3) Determines the meaning of new words from their context
      (6/7.4) Draws conclusions, makes inferences, and deduces meaning
      (6/7.5) Interprets information in new contexts
      (6/7.6) Interprets non literal language
      (6/7.7) Determines the main idea of a text
      (6/7.8) Develops and uses a variety of comprehension strategies, cause/effect; compare/contrast; classify/categorize, drawing conclusion, predicting outcomes, and giving details of main idea
      (6/7.9) Identifies the author’s views or purposes
      (6/7.10) Analyzes the style or structure of a text
      (6/7.11) Literary Texts
      (6/7.11.1) Identifies theme, characters, setting, plot, sequence of events, conflicts and  resolutions
      (6/7.11.2) Connects literary characters/events with people or events in own life
      (6/7.11.3) Infers traits, feelings, and motives of characters
      (6/7.11.4) Makes and confirms inferences and predictions about events in a story
      (6/7.11.5) Reads and identifies various genre of literature
      (6/7.12) Informational Texts
      (6/7.12.1) Identifies and uses the parts of a book to locate information, i.e., index, table of contents, glossary, appendix
      (6/7.12.2) Identifies structures in information texts; uses text organizers to determine the main ideas or locate information
      (6/7.12.3) Summarizes and paraphrases information in texts

      Listening and Speaking

      8. Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes; listens actively*
      (8.1) Expresses ideas clearly*
      (8.2) Participates effectively in group discussion*
      (8.3) Participates in presentational activities


      9. Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media

      (9.1) Understands different messages conveyed through visual media
      (9.2) Responds orally and in writing to higher order thinking questions in all content areas


      10. Understands the characteristics and components of the media

      (10.1) Knows the main formats and characteristics of familiar media, e.g., quiz shows, documentaries
      (10.2) Understands similarities and differences among a variety of media, e.g., how documentaries, internet, television, and radio present a story in a different way.


          1. Problem solving - Uses a variety of strategies in the problem-solving process*

          (1.1) Solves single-step and multiple-step math problems
          (1.1.1) Brainstorms possible approaches before starting a problem
          (1.2) Identifies extraneous or insufficient information in problems
          (1.3) Chooses a method for solving a problem - some methods more helpful than others
          (1.4) Checks reasonableness of results through estimation
          (1.5) Constructs physical representations for complex problems

          2. Concept of Numbers - Understands and applies basic and advanced properties of the concept of numbers*

          (2.1) Checks reasonableness of results through estimation - estimates measurements with appropriate precision
          (2.1.1) Uses standard rounding to estimate
          (2.1.2) Uses order of  magnitude to estimate
          (2.1.3) Uses number sense to estimate
          (2.2) Represents, compares, and orders numbers
          (2.3) Describes and applies properties of numbers
          (2.4) Classifies numbers by divisibility
          (2.5) Demonstrates ways of performing operations
          (2.6) Uses place value; writes numbers in standard, expanded, and exponential form
          (2.7) Uses and interprets operational and relationship symbols
          (2.8) Solves equations and inequalities
          (2.9) Uses variable expressions to model situations
          (2.10) Explores numerical patterns
          (2.11) Understands the basic relationship of fractions to decimals and fractions to whole numbers
          (2.12) Uses number lines to model a variety of numbers
          (2.13) Communicates mathematical concepts verbally and in writing

          3. Computation - Uses basic and advanced procedures while performing the process of computation*

          (3.1) Adds and subtracts fractions and mixed numbers having like denominators
          (3.2) Adds, subtracts, multiplies and divides money problems
          (3.3) Adds, subtracts, multiples, and divides whole numbers and decimals with accuracy
          (3.4) Accurately translates between decimals and commonly encountered fractions - halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, tenths, and hundredths
          (3.5) Knows multiplication and division facts through 10
          (3.6) Understands that choices must be made when determining which operation to use.
          (3.7) Counts and shows amounts of money to $10.00

          4. Measurement - Understands and applies basic and advanced properties of the concept of measurement*

          (4.1) Tells time to the nearest minute
          (4.2) Measures length/distance, time, temperature, weight, mass, and volume
          (4.3) Identifies and uses appropriate units of measurement; selects and uses appropriate units of measurement according to type and size of unit (standard and metric)
          (4.4) Understands the relationship among area, volume, and weight, and between time and cost
          (4.5) Understands that scale drawings can be used to represent shapes and compare locations of things very different in size
          (4.6) Estimates, calculates, and compares perimeter, area, and volume

          5. Geometry - Understands and applies basic and advanced properties of the concepts of geometry*

          (5.1) Finds perimeter, area and volume of figures
          (5.2) Identifies angles, points, lines, rays and segments
          (5.3) Identifies radius, and diameter of a circle
          (5.4) Identifies congruent and symmetrical figures
          (5.5) Compares shapes in terms of such concepts as parallel, perpendicular, congruence, and symmetry
          (5.6) Understands the basic characteristics of the concept of three dimensions
          (5.7) Uses motion geometry, e.g., turns, flips, sides to investigate concepts of symmetry, similarity, and congruence
          (5.8) Identifies, classifies, and compares geometric figures
          (5.9) Describes geometric properties, patterns, and relationships
          (5.10) Applies the concepts of perimeter, area, and volume

          6. Data analysis - Understands and applies basic and advanced concepts of statistics and data analysis

          (6.1) Gathers and records data to make generalizations*
          (6.2) Understands that data comes in many different forms and that collecting, organizing and displaying data can be done in many ways
          (6.3) Reads amounts on scales of bar and line graphs
          (6.4) Reads and constructs bar, line, pie charts, and pictographs
          (6.5) Given a table of data, selects the correct graphic representation for the data
          (6.6) Locates amounts in specific cells of a table
          (6.7) Compares quantities to determine ranks, sums, or differences and to find ratios
          (6.8) Uses tables and graphs to determine rates or identify trends, understand underlying or functional relationships, and generalize or draw conclusions

          7. Probability - Understands and applies basic concepts of probability

          (7.1) Applies probability concepts and counting rules
          (7.2)  Determines the probability of events
          (7.3) Understands and applies measures of central tendency and variability
          (7.4) Understands that summary predictions about large collections are more accurate than about just a few events

          8. Functions and Algebra - Understands and applies basic concepts of functions and algebra

          (8.1) Recognizes and extends basics number patterns
          (8.2) Uses patterns and relationships to represent mathematical situations
          (8.3) Constructs a pattern and articulates why the pattern works

          SCIENCE/HEALTH - listed by strands

          1. Earth and Space - Students can understand concepts and relationships in Earth/space sciences.

          (1.1) Understands essential ideas about the composition/structure of the universe and the earth’s place in it
          (1.2) Describes different types and uses of earth materials and how they are formed, i.e. rocks, minerals and soil
          (1.3) Knows that the surface of the earth changes, e.g. due to erosion, landslides, weathering
          (1.4) Can understand concepts relating to the universe
          2. Life Science - Students can understand concepts and relationships in life science.

          (2.1) Knows that plants and animals have a life cycle
          (2.2) Can understand environmental interaction and adaptation
          (2.3) Knows that many characteristics of an organism are inherited from the parent of an organism(
          (2.4) Can understand the structures of living things

          3. Physical Science - Students can understand concepts and relationships in physical science.

          (3.1) Knows that things have properties (e.g., magnetism, conductivity, density, solubility) that can be used to tell them apart and to find out which of them are alike
          (3.2) Knows that materials can be composed of parts that are too small to be seen without magnification
          (3.3) Knows how an object’s properties can be measured using tools such as rulers, balances, and thermometers
          (3.4) Knows that materials have different states (solid, liquid, gas) and some common materials such as water can be changed from one state to another by heating or cooling
          (3.5) Knows that the mass of a material is conserved whether it is together, in parts, or in a different state

          4. Nature of Science and Technology - Students can understand and apply skills used in scientific inquiry.

          (4.1) Can analyze and interpret scientific information.
          (4.1.1) Draws conclusions, identifies patterns, generalities and trends, and makes inferences
          (4.2) Uses scientific method (asks questions, observes, records, and interprets results)*

          5. Health

          (5.1) Identifies and shares feelings
          (5.2) Identifies practices that promote good health
          (5.2.1) Describes how exercise and nutrition help the body stay healthy
          (5.2.2) Describes food pyramids and servings in each food group
          (5.2.3) Plans a healthy diet for a 4th grader
          (5.2.4) Sets personal health goal
          (5.3) Describes the difference between prescription and nonprescription drugs and the uses and abuses of alcohol and tobacco
          (5.4) Discusses bus, pedestrian, Halloween, etc. safety topics

          Progress report descriptors deal with using scientific method and demonstrating knowledge of relevant science content standards*
            SOCIAL STUDIES - listed by strands

            1. Civics

            (1.1) Understands the need for rules and laws
            (1.2) Demonstrates the responsibilities of good citizenship
            (1.3) Understands differences and similarities among people of different cultures
            (1.4) Knows the basic tenets of democracy and the symbols that represent it

            2. Economics

            (2.1) Understands the concept of supply and demand and how it determines a price
            (2.2) Knows the functions of a bank
            (2.3) Understands the concept of taxes
            (2.4) Understands that some nations have greater productive resources
            (2.5) Understands the impact of location on economic activities

            3. Geography

            (3.1) Identifies geographic features; land forms, climates, resources and a brief history of the geographical regions of the United States (i.e., New England, Middle Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Great Plains, Southwest, Mountain West, and Pacific West)
            (3.2) Identifies states and capitals
            (3.3) Interprets and creates pie graphs, line graphs, bar graphs, resource maps, and elevation maps
            (3.4) Understands characteristics and uses of maps and other geographical tools
            (3.5) Knows how land resources are shaped/changed by physical and/or human development, e.g. farmland into roads and housing developments
            (3.6) Knows causes and effects of human migration
            (3.7) Understands cultural change, e.g., role of women, schooling, technology, clothing, transportation

            4. Historical Understanding

            (4.1) Understands historical figures who believed in the fundamental democratic values through holiday observations, e.g., Martin Luther King Jr., Presidents Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving
            (4.2) Knows about European explorers of the 15th and 16th centuries and their reasons for exploring, e.g., Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo, etc.
            (4.3) Knows about people who made significant contributions in the fields of transportation, communication, and technology
            (4.4) Understands the people, events, and problems that were significant in creating the history of the state.
            (4.4.1) Iowa History may be taught here, but will be referred to specifically in 5th grade

            Progress report descriptors deal with analyzing and applying information using concepts of history, geography, civics, and economics and demonstrating knowledge of social studies content standards*

            GUIDANCE/HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT - listed by strands

            1. Working with Others

            (1.1) Contributes to the overall effort of a group
            (1.2) Uses conflict-resolution techniques
            (1.3) Works well with diverse individuals and in diverse situations
            (1.4) Displays effective interpersonal communication skills
            (1.5) Demonstrates leadership skills

            2. Self-Regulation

            (2.1) Sets and manages goals
            (2.2) Performs self-appraisal
            (2.3) Considers risks
            (2.4) Maintains a healthy self-concept
            (2.5) Restrains impulsivity

            3. Human Growth and Development - derived in part from Growing in Love, Harcourt Religion Publishers

            (3.1) Understands tenets of a Safe Environment
            (3.2) Shows respect for God’s gift of life
            (3.3) Understands that every person has gifts and limitations
            (3.4) Recognizes God created people of both genders to be equal and complementary
            (3.5) Understands tenets of a safe environment

            1. Understands and applies media techniques and processes related to visual arts*

            (1.1) Maintains an imaginative approach while following simple instructions
            (1.2) Use a wider variety of tools safely and economically
            (1.3) Enjoys using different art media
            (1.4) Expands in the use of different media and techniques to personalize their self portrait

            2. Knows how to use structures and functions of art

            (2.1) Follows simple instructions, but maintains an imagination while creating art
            (2.2) Applies the elements (line, shape, color, space, texture, form) and principles of design (proportion, rhythm, dominance, balance and/or unity)
            (2.3) Expresses creativity through art projects*

            3. Knows range of subject matter.

            (3.1) Uses art symbols to communicate and convey ideas
            (3.2) Uses shapes and lines in drawings and paintings
            (3.3) Continues to grow in an art vocabulary

            4. Understands the visual arts in relation to history and cultures*

            (4.1) Identifies specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places - art appreciation
            (4.2) Becomes knowledgeable of famous artists and their work
            (4.3) Knows how women and men, and different cultures; past and present have shaped our world

            5. Understands the characteristics and merits of one’s own artwork and the artwork of others

            (5.1)  Understands that specific art works can elicit different responses

            (All items are referenced on the progress report.)

            1. Interacts respectfully with others
            2. Works effectively as a team member
            3. Makes an effort to solve social problems
            4. Participates appropriately
            5. Follows directions
            6. Works independently
            7. Completes high quality work
            8. Completes homework assignments

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