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Fourth Grade Success: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Child Learn

ISBN: 978-0-471-46819-6
264 pages
September 2005, Jossey-Bass
Fourth Grade Success: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Child Learn (0471468193) cover image
Part of the new Knowledge Essentials series, Fourth Grade Success shows you how to enrich your child’s classroom learning and take an active role in your fourth grader’s education by exploring:
  •  What your fourth grader is learning at school and the educational standards to expect in math, language arts, science, and social studies
  • Hundreds of easy-to-do activities designed to help your child meet specific learning requirements
  • Environmental learning sections that identify learning opportunities in the everyday world
  • Methods and checklists to assess your child’s academic progress
  • Information on how teachers evaluate performance¾portfolios, rubrics, test scores, and other tools of the trade
  • How to help your child prepare for standardized testing
  • Recommendations of age-appropriate books and software that will enhance learning

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1. Getting the Most for Your Fourth Grader.

Getting the Most from Your School System.

Getting the Most from Your Homeschool Curriculum.

Using Supplemental Materials.

2. Fourth Grade Development.

Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development.

Developmental Goals for Nine-Year-Olds.

Developmental Goals for Ten-Year-Olds.

3. Fourth Grade Learning.

Learning Styles.

Cognitive Learning.

4. The Standards.

Types of Learning Standards.

Learning Standards Resources.

5. Fourth Grade Reading.

Beginning of Fourth Grade Reading Checklist.

Selecting Reading Material.

The Mechanics of Reading.


Environmental Learning.

End of Fourth Grade Reading Checklist.

6. Fourth Grade Writing.

Beginning of Fourth Grade Writing Checklist.

Grammar and Writing.

The Writing Process

Environmental Learning.

End of Fourth Grade Writing Checklist.

7. Fourth Grade Math.

Beginning of Fourth Grade Math Checklist.

Number Operations.

Number Sense and Patterns.

Geometry and Measurement.

Data Analysis and Probability.

Environmental Learning.

End of Fourth Grade Math Checklist.

8. Fourth Grade Science.

Beginning of Fourth Grade Science Checklist.

Science Processes.

Life Science.

Physical Science and Earth Science.

Environmental Learning.

End of Fourth Grade Science Checklist.

9. Fourth Grade Social Studies.

Beginning of Fourth Grade Social Studies Checklist.



Environmental Learning.

End of Fourth Grade Social Studies Checklist.

10. Teaching Your Fourth Grader Thinking Skills.

Beginning of Fourth Grade Thinking Skills Checklist.

Problem Solving.





Environmental Learning.

End of Fourth Grade Thinking Skills Checklist.

11. Assessment.

Assessing Individual Student Abilities and Knowledge.

Measuring and Comparing School, School District, Statewide, and National Performance for Broad Public Accountability.

12. Fourth Grade Society.

Ten Going on Thirty.

The Green-Eyed Monster.


13. Moving On to Fifth Grade.

Ready to Go.

Appendix A: Literature for Fourth Graders.

Appendix B: Software for Fourth Graders.

Appendix C: Fourth Grade Topical Calendar.




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AMY JAMES, a former social studies teacher, is a nationally respected authority on educational compliance issues and the No Child Left Behind Act. Her company, Six Things, Inc., provides consulting services for national media, publishers, and school districts on compliance with state and national education standards, as well as professional development for K–12 teachers.
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"Knowledge Essentials is a remarkable series that will benefit children of all abilities and learning styles. Amy James has taken a close look at curriculum standards and testing around the country and developed simple and creative activities that support what’s being taught at each grade level, while remaining sensitive to the fact that children learn at different rates and in different ways. I highly recommend it for all parents who want to make a difference in their children’s education."
--Michael Gurian, author of Boys and Girls Learn Differently and The Wonder of Boys

"Finally, a book about teaching young children by somebody who knows her stuff! I can (and will) wholeheartedly recommend this series to the ever-growing number of parents who ask me for advice about how they can help their children succeed in elementary school."
--LouAnne Johnson, author of Dangerous Minds and The Queen of Education

"Having examined state standards nationwide, Amy James has created innovative and unique games and exercises to help children absorb what they have to learn, in ways that will help them want to learn. Individualized to the child's own learning style, this is a must-have series for parents who want to maximize their child's ability to succeed in and out of the classroom."
--Myrna B. Shure, Ph.D, author of Thinking Parent, Thinking Child

"The books in Amy James’ timely and unique Knowledge Essentials series give parents a clear idea of what their children are learning and provide the tools they need to help their children live up to their full academic potential. This is must reading for any parent with a school-age child."
--Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me and No More Misbehavin’

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