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Curriculum Overview - Grade 4
Language Arts
York Suburban School District follows the Pennsylvania Standards of teaching children to read, write, speak and listen. These skills are incorporated into a Balanced Literacy Framework including: Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Self-Selected Reading, Writing and Word Work.
Throughout the year fourth grade students will:
  •   learn to read independently by using before, during and after reading strategies
  • read and understand content in all academic areas
  • read all types of literature and construct meaning through discussion and written responses
  •  actively participate in the writing process – prewriting, drafting, editing, conferencing, revising and publishing
  •  produce quality narrative, informational and persuasive writing
  • learn to listen and respond to others and to literature
  •  participate in sharing, discussions, directions, explanations, reports and oral readings
  •   be able to select a topic and gather information for a research presentation
York Suburban School District uses Everyday Mathematics as the core instructional program and follows the Pennsylvania Standards of teaching children to understand and apply mathematical concepts.
Throughout the year fourth grade students will:
  • show an understanding of numbers, number systems and number relationships including whole numbers, decimals and fractions
  • compute using multi-digit addition and subtraction as well as two digit multiplication and long division
  • estimate sums, differences, products, quotients, dollar amounts and measurements
  • se appropriate measurement tools and formulas to measure the size of figures (using U.S. customary and metric units)
  • learn how to solve word problems by identifying the question and the information necessary to answer the question
  • gather, organize and display data using various graphs, tables and charts
  • explore probability through activities and experience
  • explore properties and patterns of algebra
  • identify and construct two dimensional geometric figures and describe geometric concepts of symmetry and congruency

 York Suburban School District promotes the scientific process in the study and exploration of science units.

The fourth grade curriculum incorporates earth and space, physical and life science. Students will be introduced to units and be provided with opportunities for self-selected projects in the areas of:
  • The Solar System, including the Sun, Planets and Moon
  •  Electricity 
  •   Magnets   
  •  Sound       
  •  Color and the Eye
  •  Light
  •  The Scientific Method
 Social Studies
In the fourth grade social studies curriculum, York Suburban focuses on geography, history of the North American age of exploration, the culture of the Americas and ancient civilizations.
Throughout the school year, the students will learn information on the following topics:
World History
  •   Ancient Civilizations
  • The geography, culture, buildings, people, religions, social pyramids, customs and time periods of:
o   Ancient Greece
o   Ancient Rom
o   Ancient Egypt
o   Maya civilization

European Explorers
  •   Names
  •  Related countries
  • Goals of expeditions
  • Effects exploration had on our culture
  • Time periods


  •   Maps
  •  Landforms
  •  Ordinal directions
  •   Junior Achievement
York Suburban School District promotes the use of technology to support and enrich existing curriculum.
In fourth grade, students will be provided with opportunities to improve computer skills in the following areas: 
  • review keyboard to increase speed and accuracy
  • graphing - different kinds of graphs, maximum scale range, symbol choice and written explanation of graph
  •  esearching - Internet search engines such as Nettrekker, Google
  • draw/paint – resizing, copying, pasting
  •  omputer procedures - minimizing, maximizing, title bar, buttons and shortcuts
  • multimedia projects – PowerPoint presentations that include text, graphics, sounds and motion
  • grade level curriculum support software



The York Suburban School District is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious creed, ancestry, sex, age, marital status or handicap, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Action of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation of the Handicapped Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, in its activities, educational and vocational programs and in its recruitment and employment practices. Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the ADA and the implementing regulations may be referred to the Superintendent, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York, PA 17403, telephone (717) 885-1210.