Teaching Ideas and Resources for 4th Grade

In fourth grade, your learners are growing and changing so much. This is often the grade where homework increases and some students may start to struggle a bit with more advanced reading, writing, and math content. They definitely need a teacher who is ready and prepared to answer their questions. Use these teaching resources for 4th grade to save time planning, so you can focus on your fourth grade students.

Sub Binders & Plans

When you are out for a day, two, or even long term, sub planning shouldn’t be a stress-inducer! The fourth grade emergency sub plan bundle includes 457 pages with five sets of sub plans and a free sub tub organization bonus. You’ll want to add the sub binder bundle to make sure you have everything you need for your sub to have a great day with your students.

If you’re looking for content specific plans, try the ELA sub plans or Math plans. Science and Social Studies.

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Holiday activities are so much fun with this seasonal math activity bundle to use year-round.

It’s a treat (no tricks) with these fourth grade Halloween math activities that emphasize sorting, graphing, fractions, and probability.

Around December, bring out the Christmas gumdrop math bundle for more sorting, graphing, fractions, and probability fun!
Your students will love their Valentine’s Day math activities with messages from conversation hearts. St. Patrick’s Day math games use marshmallows while Easter math fun is all about jelly beans. Not only will your students enjoy the math activities, but there are also writing and reading activities incorporated into this bundle!

Don’t forget about Thanksgiving fractions, St. Patrick’s Day fractions, and math operations with more St. Patrick’s Day games.

Pi Day is March 14, and your students will enjoy these Pi Day fraction activities to introduce numerators and denominators with “pie” inspired fun!

Reading and Writing

Secret student writing is perfect for all elementary school levels! Your fourth grade students each have their own “secret” buddy that they will write notes of kindness to throughout the unit. Special prompts and activities for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or winter, Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s, Easter, or the end of the year will help build community and let your students have fun writing.

Other holiday activities include Christmas compound words and Earth Day comic books.

Fourth graders enjoy sharing what they read with reading logs that they can use at home and school.

Don’t forget to share text features to help your nonfiction readers in informational and expository texts. You can do this with our FREE research worksheets!

Help your fourth graders learn proper research skills with research topics for kids. Your students can study a variety of topics including winter holidays, black history, U.S. presidents, inventors and inventions, ancient civilizations, penguins, women’s history, and famous authors. Whether you want to use these bundles in social studies, science, or ELA, your students will love to explore these topics through reading and writing.

Science & Social Studies

Fourth grade scientists are ready to explore the world, experiment, and learn! Have them study extreme weather, natural disasters, and the water cycle. A study of volcanoes is not just the regular science fair project. It’s so much more! Share reading and writing connections about the solar system. What fourth grader doesn’t want to learn about dinosaurs? Read, research, and have your students make fun salt dough fossils! Landforms and bodies of water also make for an incredible integrated science and geography unit! There are so many research topics available in science.

In social studies, share units of U.S. presidents, and ancient civilizations. Fourth grade is a huge year for studying USA States, especially your students’ home state. Study classroom community as you focus on kindness. Don’t forget, you can get all the fourth grade science and social studies research units in one convenient bundle!

Your fourth graders have so much to learn with you as their guide! While we couldn’t link to all of our resources in one post, check out ALL of our resources for 4th grade below. Use these teaching resources for fourth grade to help your year go great while your students have a blast!

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