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4th Grade Standards and Instructional Support

Fourth grade Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) and standards-based resources can now be accessed from one page. Grade level pages were created to serve teachers who provide instruction in multiple content areas. To read descriptions of the available resources, click here to return to the main Elementary Education Resources page.



Comprehensive Health Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 2. Physical and Personal Wellness

  1. Demonstrate the ability to set a goal to enhance personal nutrition status
  2. Examine the connection between food intake and physical health
  3. Explain that the dimensions of wellness are interrelated and impact personal health

Standard 3. Emotional and Social Wellness

  1. Identify the positive behaviors that support relationships
  2. Comprehend concepts related to stress and stress management

Standard 4. Prevention and Risk Management

  1. Identify positive and negative uses for medicines
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to avoid using tobacco
  3. Demonstrate skills necessary to prevent a conflict from escalating to violence

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Dance Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Movement, Technique, and Performance

  1. Perform dance phrases using dance elements and movement skills
  2. Perform dances from at least two different styles or genres

Standard 2. Create, Compose and Choreograph

  1. Create simple group dances
  2. Create a short dance using compositional elements

Standard 3. Historical and Cultural Context

  1. Dance communicate cultural norms
  2. Recognize ideas and styles in major dance works

Standard 4. Reflect, Connect, and Respond

  1. Compare and contrast the work of well-known choreographers
  2. Evaluate the functions of dance training and rehearsal as they contribute to a performance

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Drama and Theatre Arts Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Create

  1. Create characters from scripts or improvisation using voice, gestures and facial expressions
  2. Create and write simple dramas and scenes
  3. Design a scene through an inventive process, and perform the scene

Standard 2. Perform

  1. Participate collaboratively with partners and groups
  2. Demonstrate safe use of voice and body to communicate characters
  3. Define stage direction and body positions

Standard 3. Critically Respond

  1. Develop selected criteria to critique what is seen, heard, and understood
  2. Examine character dynamics and relations

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Mathematics Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Number Sense, Properties, and Operations

  1. The decimal number system to the hundredths place describes place value patterns and relationships that are repeated in large and small numbers and forms the foundation for efficient algorithms
  2. Different models and representations can be used to compare fractional parts
  3. Formulate, represent, and use algorithms to compute with flexibility, accuracy, and efficiency

Standard 2. Patterns, Functions, and Algebraic Structures

  1. Number patterns and relationships can be represented by symbols

Standard 3. Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability

  1. Visual displays are used to represent data

Standard 4. Shape, Dimension, and Geometric Relationships

  1. Appropriate measurement tools, units, and systems are used to measure different attributes of objects and time
  2. Geometric figures in the plane and in space are described and analyzed by their attributes

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Music Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Expression of Music

  1. Perform using accurate production techniques
  2. Perform a variety of rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic patterns
  3. Perform extended melodies from the treble staff using traditional notation

Standard 2. Creation of Music

  1. Improvise simple musical phrases
  2. Notate simple musical selections

Standard 3. Theory of Music

  1. Application and demonstration of the use of more advanced dynamics, tempo, meter, and articulation using appropriate music vocabulary
  2. Identification of aural and visual notations of basic musical forms
  3. Analyze vocal and instrumental examples
  4. Identify and aurally recognize melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic patterns

Standard 4. Aesthetic Valuation of Music

  1. Explain personal preferences for specific music
  2. Comprehend and respect the musical values of others considering cultural context as an element of musical evaluation and meaning

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Physical Education Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Movement Competence and Understanding

  1. Identify the major characteristics of mature locomotor, nonlocomotor, manipulative, and rhythmic skills
  2. Provide and receive feedback to and from peers using the major characteristics of mature locomotor and manipulative skills

Standard 2. Physical and Personal Wellness

  1. Explain how the health-related components of fitness affect performance when participating in physical activity
  2. Recognize the relationship between healthy nutrition and exercise
  3. Recognize the benefits derived from regular, moderate, and vigorous physical activity

Standard 4. Prevention and Risk Management

  1. Identify and describe the benefits, risks, and safety factors associated with regular participation in physical activity

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Reading, Writing, and Communicating Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Oral Expression and Listening

  1. A clear communication plan is necessary to effectively deliver and receive information

Standard 2. Reading for All Purposes

  1. Comprehension and fluency matter when reading literary texts in a fluent way
  2. Comprehension and fluency matter when reading informational and persuasive texts in a fluent way
  3. Knowledge of complex orthography (spelling patterns), morphology (word meanings), and word relationships to decode (read) multisyllabic words contributes to better reading skills

Standard 3. Writing and Composition

  1. The recursive writing process is used to create a variety of literary genres for an intended audience
  2. Informational and persuasive texts use the recursive writing process
  3. Correct sentence formation, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling are applied to make the meaning clear to the reader

Standard 4. Research and Reasoning

  1. Comprehending new information for research is a process undertaken with discipline both alone and within groups
  2. Identifying implications, concepts, and ideas enriches reasoning skills

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Science Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Physical Science

  1. Energy comes in many forms such as light, heat, sound, magnetic, chemical, and electrical

Standard 2. Life Science

  1. All living things share similar characteristics, but they also have differences that can be described and classified
  2. Comparing fossils to each other or to living organisms reveals features of prehistoric environments and provides information about organisms today
  3. There is interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of systems

Standard 3. Earth Systems Science

  1. Earth is part of the solar system, which includes the Sun, Moon, and other bodies that orbit the Sun in predictable patterns that lead to observable paths of objects in the sky as seen from Earth

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Social Studies Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. History

  1. Organize a sequence of events to understand the concepts of chronology and cause and effect in the history of Colorado
  2. The historical eras, individuals, groups, ideas, and themes in Colorado history and their relationships to key events in the United States

Standard 2. Geography

  1. Use several types of geographic tools to answer questions about the geography of Colorado
  2. Connections within and across human and physical systems are developed

Standard 3. Economics

  1. People responded to positive and negative incentives
  2. The relationship between choice and opportunity cost (PFL)

Standard 4. Civics

  1. Analyze and debate multiple perspectives on an issue
  2. The origins, structure, and functions of the Colorado government

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Visual Arts Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Observe and Learn to Comprehend

  1. Artists and viewers determine artistic intent by comparing and contrasting the characteristics and expressive features of art and design
  2. Works of art articulate and express different points of view
  3. Artists, viewers and patrons respond to works of art using inference and empathy

Standard 2. Envision and Critique to Reflect

  1. The critique process informs judgments about artistic and aesthetic merits in works of art
  2. The processes and philosophies of art and design inform interpretations in works of art

Standard 3. Invent and Discover to Create

  1. Use media to express and communicate ideas about an issue of personal interest
  2. Materials and processes can be used in traditional, unique, and inventive ways

Standard 4. Relate and Connect to Transfer

  1. Viewers and patrons make personal meaning and infer artistic intent
  2. Historical time periods and cultural settings are interpreted in works of art

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Colorado Academic Standards World Languages Graphic (small)

World Languages Focus of Each Range Level Expectation:

Standard 1. Communication in Languages Other Than English

  1. Focus: Interpersonal Communication Mode
  2. Focus: Interpretive Communication Mode
  3. Focus: Presentational Communication Mode

Standard 2. Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures

  1. Focus: Perspectives and Practices
  2. Focus: Perspectives and Products

Standard 3. Connections with Other Disciplines and Information Acquisition

  1. Focus: Target Language Resources Connected to Other Content Areas
  2. Focus: Information and Viewpoints in Authentic Resources

Standard 4. Comparisons to Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture

  1. Focus: Similarities and Difference between target language and student's own
  2. Focus: Similarities and Difference between target culture(s) and student's own

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