Fourth Grade Lessons

Please note: Although some of these lessons address third-grade standards, we have found that, particularly during the current pandemic crisis, many teachers are still working to help their students master earlier standards such as multiplication.

English/Language Arts



CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.A.4 – Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.C.7 – Fluently multiply and divide within 100


CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.1 – Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts

  • Introducing Fractions – The student will learn the definition of fraction, parts of fractions and how fractions have been used in past and present.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.B.3.A – Understand addition and subtraction of fractions as joining and separating parts referring to the same whole.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.B.3.D – Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole and having like denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NF.B.4 – Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.

  • Multiplying fractions with like denominators – This lesson plan will explore how students can take what they already know about adding fractions with like denominators in order to grasp multiplying fractions with like denominators.


CCSS.MATH.Content.4.NBT.B.6– Find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

  • Introducing Division – This lesson plan introduces the concepts and vocabulary of division and provides students the opportunities to practice both recognition and recall of division facts.
  • Division and English/ Language Arts – This is a fun lesson where students practice division, combined with Ojibwe history and then complete a creative writing assignment.


CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NBT.B.5 – Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.OA.A.3 – Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operation … Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.

Also, search the mathematics video catalog for additional resources.

English/ Language Arts

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.5.B – Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.5.B – Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

  • Introducing Idioms – This lesson plan helps students recognize and understand idioms and what they are through different examples. 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.4.4.A Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

  • Cattails – Students will listen to or read a slide presentation. They will read an informational passage on cattails, write a summary and add new vocabulary words to their personal dictionary. The lesson ends with playing a game that teaches how medicinal herbs were used by indigenous people.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3 – Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Social Studies

Minnesota History Substrand 2, Standard 3. Historical events have multiple causes and can lead to varied and unintended outcomes.

Minnesota State Standard – History Sub-strand 4, Standard 15 “North America was populated by indigenous nations that had developed a wide range of social structures, political systems, and economic activities, and whose expansive trade networks extended across the continent.”

  • Trade for a Wigwam – Students will watch two brief videos, one on building a wigwam and one on trading between tribes. They then trade in the points they have earned for items for their wigwam.
  • Division and English/ Language Arts – This is a fun lesson where students practice division, combined with Ojibwe history and then complete a creative writing assignment.