Typical Communication Development: Fourth Grade

  • Your Child's Communication: Fourth Grade

    By the end of fourth grade your child should be able to do the following:


    §  Listen to and understand information presented by others

    §  Form opinions based on evidence

    §  Listen for specific purposes


    §  Use words appropriately in conversation

    §  Use language effectively for a variety of purposes

    §  Understand some figurative language (e.g., "the forest stretched across…")

    §  Participate in group discussions

    §  Give accurate directions to others

    §  Summarize and restate ideas

    §  Organize information for clarity

    §  Use subject area information and vocabulary (e.g., social studies) for learning

    §  Make effective oral presentations


    §  Read for specific purposes

    §  Read grade-level books fluently

    §  Use previously learned information to understand new material

    §  Follow written directions

    §  Take brief notes

    §  Link information learned to different subjects

    §  Learn meanings of new words through knowledge of word origins, synonyms, and multiple meanings

    §  Use reference materials (e.g., dictionary)

    §  Explain the author's purpose and writing style

    §  Read and understand a variety of types of literature, including fiction, nonfiction, historical fiction, and poetry

    §  Compare and contrast in content areas

    §  Make inferences from texts

    §  Paraphrase content, including the main idea and details


    §  Write effective stories and explanations, including several paragraphs about the same topic

    §  Develop a plan for writing, including a beginning, middle, and end

    §  Organize writing to convey a central idea

    §  Edit final copies for grammar, punctuation, and spelling