Teaching Core Knowledge SequenceAccess teacher-created lessons aligned to topics specified by the Core Knowledge Sequence for study in Grade 4. These fourth grade lesson plans may be adapted for use at other grade levels but are most effective when integrated into a coherent and cumulative school-wide instructional plan.

The Core Knowledge Foundation extends its sincere thanks to all teachers who developed these fourth grade lessons for our National Conferences (1992-2011) or through their participation in the Colorado Unit Writing Project (1999-2004).

Important Note

These teacher-created lessons have not been vetted by the Core Knowledge Foundation nor reviewed by content experts. Contact us if you have questions regarding posted lessons.

Fourth Grade Lesson Plans by Subject


Language Arts

I. Writing, Grammar, and Usage

Having Fun With Habitats
Integration of Content Areas Through Hands-On Literacy Stations
Create a Chain Reaction: Vocabulary and Technology
4th Grade Technology-Infused Lessons
Developing an Integrated Reading and Writing Program Using the Core Knowledge Literature
Ready, Set, Write!
Using a Writing Workshop

II. Poetry

Let’s Get Our “Acts” Together with Poetry, Sayings, and Literature
Picture Perfect Poetry

III. Fiction

Gulliver’s Travels
Robin Hood: England’s Man of Mystery
Fabulous Folk Tales
Treasure Island
King Arthur and His Knights
A Winkle in Time: Rip’n Through Readers Theater
Heroes, Legends, and Folktales
King Arthur: “A Knight’s Tale”
Knight Life
LIT: Learning Instills Teamwork (Facilitating Fiction and Drama)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

IV. Speeches

Plead Your Case

V. Sayings and Phrases

Core Knowledge Isn’t Your Run-of-the-Mill Curriculum
Name That Phrase


History and Geography

World:

I. Geography

4th Grade Technology-Infused Lessons
Spatial Connections, Grades 1–4
Where in the World is Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua?
Getting to the Core of World and State Geography
The Andes Mountains: The Backbone of South America
Rock and Roll

II. Europe in the Middle Ages

Feudalism
Gargoyles, Black Death, and Scary Music
The Mythical, Magical Middle Ages…NOT!
Faire Time, Middle Ages Come to Life
Europe in the Middle Ages
Medieval Knight Life

III. The Spread of Islam and the “Holy Wars”

No fourth grade lesson plans available

IV. Early and Medieval African Kingdoms

Early and Medieval African Kingdoms
“I’m Done, Now What Can I Do?”
A Celebration of Africa
Africa: A Cultural Safari

V. China: Dynasties and Conquerors

“I’m Done, Now What Can I Do?”
Traveling the Silk Road: A Multimedia Approach
The Hunters and the Hunted: The Search for China’s Past
When China was Ruled by Outsiders: Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan
Ancient China
China: How to Put Some “Tang” in Your Medieval Dynasties

American:

Home Sweet Home

I. American Revolution

Through Our Fathers’ Eyes: Using Art & Primary Sources to Explore Causes of the American Revolution
“I’m Done, Now What Can I Do?”
Times that Try Men’s Souls
The American Revolution
Core Connections: Connecting Core Knowledge Between Special Education and Regular Education
Star-Spangled Math
Rights and Freedom

II. Making a Constitutional Government

We’re Writing the Constitution
“I’m Done, Now What Can I Do?”
The Constitution: Putting the Pieces Together
Making a Constitutional Government
American Government
Rights and Freedom

III. Early Presidents and Politics

Early Presidents
I’m Number One!

IV. Reformers

Ballots, Bloomers, and Boycotts

V. Symbols and Figures

American Symbols and Figures


Visual Arts

I. Art of the Middle Ages

Living Art-i-facts: Technology Takes Us There!
Rose Windows and Troubadours: Art and Music From the Middle Ages
Art and Artists — An Appreciation for Fourth Grade

II. Islamic Art and Architecture

Exploring Islamic Art and Architecture
Living Art-i-facts: Technology Takes Us There!
Art and Artists — An Appreciation for Fourth Grade

III. Art of Africa

Living Art-i-facts: Technology Takes Us There!
Art and Artists — An Appreciation for Fourth Grade

IV. Art of China

Colossal Structures and Sculptures
Ancient China
China: How to Put Some “Tang” in Your Medieval Dynasties
Art and Artists — An Appreciation for Fourth Grade

V. Art of a New Nation: The United States

Living Art-i-facts: Technology Takes Us There!


Music

I. Elements of Music

No fourth grade lesson plans available

II. Listening and Understanding

Of Monks and Minstrels: Music of the Medieval Age

III. Songs

No fourth grade lesson plans available


Mathematics

I. Numbers and Number Sense

What Place Are You?

II. Fractions and Decimals

Fiddlin’ with Fractions
Fractions: Easy as Pie!
Fractions in Action

III. Money

Show Me the Money
Welcome to the J-Society: A Classroom Economic System

IV. Computation

No fourth grade lesson plans available

V. Measurement

Measurement

VI. Geometry

Star-Spangled Math
Geometry: Beyond Pencil and Paper


Science

I. The Human Body

The Human Body
The Beat Goes On
The Circulatory System

II. Chemistry: Basic Terms and Concepts

Create a Chain Reaction: Vocabulary and Technology
It’s All About Matter
A Liter Bit of This and An Ounce of That

III. Electricity

Live Wires turned onto Electricity
The “Shocking” Truth About Electricity

IV. Geology: Earth and Its Changes

Rocks & Minerals
Geology: Just Touching the Surface
The Structure of the Earth
4th Grade Technology Infused Lessons

V. Meteorology

Meet Meteorology
Meteorology Madness
Mad About Meteorology

VI. Science Biographies

A Great Debate: Who Made the Biggest Difference?
The Lives of Four Famous Scientists: Banneker, Blackwell, Drew, and Faraday