Academic Standards for
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Fourth Grade Standards

Nebraska Language Arts

4.1.3 By the end of the fourth grade, students will identify the main idea and supporting details in what they have read.
Example Indicators:

  • Identify purpose for reading, recall prior knowledge, and preview illustrations and headings to make predictions.
  • Interpret information from diagrams, charts, and graphs.
  • Answer literal, inferential/interpretive and critical questions.

4.1.7 By the end of the fourth grade, students will identify and apply knowledge of the text structure and organizational elements to analyze nonfiction or informational text.

  • Identify the structure of nonfiction (e.g. question/answer, cause/effect, sequence, comparison/contrast, problem/solution, description).
  • Identify organizational elements of nonfiction texts (e.g. headings, subheadings, italics, bold print, captions).
  • Ask how, why, and what-if questions in interpreting nonfiction text.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion.
  • Follow written directions.

Social Studies

4.1.1 By the end of fourth grade, students will compare communities and describe how United States and Nebraska communities changed physically and demographically over time.
Example Indicators:

  • Identify changes in daily life past and present, e.g., roles, jobs, communication, technology, schools, and cultural traditions.

4.1.11 By the end of fourth grade, students will use maps and globes to acquire information about people, places, and environments.
Example Indicators:

  • Explain how physical characteristics, transportation routes, climate, and specialization influenced the variety of crops, products, industries, and the general patterns of economic growth in Nebraska.