The Nuances of Fourth Grade Reading
Reading between the lines. Fourth graders begin to grasp nuance as they read.
What You Need to Know
Fourth graders know how to read and are working to read faster and glean more information from text. At the beginning of the year, expect students to—
- understand what synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms are;
- know the meaning of compound words;
- use punctuation more accurately;
- make predictions while reading;
- identify the main idea in writing and be able to summarize it; and
- know many words.
By the end of the year, they can—
- visualize detail and description,
- follow and give directions in sequence,
- identify with characters;
- compare and contrast,
- understand cause and effect,
- write simple dialogue.
How You Can Help
- Set a reading goal. Many kids try to read a number of books over the summer. Why not make this a year-round activity? How about five books a week? A “book” can also be a magazine or newspaper. Come up with a suitable reward if your child keeps the pace up for a month.
- Fourth graders read well enough to read to younger children. There may be a program at school in which the older learners spend time with younger children to read. If not, you can ask your child to read to younger siblings, friends, or neighbors.
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