4th Grade Math Curriculum: What’s Included in the Common Core?

When it comes to your child’s education, you want to make sure they’re getting the best possible foundation to succeed in school and beyond. That’s why it’s important to understand what’s included in the 4th grade math curriculum—so you can help support your child at home and ensure they’re on track.

The good news is that, thanks to the Common Core State Standards, there is now a clear and consistent framework for what students should be learning in math at each grade level. So, what exactly is included in the 4th grade math curriculum? Let’s take a look.

Operations & Algebraic Thinking

One of the main focuses of 4th grade math is operations and algebraic thinking. This includes understanding and using the four operations—addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division—with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Students will also begin to work with variables and expressions—an important foundation for future algebraic concepts.

Measurement & Data

Another focus of 4th grade math is measurement and data. Students will learn to measure lengths, capacities, weights, and times using both customary and metric units. They’ll also begin working with data by organizing it into tables and creating bar graphs to represent that data. By the end of 4th grade, students should be able to interpret data from these tables and graphs to answer questions.

## Another focus of 4th grade math

Geometry

In addition to operations and measurement/data, students will also start learning about geometry in 4th grade. This includes understanding basic geometric terms (e.g., points, lines, angles, faces) as well as properties of two-dimensional shapes (e.g., parallel sides, perpendicular sides). Students will also begin working with three-dimensional figures—such as spheres, cones, cylinders, and rectangular prisms—and learn about their basic properties as well.

The 4th grade math curriculum covers a lot of ground—but that’s because it lays an important foundation for future success in math (and other subjects). By understanding what’s included in the curriculum—and supporting your child at home—you can help set them up for a bright future.