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Gears, multiplication, personal health and the people of Alberta—exciting topics for exploration! Grade 4 students take eight required subjects: Art, English Language Arts, Health and Life Skills, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies. Some schools may offer additional optional subjects.

English Language Arts (REQUIRED SUBJECT)

My friends think differently than I do! Students explore, discuss and interpret other opinions. They listen for main events in stories and notice how certain things cause other things to happen. Your child will express their ideas logically and in ways that entertain! They’ll learn that brainstorming in a group can be more fun than working alone.


Learning about fractions and decimals. Your child will learn about and compare numbers to 10 000, and add and subtract decimal numbers to hundredths. They will understand and recall multiplication and division facts to 7 x 7, and multiply and divide by 1-digit numbers, including the use of mental mathematics strategies. Your child will compare and order fractions, solve one-step equationsone-step equation: an equation that involves one calculation; e.g.,
8 + 7 = 15
, and find the area of 2-D shapes.


Can that be recycled?  Grade 4 students learn about how much waste we produce and identify ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Students examine and build devices with moving parts and learn about plant parts and their function. By using mirrors and prisms, students investigate light and its pathways.


What is Alberta like and how did Alberta become what it is now? By examining the many aspects of Alberta—such as geography, history and culture—your child will develop a stronger sense of people’s identity as Albertans and a better understanding of our province’s diversity.

Physical Education (REQUIRED SUBJECT)

What are the benefits of an active lifestyle? Your child will take part in various activities that will help them to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. They will grow to appreciate the importance of physical activity, while discovering essential life skills, such as cooperation, leadership, fair play and teamwork.

Health and Life Skills (REQUIRED SUBJECT)

I feel great when I help others! Grade 4 students learn more about being there for others, showing respect and being good role models. They learn that they can deal with bullies and set good goals for themselves.


Doesn’t it look real? In Grade 4 Art, your child will develop more realistic treatments and refine forms. They will think about the visual qualities of objects, distinguish natural objects and improve their work as much as possible. Your child will also use art to express their feelings and ideas.


Musical harmony!  Grade 4 students experiment with tuned instruments and combine sounds to make harmony. Your child will identify chords, group beats into fours and group instruments into families. They’ll sing quickly and slowly, happily and sadly, understanding that music changes.


Express yourself! Drama students experiment with dramatic play and discover creative ways to express themselves. Through puppetry, storytelling and other types of dramatic play, students discover who they are and discover the connections they have with others.


Languages open the door to other cultures and new ways of thinking. A variety of language courses are offered across Alberta. Your child may have the opportunity to learn a First Nations language, French or another international language.

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Grade 4
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English Language Arts
Health and Life Skills
Physical Education
Social Studies