4th Grade

4th grade lesson plans, slideshows, and other resources for the EL Education curriculum

Math resources, lesson plans and curricular support for 4th grade

Science resources, including support for FOSS

Social Studies curriculum with slide decks and other resources

Assessments, plans,  and resources for the Benchmark curriculum

EL Education is the provider of the ELA curriculum that has been adopted by OUSD for grades K-5*. The curriculum is standards-based, and relies heavily on fiction and nonfiction trade books. OUSD teachers can find EL Education materials and lesson plans at EL Ed Central.  

* OUSD Dual Language schools use the Benchmark Education curriculum for language instruction.

Module 1

Poetry, Poets and Becoming Writers

What makes a poem a poem? What inspires writers to write poetry?

Module 2

Animal Defense Mechanisms

How do animals' bodies and behaviors help them survive? How can writers use knowledge from their research to inform and entertain?

Module 3

The American Revolution

How did the American Revolution and the events leading up to it affect the people in the colonies?

Module 4

Ratifying the 19th Amendment

What can we learn from the process of ratifying the 19th Amendment? How can stories inspire us to take action to contribute to a better world? How and why can we encourage and support others to contribute to a better world?

Eureka Math2 (Eureka Math "Squared")   is the adopted OUSD curriculum for elementary schools.  The curriculum is aligned to California Common Core standards, which describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade.


Module 1

Place Value Concepts for

Addition and Subtraction

Module 2

Place Value Concepts for

Multiplication and Division


Module 3

Multiplication and Division of

Multi-Digit Numbers

Module 4

Foundations for Fraction



Module 5

Place Value Concepts for Decimal Fractions

Module 6

Angle Measurements and Plane Figures

For elementary science instruction, OUSD uses FOSS (Full Option Science System), a research-based science curriculum developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. This curriculum emphasizes hands-on activities and is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The order of the three modules varies from school to school, depending on the rotation of physical science kits at each school site.

Physical Science


When is energy present? How does energy transfer between systems?


Earth Science

Soils, Rocks, and Landforms

What are Earth’s land surface made of? Why are landforms not the same everywhere?


Life Science


How do the structures of organisms allow it to survive in its environment?


OUSD 4th graders use Newsela to access a Social Studies curriculum that focuses on California History. This online curriculum is aligned to California Common Core state standards, and consists of individual articles that are adjusted to each student's reading level.


California History:

Early Years

Unit 1

Physical and Human Features that Define California

Unit 2

Pre-Contact Settlements and People

Unit 3

European Exploration and Colonial History


California History:

18th and 19th Centuries

Unit 4

Native Peoples and the Spanish Colonization of California 

Unit 5

The Gold Rush and Statehood

Unit 6

California as Agricultural and Industrial Power


California History:

18th and 19th Centuries

Unit 7

California in a Time of Expansion

Unit 8

California in the Post-War Era: Immigration, Technology, and Cities

Unit 9

Local, State, and Federal Governments

4th Grade Academic Milestones (for families)

Milestones_4th Grade.pdf