In 4th grade at Marin Preparatory School, deeper discussions become a significant part of the curriculum. At this age, students are naturally passionate about social justice; they also love word play, expanding their vocabulary, and descriptive language (if they think it, they say it). As a result, the use of jokes, limericks, silly poetry, and word games for increased verbal competence becomes the norm. Additionally, students at this age continue their curiosity around math and science, and their ability for deeper, more targeted experience with science experiments and mathematical word problems is encouraged.

Our 4th Grade Curriculum Spotlights

4th Grade Reading Skills & Curriculum


  • Oral reading skills of intonation, character, voice, expressions, pacing & fluency
  • Story, poem or drama comprehension
  • Literary elements: characterization, theme, plot, setting, author’s point of view
  • Making good book choices: expanding genres to fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, mythology
4th Grade Writing Curriculum & Lessons


  • Broadened writing strategies: first person narrative, interpretation of literature, poetry, research papers
  • Note-taking skills
  • Personal journals and writing
  • Collaborative discussions
  • Oral presentation and debating skills
4th Grade Math Curriculum


  • Multiplication and division with 2 digits
  • Probability
  • 2-D & 3-D geometry
  • Word problem strategies
  • Graphs & tables
4th Grade Science Curriculum


  • Inquiry-based approaches
  • Physical Science: electricity and magnetism
  • Life Science: plats, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, decomposers
  • Earth Science: rocks, minerals, Earth’s land surface
4th Grade Social Studies & History Curriculum

Social Studies

  • Physical and human geographic features of California
  • Social, political, cultural, and economic life of people of CA from pre-Columbian societies to Spanish Mission rancho periods
  • California’s development in agriculture & industry
  • Study of Spain

4th Grade Spanish Infusion

4th Grade Spanish Classes

In 4th grade, students build upon the solid basic foundation gained during their foundation years to further strengthen their level of literacy in Spanish language and Hispanic cultures.

By the end of 4th grade, students will have acquired basic, age-appropriate knowledge of Spanish and reached similarly appropriate developmental milestones in their English language skills. Students will be able to engage in the following content areas:

  • Universal social norms from around the globe
  • Key historical figures and events
  • Climate and environmental issues
  • Media and lifestyles
  • Wildlife and animal habitats
  • Geography and nutrition
  • Popular sports
  • Childhood and family
  • Forms of celebrations and significant calendar events
  • Careers and future plans
  • Fashion, culture and history
  • Art appreciation
  • Storytelling
  • Physical conditions and traditional remedies
  • Technological advances today

4th Grade Enrichments


4th Grade Art Class & Portrait

Students this age use shading to transform a two-dimensional shape into what appears to be a three-dimensional form (changing a circle to sphere, for example). In addition to examining the historical art of California, they also use accurate proportions to create an expressive portrait, figure drawing, or painting, and explore the use of contrast (light and dark) in original works of art.


Music & Performing Arts

4th Grade Music Class

Fourth graders are gaining greater confidence in performing a wide range of songs. At this stage, they’re listening to, identifying, and describing elements and history of music from various genres and cultures; developing creative performance techniques through skits and plays; and learning about construction by building sets and props.


Physical Education

4th Grade PE Class

To support the strong link between physical education and learning, MPS fourth graders are encouraged to explore movement and develop gross motor skills. By offering a series of well-considered and developmentally appropriate activities, MPS helps children gain confidence in their athletic abilities, and promotes a “can-do” attitude that supports fun and learning for all.