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4th Grade Behavior

What do I need to know about my child's education?

Each child is unique in his emotional and behavioral development. Children may show behaviors that are above grade levels in some areas, and below grade levels in other areas. Children also do not develop at a consistent rate. They may seem to show no growth for a long time and then show a lot of growth in a short span of time. The following social and emotional expectations are general and to be used as a guideline to help you understand your child's development.

What to expect from your child in 4th grade

Children at this age...

  • are very dependent on their peer groups. They are able to think independently but often give into their peers.
  • have increased concentration and, as a result, teachers are able to lead longer lessons.
  • begin to request independence from adults and may fight directions given and/or authority figures.
  • are able to follow directions when supported and rewarded for compliance.
  • begin to develop their own interests in hobbies and sports.
  • will form good relationships with adults in the school setting especially if they feel supported and heard.
  • are beginning to recognize the perspectives of others and will begin to recognize others' needs.
  • will grow independent and be able to complete tasks without adult attention and support.
  • will begin to show increased ability to work independently on school work when they understand the task.
  • are beginning to develop self-confidence and self-concept (how they see themselves), and will continue this development into middle school. Children will often have high's and low's in these areas as they discover who they are.

Grade Level Content Expectations

The Michigan Department of Education requires children in fourth grade to work on the following skills:

  • Describe the effect of teasing and bullying on others and explain what to do if they are bullied or see someone being bullied. This should include working to stop the bully regardless if your child is the bully, being bullied, or observing bullying.
  • Describe the characteristics of people who can help make decisions and solve problems and demonstrate the ability to use decision making and problem solving steps. Children will be asked to review their decision after following the steps.
  • Describe and use the steps of conflict resolution strategies
  • Use non-violent conflict resolution strategies
  • List and describe strategies that can be used to manage strong feelings, including anger
  • Apply the use of positive self-talk to manage feelings

SOURCES

Bright Futures
Michigan's Behavior and Learning Support Initiative
Michigan Department of Education's Health Education Content Standards and Expectations
Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention
Wisconsin RtI Center