Fourth Grade

Wayland Union Schools

Language Arts

Wayland Union Schools utilizes the Reader's and Writer's Workshop model for Language Arts Instruction. Our district utilizes the Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Reading and Writing as the basis of our Language Arts program but supplement based on the needs of students, which vary from year to year.

Essential Standards for 4th Grade Language Arts:

  • Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (charts, graphs, timelines, etc) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
  • Determine the meaning of general academic words or phrases in a text relevant to a 4th-grade topic or subject area.
  • Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says.
  • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on 4th-grade topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • Produce clear and coherent writing that is appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience.
  • Summarize key supporting details and ideas in a text.


Wayland Union Schools utilizes Everyday Mathematics as the core resource for addressing our math curriculum.

Essential Standards for 4th Grade Math:

  • Multiply and divide a 4-digit number by a 1-digit number, multiply two 2-digit numbers
  • Identify all of the components of the place value system
  • Compare fractions and determine equivalent fractions
  • Add and subtract simple fractions
  • Determine factors and multiples of numbers
  • Understand and use targeted math vocabulary words

Parents looking to help their child with math at home might find the following resources useful.

Everyday Math At Home - 4th Grade


Wayland Union Schools utilizes Mystery Science as the core resource for addressing the Michigan Science standards. Currently, students in Fourth Grade will learn about the following topics during the school year:

  • Human Body, Senses, and the Brain
  • Rock Cycle and Earth's Processes
  • Sound, Waves, and Communication
  • Energy, Motion, and Electricity

Mystery Science

Social Studies

The fourth grade social studies curriculum introduces students to geographic, economic, governmental concepts through the lens of the United States. They study the physical geography of the United States as well as the cultural characteristics of regions of the country. Students analyze human systems in the United States by exploring the interaction between the people and their natural environments, the movement of people, products, and ideas, and the distinguishing features of various regions within the country. By focusing on the characteristics of the U.S. economy, students learn fundamental economic concepts and apply these to their own lives. They study economic ties between the United States and other places, and discover how their country is an interdependent part of the global economy. Students are introduced to the purposes, structure, and function of our federal government. They also examine the relationship between the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic republic. Students examine current issues facing the United States and practice making and expressing informed decisions as citizens.

Source: MAISA Social Studies 4th Grade Course Description

Exploratory Classes

Elementary students at Wayland Union Schools attend classes in Music, Physical Education, Media, and Art on a weekly basis.

Helping your Child at Home

Wayland Union Schools offers access to several different programs that can keep students learning at home. Please read below to learn about the various programs. Usage may vary from grade to grade so please be sure to look at the target audience and work with your child's teacher to maximize the benefit of each program.

Please contact your child's teacher or the Technology Helpdesk ( for usernames and passwords for the various websites.

To learn about the different programs that students may utilize at home, click here.

General Information

The elementary curriculum at Wayland Union Schools is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Math and Language Arts and Michigan Standards for Science and Social Studies. Though essential standards and general topics of study have been identified for each content area, students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in all or most grade level standards in order to be promoted to the next grade level.