Grade 4 English Immersion | My Child in School | Manitoba Education
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent


What your child is learning

Grade 4 children talk and think about how and what they are learning. They learn to check their progress as they work toward their language learning goals.

In Grade 4, your child learns to:

  • use past experiences and what he or she knows about books, stories and language to figure out meaning
  • explore new ways to learn, think and communicate about what he or she reads, hears and watches
  • choose topics, ask good questions, and use a plan for a research project
  • make clear and interesting oral, written and visual presentations, keeping in mind the reason for the presentation and who will be listening, reading or watching
  • use a variety of information sources such as people, libraries, maps, technology and websites to answer his or her questions and find new information
  • check for complete sentences, punctuation and spelling

In Grade 4, children learn to participate cooperatively in large and small groups. They also learn that the kind of language we use depends on the situation and with whom we are communicating.

To find out more about what your child is learning, talk to the teacher.

You may also refer to the Language Arts Practices: Orientation Guide for information regarding the program's guiding principles and recommended practices.

How your child is assessed

The teacher will report on your child’s progress three times a year. Here are the English Language Arts reporting areas and some examples of what the teacher will assess.

Comprehension (Reading, Listening and Viewing)

  • What does your child do to help himself or herself understand?
  • How does your child show what he or she understands?
  • How does your child explain new ideas and information in his or her own words?

Communication (Writing, Speaking and Representing)

  • How does your child use new words, images, and different ways of communicating thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences?
  • How does your child organize ideas for communication (for example, creating diagrams, lists, maps, or plans)?
  • How does your child use resources to check and improve work?

Critical Thinking

  • How does your child use personal experiences, predictions and expectations to think about and evaluate what he or she hears, looks at and reads?
  • How does your child discuss similarities and differences, for example between personal experiences and the experiences of people he or she learns about?
  • How does your child think about or change personal opinions based on the opinions of others?


Frequently Asked Questions

How do children learn to read and write?

How can I help my child? What tips can I use to help my child learn to read?

Where can I get support in helping my child to read and write?

Why is critical thinking important at this age?