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Grade 4 Learning Objectives for “I Approve”

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English Language Arts

General Learning Objective

1. Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences.

Specific Learning Objectives

1.1. Discover and Explore

Express ideas and develop understanding

  • Compare new ideas, information and experiences to prior knowledge and experiences
  • Ask questions, paraphrase and discuss to explore ideas and understand new concepts
  • Share personal responses to explore and develop understanding of oral, print and other media texts

Experiment with language and forms

  • Discuss and compare the ways similar topics are developed in different forms of oral, print and other media texts

1.2 Clarify and Extend

Consider the ideas of others

  • Identify other perspectives by exploring a variety of ideas, opinions, responses and oral, print and other media texts

Combine ideas

  • Use talk, notes, personal writing and representing to record and reflect on ideas, information and experiences

General Learning Objective

2. Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to comprehend and respond personally and critically to oral, print and other media texts.

Specific Learning Objectives

2.1 Use Strategies and Cues

Use prior knowledge

  • Use ideas and concepts, developed through personal interests, experiences and discussion, to understand new ideas and information
  • Explain how the organizational structure of oral, print and other media texts can assist in constructing and confirming meaning

Use comprehension strategies

  • Comprehend new ideas and information by responding personally and discussing ideas with others
  • Monitor understanding by confirming or revising inferences and predictions based on information in text

Use textual cues

  • Distinguish differences in the structural elements of texts, such as letters and storybooks, to access and comprehend ideas and information

Use phonics and structural analysis

  • Identify and know the meaning of some frequently used prefixes and suffixes
  • Apply knowledge of root words, compound words, syllabication, contractions and complex word families to read unfamiliar words in context
  • Integrate knowledge of phonics and sight vocabulary with knowledge of language and context clues to read unfamiliar words in context

2.2 Respond to Texts

Experience various texts

  • Experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and genres, such as personal narratives, plays, novels, video programs, adventure stories, folk tales, informational texts, mysteries, poetry and CDROM programs
  • Discuss a variety of oral, print or other media texts by the same author, illustrator, storyteller or filmmaker
  • Retell events of stories in another form or medium
  • Make general evaluative statements about oral, print and other media texts

Construct meaning from texts

  • Connect the thoughts and actions of characters portrayed in oral, print and other media texts to personal and classroom experiences
  • Identify the main events in oral, print and other media texts; explain their causes, and describe how they influence subsequent events
  • Compare similar oral, print and other media texts and express preferences, using evidence from personal experiences and the texts
  • Develop own opinions based on ideas encountered in oral, print and other media texts

Appreciate the artistry of texts

  • Explain how language and visuals work together to communicate meaning and enhance effect

2.3 Understand Forms, Elements and Techniques

Understand forms and genres

  • Describe and compare the main characteristics of a variety of oral, print and other media texts

Understand techniques and elements

  • Identify and explain connections among events, setting and main characters in oral, print and other media texts

General Learning Objective

3. Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to manage ideas and information.

Specific Learning Objectives

3.2 Select and Process

Access information

  • Identify information sources that inform, persuade or entertain, and use such sources appropriately

Evaluate sources

  • Recall important points, and make and revise predictions regarding upcoming information

3.3 Organize, Record and Evaluate

Organize information

  • Organize ideas and information, using appropriate categories, chronological order, cause and effect, or posing and answering questions
  • Organize oral, print and other media texts into sections that relate to and develop the topic

Record information

  • Paraphrase information from oral, print and other media sources

Evaluate information

  • Examine gathered information to identify if more information is required; review new understanding

General Learning Objective

4. Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to enhance the clarity and artistry of communication.

Specific Learning Objectives

4.3 Present and Share

Demonstrate attentive listening and viewing

  • Connect own ideas, opinions and experiences to those communicated in oral and visual presentations
  • Give constructive feedback, ask relevant questions, and express related opinions in response to oral and visual presentations

General Learning Objective

5. Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to respect, support and collaborate with others.

Specific Learning Objectives

5.1 Respect Others and Strengthen Community

Appreciate diversity

  • Describe similarities and differences between personal experiences and the experiences of people or characters from various cultures portrayed in oral, print and other media texts


Topic: Safety and Responsibility

General Learning Objective

Wellness Choices
Students will make responsible and informed choices to maintain health and to promote safety for self and others.

Specific Learning Objectives


  • Expand practices that provide safety for self and others; e.g., develop guidelines for safe use of technology/chat lines


  • Describe ways to respond appropriately to potentially dangerous situations related to environmental conditions; e.g., lightning, avalanches, tornadoes

Topic: Learning Strategies

General Learning Objective

Life Learning Choices
Students will use resources effectively to manage and explore life roles and career opportunities and challenges

Specific Learning Objectives


  • Identify ways individuals continue to learn throughout their lives

Social Studies

Topic: 4.2 The Stories, Histories and Peoples of Alberta

General Learning Objective

Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the role of stories, history and culture in
strengthening communities and contributing to identity and a sense of belonging. 

Specific Learning Objectives

4.2.1 Appreciate how an understanding of Alberta’s history, peoples and stories contributes to
their own sense of belonging and identity:

  • Recognize how stories of people and events provide multiple perspectives on past and present events (I, TCC) 

Topic: 4.3 Alberta: Celebrations and Challenges

General Learning Objective

Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how Alberta has grown and changed
culturally, economically and socially since 1905.

Specific Learning Objectives

4.3.3 examine, critically, Alberta’s changing cultural and social dynamics by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:

  • In what ways has Alberta changed demographically since 1905 (i.e., population distribution in rural and urban areas, arrival of diverse ethnic groups, languages spoken)? (CC, I, LPP, TCC)
  • How has multiculturalism in Alberta evolved over time? (CC, I, GC, LPP)
  • How does living in a particular community, region or province help shape individual and collective identity? (CC, I, LPP)

Topic: Dimensions of Thinking

General Learning Objective

Skills and Processes

Specific Learning Objectives

4.S.1 develop skills of critical thinking and creative thinking:

  • Evaluate significant local and current affairs, distinguishing between fact and opinion
  • Evaluate, critically, ideas, information and positions from multiple perspectives
  • Re-evaluate opinions to broaden understanding of a topic or an issue
  • Generate original ideas and strategies in individual and group activities

4.S.4 demonstrate skills of decision making and problem solving:

  • Contribute and apply new ideas and strategies, supported with facts and reasons, to decision making and problem solving
  • Identify situations where a decision needs to be made and a problem requires attention