Fourth Grade Reading Skills

Fourth Grade Reading Skills

4th Grade Reading Strategies

  1. Reads orally with fluency based on rate, intonation, phrasing, and naturalness
  2. Self-corrects when reading miscues
  3. Reads fluently with understanding
  4. Utilizes prior knowledge
  5. Extends word patterns (e.g., prefixes, suffixes, inflectional endings)
  6. Identifies/spells frequently-used words correctly
  7. Expands sight vocabulary
  8. Identifies multiple meanings of words
  9. Recognizes synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and compound words
  10. Uses figurative language/sound devices (e.g., rhyming, alliteration, onomatopoeia)
  11. Recognizes spelling patterns and phonetic generalizations
  12. Differentiates between contractions and possessives
  13. Decodes unknown words using the three-cueing system (e.g., semantics/context meaning, syntax/sentence structure, graphophonic/sound-symbol correspondence)
  14. Identifies analogies
  15. Summarizes information
  16. Utilizes visual aids to completely understand the passage (e.g., picture, list, table, chart, graph)
  17. Identifies and applies knowledge of organizational patterns (e.g., sequence, cause and effect, comparison/contrast)
  18. Identifies and summarizes main idea and supporting details
  19. Makes predictions, draws conclusions, and infers meaning
  20. Retells a story
  21. Describes story elements (e.g., characters, setting, plot, theme, mood/tone, conflict and solution)
  22. Skims and scans to locate key information
  23. Rereads to determine meaning
  24. Utilizes parts of book (e.g., table of contents, title page, index, glossary, headings and captions)
  25. Identifies and utilizes variety of resource texts (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, atlas, computer)
  26. Identifies the author’s purpose (e.g., inform, entertain, persuade, describe)
  27. Understands the meaning of passage from a selection
  28. Knows the differences among the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and plays
  29. Connects literature to real-life situations
  30. Interprets figurative language/literary devices (e.g., similes, metaphors, personification, idioms)
  31. Identifies fact and opinion
  32. Identifies the author’s position (author’s personal view)
  33. Identifies informative and persuasive passages
  34. Follows the directions in a passage
  35. Explains importance of correct sequence of activities in a procedure
  36. Interprets specialized vocabulary
  37. Identifies information which provides additional clarity (e.g., bold-faced print, illustrations, italics)
  38. Locates and applies appropriate information (e.g., phone books, manuals, order forms)
  39. Interprets graphic aides in a passage
  40. Follows multi-step directions
  41. Listens to and comprehends oral reading


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