4th Grade Vocabulary Words

Instructor: Kristin Pia Hayman

Kristin taught for over 10 years in the elementary classroom. She holds a B.A. in Journalism as well as a Master's Degree in Elementary Education.

There are many new words that a 4th grade student needs to learn. This lesson will take major vocabulary words from several subjects and review them so that students can get a better understanding of these new and exciting words.

Why Vocabulary

So, why study vocabulary? We study vocabulary, or the new words we use, in order to be more specific in our learning. For example, you could say something is ''good,'' but it is so much better to say that something is ''superior,'' ''robust,'' or ''obedient.'' Using more specific vocabulary, especially in writing, can help you get your message across with a clearer understanding of a word.

Below are some words that you may find useful as a 4th grade student.

It is important to study new vocabulary

Reading Words

Ever wonder why some books are better than others? Authors use many techniques to help readers become stronger.

Cliffhanger - a moment where the audience/reader is held in suspense

  • Jon could not wait to read the next book in the series because the first one ended in such a cliffhanger.

Infer - using what you already know or read to draw a conclusion; to make an inference

  • After seeing all of the trophies in his room, I inferred that he was a great athlete.

Dialogue - talk between two or more people

  • The dialogue in the story was between George and Martha.

Fluency or Fluent - the ability to speak or write smoothly

  • Practicing reading out loud makes you a more fluent reader.

Learning new words can be fun!

Writing Words

Want to take your writing to the next level? Check out some of these words that will help you make your assignments more exciting.

Narrative - a story or description

  • Yesterday, I wrote a narrative story about my vacation to the beach.

Expository - writing that is informational and teaches the reader

  • She wrote an expository paper about how to take care of a pet.

Persuasive - causing someone to do or believe something

  • Whitney made a persuasive argument on why she shouldn't have to do her homework.

Revise - to change or correct

  • Miguel took the time to revise his story, adding more details and taking out parts that did not make sense.

Math Words

Math can be hard, but what helps is knowing important vocabulary to help you get through lessons with ease.

Equivalent - equal to

  • Twelve inches are equivalent to one foot.

Calculate - to solve by using math

  • Please calculate the answer to 32 x 53.

Algorithm - a procedure for solving a math problem

  • The algorithm for finding the area is length times width.

Multiple - the product of a given whole number and any other whole number

  • The first few multiples of 5 are: 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25.

Learning new math words can help you solve problems

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