Grades 4-6

Tips for Grades Four through Six


  1. If your child is not reading at grade level at the beginning of fourth grade, it is important to get immediate intervention. If the school cannot provide this, contract for the services of a reading specialist or learning center. If you cannot afford it, try community tutoring programs. At minimum, ask a reading specialist for a diagnosis and a list of skills that you and the classroom teacher can work on.
  2. Classroom teachers might say that a child has poor comprehension, but often there are other problems, such as decoding deficiencies or fluency problems, which influence comprehension but are not recognized. A reading specialist should be able to determine exactly where problems lie. Time and money spent now (or earlier, in grades 2 or 3) will be well spent in avoiding a compounding of heavy text load with inability to read grade level texts as your child progresses through school.
  3. Reading comprehension is most important at this level. Your child will be learning to
    1. Find and explain the main idea of a paragraph.
    2. Choose supporting details and eliminate unimportant details
    3. Explain cause and effect in the text
    4. Order events from the text in correct time sequence
    5. Categorize
    6. Draw logical conclusions
    7. Predict and explain outcomes
    8. Provide alternate endings
    9. Understand figurative language
    10. Relate text to previous text and learning
    11. Explain his beliefs about and appreciation of text
  4. Content area reading and non-fiction are major components of reading in the intermediate elementary grades.
  5. Study skills are very important, but they are often given short shrift in many classrooms. You can help. Nothing is better than an individual, one-to-one guide through the method of studying a textbook. (See our Study Skills tips and our SQ3R Study Method).Have your child take our SELF HELP STUDY HABITS TEST. Talk to him or her about the answers. Discuss which ones (s)he will try to improve on this year.

Suggested Reading Test


Grades 4-6 Our Self-HelpTests are designed to demonstrate which skills or actions are important to being a good reader or student.

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