Fourth graders need to build their academic vocabulary so that they can better understand what they read and hear. Academic vocabulary words for fourth graders include many terms that are used often and across all subjects such as math, science, history, reading, and writing. So knowing them will be useful when reading, listening to lectures, writing reports, doing homework, and making presentations to the class. 

Print this list, courtesy of Hyde Park Central School District, and post it somewhere that you and your child will see it regularly. Try using these words in conversation with your child. Hearing new words in context is a great way for kids to learn new words and remember what they mean.

4th grade vocabulary words

accomplish essential reason
adaptation estimate recognize
approached evidence recommend
argued example represent
automatically except result
avoid exclaimed scarce
border experiment select
calculate flexible separate
cause fortunate simplify
circular frequent summarize
compare furious surround
concluding increasing support
confirm infer temporary
contrast inform threatens
convince insert tradition
critical maximum minimum
decrease typical usually
defend observe demonstrate
organized describe obvious
detail passage develop
persuade difference predict
prefer disappointed distribute
previous effective purpose
eliminate prediction rarely


See the academic vocabulary lists for 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade, too.

Check out our 36 spelling words worksheets for 4th graders.

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Read: 4th grade reading
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Do: Our 5 favorite 4th grade reading worksheets

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