When describing a fourth grader a lot of exclamation marks are needed, because they are always full of life! The best response to their high energy and intensity is to be consistent, calm and light hearted. Fourth graders are self- critical and demand fairness. Fourth graders enjoy laughter and playing games, but they do not do well with competition in large groups that can trigger arguments. Gentle joking and laughter are important but sarcasm can wound feelings. These students often are challenged by organizational skills. The work in fourth grade gets harder and they need to manage it more independently.