FOURTH GRADE READING

FOCUS SKILLS : ELEMENTS OF NON FICTION

OBJECTIVE: To identify the structural patterns and organization of nonfiction texts

Activity: We reviewed a handout over the elements of non fiction/expository texts. Students completed a worksheet for additional practice on determining how paragraphs were organized, main ideas and sequence of events. The also did a test prep page to distinguish between fiction, expository nonfiction, science fiction and persuasive nonfiction.

Standard Pass Objective: Standard 3 1. a.b.c. 2. a.b.c. 3. a.b.c. 4. a.b.c.d. Standard 4. a.b.

Vocabulary

Objective: To gain meaning from unknown words in a variety of ways

Activity: Students reviewed their “Vocabulary in Context ” page, as well as their written definitions of their vocabulary words and used them in sentence context. For additional practice they completed a worksheet to extend their vocabulary usage through synonyms and analogies.

Standard Pass Objective:Standard 1: 1 2 a. b. 3

Reflection: One of our vocabulary words this week is “teeming”. Students were asked to find that word on the Statue of Liberty inscription and report back to the class. Several students reported their findings to the class today. Although it was a bit of Social Studies, we gained meaning how the word was used and discussed how it related to the Statue of Liberty. This led to the reading of the entire poem by Emma Lazarus. A rather spirited discussion was held which led to further words within the poem that some did not understand, such as “tempest-tossed” and “wretched refuse”. Although we were a big off track of our focus skill, it made for a better vocabulary study of words today.



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