Week at a Glance

       Welcome lifelong learners to 4th grade! Our hope is that your love for reading, writing, math, science, and history will multiply throughout the year. Let's have a great year!

Week of November 27th - December 1st 

Language Arts
Students will listen to peers share their informational writing and give specific praise for their work, synthesize information to develop an accurate character profile supported by research, determine the characteristics of a narrative, organize a plot for a narrative using events based on research of my animal and its defense mechanism, organize a plot for a narrative, and critique the ideas of a peer's Narrative Planning graphic organizer. 

This week in ALL (Additional Language and Literacy) block students will explain how the research reading connects to something they learned in the module lessons, explain how an author uses specific details about characters' thoughts, feelings, and actions to describe an event, recognize and explain the meaning of similes, respond to a prompt using sensory and concrete details, and use affixes in words and use affixes as clues to the meanings of words. 

Important Vocabulary Words to Know
information, facts, details, character profile, physical description, personality traits, daily life, behavior, family, habitat description, organizer, characters, setting, description, dialogue, plot, introduction, rising action, problem, solution, conclusion, critique, specific feedback, informative, narrative, expansion, commas, quotation marks, speech, visualize, irrelevant, affix, convey, sensory detail, concrete language

This week, students will compare two fractions using benchmark numbers, explain the comparison of two fractions using benchmark numbers and representations, decompose fractions into a sum of fractions and draw visual models, decompose a fraction into a sum of fractions with the same denominator in more than one way, and can solve problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions by using models.

Important Vocabulary Words to Know   addend, decompose, like denominators, like numerators, unit fraction, numerator, denominator, difference, sum, prediction, represent

Students will nterpret data from weather maps to identify fronts (i.e., warm, cold, and stationary), temperature, pressure and precipitation to make an informed prediction about tomorrow’s weather

Important Vocabulary Words to Know

weather map, warm front, cold front, stationary front, air mass, meteorologist, cirrus, stratus, cumulus

Social Studies
In social studies, students will learn more about the Federal System with Federal Powers, State powers, and shared powers. Students will also learn about the Natural Rights granted in the Declaration of Independence as well as revisit the system of Checks and Balances.

Important Vocabulary Words to Know

articles of confederation, federal court, currency, weakness, Constitution, checks and balances, executive, legislative, judicial, representative democracy, separation of powers, federal government, state government, popular sovereignty