Q1W2 8/19/19

TeacherPamela Barnes
Subject AreaELA/Social Studies
Grade Level4
Week #2
Unit of InstructionNational Parks; Opinion Writing; Maps
Standard(s) Taught


  • RI.1.1: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • RI.1.2 – Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text
  • RI.1.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • L3.4 Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraph, photograph, autograph).


  • L.1.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • L.3.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  • L.3.6: Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases as found in grade level appropriate texts, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being

Social Studies

  • SS.4.G.1.4 Interpret political and physical maps using map elements (title, compass rose, cardinal directions, intermediate directions, symbols, legend, scale, longitude, latitude)
  • SS.4.G.1.1 Identify physical features of Florida
  • SS.4.G.1.2 Locate and label cultural features on a Florida map
Learning Targets and Learning Criteria


  • Use explicit and implicitly implied text evidence to answer question about an article
  • Summarize “Animals Come Home to Our National Parks” by giving details and explaining what it is mostly about
  • Explain how the parks have and are being affected by humans both positively and negatively
  • Learn the definition of 5 Greek/Latin roots-demonstrate understanding through spelling/vocab test


  • Make non-fiction writing more interesting by writing sentences of varied lengths, using juicy words, decreasing repetition, and incorporating figurative language
    • words to know: personification, simile, metaphor, idiom, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, alliteration

Social Studies 

  • Identify map elements such as title, compass rose, symbols, legend, scale, longitude, and latitude)
  • Indicate cardinal directions and intermediate directions on a map
  • Identify and locate Florida’s major physical features, including major bodies of water and areas with major islands on a state map such as Florida Keys
  • Locate, label, and discuss Florida’s cultural features on a Florida map (e.g., state capital-Tallahassee, major cities, sites of important historical events, major tourist attractions)
Classroom Activities
  • Centers 
  • Whole-group and small-group instruction
  • Independent reading and writing
  • Digital technology programs
  • Collaborative and independent work
  • IXL Strand this week A1 and A2 Main Idea and Details
Assignments Due


  • iReady diagnostic
  • Text-based questions after reading Animals Come Home to our National Parks
  • Main idea assignment after reading Animals Come Home to our National Parks
  • Center work assignments:
    • Writing:
    • Vocabulary: choice board
    • Tech: IXL strand A1 and A2
    • Standards Practice: Yellowstone reading passage with main idea and details questions; main idea quiz
    • Standards Activity: main idea sort; task cards
  • Vocabulary/Spelling/Convention test on Friday
  • Rewrite “The World’s Most Boring Paragraph” using juicy words and figurative language
  • Morning Work Monday-Friday
  • Create a map of the school by correctly using elements of a map
  • FL map outline completely labeled with cultural and physical features
Additional Resources

Spelling Words

  1. interaction
  2. activate
  3. overreaction
  4. altitude
  5. exalt
  6. alto
  7. alternate
  8. alternative
  9. alter
  10. amble
  11. ambulance
  12. ambition
  13. angular
  14. entangle
  15. quadrangle

Roots to know: 

  1. act: do
  2. alt: high
  3. alter: other
  4. amb: walk, go
  5. ang: bend

Student Logins

  • Seesaw: 1alpha@vcs2go.net     Password: 8-digit numerical birthdate    
  • IXL Student Login: 1alpha      Password: 8-digit numerical birthdate
  • Focus (for grades): 1alpha@vcs2go.net     Password: Numerical birthdate    (Login through vPortal account on myvolusiaschools.org)
  • Scholastic Book Orders: To order books through Scholastic Book Clubs use our class code L8BQQ or send checks or cash in with an order form