Quarter 1 Week 3 (8/28-8/31)

Class News

  • Picture Day Tuesday, August 29th 
  • No school on Friday, September 1st and Monday, September 4th 
TeacherPamela Barnes
Subject AreaELA/Social Studies
Grade Level4
Week #3
Unit of InstructionNational Parks/Opinion Writing/Maps
Standard(s) Taught
  • RI2.5 Describe the structure of a non-fiction text (chronological order, compare/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution)
  • RI.3.7   Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text
  • W1.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and evidence
  • 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
  • Understand that an author changes the structure of a text based on their purpose for writing
  • Read a text and identify the text structure used by the author
  • Identify text features used in non-fiction text; define each one; know the purpose of each one
  • Analyze texts to distinguish between varying viewpoints
  • Identify key details and evidence to support particular points
  • Identify purpose, audience, and task of chosen writing prompt
  • Create an outline/planning sheet for an opinion essay using topic and supporting reasons
  • 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
  • Create a vocabulary word map using one of our content words for our national park unit
  • Label a map of Florida using a given list and create a legend that corresponds with the symbols chosen
  • Review the criteria for earning a score of 4-4-2 on a written essay
  • Learn how to create a planning sheet for an essay
Assignments Due


  • Although there is no formal homework required in ELA, students are encouraged to complete their benchmark (diagnostic leveling) assignments on thinkcerca.com, read aloud and silently for enjoyment, and/or work on readtheory.org

In-Class Assignments

  • Vocabulary word map
  • Map of Florida
  • Social Studies Weekly newspaper task
  • Text feature hunt
Additional Resources