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TeacherElizabeth Brumley
Subject AreaELA/Social Studies
Grade Level4
Week #8
Unit of InstructionNational Parks/Opinion Writing/Government
Standard(s) Taught


  • RL1.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story, drawing on specific details in the text
  • RL1.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text
  • RL.2.6: Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
  • 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
  • L1.1G Choose the correct spelling of frequently confused words: new/knew, to/too, their/there/they’re, your/you’re, by/buy/bye
  • L1.2A Use correct capitalization
  • L1.2D Identify correctly spelled words amidst incorrect words


  • W1.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information
  • W1.1B When writing opinion pieces, provide reasons that are supported by facts or details

Social Studies

  • SS3.2 Distinguish between state and local government
  • SS.4.C.3.1 Identify the three branches (Legislative, Judicial, Executive) of government in Florida and the powers of each.
Learning Targets and Learning Criteria


  • Use evidence from a story when answering text-based questions


  • Write an essay that gives an opinion and is supported by main ideas and key details 
  • Use transitions to link ideas in an essay

Social Studies

  • Compare and contrast national, state, and local government
  • Describe the powers each branch of government holds
  • Explain the significance of the three branches and the checks and balances system in place
Classroom Activities


Centers: IXL strands 4th grade: D.2, D.4, G.2


Comprehension questions – National Parks

Fluency passages

Silent Reading

Assignments Due

Reading Test Tuesday

Iready -45 minutes

Spelling Test Friday

Vocabulary Test Friday

Answer text based questions by referring to evidence from the story Mystic Horse.

Centers Wednesday and Friday

Branches of Government comprehension questions and flipbook.

Additional Resources

Spelling Weeks 7 & 8 (Test on these words 10/4/19)

  1. campaign
  2. campfire
  3. encamp
  4. candle
  5. candidate
  6. candor
  7. captain
  8. captivity
  9. captivate

cam: field      cand: shine, white      cap: head, hold, seize

Vocabulary Words Week 5 & 6 (Test 10/4/19)

  1. Distribute – to divide between several or many
  2. assortment – a collection of different things or persons
  3. sequence – the order in which things happen
  4. circular – having the form of a circle
  5. queasy – feeling sick to your stomach
  6. assure – to promise
  7. consist – to be made up of
  8. draft – to put into written form
  9. exceed – to be greater than or go above the limits
  10. notorious – well-known