Q1, W7 September 24-28




TeacherLauren Griffin
Subject AreaELA and Social Studies
Grade Level4
Week #6
Unit of InstructionBranches of Government
Standard(s) Taught


LAFS.4.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.


LAFS.4.RI.4.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


LAFS.4.RF.3.3  Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.


LAFS.4.RF.4.4  Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.


LAFS.4.W.10  Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.


LAFS.4.L.2.3  Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.


LAFS.4.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 (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).


LAFS.4.SL1.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


SS.4.C.3.1  Identify the three branches (Legislative, Judicial, Executive) of government in Florida and the powers of each.


SS.4.C.3.2  Distinguish between state (governor, state representative, or senator) and local government (mayor, city commissioner). 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria


Students will:

·         provide references to details and/or examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly.


  • provide references to details and/or examples in a text when explaining inferences drawn from the text.


Students will: 

·         provide a statement that integrates information from two texts on the same topic.



Students will:

provide an explanation of events in a historical, scientific or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text. 

Classroom Activities

Reading Florida’s Government: Power, Purpose, and People, answering text-based questions based on this reading and drawing inferences from this text.

Reading Florida Then and Now Article: Florida’s State Government and creating a tree map of the three branches of government.  

Open House Preparation/Center Work:

-Informative Essay/Who Am I: Students will write an informative essay, describing themselves.

-Opinion Essay: Students will write an opinion essay about  their three favorite parts of fourth grade.

Students will be participating in I-Ready testing this week.  I-Ready is a computer based program.  The test results will not be entered into gradebook.  Rather, they will give us a baseline for our data.  This data will help to guide our instruction, going forward.  Students do not need to study/prepare for this testing, but please encourage your child to do their best on this assessment. 🙂



Assignments Due

Open House for 4th grade is on Wednesday, September 26th from 5:00-5:45 pm. The students have been working hard on activities for you all to enjoy at Open House.  Hope to see you all there!

Homework: Read and Respond Monday-Thursday

-Read for 20 minutes/night.

-Write a four sentence response to the part of the text that you read.

Spelling Words (Test on Friday):

  1. Senate
  2. representatives
  3. vote
  4. powers
  5. legislative
  6. judicial 
  7. executive
  8. federal
  9. purpose
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