Q4W29 (3/25-3/29)

TeacherKathleen Manning
Subject AreaELA/Social Studies
Grade Level4
Week #29
Unit of InstructionEssay Writing/FSA Prep/Whales
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.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 in which it appears.

 LAFS.4.RI.3.9  Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

 LAFS.4.SL.1.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

 LAFS.4.RI.4.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational text, 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.L.2.3  Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

 LAFS.4.L.3.5c  Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).

LAFS.4.W.2.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

LAFS.4.W.2.5: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.


Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

The 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.
  • Provide a statement that integrates information from two texts on the same topic.
  • Provide an explanation of events in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
  • Provide a comparison and contrast of a first hand and second hand account of the same event or topic.
  • Provide a description of the differences in focus and information presented.
  • Provide an explanation of how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

For writing we will be focusing on the following this week:

  • identify the writing style (e.g., argument, informative/explanatory, narrative) that best fits their task, purpose, and audience.
  • use organizational/formatting structures (graphic organizers) to develop their writing ideas.
  • compose a clear and logical piece of writing that demonstrates their understanding of a specific writing style.
  • use prewriting strategies to formulate ideas (e.g., graphic organizers, brainstorming, lists).
  • recognize that a well-developed piece of writing requires more than one draft.
  • apply revision strategies (e.g., reading aloud, checking for misunderstandings, adding and deleting details) with the help of others.
  • edit their writing by checking for errors in capitalization, punctuation, grammar, spelling, etc.
  • prepare multiple drafts using revisions and edits to develop and strengthen their writing.


Classroom Activities


On the Move (poem) by Dina Anastasio – Reading A-Z Ocean Poems booklet

Adelina’s Whales – Macmillan Treasures Pg. 486

Gray Whale Migration Route – http://www.oceanfutures.org/exploration/expeditions/gray-whale-migration-route

ELA writing rotations on Wednesday

Small group work for Adelina’s Whales questions and reading

IXL (L1-3) and (M1-4)

Weekly I-Ready lessons

Timed essay practice (Thursday)

Assignments Due

Adelina’s Whales- vocabulary activity

Adelina’s Whales- questions

T-Chart comparing “On the Move” and “Gray Whale Migration map” listing information given about whales in each. This will be followed with a statement integrating information from both texts.



Additional Resources

Please remember that FSA Writing test is next Tuesday, April 2.