Quarter 1, Week 2 (Aug. 21-25)

TeacherKathleen Manning
Subject AreaLanguage Arts/Social Studies
Grade Level4
Week #2
Unit of Instruction
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.4.W.1.2  Write informational and explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

LAFS.4.R1.1.1  Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

LAFS.4.SL.2.4  Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

LAFS.4.SL.1.1b  Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on other’s ideas and expressing their own clearly. Students will follow agreed upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

SS.4.C.2.2  Identify ways citizens work together to influence government and help solve community and state problems.

SS.4.C.2.3 Explain the importance of public service, voting, and volunteerism.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

-Focus on essential question: How can humans positively or negatively affect an ecosystem?

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

-Discuss vocabulary that is important to a text.

-Understand GIST through explicit details and inference.

-Use text annotation to remember evidence from text.

-Reread text to identify main idea and key details in order to write a main idea statement.

-Introduce a topic clearly- write a strong introductory paragraph.

-Use precise language when writing.

Classroom Activities

-View video “This Land is Your Land.”

-Read “Animals Come Home to Our National Parks.”

-“Tuning in to Interesting Words” vocabulary chart and activity.

-Use student annotations from text to contribute to group discussion on how humans positively or negatively affect an ecosystem with follow-up discussion.

-Anticipation guide for story about the Everglades.

-Read “The Everglades: A National Treasure.”

-Frayer model organizer

-View “Everglades Swamp Safari.”

-Classroom group discussions using posted discussion rules and guidelines.

-Florida Panther Project







Assignments Due

Read 20 minutes nightly.


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