Quarter 2, Week 16 (12/4-12/8)

TeacherKathleen Manning
Subject AreaELA/Social Studies
Grade Level4
Week #16
Unit of InstructionBiography/Poetry/Florida History
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.4.RI.1.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why based on specific information in the text.

LAFS.4.RI.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.1.1 Engage cooperatively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

LAFS.4.SL.1.2 Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

LAFS.4.SL.2.6 Differentiate between contexts that call for formal English (e.g. presenting ideas) and situations where informal discourse is appropriate (e.g. small group discussion); use formal English when appropriate to task and situation.

LAFS.4.L.1.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

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.3.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

LAFS.4.W.4.10 Write routinely over extended time frames.

LAFS.4.RI.2.5 Describe the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

LAFS.4.RL.1.2 Determine the theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

The student will:

-Provide an explanation of events in a historical text including what happened and why, based on specific information from the text.

-Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text.

-Use context clues to figure out words from a story.

-Provide references to text-evidence when explaining what the text says explicitly.

-Provide references to details or examples when explaining inferences.

-Provide a description of overall structure of a text.

-Provide a statement of theme in a text.


Classroom Activities

Read article “African Americans Settle in Fort Mose.” Students will discuss the story and fill out a “What Happened and Why” (cause/effect) organizer.

View Power Point “Guess the Famous Americans” and also a power point on “Context Clues.” Class discussion on types of context clues.

¬†Students will discuss how people succeed when things in life are difficult as a lead in to reading of story from literature book: “Snowflake Bentley.” Vocabulary from story will be discussed and students will complete “Context Clues” graphic organizer.

Students will re-read “Snowflake Bentley” and discuss finding text evidence or clues to answer text-dependent questions.

Students will identify the overall structure of the story and create a timeline for the chronological order of the events.

Students will discuss the theme of “Snowflake Bentley” and review theme in general.¬†

Theme “exit ticket” quiz

Students will continue working on poetry writing/reading for our Poetry Cafe on Dec. 20th.





Assignments Due

What Happened and Why organizer

Context Clues Organizer

Text-Dependent Questions and answers with evidence to support

Snowflake Bentley time line

Exit ticket


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