Q1W3 August 26 – August 30

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TeacherElizabeth Brumley
Subject AreaELA/Social Studies
Grade Level4
Week #3
Unit of InstructionNational Parks, Maps, Government
Standard(s) Taught


  • 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.
  • RI.1.2 – Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text
  • 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.

  • RI2.5 Describe the structure of a non-fiction text (chronological order, compare/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution)

  • L3.4 Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraph, photograph, autograph).


  • L.1.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • W.1.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Social Studies

  • SS.4.G.1.4 Interpret political and physical maps using map elements (title, compass rose, cardinal directions, intermediate directions, symbols, legend, scale, longitude, latitude)
  • SS.4.G.1.1 Identify physical features of Florida
  • SS.4.G.1.2 Locate and label cultural features on a Florida map
Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students Will:


  • Use explicit and implicitly implied text evidence to answer questions about an article
  • Explain how the parks have and are being affected by humans both positively and negatively
  • Learn new Greek/Latin roots; use the roots to spell new words and determine their meanings
  • Understand that an author changes the structure of a text based on their purpose for writing
  • Read a text and identify the text structure used by the author


  • Investigate how figurative language, strong vocabulary, and a variety of sentence lengths affect our writing

Social Studies

  • Indicate cardinal directions and intermediate directions on a map
  • Identify and locate Florida’s major physical features, including major bodies of water and areas with major islands on a state map such as Florida Keys
  • Locate, label, and discuss Florida’s cultural features on a Florida map (e.g., state capital-Tallahassee, major cities, sites of important historical events, major tourist attractions)

• Identify the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of Florida’s government. • compare powers of Florida’s three branches of government. • provide examples of actions taken by each of Florida’s three branches of government.

Classroom Activities
  • iReady-40 minutes
  • Centers
  • Teacher small group
  • Read and respond to text
Assignments Due


  • Study spelling/vocabulary words; practice writing complete sentences using spelling words; READ 

In-Class Assignments

  • Greek/Latin conventions test in class
  • Vocabulary test for Weeks 1 and 2 Vocabulary words
  • IXL strands
  • Center work
  • Boring paragraph rewrite using juicy words and 7-up sentences
Additional Resources

Spelling Words

  1. inanimate
  2. unanimous
  3. animate
  4. anniversaries
  5. annual
  6. biannual
  7. aquarium
  8. aquatic
  9. aquamarine
  10. archaeologist
  11. archive
  12. monarchy
  13. asteroid
  14. astronaut
  15. asterisk

Greek/Latin Roots

• anim (life; spirit)

• ann (year)

• aqua (water)

• arch (primitive; first; chief)

• ast (star)

Vocabulary Words

  1. gradually – moving or changing very slowly
  2. typical – to be usual or like others in a group
  3. sole – to be alone or to be the only one
  4. ascend – to go up
  5. descend – to go down