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Boys working together. Fourth Grade
Unit 4
Working Together
Enduring Understanding
One person can make a big difference.  However, sometimes that one person needs the help of other people.

Essential Question:
Why do people work in teams?
Week 1/ Week 2/ Week 3/ Week 4/ Week 5
Week 1 The Cricket in Times Square Teacher Resources Student Resources
Enduring Understanding:
Good readers can explain the message of a work of fiction as its theme. 

Essential Question:
Why is the theme of a work of fiction important?
Daily Notebook Files
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5


Bats Under South Congress Bridge
(Total Running Time 2 mins. 36 secs)

Congress Avenue Bridge Bats
(Total Running Time 2 mins. 15 secs)


Magic School Bus: Going Batty (Total Running time 28 minutes, 13 seconds; segments range from 2 minutes to 4 minutes 30 seconds) Please note that the video must be downloaded prior to viewing as per AACPS guidelines.

The Cricket in Times Square Vocabulary
Introduce new vocabulary to students. PowerPoint includes teacher notes for each word.

The Cricket in Times Square Vocabulary 2 (PowerPoint)
Offers another option for introducing story vocabulary and background information.

Independent Worskhop Activities
(Printables) Offers vocabulary, comprehension and writing activities to support the story.  Answer key also available.

Bats!
(Microsoft Word)
Students will add text features to a piece of non-fiction text to make it easier to understand.

 Connecting Characters and Theme
(Inspiration)
Students will anaylze the characters of the story to gain understanding of theme.
 
smartboardThe Cricket in Time Squares Vocabulary Review
Students will review key vocabulary for this week's story.

Unit 4 Week 1 Vocabulary Game 1
(Interactive Website)
Students will acquire and accurately use vocabulary words for reading, writing, speaking, and listening.


Unit 4 Week 1 Spelling Game 1
(Interactive Website)
Students will demonstrate command of spelling short vowel words ending in ed or ing.

 

Week 2 The Life and Times of the Ant Teacher Resources Student Resources
Enduring Understanding:
Good readers describe the relationships in texts that use description as a text structure.

Essential Question:
How can recognizing a description text structure help you to describe the relationships between ideas?
Daily  Notebook Files
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

Ants- Introduction to ants and their way of life. 
(Total Running Time: 2 mins, 47 seconds)
Please note that the video must be downloaded prior to viewing as per AACPS guidelines.

The Life and Times of the Ant Vocabulary
(PowerPoint) Introduce new vocabulary to students. PowerPoint includes teacher notes for each word.

The Life and Times of the Ant Vocabulary 2
(PowerPoint) Offers another option for introducing story vocabulary and background information.
It's an Ant's Life (PowerPoint)
Students will defend an opinion on whether it would be fun to be the size of an ant. (Daily Writing Prompt Day 2).

smartboardThe Life and Times of the Ant Vocabulary Review
Students will review key vocabulary for this week's story.

Unit 4 Week 2 Vocabulary Game 1
(Interactive Website)
Students will acquire and accurately use vocabulary words for reading, writing, speaking, and listening.


Unit 4 Week 2 Spelling Game 1
(Interactive Website)
Students will demonstrate command of spelling words ending with er or est.


Unit 4 Week 2 Spelling Game 2
(Interactive Website)
 Students will demonstrate command of spelling words ending with er or est.

Week 3 The Power of Oil Teacher Resources Student Resources
Enduring Understanding:
Good readers explain how an author uses language to determine whether the author's purpose for writing is stated or implied. 

Essential Question:
How can analyzing the language and author uses help you determine his or her stated or implied purpose?
The Power of Oil Vocabulary
Introduce new vocabulary to students. PowerPoint includes teacher notes for each word.

Energy Sources- from NeoK12; provides links to videos and games about energy sources.


Treasures of the Deep Total Running Time 55 seconds Please note that the video must be downloaded prior to viewing as per AACPS guidelines.

Fossil Fuels Total Running Time 5 minutes, 44 seconds
Please note that the video must be downloaded prior to viewing as per AACPS guidelines.

Wind Power Total Running Time 3 minutes, 1 second
Please note that the video must be downloaded prior to viewing as per AACPS guidelines.

Energy Sources
(Inspiration with weblinks) Students will research different energy sources and choose the one they think would be best for the United States to use as its primary source of energy.

Energy Kids

(Website) Students will read to be informed about the different types of energy sources and will create a tree map (on paper) showing the five different types.

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The Power of Oil Vocabulary Review
Students will review key vocabulary for this week's story.


Unit 4 Week 3 Vocabulary Game 1
(Interactive Website)
Students will acquire and accurately use vocabulary words for reading, writing, speaking, and listening.


Unit 4 Week 3 Spelling Game 1

(Interactive Website)
Students will demonstrate command of spelling words with the /u/ sound.

Week 4 Ima and the Great Texas Ostrich Race Teacher Resources Student Resources
Enduring Understanding:
Good readers connect information to draw conclusions about characters and their relationships.

Essential Question:
How can drawing conclusions help you to explain the roles and fuctions of characters in the plot?
Daily Notebook Files
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

An Unusual Animal Race Writing Prompt Students will compose a narrative story involving animals in an unusual race.

Jane Addams (Total Running Time 5 minutes, 4 seconds) Please note that the video must be downloaded prior to viewing as per AACPS guidelines.

The Animated Reference Library: The Animated Encyclopedia (Total Running Time 15 minutes 42 seconds) Please note that the video must be downloaded prior to viewing as per AACPS guidelines.
 
Ima and the Great Texas Ostrich Race Vocabulary
Introduce new vocabulary to students. PowerPoint includes teacher notes for each word.

smartboardIma and the Great Texas Ostrich Race Vocabulary Review

Introduce new vocabulary to students.
Extra, Extra- Read All About It!
(Inspiration) Students will sequence the events of Ima and the Great Texas Ostrich Race, and analyze it from different points of view in order to write a newspaper story about the race.

Unit 4 Week 4 Vocabulary Game 1
(Interactive Website)
Students will acquire and accurately use vocabulary words for reading, writing, speaking, and listening.


Unit 4 Week 4 Spelling Game

(Interactive Website)
Students will demonstrate command of spelling words with the /ou/ or /ow/ sounds.


Week 5 My Brother's Flying Machine Teacher Resources Student Resources
Enduring Understanding:
Good readers use literary language and devices to determine the author's perspective. 

Essential Question:
What is the author's perspective toward the subject of the selection?
Daily Notebook Files
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

The Wright Brothers Total Running Time 7 minutes, 40 seconds
Please note that the video must be downloaded prior to viewing as per AACPS guidelines.

The Wright Brothers: The Invention of the Aerial Age- Activities and resources from the Air and Space Museum

The Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company- A virtual museum of aerial history.


My Brothers' Flying  Machine Vocabulary
Introduce new vocabulary to students. PowerPoint includes teacher notes for each word.

smartboard My Brothers' Flying Machine Vocabulary Review
Students will review key vocabulary for this week's story.

My Brothers' Flying Machine Vocabulary 2
Offers another option for introducing story vocabulary and background information.

Independent Worskhop Activities
Offers vocabulary, comprehension and writing activities to support the story. 
Answer key also available.




Wright Brothers' Artifacts 
Students will read about the Wright Brothers' artifacts and will create a bridge map to show what the artifact is and what can be learned by viewing it.

Music about Aviation
(Inspiration)
Students will listen to music about aviation and will compare and contrast two different songs written about aviation during this time period.


Part 1- Amelia Earhardt
Students will write a newspaper article about one newsworthy event in Earhart's life that they find interesting. Students should include the exact date and time, place, and circumstances of the event.  
NewPixiePart 2- Newspaper about Amelia
Students will use information they have learned to create a front page article about Amelia, making sure to include the exact time and date, place, and circumstances of an event in her life.


Unit 4 Week 5 Vocabulary Game 1

(Interactive Website)
Students will acquire and accurately use vocabulary words for reading, writing, speaking, and listening.


Unit 4 Week 5 Spelling Game 1
(Interactive Website)
Students will demonstrate command of spelling words with the /au/ sound.

Unit 4 Week 5 Spelling Game 2
(Interactive Website)
Students will demonstrate command of spelling words with /au/ sound.


Theme Connections
Student Activities
Research Organinzer
treasuresResearch Road Map
Students will use this research road map as a guide to completing research.

Newhttp://www.growingpower.org/ (This site encourages locals to work together to provide their communities with healthful and affordable food.)

Newhttp://www.ecologycenter.org/bcgc/ (Berkley Community Gardening Collaborative)

Newhttp://www.uwex.edu/erc/gwah/ (This site, run by the University of Wisconsin, encourages students to create teams to help improve water quality in their environment.)

http://www.dosomething.org/tipsheet/school_recycling_program (This site encourages students to be environmentally conscious at school through a recycling program.)

Growing Power Students will learn how locals can work together to provide their communities with healthful and affordable food. Check out the History section under About Us!


Teacher Notes
Standards Resources
Common Core Standard:RF3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

Technology Standard:V. Integrating Technology into the Curriculum and Instruction
Phonics and Word Study Lessons
Common Core Standard:L4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies

Technology Standard:V. Integrating Technology into the Curriculum and Instruction
Vocabulary Lessons
Common Core Standard:
W-Recall relevant infromation from experiences or gather relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
Technology Standard
V- Use technology to locate, evaluate, gather, and organize information and data.
Growing Power
Common Core Standard:
W-Recall relevant infromation from experiences or gather relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
Technology Standard
V- Use technology to locate, evaluate, gather, and organize information and data.
Energy Kids
Common Core Standard:
RI5- Descrive the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

Technology Standard V- Use technology to locate, evaluate, gather, and organize information and data.
Bats!
Common Core Standard:
RL2- Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

RL3- Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.

Technology Standard V- Use technology to locate, evaluate, gather, and organize information and data.
Connecting Characters and Theme
Common Core Standard:
W-Recall relevant infromation from experiences or gather relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.

Technology Standard
V- Use technology to locate, evaluate, gather, and organize information and data.
Energy Sources
Common Core Standard:
RL2- Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

RL3- Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.

Technology Standard V- Use technology to locate, evaluate, gather, and organize information and data.
Extra, Extra- Read All About It!
Common Core Standard:
RL9- Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics and patterns of events in stories, mysth, and traditional literature from different cultures.

Technology Standard V- Use technology to locate, evaluate, gather, and organize information and data.
There's Music in the Air

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August 2013