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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) Login to Discovery Education before selecting the Link. Please note 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 Workshop Activities
(Printable) 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 analyze 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.

Newly Added FilePixie File Theme
Students will work with a partner to write a story based on a given theme. Directions for how to allow students to work on the same file at the same time are provided in this activity.

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.

Unit 4 Week 1 Reading Anchor 2

Students will determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text: summarize the text.
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) Login to Discovery Education before selecting the Link. Please note the video must be downloaded prior to viewing as per AACPS guidelines.


Pixie It's a Big, Big World!
Students will create a scene from an ant's point of view.  They will then describe life from this POV.  Directions on how to create a project that all of the students can work on at the same time to create a book.
Students can record their descriptions in the Pixie project.
Share a project
Join a project

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).

Pixie It's a Big, Big World!
Students will create a scene from an ant's point of view.  They will then describe life from this POV. 

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
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Fossil Fuels Total Running Time 5 minutes, 44 seconds
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Wind Power Total Running Time 3 minutes, 1 second
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Energy Sources
(Inspiration with web links) 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.

Pixie Energy Suckers Wanted Poster
Students will research different ways that energy is used and wasted and the create a wanted poster of energy suckers. 

Pixie Energy Super Heroes
Students will create an ID card of themselves describing how they are energy super heroes.  Teachers can either take a picture of each student that they can insert into the ID card or students can draw a picture of themselves.

smartobard
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 functions of characters in the plot?
Daily Notebook Files
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

National Geographic Photo of the Day
The pictures change daily! Using the pictures, students can draw conclusions about what is going on, why things are happening, or what might happen next.  The photos range from nature to man made, spanning the world.

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)
Login to Discovery Education before selecting the Link. Please note 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)
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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.
Publisher Template for the newspaper story
Pixie Template for the newspaper story

Comparing Ostriches and Horses
Students will research and compare ostriches and horses in a double bubble map.

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
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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 Workshop 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 Earhart
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 Organizer
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:
W1-Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, support a point of view with reasons and information.

Technology Standard:V. Integrating Technology into the Curriculum and Instruction
It's an Ant's Life
Common Core Standard:
W3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined exeriences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
RL2 - Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

Technology Standard 4 -  Use technology to communicate information and express ideas using various media formats.
Theme
Common Core Standard:
W8-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
Energy Kids
Energy Suckers Wanted Poster
Energy Super Heroes
Energy Sources
Newspaper about Amelia
Common Core Standard:
RL1 - Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Technology Standard V-
Use technology to locate, evaluate, gather, and organize information and data.
Comparing Ostriches and Horses
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
Extra, Extra- Read All About It!
Common Core Standard:
RL 6 - Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including th edifference between first-and-third person narrations.

Technology Standard III
- Technology for Learning and Collaboration: Use a variety of technologies for learning and collaboration.
Extra, Extra! Read All About It!
It's a Big, Big World
Common Core Standard:
RL9- Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics and patterns of events in stories, myths, 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
Common Core Standard:
RI5- Describe 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:
RI 9- Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

Technology Standard V- Use technology to locate, evaluate, gather, and organize information and data.
Music About Aviation

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August 2014