W.4.2d

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

 
27 Lesson(s)
   

Awesome, Weird, Cool...Not!

4th Grade Science » Unit: Thinking, Writing, and Observing Like a Scientist
4th Grade Science » Unit: Thinking, Writing, and Observing Like a Scientist
Mary Ellen Kanthack
Genoa City, WI
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

From observing a cat to touching and describing mysterious things in brown paper bags, students learn to understand that specialized senses and precise words go hand in hand in developing good inquiry skills.

 
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reaching in the
   

Mystery Powders Day 1

4th Grade Science » Unit: Thinking, Writing, and Observing Like a Scientist
4th Grade Science » Unit: Thinking, Writing, and Observing Like a Scientist
Mary Ellen Kanthack
Genoa City, WI
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Using common white powders, observation, recording and deduction skills are practiced in this entry level experiment. Students practice teamwork skills and develop lab rapport.

 
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mystery powder day
   

Making Connections Through A Written Assessment

4th Grade Science » Unit: Weathering
4th Grade Science » Unit: Weathering
Mary Ellen Kanthack
Genoa City, WI
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Students write a paragraph assessing that they can connect data collected from their scientific models as evidence that weathering changes the landscape in the real world.

 
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cover photo sample
   

Rotten Milk! Informative Writing

4th Grade ELA » Unit: Aspiring Authors!
4th Grade ELA » Unit: Aspiring Authors!
Rebecca  Strebel
Ogden, UT
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students often insert opinion into informative writing. Today we will write about a topic that students will have an opinion about. Our goal today is to help students keep opinions out of informational writing.

 
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school lunch logo
   

Introducing Poetry Terms and Vocabulary

4th Grade ELA » Unit: Poetry
4th Grade ELA » Unit: Poetry
Ellen Herman
Flagstaff, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

To help build a base and beginning understanding for poetry terms we will be using. The lesson creates a reference page students can refer back to to help while we study.

 
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poetry terms
   

Classifying Natural Resources

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Natural Resources
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Natural Resources
Justin Price
Phoenix, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

How can you classify energy sources?

 
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renewable
   

My Life-Changing Story -As Told by My Classmate

4th Grade ELA » Unit: Ruby Bridges
4th Grade ELA » Unit: Ruby Bridges
Rebecca  Strebel
Ogden, UT
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

We have compared and contrasted a firsthand account and a secondhand account of the story of Ruby Bridges. In this lesson, it is the students' life-changing stories we will now compose firsthand and secondhand accounts of in order to compare and contrast.

 
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life changing stories logo
   

Processes of Science

4th Grade Science » Unit: Opening Science
4th Grade Science » Unit: Opening Science
Ellen Herman
Flagstaff, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students will learn the scientific process and the vocabulary that connects to it. They will then practice putting the process together and will create a visual reminder for them to use.

 
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steps
   

Babe the Blue Ox...Exaggeration?

4th Grade ELA » Unit: Vocabulary Skills
4th Grade ELA » Unit: Vocabulary Skills
Ellen Herman
Flagstaff, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Figuring out the language author's use to help their story are sometimes taken literally by our students. This is an easy story to use to help students practice looking for and understanding exaggerated and figurative language.

Standards:
 
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babe ox
   

Concept Mapping Earth

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Earth Science
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Earth Science
Justin Price
Phoenix, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

What do my students already know about the interactions of water and land on Earth's surface?

 
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earth concept
   

Regional Characteristics: Researching Using Nonfiction Texts

4th Grade ELA » Unit: ELA Through State History Studies
4th Grade ELA » Unit: ELA Through State History Studies
Marquita Prinzing
Seattle, WA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students get multiple opportunities to process new information and present it.

 
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washington regions map
   

Discovering Our Vocabulary

4th Grade Science » Unit: Energy
4th Grade Science » Unit: Energy
Ellen Herman
Flagstaff, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Ownership of learning increases the chances that student will retain the content. Vocabulary can be tricky and to create this buy in, this lesson asks for students to choose the words they feel they should learn for part of a unit.

 
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earthquake
   

Ecosystem Vocabulary

4th Grade ELA » Unit: Vocabulary Skills
4th Grade ELA » Unit: Vocabulary Skills
Ellen Herman
Flagstaff, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

When beginning new units in other subjects, acquisition of vocabulary is necessary. In this lesson students practice defining and using new words in science.

 
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ecosystem1
   

Firsthand Account of My Life Changing Experience

4th Grade ELA » Unit: Ruby Bridges
4th Grade ELA » Unit: Ruby Bridges
Rebecca  Strebel
Ogden, UT
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will compose a written piece on a life changing experience they have had. Their friends interviewed and wrote about this experience in our previous lesson. In our next lesson, we will compare the similarities and differences in t

 
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child writing
   

Observing Erosion

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Earth Science
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Earth Science
Justin Price
Phoenix, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

How does precipitation affect the land?

 
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observing the stream
Common Core ELA
 
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