4th Grade - Language Arts


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Acquisition of Vocabulary Reading Processes Reading Applications Reading Applications: Literary Text
Writing Processes Writing Applications Writing Conventions Communication

Updated 4/2011  Hit Counter

(A) Acquisition of Vocabulary

(Based on State of Ohio Curriculum Standards)
1.  Determine the meaning of unknown words by using a variety of context clues, including word, sentence and paragraph clues
  1. Teachers Tool box  Many Sight Word websites
  2. Spelling City  Spelling City is a fun new educational site that can help children improve their spelling skills:
    -  contains over 25,000 words, including plurals, contractions, future and past tenses. -  uses a REAL human voice that says both the word and the word in a sentence -  a 'Teach Me' function that spells out the word using both visual and auditory input to improve retention -  teachers and parents can enter and save their own spelling lists for their students/children
    -  students can play games with their words or any saved lists
    -  teachers and parents can save and share their lists.
    -  the forum allows teachers and parents to share lists and ideas  
    4 Star
  3. Children's Storybooks   You will find stories for young Children, Older Children and Young Adults  4 Star
  4. StarFall  Great site to allow students to learn from.  4 Star
  5. Word Jungle - choose correct meaning of given word to swing in jungle.   4 Star
  6. Circus Builder - gather up acts for a three-ring circus by finding matching vowel sounds. Select the word that has the same vowel sound as the given word.  Outstanding  4 Star
  7. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
  8. Drawing Conclusions - Read the story and choose the correct word to complete the sentence.
  9. Prefixes Say Plenty - choose the word that best completes the sentence
  10. Word Meaning - Select correct meaning of the word from context clues.
  11. What's My Meaning - (four Quia games) match words with meanings Matching | Concentration | Flash Cards | Word Search
2.  Use context clues to determine the meaning of synonyms, antonyms, homophones, homonyms and homographs
 
Each link below has many examples listed for each area of study
Analogies Synonyms
Antonyms Homophones
Vocabulary Reading Comp
Language Arts Spelling
  1. Context Clues 2 - Select correct meaning of the word from context
  2. Circus Builder - gather up acts for a three-ring circus by finding matching vowel sounds. Select the word that has the same vowel sound as the given word.  Outstanding  4 Star clues.
  3. PowerPoint Jeopardy using the following as categories: Antonyms, Parts of Speech, Analogy, Synonyms, and Root Words
  4. Word Meaning - Select correct meaning of the word from context clues.
  5. Antonyms - When you see the word that is a antonym of the given word, click on the button at the bottom right of the screen. Be quick! The choices for each antonym will only cycle through twice. (Warning: this is difficult)
  6. Antonym Matching - find pairs with opposite meaning
  7. Feast of Homonyms - Match game
  8. Homonyms - from Fun Brain  4 Star
  9. Homonyms - Here's a memory card game with a twist - match pairs of homonyms.  4 Star
  10. Homonym worksheet - from RHL School
  11. Homophone Challenge - find correct word to complete sentence
  12. PowerPoint Jeopardy using the following as categories: Antonyms, Parts of Speech, Analogy, Synonyms, and Root Words
  13. Rocket to the Moon - Build and launch a rocket to the moon by identifying synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms.
  14. Say it Another Way - Fill in the blank with a synonym for the missing word
  15. Synonym.com - type as word in the box and find a synonym, or antonym, of the word.
  16. Synonym Match (3) - concentration style
  17. Synonym Match (4) - concentration style
  18. Synonym Matching - find pairs or words with same meaning
  19. Synonym Matching Games, Level 2 - four games to choose from
  20. Synonyms and Antonyms - several categories of Quia games (written by Tracy Gefroh Boyd)
  21. The Thesaurus - a reference book that lists words and their synonyms - Drag and drop the words to the right thesaurus entry.
  22. Tooth Tally with Squanky the Tooth Taker - From Game Goo (learning that sticks)
  23. To/too/two quiz - an ESL quiz by James Rainville
  24. To/Two/Too - Learn the difference between the homophones to, two, and too using this Quia quiz
  25. To/Two/Too - (2) Learn the difference between the homophones to, two, and too. (a different Quia quiz)
  26. To, too and two - After clicking "Score and Show Answer(s)", click the "Try another set" button at the bottom to get a new set of questions.

 

3.  Recognize the difference between the meanings of connotation and denotation
  1. Scholastic.com grades 3-5 This site offers different vocabulary building skills
4.  Identify and apply the meaning of the terms synonym, antonym, homophone and homograph
  1. Smart Board Lesson  Created by:     Tyesha Johnson  SB
  2. Antonyms - When you see the word that is a antonym of the given word, click on the button at the bottom right of the screen. Be quick! The choices for each antonym will only cycle through twice. (Warning: this is difficult)
  3.     ANTONYMS 

    A... Squanky AA... Antonym Jigwords 3
    B... Opposites Train Game BB... Antonym Jigwords 4
    C... Opposites Attract CC... Antonym Jigwords 5
    D... Ball Hogs DD... Antonym Jigwords 6
    E... Synonym and Antonym Lesson EE... Antonym Word Web 1
    F... Land of Rocket to the Moon FF... Antonym Word Web 2
    G... Flash Antonym Match 1 GG... Antonym Word Web 3
    H... Flash Antonym Match 2 HH... Antonym Word Web 4
    I... Flash Antonym Match 3 II... Antonym Word Web 5
     J... Flash Antonym Match 4  JJ... Antonym Word Web 6
    K... Same Difference KK... Antonym Match
    L... Opposites Practice 1 LL... Be Quick Antonyms
    M... Antonym Jigsaw MM... 30 Antonym Quizzes
    N... Antonym Quiz 1 WW... Awesome Antonyms
    O... Antonym Quiz 2 XX... Antonym Millionaire
    P... Antonym Quiz 3 YY... Antonym Jeopardy
    Q... Antonym Quiz 4 ZZ... Antonym Jumbalaya
    1... Antonym Jigwords 1
    2... Antonym Jigwords 2

     

  4. Antonym Matching - find pairs with opposite meaning
  5. Feast of Homonyms - Match game
  6. Homophone and Homonym Games and Activities  4 Star
     
     
  7. Homonyms - from Fun Brain
  8. Homonyms - Here's a memory card game with a twist - match pairs of homonyms.
  9. Homonym worksheet - from RHL School
  10. Homophone Challenge - find correct word to complete sentence
  11. PowerPoint Jeopardy using the following as categories: Antonyms, Parts of Speech, Analogy, Synonyms, and Root Words
  12. Rocket to the Moon - Build and launch a rocket to the moon by identifying synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms.
  13. Say it Another Way - Fill in the blank with a synonym for the missing word
  14.         Synonyms

     
         
    A... Synonym Toast Synonyms - Game 1
    B... Super Synonyms Synonyms - Game 2
    C... Synonym Challenge Synonyms - Game 3
    D... Thesaurus Tangle Synonyms - Game 5
    E... Squanky's Synonyms Synonyms - Game 6
    F... Rocket to the Moon Synonyms - Game 7
    G... Synonym Jig Words Synonyms - Game 8
    H... Synonym Match Synonyms - Game 9
    I... Synonym Match 2 Synonyms - Game 10
    J... Synonym Practice 1 Synonym Columns 1
    K... Synonym Practice 2 Synonym Columns 2
    L... Word Trap 1 Synonym Columns 3
    M... Word Trap 2 Synonym Columns 4
    N... Synonym Quiz Synonym Columns 5
    O... Synonym Fill-ins Synonym Hangman
    P... Synonyms Double Rhyme  
    Q... Beginner Quizzes:
    1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10 
     
    R... Intermediate Quizzes:
    1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10 
     
    S... Advanced Quizzes:
    1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10 
     
  15. Synonym.com - type as word in the box and find a synonym, or antonym, of the word.
  16. Synonym Matching Games, Level 2 - four games to choose from
  17. Synonym Study - graded practice on synonyms
  18. Synonyms and Antonyms - several categories of Quia games (written by Tracy Gefroh Boyd)
  19. The Thesaurus - a reference book that lists words and their synonyms - Drag and drop the words to the right thesaurus entry.
  20. Synonym Challenge - Try to identify the correct synonyms in a race against time
  21. Tooth Tally with Squanky the Tooth Taker - From Game Goo (learning that sticks)
5.  Identify and understand new uses of words and phrases in text, such as similes and metaphors
  1. Analogy PowerPoint Show template - you make modifications to use with your students.
  2. Analogy Quiz which requires students to type the word to complete the analogy
  3. Analogy quiz 2 at Quia posted by Diana Dell
  4. Awesome Analogies for one or two players - posted at Quia
  5. Discovery School Analogy Quizzes ; AnalogyQuiz8, AnalogyQuiz9 AnalogyQuiz10
  6. Fact Monster Analogy of the Day
  7. Field Trip - Take a school field trip by unscrambling the synonyms.
  8. PowerPoint Jeopardy using the following as categories: Antonyms, Parts of Speech, Analogy, Synonyms, and Root Words
  9. Puzz.com has a quiz with 152 analogies - pick one or two a day and practice this valuable skill Synonym Challenge - Try to identify the correct synonyms in a race against time
6.  Identify word origins to determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases
  1. Putting Down Roots - Drag and drop the roots into the blanks to complete the words.
  2. Putting Down Roots (2) - Drag and drop the roots into the blanks to complete the words.
7.  Identify the meanings of prefixes, suffixes and roots and their various forms to determine the meanings of words
  1.  Prefix Millionaire   This website will allow the student to go from 0 dollars to 1,000,000 if they get the correct answer.  4 Star
  2. PREFIX

    You will find listed below many outstanding sites to help in learning prefixes   4 Star
     A... Race to the Ramses
     B... Crystal Castle - im, in
     C... Prefix Millionaire
     D... Prefix Crossword
     E... Building Prefixes
     F... Prefix Quiz 1
     G... Prefix Quiz 2
     H... Prefix Quiz 3
     I... Prefix Towers
     J... Jigwords
  3. Crystal Castle - Prefixes hold the key to building the castle and making it light up.
  4. PowerPoint Jeopardy using the following as categories: Antonyms, Parts of Speech, Analogy, Synonyms, and Root Words
  5. Prefix Mix - working with "Pre" and "Post," prefixes with opposite meanings.
  6. Prefixes Make New Words - Drag and drop the prefixes to complete the words correctly.
  7. Prefixes Say Plenty - choose the word that best completes the sentence
  8. Putting Down Roots - Drag and drop the roots into the blanks to complete the words.
  9. Putting Down Roots (2) - Drag and drop the roots into the blanks to complete the words.
  10. Putting Your Roots into Action - Now that you know five new roots, start looking for them in unfamiliar words.
  11. Putting Your Roots into Action (2) - Now that you know five more new roots, start looking for them in unfamiliar words.
  12. Root Words - Underline the root words in the slides. Circle the prefix or suffix. (a PowerPoint show created by Connie Campbell)
  13. Rooting Out Words - Help Remainder the Dog gather enough mushrooms to sell at the market by uncovering the roots of words. (three categories, several difficulty levels - from FunBrain)
  14. SUFFIX

     A... Suffix and Baseword Match
     B... Suffixes- less, ness, ly, ful
     C... Suffix Quiz 1
     D... Suffix Quiz 2
     E... Suffix Quiz 3
  15. Suffixes Make New Words - Drag and drop the suffix to the correct root word to make a new word.
  16. Suffixes Say a Lot - pick the best definition of the capitalized word
  17. Suffix-ly - use simple strategies to determine meaning and increase vocabulary for reading, including the use of suffixes. (Author - Lois Davis)
  18. Success with Suffixes - fill in the blanks with words ending in "er."
  19. What's a Root? - In this lesson, you'll work with five roots. Once you know a few roots, you'll see them everywhere.
  20. What's a Root? (2) - In this lesson, you'll work with five more roots. Word Meaning - Select correct meaning of the word from context clues.
8.  Identify the meanings of abbreviations
  1. State Abbreviations - lists the states and their abbreviations
  2. Common abbreviations - although these are common abbreviations, this list is extensive
9.  Determine the meanings and pronunciations of unknown words by using dictionaries, glossaries, technology and textual features, such as definitional footnotes or sidebars
  1. The Thesaurus - a reference book that lists words and their synonyms - Drag and drop the words to the right thesaurus entry.
  2. What's My Meaning - (four Quia games) match words with meanings Matching | Concentration | Flash Cards | Word Search
  3. Word Jungle - choose correct meaning of given word to swing in jungle.
  4. Word Meaning Games and Activities  
    A Pick -A-Word
    B Fake Out
    C Topic Specific Jumbles
    D Vocabulary Crosswords
    E Topic Specific Hangman
    F Topic Specific Vocabulary Quizzes

    G

    Multiple Meaning Words
    H Multiple Meaning Jeopardy
    I Word Relationships

     

(B) Reading Process: Concepts of Print, Comprehension Strategies and Self-Monitoring Strategies

1.  Establish and adjust purposes for reading, including to find out, to understand, to interpret, to enjoy and to solve problems

POLAR EXPRESS ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS

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Polar Express  -  Video  17 meg   13 Min.
1.  Crossword
2.  Maze
3.  Word Search
4.  Reindeer craft
5.  Recipes
6.  Coloring sheet of the boy
7.  Coloring sheet of the boy and Conductor
8.  Names Tags
9.  Train Tickets   (word)
10. The Conductor says by Chris Van Allsburg
11.  Math Questions   (word)  
12  Polar Express Party Kit       9 meg  
  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
  2. Get The Idea - read text to determine the main idea or essential message and identify relevant supporting details and facts (Author - Lois Davis)
  3. Keyword Ciphers  Learn how to use ciphers to send secret messages  Fun
  4. Create your own Cartoons   This site will allow the student to design and create their own cartoons and printout a story.  You will discover that there is much detail to this page.  Students may use their imagination and be totally engaged when learning. 4 Star
2.  Predict and support predictions using an awareness of new vocabulary, text structures and familiar plot patterns
  1. Brainchild - Select a state, your grade and then reading
3.  Compare and contrast information on a single topic or theme across different text and non-text resources

 

 

4.  Summarize important information in texts to demonstrate comprehension  
5.  Make inferences or draw conclusions about what has been read and support those conclusions with textual evidence  
6.  Select, create and use graphic organizers to interpret textual information
  1. Kinds of Concept Maps - examples of four major categories of concept mapsGraphic Organizers - from Enchanted Learning
  2. Graphic Organizers from Education Place 
  3. Index of Graphic Organizers - from Inspiration
  4. Instructions on how to use Excel to create a graphic organizer
  5. Tips on Making Your Own Concept Maps
 
7.  Answer literal, inferential and evaluative questions to demonstrate comprehension of grade-appropriate print texts and electronic and visual media
  1. Brainchild Test - 12 questions - Students should use the summary page after finishing this test to practice their areas of weakness.
  2. Fourth Grade Reading - Read the introduction and the passage that follows. Then read each question and mark the circle next to the correct answer.
  3. Practicing reading comprehension skills - Bees | The Happy Monkey
  4. Brainchild - Select a state, your grade and then reading
  5. Texas end-of-year reading test from 2003
  6. Texas end-of-year reading test from 2004
  7.  Fourth Grade Writing - Read the introduction and the passage that follows. Then read each question and mark the circle next to the correct answer
8.  Monitor own comprehension by adjusting speed to fit the purpose, or by skimming, scanning, reading on or looking back
  1. Brainchild Test - 12 questions - Students should use the summary page after finishing this test to practice their areas of weakness.
  2. Practicing reading comprehension skills - Bees | The Happy Monkey
9.  List questions and search for answers within the text to construct meaning
  1. Texas end-of-year reading test from 2003
  2. Texas end-of-year reading test from 2004
  3. Fourth Grade Writing - Read the introduction and the passage that follows. Then read each question and mark the circle next to the correct answer
10.  Use criteria to choose independent reading materials (e.g., personal interest, knowledge of authors and genres or recommendations from others)  
11.  Independently read books for various purposes (e.g., for enjoyment, for literary experience, to gain information or to perform a task)  

(C) Reading Applications: Informational,
Technical and Persuasive Text

1.  Make inferences about informational text from the title page, table of contents and chapter headings
  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
  2. Establish a Purpose for Writing - tutorial and many online practices
2.  Summarize main ideas in informational text, using supporting details as appropriate
  1. Get The Idea - read text to determine the main idea or essential message and identify relevant supporting details and facts (Author - Lois Davis)

 

 

 

3.  Locate important details about a topic using different sources of information including books, magazines, newspapers and online resources
  1. Get The Idea - read text to determine the main idea or essential message and identify relevant supporting details and facts (Author - Lois Davis)
4.  Identify examples of cause and effect used in informational text
  1. Cause and Effect Actions - Online quiz using connector words
  2. Cause and Effect Book list - These books are great for studying cause and effect.
  3. Cause and Effect - Combine two sentences using connecting words to show cause and effect.
  4. Cause and Effect - Fill in the missing statement to create a cause and effect.
  5. What Caused It? - identify cause and effect patterns in text (science content is used to teach this reading skill) (Author - Sandi King)

 

5.  Draw conclusions from information in maps, charts, graphs and diagrams
  1. An index of timelines is available at Internet4Classrooms
6.  Clarify steps in a set of instructions or procedures for completeness  
7.  Distinguish fact from opinion
  1. A mix of factual information and the opinions of the author. Often the opinions are disguised as fact, to make the author's argument seem more believable.
  2. Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion
  3. Fact, Habit, Opinion or Schedule? - an English-Zone quiz
  4. Fact and Opinion Self-Test
  5. Martin Luther King Jr.: Fact or Opinion? (a worksheet to print, not interactive)

(D) Reading Applications:
Literary Text

1.  Describe the thoughts, words and interactions of characters
  1. Movie transcripts   You will find the transcripts from many if not all movies made on this website.  You will notice how they identify and explain various types of characters.  4 Star
  2. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
2.  Identify the influence of setting on the selection
  1. Brainchild - Select a state, your grade and then reading
3.  Identify the main incidents of a plot sequence, identifying the major conflict and its resolution
  1. Brainchild - Select a state, your grade and then reading
4.  Identify the speaker and recognize the difference between first- and third-person narration  
5.  Determine the theme and whether it is implied or stated directly
  1. Stated Information - online story about elephants and quiz
  2. Stated Information - online story about dolphins and quiz
  3. Establish a Purpose for Writing - tutorial and many online practices
6.  Identify and explain the defining characteristics of literary forms and genres, including poetry, drama, fables, fantasies, chapter books, fiction and non-fiction
  1. Shakespearean alliteration insults - have fun while reinforcing the concept of alliteration
  2. Aesop's Fables - a complete index to the fables
  3. Crown & Thistle Inn - the home for traditional folk tales from around the world.
  4. Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the World - an index of folk tales from many countries
  5. Simile Poem - Read a simile poem, then write one of your own
7.  Explain how an authorís choice of words appeals to the senses and suggests mood
  1. Simile Poem - Read a simile poem, then write one of your own
8.  Identify figurative language in literary works, including idioms, similes and metaphors
  1. Analogy Challenge - Try to complete the analogies in a race against time.

(E) Writing Processes

1.  Generate writing ideas through discussions with others and from printed material
  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
  2. Simile Poem - Read a simile poem, then write one of your own
  3. Simile Riddle - Read a simile riddle, then write one of your own.
  4. Writing is fun   This website will give you and your students many different examples to work with.

 

2.  State and develop a clear main idea for writing
  1. Communicating    You have the opportunity to create a Poster, Newspaper and or a Cartoon.  This website is very good and will allow students to learn how to transform their ideas to a hard copy that they may printout.   This is great for an LCD projector or a computer lab.  4 Star
  2. Communicating through Garfield  Your students may create a cartoon and depending on your experience with technology they may create a complete story.  You will only be limited by your technology background and your imagination.  4 Star   
3.  Develop a purpose and audience for writing
  1. Establish a Purpose for Writing - tutorial and many online practices
4.  Use organizational strategies (e.g., brainstorming, lists, webs and Venn diagrams) to plan writing
  1. Kinds of Concept Maps - examples of four major categories of concept mapsGraphic Organizers - from Enchanted Learning
  2. Graphic Organizers from Education Place 
  3. Index of Graphic Organizers - from Inspiration
  4. Instructions on how to use Excel to create a graphic organizer
  5. Tips on Making Your Own Concept Maps

 

5.  Organize writing, beginning with an introduction, body and a resolution of plot, followed by a closing statement or a summary of important ideas and details
  1. Smart Board assignment for writing works with settings.  Good idea  SB
6.  Vary simple, compound and complex sentence structures
  1. Is this sentence correct? - (online Quia Quiz) Mark the sentence correct or not by clicking on the yes or no button
  2. Sentence Sort - Select the correct type of sentences; simple, compound, or complex.
  3. Sentence Speedway - drag each sentence part with its car to the correct lane. Scroll to Grade Four, Sentence Speedway
  4. Sentence Structure - select correct sentence structure (underlined in the sentences) select Complex sentences from Unit 5, 5th Grade
  5. Sentence Structure - select correct sentence structure

 

7.  Create paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting sentences that are marked by indentation) and are linked by transitional words and phrases  
8.  Vary language and style as appropriate to audience and purpose  
9.  Use available technology to compose text
  1. Simile Poem - Read a simile poem, then write one of your own
  2. Simile Riddle - Read a simile riddle, then write one of your own.

 

10.  Reread and assess writing for clarity, using a variety of methods (e.g., writerís circle or authorís chair).

 

 
11.  Add descriptive words and details and delete extraneous information
  1. Adjectives/Adverbs - Change adjectives into adverbs in this online quiz.
  2. Adjective or Adverb Exercise 1
  3. Adjective or Adverb Exercise 2
  4. Smart board Lesson  Created by Erica Fatica SB

 

12.  Rearrange words, sentences and paragraphs to clarify meaning
  1. English Eggs - drag words to create a complete sentence
  2. Environmental Rescue - Turn a polluted pond into a paradise by building complete sentences.
  3. Is this sentence correct? - (online Quia Quiz) Mark the sentence correct or not by clicking on the yes or no button
  4. Sentence Sort - Select the correct type of sentences; simple, compound, or complex.
  5. Sentence Speedway - drag each sentence part with its car to the correct lane. Scroll to Grade Four, Sentence Speedway
  6. Sentence Structure - select correct sentence structure (underlined in the sentences) select Complex sentences from Unit 5, 5th Grade
  7. Sentence Structure - select correct sentence structure
  8. Double Negatives - a quiz

 

13.  Use resources and reference materials, including dictionaries, to select more effective vocabulary  
14.  Proofread writing and edit to improve conventions (e.g., grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization) and identify and correct fragments and run-ons  
  1. Power Proofreading - Choose 4th grade then select; The Big Cleanup, Memo to Dr. Pett, Wild About Animals, Who's That Character?, E-mail to Lou, Crazy Corn, or any one of the mixed practice exercises.
15.  Apply tools (e.g., rubric, checklist and feedback) to judge the quality of writing
  1. Scholastic.com -rubric - easy to use rubric builder
16.  Prepare for publication (e.g., for display or for sharing with others) writing that follows a format appropriate to the purpose using techniques such as electronic resources and graphics to enhance the final product
  1. Online Literature-Based Resources for Fourth and Fifth Grade Teachers - Make A Difference With Technology
  2. Create your own Cartoons   This site will allow the student to design and create their own cartoons and printout a story.  You will discover that there is much detail to this page.  Students may use their imagination and be totally engaged when learning. 4 Star

(F) Writing Applications

1.  Write narratives that sequence events, including descriptive details and vivid language to develop plot, characters and setting and to establish a point of view
  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
  2. Sequence of Events - arrange events in chronological order. (Author - Lois Davis)
2.  Write responses to novels, stories and poems that include a simple interpretation of a literary work and support judgments with specific references to the original text and to prior knowledge
  1. Simile Poem - Read a simile poem, then write one of your own
  2. Simile Riddle - Read a simile riddle, then write one of your own.
3.  Write formal and informal letters (e.g., thank you notes, letters of request) that follow letter format (e.g., date, proper salutation, body, closing and signature), include important information and demonstrate a sense of closure
  1. Dear Mr. Henshaw - Parts of a Friendly Letter (a Quia quiz)
4.  Write informational reports that include facts and examples and present important details in a logical order  
5.  Produce informal writings (e.g., messages, journals, notes and poems) for various purposes
  1. Poem writing   Create your own "I Am" poem by filling in each blank. Be sure to select all the words (and parentheses) that are already in each blank before entering your own words.  4 Star
  2. Simile Poem - Read a simile poem, then write one of your own
  3. Simile Riddle - Read a simile riddle, then write one of your own.
 

(G) Writing Conventions

1.  Write legibly in cursive, spacing letters, words and sentences appropriately
  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
2.  Spell high-frequency words correctly
  1. Classroom Reading Key Vocabulary Building Program - a reading vocabulary improvement program that has identified the specific reading words students need to master for each grade 
  2. FCAT Vocabulary Building Practice - as you click on the word lists on the right, when the words come up, be sure and click on the bottom links for activities that go with each set of words.
  3. Online Spelling Quizzes - numerous quizzes in TCAP format
  4. Spell Check - TCAP format - select word that is spelled incorrectly
  5. Spell words - drag letters to create word
  6. Spelling - put the letters in order to create the word that is said aloud
  7. Spelling - Click on the misspelled word and then correct it. (for different words and spelling activities, check here)
  8.  Spellaroo- click on the misspelled word in the sentences

 

3.  Spell plurals and inflectional endings correctly
  1. Guide to Grammar   You will find that this is an outstanding site to assist you and your students in learning proper grammar  4 Star
  2. Grammar Blast - various online graded activities dealing with 5th grade grammar skills
  3. Plural Girls- type the correct plural form of words
  4. Plural Play - In this two player tic-tac-toe game students drag words to their correct plural ending

 

 

4.  Spell roots, suffixes and prefixes correctly
  1. Fish Tanks - Fill a tank with tropical fish using prefixes, roots, and suffixes
  2. Flamingo - Form a flock of flamingos with suffixes -y and -ly.
  3. Parts of Speech - identify word's part of speech. Part 2 || Part 3
5.  Use commas, end marks, apostrophes and quotation marks correctly
  1. PowerProofreading - edit sentences with grammatical mistakes
  2. Environmental Rescue - Turn a polluted pond into a paradise by building complete sentences.
  3. Is this sentence correct? - (online Quia Quiz) Mark the sentence correct or not by clicking on the yes or no button
  4. Sentence Sort - Select the correct type of sentences; simple, compound, or complex.
  5. Sentence Speedway - drag each sentence part with its car to the correct lane. Scroll to Grade Four, Sentence Speedway
  6. Sentence Structure - select correct sentence structure (underlined in the sentences) select Complex sentences from Unit 5, 5th Grade
  7. Sentence Structure - select correct sentence structure
  8. Interactive exercises on using commas - Exercise 1 - Exercise 2 - Exercise 3 - Exercise 4 - Exercise 5
  9. Using Commas with Coordinating Conjunctions - Click on "The sentence, please!" and a sentence will appear in the top text-area. Insert the necessary comma or commas (being careful not to insert commas where they aren't necessary).
  10. Using Commas with Introductory Phrases - Click on "The sentence, please!" and a sentence will appear in the top text-area. Insert any necessary comma or commas (being careful not to insert commas where they aren't necessary).
6.  Use correct capitalization
  1. PowerProofreading - edit sentences with grammatical mistakes
7.  Use various parts of speech such as nouns, pronouns and verbs (e.g., regular and irregular, past, present and future)
  1. Noun Game   This will allow students to learn more about nouns and have fun doing so.
  2. Pronoun game  A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun.
  3. Verb Game   This game will allow students to learn more about verbs.
    Move the mouse so the cursor hovers over a balloon.
    A sentence will appear at the top of the page to give you a clue.
    Click every balloon that has a pronoun in it.
  4. Nouns    Smart Board presentation with video on this part of English Language.  SB  Created by:  Shannon Weston
  5. Adjectives  Smart Board presentation with video on this part of English Language  SB  Created by:  Shannon Weston
  6. Verbs  Smart Board presentation with video on this part of the English language. SB  Created by:  Shannon Weston
  7. Adjectives/Adverbs - Change adjectives into adverbs in this online quiz.
  8. Gorilla Grammar - identify Parts of Speech - Beginner (nouns and verbs) Advanced ( all parts of speech)
  9. Grammar Blast - various online graded activities dealing with 5th grade grammar skills
  10. Irregular Verbs - Jeopardy type game for two players
  11. Linking Verbs - identify types of verbs in this online quiz
  12. Singular and Plural nouns - many links to choose from.
  13. Verb Phrases - find the complete verb phrase
  14. To Be - present and past tense online quiz
  15. Verb Power - Students identify underlined words as main verbs, helping verbs or contractions.
  16. Verb Tenses - identify correct usage of verbs
  17. Verb Practice - many student tasks and online tests practicing verb usage
  18. Practicing past, present & future tenses - Tense Activity 1 | Tense Activity 2 | Tense Activity 3
  19. Parts of Speech - identify the part of speech that will complete the sentence
  20. Parts of Speech - identify word's part of speech. Part 2 || Part 3
  21. Confusing Verbs - Lay / Lie - Read the sentence, and then choose the answer, and get your score instantly!
  22. Past Tenses of Sit/Set and Lay/Lie - What is the correct verb form in each sentence?
  23. Sit or Set Quiz - Complete the sentences using the proper form of "sit" or "set."
  24. There there - Click on the buttons to select the correct answer
  25. They're/their/there - Click on the buttons to select the correct answer (a different quiz)
  26. To/Two/Too - Learn the difference between the homophones to, two, and too using this Quia quiz
  27. To/Two/Too - (2) Learn the difference between the homophones to, two, and too. (a different Quia quiz)
  28. To, too and two - After clicking "Score and Show Answer(s)", click the "Try another set" button at the bottom to get a new set of questions.
  29. Too, two, and too - a story to help students work on too, two, and too (print this and make corrections)

 

8.  Use conjunctions and interjections  
9.  Use adverbs
  1. Flamingo - Form a flock of flamingos with suffixes -y and -ly.
  2. Suffix-ly - use simple strategies to determine meaning and increase vocabulary for reading, including the use of suffixes. (Author - Lois Davis)
  3. Gorilla Grammar - identify Parts of Speech - Beginner (nouns and verbs) Advanced ( all parts of speech)
  4. Grammar Blast - various online graded activities dealing with 5th grade grammar skills Adjective or Adverb Exercise 1
  5. Parts of Speech - identify word's part of speech. Part 2 || Part 3

 

10.  Use prepositions and prepositional phrases
  1. Gorilla Grammar - identify Parts of Speech - Beginner (nouns and verbs) Advanced ( all parts of speech)
  2. Grammar Blast - various online graded activities dealing with 5th grade grammar skills
11.  Use objective and nominative case pronouns
  1. Gorilla Grammar - identify Parts of Speech - Beginner (nouns and verbs) Advanced ( all parts of speech)
  2. Grammar Blast - various online graded activities dealing with 5th grade grammar skills Its/It's and There/Their/They're - Select one answer from the choices provided after each sentence. The word you choose should fit the blank in the sentence.
  3. Pronoun game  A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun.
    Move the mouse so the cursor hovers over a balloon.
    A sentence will appear at the top of the page to give you a clue.
    Click every balloon that has a pronoun in it.
  4. Pronoun Quiz   You can take the quiz on line and the computer will tell you which ones you were correct on and which ones were incorrect.
12.  Use subjects and verbs that are in agreement
  1. Be - verb usage online quiz
  2. Complete Verb Phrases - find the complete verb phrases in the sentence
  3. Grammar Blast - various online graded activities dealing with 5th grade grammar skills
  4. Irregular Verbs - Jeopardy type game for two players
  5. Linking Verbs - identify types of verbs in this online quiz
  6. To Be - present and past tense online quiz
  7. Verb Phrases - find the complete verb phrase
  8. Verb Power - Students identify underlined words as main verbs, helping verbs or contractions.
  9. Verb Practice - many student tasks and online tests practicing verb usage
  10. Verb Tenses - identify correct usage of verbs
  11. Practicing past, present & future tenses - Tense Activity 1 | Tense Activity 2 | Tense Activity 3
  12. Parts of Speech - identify the part of speech that will complete the sentence
  13. Parts of Speech - identify word's part of speech. Part 2 || Part 3
  14. ESL Subject Verb Agreement Quiz 1 - In the quiz questions , choose the correct verb so that subject and verb agree.
  15. Let's see whether you understand subject-verb agreement. - Read each sentence, enter your response in the space provided, and then press "Submit" to check your answer
  16. ESL Subject Verb Agreement Quiz 2 - Do this quiz after mastering the quiz questions and their rules in the first
  17. Subject/Verb Agreement - Click the answer button to see the answer
  18. Subject-Verb Agreement Quiz - Select the correct verb form to agree with the subject.
  19. Subject-Verb Agreement: The Sore Thumb of Grammar
13.  Use irregular plural nouns
  1. Gorilla Grammar - identify Parts of Speech - Beginner (nouns and verbs) Advanced ( all parts of speech)
  2.  Fish Tanks - Fill a tank with tropical fish using your knowledge of plurals.
  3. Grammar Blast - various online graded activities dealing with 5th grade grammar skills
  4. Plural Girls- type the correct plural form of words
  5. Plural Play - In this two player tic-tac-toe game students drag words to their correct plural ending
  6. Singular and Plural nouns - many links to choose from.

 

(H) Research

1.  Identify a topic and questions for research and develop a plan for gathering information
  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
  2. An index of timelines is available at Internet4Classrooms
2.  Locate sources and collect relevant information from multiple sources (e.g., school library catalogs, online databases, electronic resources and Internet-based resources
  1. Using the Parts of a Book - a worksheet from Teach-nology
  2.  Using an Index for Information - a worksheet from Teach-nology
  3. Using a Table of Contents - a worksheet from Teach-nology
  4. An index of timelines is available at Internet4Classrooms
  5. Critical Evaluation of Resources - In the research process you will encounter many types of resources including books, articles and web sites. But not everything you find on your topic will be suitable. How do you make sense of what is out there and evaluate its authority and appropriateness for your research?
  6. Critically Analyzing Information Sources - the emphasis here is on print sources
  7.  Evaluating Information Found on the Internet - a thoughtful guide to evaluating web and other Internet resources
  8. Evaluation of information sources - This page contains pointers to criteria for evaluating information resources, particularly those on the Internet
  9. The ABC's of Web Site Evaluation (presented by Kathy Schrock) - Evaluation of Web sites is an important skill to learn in this age of digital and information literacy. Students and teachers need practice in critically examining sites to determine authority, authenticity, and applicability to purpose. This site provides that practice.
  10. Evaluating Web Pages - Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
  11. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - or, Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources
  12. Online Literature-Based Resources for Fourth and Fifth Grade Teachers - Make A Difference With Technology

 

 

 

3.  Identify important information found in the sources and summarize important findings
  1. Get The Idea - read text to determine the main idea or essential message and identify relevant supporting details and facts (Author - Lois Davis)
  2. Online Literature-Based Resources for Fourth and Fifth Grade Teachers - Make A Difference With Technology
4.  Create categories to sort and organize relevant information charts, tables or graphic organizers  
5.  Discuss the meaning of plagiarism and create a list of sources
  1. Critical Evaluation of Resources - In the research process you will encounter many types of resources including books, articles and web sites. But not everything you find on your topic will be suitable. How do you make sense of what is out there and evaluate its authority and appropriateness for your research?
6.  Use a variety of communication techniques, including oral, visual, written or multimedia reports, to present information gathered  

(I) Communication: Oral and Visual

1.  Demonstrate active listening strategies (e.g., asking focused questions, responding to cues, making visual contact).
  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
2.  Recall the main idea, including relevant supporting details, and identify the purpose of presentations and visual media  
3.  Distinguish between a speakerís opinions and verifiable facts
  1. A mix of factual information and the opinions of the author. Often the opinions are disguised as fact, to make the author's argument seem more believable.
  2. Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion
  3. Fact, Habit, Opinion or Schedule? - an English-Zone quiz
  4. Fact or Opinion? - In the following three sentences, two are facts and one is an opinion. Can you tell which is which?
  5. Fact or Opinion? (quiz 1) - a Quia quiz
  6. Fact or Opinion? (quiz 2) - a Quia quiz
  7. Fact or Opinion? - When a sentence is a fact, click the circle next to fact.
  8. Fact or Opinion Quiz - Decide which of these statements are fact or opinion from the drop-down list, then click on the "Finished" button to obtain your score out of ten
  9. Fact and Opinion Self-Test
  10. Martin Luther King Jr.: Fact or Opinion? (a worksheet to print, not interactive)
 
4.  Demonstrate an understanding of the rules of the English language
  1. Circus Builder - Gather up acts for a three-ring circus by finding matching vowel sounds. Select the word that has the same vowel sound as the given word. (rhyming words)
5.  Select language appropriate to purpose and audience  
6.  Use clear diction and tone, and adjust volume and tempo to stress important ideas  
7.  Adjust speaking content according to the needs of the audience  

8.       Deliver informational presentations (e.g., expository, research) that:

a.          Present events or ideas in a logical sequence and maintain a clear focus;

b.          Demonstrate an understanding of the topic;

c.          include relevant facts, details, examples, quotations, statistics, stories and anecdotes to clarify and explain information;

d.          organize information to include a clear introduction, body and conclusion;

e.          use appropriate visual materials (e.g., diagrams, charts, illustrations) and available technology; and

f.     draw from several sources and identify sources used

 

  1. Online Literature-Based Resources for Fourth and Fifth Grade Teachers - Make A Difference With Technology
9.  Deliver formal and informal descriptive presentations recalling an event or personal experience that convey relevant information and descriptive details
  1. Online Literature-Based Resources for Fourth and Fifth Grade Teachers - Make A Difference With Technology