Words are the wondrous building blocks in language. This unit increases students’ word knowledge by introducing more challenging vocabulary and exploring how words are related. Learners will also discover some of the ways words are constructed using derivational root words, prefixes, suffixes, and compound words. Students will get to explore and create fun literary devices such as similes, idioms and metaphors.
This lesson includes 5 printable learning activities.
Determining Meaning Using Context Clues 2 This example-filled exercise will help students develop a fuller understanding of context from clues embedded in texts.
Reference Materials for Word Meaning 2 This exercise is the difference between the proverbial "teaching your students to fish" and simply giving them the answers.
Abbreviations 2 From common phrases to place names, this exercise will show students how to abbreviate with ease.
Compound Words 1 This Education.com exercise makes it clear to students how to break down compound and hyphenated words correctly.
Synonyms and Antonyms 2 Now that students understand the difference between a synonym and an antonym, have them solidify that knowledge with practice.
Homophones and Homographs 2 The English language can be confusing, but will be a lot clearer to students who complete this exercise clarifying the difference between common homophones and homographs.
Muggo's Brain: Sorting Similes Did you know similes can be sorted into like groups? Help your child understand the meaning behind figurative language with this simile sorting game. In it, fourth graders can divide three groups of similes into three different types: emotions, actions, and appearance. It'll help them better work with word meaning in the future, and give them practice with more complex kinds of reading and writing.
Similes 2 Your students will be all smiles when learning how to compare objects with this similes exercise.
Idioms 1 Introduce students to the world of idioms with this exercise that shares some of the most common expressions in the English language.
Muggo's Brain: Sorting Metaphors What's going on in Muggo's brain? Sorting metaphors, of course! Students can help him in this game by sorting the metaphor clouds into the categories listed in Muggo's brain. Students must sort action, emotion, and appearance metaphors into the correct parts of Muggo's brain. Learning about figurative language is especially important in fourth grade, when students must tackle more complex word meanings.
Metaphors 2 Teach students how to use short stories to illustrate a point with this engaging exercise.

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