Owls hear so well that they can hunt in the dark. Have your students try on their owl ears! In this lesson, students open up their ears to all the sounds around them, close and far away, and go on a sound hunt.
Text dependent questions are reading comprehension questions that can only be answered by referring to the text. Students have to read the text closely and use inferential thinking to determine the answer. Use this list of text dependent questions for you
Informative essays have a structure that is fairly easy to dissect. This lesson includes an anchor essay which students will mark up, a mixed-up essay outline for them to sort, and a web for them to organize ideas for their own essay.
By fourth grade, most students are familiar with story elements such as setting, characters, and plot. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the elements in two stories with similar themes.
Fourth grade represents the in-between phase where kids are starting to grow up but are still little. The Learning Library resources cover the middle ground with interactive, hands-on activities and assignments that kids enjoy, but with more sophistication. The mixed bag of teacher-created lesson plans and practical worksheets keep the childlike nature of fourth graders in mind while pushing them to think more and form their own ideas.
Beyond Foundations: Resources for Fourth Graders
When kids reach fourth grade, the fundamentals have been solidified and students are ready to incorporate analytical thinking and express themselves using fresh outlets. The Learning Library offers activities that introduce advanced systems of learning in a variety of ways.
Comprehensive printable workbooks such as “Journal Prompts” push kids to generate ideas and attempt different writing genres such as poetry, functional writing and creative writing. The highly-rated book provides a month’s worth of activities and challenges. “Food Webs” is another popular workbook that introduces fourth-graders to the animal food chain with engaging illustrations of animals from the ocean, forest and desert ecosystems.
Fourth graders can get out of the classroom and into the kitchen with the library's cereal bar recipe. Flip the script and let fourth graders write on themselves with the Homemade Henna Ink hands-on activity to boost creativity and teach students about other cultures.
Many other tools in the resource library—practical worksheets, simple lesson plans, captivating games and science projects—are easy to access and will get precocious fourth graders thinking in new, improved ways.