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# This Week in Fourth Grade

Week 15

Boost creativity and review adverbs by creating a word bank with your child! How many colorful ways can your child describe how or when something is done? Remind your young writer to refer to this resource when they are crafting writing pieces.
Teaching kids about adverbs should help them integrate descriptive language into their writing pieces. How many colorful ways can your students describe how or when something is done? Adverb word banks and sentence revision are effective ways to practice using adverbs.
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In this lesson, students work with adverbs every which way! They will be identifying different kinds of adverbs, sorting them, and making banks of adverbs to assist them in their own writing.
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This prewriting exercise introduces students to the strategy of creating a word bank while reviewing adverbs.
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Adverbs can express location, time, frequency, manner, or degree. In this exercise, students will identify at least seven adverbs of each kind and sort them into a graphic organizer
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Teach young writers to spice up sentences with adverb phrases in this engaging activity.
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This grammar worksheet not only reviews adverbs, but it also requires your child's creativity. Students will include an adverb in every caption they write.
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Exercise
Use this exercise to show students how suffixes can be used to change adjectives and adverbs.
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## Logic Puzzles

Logic puzzles help kids become flexible math thinkers. Select a fourth grade math puzzle, such as a Sudoku activity, and work with your child to complete this brain buster!
Have your students flex those math muscles! Assign logic puzzles to encourage criticial thinking skills. These challenging problems help kids grow into inquisitive mathematicians.
Logic Problem
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Logic Problem
Ready to try your hand at some detective work? Use the clues and the table provided to solve this tricky logic problem.
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Logic Problem #2
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Logic Problem #2
Practice logic and deductive reasoning the fun way. Have your student put his thinking cap on and try out this fun and challenging logic worksheet.
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Logic Problem 4
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Logic Problem 4
Sarah rescued four pets, but she can't remember which month she adopted each animal. Use logic and the clues given to help her out!
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Turtle Sudoku
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Turtle Sudoku
Complete this Sudoku puzzle with the help of a turtle friend! Third grade mathematicians will use their logical reasoning skills to solve Sudoku number puzzles.
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Kayak Sudoku
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Kayak Sudoku
This sudoku page with an outdoor adventure theme is a great way to keep kids engaged in numbers
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Four Fantastic Math Puzzles
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Four Fantastic Math Puzzles
Calling all Sudoku and Ken Ken buffs, here's a little something new! These math puzzles are tricky, but are a fun spin-off of the popular Ken Ken puzzle.
Math
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Division Crossword
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Division Crossword
Has your student mastered her times tables and division tables? Get a fun review with this division crossword!
Math
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Input and Output Boxes
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Input and Output Boxes
Input some patterns to T-charts in this lesson. Use this lesson about input and output boxes as a precursor to finding patterns within word problems.
Math
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Figuring Out Function Tables
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Figuring Out Function Tables
Get your students talking about number patterns and rules with this introductory lesson on function tables. Use this lesson as a pre-lesson to Input and Output Boxes or teach it on its own.
Math
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## Understanding the Author's Purpose

Your child is learning about a key reading comprehension strategy: why an author writes a piece of text. You can help your child understand the concept of the author's purpose by engaging in a fun writing activity together, such as writing a funny poem. Then, ask your child whether they think the purpose of this silly text is to persuade, inform, or entertain.
Your fourth graders have been immersed in various types of text by this point in their school year. Refer back to some of these texts to help your students grasp how to identify the author's purpose. Choose a reading comprehension activity that incorporates the acronym PIE (persuade, inform, entertain), but be sure to remind your students that they may need to dig even deeper to find other reasons authors write certain texts.
Worksheet
Use these task cards with your students to practice reading short passages and help them determine the author's purpose.
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Identify the Author's Purpose
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Identify the Author's Purpose
Authors persuade, inform, and entertain through various types of writing! Students set out to identify the authorâ€™s purpose.
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Detecting the Author's Purpose
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Detecting the Author's Purpose
Students will set out to categorize different types of text using the author's purpose as a guide.
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Graphic Organizer: Author's Purpose & Point of View
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Graphic Organizer: Author's Purpose & Point of View
This graphic organizer helps students work through a nonfiction text to help organize information about the authorâ€™s point, and the reasons and evidence used to support it.
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What Were They Thinking?
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What Were They Thinking?
What do Malala Yousafzai, Al Gore, and Michelle Obama all have in common? They are all nonfiction authors with a purpose. In this interactive lesson, students will gain practice looking at details in text to identify the authorâ€™s purpose.
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Identifying the Author's Purpose
Lesson plan
Identifying the Author's Purpose
This lesson gives students foundational skills needed to identify the author's purpose in a variety of texts. Use the lesson as a stand alone or as a pre-lesson to What Were They Thinking?
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## Introduction to Literary Essays

Remind your young writer that they have been practicing how to find "big" ideas while reading stories. Have your child discuss these important ideas by inquiring about the theme and characters from one of their favorite books. These types of responses are the foundation for writing a literary essay, which is addressed in this week's activity selections.
When introducing your young writers to literary essay writing, emphasize the similarities between this genre and one they're most likely familiar withâ€”persuasive writing. The structures share many commonalities! Select an activity that guides students towards metacognition; reflective thinking leads to noticing "big ideas," which is a necessary skill when kids set out to draft a literary essay.
Find the Central Message: Literary Response
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Find the Central Message: Literary Response
Get your kids writing about their reading! When students note key observations as they read, they have a better chance at understanding a text's message.
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Opinion Essay Essentials
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Opinion Essay Essentials
Opinion 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.
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When students note observations as they read, they gain a deeper understanding of the characters.
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Literature Response Reflection Cards
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Literature Response Reflection Cards
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When students note observations as they read, they gain a deeper understanding of their texts.
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