# 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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This prewriting exercise introduces students to the strategy of creating a word bank while reviewing adverbs.
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Sort adverbs by location, degree, manner, time, and frequency with this hands-on grammar worksheet!
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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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Lesson plan
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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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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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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Division Crossword
Interactive Worksheet
Division Crossword
Has your student mastered their times tables and division tables? Get a fun review with this division crossword!
Math
Interactive Worksheet
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.
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Learners will practice identifying the author's purpose in eight sample paragraphs, using text evidence to support their choice.
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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 author’s purpose.
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Detecting the Author's Purpose
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Detecting the Author's Purpose
Learners will categorize 12 different types of text according to why the author would write them, using the acronym PIE as a mnemonic device.
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Graphic Organizer: Author’s Point of View
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Graphic Organizer: Author’s Point of View
This graphic organizer helps students work through a nonfiction text to help organize information about the author’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 author’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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The Story of Hanukkah
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The Story of Hanukkah
This seasonal worksheet offers a window into a holiday that has been observed for millennia.
Social studies
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Chanukah Anagram Game
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Chanukah Anagram Game
Your fourth grader will get their mind working with this simple "Chanukah" anagram game. They will hone their language and spelling skills with this one!
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Holiday "Candles" Craft
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Holiday "Candles" Craft
Arts & crafts
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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 with—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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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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Response to Literature
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Response to Literature
After your students read an excerpt of The Land of the Blue Flower, ask them to respond to a writing prompt. Encourage them to use comparative works like similarly and unlike.
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Children practice summarizing and reflecting more deeply about the books they read by answering four thought-provoking questions.
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Send home these fun free resources to help reinforce the skills you're teaching in the classroom.