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# This Week in Fourth Grade

Week 23

## Building Vocabulary

Your child will enjoy expanding their vocabulary through exploration of compound words, vivid imagery, and hyperbole. Have them keep a list of compound words that they find throughout their independent reading. Hyperbole is especially fun to discover; who doesn't like to exaggerate a little? Encourage your child to come up with their own hyperboles to use in their writing.
Students will enjoy expanding their vocabulary through exploration of compound words, vivid imagery, and hyperbole. Keep and post a list of compound words, hyperbole, and their definitions in the classroom. Encourage students to add to the chart as they come across them in their reading.
Compound Word Puzzle
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Compound Word Puzzle
Work on word-building with this fun activity that doubles as an English exercise.
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Creating Compound Words
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Creating Compound Words
Students will gain insight into the meaning of compound words as they break each word into its two different parts.
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Expressions Explained
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Expressions Explained
Are you so hungry you could eat a horse? Your students will have fun identifying the examples of hyperbole and idioms in this worksheet.
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Fun with Hyperboles
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Fun with Hyperboles
Students will become familiar with how to write a hyperbole by completing a variety of activities!
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Writing with Vivid Words
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Writing with Vivid Words
Give your students practice writing with detail and using vivid words.
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Play Vocabulary Bingo!
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Play Vocabulary Bingo!
Looking for a way to make vocab practice a little more engaging? This easy twist on the classic game is a great way to build your child's vocabulary.
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## Equivalent Fractions

Practicing basic multiplication and division facts will prepare your child to decompose or compose fractions. Be sure to provide your child with opportunities to visually recognize equivalent fractions. Have them draw equivalent fractions to help them understand how they would represent the same amount in different ways.
Practicing basic multiplication and division facts will help prepare students to decompose or compose fractions. Allow your students opportunities to play games that help them practice multiplication and division facts. A fun way to remind students to continue practicing their facts is to quiz them as they exit the classroom for lunch or recess.
Sugar Coated Fractions
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Sugar Coated Fractions
Students will write a fraction that shows the ratio of colored candy for each problem, then simplify the fraction.
Math
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Fraction Action! Reducing to Lowest Terms #1
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Fraction Action! Reducing to Lowest Terms #1
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Fraction Action! Reducing to Lowest Terms #2
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Fraction Action! Reducing to Lowest Terms #2
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Simple Fractions with Sylvia
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Simple Fractions with Sylvia
Simple fractions worksheet helps teach your child to reduce fractions to their simplest form and cartoon characters keep learning interesting.
Math
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Color by Fraction
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Color by Fraction
Here's a challenging math worksheet for your 4th grader: your child must color the fractions according to their value, giving each value its own color.
Math
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Galactic Space Fractions: Comparing Like Denominators
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Galactic Space Fractions: Comparing Like Denominators
Kids use visual area models to compare fractions with common denominators in this intergalactic math game.
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Equivalent Fractions Using Area Models
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Equivalent Fractions Using Area Models
Teach your students to create equivalent fractions by multiplying by different fraction forms of 1 whole like 2/2 or 4/4. This lesson also includes drafts of area models.
Math
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## Referring to Text Features for Understanding

Quality nonfiction text should not only contain accurate information, it should also be visually appealing and accessible to the reader. Nonfiction text features—like charts, graphs, illustrations, and captions—can be essential in helping us to further understand a topic. Show your child the value of nonfiction text features with kid-friendly nonfiction texts, like social studies and science articles from magazines. Ask your child to imagine these examples without text features. Are they still as informative and engaging?
Quality nonfiction text should not only contain accurate information, it should also be visually appealing and accessible to the reader. Nonfiction text features—like charts, graphs, illustrations, and captions—can be essential in helping us to further understand a topic. Show your students the value of nonfiction text features with kid-friendly nonfiction texts, like social studies and science articles from magazines. Ask your students to imagine these examples without text features. Are they still as informative and engaging?
Reading Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams from Nonfiction Texts
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Reading Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams from Nonfiction Texts
Students will analyze three different types of nonfiction text features: charts, graphs, and diagrams.
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Search for Nonfiction Text Features
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Search for Nonfiction Text Features
As your students hunt for various text features, theyâ€™ll learn that these features provide important information about the text theyâ€™re reading!
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Understanding Nonfiction Formatting
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Understanding Nonfiction Formatting
Take a closer look at formatting! Learning how nonfiction text is formatted helps students understand the underlying structure of the information.
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During this pre-reading exercise, your students will rely on nonfiction text features and their own background knowledge to gather information.
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Nonfiction Text Features Checklist
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Nonfiction Text Features Checklist
Develop your studentsâ€™ critical eye with this nonfiction text features checklist! This resource can be used with the Comparing Nonfiction Text Features lesson plan.
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Text Features and Their Purposes
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Text Features and Their Purposes
This lesson helps your ELs identify nonfiction text features and explain how they enhance comprehension of the text. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Searching for Text Features lesson plan.
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Searching for Text Features
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Searching for Text Features
Direct instruction about text features will help ELs better comprehend nonfiction texts. In this lesson, students will practice identifying text features. This lesson can be used alone or with the What's in a Text Feature? lesson plan.
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## Elevating Writing Style

Your fourth grader is elevating their writing style in increasingly complex ways. Strategies such as adding voice, utilizing different fonts, and linking simple sentences can all help improve and lend sophistication to your child's writing. Use graphic novels to illustrate how to use use voice and ALL CAPS in dynamic writing.
Your fourth graders are elevating their writing style in increasingly complex ways. Strategies such as adding voice, utilizing different fonts, and linking simple sentences can all help improve and lend sophistication to students' writing. Use graphic novels to illustrate how to use use voice and ALL CAPS in dynamic writing.
Using Font and Text Features in Your Writing
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Using Font and Text Features in Your Writing
Learn to use text formatting tools like capitalization, bold, underline, and italics to give emphasis to your writing.
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Utilizing Text and Font Features in Your Writing
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Utilizing Text and Font Features in Your Writing
This sheet will review the ways that writers can play with different text and font features for a variety of effects.
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Sentence Makeover 1
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Sentence Makeover 1
Give a paragraph a beauty makeover! Take a paragraph that is choppy and create a more rhythmic and flowing paragraph.
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Give your students the opportunity to practice combining ideas using transition words and conjunctions.
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There are many ways that writers can add voice to their writing, including dialect, emotion, word choice, and ALL CAPS.
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