# This Week in Fourth Grade

Week 34

Once fourth graders know how to edit and revise their writing, remind them to elevate it — and more effectively maintain reader engagement — with a variety of specific and descriptive adjectives. Try to select a writing activity where students can use unfamiliar adjectives in the correct context. Write a silly sentence on the board and ask your students to cross out the adjective you used and replace it with their own. Have your students share their responses with a partner, then come together as a class to discuss why some adjectives may be more effective than others.
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In this fun grammar sheet your child will build his vocabulary thinking of more interesting adjectives to replace the simpler ones.
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Have fun with grammar and decode these scrambled adjectives, all starting with the letter A! This is a great way to work vocabulary and spelling skills.
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In this worksheet, learners will refer to an adjective word bank of synonyms for "good" to take six sentences to the next level.
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Here's to the Negative Nancy in all of us! Your child will help choose a negative adjective to describe some bad musical performers and build vocabulary.
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## Decimals

As you practice subtracting decimals, remind students of key steps: line up the digits in each place value, move the decimal down to the answer, and perform the subtraction calculations they are familiar with. Decimals are a great opportunity to practice real-world math. Have your child jot down a dollar amount on a piece of paper and then come up with a list of items and activities. How much money would they have left after paying for these? Ask your child to imagine how they might choose to spend the change.
As you practice subtracting decimals, remind students of key steps: line up the digits in each place value, move the decimal down to the answer, and perform the subtraction calculations they are familiar with. Decimals are a great opportunity to practice real-world math. Have kids jot down a dollar amount on a piece of paper and then come up with a list of items and activities. How much money would they have left after paying for these? Invite them to discuss with a partner how they might choose to spend the change.
Number Puzzle
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Number Puzzle
Can you put a series of numbers in order? How about if some are decimals and some are fractions? If you can, you can decode this number puzzle.
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Decimals: Compare and Round #1
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Decimals: Compare and Round #1
Children practice comparing and rounding sets of decimals in this math worksheet.
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Decimals: Compare and Round #2
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Decimals: Compare and Round #2
Children practice comparing and rounding sets of decimals in this math worksheet.
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Step By Step Decimal Subtraction
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Step By Step Decimal Subtraction
It's as easy as one, two, three...four! Introduce your students to subtracting decimals in the tenth and hundredth place using a four-step process.
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Writing Decimal Subtraction Problems
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Writing Decimal Subtraction Problems
Empower your students with the opportunity to design decimal subtraction problems with a given difference (answer). Use this lesson on its own or as support for the lesson Step By Step Decimal Subtraction.
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Dive into nonfiction — and get inspired — with topics ranging from the California Gold Rush to Marie Curie. Use these resources to introduce your child to the fundamentals of reading and research, then assess whether they need additional support in gleaning important facts and main ideas to use in their writing. These reading comprehension skills are vital to a successful research project!
Dive into nonfiction — and get inspired — with topics ranging from the California Gold Rush to Marie Curie. Use these resources to introduce your class to the fundamentals of reading and research, then assess whether they need additional support in gleaning important facts and main ideas to use in their writing. These reading comprehension skills are vital to a successful research project!
Gold Myths
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Gold Myths
Learn some historical myths about gold with this worksheet, touching on the California Gold Rush, King Midas and Jason and the Argonauts.
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Women in History: Marie Curie
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Women in History: Marie Curie
Marie Curie was a great scientist, and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize. Learn about this brilliant woman with this history worksheet.
Social studies
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History buffs and railroad enthusiasts alike will enjoy learning about the Transcontinental Railroad with this Wild West worksheet!
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Mexico Research Map
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Mexico Research Map
With 4th grade geography comes lots of maps and research. Get an introduction to research with this exercise. Label the countries and three cities on this map.
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Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
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Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
Look at history! In this lesson, guide students through an exploration of the context, causes, and effects of the Transcontinental Railroad, and help them practice identifying the main idea and supporting details in a nonfiction text.
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Nonfiction Main Idea
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Nonfiction Main Idea
Let's get reading! In this lesson, students will identify the main idea and details of a nonfiction text. Use this on its own or as support for the lesson Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad.
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## Research Writing

Prepare your child to write research papers by honing their reading, writing, and investigation skills! Whether your fourth grader chooses to create a travel brochure or to write a brief report on an animal that lives in Africa, the activities here are an opportunity to practice key skills. Set clear goals and make ample time for feedback. For a project-based approach, ask your child to select and research a person who has had a positive impact on their country. Have them create a foldable display in the shape of that person (using a printout of their face) and an accompanying piece of research writing.
Prepare your class to write research papers by honing their reading, writing, and investigation skills! Whether your fourth graders choose to create a travel brochure or to write a brief report on an animal that lives in Africa, the activities here are an opportunity to practice key skills. Set clear goals and make ample time for feedback. For a project-based approach, ask students to select and research a person who has had a positive impact on their country. Have them create a foldable display in the shape of that person (using a printout of their face) and an accompanying piece of research writing.
Steps to Writing a Research Paper
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Steps to Writing a Research Paper
Visualize the steps to writing a research paper with this essential guide!
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Make a Travel Brochure for Any City
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Make a Travel Brochure for Any City
Encourage students to turn their travels into educational experiences. This activity asks students to research a city of their choice, pull together interesting facts about that city, and create their own travel brochure.
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Jane Goodall Biography
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Jane Goodall Biography
Jane Goodall has devoted her life to studying animals in the wild. This worksheet should spark an interest in research and recording in kids who love animals.
Science
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Invite children to get to know their home state a little better with this series of questions and prompts.
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Animal Report: Camel
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Animal Report: Camel
Learn step by step how to create a report! Research facts about camels, complete the sentences, then use the sentences to create a report about camels.
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Reviewing the Research Process
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Reviewing the Research Process
Writing a research paper is a huge undertaking. Getting curious about your topic and breaking it down into steps makes it more inviting and doable. Use this lesson to review the research process.
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Send home these fun free resources to help reinforce the skills you're teaching in the classroom.