September: What is Grade Four studying?

ELA: Poems, Poetry and Becoming Writers

Unit Summary: This gist of the module is to have students explore the meaning and inspiration behind poetry. Through mastering the skills of close reading to analyze various forms of poetry, students will explore the characteristics of poetry to understand how it differs from prose writing. In this unit, students will identify the themes of various poems while reflecting on how characters develop throughout a text. The ultimate goal of the module is to inspire students use these skills to become authors of their own poetry. 

Unit Tasks:  

  • Students read a new poem, answer selected response questions about it, and write a summary of it (mid-unit assessment). Students participate in a text-based discussion about how Jack’s feelings about poetry have changed (end-of-unit assessment). 
  • Students write an informative paragraph in response to Love That Dog (mid-unit assessment). Students revise their draft of a four-paragraph informative essay (end of unit assessment).
  • Students revise their poems to choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely and to choose punctuation for effect. They then complete a revisions form to show what they have revised and the rationale for the choice they have made. 



Eureka Math: 

Module 1: Place Value, Rounding, and Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction

Students will: 

  • explore place value of multi-digit numbers
  • compare multi-digit whole numbers
  • round multi-digit whole numbers
  • use place value to fluently add multi-digit whole numbers
  • use place value to fluently decompose to smaller units 
  • solve addition and subtraction word problems

Common Core Learning Standards: 

4.OA.A.3 - Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.

4.NBT.A.1 - Recognize that in a multi-digit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. For example, recognize that 700 ÷ 70 = 10 by applying concepts of place value and division.

4.NBT.A.2 - Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.

4.NBT.A.3 - Use place value understanding to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place.

4.NBT.B.4 - Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.