Saturday, May 28, 2016

4th Grade Reading Goals and Benchmarks | 4th Grade CCSS ELA

A “SMART” CCSS ELA Reading GOALs

 S = Specific | Scholarly | Studious 
 M = Measurable | Meaningful | Mighty
 A = Attainable | Adroit | Accelerated
 R = Relevant | Rigorous | Robust
 T = Time-bound | Tailored | Tangible

4th Grade Reading Goals and Benchmarks

Reading Benchmarks and Student Products
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1
I can fluently read grade level literature and higher at 140-200 correct words per minute.



2
I can correctly answer two step reading comprehension questions (drawing conclusions and making inferences) using DOK Level 2 and 3 level concepts with multiple types of literature (expository text) non-fiction and (narrative) fiction.



3
I can differentiate between Tier 2 cognitive verbs (Academic Vocabulary) i.e. facts, opinion effect, affect.

I can differentiate between Tier 3 Academic Content Concepts (Academic Vocabulary) e.g. simile, personification, .



4
I can compare and contrast literary concepts like plot, theme, characters (protagonist, antagonist), events, authors view point, and setting in a story.



5
I can read, understand, and summarize a variety of complex texts, including: legends, novels, folklore, science fiction / nonfiction: autobiographies, informational books, diaries, journals / poetry: conceit, haiku / drama: skits, plays.



6
I can read for understanding using multiple close reading strategies; Cornell notes, Socratic seminars, ranking surveys, cause and effect graphic organizers, story mapping and sequencing, inferring, keyword outlines, and drawing conclusions using text evidence to understand deeper what I read.



7
I can read daily for enjoyment and personal growth.



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I can read paired text with complex concepts and discuss, write and revise my opinions, ideas and thoughts.



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Math Benchmarks



1
I can use multiple strategies and math models to divide with a two-digit divisors.



2
I can state division facts through 12s.(4-5min test)



3
I can use multiple strategies and math models to multiply a three-digit number by a three-digit number.



4
I can multiple strategies, math models to determine the equivalent decimal, fraction and percent.



5
I can estimate for length, weight, and volume using both customary and metric units.



6
I can state multiplication facts through 12s. (5min test)



7
I can identify and model geometry concepts, congruent figures, geometric shapes, area, perimeter and angles.



8
I can read and create a bar graph, pie chart data tables etc, and answer correctly data questions.



9
I can create and identify statistical data to find mode, median, mean, range, and scale.







Writing Benchmarks



1
I can write a properly formatted paragraph in 5-10 minutes. Topic sentence, Supporting Sentences, Concluding Sentence, inducing transitions with proper spelling and conventions.



2
I can write in neat legible cursive.



3
I can write an appropriate five-paragraph essay in two hours.



4
I can write a science report (5-10 paragraph) using the scientific method to prove or disprove my hypothesis. 



5
I can write about the complex literary concepts that include, characters, events, and setting in a story.



6
I can write a persuasive essay and letter.



7
I can write appropriate letters of request, letters of complaint and friendly letters.



8
I can effectively use the Six-Traits of writing in all of my work.



9
I can write a exciting personal narrative



10
I can use a word processor to write






Language Arts Benchmarks



1
I can state the appropriate use for the parts of speech.



2
I can state and use appropriate grammar and spelling in writing.



3
I can produce work that follows the conventions of particular genres (e.g., personal and imaginative narrative, research reports, reading logs.



4
I can use varied reference materials and sources to support my writing and understanding (e.g., encyclopedias, websites, glossaries, dictionaries, thesaurus) to identify and comprehend unknown text concepts and words.



5
I can summarize main ideas and major points from fiction and nonfiction text(s) to clarify and retain information and ideas.



6
I can actively listen and ask questions to acquire, deepen, and understand new information.



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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

TOP 10 Vocabulary Games | Reading Engagement Strategies

CLASSROOM VOCABULARY GAMES, Testing Vocabulary REVIEW ACTIVITIES

Building background knowledge, test readiness, academic vocabulary mastery and word analysis SKILLS can all be taught, reviewed and reinforced by using fun engaging vocabulary games. 

Classroom Reading Engagement Strategies | Kids love vocabulary games that are engaging and give them a chance to compete. Teachers love kids that are engaged and learning and reviewing academic vocabulary concepts. Teachers need to change up daily and weekly routines that add new teaching strategies to their teaching repertoire


1.  10,000 Dollar Vocabulary Pyramid,  (based on the game show). Write review vocabulary words in the pyramid and explain the rules. [DOC] vocabulary review activities































[PPT] The $100000 Pyramid - Staff Web Pages
Thousand. Words. Classical. Gas. Classical Gas. Describe for your partner these classic American novels in 30 seconds or less. Classical Gas. Gone with the ...

Demo of the Pyramid Powerpoint - YouTube
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[PPT]Pyramid template.ppt - SharpSchool
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2. Vocabulary Sparkle, VOCABULARY SPARKLE! VOCABULARY SPARKLE Have your children stand or sit on their desk so they are facing the teacher. Start at either end of room and give the first child a vocabulary word or definition. They say the definition or kid friendly sentence if given the vocabulary word or they must give the word when a definition is given. The child that cannot give an answer says SPARKLE and must sit down. Continue the game until you are down to one child! The last child that has answered all the vocabulary gets a small bag of popcorn. Every child that answers a hard vocabulary question correctly gets a pretzel, stamp, or a sticker. They love this and it is great review for challenging academic vocabulary! Start with a mix of easy and hard words to get the kids excited and ready to study the challenging academic words.

3. Vocabulary Pictionary/Charades, using Vocabulary Pictionary/Charades is a fast and fun way to review testing or spelling vocabulary words with your class as a fun word-work activity. Students can draw or act out the words but must remain silent.

4. Word Sorts, Students receive a stack of word cards containing word families or word categories that have several types of contrasting sounds, patterns, or meanings. Each student must then figure out the patterns that exist within the stack, and sort the cards accordingly. By doing this, students construct their own knowledge of words, creating a lasting understanding of how language works. This process contrasts greatly to the simple memorization related to traditional spelling tests.  The process of sorting words into various categories is the heart of word study. By categorizing different words by certain elements, young children make sense of words and patterns within words. Word sorts combine both constructivist learning and teacher-directed instruction.wiki

Words Their Way Within Word Pattern Spellers
Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Within Word Pattern Spellers is intended to supplement ... Word Sorts Contrasting Short- and Long-Vowel Sounds and Patterns.

[PDF]Words Their Way- Letter Name-Alphabetic
Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Letter Name-Alphabetic Spellersis intended to supplement ... ture sorts, word families, and short vowels in CVC patterns.

[PDF]Words Their Way-Emergent
Words Their Way: Letter and Picture Sorts for Emergent Spellers is intended to .... through these sortshow word study is organized in your weekly schedule.

[PDF]Printable Sorts and Assessments - Mrs. Johnson's Class
of key sorts, assessments, and other reproducibles from our book. Essential Word Sorts TM for the Primary Grades, 2nd Edition in. PDF format. For the complete ...

[PDF]Word Sorts
There are two types of word sorts: closed and open. In closed word sorts the teacher defines the process for categorizing the words. This requires students to ...

[PDF]Page 1 VV words sem. Way- - CrG SOris for Derivational Feletioris ...
Words their way : word sorts for derivational relations spellers / Shane ... the text Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction.

[PDF]S Sorts for Words Their Way - edc424uri
Word Sorts for Syllables and Affixes Spellers.
[PDF]Welcome to the Words Their Way Teacher Resource CD, Level D!
sorts from the second .... Additional resources for Words Their Way™: Word Study in Action ... Their Way: Word Sorts for Within Word Pattern Spellers, Words.

wordstheirway - Syllable-Affix Sorts
Words Their Way Word Sorts for Syllables and Affixes Spellers.docx · Details · Download; 24 KB ... Sort 12--Syllable Juncture in VCV and VCCV Patterns.pdf.

[PDF]Phonics - Florida Center for Reading Research
Pencils. Activity. Students will sort words into containers based on vowel sounds. ... Make other vowel sound and word cards to sort

5. Swinging Monkey/HangmanIntroduce spelling words, test vocabulary or vocabulary for a story by playing "Swinging Monkey" (a kinder version of “Hangman”). Begin by putting blanks on the board that correspond to the number of letters in a word you want to discuss. Call on individual students to guess letters. For a miss first draw a tree, then a branch, then an arm hanging from the branch. Keep adding body, head, another arm, two legs, and a tail. After the word is revealed, read it in context and discuss the meaning of the word. [DOC] vocabulary review activities

6. Last Man Standing, The teacher or a student introduces a theme, word, science category, or a tier 3 academic word, after introducing the word all students stand up and get ready to play. Explain to students that they must find a word to add to the discussion before the teacher gets to the count of 3 or they must sit down. The student must give a word that relates to the theme or word before the end of the count and are given a high five or other praise when correct. The game can be played using synonyms or antonyms as a variation, but if students can't find a word they must pass the ball and sit down.  

7. SWATSo easy.....and fun! Write the vocabulary words on the board or an overhead transparency (the swatting won’t erase them from the screen). Write them randomly not necessarily in rows. Two students each have a fly swatter. Read a definition and the first student to "swat" the word gets a point for their team. Play until all the words are done. Do some words more than once to make sure they're paying attention. (You could also put some words from past vocabulary lessons on the board as a refresher.) [DOC] vocabulary review activities

8. The Legendary Lands, the academic vocabulary board consists of 18 mythical and legendary lands with an ocean at its center. Some lands are named and others are to be named by the new explorers of “The legendary Lands”. The lands have a numerical value of 5 florins to 100 florins based on strategic locations and previous development. The value of the land is used to determine taxes paid to players at the end of game rounds. As the game progresses, players use florins to build, Railway Spurs, Sky Ships, Train Stations, Aerodromes, Universities, Sky Villages, Libraries, Sea Ports, Governments, and Sky Libraries or … use your imagination. Each player begins the game with 250 florins, one randomly selected conveyance ticket, 1 professor, and 4 students on any 5 florin land. THE LEGENDARY LANDS



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Saturday, May 21, 2016

MCAS ELA Reading & Math Test 2016

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 MCAS ELA Reading & Math Test Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Classroom Management 100% Engagement

Top 10 Classroom Management Structures and Strategies that creates 100% Engagement

How To Keep Students Focused and Engaged Through Engaging Classroom Management Structures and Strategies. 

1. Whole Brain Teaching
2. Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategies
3. Brain Rules Dr. John Medina
4. Formative Handicraft
5. Student seating arrangments
6. Brain Breaks
7. The 20/80 rule
8. Give a 15-minute break each hour
9. Morals, Values, Ethics, Character and or Religious Education
10. Social, Emotional Intelligence Education

1. Whole Grain Teaching



2. Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategies



3. Brain Rules Dr. John Medina



4. Formative Handicraft


5. Student seating arrangments


6. Brain Breaks



7. The 20/80 rule



8. Give a 15-minute break each hour


9. Morals, Values, Ethics, Character and or Religious Education
10. Social, Emotional Intelligence Education