3 Full Days for 4th Grade/Great Explorers, Heroes, Natural Resources

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This 3 in 1 Pack includes 3 full days for your substitute teacher. These very same individual full day plans (Great Explorers theme, Heroes Theme, and Natural Resources Theme) are also sold separately in my store. All activities are ready to copy and go, without need for the sub to read lengthy directions. Explanations for students and for the sub are incorporated as scripts which headline some but not all worksheets. The only equipment your sub needs is a copy machine (Smartboard or Activeboard); the only supplies your kids need are pencils, crayons, scissors, and glue
Each full day includes: Morning and afternoon large group “messages” for students to complete and for the sub teacher to use as “get acquainted” and “end of day wrap up” meetings. Each message should take from 30 to 45 minutes of class time. Fiction and Non-fiction Reader Response papers are provided for students to write after they have read independently for 30 (or more) minutes. Students will record what they learned about plot, characters, setting, and new words, whether they read a portion of a book or the whole thing. Non fiction readers will record important facts learned and new words. Vocabulary games to extend comprehension are included at the end of each day, plus an activities grid that briefly explains each activity, possible variations of the activity, materials needed, and Common Core Standard Applied.
Students will read and respond to comprehension questions about Neil Armstrong, Lewis and Clark, and Robert Ballard. Using a graphic organizer they will choose other explorers to research and write about. They will "explore" and write about an imaginary island. They will complete an exploration timeline.
In math, students will compute problems in dividing, subtracting, and multiplying whole numbers while filling in a "Great Explorers" picture. They will practice multiples of 6. They will play the Great Explorers Board Game as they practice multiplication and division skills, recognize odd and even numbers, and proceed through an imaginary exploration.
Social Studies, character education, and writing are combined in a study of Historical, Real-Life, and Fictional heroes. Students will read comprehension passages about each kind of hero, and then
choose heroes to research and write about (using graphic organizers provided). They will practice sign language and braille. They will choose their favorite fictional characters from books,
movies, and TV. They will begin an interactive Hero Journal to record names in weeks ahead - because "thinking about our heroes helps us know the kind of people we want to become." They will put 8 descriptive adjectives in ABC order and write their own sentences using these words.
Math activities include: practice adding, subtracting, and multiplying whole numbers while filling in the sign: “You Have the Power to be a Hero." They will complete a multiplication grid (by memory or by using available classroom resources). They will play the Heroes Board Game while computing two digit multiplication and long division problems and reviewing concepts learned about Heroes.
In reading and science, students will read and respond to comprehension passages on natural resources (natural, man-made, renewable and nonrenewable). They will learn and make a poster about the resources humans need for survival. They will read about how resources are processed for use. They will read about the steps from dairy cow to milk in our kitchen and choose their own product to research and write about.
They will determine the natural resources in their own state and complete a chart showing how those resources provide employment and/or activities for residents in the state. They will make a travel poster to advertise the natural attributes of their own state.
They will explore methods for conserving natural resources by reusing, recycling, or reducing our use. They will think about methods for reducing and reusing food waste in the school cafeteria
They will complete whole number computations (adding, subtracting, multiplication) to fill in and color “We Will Protect Our Natural Resources” coloring page.
They will put vocabulary words in alphabetical order and generate own sentences.
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3 Full Days for 4th Grade/Great Explorers, Heroes, Natural
3 Full Days for 4th Grade/Great Explorers, Heroes, Natural
3 Full Days for 4th Grade/Great Explorers, Heroes, Natural
3 Full Days for 4th Grade/Great Explorers, Heroes, Natural
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