This fairy tales unit offers two weeks of engaging, balanced ELA instruction. Activities address fourth grade ELA standards for literature, informational text, writing, language, speaking and listening.
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In this connected learning sequence, students examine three types of literature (prose, drama, and poetry), the basic structure of informational text, similes and metaphors. They write a poem, a play, and a descriptive essay. As a culminating activity, groups of students present short plays based on fairy tales.
What’s great about this unit?
• It’s ready to go. Everything is included and planned for you. Just download, print, and teach.
• It’s balanced. In addition to literature, kids get healthy doses of informational text, language, writing – even speaking and listening!
• It’s action-packed. Kids get busy writing, collaborating, and presenting.
• It employs higher order thinking skills. Your students will apply, analyze, synthesize, and create.
• It meets the standards. Check out the list under Objectives below.
• It connects to material kids love. This unit features fairy tales.
• It scaffolds. Lessons progress naturally, taking students to new levels of understanding.
• Literature - Students will explain differences in prose, drama, and poetry and refer to structural elements for each genre. (RL.4.5)
• Informational Text - Students will determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details (RI.4.2).
• Language - Students will explain and generate similes and metaphors (L.4.5.A)
• Writing - Students will write a variety of pieces in which the development and organization are appropriate to genre and purpose (W.4.4) and strengthen writing by planning, revising, and editing (W.4.5). They will write routinely for a range of discipline-specific tasks (W.4.10).
• Speaking and Listening - Students will engage in collaborative discussions (SL.4.1) and paraphrase a story using drama (SL.4.4).
All activities were created by Brenda Kovich
, a veteran fourth grade teacher.
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