Confidently introduce key fourth grade literature standards with 12 PowerPoint presentations and over 150 pages of supporting resources.
Each editable PowerPoint presentation introduces a specific fourth grade skill. Concepts unfold in an organized, step-by-step manner, putting kids – and their teacher – at ease. You’ll be able to use the simple processes over and over, helping your students master standards – and preparing them for standardized tests.
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, these materials are classroom tested and kid approved. They are a part of the Fourth Grade Literature Skills Bundle (best value), which also includes practice pages, assessments, and companion websites.
- PowerPoint (32 slides) – After students read “Spring,” the presentation models the process for answering explaining and inferring questions. Students learn how to construct thorough responses with topic sentence, citation, supporting details, and conclusion.
- Resources (18 pages) – Supporting materials include “Spring” (differentiated for three reading levels), themed response sheets, reference guides, and a response checklist.
- Standards – CCSS RL.4.1, FL CPALMS LAFS.4.RL.1.1, IN 4.RL.2.1, NE LA 4.1.6.i, OK 4.3.R.7, SC 4-5.1, TX TEKS 4.6
- PowerPoint 1 (22 slides) – This presentation provides support and scaffolding for students just beginning to summarize. Using the jingle “somebody wanted but then so,” the PowerPoint models locating elements, organizing them in a table, writing and revising a summary. Then students read “The Fox and the Grapes,” complete an organizer of their own, and compare it with a completed form in the PowerPoint.
- PowerPoint 2 (22 slides) – A parallel presentation models the process using story elements (character, setting, goal, obstacle, steps, and outcome).
- Resources (14 pages) – In addition to “The Fox and the Grapes,” the file includes differentiated organizers, response sheets, transitions reference guide, and ideas for introducing theme.
- Standards – CCSS RL.4.2, FL CPALMS LAFS.4.RL.1.2, IN 4.RL.2.2, NE LA 4.1.6.d, OK 4.2.R.3, SC 4-6.1, TX TEKS 4.3.A
Finding a Theme
- PowerPoint 1 (20 slides) – This presentation provides support for students just beginning to consider theme. The PowerPoint models how to find connected details in "The Three Little Pigs." Three different responses are generated, scaffolding to a one-word theme.
- PowerPoint 2 (20 slides) – Using a story arc organizer, the presentation models two different paragraphs for “The Three Little Pigs.” After identifying story elements, students are taught to consider how the character’s response to obstacles affects the outcome of the story.
- Resources (16 pages) – Text, graphics, and video links illustrate how kids understand theme. Instructional materials include a one-page story, posters, organizers, rubrics, and a list of universal themes.
- Standards – CCSS RL.4.2, FL CPALMS LAFS.4.RL.1.2, IN 4.RL.2.2, NE LA 4.1.6.d, OK 4.3.R.3, SC 4-6.1, TX TEKS 4.3.A
Describing a Character
- PowerPoint (16 slides) – After students read “How the Camel Got Its Hump,” the presentation models constructing a response to describe the camel. Kids learn to express a character trait in the topic sentence, support with evidence from the text, cite, and conclude.
- Resources (22 pages) – Supporting materials include “How the Camel Got His Hump” (differentiated for three reading levels), response sheets for describing two characters, a poster listing steps, reference guides for citing and concluding, generic response sheets, a response checklist, and rubrics.
- Standards – CCSS RL.4.3, FL CPALMS LAFS.4.RL.1.3, IN 4.RL.2.3, NE LA 4.1.6.c, OK 4.3.R.3
Alluding to Greek Mythology
- PowerPoint (40 slides) – The presentation introduces 40 allusions to characters in Greek mythology. Each slide features a picture, description, and example for the word.
- Resources (45 pages) – In addition to printable posters for each term, the set includes a word list, an assessment, and “How Did Greek Words Come into the English Language?”
- Standards – CCSS RL.4.4, FL CPALMS LAFS.4.RL.2.4
Identifying Poetry, Drama, and Prose
- PowerPoint 1 (29 slides) – The presentation explains basic structures of prose (sentences, paragraphs, dialogue), drama (casts of characters, dialogue, stage directions, setting, scenes, acts), and poetry (verse, stanza, rhythm, meter, rhyme). Examples relating to “Mary Had a Little Lamb” are provided.
- PowerPoint 2 (3 slides) – This presentation provides extra practice identifying rhythm and rhyme in poetry. It features “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.”
- Resources (10 pages) – Supporting materials include handy reference guides and text for each PowerPoint.
- Standards – CCSS RL.4.5, FL CPALMS LAFS.4.RL.2.5, IN 4.RL.3.1, NE LA 4.1.6.p, OK 4.2.R.2
Determining Point of View
- PowerPoint (64 slides) – This fun, interactive presentation opens with an introduction to point of view, focusing on first- and third-person pronouns. Students then analyze 11 brief excerpts from children’s books to determine perspective. If the passage is written in first person, they hold up one finger; if it’s in third person, they hold up three fingers. Finally, they guess the name and author of the book.
- Resources (5 pages) – Two practice worksheets and a pronouns reference guide are also included.
- Standards – CCSS RL.4.6, FL CPALMS LAFS.4.RL.2.6, IN 4.RL.3.2, NE LA.4.1.6.b, OK 4.3.R.2, SC 4.11.1, TX TEKS 4.6.C
- PowerPoint (13 pages) – The presentation explains folklore and five subcategories – myths, legends, fairy tales, fables, and tall tales – then provides an example.
- Resources (11 pages) – In addition to teacher tips and notetaking sheets, the file includes six posters and letters to create a folklore bulletin board.
- Standards – This set of resources lays the foundation for CCSS RL.4.9, FL CPALMS LAFS.4.RL.3.9, IN 4.RL.4.2, SC 4-7.2, TX TEKS 4.3.B. They’re meant to be used before tackling Comparing and Contrasting Folklore.
Comparing and Contrasting Folklore
- PowerPoint (15 slides) – Students first watch videos of “The Three Little Pigs” and “The Grasshopper and the Ants” (links provided). The PowerPoint presentation models organizing story elements (characters, setting, plot, and theme) in a table, comparing them with a Venn diagram, and expressing similarities and differences in a paragraph.
- Resources (14 pages) – Students read two stories, “Mani and Sol” and “The Fire Dog.” They organize elements in a table, compare using a Venn diagram, and explain in a paragraph. Sample responses and a response checklist are also included.
- Standards – CCSS RL.4.9, FL CPALMS LAFS.4.RL.3.9, IN 4.RL.4.2, SC 4-7.2, TX TEKS 4.3.B
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