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Journeys 4th Grade Lesson 6: Invasion from Mars (Supplemental & Interactive)

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This supplemental pack is aligned to the Journeys 2014 and 2017 curriculum for 4th grade.

This Journeys Grade 4 supplemental pack is created to supplement Unit 2, Lesson 6 (Invasion from Mars). The reading responses, activities, and interactive notebook pages focus on the Reading Literature and Language sections of the curriculum.

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These pages were designed to be engaging to students, yet rigorous. The fonts are interesting but easy to read, interactive notebook pages are included, and students are given opportunities to color and cut & paste. Students must have access to the text as they work, as many pages require text evidence.

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Students love these interactive pages! Don't worry if you do not use Interactive Notebooks in your classroom. The interactive pages in this lesson can be glued onto notebook paper or construction paper. You can even staple a "notebook" of lined paper for them to use with their Journeys lessons! They'll love this new way of demonstrating their learning.

Interactive Pages:
• Story Structure – interactive notebook
• Picture Summary – interactive notebook
• Vocabulary Definitions – interactive notebook
• Weak and Strong Verbs – interactive notebook
• Formal and Informal Language – coloring
• Weak and Strong Verbs - coloring
• Suffix Sort – cut and paste

Reading Literature supplements:
• Story Structure – Students complete a graphic organizer about the characters, setting, and plot.
• Summarizing – Students write a summary of the story. Transition words are given. Students are challenged to use vocabulary words in their summary.
• Making Predictions – Students make predictions about the story as they read. They note the story details that lead them to make the predictions.
• Making Inferences – Students make inferences as they read. They write about the story details and background knowledge that helped them to infer.
• Formal and Informal Language - Students study the examples of formal and informal language and color the examples according to the key.
• Elements of Drama - Students complete the graphic organizer about the elements of drama: setting, characters, dialogue, and stage directions. They explain how lines of dialogue and stage directions are important to how the play is preformed.
• Text-dependent story questions
• The History of Radio: Informational Text & Headings - Students take notes on the 3 headings in the article. They make predictions about the content of each section based on the heading. Students give 3 facts learned in each section.
• Essential Question – Students journal write about the story’s essential question.

Language Supplements:
• Vocabulary Word Wall Words – The 10 vocabulary words are printed in large, in black & white, to be printed and hung in the classroom.
• Dictionary Definitions and Sentence Writing
• Using Context Clues
• Suffix Sort – Students cut and paste words based on the suffix.
• Defining Words with Suffixes –y and –ous
• Spelling List – 2 to a page, to be printed and cut apart
• Spelling 3 Times Each
• Spelling Triangles
• Spelling Sort – Long /u/ and Short /u/ - Students write words into the correct column based on their vowel sound.
• Action Verbs, Linking Verbs, and Helping Verbs - Students circle action verbs and underline linking verbs. Then, students add the appropriate helping verbs to the sentences given.
• Weak and Strong Verbs - Students study the examples of weak and strong verbs. They color each example according to the key.

Below are more lessons available for Unit 2!

Journeys Lesson 7

Journeys Lesson 8

Journeys Lesson 9

Journeys Lesson 10

Journeys Unit 2 BUNDLE

Please Note: These materials have been created by Amanda Garcia. The materials are not developed or endorsed by the Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company.
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Journeys 4th Grade Lesson 6: Invasion from Mars (Supplemen
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