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Fourth Grade

In June, we'll wrap up the school year with a brief introduction to the Atlas and Almanac.  We'll also complete our last Breakout Box of the school year to review what we have learned in 4th grade.  
 
In May, students will learn how to use World Book Encyclopedia online.  They'll complete a webquest to learn how to use each o the features of this awesome resource! Then they'll research a topic of choice and make a poster about what they learned.  Students will compare the online version to the print version and see which one is easier to use. 
 
In April we will review how to use the encyclopedia.  We'll learn the terms, "guide words" and "entry words" and will research a topic of choice using the encyclopedia.  Students will experiment with Blackout Poetry in the form of Austin Kleon.
 
To create a blackout poem:

 

Step 1: Scan the page first before reading it completely. Keep an eye out for an anchor word as you scan. An anchor word is one word on the page that stands out to you because it is packed and loaded with meaning and significance.  Starting with an anchor word is important because it helps you to imagine possible themes and topics for your poem. 

Step 2: Now read the page of text in its entirety. Use a pencil to lightly circle any words that connect to the anchor word and resonate with you. Resonant words might be expressive or evocative, but for whatever reason, these are the words on the page that stick with you. Avoid circling more than three words in a row.

Step 3: Read the circled words and piece them together to create the lines of a poem. You can eliminate parts of words, especially any endings, if it helps to keep the meaning of the poem clear. Try different possibilities for your poem before selecting the lines for your final poem. If you are stuck during this step, return back to the original page of text. The right word you are searching for could be there waiting for you.

Step 5: Return to the page of text and circle only the words you selected for the final poem.  Remember to also erase the circles around any words you will not be using.

Step 6: Blackout (or color over) any words you will not be using in your poem.  Alternatively, add an illustration or design to the page of text that connects to your poem. Be very careful not to draw over the circled words you selected for your final poem!

In June, we'll wrap up the school year with a brief introduction to the Atlas and Almanac.  We'll also complete our last Breakout Box to review what we learned in 5th grade library class.
 
In March, we'll explore a valuable database called PebbleGo Next and learn how to use this resource to find specific information.  Students will use the biography category of this database to find an alternative historical figure to replace Ben Franklin on the $100 bill.  
 
February will be a busy month in the library!  First, we'll be getting ready for our Scholastic DINO-MITE Book Fair: Stomp, Chomp, and Read!  We'll read some books by Lisa Funari Willever who will visit PMES on March 1, 2019 and learn all about Dr. Seuss, the man who was the inspiration behind NEA's "Read Across America"! Check out your child's Google Classroom page this month for log in information for the "Keyboarding Without Tears" program.  Students may work on this at home.  They may also use their Vocabulary.com accounts at home as well.  
 
  
In January, fourth graders will work in teams to complete a Plagiarism Breakout Box lesson.  They'll also begin learning about all of the books in the reference section of our library and compare these books to online resources.  Students will learn about the concept of authority in digital resources.  They'll receive instruction about the 4th grade "TrueFlix project" that they'll be working on in the coming months.  Students will learn about the big 6 research method, note taking without plagiarism (using NoteStar) and how to properly cite sources using EasyBib.  
 
In December we will learn about the winter holidays and listen to a selection of tales from notable authors.  We'll also complete a Web Quest to remind us how non-fiction books are organized according to the Dewey Decimal System. 
 
November is Native American Heritage Month!  We'll listen to selections from author Joseph Bruchac.  We'll create our own pictograph "pourquoi" or "why" stories using storytelling cubes.
 
 
 
In October we will review or learn:
 
 
How to access "Keyboarding Without Tears".  We will continue our use of the program.
How to access our google classroom library skills page.
How to use Vocabulary.com
How to search for books using Destiny Quest
Characteristics of scary stories