4th Grade Language Arts Lesson Plans

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The lesson plans below provide a detailed list of the language arts and language arts extensions, with brief activity descriptions and learning activity (LA) numbers. Additional resources related to fourth grade language arts are also provided.

Members often use this page as a resource for more detailed planning, to choose specific activities using the activity finder or to compare our curriculum with state standards.

Fourth grade language arts is organized into two large sections:

  1. Language Arts – 161 Activities
  2. Language Arts Extensions – 168 Activities

Language Arts Lesson Plan – 4th Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 161

The student will demonstrate knowledge by determining the meaning of synonyms from grade level appropriate vocabulary, by correctly choosing a given word or phrase that means the same thing.
The student will demonstrate knowledge by determining the meaning of antonyms from grade level appropriate vocabulary, by correctly choosing a given word or phrase that means the opposite.
The student will be able to analyze and determine the correct meaning of a word, based on the prefix of the root word or how the prefix is used in the context of a passage.
The student will be able to analyze and determine the correct meaning of a word, based on the suffix of the root word or how the suffix is used in the context of a passage.
The student will be able to identify and select the appropriate homophone or word that sounds the same, based on the context of a passage which fits the best meaning of the given word or phrase.
The student will be able to identify and analyze the author’s use of idioms, based on the context of a passage and how these expressions are used in literal and interpretative information.
Use the reading comprehension process skills of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying with extensive scaffolding and support, through think aloud prompts.
Use the reading comprehension process skills of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying with scaffolding and support, through think aloud prompts.
Use the reading comprehension process skills of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying to independently read and comprehend texts with minimal think aloud support.
Use knowledge, information, and ideas from literary or expository texts to make inferences about the text (e.g., make inferences, draw conclusions, make generalizations, and infer sequence of events.)
Identify the main idea(s) or theme(s), distinguishing them/it from supporting details in a literary text.
Make a summary or paraphrase information from literary or expository text.
Identify plot by using story elements including the main problem and solution.
Identify the main idea(s) using the supporting details in an expository text.
Students will understand the similarities and differences between firsthand accounts and secondhand accounts of an event. They will apply these skills when reading two authentic nonfiction texts.
Students will understand the similarities and differences between firsthand accounts and secondhand accounts. They will apply these skills when reading two authentic nonfiction texts.
Students will understand the similarities and differences between firsthand accounts and secondhand accounts of an event. They will apply these skills when reading two authentic nonfiction texts.
Identify and use knowledge of the author’s purpose to comprehend the writing of a literary or expository text.
Read, interpret, and make predictions using charts, graphs, diagrams, maps or other graphic representations.
Compare and contrast characters, settings, ideas, information and/or plot within a text or between two or more genre sources (literary or expository), that includes figurative language such as similes.
Identify literary or expository text that is organized in sequential/chronological order using words (first, next, last, then, finally, etc.) or phrases (to begin with, in addition to, etc.) to signal
Distinguish between fact and opinion in an expository text.
Identify and distinguish between cause and effect in expository and literary texts.
Students will be introduced to academic words to increase language proficiency and activate background knowledge before analyzing two authentic nonfiction articles.
Students will be introduced to academic words to increase language proficiency and activate background knowledge before analyzing an authentic nonfiction article.
Students will be introduced to academic words to increase language proficiency and activate background knowledge before analyzing an authentic nonfiction article.
Students will learn how to integrate information from two sources and will apply these skills using two authentic nonfiction texts.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of comprehension skills on grade-level appropriate literary and expository passages, with questions that simulate a high-stakes assessment.
The student will learn thematic content through discovery and achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary. Authentic fiction literature is included.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.
The student will learn thematic content through discovery, and achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary. Authentic fiction literature is included.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.
The student will learn thematic content through discovery and achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary. Authentic nonfiction literature is included.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.
The student will learn thematic content through discovery and achieve comprehension by reading poetry with emphasis on vocabulary. Authentic poetry is included.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.
The student will learn thematic content through discovery, and achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary. Authentic fiction literature is included.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.
The student will learn thematic content through discovery and achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary. Authentic fiction literature is included.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.
The student will learn thematic content through discovery and achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary. Authentic nonfiction literature is included.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.

Language Arts Extensions Lesson Plan – 4th Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 168
Demonstrate improved comprehension skills such as previewing, predicting, rereading, summarizing, retelling, and self-correcting.
Use a range of cueing systems, such as context clues and phonics, to determine pronunciation and meaning.
Adjust reading strategies and speed to fit the purpose and difficulty of the text by using such skills as skimming, scanning, reading carefully, and rereading.
Identify examples of fact, fiction or opinion in text.
Read and use text from other disciplines such as science, math, and history, as well as from technical manuals and public documents.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 1.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 2.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 3.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 4.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 5.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 6.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 7.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 8.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 9.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 10.
Increase personal vocabulary and enhance language use Unit 10.

Chapter Test: Comprehend & Respond – Extension

Identify and correctly punctuate the four types of sentences: declarative, exclamatory, interrogative, and imperative.
Consistently apply rules of capitalization.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 1.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 2.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 3.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 4.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 5.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 6.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 7.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 8.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 9.
Consistently apply rules of spelling Unit 10.
Recognize the following parts of speech: proper and common nouns, regular and irregular verbs.
Recognize the following parts of speech: pronouns, adverbs, and adjectives.
Recognize the following parts of speech: interjections, conjunctions, and prepositions.
Demonstrate ability to distinguish between similes and metaphors.
Correctly use commas in series, dates, addresses, and compound sentences.
Correctly use apostrophes in possessives and contractions.
Correctly use quotation marks when quoting direct speech.
Demonstrates ability to recognize and avoid double negatives.

Chapter Test: Grammar – Extension

Identifies and uses literary terminology (including setting, plot, character, problem, solution, theme, simile, alliteration, and metaphors).
Develop an understanding of the defining characteristics of fiction. Read the novel: Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.
Develop an understanding of the defining characteristics of nonfiction.
Develop an understanding of the defining characteristics of biography.
Develop an understanding of the defining characteristics of poetry.
Develop an understanding of the defining characteristics of folktales.
Practice various reading strategies and techniques to understand written material.
Select at least 25 books to read during the course of the year. Selections should include at least one fiction book, one nonfiction book, one poetry book, one biography, and one piece of folklore.

Chapter Test: Literature – Extension

Demonstrate understanding of the elements of paragraph formation, such as indentation of the first line, use of a topic sentence, and development of a main idea.
Plan, draft, write, revise, proofread, edit, print, and share five written documents.
Write from personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings.
Write various types of literature, including poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction.
Produce two types of writing: a report and a response to literature. Read the novel Stone Fox by John R. Gardiner.
Use information sources to research a topic.

Chapter Test: Written Communication – Extension

Express ideas orally in an organized, comprehensible manner.
Develop diverse vocabulary when speaking.
Speak effectively by using proper pace, volume, stress, and enunciation, and correct pronunciation.
Demonstrate ability to listen attentively when others are speaking. (The learner will adhere to the conventions of language to communicate ideas orally, and will listen actively and critically to enhance understanding).

Chapter Test: Convention of Language – Extension

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Lesson Activity Finder Tool

activity_finderThe lesson activity finder is one of the many helpful tools that Time4Learning offers its members. The activity finder is a shortcut that makes it easy for parents to preview lessons or find extra practice for their child.

Every lesson in the curriculum has a unique activity number, referred to in the lesson plans as an “LA Number.” These numbers can be found on either the scope and sequence pages or the lesson plans in the parent administration area.

The activity finder can be found in the lower left hand corner of the Student LaunchPad page. To use it, members simply log in to their child’s account, type the Learning Activity (LA) number of a lesson into the Activity Finder and click “Go” to open it.

For additional information, please visit our hints and help section, which gives more details about the activity finder.

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