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Our reading time is structured based on the teachings in the following books by The 2 Sisters:

            

This year, each week, we will be working with a story out of our 4th Grade Harcourt Storytown Reading text book. Each story will focus on a specific skill and has accompanying vocabulary. The following is a list of the themes in our text and the five stories that accompany those themes. You can visit the Harcourt Storytown website to view activities that accompany each story.
 

 

This week's basal story is an exerpt from Danitra Brown Leaves Town.

This book is in the genre of Poetry.

 

Theme 1 – Facing Challenges

 

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Lesson 5

Selection Title

The Hot and Cold Summer

Mighty Jackie: The Strike Out Queen

Danitra Brown Leaves Town

Kai's Journey to Gold Mountain

Pedro Puts on a Play

Focus Skill

Character's Traits and Motivations

Character's Traits and Motivations

Compare and Contrast

Compare and Contrast

Review Skills

Robust Vocabulary

annoyed
depriving
foisted
pact
queasy
venture

flinched
fluke
gaped
glared
legendary
muttered
snickering
stunned

clusters
particular
sizzles
sparkling
stroll
surrender

accusing
averted
craned
cringed
fury
interrogation
solemnly
stern

commenced
consternation
culinary
downcast
extensive
pensive
recruit
reminiscent
serenely
vivid

 

Theme 2 – Getting the Job Done

 

Lesson 6

Lesson 7

Lesson 8

Lesson 9

Lesson 10

Selection Title

On the Banks of Plum Creek

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World

Three Little Cyberpigs

Weaving a California Tradition

Emerald's Eggs

Focus Skill

Plot: Conflict and Resolution

Plot: Conflict and Resolution

Author's Purpose and Perspective

Author's Purpose and Perspective

Review Skills

Robust Vocabulary

darted
swerved
responsible
contradicting
jostling
attentive
pounced

inspecting
taut
untangled
rumpled
lurked
resounded
reluctant
surge

impressed
slick
nimble
exist
fierce
cease

unique
delicate
bond
preserve
infest
inspires
intervals
flexible

comprehend
pliable
solitary
scan
vulnerable
exuberant
mature
lumbers
encircle
nurture

 

Theme 3 – Natural Changes

 

Lesson 11

Lesson 12

Lesson 13

Lesson 14

Lesson 15

Selection Title

Mimicry and Camouflage

Mountains

Fire Storm

The Stranger

The Adventurers

Focus Skill

Text Structure: Cause and Effect

Text Structure: Cause and Effect

Drawing Conclusions

Drawing Conclusions

Review Skills

Robust Vocabulary

avoid
deceptive
lure
mimic
obvious
predators
resembles
traits

constant
contract
depths
eruption
gradually
immediate
revealed

altered
discourage
drudgery
plunge
scoffed
skeptically
smoldering
treacherous

dashed
drab
fascinated
hermit
occasionally
peculiar
timid
trembling

cherish
delectable
fragile
guidance
hoist
intrepid
pristine
privilege
seasoned
undoubtedly

 

Theme 4 – Imagination at Work

 

Lesson 16

Lesson 17

Lesson 18

Lesson 19

Lesson 20

Selection Title

So You Want to Be an Inventor?

Just Like Me

Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life

Juan Verdades: The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie

The Case of the Too- Hot Apple Cider

Focus Skill

Fact and Opinion

Fact and Opinion

Theme

Theme

Review Skills

Robust Vocabulary

barriers
forged
hoaxer
perfect
quest
tinker
trampled

ancestors
brilliant
exotic
graceful
mischievous
participate

bountiful
inadvertently
intentions
relentless
resourceful
roused
stature
vast

anxiously
confidently
declared
distressed
gloated
insisted
magnificent

beams
confound
exposed
gracious
installed
looming
miserable
monitor
ominous
self-assurance

 

Theme 5 – A New Home

 

Lesson 21

Lesson 22

Lesson 23

Lesson 24

Lesson 25

Selection Title

Because of Winn Dixie

My Diary from Here to There

The Cricket in Times Square

Mangrove Wilderness

Welcome to Chinatown!

Focus Skill

Character, Setting, and Plot

Character, Setting, and Plot

Sequence: Story Events

Sequence: Story Events

Review Skills

Robust Vocabulary

consisted
intends
prideful
recalls
select
snatched

burst
comforted
huddle
journey
opportunities
recognizes

fidget
forlornly
noble
pathetic
resolved
scrounging
stingy
suspicion

advantage
extract
remarkable
stealthy
suitable
withstand

aspects
destinations
expectantly
festive
gorgeous
misfortune
ornate
reconstruct
symbolize
vigorously

 

Theme 6 – Exploring our World

 

Lesson 26

Lesson 27

Lesson 28

Lesson 29

Lesson 30

Selection Title

Dragons and Dinosaurs

Grand Canyon: A Trail Through Time

The Bunyans

John Muir and Stickeen: An Icy Adventure with a No-Good Dog

Discovering the Atocha

Focus Skill

Main Idea and Details

Main Idea and Details

Figurative Language

Figurative Language

Review Skills

Robust Vocabulary

complicated
contraption
eerie
elegant
massive
obstacles
roamed
submerged

ancient
cascading
distant
embedded
eroding
glistens
sentries
weary

behemoth
colossal
cordially
fanciful
hearty
illusion
scenic

coddled
dainty
dedicated
determined
endured
memorable
pitiful

abruptly
descend
discern
distinguished
dubious
estimate
frantically
scrutinized
verify
vicinity

 



 



Ms. Eucker, Fourth Grade
Skinner Magnet Center, 4304 N. 33rd Street, Omaha, NE  68111  (map)
402.453.6857   Alice.Eucker@ops.org