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Homework for April 3-7
Due Date: 4/7/2017
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Study spelling words

*Fluency passage

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

 

 

Spelling Words

 

1. eighty

2. sheriff

3. rodeo

4. exercise

5. wagon

6. train

7. railroad

8. saddle

9. calf

10. developed

11. alarm

12. carbon

13. charcoal

14. marble

15. scarlet

16. aurora

17. quadrant

18. ordered

19. coordinates

20. grid

Name ______________________________________ # ________ Date ___________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of April 3, 2017

Can a Star Point the Way?Adapted from Wonderopolis

 

Let your imagination take you back several hundred years to a time when grand ships set off across the oceans of the world in search of new lands, resources, and adventure. Can you see yourself as the captain of a ship like Christopher Columbus?

Although it might sound exciting, there are a few things you should remember: you don't have the Internet. Google is hundreds of years in the future. There are no Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites overhead. Even the rudimentary, or basic,  paper maps you have are not much more than guesses about what lies ahead.

This might not seem like an overwhelming problem while you're in port. However, once you set sail, you'll soon find that you're surrounded by miles and miles of nothing but water. Your view in every direction is remarkably similar. There are no landmarks to tell you where you are or where you're going. How can you be sure you're on track?

While there might not be any landmarks, there are some guides that ancient mariners relied upon to guide them safely across the seas. All you have to do is look up into the sky. That's right! Sailors long ago relied upon the Sun, the Moon, and many other heavenly bodies, such as stars and planets, to guide the way.

If you've ever stared up into the night sky, searching for shooting stars or popular constellations, you've probably noticed that the positions of the Sun, the Moon, and the stars change regularly. It can be challenging to find these items night after night as they shift positions and move across the night sky. How then did ancient sailors ever use these things to guide their movements?

At any particular point in time, every celestial body, or object in the sky, is directly above a particular point on Earth. We call this point its geographical position. Someone standing at the geographical position would see the celestial body directly overhead.

However, the geographical position of most celestial bodies changes constantly, because Earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the Sun. There are two points on Earth, however, that don't constantly change position relative to the sky above them: the North Pole and South Pole.

Fortunately for ancient sailors, there's a star position is very close to the North Pole: Polaris, more commonly known as the North Star. If you keep your eye on Polaris, you'll notice that it doesn’t seem to move throughout the year and that all the other stars appear to revolve slowly around it.

If a sailor was sailing north, he would notice Polaris increasing in height in the sky. If Polaris was decreasing in height, then a sailor would know he was headed south. Sailors eventually learned that measuring the angle of Polaris in the sky would give them their approximate latitude.

If you're familiar with geography, you know that every point on Earth can be pinpointed by an exact latitude and longitude. To fix their position exactly, sailors would thus need to rely upon more than just Polaris. Using math and some basic tools, astronomers were then able to develop complex star charts that showed the various positions of other stars and celestial bodies at different times, measuring their distance from Polaris.

So is celestial navigation a lost art? There's one area where it's still an advanced science that's used every day: space exploration. NASA scientists use advanced celestial navigation to guide everything in outer space, from the Hubble Space Telescope to the Mars Rover.

Text Dependent Questions

1.    What is the meaning of the word overwhelming mean as it is used in paragraph 3? ____________________________________

2.  What was the name of the star that guided sailors could always find no matter the time of year? ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­___________________________________________

3.  In your own words, explain why did sailors needed to develop a system of navigation on the sea. Be sure to use evidence from the text.

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Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS!

 

Read once- _________________________________________________ Date ________

 

Read twice- ________________________________________________ Date ________

 

Read three times- ___________________________________________ Date ________



Homework for March 37-31
Due Date: 3/31/2017
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Fluency homework

*Study spelling words

*Study vocabulary words

*Read for at least 30 minutes each night

 

Name ______________________________________ # ________ Date ___________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of March 27, 2017

States Buckle Down to Discuss Making Seat Belts Mandatory on School Buses

Adapted from Newsela Lexile 860

 

School bus seat belt laws have been suggested in at least 19 other states. None have made it mandatory. Only six states have laws requiring seat belts on school buses. They are California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York and Texas.

Many people say they are too expensive. They also question whether seat belts would even save lives. They say children may not be able to quickly unbuckle and get out of buses in some emergencies. Also, seat belts could cost as much as $10,000 to include in a new school bus. Adding seat belts to buses already on the road would cost even more.

Deaths from school bus crashes are rare. Nationwide, only six school-age passengers die in bus crashes each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Safety experts agree that school buses are the safest way to transport students.

Big Buses Are Designed To Protect Riders

Small buses are required to have seat belts because they are more like vans and cars. The big yellow school buses that most students ride do not have them. The buses themselves are designed to protect riders. The children are kept snug like eggs in a carton. But those features don't necessarily protect children during crashes when riders come out of their seats.

Jessica Jermakian is an engineer who studies road safety. She said that seat belts in buses could cause other problems. She says school districts without enough money could put off buying new, safer buses, Jermakian said. Or they could try to save money by changing their bus service. This might cause more students to walk to school or get a ride in a car. Both of these choices would put children at more risk for getting hurt.

Seat Belts May Not Be Good In Emergencies

Others worry that making children buckle up could cause problems if they needed to get out of the bus quickly. It could be difficult for them to unbuckle themselves during an emergency.

Text Dependent Questions

1.    What is the meaning of the word mandatory mean as it is used in paragraph 1? __________________________________________

2.  How do you feel about seat belts being required on school buses? Write how you feel and why you feel this way using at least two reasons that the text explains.

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Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS!

 

Read once- _________________________________________________ Date ________

 

Read twice- ________________________________________________ Date ________

 

Read three times- ___________________________________________ Date ________

Spelling Words

 

1. eighty

2. sheriff

3. rodeo

4. exercise

5. wagon

6. train

7. railroad

8. saddle

9. calf

10. developed

11. alarm

12. carbon

13. charcoal

14. marble

15. scarlet

16. aurora

17. quadrant

18. ordered

19. coordinates

20. grid

Vocabulary Words:

 

 

1.mistreat-treat badly, cruelly, or unfairly

 

2.apprehensive-worried or anxious that something bad may happen

 

3.refuge-shelter or protection from trouble or danger, or a place that provides shelter or protection

 

4.bliss-great joy or complete happiness

 

5.valiant-brave or courageous

 

6.revere-greatly respect and admire



Homework for March 20-24
Due Date: 3/24/2017
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Fluency Passage

*Study spelling words

*Study vocabulary words

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

 

Spelling Words

 

1. region

2. return

3. believe

4. joined

5. members

6. contest

7. reject

8. cells

9. universe

10. computer

11. abuse

12. lukewarm

13. salute

14. rumor

15. tutor

16. actor

17. magnetic

18. poles

19. permanent

20. temporary

 

Vocabulary Words:

 

 

1.Rove-wander about or roam

 

2.inadequate-not adequate, or not enough or good enough

 

3.adequate-enough or good enough

 

4.scrutinize-look at very carefully

 

5.ineligible-not eligible, or not allowed to do or have something

 

6.eligible-allowed to do or have something

 

Name ______________________________________ # ________ Date ___________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of March 20, 2017

The Earth's Newest Continent is Waiting for Scientists to Recognize It”

Adapted from Newsela

 

Zealandia is a mostly underwater continent. It is part of the country of New Zealand. But not everyone agrees that it is a continent. Soon, scientists think it will officially be recognized and put on maps.

Scientists wrote an article explaining that Zealandia should be considered one of the Earth's continents. They published it in a journal about geology, the study of rocks.

The article says that Zealandia has the right features to be called a continent. The landmass is very large and made of continental crust. Continental crust is a thick layer of earth that is older than the layer that makes up the ocean. Continental crust also usually contains different minerals than ocean crust. It usually makes up land, but sometimes is under water. Many scientists have been arguing that Zealandia is a continent for the last 20 years.

Zealandia covers about 2 million square miles. Most of it is covered by water. It is centered around New Zealand but also includes many nearby islands and coral reefs. To compare, it is a little more than half the size of the continental United States. Scientists believe Zealandia broke away from Gondwana, the large landmass that once included Australia.

“This is a big piece of ground we’re talking about, even if it is submerged,” said Nick Mortimer. He is a New Zealand geologist, a scientist who studies rocks. He co-authored the article. 

Zealandia would be the world’s seventh and smallest continent. The other continents are Eurasia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica and Australia.

Barry Kohn is a professor of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne (pronounced Mel-born) in Australia. He has done work on Zealandia in the past. Kohn said most other scientists agree that Zealandia is a continent. 

“It’s pretty clear that that whole area is not part of the ocean," he said. "It’s got all the hallmarks of a continent.”

“Like anything in science, the penny doesn’t always drop right away. You build up a body of evidence," Kohn said, explaining that it takes time to get enough proof. "It was all once part of a big continent that’s all broken up into little pieces of the puzzle.”

The scientists, though, will decide just yet if it is the seventh continent. Mortimer explained that it would be up to time. Zealandia would have to become more popular and be drawn on maps. Mortimer said that would be good enough for the scientists.

Text Dependent Questions

1.    What is the meaning of the word hallmarks mean as it is used in paragraph 8? __________________________________________

2.  The article tells us that the landmass has a right to be called a continent. What are two details that support this idea?

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3.  What does the metaphor ” the penny doesn’t always drop right away” mean in the passage above?

a.    Pennies are heavy like land and can easily fall like rocks.

b.    Things do not always happen right away in the world of Science.

c.    Scientists must flip a coin, like a penny, to decide if it will be a continent.

d.    Many things in science, like land, are unstable and may drop.

Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS!

 

Read once- _________________________________________________ Date ________

 

Read twice- ________________________________________________ Date ________

 

Read three times- ___________________________________________ Date ________



Homework for March 6-10
Due Date: 3/10/2017
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

STUDY FOR CASE 21!!!!



Homework for February 20-24
Due Date: 2/24/2017
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Fluency passage

*Study spelling words

*Study vocabulary words

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

 

Spelling Words

 

 

1. positive

2. negative

3. square

4. syllables

5. perhaps

6. hammer

7. nail

8. suddenly

9. chain

10. wrench

11. adopt

12. bother

13. congress

14. comment

15. monster

16. parallel

17. series

18. charge

19. export

20. import

Vocabulary Words:

 

1.circumstances-facts or events that affect or explain a situation.

 

2.elated-extremely happy and excited

 

3.dejected-sad and discouraged or in low spirits

 

4.pessimistic-expecting the worst to happen

 

5.optimistic-expecting the best to happen

 

6.ambition-strong desire to do or achieve something

 

Name ______________________________________ # ________ Date ___________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of February 20, 2017

Storm or No Storm?

Story Source: Evan Moor

Uncle Carl’s little boat bounced on the waves. The sky was overcast, and the temperature was neither too hot nor too cold. In other words, it was the perfect spring day for fishing. And the fish in the lake were biting so well that neither Uncle Carl nor I saw the dark clouds rolling over the line of trees behind us.

When I finally noticed them, I said, “Those clouds look scary. Should we go in?”

Uncle Carl said, “We’re fine. I read the Daily Weather, the Weather Examiner, the Weather News, and the News of the Daily Weather. They all said there wouldn’t be any rain today. So keep fishing. I want to have fish for dinner all week.”

“But my eyes tell me those are storm clouds,” I said. “And I trust my eyes.”

“Don’t trust your eyes, Freddie,” said my uncle. “Trust the experts who predict the weather.”

“Any expert looking at those clouds would say it’s going to rain,” I said.

“It’ll blow over. Keep fishing,” my uncle said.

So we did. A few minutes later we saw a flash of lightning. Then a gigantic crash of thunder rattled Uncle Carl’s little boat. Uncle Carl quickly pulled up the anchor.

“Reel in. There’s a storm coming.”

It took us only a minute or two to get back to the dock, but by that time, we were drenched. I think I’m going to keep trusting my eyes.

 

 

Text Dependent Questions

1.    What is the conflict of this story?

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2.  What does overcast mean as it is used in the first

paragraph?________________________________

3.  What can the reader infer about Uncle Carl after reading paragraph 3?

a.    The reader can tell that Uncle Carl is thoughtless and doesn’t think things through.

b.    The reader knows that Uncle Carl doesn’t know what rain looks like.

c.    The reader can infer that Uncle Carl is usually careful and pays attention to the weather.

d.    The reader can tell that Uncle Carl loves his family very much.

4.  What evidence helps the reader to understand this (the evidence for #3)?

__________________________________________________

Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS!

 

Read once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read three times- ________________________ Date ________



Homework for February 13-17
Due Date: 2/17/2017
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Fluency passage due Thursday

*Study spelling words

*Study vocabulary words

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

Spelling Words

 

 

1. solo

2. duet

3. material

4. special

5. heavy

6. trio

7. choir

8. axe

9. include

10. homework

11. lower

12. bony

13. stroller

14. decode

15. molten

16. engineer

17. technology

18. electricity

19. conductor

20. insulator

Vocabulary Words:

 

1.loathe-hate, or strongly dislike

 

2.labor-work hard

 

3.crave-want badly, long for, or desire very much

 

4.lend a hand-help or assist

 

5.permanent-lasting or meant to last a very long time or forever

 

6.temporary-lasting or meant to last only a short time

 

Name ______________________________________ # ________ Date ___________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of February 13, 2017

“The Challenge

Story Source: Public Domain, adapted by Center for Urban Education

Mrs. Bertram loved her son, but she worried about him. He was always losing things, and he did not take care of his toys or clothes. She wanted him to be more careful. She wanted him to be responsible.

She was reading a book one morning, or at least she was trying to. It was not easy to do so because Robert was in the hall playing with his drum. Suddenly the drumming stopped and Robert rushed into the room crying.

"I broke it! I broke it," he sobbed.

"Your drum?” asked his mother.

“How did you do that?"

"I was beating it with the knives and--"

"With the knives!" exclaimed his mother. "Where were your drumsticks?"

"I--I--don't know," sobbed Roger.

"Have you lost them?" said Mrs. Bertram. She needed no words to know the answer. Robert's manner was quite enough. "You know, Robert, what I said would happen the next time you lost anything."

"Yes," said Robert, "You said I must give away all my toys to some little boys who would know how to take care of them."

"Yes," said his mother. "I see you remember. I will send them all to the children's hospital tonight."

"But, mama," said Robert, "if I don't have any toys to take care of, how can I learn to take care of them?" Mrs. Bertram had to turn away so that Robert would not see her smile.

"I will have to think of some other way to teach you to be careful. I will think of something, and I will tell you what to do tonight."

That night, she told him, "I have decided that there is another way you can show how careful you are. I want you to do the laundry every week for two months.”

Robert looked astonished. "I don't wash clothes," he said.

"You will learn," said his mother, smilingly. "Now if you do this every week for two months, I will know you have become more responsible. Being careful is part of growing up. It means you are responsible, and it means people can trust you. This is a challenge. It is something to do that is not easy. It will help everyone in the family."

The next week Robert began his work. At first, he disliked it very much. But after a while he changed his mind. He wanted to show his mother he was responsible. He not only washed the clothes, but he also folded them neatly. He kept his toys in a box where he could find them. His room looked pristine with everything put away. He was careful with everything.

The day when his two months would be up was Christmas Day. Imagine Roger's delight when he saw he had a new coat, a video game and a new drum and drumsticks. On them was a note: "For Robert, who is very responsible." He felt proud.

Text Dependent Questions

1.      Summarize the passage in four sentences. Tell just the main things that happened.

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2.      What does pristine mean in the last paragraph?________________________________

3.      We can tell that Robert was a very irresponsible boy who changes. What kind of person was his mother (infer this), and what evidence makes you think so? .Please write in complete sentences.

______________________________________________________________________

 

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Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS!

 

Read once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read three times- ________________________ Date ________



Homework for February 6-10
Due Date: 2/10/2017
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Study spelling words

*Study vocabulary words

*Fluncey passage

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

 

Spelling Words

 

1. object

2. castle

3. knight

4. queen

5. prince

6. kingdom

7. alone

8. ghost

9. robot

10. program

11. compose

12. coastal

13. soapy

14. toaster

15. owner

16. entrepreneur

17. boomtown

18. compromise

19. petition

                                                              20. slavery

Vocabulary Words:

 

1.glum-unhappy, gloomy, or miserable

2.gleeful-happy, delighted, or joyous

3.fume-be very angry or irritated

4.imprudent-unwise or careless

5.prudent-wise or careful

6.reduce-destroy or break down completely

 

Name ______________________________________ # ________ Date ___________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of February 6, 2017

’Star Wars’ Planets Could be Similar to Real Planets in our own Galaxy”

By NASA, adapted by Newsela staff and further adapted by Mrs. Culver, Lexile 820

 

 

Colorful planets can be seen throughout the "Star Wars" universe. As it turns out, our universe is just as colorful. Scientists have discovered more than 3,400 alien planets. They can use special computers to find their colors and light.

Some of planets in the latest “Star Wars” film, “Rogue One," might seem strange, but the real planets in our universe might be even peculiar. A real planet reminded scientists a lot of Luke Skywalker’s home planet. They decided to name it “Tatooine.” Officially called Kepler-16b, the Saturn-sized planet is about 200 light-years away. It has two suns, just like Tatooine.

Planet With Two Suns Has A Double Sunset

“This the first planet we've found where there is a double-sunset”, said Laurance Doyle, a star scientist. His team discovered the planet using NASA’s Kepler space telescope in 2011.A person on Kepler-16b would have two shadows. In a storm, two rainbows would appear. 

Plant Life On Other Planets Could Be Many Colors

In “Return of the Jedi,” there is a forest moon called Endor. It's green like our home planet. But scientists think plant life on other worlds could be red, black or even rainbow-colored.

A few months ago, astronomers in Europe said they found a new planet: Proxima Centauri b. It is only four light-years away from Earth, and it orbits a tiny red star. The planet doesn’t have sunrises or sunsets like Earth. One side always faces its sun.

“It would be a permanent sunset around the planet,” Kiang said.

As you dive deeper into Earth's ocean, seaweed changes color, from green to dark brown. Similarly, plants on a red dwarf planet might change color from the day side to the night side.

Over the next few years, NASA will launch new spacecraft and satellites to search for planets. Then, in the next decade, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope will bring us images of new planets around sun-like stars.

Text Dependent Questions

1.      After reading paragraph two, what can the reader infer about the size of planet Tatooine?

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2.      Under which heading would a sentence about the how a planet with a green hue in the sky belong under?

______________________________________________________________________

3.      What does peculiar mean in the paragraph 2?

______________________________________________________________________

4.      Opinion- Describe some characteristics of the perfect planet. What makes that important to you in your opinion? Explain your answer.

______________________________________________________________________

 

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______________________________________________________________________

Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS!

 

Read once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read three times- ________________________ Date ________

 

 



Homework for January 30-February 3
Due Date: 2/3/2017
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Study spelling words

*Study vocabulary words

*Fluency passage

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

 

Vocabulary Words:

 

1.glum-unhappy, gloomy, or miserable

2.gleeful-happy, delighted, or joyous

3.fume-be very angry or irritated

4.imprudent-unwise or careless

5.prudent-wise or careful

6.reduce-destroy or break down completely

 

Spelling Words

 

1. seventy

2. rhombus

3. equation

4. average

5. government

6. filled

7. pledge

8. bridge

9. ridge

10. wedge

11. ledge

12. cartridge

13. partridge

14. porridge

15. knowledge

16. navigation

17. evidence

18. globe

19. public

20. private

 

 

Name ______________________________________ # ________ Date ___________________

 

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of January 30, 2017

 

Once the Elephants Left the Circus, Ringling Brothers Could Not Go On”

 

By Associated Press, adapted by Newsela staff and further adapted by Mrs. Culver, 01.18.17 Lexile 720, Grade Level 4

 

 

 

 

 

The most famous circus in the United States is ending. Ringling Bros. (Brothers) and Barnum & Bailey Circus just announced that it will close in May after 146 years. There are many reasons the circus is closing including expensive travel costs and battles over the treatment of the animals. However, the main reason the circus is shutting down is because there are not enough people going to see it. The circus has always been known as the "Greatest Show on Earth." In a time of "Pokemon Go" and online games, it no longer seems so great.

 

Dreaming Of Working Under The Big Top

 

For a long time, the circus was incredibly important to Americans. When the circus came to town, kids dreamed of running away to join it. They wanted to become famous clowns and lion tamers. Or walk the high wire under the Big Top. In the late 1900s, kids became less interested in the circus. Movies, television, video games and the Internet were more exciting.

 

The Traveling Circus

 

The very first circuses were created in Europe. Americans added special tents in the 1800s. This allowed the circus to set up and break down easily. They were able to travel far and wide. 

 

The most famous circus in the United States started with a group of men. P.T. Barnum had a popular traveling zoo. The five Ringling brothers juggled in Wisconsin. Businessman James Bailey admired the shows. Eventually, Barnum, Bailey, and the Ringlings combined their act. Together, they created the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. This new circus traveled around the country by train. 

 

"It brought the wonders of the world to your door. You didn't have to go to Africa or Asia to see the animals," she said.

 

Without the Elephants, People Stayed Away

 

Many people became unsure if animals should have to perform in the circus. Animal rights groups followed the circus from city to city. They asked cities to not allow the circus to be mean to the animals. The circus was accused of hurting elephants. Many people wanted the elephants to be retired from the circus. 

 

In 2016, when the Feld Entertainment removed the elephants from its circus, the ticket sales dropped. The Felds said they looked at costs. They tried to save money and still add new things in the circus. They tried adding ice skaters and created an app. Nothing worked.

 

Come May, after 146 years of dazzling audiences, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will turn off the lights once and for all.

 

Text Dependent Questions

 

1.      What are three reasons that the circus is closing according to the passage?

 

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2.      Under which heading would a sentence about the how many miles the circus traveled in one night most likely belong under?

 

______________________________________________________________________

 

3.      What does incredibly mean in the paragraph 2?

 

______________________________________________________________________

 

4.      Opinion- Do you think it is right to have animals perform in events like circuses? Why do you think this? Explain your answer.

 

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______________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

______________________________________________________________________

 

Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS!

 

 

 

Read once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

 

 

Read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

 

 

Read three times- ________________________ Date ________

 



Homework for January 23-27
Due Date: 1/27/2017
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

* Fluency passage

*Study spelling words

*Study vocabualry words

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

Spelling Words

 

1. seventeen

2. browser

3. memory

4. explain

5. adage

6. courage

7. language

8. luggage

9. storage

10. thousands

11. bandage

12. cabbage

13. carriage

14. damage

15. garbage

16. reservoir

17. delta

18. bay

19. college

20. university

 

Vocabulary Words:

1.rugged-tough and strong or having a rough, uneven surface

2.conceal-hide

3.amiable-friendly and pleasant

4.dubious-uncertain, unsure, or doubtful

5.sandwiched-squeezed in between two people or things.

6.blurt out-say something suddenly or without thinking

Name _______________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of January 23, 2017

“What is a Civil Right?”

Wonder of the Day #470 from Wonderopolis.org

 

Each year on the third Monday of January, Americans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This federal holiday marks the birthday (January 15) of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

Dr. King was a key leader in the American civil rights movement. For example, he urged people to protest in nonviolent ways against racial discrimination.

But what exactly are civil rights? Civil rights are personal rights that are protected and guaranteed by law. Some civil rights are listed in the United States Constitution, while others are identified in various federal laws.Some examples of civil rights include:

  • freedom of speech
  • the right to vote
  • freedom of religion
  • protection against illegal discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, and religion
  • freedom of the press

The phrase “civil rights" comes from the Latin words ius civis, which means “rights of citizens." Civil rights are considered universal human rights that all people should enjoy, regardless of whether these rights are expressly set forth in written laws.

Most democracies have written laws, such as the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, which protect civil rights. However, most people believe civil rights are natural rights. In other words, civil rights come from the laws of nature — not as privileges from governments.

Civil rights haven't always been granted equally to all people throughout history. For example, the right to vote in the U.S. once only extended to men. In addition, it was once legal to discriminate against persons just because they were African Americans.

Throughout history, brave people have often stepped forward to challenge such injustices. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was one such person. His hard work on behalf of African Americans was an important part of the civil rights movement in the United States.

Dr. King made many important speeches in which he urged people to protest in nonviolent ways. He also encouraged local, state, and federal governments to enact laws to eliminate discrimination. Although he was assassinated before he saw major changes, his efforts were instrumental in the civil rights laws that were eventually passed.

Text Dependent Questions

1.      What are five ways that a person could be discriminated against according to the passage?

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2.      What does instrumental mean in the last paragraph?

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3.      Opinion- Do you think everyone should have equal civil rights? What about children and elderly, or older people? What about criminals and people from other countries? Should they have the same rights as everyone else? What do you think? Why do you think this? Explain your answer.

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Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS!

 

 

Read once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read three times- ________________________ Date ________



Homework for January 16-20
Due Date: 1/17/2017
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

* Study spelling words

*Study vocabualry words

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

 

Spelling Words

 

1. sixty

2. system

3. buffalo

4. monkey

5. alligator

6. wolves

7. kangaroo

8. force

9. brought

10. understand

11. audit

12. credit

13. hermit

14. vomit

15. habit

16. bandit

17. electrician

18. mathematics

19. mathematician

                                                            20. renewable

Vocabulary Words:

1.secure-fasten or tie firmly

2.thoroughly-in a thorough way, or completely

3.indignantly-in an indignant way, or in a way that shows you are angry because you feel insulted or unfairly treated

4.sustain-keep going for a long period of time

5.serene-calm or peaceful

6.stalk-follow or hunt a person or animal quietly and secretly



Homework for January 9-13
Due Date: 1/13/2017
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Study spelling words

*Study vocabulary words

*Reading fluncey sheet

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

Vocabulary Words:

1.Wise-having or showing good judgement and intelligence

2.unwise-not having or showing good judgement and intelligence

3.greedy-selfish and wants more of something than he or she needs

4.pursue-follow or chase someone in order to catch him or her

5.deceive-trick or fool someone into believing something that isn’t true

6.crouch-bend your legs and lower your body close to the ground

Spelling Words

1. sixteen

2. chicken

3. elephant

4. island

5. gorilla

6. dolphin

7. machine

8. ticket

9. diet

10. puppet

11. banquet

12. blanket

13. gadget

14. musket

15. poet

16. squatter

17. strike

18. exclusion

19. watt

20. fluorescent

Name _______________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of January 9, 2017

“What’s the Best Thing to do on a Snow Day?”

Wonder of the Day #463 from Wonderopolis.org

 

It's cloudy outside and the temperature is dropping. Could snow be in your future? You check the weather report and soon get excited. Snow is indeed on the way!

Now the only question is: will you have school today or not? You rush to the television (or radio or Internet) to check for school closings. After waiting for what seems like forever, you finally see your school on the list of closings. Snow day!

Snow days occur because weather conditions make getting you and your fellow students to school too dangerous. Snow isn't the only thing that causes school to get canceled, though. Any type of bad weather, from floods to tornadoes to hurricanes, can result in canceling school in the interest of the safety of students and teachers.

Some areas of the United States get more snow than others. In Florida, for example, snow days aren't very common. In Northern states, though, snow days might occur frequently.

Just because an area gets a lot of snow, though, doesn't necessarily mean snow days will be frequent. If people in an area that gets a lot of snow are used to traveling in snow, then getting to and from school might not be a big deal. On the other hand, when it snows in an area that rarely sees snow, even a little bit of snow might cause major traffic issues!

Most kids tend to love snow days, and that's understandable. Who doesn't love a surprise vacation? However, snow days can come back to haunt you at the end of the year.

Most states require students to attend class for a certain number of days. If you have too many snow days, you may find yourself still in school at the beginning of what was supposed to be summer break.

Text Dependent Questions

 

1.      What would be one reason that a place that gets a lot of snow would not have a snow day?

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2.      What does common mean in the paragraph 4?

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3.      Opinion- Would you rather have many snow days and have to make them up later, or would you rather have no snow days at all butt have your entire break? Explain what you think and why you think that.

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Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS!

 

 

Read once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read three times- ________________________ Date ________



Homework for January 2-6
Due Date: 1/6/2017
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Study vocabulary words

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

 

Vocabulary Words:

1.Wise-having or showing good judgement and intelligence

2.unwise-not having or showing good judgement and intelligence

3.greedy-selfish and wants more of something than he or she needs

4.pursue-follow or chase someone in order to catch him or her

5.deceive-trick or fool someone into believing something that isn’t true

6.crouch-bend your legs and lower your body close to the ground



Homework for December 12-16
Due Date: 12/16/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

STUDY FOR CASE 21 TEST!!

Monday - Writing

Tuesday - Language Arts

Wednesday - Math

 

*Have a great Christmas break!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!



Homework for December 5-9
Due Date: 12/9/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Fluency passage due Thursday

*Study spelling words

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

 

Name ________________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of December 5, 2016

Marty was a real prankster. He always enjoyed a good joke at someone else’s expense: writing pens that leak ink, drinking cups that have holes in them, fake winning lottery tickets, and more. Marty thought that he was a real clown. He had friends, but even they were getting tired of his antics. In fact, they had had enough, so they formulated a plan. One day, Marty and his friends were at the mall. After a little shopping, they all sat down at the food court to get a bite of pizza to eat.

“Let me get your pizza,” said Tom, Marty’s good friend. When Tom returned, he presented Marty with his tray of food. A few seconds later, Marty let out a horrendous wail.

“A roach” Marty yelled. “There’s a roach in my pizza!” Marty was dumbfounded as his friends fell on the floor laughing.

“I understand,” said Marty. “Lesson learned.”  

 

 

  1. What is the setting of this author’s story? _____________________

2. Who is the main character in the story? _______________________

3. What lesson did Marty learn? ______________________________

3. Is this a personal narrative? __________

 

If it is, then what makes it one? If not, what is it missing to be a personal narrative? Support your answer with details from the story.

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Edit the following sentence. Look for 7 errors. Just cross out the mistake and write the correction above it.

 

5.     sally and i watched out the window as the snow fell and they couldnt wait to go

 

play inn it

 

Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS!

Read once- _____________________________ Date ________

Read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

Read three times- ________________________ Date ________

 

Spelling Words

 

1. building

2. spelling

3. class

4. fifty

5. nothing

6. revise

7. carefully

8. scientists

9. inside

10.wheels

11. leisure

12. seizure

13. pleasure

14. vulture

15. rupture

16. erratic

17. theme

18. antonym

19. evaluate

20. solution



Homework for November 14-18
Due Date: 11/18/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Fluency passage due Thursday. It must be signed 3 times in order for it to count.

*Study spelling words. Test Friday.

*Study vocabulary words.

*Read at least 30 minutes each night.

 

Name _________________

Fluency Homework for the week of November 14, 2016

“How Are Cities Founded?” from Wonderopolis

Historians believe the first cities came into existence between 8,000-10,000 years ago. Some scientists believe the very first cities were founded around 7,500 B.C. in Mesopotamia (MESS-O-POE-TAME-E-UH). People were mainly nomadic hunters and gatherers before these first cities were founded. The development of agriculture and the domestication of animals, however, allowed people to stop roaming and settle in one place. The creation of cities allowed people to store extra surplus food production and minimize the transport costs for goods and services.

Along with the development of agriculture, societies began to become more complex. People developed new systems of writing. Technological advances, such as the plow, potter’s wheel, loom, and metallurgy, also helped draw people to cities where goods and services could be bartered, or traded.

As time marched on, more and more cities were founded around the world. Not all cities were created for the same reasons. For example, some cities grew up around intersections of ancient trade routes. Rather than a center of agriculture or manufacturing, these cities were large marketplaces focused on trade. Such cities often formed where goods would move from one mode of transportation to another, such as at a river or ocean port.

Before the invention of modern warfare techniques, many cities were founded for defensive purposes. Walled cities were common in ancient history, when walls could protect a city from an attack. The invention of modern heavy artillery and aerial warfare rendered the protection of walled cities mainly useless.

As populations grew, cities also became important centers of government. While they might also serve other functions already described, certain cities arose as seats of power for centralized government of a state or nation. Washington, D.C., is an example of such a city in the United States.

Today, we don’t really hear that much about new cities being founded, but guess what? It still happens! Most new cities today come into existence when rural or suburban unincorporated areas decide to incorporate as a city.

 

Why would they do this? Again, the reasons can vary by region and purpose. Some may incorporate to control their own destiny rather than be controlled by another local city or governmental entity, such as a county government. Still others may do so in order to provide necessary benefits to citizens, such as police or fire protection.

1.    Why did people first begin to create cities?

 

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2.    Why might a city be built near a river?

 

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3.    What are some reasons that a city might be formed today?

 

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4.    What is the meaning of the word surplus in the first paragraph?

 

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5.      Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE PARAGRAPH TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS!

 

Spelling Words

 

1. slide

2. swings

3. goal

4. coach

5. became

6. shown

7. minutes

8. pasture

9. adventure

10. literature

11. lecture

12. mixture

13. moisture

14. puncture

15. sculpture

16. carnivore

17. herbivore

18. omnivore

19. photosynthesis

20. echolocation

Vocabulary Words:

 

1.inspire-make someone feel that he or she wants to do something and can do it

 

2.rickety-in bad condition and likely to break

 

3.jittery-worried and nervous

 

4.launch-throw,hurl,or send off and put a boat or ship into the water

 

5.intimidate-make someone feel afraid or timid

 

6.circulate-move or send from person to person or place to place



Homework for November 7-11
Due Date: 11/11/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Fluency passage due Thursday

*Study spelling words

*Study vocabulary words

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

 

Spelling Words

 

1. slide

2. swings

3. goal

4. coach

5. became

6. shown

7. minutes

8. pasture

9. adventure

10. literature

11. lecture

12. mixture

13. moisture

14. puncture

15. sculpture

16. carnivore

17. herbivore

18. omnivore

19. photosynthesis

20. echolocation

 

Vocabulary Words:

 

1.inspire-make someone feel that he or she wants to do something and can do it

2.rickety-in bad condition and likely to break

3.jittery-worried and nervous

4.launch-throw,hurl,or send off and put a boat or ship into the water

5.intimidate-make someone feel afraid or timid

6.circulate-move or send from person to person or place to place

 

Name _________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of November 7, 2016

What Does It Mean To Be a Native American?

#407 WONDER OF THE DAY

 

            Since 1990, each November has been set aside as Native American Heritage Month. During this month, people all over the United States celebrate and recognize the major contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the country.

Much of what we know about the history of America comes from events recorded by European colonists who first came to America in the early 17th century. However, Native Americans — the indigenous (native) peoples of North America — lived in these lands for thousands of years before that.

Experts believe the first Native Americans came from Asia. Thousands of years ago, what is now Siberia in Russia was connected to what is now Alaska in the U.S. by a land bridge. This area across the Bering Sea was called Beringia. People were able to cross Beringia into what is now Alaska. Over thousands of years, many different and distinct tribes and ethnic groups crossed over into this new territory and began to spread across all of what is now North America. Many of these tribes still exist today.

These early Native Americans lived mainly off the land, relying upon hunting and gathering of wild plants and animals. They occupied land for use by the entire community. This is very different from the European colonists’ concept of ownership or individual property rights.

After the arrival of European colonists, Native Americans suffered many deaths due to diseases brought from overseas. There was also increasing conflict with the colonists who wanted to “civilize” them and teach them unfamiliar farming methods.

After the Civil War, westward expansion brought western Native American tribes into greater conflicts that resulted in a series of “Indian wars.” Over time, many tribes were forced to give up their lands as a result of treaties to end these wars. Many of these tribes were given new or different lands to establish as reservations to live on.

Today, there are approximately two million Native Americans living in the U.S. and about one million in Canada (where they’re called “First Nations” instead of Native Americans). These nearly three million Native Americans in the U.S. and Canada speak over 150 different Native American languages.

 

 

At times, the terms used to refer to Native Americans have been controversial. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, though, it appears that most Native Americans prefer to call themselves American Indians or simply Indians.

The Native Americans in the U.S. can be divided into over 560 separate tribes. Even though they’re all considered Native Americans, their languages, clothing, customs and cultures can vary greatly from one tribe to another. These diverse tribal cultures celebrate their unique identities and contributions in many ways. Through independent newspapers, community schools, tribal councils, native colleges, museums, arts and crafts programs and language preservation, the modern descendants of these many tribes continue to survive and thrive in the modern society they helped to build.

 

1.    What is the main idea of paragraph 3?

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2.    What is one detail that supports the main idea of paragraph 6?

 

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3.    What is the meaning of the word “diverse” as it is used in the last paragraph?

 

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4.    What is one surprising thing that you learned after reading this article? ________________________________________________________________

 

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5.      Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE PARAGRAPH TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS!

 

 

Read once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read three times- ________________________ Date ________



Homework for October 31-November 4
Due Date: 11/4/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Fluency passage due Thursday

*Study spelling words

*Study vocabulary words

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

 

Spelling Words

 

1. forty

2. English

3. science

4. half

5. minus

6. plus

7. percent

8. quarter

9. finally

10. zero

11. fresher

12. usher

13. gusher

14. crusher

15. flasher

16. balanced

17. competition

18. narrative

19. hypothesis

20. endangered

Vocabulary Words:

1.ceremony-event that celebrates a special occasion or honors someone.

 

2.desire-want, wish for, or long for something

 

3.pelt-strike or hit something again and again

 

4.misjudge-judge wrongly, or form a wrong or unfair opinion about a person or situation

 

5.glower-stare angrily

 

6.intricate-compplicated

Name _________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of October 31, 2016

“How Many Countries are There?”

#1303 WONDER OF THE DAY, from Wonderopolis

 

            Wherever you dream of going, there’s no shortage of places to choose from. There are countries spread all over the globe. In fact, have you ever wondered how many countries there are in the world? That’s a simple question that must have a simple answer. Right? Actually, it is a simple question, but it doesn’t have a simple answer like you might expect.

Today, most experts would likely tell you that there are 196 countries in the world. This number differs from a couple of other figures you might hear from time to time, though. For example, there are 193 member nations of the United Nations. In addition, the United States Department of State officially recognizes 195 countries around the world.

So what accounts for these differing figures? When it comes to the U.S. State Department, the entity it fails to recognize is Taiwan. Although most experts believe that Taiwan meets the requirements to be considered an independent country, the United States and many other countries do not formally recognize Taiwan as a country because China claims that Taiwan is simply a province of China. To maintain political relations with China, many countries have chosen not to recognize Taiwan as a country. Taiwan used to be part of the United Nations until 1971, when it was replaced by China.

In addition to Taiwan, two other countries are not part of the United Nations: Vatican City and Kosovo. Vatican City, while technically an independent country, is too small to warrant representation. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but has yet to join the United Nations.

To further confuse matter for some people is the fact that there are many territories and colonies that many people consider countries…but they actually aren’t. For example, Puerto Rico, Greenland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England are all often thought of as independent countries.P uerto Rico is a territory of the United States. Greenland, despite its size and increased self-rule, remains a territory of Denmark. As for Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England, many people consider them four separate countries, but in fact they’re the four parts that make up the United Kingdom.

Armed conflicts and civil wars around the globe continue to change and shape the look of the world map. For example, the world’s newest country — South Sudan — declared its independence in 2011 after a long civil war. Since 1990, 29 new countries have appeared on the world map. Almost half of these came about from the break-up of the former Soviet Union. The break-up of the former Yugoslavia also created seven new countries.

1.    What is the main idea of paragraph 6?

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2.    What is one detail that supports the main idea of paragraph 6?

 

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3.    What is the meaning of the word maintain as it is used in the third paragraph?

 

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4.    What is one surprising thing that you learned after reading this article? ________________________________________________________________

 

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5.      Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE PARAGRAPH TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS!

 

Read once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read three times- ________________________ Date ________

 



Homework for October 24-28
Due Date: 10/28/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

*Please make sure you are working on STRIDE at home!!

Homework:

*Fluency passage due Thursday

*Study spelling words

*Study vocabulary words

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

 

Spelling Words

 

1. fourteen

2. plenty

3. relax

4. figure

5. determine

6. field

7. travel

8. sentence

9. sketch

10. rancher

11. bleacher

12. richer

13. voucher

14. pitcher

15. catcher

16. urban

17. suburban

18. rural

19. estimation

20. approximate

Vocabulary Words:

1.survey-look over or inspect something carefully

 

2.bellow-shout or roar loudly

 

3.luscious-delicious, or extremely good to eat

 

4.humble-plain and simple

 

5.rummage-search for something by moving things around

 

6.mislead-lead someone to believe something that is not true

 

Name _________________

Fluency Homework for the week of October 24, 2016

“Why do we Vote on Tuesdays?”

#765 WONDER OF THE DAY by Wonderopolis.org, adapted somewhat by Mrs. Culver

 

            If it’s the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, that can only mean one thing: it’s time to vote! The day we head to the polls to cast our votes for the candidates of our choice is known as Election Day. But why Tuesday? Why not Monday? Or Saturday? Or the Thursday after the second Wednesday of April? Is there any reason why we vote on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November? To find out, we need to take a trip back in time.

Set your time machine to 1845. That’s a long time ago. Back then, some of the most populous states of today — California, Texas and Florida — weren’t even states yet. The U.S. Civil War was still almost 20 years away, too.

At that time, Congress needed to settle on a day for the country to vote in presidential and congressional elections. Back then, most Americans were farmers. The large cities of today were still many years away.

Farmers were busiest during the spring and summer months. By November, however, most crops had been harvested. Also, the weather was still usually nice enough in November to allow farmers to travel to town to vote. Since today’s modern highways didn’t exist back then, the winter months could make travel difficult for most people.

Given these very practical considerations, Congress thought November would be the best month for people to vote. But why Tuesday? Was there a practical reason for that, too?

As a matter of fact, there was! Keeping in mind travel issues, Congress realized that many people lived at least an overnight trip away from the cities where people could vote. Remember: people often traveled back then on horseback or by buggy.

To allow people to go to church on Sunday, Congress figured holding elections on Tuesdays would allow people to travel on Monday, vote on Tuesday and return home by Wednesday. The decision was as simple as that!

Congress further designated Election Day as the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. Why? They wanted to make sure that voting never took place on November 1, since November 1 is a Holy Day of Obligation (All Saints Day) in the Roman Catholic Church.

 

 

So we’ve voted on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November since Congress’ decision in 1845. Of course, most people are not farmers today. It’s also much easier to get to the polls. To change Election Day, though, Congress would have to decide that there’s a better day during the year to vote. To date, Congress hasn’t decided Election Day needs to be changed, so we keep up with the longstanding tradition started way back in 1845!

 

1.    About what year did the Civil War start? How do you know? Please write in complete sentences and justify with evidence from the text. ____________________________________________________________________________

 

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1.    In your own words and in complete sentences, summarize why Congress thoughtfully planned for voting to be held on Tuesdays.

 

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2.    What is the meaning of the word considerations as it is used in the fifth paragraph?

 

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3.      Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE PARAGRAPH TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS!

 

 

Read once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read three times- ________________________ Date ________



Homework for October 17-21
Due Date: 10/21/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Fluency passage due Thursday

*Study spelling words

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

“Two Running for President Share Their Ideas About Science”

By Los Angeles Times, adapted by Newsela staff

10.06.16

 

School children wave at NASA engineers working on the rover Curiosity at the Mars Science Laboratory, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, April 4, 2011. Photo: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Science has not been a big part of this election. Still, science is very important.

ScienceDebate.org asked the two persons running for president, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, to share their ideas. Parts of their answers are printed below.

Global Warming And Cybersecurity

Question: The Earth is heating up. This is called global warming. Scientists say one reason for global warming is too many fossil fuels. Fossil fuels come from nature. These include fuel from wood, oil and coal. What are your ideas on global warming? How would you act on those ideas?

Clinton: The science is clear. Global warming is a big problem. I will set three goals. The first is to create most of our electricity from clean sources. These sources will not cause global warming. Solar power, or power from the sun, is one example. The second goal is to stop wasting energy. We should build machines that use less energy. The third goal is to stop using so much oil.

Trump: We still need to look into “global warming.” It may not be the most important thing. We may want to spend our money on other things.  

Q: What steps will you take to protect Americans from cyberattack? These attacks could come from anywhere. They could affect government computers.

Clinton: I will build on President Obama's work. I will update our cybersecurity system. I will have someone focus on cybersecurity. I also think the government and companies should work together. 

We will treat cyberattacks just like any other attack. We will be ready with serious responses.

Trump: Any attack on our government computers and emails needs a response. The response should figure out who made the attack. It should also get rid of threats to our government systems.

Energy And Education

Q: As president, what will your plan for energy be?

Clinton: We will make laws about pollution. We will make fossil fuels in a safe way. We will spend money to find other power sources.

Trump: We rely on other countries for oil. This is a bad thing. We must explore every possible power source. The American people will decide the best sources of energy.

Q: How would you prepare students for today's world?

Clinton: Every student should be able to learn computer science. 

Trump: There are already many science and math programs. Companies should bring better education to more children.

Clean Water

Q: What steps will you take to ensure all Americans have clean water?

Clinton: We will make a new lab. This lab will bring many people together. They will make new technology. Industries and environmental projects across the country will use it. The lab will make our water systems safer and better.

Trump: This may be the most important issue we face. We must look into all options. This includes making it cheaper to turn salt water into fresh water.

 

1.      What question would you ask these candidates if you could?

_________________________________________________________________________

 

2.      If you were able to vote for one of these candidates based on this article, which one would you vote for and why?

________________________________________________________________________

3.       Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE PARAGRAPH TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS! This can be done all in one day or once a day.

 

Read Monday or once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read Tuesday or twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read Wednesday or three times- ________________________ Date ________

Spelling Words

 

1. vegetable

2. tomatoes

3. slowly

4. potato

5. carrot

6. onion

7. jungle

8. crumble

9. voice

10.puzzle

11. ankle

12. freckle

13. knuckle

14. sprinkle

15. dimple

16.camouflage

17. habitat

18. hibernate

19. prey

20. predator



Homework for October 10-14
Due Date: 10/14/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Study spelling words test will be Friday October 21st!

*Read at least 30 minutes each night!

*Study vocabulary words test Friday October 14th!

 

Vocabulary Words:

1.nosing around- snooping, or searching in a sneaky way

2.edible-safe to eat

3.inedible-not edible, or not safe to eat

4.consistent-always the same

5.inconsistent-not consistent, or not always the same

6.consistently-in a consistent way, or in a way that is always the same

Spelling Words

 

1. vegetable

2. tomatoes

3. slowly

4. potato

5. carrot

6. onion

7. jungle

8. crumble

9. voice

10.puzzle

11. ankle

12. freckle

13. knuckle

14. sprinkle

15. dimple

16.camouflage

17. habitat

18. hibernate

19. prey

20. predator



Homework for October 3-7
Due Date: 10/7/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Fluncy Passage due Thursday! Must be signed 3 times.

*Study spelling words

*Study vocabulary words

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

Name _________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of October 3, 2016

“What Is a Monsoon?”

#928 WONDER OF THE DAY, from Wonderopolis

 

            Do you enjoy a rainy day every now and then? Some people like to see bright sunshine every day of the year. Others, though, don’t mind a little rain now and then. But what about a LOT of rain every now and then? Some areas of the world experience seasons when heavy rains pour down for weeks at a time. What are we talking about? Monsoons, of course!

The word “monsoon” came from the Arabic word for “season,” and this makes sense since monsoons are seasonal changes in winds that bring sudden, drastic changes in weather patterns every year. Although the word monsoon is usually used to refer to torrential rain, it actually describes the rains and the winds that bring them, as well as the corresponding dry season that follows.

For example, southern Asia, especially India, experiences monsoons every summer. From June to September, a high-pressure system sits over the Indian Ocean while a low-pressure system sits over Asia. These systems bring torrential rains to southern Asia during this time.

Farmers rely on these rains for their crops to grow. About 90% of annual rainfall falls during this time. During the winter the systems reverse, bringing particularly-dry weather for several months. About half of the world’s population lives in areas affected by the Asian monsoons.

Monsoons happen in other places around the world, too, but these other monsoons tend to be much smaller in scope. Other areas that experience annual monsoons include areas of Africa near the equator, northern Australia, and even the southwestern United States, particularly Arizona.

1.    Underline 2 compound sentences found in the passage.

 

2.    According to paragraph 4, what is one benefit, or good thing, about the monsoons?

____________________________________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________________________

 

3.    What is one question that you have after reading this passage?

 

________________________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________

 

4.    What is the meaning of the word torrential as it is used in the second and third paragraphs?

 

________________________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________

 

 

5.    What type of weather usually follows a monsoon? (Use evidence from the passage in complete sentences.)

 

________________________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________

 

 

6.    Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE PARAGRAPH TO SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS! This can be done all in one day or once a day.

 

Read Monday or once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read Tuesday or twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read Wednesday or three times- ________________________ Date ________

 

Spelling Words

 

1. vegetable

2. tomatoes

3. slowly

4. potato

5. carrot

6. onion

7. jungle

8. crumble

9. voice

10.puzzle

11. ankle

12. freckle

13. knuckle

14. sprinkle

15. dimple

16.camouflage

17. habitat

18. hibernate

19. prey

                                                                                                        20. predator

Vocabulary Words:

1.nosing around- snooping, or searching in a sneaky way

2.edible-safe to eat

3.inedible-not edible, or not safe to eat

4.consistent-always the same

5.inconsistent-not consistent, or not always the same

6.consistently-in a consistent way, or in a way that is always the same



Homework for Sept. 26-30
Due Date: 9/30/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Fluency Sheet due Thursday

*Study spelling words for test Friday

*Study vocabualry words for test Friday

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

 

Name _________________

Fluency Homework for the week of September 26, 2016.

 

“How Does a Compass Work?”

#1371 WONDER OF THE DAY from Wonderopolis.org

Imagine you’re an explorer from the distant past. You lose sight of nearby landmarks, such as the mountains you just passed through. Before long you’re surrounded by trees and it can be easy to get turned around. How can you be sure which direction is correct? If it was the modern day, you could pull out your handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) device and allow satellites circling Earth to pinpoint your exact location.

Unfortunately, GPS is a relatively new invention. Frontier explorers had to rely upon a different piece of technology that, oddly enough, is still used as a valuable tool by modern explorers. What are we talking about? The compass, of course!

If you’ve ever seen a compass, you know that it’s usually a simple round object that contains a small, lightweight magnet (usually called a needle because of its shape) that is balanced on a pivot point that allows it to move freely. One end of the needle is often marked with an “N” for north, since that end of the needle always points toward the North Pole.

How cool is it that such a simple magnetic object exists that can tell you which direction north is no matter where you happen to be on Earth? Compasses work so effortlessly because their design allows the magnet to respond freely to Earth’s magnetic field.

Earth itself is like a giant magnet. It creates its own magnetic field. The north end of a compass is drawn to align with Earth’s magnetic North Pole. As explorers have always known, you can orient yourself and travel purposefully in a specific direction as long as you know which way north is!

If you need to use a compass to navigate thousands of miles, it’s important to know that there’s a difference between Earth’s magnetic North Pole (where a compass points) and “true north,” which is Earth’s geographic location known as the North Pole. Earth’s magnetic North Pole is actually about 1,000 miles south of the geographic North Pole.

Further complicating navigating by compass is the fact that Earth’s magnetic North Pole can move. Earth’s magnetic field can change over time. As it does so, the magnetic North Pole moves. Scientists at Oregon State University believe that the magnetic North Pole has moved over 620 miles toward Siberia over the last century.

Finally, Earth’s magnetic field is not uniform all around the world. Changes in altitude and geographic landforms in certain localities can cause disturbances that affect the accuracy of a compass. The difference between true north and magnetic north in a specific area is measured by an angle called declination.

Despite these issues, compasses are valuable tools that can guide you on your journeys. Luckily, advanced technology has made it possible to navigate via many different means. If you’re an explorer at heart, though, you’ll always want to have a compass — and know how to use it — when you’re on the trail or in the wild!

1.     What is the Earth compared to in this article?

 

______________________________________________________________

 

2.     Rewrite the following two sentences together correctly to make a compound sentence:

 

Earth itself is like a giant magnet. It creates its own magnetic field

 

______________________________________________________________

 

3.     What is the meaning of the word “uniform” as it appears in paragraph 9?

 

______________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________

 

4.     What is the difference between True North and Earth’s North Pole?

 

______________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________

 

5.      Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE OUT LOUD IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS! You may complete all three readings and be done with it in one day if you so choose.

 

Monday or read once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Tuesday or read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Wednesday or read three times- ________________________ Date ________

Spelling

1. byte

2. extend

3. keyboard

4. monitor

5. vowel

6. portal

7. tunnel

8. against

9. pastel

10.numerical

11. fatal

12. oval

13.towel

14.chapel

15. tinsel

16. distributive

17.compatible

18.consumer

19. producer

20. pollinator

 Vocabulary

1. Dissimilar - not similar, or not alike

2. Focus - adjust the eyes to see something clearly; concentrate your attention or effort on something

3. Function - purpose, role, or job

4. Sensitive - sharp, quick, or alert; easily offended or hurt

5. Critical - extremely important or absolutely necessary

6. Obstacle - something that blocks or gets in your way



Homework for Sept. 19-23
Due Date: 9/23/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Fluency Passage

*Study Vocabulary words

*Study spelling words

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

Spelling List 6

1. thirty

2. synonym

3. antonym

4. usefulness

5. covered

6. anyone

7. several

8. juvenile

9. reptile

10. toward

11. fragile

12. hostile

13. mobile

14. tonsil

15. evil

16. mountain

17. depend

18.destroyed

19. resource

20.factory

Vocabulary Words:

1.hardship-something that causes difficulty, pain, or suffering.

2.seek – try to find

3.yearn-wish or long for something very strongly, especially something difficult to get

4.plead-beg

5.experience-something you have done, seen, or taken part in

6.custom-something that has been done for a long time and has become widely accepted

Name _________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of September 19, 2016

Who Is the Wisest Bird?

#1313 WONDER OF THE DAY from Wonderopolis.org

 

Did you know that there’s one bird known for being a fierce predator and extremely wise? Who is it? The owl, of course!

Owls are birds of prey known as raptors. Like all raptors, owls have sharp beaks and strong claws — called talons — that they use to catch and eat other animals for food. Other raptors include hawks, eagles and falcons.

Owls don’t necessarily compete with other raptors for food. In fact, they can often share territories, because unlike most raptors, owls are mostly nocturnal. That means owls do most of their hunting at night when other raptors are sleeping.

Scientists believe there are over 200 different species of owls around the world. Almost 20 kinds of owls can be found in North America alone. Today, owls can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

Owls can range in size from the very small elf owl (five inches tall) to the two-foot-tall great gray owl. Regardless of size, all owls tend to be stocky with large heads and soft feathers. Their feathers are often light colors, such as tan, brown, gray and white, which allow them to blend in easily with tree trunks and branches.

When you see an owl, one of the first things you notice is its large eyes. Owl eyes are so large, in fact, that they can’t even move in their sockets like your eyes can. Owls have to move their heads around instead. Owls’ large eyes enable them to see better at night when they tend to hunt. Most owls can see about three times better at night than you can!

Believe it or not, though, most owls don’t hunt mainly by sight. Instead, they hunt mostly by sound. The feathers around an owl’s face collect sound much like a satellite dish collects signals from space.

Owls also have one ear that is slightly higher on its head than the other ear. This means that sounds reach owls’ ears at slightly different times, allowing their brains to judge more accurately where the sound came from.

So are owls really wise? Scientists know for sure that they’re good predators. As for actual wisdom, who knows? Historians do know that owls have appeared in the art and writings of various cultures since ancient times. The ancient Greek and Roman goddesses of wisdom, for example, were often pictured with owls. This may have led to their being used in many other types of popular culture as a symbol of wisdom. Many children’s books, from Winnie-the-Pooh to the Harry Potter series, feature owls as wise and noble creatures.

 

1.    Where is one place that owls do not live?

 

________________________________________________________________

 

2.    What two things do owls use to hunt prey?

 

________________________________________________________________

 

3.    What is the meaning of the word “species” as it is used in paragraph 4?

 

________________________________________________________________

 

4.    What words or phrases help you of understand the meaning of the word “species”?

 

________________________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________

 

5.      Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE OUT LOUD IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS! You may complete all three readings and be done with it in one day if you so choose.

 

 

Monday or read once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Tuesday or read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Wednesday or read three times- ________________________ Date ________

 



Homework for Sept. 12-16
Due Date: 9/16/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Fluency Passage due Thursday

*Study spelling words

*Read at least 30 minutes each night

*Making meaning unit 2 test Wednesday-Friday

Name _________________

Fluency Homework for the week of September 12, 2016

“Who Is the Unknown Soldier?” from Wonderopolis

 

History

All throughout history, millions of soldiers have died in battle in countless wars. Whenever possible, their remains are identified and sent home, so that their families can give them a proper burial. Sometimes, though, fallen soldiers remain unidentified. After World War I, a movement began to honor unidentified soldiers with a single tomb that would contain the body of a single unknown soldier. That one soldier would then serve as a symbol of the sacrifice of all the unknown soldiers who died in battle.

Today, there are many such memorials around the world. Many of them have become frequently visited national monuments. In the United States, the Tomb of the Unknowns (often called the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier”) is located in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Description

The Tomb of the Unknowns has become a popular monument dedicated to American service members who have died unidentified. The Tomb of the Unknowns contains the remains of unidentified soldiers from several wars. It is made of white marble. On its eastern side are three Greek figures that represent peace, victory and valor. On its western side are the following words:

HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY
AN AMERICAN
SOLDIER
KNOWN BUT TO GOD

On its northern and southern sides are six wreaths that represent the six major battles of World War I.

Guards

The Tomb of the Unknowns has been guarded continuously — 24 hours per day, 7 days per week — since July 2, 1937. Even bad weather doesn’t interrupt the watch. It is guarded by the Tomb Guards, a special platoon within the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (also called “The Old Guard”). It is an extremely high honor to serve as a Tomb Guard. Fewer than 20 percent of volunteers are accepted for training, and of those only a few pass the training to become a Tomb Guard.

When watching over the Tomb of the Unknowns, the Tomb Guards follow a detailed ritual:

  • A soldier walks 21 steps across in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns. The soldier holds his weapon on the shoulder opposite the Tomb.
  • On the 21st step, the soldier turns and faces the Tomb for 21 seconds.
  • The soldier turns in the opposite direction and changes his weapon to his outside shoulder.
  • After waiting another 21 seconds, the soldier walks another 21 steps back across in front of the Tomb, and the process repeats until the changing of the guard.

The number 21 is significant, because it represents the three volleys — the highest honor given to any military personnel in America — which consists of seven riflemen each firing three shots for a total of 21.

1.    Why was the Tomb of the Unknowns created?

 

______________________________________________________________

 

2.    Who is buried in this tomb?

 

______________________________________________________________

 

3.    What do you think would happen to the guard of the Tomb during a terrible rain storm?

 

______________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________

 

4.    What is the meaning of the word significant in the last paragraph?

 

______________________________________________________________

 

5.    Under which heading text feature would the reader find information about what the tomb is made of?

 

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­___________________________________________________

 

 

6.    Rewrite the two following sentences to make ONE CORRECT COMPOUND

 

SENTENCE:

 

The Tomb of the Unknowns contains the remains of unidentified soldiers from several wars. It is made of white marble.

 

 

______________________________________________________

 

 

_____________________________________________________________

 

Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE OUT LOUD IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS! You may complete all three readings and be done with it in one day if you so choose.

 

 

Monday or read once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Tuesday or read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Wednesday or read three times- ________________________ Date ________

Spelling Words

.

1. hours

 

2. twenty

 

3. products

 

4. happened

 

5. whine

 

6. measure

 

7. remember

 

8. early

 

9. utensil

 

10.mortal

 

11. vocal

 

12. mental

 

13. neutral

 

14. anvil

 

15.council

 

16. abundant

 

17. thrive

 

18.canopy

 

19. nutrients

 

20. resist

 



Homework for Aug. 29-Sept. 2
Due Date: 9/2/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

*Fluency Passage - must be signed 3 times

*Study spelling words

*Study vocabulary words

*Read for at least 30 minutes

 

Name _______________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework for the week of August 29, 2016

Start by numbering the paragraphs and line numbers. Read the paragraphs and THINK WITH YOUR PEN. Read it again. Answer the questions.

“An American Treasure”

 

Erving won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles. He was well known for slam dunking from the free throw line in slam dunk contests.

 

Floating, airborne, and focused—these words have often been used to describe how Julius

“Dr. J” Erving played basketball. Erving became one of the best players in the sport. He forever

changed the way people played basketball.

 

Erving started playing professional basketball in the 1970s. The sport was different then. It

was mainly a floor game, with players running back and forth across the court. Unlike other

players, Erving found that his skill was in the air, because he could leap far and high. He soon

became known for his slam-dunks, which were not as common in the 1970s as they are today.

Most players scored by throwing the ball toward the basket from far away. But Erving flew toward

the board with the ball in hand, spinning his body in the air before sending the ball down through

the hoop. This tremendous skill helped the teams he played for win three championships.

 

Dr. J says of his life, “I saw that basketball could be my way out, and I worked hard to make

sure it was.” This inspiring athlete discovered his unique skill early on and used it to his

advantage throughout his life.

 

1.      How does the author probably feel about Julius Erving?

 

A disappointed

 

B inspired

 

C surprised

 

D worried

 

2.      What phrases from the passage help you to know this (help you to know the answer from #1)? Please write in a complete sentence.

 

______________________________________________________________

 

 

  1. What is the meaning of “advantage” in paragraph 3? Please write in a complete sentence.

 

 

4.      What text features are used to give more information in the article?

 

__________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

5.    What is the simple subject of the following sentence? Erving started playing professional basketball in

 

the 1970s. ­­­­­­­­­­­­_________________________

 

6.    What is the simple predicate of the following sentence? This tremendous skill helped the teams he

 

played for win three championships. _______________________________

 

7.      Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE OUT LOUD IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS! You may complete all three readings and be done with it in one day if you so choose.

 

 

Monday or read once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Tuesday or read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Wednesday or read three times- ________________________ Date ________

Spelling Words

.

1. twelve

2. proverb

3. across

4. today

5. during

6. metaphor

7. simile

8. quiz

9. however

10.proposal

11. bridal

12. dental

13. gerbil

14. nasal

15. postal

16. hemisphere

17.climate

18. inverse

19. population

20. rainforest

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Slight – small in amount or not serious, important, or noticeable
  2. Topple – fall over or make something fall over
  3. Severe – causing great damage or pain
  4. Landscape – large area of natural scenery that you can see from one place
  5. Tilt – lean or tip to one side
  6. Rubble – broken pieces of brick, stone, or other material from a building that has been destroyed or demolished



Homework for Aug. 22-26
Due Date: 8/25/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Homework:

* Reading Passage

* Study spelling words

* Study vocabulary words

* Read at least 30 minutes each night

Name _________________

Fluency Homework for the week of August 22, 2016

“A Daredevil's High-wire Act in the Windy City Breaks Two World Records”

By Chicago Tribune, adapted by Newsela

 

Nik Wallenda walks a tightrope across the Chicago River between Marina City's west tower and the Leo Burnett Building in Chicago on Nov. 2, 2014. Photo: Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/MCT

On a Sunday in the Windy City that lived up to its nickname, Nik Wallenda walked high in the sky and lived up to his family's nickname. They are known as the Flying Wallendas, famous for their daring high-wire acts. Below him were cheering crowds.

Wallenda, a tightrope walker and daredevil, made two high-wire walks and broke two world records that day, all without a safety harness or net to catch him if he fell. His first walk took him across the Chicago River on a cable stretched between two skyscrapers. It took him 6 minutes, 51 seconds. The cable was strung at a small angle so he would be walking uphill. Wallenda set a world record for the steepest tightrope walk between two buildings.

"Listen To That Roar"

“You guys watching think I’m crazy, but this is what I’m made for,” Wallenda said after stepping onto the first wire. While crossing the river, Wallenda was about 630 feet above the ground. That’s as tall as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, or twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty. It was windy up there, but Wallenda wasn’t shaken.

“It’s not bad, but [the cable] is definitely moving,” he said.

Even high above the ground, Wallenda talked to the people below. Police estimated that more than 50,000 people lined the streets to watch Wallenda’s stunts.

“Listen to that roar,” he said. “I love Chicago and Chicago definitely loves me.”

Highest Blindfolded Walk Ever

After successfully completing the first walk, Wallenda took an elevator down to the street, and returned to the first skyscraper for a second walk, this one blindfolded. By crossing between two buildings blindfolded and more than 500 feet above the ground, Wallenda set another world record, for highest blindfolded walk ever.

The Discovery Channel showed Wallenda’s walks live on television. Since he used no safety equipment, the channel had to make a plan in case he fell. Using a 10-second delay, the Discovery Channel planned to cut away from the live broadcast if Wallenda fell, producers said.

Wallenda had his own plan if he lost his balance or tripped: grab the wire and hold on. His crew can reach him in about 90 seconds anywhere on the wire. When he trains in Sarasota, Florida, Wallenda regularly practices falling and grabbing onto the cable. The 35-year-old married father of three says he is strong enough to hold on to the cable for 20 minutes while waiting to be rescued.

1.    Which two world records did Wallenda break?

 

______________________________________________________________

 

2.    What do you think Wallenda meant when he said that he was “made for this”?

 

______________________________________________________________

 

3.    What does daring mean in the first paragraph?

______________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________

 

4.    What text features did you find in this article?

 

______________________________________________________________

 

5.    Why were the words “Flying Wallendas” capitalized in the first paragraph?

 

______________________________________________________________

 

 

6.      Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE OUT LOUD IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS! You may complete all three readings and be done with it in one day if you so choose.

 

 

Monday or read once- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Tuesday or read twice- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Wednesday or read three times- ________________________ Date ________

Spelling Words

.

1. usually

2. character

3. friends

4. whom

5. heard

6. order

7. villain

8. basin

9. carton

10. become

11. muffin

12. pumpkin

13. apron

14. cannon

15. poison

16. landform

17. prime

18. composite

19. wildfire

20. tropical



Homework for Aug. 15-19
Due Date: 8/19/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Reminders:

* Class shirts should be bought through the PTA for $10.00

* Scholastic News money is due September 2 ($6.00)

Homework:

* Study spelling words

* Read at least 30 minutes each night

* Fluency Passage due Thursday

 

Name _______________________

4th Grade Fluency Homework #2 for the week of August 15, 2016

“How Many Times Does Your Heart Beat in a Lifetime?”

Wonder #1272 from Wonderopolis.org

Videos http://dev.wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-many-times-does-your-heart-beat-in-a-lifetime/

And https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpPUJRfLTZg

 

Your body is full of muscles, but the heart is the most important muscle in your body. About the size of your fist, your heart is located in the middle of your chest, just a little to the left of center.

Your heart is one of the key pieces of your circulatory system. As it beats, your heart pumps blood around your body. As it travels through your blood vessels, blood brings needed oxygen and nutrients to cells and carries away waste products.

If you look closely at the heart, you'll see it's actually like two pumps in one the right side of the heart receives blood from the body and pumps it to the lungs the left side does the opposite: it receives blood from the lungs and pumps it to the rest of the body.

When you visit the doctor, a nurse usually will take your pulse to see how hard your heart is working. Your pulse is a measure of how many times per minute your heart beats. You can find your pulse by lightly pressing on your skin anywhere there's a large artery, such as the side of your neck or the inside of your wrist just below your thumb.

When you're resting your heart probably beats about 60 to 100 times per minute. When you exercise, your heart beats much faster, because it has to pump blood faster to supply your body's cells with the oxygen and nutrients they need to function during exercise.

If you use an average of 80 beats per minute, your heart beats about 4,800 times per hour. That's a whopping 115,200 times per day. Over the course of a year, your heart would beat about 42,048,000 times! If you live to be 80 years old, your heart would have beaten approximately 3,363,840,000 times! That's over 3 billion heartbeats! What a muscle!

If you're an athlete in exceptional physical shape, your resting heart rate may be much lower. Some professional athletes have resting heart rates of only 40 beats per minute. To check your pulse rate, find your pulse and count the number of beats in 15 seconds. Then multiply that number by four to calculate your pulse in beats per minute.

Directions- Read the passage orally (out loud) to someone three times. Then answer the questions below and answer in complete sentences based on the passage that you just read. Then follow the directions for an adult to sign at the end of the sheet.

1.    Which body system is your heart a part of? Please write in a complete sentence.

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2.    Why does the heart pump blood, Look at the paragraph for your answer! Do not put, “so that you can live.” Please write in a complete sentence.

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3.    Which side of the body gets blood from the lungs before sending it to the rest of the body? Please write in a complete sentence.

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4.    Paragraph 3 is missing two periods and two capital letters. Can you correct this below?

 

If you look closely at the heart, you'll see it's actually like two pumps in one the right side of the heart receives blood from the body and pumps it to the lungs the left side does the opposite: it receives blood from the lungs and pumps it to the rest of the body.

 

5.    Can you figure out your pulse rate after reading this? What is it? Just try it! J

 

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6.      Parents, feel free to read it to your child first so that he or she can hear it done properly. READ THE TEXT TO SOMEONE OUT LOUD IN YOUR HOME THREE TIMES FOR FLUENCY. HAVE THEM SIGN BELOW SAYING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS! You may complete all three readings and be done with it in one day if you so choose.

 

Read once on Monday- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read twice by Tuesday- _____________________________ Date ________

 

Read three times by Wednesday- ________________________ Date ________



Homework
Due Date: 8/5/2016
Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

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