Here are some of the most significant changes within the 4th Grade CCSS:

  • Attention to "emotive" words
  • Ongoing awareness of Greek and Latin affixes and roots
  • Ongoing awareness and correct use of speech registers (appropriate times for formal vs. informal language)
  • Theme (This is a big one!)
  • Poetry and drama elements: verse, rhythm, meter, dialog, stage directions, etc.
  • English words derived from MYTHOLOGY (Mythological derivatives are unique to 4th grade.)
  • Compare texts
  • Evaluation of text in historical context
  • Project learning for real-world scenarios

Team Works Guide (22 activities)
Team Ready Guide (9 activities)

The "Theme" pages in the navigation pane include discussion links for each reading selection to make "concepts and questions" a dynamic, accessible tool from school and home. Wikispaces created this tool in the fall of 2011 for teachers and students to have a protected environment for collaboration. You monitor the comments before sharing, and you can project them for all to see. You can upload a simple spreadsheet of your students' names in a single column. Once you have done this, you don't have to do it again throughout the year (unless you add or drop a student). You can flexibly create teams or simply have everyone working and entering discussion comments. You can have students create team projects, add pages and links...the options are endless.

In order to adopt this Wiki as your own, you will need to create your own Wikispace. Once you have done so, contact the C & I department to have this template copied for your own use. (As of now, Wikispaces retains the exclusive capability of copying Wikis, but they will do so if the original Wiki owner sends a request.) You will then be the owner and can customize it however you like. Current permission settings are such that the main pages can be viewed by the public, but only the "organizer" (originator) can edit them. Students can only edit the "discussions" once you have added them to the teams, but you retain all censorship. You may also want to "archive" all but your current selection so students won't be tempted to go into discussions of other selections.

It's a whole new world out there in cyberspace. If you haven't jumped in yet...this is a safe and easy way to start.