4th Reading Syllabus

Course Name: Fourth Reading

Instructor Name: Connie Herrs

Contact Information: cherrs@usd223.org

Planning: Call 348-5769 to schedule a conference before or after school.

Course Description: we are using the Scott Foresman Reading Street Textbooks,
CARS, STAR Program, Study Island Computer Program, and
various novel units. This course is designed to introduce high-
quality literature to each student through comprehension skills and
strategies, vocabulary, writing, and spelling to prepare 4th grade
students for their reading state assessments.

Learning/Developmental Goals:  

This course is designed to meet Kansas state standards for 4th grade reading instruction. Kansas state standards may be found: http://www..ksde.org.

Learning Outcome:

The student will demonstrate mastery of state standards using
Formal and informal assessments along with teacher observation.

**All 4th grade reading objectives are met by some of the following instructional units and programs but are not limited to this list.

Unit 1: This Land is Your Land

    Phonics:

        Short Vowels
        Long Vowels

    Fluency:

        Tone of Voice
        Pauses
        Volume
        Phrases

  Vocabulary:
        word Structure
        Context Clues
        Dictionary/Glossary

  Skills:
        Sequence
        Summarization
        Author’s Purpose
        Graphic Organizer
        Main Idea
        Fact and Opinion
        Cause and Effect

   Comprehension:
        Answer questions
        Make Predictions


Unit 2:  work and Play

        Phonics:
                Irregular Plurals
                Adding s and es
W            words with ar, or

        Fluency:
                Rhythmic Patterns of language
                Emotion
                Volume

        Vocabulary:
W            word Structure
                Dictionary/Glossary

          Skills:
                 Cause/Effect
                 Draw Conclusions
                Setting
                Compare and Contrast
                Main Idea
                Fact and opinion
                Summarize

Unit 3: Patterns in Nature

        Phonics:
                Adding ed and ing
                Homophones
                Compound words
                Possessives

  Fluency:
          Pitch
          Tone of Voice
          Pauses
          Punctuation Clues

   Vocabulary:
           Context Clues
W        word Structure  

    Skills:
            Compare and Contrast
            Graphic Organizers
            Generalization
            Cause and Effect
            Author’s Purpose

Unit 4: Puzzles and  mysteries

        Phonics:
                    Contractions
                    Final “le”, “al”, and “en”
                    Consonants
                    Prefixes

        Fluency:
                    Emotion
                    Phrasing
                    Stress/Emphasis
                    Phrasing
                    Characterization/Dialogue

        Vocabulary:
                    Context Clues
                    Dictionary/Glossary
                Wword Structure

        Skills:
                    Compare and Contrast
                    Generalization
                    Character
                    Setting
                    Graphic Organizers
                    Main Idea
Unit 5: Adventures by Land, Air, and  water

       Phonics:
                    Multi-syllabic Words
                    Syllable Patterns
                    Greek word Parts
W                words with Latin Roots
                    Related words

        Fluency:
                    Pauses
                    Phrasing
                    Tone of Voice
                    Emotion
                    Tempo and Rate

  Vocabulary:
              Context Clues
W           word Structure
               Context Clues

    Skills:
                Author’s Purpose
                Compare and Contrast
                Sequence
                Making Predictions
                Draw Conclusions
                Main Idea
                Text Structure
                Theme

Unit 6: work and Play
     Phonics:
                Schwa
                Prefixes  mis, non, and re
                Suffixes –less,-ment, and –ness
                Suffixes –ful, -ly, and –ion
W            words with silent consonants

            Fluency:
                        Phrasing
                        Stress/Emphasis
                        Emotion
                        Punctuation Clues
                        Tempo and Rate

      Vocabulary:
W               word Structure
                   Dictionary/Glossary
                   Context Clues

       Skills:
                   Cause and Effect
                    Fact and Opinion
                    Text Structure
                    Graphic Sources
                    Character
                    Theme
                    Author’s Purpose

Possible Novel Units (but not limited to):

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli
Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
Grasshopper Summer by Ann Turner
Sarah,Plain, and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

STARS- Book 4
Finding Main Idea
Recalling Facts and Details
Understanding Sequence
Recognizing Cause and Effect
Comparing and Contrasting
Making Predictions
Finding Word Meaning in Context
Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences
Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion
Identifying Author’s Purpose
Interpreting Figurative Language
Distinguishing Between Real and Make Believe

Study Island
Vocabulary
Context Clues
Root words

Comprehension
Text Features
Inferences and Conclusions
Text Structure
Compare and Contrast
Cause and Effect
Retelling Ideas and Events
Graphic Organizers
Main Idea and Supporting Details
Author’s Purpose
Fact and Opinion

Literary Concepts
Character
Setting
Story Conflict

Grading Scale:

91%-100%- A
82%-90%---B
73%-81%---C
64%-72%---D
0%-63%-----F

Homework Policy
Any homework not turned in on time will be counted off 10% for each day late. Homework not turned in within a week gets a 0.