Glacier & Equivalent Fractions Whole Day Bundle4th Grade • Whole Day Lesson Plan
Subject: ELA, Informational, Math, Numbers and Operations Fractions
Type: Whole Day Lesson Plan
CCSS: RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4, 4.NF.A.1
Skills: ELA: Close Reading: Synthesizing, Key Details, Cause & Effect, Vocabulary, Summarizing, Haiku Poetry Math: Equivalent Fractions, Multiplying to Create Equivalent Fractions, Dividing to Create Equivalent Fractions, Compare Fractions (<, >, or =)
File Type: PDF Document
Materials Needed: ELA: blank pieces of white paper (2 per student), lined paper, pencils, crayons, document camera/chart paper/ or whiteboard (used for examples) Optional: dictionaries Math: blank paper (3 pieces per student), pencil, crayons/colored pencils, document camera or whiteboard, scissors (if students are creating their game cards), Optional: student dry erase boards and markers
Printable Resources: ELA: Required: printed student copies of the informational texts: "The Mendenhall Glacier" and "Thermal Expansion." (1 of each per student) Required: 1 copy of printable pictures from the document (1 color copy for display if possible) Math: Optional: printable game cards (1 set per group); Optional: printable "Exit Slips" (1 copy per student) as an optional assessment component
Lesson Plan Description
This whole day bundle contains:
This half day of lesson plans is broken down into 4 separate segments (30-60 minutes each) addressing several ELA Informational standards based around analysis of photographs and 2 Informational texts. Your students will use close reading comprehension techniques, create a book as an analysis of the text (vocabulary, cause and effect, and key details), and write a summary of the text (RL.4.1-4.4).
- Segment 1: students will analyze and make judgments about photographs of an unknown location.
- Segment 2: students will produce a book which includes: cause and effect, vocabulary, and key details.
- Segment 3: students will analyze a second text source to continue their creation of a book which includes: cause and effect, vocabulary, and key details.
- BONUS- Segment 4: students will create a visual comparison of glaciers and ice cubes and write a Haiku poem that captures the intent of the text. These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.
This half day of lesson plans is broken down into 3 separate segments (30-60 minutes each) addressing Numbers and Operations-Fractions: recognizing and generating equivalent fractions (4.NF.A.1). These lessons included: key vocabulary, helpful notes for reference, generating and identifying fractions through both multiplication and division, guided and independent practice of concept, and a game to reinforce the concept of equivalent fractions.
- Segment 1: students will generate equivalent fractions through multiplication (n x a)/ (n x b).
- Segment 2: students will generate equivalent fractions through division (a ÷ n) / (b ÷ n).
- Segment 3: students will generate equivalent fractions using both multiplication and division.
These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.