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Toolbox: Grade 4

Grade 4

March 2018 Lesson of the Month

Take a Picture – it Lasts Longer! This month’s lesson uses digital photography as a tool for encouraging vivid descriptive detail and as a vehicle for eliciting opinions in writing.  Students will select a prized possession – it might be a family heirloom, artifact, piece of jewelry, photograph, knickknack, toy, or article of clothing that […]

March 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections to Assessment We’ve been there!  Click below to read about a few simple strategies that will help your students approach any assessment with more confidence. One of the best ways to be sure that your students have produced their best work is to have them read and revise what they have written.  An effective […]

February 2018 Lesson of the Month

Start February off right with this engaging lesson using quotation marks! This skill can be a struggle for young writers, but a little practice and some fun at the same time will build strong dialogue or quotes in their writing! Be sure to check out our website! It’s full of free lessons, and suggestions, and […]

January 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Instead of Monsters don’t forget how powerful the questions “What does it ‘look’ like, why is it important?” can be in elaborating on facts in expository, opinion, and argument writing. Think about it… elaboration in your science unit! Ex. The student writes: You can find all kinds of baby sea creatures in the saltmarsh. By […]

January 2018 Lesson of the Month

Many wishes for a happy and healthy New Year from the entire EW team! Holidays are always a busy time and now we’re all getting back to our school routines, so it’s a good time to recall an oldie but goodie lesson especially with assessment time in the forefront. Elaboration skills can be the key […]

Summer Musings – A collection of Summer Writing Activities

Click below to download the summer activities. Summer conjures up images of lazy sun-filled days, hanging around the pool and splashing at the lake or beach. But both parents and teachers worry that all of this carefree summer fun causes a little brain-drain – and kids tend to backslide on the skills they’ve worked so […]

Comprehensive Narrative Writing Guide – Grade 4-8 – Scope & Sequence

In my school we used to say, tongue-in-cheek, that our over-all approach to writing was “curriculum by folktale”. Our building had been closed for many years and recently reopened, bringing together educators from the thirteen existing schools throughout the district. And everyone brought with them the writing lessons they’d made their own. The result was […]

Multicultural Literature Connections for Elementary Grades

Twenty-first century students will increasingly see themselves as citizens of the world. Having the opportunity to understand and empathize with their global neighbors is a critical part of their education. When looking for a jumping off point for writing, multicultural picture books can provide a big bang for your buck! Children learn as much from […]