McKinley Primary Center                    2016-17 / Quarter  4 / 4th Grade: Teaching & Learning Plan




Physical Education


Week 3


I can


Identify the roles of artists and other art-related careers in the community.

Analyze and respond to art at local museums, exhibits, arts performances, and work of visiting artists in the school.

Recognize characteristics of selected works from artists of various cultures.

Identify, control, and use a balance of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, techniques, and processes to effectively communicate ideas, themes, experiences, and stories.

Play instrumental pieces of various styles and cultures.      

Follow the cues of a conductor.

Improvise movements to accompany or demonstrate a melody.

Use voices and instruments to create appropriate sound effects or accompaniments to a poem or short story.

Arrange a melody and accompaniment for various vocal or instrumental sounds using available electronic sources.

Demonstrate movement skills and patterns following specific rhythms.

Recognize and describe critical elements of complex movement patterns.

Participate in an activity program that is designed to improve health-related physical fitness.

Week 9


I can

Interpret data displayed in a circle graph.

Understand that an angle is measured with reference to a circle, with its center at the common endpoint of the rays, by considering the fraction of the circular arc between the points where the two rays intersect the circle. Understand an angle that turns through 1/360 of a circle is called a “one-degree angle,” and can be used to measure other angles. Understand an angle that turns through n one-degree angles is said to have an angle measure of n degrees.

Use the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) to solve real-world problems involving distances, intervals of time, volumes, masses of objects, and money. Include addition and subtraction problems involving simple fractions and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit.

Formulate questions that can be addressed with data. Use observations, surveys, and experiments to collect, represent, and interpret the data using tables (including frequency tables), line plots, and bar graphs.

Week 6


I can


Understand that artists have different philosophies or theories when creating art and discriminate between works created from different theories (imitationalism, formalism, and emotionalism).

Identify symbols or icons in works of art (focus: Indiana).

Identify the relationship between a work of art and the geography and characteristics of the culture; identifying where, when, and by whom the work was made (focus: Indiana history).


Identify the musical symbols for sharps, flats, and naturals. Identify the diatonic scale and the key signatures of C, G, and F major.

Identify and apply an expanded vocabulary of musical terms as found in notated music.

Identify members of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion families and instruments associated with various cultures.

Classify singers according to vocal range and performance style.

Recognize the various abilities and limitations of classmates and understand the adaptations they make when participating in different physical activities.


Week 3

I can

Observe, analyze, and interpret how offspring are very much, but not exactly, like their parents or one another. Describe how these differences in physical characteristics among individuals in a population may be advantageous for survival and reproduction.

Week 6

I can

Use evidence to support the explanation that a change in the environment may result in a plant or animal will survive and reproduce, move to a new location, or die.

Week 9

I can

Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction in different ecosystems.

Construct and compare multiple plausible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

Week 9


I can

Locate and discuss art in the local community and throughout Indiana such as town monuments, architecture, sculpture, public art, functional art, and advertisements.

Identify and research the function of a work of art or artifact and make connections to the culture (focus: Indiana, including the diversity of past and contemporary cultures and ethnicities).

Sing songs to support learning in another discipline outside the arts such as creating new verses for “Weevily Wheat” using additional multiplication tables, or reading The Drinking Gourd by F.N. Monjo and learning the song, “Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd.”

Explore music of other cultures through live or recorded authentic performances and the role of music and musicians related to the cultures and times.

Investigate and write about community musicians and attend live performances when possible.

Interact positively with classmates and friends in physical activities.

Participate in new and challenging physical activities.

Social Studies

Week 3

I can

Give examples of the kinds of goods and services produced in Indiana in different historical periods.

Define productivity and provide examples of how productivity has changed in Indiana during the past 100 years.

Explain how both parties can benefit from trade and give examples of how people in Indiana engaged in trade in different time periods.

Explain that prices change as a result of changes in supply and demand for specific products.

Week 6

I can

Describe Indiana’s emerging global connections.

List the functions of money and compare and contrast things that have been used as money in the past in Indiana, the United States and the world.

Week 9

I can

Identify entrepreneurs who have influenced Indiana and the local community.

Define profit and describe how profit is an incentive for entrepreneurs.

Identify important goods and services provided by state and local governments by giving examples of how state and local tax revenues are used.

Explain how people save, develop a savings plan, and create a budget in order to make a future purchase.




Note: Each column uses different text styles (Regular, Italic, Bold, Underlined) to differentiate concepts.     Language Arts & Reading

4th Grade – Reading Wonders, Unit    6            Big Idea:       Past, Present, and Future                          How can you build on what came before?


Weekly Concept & Essential Questions

Genres, Literary Element, Text Features

Comprehension: Skills, Strategies & Fluency

Phonics: Awareness, Spelling Skill, Structural Analysis

Vocabulary Words, Domain Words, Academic Words, Strategies

Writing: Trait, Research,

About Reading


Skill & Mechanics

Research & Inquiry


Old and New


How do traditions connect people?

Historical Fiction, Informational Text: Expository





Rate and Accuracy

Words with /ən/

Number Prefixes

ancestors, despised, endurance, forfeit, honor, intensity, irritating, retreated

denotation, connotation

Connotation and Denotation

Word Choice: Strong Words

Book Review; Opinion Essay

Write a Report

Write an Analysis (analyze theme)


Focus: Opinion Writing


Good vs. Well

Weekly: Traditional Festivals


Notes from the Past


Why is it important to keep a record of the past?

Historical Fiction, Informational Text: Expository






Latin Suffixes

depicts, detested, discarded, eldest, ignored, obedience, refuge, treacherous

diary, intonation


Organization: Sequence

Write a Description

Write an Analysis (reflect on theme)

Comparing with Adverbs

Review Punctuation and Capitalization

Weekly: Immigration in 19th century




How have our energy resources changed over the years?

Informational Text: Narrative Nonfiction, Myth



Main Idea and Key Details


Ask and Answer Questions




Words from Mythology

coincidence, consequences, consume, converted, efficient, incredible, installed, renewable


Venn diagram, transition words

Latin and Greek Prefixes


Word Choice: Transition Words

Compare and Contrast

Write an Analysis (main idea and key details)


Correcting Double Negatives

Weekly: Energy Sources


Money Matters


What has been the role of money over time?

Informational Text: Expository, Fiction: Folktale


Headings: Glossary

Main Idea and Key Details


Ask and Answer Questions




Greek and Latin Roots

currency, economics, entrepreneur, global, invest, marketplace, merchandise, transaction

scarcity, opportunity cost

scanning, skimming

Figurative Language: Proverbs and Adages


Word Choice: Content Words

Write a Summary

Write an Analysis (reflect on main idea and key details)


Review Using Quotations

Weekly: World Currencies


Finding My Place


What shapes a person’s identity?

Free Verse Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Poetry


Imagery: Personification






Prefixes and Suffixes

Words from Around the World

gobble, individuality, mist, roots

Poetry Terms:
free verse, imagery, metaphor, personification

meter, supporting

Figurative Language: Metaphors


Ideas: Supporting Details

Write a Short Summary

Write an Analysis (reflect on word choice)

Using Prepositions

Using Commas with Phrases

Weekly: Research Identity and individuality


Unit Level Research & Inquiry     Research Skill: Presenting          Unit Project: Self-select and develop from options for unit research projects.

McKinley Primary Center                    2016-17 / Quarter  4 / 4th Grade: Teaching & Learning Plan