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Spencer Crossing
Intermediate School
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Mrs. Long
4th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies
Spencer Crossing


Lesson Study Guides for Storytown

         The study guides below contain the key reading, grammar, writing, and spelling concepts; as well as the spelling list and challenge words we will be exploring each week.  Copies of each guide will be sent home on Monday each week, and students will typically have a reading/grammar/spelling test at the end of each week. (Click on the word "lesson" to find the study guide.)
Theme: 1 Facing Challenges
Lesson 1:  The Hot and Cold Summer
Lesson 2:  Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen
Lesson 3:  Danitra Brown Leaves Town
Lesson 4:  Kai's Journey to Gold Mountain

Lesson 5:  Pedro Puts on a Play

 Theme 2: Getting the Job Done

Lesson 6:  On the Banks of Plum Creek
Lesson 7:  Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World
Lesson 8:  Three Little Cyberpigs
Lesson 9:  Weaving a California Tradition
Lesson 10:  Emerald's Eggs

Theme 3: Natural Changes
Lesson 11:  Mimicry and Camouflage
Lesson 12:  Mountains
Lesson 13:  Fire Storm
Lesson 14:  The Stranger
Lesson 15:  The Adventurers

Theme 4: Imagination at Work
Lesson 16:  So You Want to Be an Inventor?
Lesson 17:  Just Like Me
Lesson 18:  Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life
Lesson 19:  Juan Verdades:  The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie
Lesson 20:  The Case of the Too-Hot Apple Cider

Theme 5: A New Home
Lesson 21:  Because of Winn-Dixie
Lesson 22:  My Diary From Here to There
Lesson 23:  The Cricket in Times Square
Lesson 24:  Mangrove Wilderness
Lesson 25:  Welcome to Chinatown!

Theme 6: Exploring Our World
Lesson 26:  Dragons and Dinosaurs
Lesson 27:  Grand Canyon:  A Trail Through Time
Lesson 28:  The Bunyans
Lesson 29:  John Muir and Stickeen:  An Icy Adventure With a No-Good Dog
Lesson 30:  Discovering the Atocha

Some of my favorite books!

The Quest BeginsMy Super-Special, Kinda-Human Dog Named LouieTales from a Not-So-Fabulous LifeShilohThe Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963Surviving the ApplewhitesKnights of the Kitchen TableThe Candy Shop WarSchooledThe Lemonade WarEragonThe BFGMiddle School: The Worst Years of My LifeMy Teacher Flunked the PlanetWolf BrotherNERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense SocietyHidden Talents
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary TaleThe Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Language Arts

IXL Language Arts: This is a great site for practicing the grammar skills we are working on throughout the year! Your child's username and password are in his or her assignment notebook


Spelling City:  This is a great website for practicing your child's weekly spelling words through games and other activities.  Lists for each of our Storytown lessons can be found on my teacher page on this site.



Wordly Wise/GATE
Wordly Wise Online Link - http://www.wordlywise3000.com/
Once you get to the link -
3. Pick BOOK 4
4. Pick the Lesson you are working on
5. Listen to the words and answer the questions in the margin of your Wordly Wise book
A few IPAD apps to help with fluency are:

One Minute Reader (Free in iTunes Store - Available on iPad only)
  • Develops fluency through engaging content
  • Models fluency
  • Offers repeated reading
  • Enhances vocabulary through multiple activities
  • Promotes comprehension
  • Provides feedback
  • Levels through 5th grade

K12 Timed Reading Practice ($1.99 in iTunes Store - Available on iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad)
  • Develops fluency 
  • 250 short, engaging stories for reading levels up to 4.7
  • Passages are fiction and non-fiction
  • Track stories read, words per minute, and percent above and below average reading rates
  • View recommendations for moving up or down in reading levels