Grade 4 – English and Language Arts Sample Day



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Grade 4 – English and Language Arts
Sample Day :


  1. Student would have read the Informational Text or Literary Text at Home and learnt the vocabulary words / meanings etc

  2. Play audio version of the Text

  3. Teach various concepts of Vocabulary usage / Figurative Language / Main Idea / Cause Effect etc – interleaved with associated worksheets

  4. Use Video to teach Summarization Concept

  5. Interactive Quiz / Games to keep the class interesting



Teaching Summarization Concept Via Video
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Use of Vocabulary
1. “The flames of the fire had ravaged almost 20,000 buildings and left one-third of the people in Chicago homeless.” What is the meaning of the word ravaged as it is used in the text?

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2. What is the meaning of the word metropolis as it is used in the text, “a great American metropolis like Chicago”?

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3. “During the hour, the small fire had grown quickly out of control and devoured the barn.” What is the meaning of the word devoured as it is used in the text?

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4. What is the meaning of the word culprit as it is used in the sentence, “One culprit was natural.”?

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5. What words are used by the author throughout the text to describe the word “great” as used in the title, “The Great Chicago Fire”?

Vocabulary Helpers





Singular and Concrete Definition

Multiple Meanings / Part of a word family

Words that can be determined in context

  • metropolis (tier 3)

  • site (tier 2)

  • flammable (tier 3)

  • ruins (tier 2)

  • culprit (tier 2)

  • faulty (tier 2)

  • ravaged (tier 2)

  • destructive (tier 2)

  • fire resistant (tier 3)

  • inhabitants (tier 2)

  • massive (tier 2)



  • devoured (tier 2)

  • inferno (tier 3)

  • drought (tier 2)

  • 19th century (tier 3)

  • raging (tier 2)

  • engulfing (tier 2)

Words that cannot be determined in context

  • red hot embers (tier 3)

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Figurative Language Concepts
1. Explain how the picture on page 2 helps the reader understand the phrase, “smoke hung low over the city of Chicago.”

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2. The caption for the picture on page 2 states, “... showing the Chicago Fire Department as it desperately tried to save buildings from the hungry flames…” What does the author mean by hungry flames?

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3. The author writes on page 2, “A light rain spat from the sky, holding back the blaze that had raged since Sunday night.” How does the author use figurative language to help the reader gain a better understanding of the fire?

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4. On page 2 the author writes, “As the wind picked up, it carried the fire with it, spreading it from building to building.” Why does the author use figurative language to give the wind human characteristics?
Main Idea Concepts
1. The title of the text is “The Great Chicago Fire”. In the first section of the article, what words does Signal use to hint at the devastation the fire caused the city?”

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2. Chicago is nicknamed “The Windy City”. With this in mind, what details does the author use to support the main idea of the section, “The Fire Rages”?

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3. What is the author's purpose for including the text box, "Did a Cow Start the Fire"? Give two details from the article to support your answer.

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4. The author states that, “Chicago had expanded rapidly in the late 19th century. Homes and other structures were being made quickly and cheaply.” What can the reader conclude about how this detail could impact the cause of the Chicago Fire?

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Events Linking together and Cause/Effect :
1. The beginning of the article describes what the city of Chicago was like after it had been burning for two days. Why did the author choose to start the article this way?

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2. How are the details organized in the section, “The Fire Rages”? How does the text structure support the reader in determining details related to the causes of the Chicago Fire?

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3. How are the details organized in the section, "Bad Building Materials”? Explain how a lack of detailed planning played a role in the devastating fire.

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4. In the section, "A New Chicago”, how are the details organized? Describe how a tragedy like the Chicago fire could turn into an opportunity for the city.

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5. On page 2 of the article, the author includes the section, “Did a cow start the fire?” Why would the author include this section in the article?


Focus question: According to the article, what caused the Great Chicago Fire to be so destructive?





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