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4th Grade ELA Study Guide --- Lesson 1

“The Hot and Cold Summer”

By Johanna Hurwitz

Reading Skill:

Character’s Traits and Motivations

Genre:

Realistic Fiction

Grammar Skill:

Declarative and Interrogative Sentences

Writing Skill:

Form: Character Description

Trait: Voice

Spelling Skill:

Words with Short Vowels and Vowel Digraphs

Spelling Words: pact, brand, brick, crop, broad, tread, film, else, gram, gum,

dread, spend, past, plot, check, split, sting, strap, task, twin

Challenge Words: gingerly, ditch, pleasure, penguin, lecture

Vocabulary Words and Example of Usage

pact – A pact is an agreement between two people or countries in which they

promise to do certain things.

queasy – If you feel queasy, you have a sick feeling in your stomach.

foisted – If something is foisted on you, it is given to you whether you want it or

not.

venture – A new venture is a project that is exciting and even risky.

annoyed – To be annoyed means to be somewhat angry about something.

depriving – If someone is depriving you of something, the person is keeping you

from having it.

 

 

4th Grade ELA Study Guide --- Lesson 2

“Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen”

By Marissa Moss

Reading Skill:

Character’s Traits and Motivations

Genre:

Biography

Grammar Skill:

Imperative and Exclamatory Sentences: Interjections

Writing Skill:

Form: Descriptive Paragraph

Trait: Voice

Spelling Skill:

Words with Long Vowels and Vowel Digraphs

Spelling Words: cheese, heel, season, boast, chief, gape, aim, brain, fluke,

crayon, eagle, throw, rose, student, goal, woke, ripen, cube, rainbow, scrape,

Challenge Words: teenage, obedience, bowling, league, migraine

Vocabulary Words and Example of Usage

legendary – Someone legendary is especially famous for something he or she

did a long time ago.

muttered – If you muttered, you said something very quietly because you did not

want to be heard.

gaped – If you gaped at something, you stared open-mouthed in surprise.

flinched – If a person flinched, he or she quickly moved away from something

dangerous or painful.

snickering – Snickering at someone is like laughing quietly at them because they

did something silly.

glared – If you glared at someone, you stared at them in an angry way.

stunned – When someone is stunned by something amazing, he or she is

shocked and sometimes even speechless.

fluke – A fluke is something unusual that happens by accident.

 

4th Grade ELA Study Guide --- Lesson 3

“Danitra Brown Leaves Town”

By Nikki Grimes

Reading Skill:

Compare and Contrast

Genre:

Narrative Poem

Grammar Skill:

Subjects and Predicates

Writing Skill:

Form: Narrative Poem

Trait: Word Choice

Spelling Skill:

Words with Variant Vowels and Diphthongs

Spelling Words: toil, faucet, boyhood, choice, dawn, awful, foist, daughter,

flaw, annoyed, royal, allow, destroy, blew, spoon, shampoo, brown, renew,

wooden, auction,

Challenge Words: boulevard, browse, cashew, moonbeam, laundry

Vocabulary Words and Example of Usage

surrender – When you surrender, you stop fighting something or someone.

particular – Something that is particular is one specific thing of its kind.

sparkling – Something that is sparkling is shining, clear, and bright.

clusters – Cluster are small groups of people or things that are close together.

sizzles – If something sizzles, it is very hot and makes a hissing sound.

stroll – To stroll is to walk in a slow, relaxed way.

 

 

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