fourth grade
Below  is a social studies review and language arts activities from the first three quarters of last school year.   Feel free to use the information to review the information.


Suggested Summer Practice and

Language Arts Resources and Activities

PWCS Suggested Authors
If you are looking for good books for your student at home, I am listing the authors that our district is recommending for 4th grade.
Roald Dahl Kate DiCamillo Louis Sachar Christopher Paul Curtis Blue Balliet
Eloise Greenfield

Language Arts/Reading/Writing:  you can access Benchmark and other supplemental videos through Discovery Education these can be reached through Clever.  
Below are some fun & interactive ways to enjoy reading & books at home that have come available (and free for the time being...) while we experience this school closure. Colored text indicates a link.

*Parent Guide to using Picture Books.pdf

This is a great resource to use as your child is read picture or chapter books.  You'll be reviewing many of those very important reading skills that lead to learning to be a great reader.  If you think a book is too simple, have your child read it anyway.  Reading lower level books help improve fluency and fluency equals comprehension.

 Authors offering read alouds online:
This is a nice list of links to videos of authors of books of all ages who are reading their books aloud for kids to enjoy at home. As a follow up activity, you child can look for the main idea and supporting details, look for figurative language (Hyperbole, Onomatopoeia, Simile, Metaphor, Alliteration, or Personification) or write a summary using the steps I've taught (Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then).

Scholastic Learn at Home

Scholastic provides four learning experiences every day.  Each experience is built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Your child  can do them on their own or with their families.

All of our students have been working on IStation.  Click on Download & Technical Info.  Choose what platform you are on: (iPad, Windows, etc.) Choose and download
After downloading you will be asked for a domain – enter Sudley.
My students have been working in "reading."  This site has determined the level where each student is working.  Once they log on, they will continue their work.  At the beginning of each month, the program will assess the learning and if your child has done well, they will move ahead in the program.

You may have to type in the above address.  It is also accessible through Clever.  This site has a great deal of videos, information, and even quizzes on all aspects of grammar.  I highly recommend this site and it is free during school closures.  

Suggested Writing Activities

Book Review: Do a review on a book you just read.  A book review is similar to grading an assignment.  What did you think about the book?  What did you like or dislike about it?  What genre is it?  Would you recommend it?

Letter to the Author: Write a letter to the author of a book you just read.  Explain what you liked and disliked about the book.  Think of three questions to ask the author.

Story Boards: Create a story board of a book just read.  Story boards are similar to comic strips.  Draw six boxes on paper and in each box capture an important event that happened in the story.  This activity is best to use for fiction stories.  Make sure your boxes are in chronological order.

This site has great study guides and resources.  Click on elementary  and look for the 3-5 pages.  There are a multitude of released past SOL tests and can be used as review.  Please remember we have not completed the school year, so there may be portions that your child does not know answers to.  There is also a link on this site for Virginia Studies. 


Suggested Social Studies Review Activities

We began our studies of Virginia History by learning about the geography of the State.  Virginia has 5 distinct regions: the Coastal Plain (Tidewater), the Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountains, the Valley and Ridge, and the Appalachian plateau.  The following video describes highlights of the regions and the historical geographical significance of these areas.

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Watch the Virginia Trekkers as they explore Great Falls.  This is on the border between Maryland and Virginia.  It is also part of the “fall line.”

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The following video gives additional information on our State, including: why we are called the Old Dominion State, The Mother of Presidents State, and the Mother of Statesmen State.  They include information on our capital and important cities.

This is a link to the Va DOE site.  There are a multitude of links to assist in learning about our State.

 WINGAPO (pronounced win-gà-po) – Welcome, my beloved friend! 

European colonists arriving in Virginia may have been greeted with, "Wingapo." Indians have lived in what is now called Virginia for thousands of years. While we are still learning about the people who inhabited this land, it is clear that Virginia history did not begin in 1607. If you ask any Virginia Indian, "When did you come to this land?", he or she will tell you, "We have always been here." (Va DOE Site)

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History also has a great deal of information on Pocahontas.  The children found her story very interesting.  There is also a short story on a child’s level on the site.

 The following link will take you on a virtual field trip to the Jamestown Settlement.  You will see typical Powhatan shelter, the materials they used for survival skills, typical clothing, learn how important fire was to their daily life.  Press “control” and then click on the link.

The following link takes you to Virginia Trekker’s visit to Jamestown.  After watching the video, look outside and locate natural items that could be used to build a shelter.  Make a list and then draw a picture of the structure you’d build.  You can write a story about the process you’d use in building your virtual home.

After learning about the the First Permanent English Settlement, we suggest your child reviews Life in the Virginia Colony.  We worked on agriculture and slavery; the culture of Colonial Virginia; the relocation of the Virginia Capital from Jamestown to Richmond; the use of money, barter and credit; and everyday life in Colonial Virginia. The following are sites to videos and activities that will be a good review of this portion of our learning.
You may need to copy and paste the addresses.  I have previewed all of the videos but use caution with the advertisements.

The following unit focused on the role Virginia played in the American Revolution.  We studied the reasons for the war with England, the roles of Virginians in the Revolution, the Battle of Great Bridge, Jack Jouett, the Yorktown victory and the relocation of the capital from Williamsburg to Richmond. 
In our classroom, the students were allowed to earn pretend British pounds.  They had to buy "stamps" when turning in their papers (The Stamp Act of 1765).  One day, students that had snacks containing sugar had to pay a tax due to the Sugar Act of 1764. Ask them how they felt when King James taxed them.  Some of the students also had to go into "debt" and learned that "credit" came with a price.  The links and activities below support a good review of what we worked on.

This is a fun parody on the Sugar Tax that your child will enjoy.

No taxation without representation!

Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death?"
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Who was the main author of the Declaration of Independence?

Take a brain break and laugh a little.  Watch Grover help Mr. Jefferson write the Declaration.

What was the name of the spy that helped us win the American Revolution?

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Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union..)

What was the name of the General that led the forces during the American Revolution?

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What happened at the Battle of Great Bridge and who was Jack Jouett?

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Jack Jouett became the Paul Revere of the South - see w

The war that brought us freedom!

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Cornwallis surrenders
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Yorktown was the climatic battle of the war. Watch the Liberty Kids as a soldier on the British side, is sent into harm’s way by Cornwallis and is aided by a sympathetic Hessian soldier. After a long siege, Cornwallis surrenders. It’s a huge victory for the Americans.

The relocation of Virginia's Capital to Richmond is explained on this site:

The unit (Unit 6) following the American Revolution focused on the roles of Washington and Madison, the ideas of George Mason and Thomas Jefferson to the geography, technology of the time and westward movement.

Ben Franklin and John Adams sign the peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War (11/30/83). At Newburgh, New York, some members of Washington's officer corps want him to become King and take over the country. Washington puts down the revolt -- with his eyeglasses (3/15/83). He then races to Congress and resigns to become, once again, a farmer and private citizen (12/23/83). When King George III hears that the conquering general has not seized power, he says, "He will be remembered as the greatest man who ever lived."

Do you recognize these very important people from our history?  They are, of course, George Washington and James Madison.  Learn more by clicking on the link below:

Who was George Mason and what role did he play in ensuring the rights of the people were firmly placed in history?
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America’s leaders meet at a convention in Philadelphia and decide to write a radical new Constitution. Ben Franklin, in his final moment on the world stage, helps forge the “Great Compromise” on legislative representation. James Madison writes much of the Constitution, the lawful embodiment of the promise of the Revolution (9/17/87). It includes the “odious compromise” on slavery that maintains the practice’s legality in the United States. George Washington is inaugurated as the first President (4/30/1789). Everyone looks forward to their new lives in the United States of America.

The following link takes you to Kids Discover.  There are many activities, resources, and games that your child can work on as they review the Constitution.

Painting of Benjamin Franklin wearing bifocals reading a document.
Benjamin Franklin was one of our most prolific inventors in his time. Try doing some research on him.  How did he help keep homes warm?  What did he invent that helps your teacher see better?  Did you know he created the first library and fire department?
The inventions of the 18th century began the first Industrial Revolution.  The link below explains that this was the beginning of manufacturing and lists many of the inventions of the time.  For our purpose, we focused on the cotton gin and the reaper.  This had significant effects on the production of cotton and of course, there were ramifications for slaves and the slave trade.

Animated cotton gin

The reaper was a tool designed to cut stalks of grain and leave them on the ground in untied bundles.  Early machines required a man to walk alongside the reaper to rake the bundles off the collecting platform and onto the ground.  Later models had provisions for one or two men to ride on the reaper. 

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Read how President Jefferson doubles the size of our country.

Late in January, we began our Unit 7: the Civil War.  We focused on the events that led to Secession, the role of Virginia in the Civil War and also the role Virginians played in the Civil War.
I would recommend that after reading the events listed in the above website, you choose five that you find interesting.  Create a KWL chart on each of the events.  Then research those 5 events and write a summary of each.  Remember the steps in writing a summary:
Somebody - (Who?)
Wanted - (What did they want?)
But - (What was the problem or conflict?)
So - (How was the conflict resolved?)
Then - (How did the story or event end?)

Watch as a "Kid Explains History"

Learn more about one of our most famous presidents, Abraham Lincoln.

After the Civil War, Virginia had to go through  reconstruction.

Who were the carpetbaggers?  Find out on the link below:

Learn more about segregation and the "Jim Crow Laws" below.

Who was Harriet Tubman?

Who said, "
What to the Slave is the 4th of July?"
Frederick Douglass - Narrative, Quotes & Facts - HISTORY
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Abolitionist leader 
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery sometime around 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland. He became one of the most famous intellectuals of his time, advising presidents and lecturing to thousands on a range of causes, including women's rights and Irish home rule.

Rosa Parks
Who was Rosa Parks?
Read along as her story is shared on the following video:

Did you know that people still used bartering in the 20th and 21st century?

Susan B. Anthony is known in history as a leader in the women's suffrage movement. In this Susan B. Anthony Video for Kids Selena & Bird learn about her life with a mini bio on the school hologram machine. Enjoy learning about her life and how she became a leader for women's rights and anti-slavery. 

A look at Women's Sufferage and the Great Depression from a "kid's" point of view.


Our Class Schedule

9:10-10-35  Lang. Arts
10:44 - 11:45 Lunch & Recess
11:45-12:00 Silent Reading
12:00-12:35 Social Studies
12:35-2:00 Language Arts
2:00-2:35 Social Studies
2:35-2:45 Preparation for Dismissal
2:45-3:30 Encore
3:30 Announcements
3:35-3:40 Dismissal

Encore Schedule
Day 1  Art
Day 2 PE
Day 3 Music
Day 4  PE
Day 5  Lib/Stem/Guidance