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Grade 4 Science
TITLE : Unit 05: Investigating Natural Resources SUGGESTED DURATION : 21 days

Unit Overview

During this Unit

This unit bundles student expectations that address Earth’s renewable and nonrenewable resources and properties of soils. Students demonstrate safe and healthy practices as outlined in Texas Education Agency-approved safety standards while engaging in descriptive investigations to examine the various properties of soils including color, texture, their capacity to retain water, and their ability to support the growth of plants. Students also identify and classify Earth’s renewable and nonrenewable resources. Additionally, this unit includes an emphasis on the importance of conservation. Furthermore, students communicate and discuss their observations and record data in their notebooks. Students consider environmentally appropriate and responsible practices with resources during investigations.

 

Streamlining Note

There are no revisions to TEKS 4.7A or 4.7C. However, there may be revisions to process standards associated with this unit. See the Science TEKS Streamlining Side by Side Grade 4 (link in System Resources below).

 

Prior Content Connections

  • Kindergarten
    • K.7B – Observe and describe physical properties of natural sources of water, including color and clarity.
    • K.7C – Give examples of ways rocks, soil, and water are useful.
  • Grade 1
    • 1.7A – Observe, compare, describe, and sort components of soil by size, texture, and color.
    • 1.7B – Identify and describe a variety of natural sources of water, including streams, lakes, and oceans.
    • 1.7C – Identify how rocks, soil, and water are used to make products.
  • Grade 2
    • 2.7B – Identify and compare the properties of natural sources of freshwater and saltwater.
    • 2.7C – Distinguish between natural and manmade resources.
  • Grade 3
    • 3.7A – Explore and record how soils are formed by weathering of rock and the decomposition of plant and animal remains.
    • 3.7C – Explore the characteristics of natural resources that make them useful in products and materials such as clothing and furniture and how resources may be conserved.

 

After this Unit

In Grade 5, students will explore the processes that led to the formation of sedimentary rock and fossil fuels.

 

STAAR Note

The Grade 5 Science STAAR will directly assess student expectations in the following reporting categories:

  • Reporting Category 3: Earth and Space
    • 4.7A – Supporting Standard
    • 4.7C – Supporting Standard

 

According to Research

In these years, students should accumulate more information about the physical environment, becoming familiar with the details of geological features...Students should also become adept at using magnifiers to inspect a variety of rocks and soils.

“By the end of 5th grade, students should know that:

  • Rock is composed of different combinations of minerals. Smaller rocks come from the breakage and weathering of bedrock and larger rocks. Soil is made partly from weathered rock, partly from plant remains—and also contains many living organisms. 4C/E2”

American Association for the Advancement of Science. (2009). Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy. Project 2061. Retrieved from  http://www.project2061.org/publications/bsl/online/index.php?chapter=4#bm_4BH8.


Scientists investigate the natural world in order to understand and explain its systems.

  • Why is it important to know and understand how the natural world works?
  • How are the properties of systems and their components (parts) organized?
  • How are the components (parts), processes, and patterns of systems connected?

 

Scientific investigation is an orderly process to ensure that scientific claims are trustworthy.

  • Why is it important to be able to trust scientists’ work?
  • How do scientists make and support their claims?
  • What processes help scientists investigate their claim?

 

Data is collected and organized in an orderly manner, and analyzed by observing patterns and relationships in order to develop reasonable explanations and make predictions.

  • What are some ways data can be organized?
  • How can data be used to make reasonable explanations?

 

Scientists analyze, assess, and review each other’s work using processes of scientific investigations, and build on one another’s ideas through new investigations.

  • How can we know what to believe about a scientific claim?
  • Why is it important to know and understand how things work and why things happen?
Unit Understandings
and Questions
Overarching Concepts
and Unit Concepts
Performance Assessment(s)

Soils have specific properties that give them the ability to support plant growth.

  • How do the properties of soil affect their ability to support plant growth?

Systems

  • Earth materials

 

Classifications

  • Soil

 

Properties

  • Color
  • Texture
  • Capacity to retain water
  • Ability to support growth
Assessment information provided within the TEKS Resource System are examples that may, or may not, be used by your child’s teacher. In accordance with section 26.006 (2) of the Texas Education Code, "A parent is entitled to review each test administered to the parent’s child after the test is administered." For more information regarding assessments administered to your child, please visit with your child’s teacher.

Natural resources are classified by their ability to be replaced.

  • What properties are used to identify and classify natural resources?

 

There is a limited amount of natural resources, and therefore, we should make informed choices in order to appropriately use and conserve them.

  • What are some ways we can conserve natural resources?

Systems

  • Natural resources

 

Classifications

  • Air
  • Water
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Coal
  • Oil
  • Natural gas

 

Properties

  • Renewable
  • Nonrenewable
Assessment information provided within the TEKS Resource System are examples that may, or may not, be used by your child’s teacher. In accordance with section 26.006 (2) of the Texas Education Code, "A parent is entitled to review each test administered to the parent’s child after the test is administered." For more information regarding assessments administered to your child, please visit with your child’s teacher.

MISCONCEPTIONS / UNDERDEVELOPED CONCEPTS

Misconceptions:

  • Students may think soil has always been in its present form, rather than it being the end result of a complex process.
  • Students may think nonrenewable resources will never be replaced, rather than nonrenewable resources taking many thousand or even millions of years to  
    form.
  • Students may think that the process of renewing resources is always a rapid one, rather than some process taking generations, and others regenerated at a rate at least equal to the speed at which humans use them.

Unit Vocabulary

Key Content Vocabulary:

  • Conservation – the protection, preservation, management, or restoration of natural resources
  • Conserve – to use wisely, without waste; protect from destruction
  • Fossil fuels – a fuel, such as coal, oil, or natural gas, formed in the geological past from the decayed remains of ancient organisms, such as plants and  
    animals
  • Nonrenewable resource – natural resources that are used up at a rate faster than they can be replaced
  • Recycle – to process materials, such as paper, plastic, aluminum, steel, and glass, so they can be used to make new items
  • Reduce – to use a smaller quantity
  • Renewable resource – natural resources that are constantly being recycled; an example of a renewable resource is water
  • Soil – a mixture of decaying organic material, weathered rock, water, mineral fragments, and air that takes thousands of years to develop

 

Related Vocabulary:

  • Air
  • Animals
  • Capacity
  • Clay
  • Coal
  • Color
  • Growth
  • Humus
  • Loam
  • Minerals
  • Natural gas
  • Nutrients
  • Organic materials
  • Particle
  • Petroleum (oil)
  • Plants
  • Retain
  • Sand
  • Sediment
  • Silt
  • Support
  • Texture
  • Topsoil
  • Water
Unit Assessment Items System Resources Other Resources

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State:

Texas Education Agency – Texas Safety Standards

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5483 (look under Documents)

 

Texas Gateway for Online Resources by TEA – Properties of Soil

https://www.texasgateway.org/resource/properties-soil

 

Texas Gateway for Online Resources by TEA – Interactive Science Glossary

https://www.texasgateway.org/resource/interactive-science-glossary

 

General:

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research ("UCAR") – The Scoop on Soils

https://www.globe.gov/web/elementary-globe/overview/soils/story-book


TEKS# SE# Unit Level Taught Directly TEKS Unit Level Specificity
 

Legend:

  • Knowledge and Skills Statements (TEKS) identified by TEA are in italicized, bolded, black text.
  • Student Expectations (TEKS) identified by TEA are in bolded, black text.
  • Student Expectations (TEKS) are labeled Supporting as identified by TEA of the assessed curriculum.
  • Student Expectations (TEKS) are labeled Process standards as identified by TEA of the assessed curriculum.
  • Portions of the Student Expectations (TEKS) that are not included in this unit but are taught in previous or future units are indicated by a strike-through.

Legend:

  • Supporting information / clarifications (specificity) written by TEKS Resource System are in blue text.
  • Unit-specific clarifications are in italicized, blue text.
  • Information from Texas Education Agency (TEA), Texas College and Career Readiness Standards (TxCCRS), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Project 2061 is labeled.
  • A Partial Specificity label indicates that a portion of the specificity not aligned to this unit has been removed.
4.1 Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations, following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices. The student is expected to:
4.1A Demonstrate safe practices and the use of safety equipment as described in Texas Education Agency-approved safety standards during classroom and outdoor investigations using safety equipment, including safety goggles or chemical splash goggles, as appropriate, and gloves, as appropriate.
Process Standard

Demonstrate

SAFE PRACTICES

Including, but not limited to:

  • Wearing safety goggles or chemical splash goggles, as appropriate
  • Wearing gloves
  • Washing hands
  • Using materials appropriately
  • Follow classroom and outdoor safety guidelines, as outlined in Texas Education Agency-approved safety standards
  • Use safety equipment appropriately

Note(s):

4.1B Make informed choices in the use and conservation of natural resources and reusing and recycling of materials such as paper, aluminum, glass, cans, and plastic.
Process Standard

Make

INFORMED CHOICES

Including, but not limited to:

  • In the use of natural resources
    • Fresh water
    • Air
    • Plants
    • Animals
    • Fossil fuels
    • Soil
  • In the conservation of natural resources
    • Fresh water
    • Air
    • Plants
    • Animals
    • Fossil fuels
    • Soil
  • In the reusing and recycling of materials
    • Paper
    • Aluminum
    • Glass
    • Cans
    • Plastic
4.2 Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student uses scientific practices during laboratory and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to:
4.2A Plan and implement descriptive investigations, including asking well defined questions, making inferences, and selecting and using appropriate equipment or technology to answer his/her questions.
Process Standard

Plan, Implement

INVESTIGATIONS

Including, but not limited to:

  • Descriptive investigations
  • Asking well defined questions
    • Focus for the investigation
  • Making inferences
    • Possible proficiencies may include:
      • Making claims
      • Providing evidence to support the claim
      • Using reasoning to explain the evidence
  • Selecting and using appropriate equipment or technology

Note(s):

  • TEA:
    • Descriptive investigations involve collecting qualitative and/or quantitative data to draw conclusions about a natural or man-made system (e.g., rock formation, animal behavior, cloud, bicycle, electrical circuit). A descriptive investigation includes a question, but no hypothesis. Observations are recorded, but no comparisons are made and no variables are manipulated. Descriptive investigations (Texas Education Agency. (2007-2011). Laboratory and Field Investigations –FAQ, August 2010. Retrieved from http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5483)
4.2B Collect and record data by observing and measuring, using the metric system, and using descriptive words and numerals such as labeled drawings, writing, and concept maps.
Process Standard

Collect, Record

DATA

Including, but not limited to:

  • Observing
  • Measuring (using the metric system)
  • Using descriptive words and numerals
    • Labeled drawings
    • Writing
    • Concept maps
4.2C

Construct simple tables, charts, bar graphs, and maps using tools and current technology to organize, examine, and evaluate data.


Process Standard

Construct

TABLES, CHARTS, BAR GRAPHS TO ORGANIZE, EXAMINE, AND EVALUATE DATA

Including, but not limited to:

  • Using tools and current technology
    • Computers
  • Simple tables
  • Charts
  • Bar graphs
4.2D Analyze data and interpret patterns to construct reasonable explanations from data that can be observed and measured.
Process Standard

Analyze

DATA

Including, but not limited to:

  • Student investigations
  • Teacher demonstrations
  • Visuals such as graphs, charts, tables, illustrations, etc.
    • Possible types of graphs for analysis include:
      • Bar graphs
      • Line graphs
      • Scatter plots
      • Circle graphs (without percentages)

Interpret

PATTERNS

Including, but not limited to:

  • Construct reasonable explanations from data that can be observed and measured
    • Possible examples may include:
      • Predictions based on data
      • Properties of soils (capacity to retain water, growth of plants)

Note(s):

  • STAAR:
    • Shadows and seasons are tested at Grade 5, but only explicitly taught at Grade 4.
    • Grade 5 students may be asked to make predictions based on either observable or inferred evidence of Grade 4 concepts, such as making predictions of shadow length from a graph or other visual (4.8C / 5.2D).
4.2E Perform repeated investigations to increase the reliability of results.
Process Standard

Perform

REPEATED INVESTIGATIONS

Including, but not limited to:

  • May increase the reliability (consistency) of results
  • Repeated trials within one investigation

Note(s):

  • Student group or individual investigations conducted within class may be used as repeated investigations for purposes of multiple trials.
4.2F Communicate valid oral and written results supported by data.
Process Standard

Communicate

VALID RESULTS SUPPORTED BY DATA

Including, but not limited to:

  • Methods of communication
    • Oral
    • Written
      • Possible examples may include:
        • Written narratives
        • Observational notebook entries
        • Reflective notebook entries
        • Creating charts, graphs, and tables
4.3 Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions. The student is expected to:
4.3A Analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing.
Process Standard

Analyze, Evaluate, Critique

SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATIONS

Including, but not limited to:

  • Evidence
  • Logical reasoning
  • Experimental and observational testing
4.3B

Represent the natural world using models such as the water cycle and stream tables and identify their limitations, including accuracy and size.


Process Standard

Represent

THE NATURAL WORLD

Including, but not limited to:

  • Model – a picture, idea, or object that represents an object, a system, or process and is used to help with understanding; models have advantages and limitations
  • Using models
  • Identifying limitations
    • Accuracy
    • Size 
4.3C Connect grade-level appropriate science concepts with the history of science, science careers, and contributions of scientists.
Process Standard

Connect

GRADE-LEVEL APPROPRIATE SCIENCE CONCEPTS

Including, but not limited to:

  • Connection with
    • History of science
    • Science careers
      • Possible examples may include:
        • George Washington Carver (botanist, inventor, soil scientist)
    • Contributions of scientists
4.4 Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student knows how to use a variety of tools, materials, equipment, and models to conduct science inquiry. The student is expected to:
4.4A

Collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including calculators, microscopes, cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, mirrors, spring scales, balances, graduated cylinders, beakers, hot plates, meter sticks, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices; and materials to support observation of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.


Process Standard

Collect, Record, Analyze

INFORMATION USING TOOLS

Including, but not limited to:

  • Use lab equipment appropriately
    • Cameras
    • Computers
    • Hand lenses
    • Graduated cylinders
    • Beakers
    • Notebooks

Note(s):

  • STAAR:
    • Students should be familiar with tools needed to investigate grade-level science content, including battery holders for creating circuits.
4.7 Earth and space. The students know that Earth consists of useful resources and its surface is constantly changing. The student is expected to:
4.7A Examine properties of soils, including color and texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the growth of plants.
Supporting Standard

Examine

PROPERTIES OF SOILS

Including, but not limited to:

  • Color
  • Soil particle sizes determine:
    • Soil type (e.g., sandy, silty, clay, loamy)
    • Texture (e.g., grainy, clay-like or sticky, smooth)
    • Capacity to retain water (e.g., high, medium, low)
  • Possible examples of soil particle size:
    • Sand (large particles)
    • Silt (small particles)
    • Clay (tiny particles)
  • Ability to support the growth of plants
    • Factors include:
      • Soil type and texture
      • Balance of air, rock particles, water, and humus
      • The ability of the soil to allow water to penetrate and filter down through the soil (infiltration and percolation)
    • Other factors that may affect the soil’s ability to support the growth of plants
      • Possible examples may include:
        • Soil salinity (salt)
        • Soil acidity
        • Soil saturation (too much water for plant growth)
        • Soil compaction (not enough air for plant growth)
        • Lack of humus (lack of nutrients)

Note(s):

  • STAAR:
    • This is the first time that students have been directly introduced to the properties of soil and the only time students will have experiences with the relationship of soil properties to support of plant growth.
    • It may be beneficial for students to have hands-on experiences with a variety of soils, such as clay, loam, sand, and silt, in order to feel the differences in texture between soils in both a wet and dry state.
4.7C Identify and classify Earth's renewable resources, including air, plants, water, and animals, and nonrenewable resources, including coal, oil, and natural gas, and the importance of conservation.
Supporting Standard

Identify, Classify

THE EARTH’S RESOURCES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSERVATION

Including, but not limited to:

  • Renewable resources – natural resources that are constantly being recycled
    • May be renewed in a relatively short amount of time. Note: Time will vary by the type of resource, such as over a season (crops), less than 100 years (trees), and ongoing (air, water)
      • Air (wind)
      • Plants
      • Water
      • Animals
  • Nonrenewable resources – natural resources that are used up at a rate faster than they can be replaced
    • May not be renewed in one’s lifetime
    • Limited
    • Examples of nonrenewable resources
      • Coal
      • Petroleum (oil)
      • Natural gas
  • Importance of conservation

Note(s):

  • Project 2061 Note: By the end of 5th grade, students should know that:
    • Air is a material that surrounds us and takes up space and whose movement we feel as wind. 4B/E4*
The English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), as required by 19 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 74, Subchapter A, §74.4, outline English language proficiency level descriptors and student expectations for English language learners (ELLs). School districts are required to implement ELPS as an integral part of each subject in the required curriculum.

School districts shall provide instruction in the knowledge and skills of the foundation and enrichment curriculum in a manner that is linguistically accommodated commensurate with the student’s levels of English language proficiency to ensure that the student learns the knowledge and skills in the required curriculum.


School districts shall provide content-based instruction including the cross-curricular second language acquisition essential knowledge and skills in subsection (c) of the ELPS in a manner that is linguistically accommodated to help the student acquire English language proficiency.

http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter074/ch074a.html#74.4 


Choose appropriate ELPS to support instruction.

ELPS# Subsection C: Cross-curricular second language acquisition essential knowledge and skills.
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ELPS.c.1 The ELL uses language learning strategies to develop an awareness of his or her own learning processes in all content areas. In order for the ELL to meet grade-level learning expectations across the foundation and enrichment curriculum, all instruction delivered in English must be linguistically accommodated (communicated, sequenced, and scaffolded) commensurate with the student's level of English language proficiency. The student is expected to:
ELPS.c.1A use prior knowledge and experiences to understand meanings in English
ELPS.c.1B monitor oral and written language production and employ self-corrective techniques or other resources
ELPS.c.1C use strategic learning techniques such as concept mapping, drawing, memorizing, comparing, contrasting, and reviewing to acquire basic and grade-level vocabulary
ELPS.c.1D speak using learning strategies such as requesting assistance, employing non-verbal cues, and using synonyms and circumlocution (conveying ideas by defining or describing when exact English words are not known)
ELPS.c.1E internalize new basic and academic language by using and reusing it in meaningful ways in speaking and writing activities that build concept and language attainment
ELPS.c.1F use accessible language and learn new and essential language in the process
ELPS.c.1G demonstrate an increasing ability to distinguish between formal and informal English and an increasing knowledge of when to use each one commensurate with grade-level learning expectations
ELPS.c.1H develop and expand repertoire of learning strategies such as reasoning inductively or deductively, looking for patterns in language, and analyzing sayings and expressions commensurate with grade-level learning expectations.
ELPS.c.2 The ELL listens to a variety of speakers including teachers, peers, and electronic media to gain an increasing level of comprehension of newly acquired language in all content areas. ELLs may be at the beginning, intermediate, advanced, or advanced high stage of English language acquisition in listening. In order for the ELL to meet grade-level learning expectations across the foundation and enrichment curriculum, all instruction delivered in English must be linguistically accommodated (communicated, sequenced, and scaffolded) commensurate with the student's level of English language proficiency. The student is expected to:
ELPS.c.2A distinguish sounds and intonation patterns of English with increasing ease
ELPS.c.2B recognize elements of the English sound system in newly acquired vocabulary such as long and short vowels, silent letters, and consonant clusters
ELPS.c.2C learn new language structures, expressions, and basic and academic vocabulary heard during classroom instruction and interactions
ELPS.c.2D monitor understanding of spoken language during classroom instruction and interactions and seek clarification as needed
ELPS.c.2E use visual, contextual, and linguistic support to enhance and confirm understanding of increasingly complex and elaborated spoken language
ELPS.c.2F listen to and derive meaning from a variety of media such as audio tape, video, DVD, and CD ROM to build and reinforce concept and language attainment
ELPS.c.2G understand the general meaning, main points, and important details of spoken language ranging from situations in which topics, language, and contexts are familiar to unfamiliar
ELPS.c.2H understand implicit ideas and information in increasingly complex spoken language commensurate with grade-level learning expectations
ELPS.c.2I demonstrate listening comprehension of increasingly complex spoken English by following directions, retelling or summarizing spoken messages, responding to questions and requests, collaborating with peers, and taking notes commensurate with content and grade-level needs.
ELPS.c.3 The ELL speaks in a variety of modes for a variety of purposes with an awareness of different language registers (formal/informal) using vocabulary with increasing fluency and accuracy in language arts and all content areas. ELLs may be at the beginning, intermediate, advanced, or advanced high stage of English language acquisition in speaking. In order for the ELL to meet grade-level learning expectations across the foundation and enrichment curriculum, all instruction delivered in English must be linguistically accommodated (communicated, sequenced, and scaffolded) commensurate with the student's level of English language proficiency. The student is expected to:
ELPS.c.3A practice producing sounds of newly acquired vocabulary such as long and short vowels, silent letters, and consonant clusters to pronounce English words in a manner that is increasingly comprehensible
ELPS.c.3B expand and internalize initial English vocabulary by learning and using high-frequency English words necessary for identifying and describing people, places, and objects, by retelling simple stories and basic information represented or supported by pictures, and by learning and using routine language needed for classroom communication
ELPS.c.3C speak using a variety of grammatical structures, sentence lengths, sentence types, and connecting words with increasing accuracy and ease as more English is acquired
ELPS.c.3D speak using grade-level content area vocabulary in context to internalize new English words and build academic language proficiency
ELPS.c.3E share information in cooperative learning interactions
ELPS.c.3F ask and give information ranging from using a very limited bank of high-frequency, high-need, concrete vocabulary, including key words and expressions needed for basic communication in academic and social contexts, to using abstract and content-based vocabulary during extended speaking assignments
ELPS.c.3G express opinions, ideas, and feelings ranging from communicating single words and short phrases to participating in extended discussions on a variety of social and grade-appropriate academic topics
ELPS.c.3H narrate, describe, and explain with increasing specificity and detail as more English is acquired
ELPS.c.3I adapt spoken language appropriately for formal and informal purposes
ELPS.c.3J respond orally to information presented in a wide variety of print, electronic, audio, and visual media to build and reinforce concept and language attainment.
ELPS.c.4 The ELL reads a variety of texts for a variety of purposes with an increasing level of comprehension in all content areas. ELLs may be at the beginning, intermediate, advanced, or advanced high stage of English language acquisition in reading. In order for the ELL to meet grade-level learning expectations across the foundation and enrichment curriculum, all instruction delivered in English must be linguistically accommodated (communicated, sequenced, and scaffolded) commensurate with the student's level of English language proficiency. For Kindergarten and Grade 1, certain of these student expectations apply to text read aloud for students not yet at the stage of decoding written text. The student is expected to:
ELPS.c.4A learn relationships between sounds and letters of the English language and decode (sound out) words using a combination of skills such as recognizing sound-letter relationships and identifying cognates, affixes, roots, and base words
ELPS.c.4B recognize directionality of English reading such as left to right and top to bottom
ELPS.c.4C develop basic sight vocabulary, derive meaning of environmental print, and comprehend English vocabulary and language structures used routinely in written classroom materials
ELPS.c.4D use prereading supports such as graphic organizers, illustrations, and pretaught topic-related vocabulary and other prereading activities to enhance comprehension of written text
ELPS.c.4E read linguistically accommodated content area material with a decreasing need for linguistic accommodations as more English is learned
ELPS.c.4F use visual and contextual support and support from peers and teachers to read grade-appropriate content area text, enhance and confirm understanding, and develop vocabulary, grasp of language structures, and background knowledge needed to comprehend increasingly challenging language
ELPS.c.4G demonstrate comprehension of increasingly complex English by participating in shared reading, retelling or summarizing material, responding to questions, and taking notes commensurate with content area and grade level needs
ELPS.c.4H read silently with increasing ease and comprehension for longer periods
ELPS.c.4I demonstrate English comprehension and expand reading skills by employing basic reading skills such as demonstrating understanding of supporting ideas and details in text and graphic sources, summarizing text, and distinguishing main ideas from details commensurate with content area needs
ELPS.c.4J demonstrate English comprehension and expand reading skills by employing inferential skills such as predicting, making connections between ideas, drawing inferences and conclusions from text and graphic sources, and finding supporting text evidence commensurate with content area needs
ELPS.c.4K demonstrate English comprehension and expand reading skills by employing analytical skills such as evaluating written information and performing critical analyses commensurate with content area and grade-level needs.
ELPS.c.5 The ELL writes in a variety of forms with increasing accuracy to effectively address a specific purpose and audience in all content areas. ELLs may be at the beginning, intermediate, advanced, or advanced high stage of English language acquisition in writing. In order for the ELL to meet grade-level learning expectations across foundation and enrichment curriculum, all instruction delivered in English must be linguistically accommodated (communicated, sequenced, and scaffolded) commensurate with the student's level of English language proficiency. For Kindergarten and Grade 1, certain of these student expectations do not apply until the student has reached the stage of generating original written text using a standard writing system. The student is expected to:
ELPS.c.5A learn relationships between sounds and letters of the English language to represent sounds when writing in English
ELPS.c.5B write using newly acquired basic vocabulary and content-based grade-level vocabulary
ELPS.c.5C spell familiar English words with increasing accuracy, and employ English spelling patterns and rules with increasing accuracy as more English is acquired
ELPS.c.5D edit writing for standard grammar and usage, including subject-verb agreement, pronoun agreement, and appropriate verb tenses commensurate with grade-level expectations as more English is acquired
ELPS.c.5E employ increasingly complex grammatical structures in content area writing commensurate with grade-level expectations, such as:
ELPS.c.5F write using a variety of grade-appropriate sentence lengths, patterns, and connecting words to combine phrases, clauses, and sentences in increasingly accurate ways as more English is acquired
ELPS.c.5G narrate, describe, and explain with increasing specificity and detail to fulfill content area writing needs as more English is acquired.
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