Here are the skills and metacognitive strategies we will work on in 4th grade:

    4.3 The student will read fiction and nonfiction with fluency and accuracy.

    1. Use context to clarify meanings of unfamiliar words.
    2. Explain words with multiple meanings.
    3. Use knowledge of word origins; synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms; and multiple meanings of words
    4. Use word-reference matierals, including the glossary, dictionary, and thesaurus

    4.4 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of fiction.

    1. Explain the author's purpose.
    2. Describe how the choice of language, setting, and information contributes to the author's purpose.
    3. Compare the use of fact and fantasy in historical fiction with other forms of literature.
    4. Identify major events and supporting details.
    5. Describe the relationship between text and previously read materials.
    6. Identify sensory words.

    4.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of nonfiction.

    1. Use text organizers, such as type, headings, and graphics, to predict and categorize information.
    2. Formulate questions that might be answered in the selection.
    3. Explain the author's purpose.
    4. Make simple inferences, using information from texts.
    5. Draw conclusions, using information from texts.
    6. Summarize content of selection, identifying important ideas and providing details for each important idea.
    7. Describe relationship between content and previously learned concepts or skills.
    8. Distinguish between cause and effect and between fact and opinion.
    9. Identify new information gained from reading. 

    4.6 The student will demonstrate comprehension of information resources to research a topic.

    1. Construct questions about a topic.
    2. Collect information, using the resources of the media center, including online, print, and media resources.
    3. Evaluate and synthesize information.