Unit 6, Week 4
4th Grade
applauded- showed approval; clapped
headlines: lines printed at the top of newspaper or
magazine article
unstable- easily moved; not firmly fixed
glider: an aircraft that flies without a motor
wingspan- the distance between one wing tip and the other
on an airplane or bird
assured- made certain
hoisting- lifting or pulling up
Games: Matching
Vocabulary: Words in Context
The force of the wind could easily make early planes
Orville and Wilbur felt ________ of their success.
They built a successful _______ before they learned to
build a plane.
The brothers found a way of ____ the glider into the air.
The crowd ______ when they saw the plane fly.
The _______ in newspapers around the world told of
the Wrights’ adventures.
The _________ of planes today is longer than the entire
first flight!
Vocabulary/Word Work:
Inflected Endings
Inflections are endings that are added to a
word that help readers identify the word’s
purpose in a sentence.
The ed ending is one of the most common
Inflections can be added to different types of
base words, including nouns, verbs, adjectives,
and adverbs. These endings can change the
tense of a word, as well as its number or part
of speech.
Vocabulary/Word Work:
Inflected Endings
Identify the words with inflected endings.
 Tell what part of speech the word plays.
Example: My little sister barged in on our party.
(past-tense verb)
2. Pedro crammed the flyers into his backpack.
3. The sultan’s coat was made with very
expensive and rare material.
4. My new coach is stricter than Mr. Arnold was.
5. Both ushers marched down the aisle together.
6. Of all the tomatoes, these are the hardiest.
Vocabulary: Story Words
author’s perspective- the author’s point of view or their
position regarding an idea, subject, concept, or object
sultan- a ruler of some Muslim countries
clogs- the teeth on the wheels that turn machinery
baby buggy- a four-wheeled baby carriage that is pushed
calculations- answers or predictions figured out
aphorisms- a short and clever saying that expresses
something generally accepted as true
repetition- the repeated use of a word or phrase at different
points throughout the poem
personification- literary device in which animals or objects are
given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
narrative poem- tells a story, some have rhyming words and
some don’t
Fluency: Tempo
Good readers practice reading by working to
increase their tempo.
Choral Read......(3 times...notice the change in
After that, Will built sturdy kites, which he sold to his
pals in school. Orv made a printing press, with an old
tombstone for a press bed, wheels and cogs from a
junkyard, and the folding top of my old baby buggy
that he had found in the barn. My, it made me smile to
see it.
Fluency: Tempo
Papa and Mama applauded their efforts. Orv’s press
could print a thousand pages an hour. A printer from
the great city of Denver came to visit and climbed
under and over Orv’s baby-buggy press. At last he
laughed, amazed. “Well it works,” he said, “but I
certainly don’t see how.”
In 1903 Wilbur and Orville Wright built an airplane with
an engine. They became the first people to fly a
power-driven aircraft safely. Flight became safer and
more popular in decades after the Wright Brothers’
first flight. Many people dreamed of becoming pilots.
Phonics: Suffixes
A suffix is a group of letters added to the end of
a word to make a new word. Recognizing
common suffixes can help good readers
decode words and understand their meanings.
Some common suffixes are ly, which makes
words into adverbs; y, ful, and less, which
make words into adjectives; and ness, which
makes words into nouns.
Adding a suffix can sometimes change the
spelling of a word.
Phonics: Suffixes
Phonics: Suffixes
Practice Sites
Quia 1
Skillwise Suffixes
Suffixes Say Plenty
Suffixes: Rags to Riches
Suffix Matching Game
Suffix Game
Comprehension: Fact and
A fact is something that can be proven true.
An opinion is a thought or feeling about
Good readers check the accuracy of an
author’s facts by using the text and other
Good readers learn to look for the author’s
opinions to help them evaluate the accuracy of
what they are reading.
Fact and Opinion
Practice Sites:
Fact and Opinion Game
Fact and Opinion Game 2
Fact and Opinion Quiz
Fact and Opinion Quiz 2
Fact and Opinion Quiz 3
Binky’s Fact and Opinion Game
Comprehension: Summarize
A summary is a short retelling of what you’ve read.
When you summarize, include only the most important
ideas, and be sure to use your own words.
Many libraries have computers. You can use these
computers to find the books you need. Some library
computers can go online. These computers can help
you find information you need to do your homework.
Many people want to use the computers, so there is
usually a time limit on how long you can use them. You
need to take turns and be fair.
Give a short summary of the passage above.
Author’s Perspective
Good readers try to determine the author’s perspective,
or point of view to get a clearer understanding of what is
being read.
Readers should try to determine the author’s position
regarding a particular idea, subject, concept, or object.
Look for words that express opinions, such as best,
worst, should, must, and ought to.
To verify an author’s statements, readers can refer to
other resources.
Readers must decide whether the author has persuaded
them to agree with his or her point of vies.
Comprehension: Figurative
metaphor- compares two different objects or ideas and
states that one is the other: Example: A hawk is a
feather airplane circling the desert.
simile- compares two different things using like or as.
Example: I can run as fast as the wind.
aphorisms- a short and clever saying that expresses
something generally accepted as true. Authors
sometimes use aphorisms to tell what a character is
feeling about life or to summarize the meaning of a series
of events. Example: “A stumble may prevent a fall.”
Comprehension: Literary
Elements: Figurative Language
Practice Sites
Quia: Similes and Metaphors
Do you know your metaphors?
Do you know your similes?
Metaphors Battleship
Similes Lesson and Quiz
Reflection: Day 1
What are some facts about Wilbur and
Orville Wright?
What is the sister’s opinion about her
brothers’ bicycle shop?
Are the author’s opinion the same as the
Reflection: Day 2
What clue to the author’s perspective on
Will and Orv can you find on page 740?
Support your answer with examples from
the text.
Reflection: Day 3
According to the poem on page 754,
what kind of person was Amelia Earhart?
Give details to support your answer.
Reflection: Day 4
Reread the list of items that Orv used to
build the printing press on page 738.
What does it tell you about the kind of
person he was?
Reflection: Day 5
Using the information in the last
paragraph on page 744, what
conclusions can you draw about the
landscape and weather patterns near
Dayton, Ohio?

Unit 6, Week 4