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Examine the written similarities in the words used to describe the water cycle. The focus is on suffixes and prefixes as a way to gain understanding of the new vocabulary terms. Some of the words included are evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, accumulation, and condensation.
Students discover dialects and write a fable, modeling Mark Twain's "Jim Baker's Blue-Jay Yarn." In this interdisciplinary unit on birds, students discuss dialect and personification used in the tale. Students write a fable, using dialect and personification. This lesson has an accompanying math and science component.
Fourth graders exercise and improve their elaboration skills by engaging in this creative writing activity. They practice their narrative writing abilities and use higher-order thinking skills by creating a representation of an imaginary animal that could live on the Coastal Plain.