Fourth Grade Author’s Purpose Board






Students are finishing up their first unit about  “Becoming Researchers”

Anchor Text  Tarantula Scientist, Sam Marshall, by Sy Montgomery.

Students have learned about how to observe the world around them as researchers by identifying and discussing the text. Students have learned about the Author’s Purpose and organizing key ideas and details from the text.


We will be moving on to our next Unit, students will still be researchers and will be able to compare and gather ideas from multiple sources in informational texts.

The  Anchor Text is Skeletons Inside and Out by Claire Daniel

Students will be able to read information presented in different ways and from different sources to demonstrate an understanding of the the topic. When they are reading they will work on summarizing ideas from the text and from the supporting visuals to understand the text.


framework– a skeletal structure designed to support or enclose something.

hinge- a natural anatomical joint at which motion occurs around a transverse axis, as that of the knee or a bivalve shell.

fossils- any remains, impression, or trace of a living thing of a former geologic age, as a skeleton, footprint

detach- to unfasten and separate; disengage; disunite.

tissue- Biology. an aggregate of similar cells and cell products forming a definite kind of structural material with a specific function, in a multi-cellular organism.

Common Core English Language Arts Learning Standards:

R.I.4.4 Determine the meaning of and use academic and domain-specific words in a text
R.I.4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details in the text.