Fourth Grade

4th Grade

Locate the task cards for 4th grade by category.

Under each category is a link to the task card and its description of the activity. Cards may be in multiple categories to assist you in locating an activity to use with your students. 

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Math

These task cards focus on math activities. 



Classroom Bank Account
This is a virtual online bank for your classroom.  The teacher creates and manages a savings account for the students.  Each student can actually log in to their account and make withdrawals or deposits.  



Classroom Economy
Classroom Economy is a program that teachers can use for free to teach students financial responsibility. This is a classroom economic system where students “rent” their desks, learn the value of earning a paycheck, budget their spending, save money, spend money, make deposits, withdrawals, etc.  



Turtle Diary - Equivalent Fractions
Turtle Diary is a free online website for teachers to use. There are fun and interactive games and videos to use with the students. This program can be used with grades 1-4.



Visnos Virtual Math Manipulatives
Visnos is an interactive math website that provides many different math tools to allow teachers to show math visually and allow students to explore with the tools.



Would You Rather Math
Would You Rather Math is a website that contains fun math challenges that students can solve. A picture is presented with a math task and a question that begins with, Would you rather?”. 



Girl in front of ComputerZearning With Math
Zearn is a math website that is directly connected to the Common Core Standards.
 

Reading, Writing & Research

These task cards focus on letter and word recognition, reading activities and writing improvement and research projects. 



AR Flashcards Lincoln
In fourth grade, students learn how to be better researchers and using AR Flashcards, they are taken to a new level with the interactivity of augmented reality. AR Flashcards Lincoln is an iOS app where students can see a full-size Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg address, place magical doorways on the ground and walk through them using their device to visit places Lincoln lived. 



Are You For Real?
Students will become critical consumers of web resources. They will consider what elements to evaluate when using websites for research. Students learn strategies to determine the credibility of web resources. 



Book Creator Global Collaborator
Book Creator is a simple and free online app that even very young students may use to make interactive multimedia-rich eBooks. Students access the site via a code provided by the teacher and the publication is limited to only those that the teacher chooses to share the book with. Alternatively, it may be downloaded as a PDF. 



Classroom Screen
Students will create a graphic organizer using classroomscreen.com.
 



Code the Town
Students will research a local place or landmark, create a digital presentation or picture to teach about the place or landmark, and embed a link into a QR code that will be displayed near the community location.



Flippity Flashcard
Students create a set of online flashcards from a Google spreadsheet. Flashcards are a great way for students to practice vocabulary, memorize the U.S. capitals, and much more on their own or with others. 



Fourth Grade Reading Fluency and SeeSaw
In this activity, students will read a piece that is uploaded to SeeSaw by the teacher. The teacher may want to have students use the piece again in the year to measure growth.



Just the Facts
It is important that students learn how to search safely online. Students will get an introduction to safe search engines, including Michigan e-Library (mel.org), to find ways to search safely for information. Students will also review how using key effective keywords will give them better results. 



Newsela
Newsela is a database of current event stories organized by theme. Stories can be assigned to students according to their reading Lexile level. They are assessed with a short comprehension quiz and a writing prompt. 



Note-Taking Fun
Note-taking is an essential skill that should begin in the elementary. Students should be taking notes as they do research, watch videos and listen to lectures. Research shows that when students listen to a lecture that if they take notes they will better retain the information. 



Persuasive Writing: Will You Take Me Home?
Students will visit the Humane Society’s Adoptable Animals page to pick an animal they’d like to see get a forever home. Students will use ChatterPix an iOS app and the power of persuasion to animate a photograph of an animal in need of adoption. 



Publish a Partner Story With Google Slides
Students will use Google Slides to publish a writing piece with a partner by collaboratively typing their story, adding images to their slides, and creating links for readers to navigate their published book. 



Read Theory
Read Theory is an online tool that offers reading activities for all levels. It will adapt to the student’s individual Lexile level. It provides a plethora of articles with skill-building exercises. It provides data on each student.



Rewordify - Converting Difficult Text
Rewordify.com simplifies difficult English. You can enter difficult text into the yellow box at the top of the page. (You can also enter a web site URL.) You'll instantly see an easier version, for fast understanding. 



Retelling a Story
Using Google Maps saved Favorites, students will teach or retell the story by identifying where things took place in the story.

 



Search Strategies - Key Words
Students will understand how to safely search for information and how to narrow a search to get more specific information.  



Smash Boom Best Debating
Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids.  Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best. Debaters use facts and passion to make their case... teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way.



Spectacular Spellers
VocabularySpellingCity is a spelling and vocabulary website and app that allows the teacher to input spelling lists for students to practice.  The site also has premade lists.



Story Thinker
Students will use the free site, INTO THE BOOK, to learn and practice strategies that will allow them to dig deeper into various reading concepts to gain a stronger understanding of text.



Summarize With SMMRY
SMMRY is a website to aid in providing an efficient manner of understanding text, by reducing the text to only the most important sentences. Students just have to paste text into a box on the website and it will summarize it for them. 



Trading Card Maker
The Trading Card tool gives students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular culture texts or real-world examples. 



Writing Narratives For An Audience
In this activity, students write an informational piece of writing and read it to their audience on SeeSaw.

Science

These task cards focus on science topics in the classroom.



Animal Adaptation
Using the Build Your Wild Self website, students will demonstrate their knowledge about animal adaptation. Students will create a self-portrait avatar and mix in animal body parts that are adaptable to the environment that they have been assigned to. 

Social Studies

These task cards focus on social science topics, geography, mapping and historical events.



Flippity Flashcard
Students create a set of online flashcards from a Google spreadsheet. Flashcards are a great way for students to practice vocabulary, memorize the U.S. capitals, and much more on their own or with others. 



Interactive Geography
Sheppard Software has interactive, fun geography games. There are eight different levels of difficulty to choose from based on skill level. You can focus on the US and their capitals or learn more about the geographic regions of the US by clicking on them.



Map Games With Seterra
Seterra is an online ultimate map quiz game that allows students to practice their map skills. It can also be used as a map quiz to give students a score. There are many options that students can choose to create an environment where map skills are fun!

 

Basics

These task cards cover the basic skills a fourth grader should know from mousing to keyboarding to learning how to treat technology devices. 



Shortcuts
Students enjoy being proficient in using technology shortcuts and teaching the skill to others. Some shortcuts are fairly common across all devices and applications and others are specific to a device. Being familiar with shortcuts helps students transfer the skill to other applications and devices.



Text to Speech
There are FREE amazing tools that will read text to you. These tools help students to listen to what they have written, listen to another person's work, and some will even allow you to transfer the audio to an mp3 player.

 

Classroom Tools

These task cards cover apps and programs that can be used across multiple age levels and curriculums. They are primarily how-to task cards on how to use the application in the classroom. 



Backchannel Chat
Backchannel Chat is a safe chatting platform for classroom teachers and students. Students can immediately start powerful conversations after the teacher has created the room and given them the code. Participants can learn from each other and share their insights, improving participation and deepening learning. 



Can your Hear Me Now - Introduction to SeeSaw
Students will use Seesaw's built-in audio recording, drawing and caption tools to reflect on what they've learned or explained how they got their answer.



Chromebook Superpowers
Using a simple KWL chart on a Google Doc, students can collaborate and acquire shortcuts for using a Chromebook (or just the Chrome browser) more efficiently.



        Classroom Screen Tools
        ClassroomScreen is a free digital tool that displays a variety of     
        widgets to help students focus. 
 



Connect With Padlet
Padlet is an online post-it-like board that you can use as an easy collaboration platform for students. Padlets can be created by you or students. Once created, a student can share ideas and comment on other students as well. Note: Padlet is no longer free. Please check the pricing structure. 



Easy Video - Don't Flip Out
Need your students to have a voice? Let them record their authentic learning digitally and share with others. Social interactions and learning are amplified when using Flipgrid. 



Flipgrid
Flipgrid is a web-based video discussion platform that allows students to create short videos for a variety of educational purposes. These videos are stored within the teacher account and the teacher controls the security settings.  



Freckle
Freckle is a FREE website that provides online learning in math, science, social studies and english language arts. Students take a pretest and then their individualized learning plan begins.



Gimkit
Gimkit is an easy to set up group quiz based assessment tool which is fast-paced. Teachers do not need to prompt questions. Gimkit also has a monetization component where students build up in-game cash that can then be used to purchase in-game upgrades. You can also paste any Quizlet into Gimkit.



Hooray! Go Formative!
Go Formative! is a web-based tool that allows teachers to formatively assess students on the fly, or at the beginning and end of a lesson. Teachers create the assessment, and students complete the assessment online. 



I Flip for Flipgrid
Flipgrid is a fantastic FREE tool where students can create a video presence to support collaboration and their learning.
 



Kahoot
Kahoot! is a free tool for using technology to administer quizzes, discussions or surveys. It is a game-based classroom response system played by the whole class in real-time. Multiple-choice questions are projected on the screen. Students answer the questions with their smartphone, tablet or computer. 



Learning With Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts is a communication platform which includes instant messaging, video chat, SMS and VOIP features. With Google Hangouts, classrooms can connect with each other and collaborate on various topics.



Lino Narrative Task
Lino offers the capacity to post sticky notes on a canvas using a web browser. The teacher may create a canvas and share the link with the class. The students do not have to log in to collaborate. Students may collaboratively post color-coded sticky notes, share images, links, etc. to the canvas.



Loom Video Recording
Loom is a free extension to make recordings of Chromebook screen, a combination of a person and the screen, or just a person to create a video with sharing capabilities. Students are able to create recordings to teach others about a subject, an application or website they are using. 



Make Your Ideas Pop!
Popplet is a web-based and app-based tool that allows students to mind map their ideas with user-friendly functions. Students can create brainstorming webs easily and collaboratively. Students learn about United States symbols. 



Mystery Doug
Mystery Doug is a FREE weekly video series where students ask questions. The videos are short, approximately five minutes long. 
 



QR Code Your Learning
QR codes are everywhere! So what are they all about? Students will be able to create a QR code to share a digital artifact with parents, students and teachers.



Socrative Exit Tickets
Socrative, an online student response system, quickly assesses students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. The teacher can use the auto-populated results to determine the best instructional approach to most effectively drive learning. 



Storybots
StoryBots Classroom is a resource for educators that includes unlimited access to hundreds of videos, books, games and activities for use on interactive whiteboards, tablets and laptops in the classroom.



Sumo Paint
Sumo Paint is a free online paint program and image editor similar to Photoshop. Flash is required for this site and ads are present.



Text to Speech
There are FREE amazing tools that will read the text to you. These tools help students to listen to what they have written, listen to another person's work, and some will even allow you to transfer the audio to an mp3 player. 

Coding and Computational Skills

Students will learn more about coding and maker resources. There are activities to better understand computational thinking and how it can be applied when working on projects. 



Bitsbox
Bitsbox is a learning system that teaches real coding. No coding experience necessary!! This highly engaging site may be used to quickly teach students how to create an app using a modified Javascript computer language in an Hour of Code style format.



Bloxels
Bloxels is an innovative video game development platform that allows you to create your own video games. It’s a free app that helps you and your students create games. It’s also a plastic board that fits a collection of plastic pegs of multiple colors. 



Coding Robotic Pathways With Dash
Dash and Dot are robots that can sense, act and think! Coding with robots is great fun!! Students use block coding iPad apps to control their robots.  Students will have a ball designing, testing theories and refining their code to create paths for the robots to follow.  



Dash Dance Party
Coding with Dash is so much fun! Using the Blockly app, students will be able to utilize block coding to plan, create, and execute a dance for Dash. This task card can be used with grades 3-5. This task card will take two-three class periods.



Understanding Algorithms
Students will learn about algorithms and how to create and follow step-by-step instructions when going through the code.org lessons. 

Collaboration and Communication

These task cards are activities to assist the student to creatively communicate and present in different ways.



Book Creator Global Collaborator
Book Creator is a simple and free online app that even very young students may use to make interactive multimedia-rich eBooks. Students access the site via a code provided by the teacher and the publication is limited to only those that the teacher chooses to share the book with. Alternatively, it may be downloaded as a PDF. 



Building Blendspaces
Building a blendspace is a great way for students to demonstrate their understanding of learned concepts in any content area. Blendspaces are creative, personalized learning experiences for each student. 



Connect With Padlet
Padlet is an online post-it-like board that you can use as an easy collaboration platform for students. Padlets can be created by you or students. Once created, a student can share ideas and comment on other students as well. Note: Padlet is no longer free. Please check the pricing structure. 



Connect With Stoodle
CK12 has created a FREE product called Stoodle where users can join an online classroom by simply sharing an URL. It offers real-time collaboration and communication, multiple users can work on the same virtual whiteboard at the same time through text chat and voice conferencing using their computer’s microphone. 



Creating a Digital Slideshow
Using Photopeach, students will create a digital slideshow that showcases their learning. Photopeach is an application where in just minutes the students can create a rich slideshow. Photopeach supports background music, captions, and comments so students can elaborate on their story further.



EASEL.LY Done!
Easel.ly is a free online tool that allows students to turn any visual information into an infographic with simple drag and drop.



ePals Collaborating Together
The ePals Global Community site is a safe place for teachers and students to work on projects together with groups around the world. A division of Cricket Media, ePals safely connects millions of students and teachers across 200 countries to reinforce culture, language, and subject-based learning.



Lights, Camera, Communicate
During the Global Read Aloud (GRA), students will write scripts, and use the online video platform Flipgrid to communicate with children outside of their classroom, about what they are reading. 



PenPal Schools Project
PenPal Schools connects students from 144 countries to learn together through collaborative online projects. Once you log in and select a topic and grade level, PenPal Schools connects each student with a group of PenPals from multiple classrooms around the world, so that students can collaborate with newfound international friends.



Powtoon
Powtoon is a free app that quickly and easily creates animated videos and presentations. The free version allows students to create accounts and provides access to a host of options to customize any project in a highly engaging fashion.



Publish a Partner Story With Google Slides
Students will use Google Slides to publish a writing piece with a partner by collaboratively typing their story, adding images to their slides, and creating links for readers to navigate their published book. 



Retelling a Story
Using Google Maps saved Favorites, students will teach or retell the story by identifying where things took place in the story.

 



Stop Motion Animation
In this activity, students will learn the basics of stop motion animation so they can use this technique to display their learning in a variety of subject areas.

Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a process that teachers use to take a structured approach to generate and develop ideas. The task cards in this area help teach the design process. 



Portfolio Power
Teachers can use http://seesaw.me to guide students to create their portfolios for goal-setting and sharing their progress and growth towards their goals.



Tinkercad
Tinkercad is a free online application that quickly allows students to virtually design three-dimensional objects and create files for 3D printing. A 3D printer is not required, although without printing projects will remain in the virtual realm. 

Digital Arts

These task cards teach students about art, photography, videography, music, etc. 



Frayer Model Google Draw
The Frayer Model is an instructional strategy that helps students learn new concepts by using examples and non-examples. By combining this instructional strategy with Google Draw, teachers may quickly customize and disburse organizers for classroom use and also improve student engagement.



Sumo Paint
Sumo Paint is a free online paint program and image editor similar to Photoshop. Flash is required for this site and ads are present.

Digital Citizen and Internet Safety

These task cards have activities to teach students about how to be a good citizen, stay safe on the Internet and prevent bullying. 



Be True To Your Selfie
Selfies are everywhere and kids love to take them. But when is it ok to post or text them? What kinds of comments are appropriate? Students will become aware of the issues of privacy for themselves and others when posting photos and comments online.



Citing in a Zip
Zoterobib also known as Zbib is a free online tool that helps you cite anything from any device. Students are able to copy and paste a title or a book, website, photo, etc and Zbib will easily cite the source. 



Credit Check
Students will be directed to an informational article and/or video on different content areas & will be asked to use a note-taking chart to give credit for the author’s work & to restate in their own words. 

 



Digital Footprint and Copyright
Students will design an avatar for use online while learning about the importance of managing digital identities, online safety, and fair use of images.
 



Don't Bully Me
Bullying is a hot topic in schools today. Helping students understand bullying and how to react to bullying situations is difficult. Using the website Students Against Bullying students will explore the topic of bullying.



Just the Facts
It is important that students learn how to search safely online. Students will get an introduction to safe search engines, including Michigan e-Library (mel.org), to find ways to search safely for information. Students will also review how using key effective keywords will give them better results. 



We Are Digital Citizens
Students will be learning what a digital citizen is and means in their setting and taking a more active role as digital citizens. Students will learn about the school's Acceptable Use Policy and work together to create a classroom contract on agreed-upon acceptable behaviors.

MITECS Competencies & ISTE Standards

MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students): Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

 

MITECS

To learn more about MITECS, visit the State of Michigan's TechPlan website for definitions and support documents to assist you in the classroom. 

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