CCSS ELA Standard: 4.SL.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

What’s In My Brain: Spain vs Germany

What’s In My Brain: Spain vs Germany

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of Spain vs Germany.

Tournament of Mythological Creatures

Tournament of Mythological Creatures

Who will win the tournament of mythological creatures!?

Tournament of Not-So-Famous Inventors

Tournament of Not-So-Famous Inventors

Which inventor and invention will win the tournament?

Not Like The Others: Rivers

Not Like The Others: Rivers

Students will determine which river is not like the others.

Not Like The Others: Cephalopods

Not Like The Others: Cephalopods

Students will determine which cephalopod is not like the others.

Not Like The Others: Flowers

Not Like The Others: Flowers

Students will determine which flower is not like the others.

Not Like The Others: 19th Century Presidents

Not Like The Others: 19th Century Presidents

Students will determine which US President from the 19th century is not like the others.

Not Like The Others: 20th Century Presidents – Group B

Not Like The Others: 20th Century Presidents – Group B

Students will determine which of these US Presidents is not like the others.

Not Like The Others: 20th Century Presidents – Group A

Not Like The Others: 20th Century Presidents – Group A

Students will determine which of these US Presidents is not like the others.

What’s In My Brain: Pentagon vs Pentagon

What’s In My Brain: Pentagon vs Pentagon

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of regular polygons.

What’s In My Brain: Austin vs Los Angeles

What’s In My Brain: Austin vs Los Angeles

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of capital cities.

What’s In My Brain: Italy vs Normandy

What’s In My Brain: Italy vs Normandy

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of Countries vs Smaller Regions.

What’s In My Brain: Coral vs Water Lilies

What’s In My Brain: Coral vs Water Lilies

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of Saltwater vs Freshwater Organisms.

What’s In My Brain: Tree vs Tree

What’s In My Brain: Tree vs Tree

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of Deciduous vs Coniferous.

What’s In My Brain: Ball vs Book

What’s In My Brain: Ball vs Book

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of Kinetic vs Potential Energy.

What’s In My Brain: Crocodile vs Tree Frog

What’s In My Brain: Crocodile vs Tree Frog

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of Reptiles vs Amphibians.

What’s In My Brain: Narwhal vs Penguin

What’s In My Brain: Narwhal vs Penguin

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of Arctic vs Antarctic.

Domesticated Animals Tournament

Domesticated Animals Tournament

Which domesticated animal will win the tournament?

Types of Energy Tournament

Types of Energy Tournament

Which type of energy will win the tournament!?

Countries in Oceania Tournament

Countries in Oceania Tournament

Who will win the tournament of Countries in Oceania!?

Natural Disasters Tournament

Natural Disasters Tournament

Who will win the tournament of Natural Disasters!?

Notice, Wonder: Sombrero

Notice, Wonder: Sombrero

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: Silver Torch

Notice, Wonder: Silver Torch

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: Barringer

Notice, Wonder: Barringer

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder – Rosetta

Notice, Wonder – Rosetta

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Not Like The Others: African Nations

Not Like The Others: African Nations

Students will determine which country in Africa is not like the others.

Concept Attainment: Japan vs Jamaica

Concept Attainment: Japan vs Jamaica

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of archipelagos.

Not Like The Others: US National Parks

Not Like The Others: US National Parks

Students will determine which US National Park is not like the others.

Concept Attainment: Conductors

Concept Attainment: Conductors

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of electrical conductors!

Concept Attainment: Walnut vs Clouds

Concept Attainment: Walnut vs Clouds

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to arrive at the topic of living vs non-living things.

Notice, Wonder – Critter

Notice, Wonder – Critter

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: A House

Notice, Wonder: A House

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Concept Attainment: Hornet vs Tiger

Concept Attainment: Hornet vs Tiger

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to arrive at the topic of invertebrates vs vertebrates.

Notice, Wonder: SLS Test

Notice, Wonder: SLS Test

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Not Like The Others: Types of Diseases

Not Like The Others: Types of Diseases

Students will determine which of these types of diseases is not like the others.

Not Like The Others: Birds of the Desert

Not Like The Others: Birds of the Desert

Students will determine which desert bird is not like the others.

Not Like The Others: Penguins

Not Like The Others: Penguins

Students will determine which type of penguin is not like the others.

Not Like The Others: Microstates of Europe

Not Like The Others: Microstates of Europe

Students will determine which of these tiny countries is not like the others.

Not Like The Others: Microorganisms

Not Like The Others: Microorganisms

Students will determine which of these microorganisms is not like the others.

Notice, Wonder: Butterball

Notice, Wonder: Butterball

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: Ramses

Notice, Wonder: Ramses

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Plant Adaptation Tournament

Plant Adaptation Tournament

Who will win in a tournament of eight plants with Interesting adaptations!?

Notice, Wonder: Craters

Notice, Wonder: Craters

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: Bloom

Notice, Wonder: Bloom

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: Skylight

Notice, Wonder: Skylight

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Tournament: 8 Wonders of the Solar System

Tournament: 8 Wonders of the Solar System

Which location is the most wondrous place in the solar system?

Notice, Wonder: Krzywy Las

Notice, Wonder: Krzywy Las

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Not Like The Others: Ants of the World!

Not Like The Others: Ants of the World!

Students will determine which type of ant is not like the others.

Countries of Europe Tournament

Countries of Europe Tournament

Who will win the tournament of European countries!?

Notice, Wonder: Scales

Notice, Wonder: Scales

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: Vortices

Notice, Wonder: Vortices

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

The 8th Wonder of the World Tournament

The 8th Wonder of the World Tournament

Which of these eight wonders deserves to become the Eighth Wonder of the World!?

Notice, Wonder: Swirls

Notice, Wonder: Swirls

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: Witch’s Fingers

Notice, Wonder: Witch’s Fingers

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Countries of Africa Tournament

Countries of Africa Tournament

Who will win the tournament of African Countries!?

Countries of North America Tournament

Countries of North America Tournament

Who will win the tournament of North American countries!?

Exploration Technology Tournament

Exploration Technology Tournament

Which of these pieces of exploration technology is most important? Most underrated? Most long-lasting?

Precipitation Tournament

Precipitation Tournament

Eight types of precipitation battle it out in this tournament.

Tournament of Ancient Inventions

Tournament of Ancient Inventions

Which of these inventions of the ancient world is most influential? Least useful today? Most taken-for-granted?

Animal Adaptation Tournament

Animal Adaptation Tournament

Which animal has the most interesting, most valuable, or strangest adaptations?

Habitable Planets and Moons Tournament

Habitable Planets and Moons Tournament

Which object in the solar system is most habitable?

Parts of Speech Tournament

Parts of Speech Tournament

Which part of speech is most useful? Interesting? Strange?

Not Like The Others: Types of Volcanoes

Not Like The Others: Types of Volcanoes

Which of these types of volcanoes is not like the others?

Not Like The Others: Types of Rocks

Not Like The Others: Types of Rocks

Which of these rocks is not like the others?

Not Like The Others: Snakes of the Rainforest

Not Like The Others: Snakes of the Rainforest

Students will determine which snake of the rainforest is not like the others.

Not Like The Others: Deserts

Not Like The Others: Deserts

Which of these deserts is not like the others?

Not Like The Others: Stars

Not Like The Others: Stars

How is each of these stars not like the others?

Not Like The Others: US States

Not Like The Others: US States

How is each of these states not like the others?

Not Like The Others: Mountains

Not Like The Others: Mountains

Which of these mountains is not like the others?

Not Like The Others: Birds of the Tropical Rainforest

Not Like The Others: Birds of the Tropical Rainforest

Which of these four birds is not like the others?

Not Like The Others: Branches of the US Government

Not Like The Others: Branches of the US Government

How is each part of the United States Government not like the other parts?

Tournament of Presidents

Tournament of Presidents

So who was the strangest of these eight presidents?

What’s In My Brain: Owl vs Eagle

What’s In My Brain: Owl vs Eagle

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of nocturnal vs diurnal animals.

Concept Attainment: Art

Concept Attainment: Art

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of cubism.

Notice, Wonder: Green Circles

Notice, Wonder: Green Circles

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: An Orange Thing

Notice, Wonder: An Orange Thing

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Not Like The Others: Natural Disasters

Not Like The Others: Natural Disasters

Students will determine which type of natural disaster is not like the others.

Notice, Wonder: Kuiseb

Notice, Wonder: Kuiseb

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Not Like The Others: States of Matter

Not Like The Others: States of Matter

How is each of the states of matter not like the others?

Not Like The Others: Countries

Not Like The Others: Countries

How is each of these four countries not like the others?

Notice, Wonder: A Long Line

Notice, Wonder: A Long Line

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice Wonder: Blood Falls

Notice Wonder: Blood Falls

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

What’s In My Brain: May vs May

What’s In My Brain: May vs May

Students will determine when "may" is used for possibility and when it's used for permission.

What’s In My Brain: Trapezoids or Not?

What’s In My Brain: Trapezoids or Not?

What's the deal with these four sided polygons?

Not Like The Others: Charlotte’s Web

Not Like The Others: Charlotte’s Web

Students will determine which of the characters is not like the others.

Not Like The Others: Creatures of the Tundra

Not Like The Others: Creatures of the Tundra

Students will determine which creature of the tundra is not like the others.

Not Like The Others: US Presidents

Not Like The Others: US Presidents

Students will determine which founding US president is not like the others.

Not Like The Others: Planets

Not Like The Others: Planets

Which of these planets is not like others? Well, it sure looks simple at first. But quickly, you start to realize… there's more to it than you thought. Each option could be the one that doesn't fit in.

Notice, Wonder: Forest

Notice, Wonder: Forest

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: Akron

Notice, Wonder: Akron

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

The Tournament of Biomes

The Tournament of Biomes

Want to move beyond memorizing the characteristics of biomes? In this lesson, students work through a Tournament of Biomes, explaining which biome wins in each round (based on criteria you choose). In the end, they crown a 👑 Champion Biome!

Notice Wonder: Electronics

Notice Wonder: Electronics

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice Wonder: Turbine

Notice Wonder: Turbine

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice Wonder: Z-Machine

Notice Wonder: Z-Machine

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: Climber

Notice, Wonder: Climber

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: A River

Notice, Wonder: A River

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: The Cliff

Notice, Wonder: The Cliff

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

What’s In My Brain: Painting vs Painting

What’s In My Brain: Painting vs Painting

Can the concept attainment model make transitive and intransitive verbs interesting? In my experience, it sure can!

What’s In My Brain: Cute Baby vs Fast Cheetah

What’s In My Brain: Cute Baby vs Fast Cheetah

Can your students puzzle out the differences in these types of figurative language - without any instruction!?

Notice, Wonder: Michael

Notice, Wonder: Michael

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: Etna

Notice, Wonder: Etna

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Fraction Ordering Tournament

Fraction Ordering Tournament

Which set of fractions would be the trickiest to order from least to greatest? Let's have a tournament!

What’s In My Brain – Independent vs Dependent

What’s In My Brain – Independent vs Dependent

What makes these clauses different?

Notice, Wonder: Plateau

Notice, Wonder: Plateau

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Notice, Wonder: A Ship

Notice, Wonder: A Ship

A mysterious image. Slowly reveal it. Let your students wonder!

Simple or Compound Sentences – Concept Attainment

Simple or Compound Sentences – Concept Attainment

Can your students puzzle out the differences in these two types of sentences - without any instruction!?

Run On or Not? – Concept Attainment

Run On or Not? – Concept Attainment

Can your students puzzle out the differences in these sentences - without any instruction!?

Complex or Compound – Concept Attainment

Complex or Compound – Concept Attainment

Can your students puzzle out the difference between these two types of sentences without any instruction!?

Progressive or Simple Tenses – Concept Attainment

Progressive or Simple Tenses – Concept Attainment

Can your students puzzle out the differences between these two tenses - without any instruction!?

What’s In My Brain – The Park vs The Museum

What’s In My Brain – The Park vs The Museum

Can students figure out the differences between sentences with past progressive and simple past tenses using the concept attainment model?

The Resiliency Tournament

The Resiliency Tournament

Your students will set up a tournament to determine which person or character best demonstrated resiliency.