NEW 2023 Alberta Language ELA - Grade 4 - Vocabulary, Conventions, Phonics & Fluency

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Grade 4 - New Alberta 2023 Language Curriculum – Vocabulary, Conventions, and Fluency. This resource covers all skills and procedures in the organizing ideas: Vocabulary, Conventions, and Fluency (ELA). The 449 pages teach the skills and procedures in these four curriculum areas.

Included in this unit are 30 weeks of ELA instruction, with weekly word lists that explicitly teach consonant clusters as well as vowel teams. Along with these Science of Reading principles, we have weaved in the skills and procedures students in grade 4 need to learn while working with these word lists.

Included in this resource are the organizing ideas below:

Vocabulary – figurative language, affixes (prefixes and suffixes), tier 2 and tier 3 words, synonyms, antonyms, homographs, homophones, and homonyms as well as word origins.

Fluency – developing automaticity in reading complex words, phrases, and continuous text. Students will read with appropriate stress on words, pausing, phrasing, intonation, and use of punctuation.

Conventions – sentence types, contractions, apostrophes, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization skills.

In addition, we have included a full-year long range plan that outlines what concepts from the curriculum you will be teaching each week, and what prefixes/suffixes/letter blends will be covered.

Some of the concepts covered:

  • Sentence structure: complete, fragments, compound, types, and clauses.
  • Comprehensive parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions.
  • Grammar construction: subject-verb agreement, coordinating conjunctions, and independent/dependent clauses.
  • Suffixes <er>, <es>, <r>, <ly>, <ing>, <ily>, <able>, <ible>, <ar>, <less> and more.
  • Prefixes <dis>, <mis>, <non>, <pre>, <post>, <anti>, <auto>, <bio>, <inter>, <micro> and more.
  • Vocabulary development: morphemes, prefixes, suffixes, and word origins.
  • Punctuation mastery: commas, interjections, and end-of-sentence rules.
  • Writing enhancement: cursive, personification, idioms, and analogies.
  • Capitalization rules for proper nouns, proper adjectives, and abbreviations.
  • Verb tense proficiency: perfect verb tense, interrogative, imperative, and idiomatic expressions.
  • Sentence development: complex, compound-complex sentences, and correcting run-ons.
  • Decoding strategies: syllable splitting and chunking for reading fluency.
  • Figurative language depth: similes, metaphors, analogy, onomatopoeia, oxymorons, and personification.
  • Pronoun use: adjectives, subjects, objects, and possessive constructions.
  • Vocabulary precision: homophones, homonyms, antonyms, and silent letters.
  • Literary devices: alliteration, ellipsis, and determiners.
  • Spelling focus: commonly misspelled words, I before E rules, and exceptions.
  • Quotation use in dialogue, capitalization, and comparison degrees.
  • Vocabulary context clues for advanced word meaning deduction.
  • Apostrophe application in contractions and possessives.
  • Introducing lists with commas and colons effectively.
  • Active and passive voice differentiation and use.
  • Pronunciation and spelling: silent letters and challenging phonetic patterns.
  • Analogy comprehension and creation for enriched understanding.
  • Fluency practices: progressive sentence complexity for better comprehension.
  • Quotation rules: dialogue integration and proper punctuation.
  • Synonym spectrum: exact versus near-synonyms identification and use.
  • Figurative versus literal language recognition and usage.
  • Pronouns in depth: roles in sentences and advanced grammar.
  • Punctuation for clarity: commas in series and direct address.
  • Capitalization nuances in quotations and proper nouns.
  • Fluency readings for each week to reinforce word list vocabulary
  • Weekly quizzes (30 different assessments)
  • Answer pages for all activities


This is a comprehensive unit that will save you hours of planning! It has everything you need to feel confident that you are covering the NEW Alberta Language curriculum.