Some activities students complete in grade four of the Harcourt Story Town program include reflection exercises, where students connect ideas from a text they read; vocabulary exercises; assessment tests; critical thinking exercises and writing assignments. Students use an interactive e-book for the program, and this book contains many of the exercises.
Harcourt StoryTown is designed to help elementary school students with reading comprehension, writing, phonics, grammar and spelling, so the reading assignments, activities and graphic organizers in the e-book all center on these goals, suggests Gilbert Arts Academy. Many of the activities require students to focus on improving multiple areas at once; for example, an assignment may require students to work on their reading and vocabulary skills by reading a text passage and then work on their writing skills by reflecting on the characters or theme of the story. Some activities also focus on applying what is in the text to something in the real world, mentions LearningThings.com. There are also assessments built into the book.
In addition to the e-book, there are various supplementary materials for Harcourt StoryTown for grade four including flash cards for helping students with fluency, advanced reading materials for accelerated students, intervention materials for struggling readers and English language learners and a teacher resources guide. The program is designed to meet Common Core standards and has won several awards, mentions Gilbert Arts Academy.