Ms. Wejman

December 13th, 2019

Homework ~ Week of December 16th

Monday, December 16th

This week for homework, read The Earth Dragon Awakes by Lawrence Yep.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.  

Use each vocabulary word on pages 300 and 301 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Complete the Venn Diagram found on page 319 for the Text to Text activity.  Answer the stop and think question on page 307. Identify words and phrases that help you visualize the action.  
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 314. Identify how you know whether this story is written in first or third person.   Complete the graphic organizer found on page 303.  Answer the Stop and Think question on page 308.
Complete the Text to Self activity on page 319.  Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this story.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences.  Answer the essential question in five or more sentences. 

 

December 13th, 2019

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 16th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

December 16th-20th

 

Math: Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions. 

Before we leave for winter break, the fourth graders will take the Unit 3 Assessment.  On this test, they will solve word problems involving fractions, identify equivalent fractions, plot fractions on a number line, convert fractions to decimals, and convert centimeters to millimeters.  They will also take an Open Response portion to the test. For this part of the test, they will have to show different strategies to compare fractions. During the first part of the week, we will be using measurement to explore decimals.  We will also be comparing fractions. Please let me know if your fourth grader needs any practice with any of the concepts that will be assessed.  

 

Reading: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.  

As we continue to read biographies, the fourth graders will use explicit text evidence to make an inference of what they have read.  Thursday, January 30th will be the Fourth Grade Wax Museum. For the Wax Museum, every fourth grader will dress up as a person that they read a biography of during the second quarter.  The fourth grader is able to pick his or her own biography to read. All of the work for the wax museum will be done at school. Therefore, the fourth grader needs to bring the biography to school on Monday, January 6th. There are a plethora of biographies in the classroom that your fourth grader can also choose to pick.  Throughout the month of January, comprehension activities will pertain to the biography so the fourth grader will leave the biography at school. The only work that the fourth grader will have to do at home is to pick a costume and a prop. More information about the Wax Museum will be forthcoming in the new year. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the wax museum.  

 

Writing: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.  

The fourth grade writers will publish their books this week.  Mini-lessons will focus on using transitional words, spelling words correctly, and beginning sentences in a variety of ways.  The students will also work with another writer to peer edit their writing. Everyone is welcome to attend the publishing party at 3PM on Friday.  

 

Homework  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
Math Homelink 3.11 Homelink 3.12 Homelink 3.13 Homelink 3.10 Math Homework Due 
Reading  Read The Earth Dragon Awakes. Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Reading Homework Due.  

 

December 6th, 2019

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 9th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of December 9th-13th

 

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

In our continued study of fractions, the fourth grader will continue to practice ordering fractions using different methods.  One method practiced will be using a number line. Another method is using fraction circles. An additional method is to find equivalent fraction using the equivalent fraction rule.  In the middle of the week, we will use fractions to transition to the study of decimals. The students will look at the tenths and hundredths and compare it to the appropriate decimal place.  Please make sure that your fourth grader knows the difference between the tenths and hundredths place and the value of it as well.  

 

Writing: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.  

After writing three body paragraphs last week, the fourth grader will write the introduction and conclusion of his or her informational text.  The writer will use informational books in the classroom to be inspired to write luring leads and also to use text features. When reading informational text with your fourth grader at home, ask him or her to identify the purpose of specific text features (pictures, captions, subtitles, etc.).  The fourth grade writers will be using the text features when they publish their informational books next week.  

Reading: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.  

Since Friday marks the half-way point of the quarter, the fourth graders will be assigned a biography mid-quarter timeline project.  For this project, every fourth grader will pick one biography that he or she has read in the past five weeks. He or she will use the biography and plot the events of the life that he or she read about in the biography on a timeline.  The fourth graders will also be graded on using creativity with a title and pictures describing the picture that they learned about in the biography. Additionally, they will write an effective summary about the person’s life somewhere on the paper.  The students were given a rubric to assist them with creating this timeline projects. During this week, fourth graders will also meet in guided reading groups to practice writing three-five sentence summaries that include the who, what, where, why, and when.   

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
Math Homelink 3.6 Homelink 3.7 Homelink 3.8 Homelink 3.9 Math Homework Due 
Reading Read The Screech Owl Who Liked Television. Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Reading Homework Due 

 

December 6th, 2019

Homework ~ Week of December 9th

Monday, December 9th

This week for homework, read The Screech Owl Who Liked Television by Jean Craighead George.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.  

Use each vocabulary word on pages 274 and 275 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Using a Venn Diagram, complete the Text to Text activity on page 295.   Answer the stop and think question on page 289 in five or more sentences. 
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 286. Identify the simile and explain what it means.   Complete the graphic organizer found on page 277.  Complete the Comic Strip activity on Page 291. 
Complete the Text to Self activity on page 295. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this story. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences.  Answer the essential question in five or more sentences. 

 

November 27th, 2019

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 2nd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of December 2nd-6th

 

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.  

This week, the fourth graders will be able to use the equivalent fraction rule to identify equivalent fractions.  Every fourth grader should know that if you take a number and multiply the numerator and the denominator by the same number the fraction will be equivalent.  Ask your fourth grader to practice this rule with you. Additionally, the fourth grader will use a number line to identify equivalent fractions. On Wednesday, the students will solve an open response where they will have to compare fractions with different numerators and denominators.  They will then analyze student work and revise their open responses on Thursday.  

 

Writing: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.  

During the month of December, the fourth grade writers will be writing informational books.  First, they will create an expert list stating topics that they consider themselves to be an expert.  Then, they will write everything that they know about the topic. From that writing, they will create an outline to help them organize their writing for their book.  This week, they will write the first, second, and third paragraphs of their book. Save the date for Friday, December 20th, when all parents will be invited to a publishing party.  

 

Reading: Describe the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in text or part of text.  

As the fourth graders read their biographies, they will identify the cause or effect of a specific event.  Ask your fourth grader about the biography that he or she is reading in his or her guided reading book.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
Math Homelink 3.3 Homelink 3.4 Homelink 3.5 Math Homework Due 
Reading Read Jose Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Reading Homework Due 

 

November 27th, 2019

Homework ~ Week of December 2nd

Monday, December 2nd 

This week for homework, read Jose by Susanna Reich.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.  

Use each vocabulary word on pages 246 and 247 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Using a Venn Diagram, complete the Text to Text activity on page 265.   Answer the stop and think question on page 260 in five or more sentences. 
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 256. Identify a metaphor and explain what it means.    Complete the graphic organizer found on page 249.  Complete the poetry activity on page 261. 
Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 253 in five or more sentences.  Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this story. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences.  Answer the essential question in five or more sentences. 

 

November 22nd, 2019

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 25th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 25th-27th

 

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.  

We will begin Unit 3 this week in math which pertains to fractions and decimals.  First, the students will solve word problems where they have to use fractions to find the answer.  Then, they will use fraction circles to identify equivalent fractions. Because of the short week, homework will be due on Wednesday.  

 

Reading: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text. 

The students will meet in guided reading groups to identify the main idea of the biography that each group is reading.  Ask your fourth grader to tell you about who he or she is learning about in the biography that he or she is reading. There will be no reading homework assigned this week.  

 

Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.  

The fourth grade writers will write an opinion writing final draft.  First, they will form an opinion about whether or not it is ok to stay up late during school breaks.  They will be graded on their introduction, three body paragraphs, and conclusion. Each body paragraph must have a transitional word with a reason and explanation supporting his or her opinion. Ask your fourth grader to tell you his or opinion about staying up late during school breaks.  

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
Math Homelink 3.1 Homelink 3.2 Math Homework Due 
November 15th, 2019

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 18th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 18th-22nd 

 

Math: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.  We will begin the week with completing the “What’s my Rule” routine to analyze patterns. On Tuesday, the students will be assessed on concepts taught on Unit 2.  Concepts assessed include drawing arrays, factors and multiples, identifying area, converting hours to minutes, multiplicative comparison problems, identifying right angles, identifying quadrilateral properties, symmetry, completing a “What’s My Rule?” problem, solving a multi-step word problem, and finding the area of a rectilinear figure.  On Thursday, the students will take the Unit 2 Cumulative Assessment. The students will be assessed on place value, addition, subtraction, perimeter, and word problems. Please let me know if you would like me to practice any math skills with your fourth grader.  

 

Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.  

This week’s opinion topic is if students should choose their own seats in class.  We will focus on writing an introduction, three body paragraphs with reasons and explanations, and ending with a conclusion.  Ask your fourth grader to identify their opinion regarding sitting where they want in class.  

 

Reading: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text.  

The biography genre will begin in guided reading groups.  While working in groups, students will use context clues to identify unfamiliar words. 

 

Homework  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
Math Homelink 2.13 Math Homework Due 
Reading Read Dear Mr. Winston.    Complete three Tic Tac Toe assignments.   Reading Homework Due.  
November 15th, 2019

Homework ~ Week of November 18th

Monday, November 18th 

This week for homework, read Dear Mr. Winston by Ken Roberts.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.  

Use each vocabulary word on pages 222 and 223 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Complete the Venn Diagram found on page 241 for the Text to Text activity.  Answer the stop and think question on page 228. Identify a question that you have and make a prediction about what you think the answer will be. 
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 235. Answer in five or more sentences.  Complete the graphic organizer found on page 225.  Answer the Stop and Think question on page 236 in five or more sentences.  
Complete the Write  a Reply activity found on page 237. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this story.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences.  Answer the essential question in five or more sentences. 

 

November 8th, 2019

Homework ~ Week of November 11th

Monday, November 11, 2019

This week for homework, read Me and Uncle Romie by Claire Hartfield.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.  

Use each vocabulary word on pages 196 and 197 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Independently complete the Plan a Tour activity found on page 213. Answer the stop and think question on page 203 in five or more sentences. Identify evidence of why this story is told in the first or third person. Why do you think the author wrote in this person? 
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 204. Answer in five or more sentences.  Complete the graphic organizer found on page 199.  Answer the Stop and Think question on page 206 in five or more sentences.  
Complete the Write About Gifts activity found on page 213. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this story.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences.  Answer the essential question in five or more sentences. 

 

November 8th, 2019

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 11th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 11th-15th

 

Math: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.  

On Tuesday, the fourth graders will classify quadrilaterals by their properties.  They will continue with their study of geometry by identifying lines of symmetry of polygons and pictures later in the week.  

 

Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.  

The readers will end their fiction unit with creating a book cover of one of the books that they read in guided reading.  The book cover will showcase the reading skills that they practiced during the first quarter. For example, on the cover, they will identify the character trait of the protagonist of the book.  In the inside, they will identify the main idea, theme, and use explicit text evidence to make an inference. On the back cover, they will write an effective summary. A rubric will be used to grade the book covers so that the fourth graders know the expectations of the assignment.  

 

Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.  

The writing genre of the month of November is opinion writing.  Every week the fourth graders will be given a topic to debate. Each fourth grader will take a side and write their opinion.  This week’s debate is about schools being able to celebrate Halloween. Ask your fourth grader to share his or her opinion with you.  

 

Homework  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
Math Homelink 2.11 Homelink 2.12 Math Homework Due 
Reading  Read Me and Uncle Romie. Complete three tic tac toe activities.    Reading Homework Due.  

 

November 5th, 2019

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 4th

Room 207

Peek at the Week 

Week of November 4th-8th

 

Writing: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.  

During October, the fourth graders responded to a prompt after reading a passage.  This week, they will choose one of the three prompts to write as a final draft. They will be graded on responding to the prompt,  writing a luring lead, ending in an unforgettable way, using descriptive words, dialogue, and spelling.   

 

Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.  

The fourth grade readers will be summarizing text.  They know that a good summary includes the who, what, where, why, and when of the text written in approximately three-five sentences.  

 

Math: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.  

We will continue to use multiplication this week.  First, the fourth graders will convert units of time to smaller units of time.  Then, the students will use multiplication to solve word problems that use comparison.  Finally, we will end the week with classifying triangles.  

Homework  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
Math Homelink 2.7 Homelink 2.8 Homelink 2.9 Homelink 2.10 Math Homework Due 
Reading  Read Coming Distractions Questioning Movies  Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due.