Ms. Wejman

January 13th, 2019

Valentine’s Day Event

Attention Students/Parents/Guardians,

You are cordially invited to the Ray School Valentine’s Day sale! In an effort to spread positivity around the school, student council will be selling poems and candy bags ($2). Don’t miss out, send your children to school with money so that they will be able to purchase items to either give to friends at school or simply buy for themselves. The more money your children are supplied with, the more items they will be able purchase. All proceeds go to funding for graduation festivities at the end of the year. Student Council will be collecting the money with orders on the week of  February 1st – 8th. We will ONLY take orders that week! Deliveries of poems and candy will be made to students on Valentine’s Day, February 14.

Thank You,

Student Council

January 11th, 2019

Homework ~ Week of January 14th

Monday, January 14th

This week for homework, read Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan.  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 402 and 403 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 421.  Answer the stop and think question on page 413.  Find one example of personification in the text.
Explain the meaning of the personification.  
Use a Venn Diagram to complete the Stop and Think on page 415.  Complete the graphic organizer found on page 405. Complete the Short Response Activity on Page 417 in five or more sentences.  
Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 416 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.
January 11th, 2019

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 14th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of January 14th-18th

NWEA

The fourth graders will be taking the NWEA middle of the year assessment on Wednesday and Thursday.  Please let me know if you would like to receive record of your child’s results and progress on this test.

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

As we continue to read biographies, the fourth grader will know the difference between main idea and details.  We will practice identifying the difference in guiding reading groups. We will practice this through the use of a graphic organizer.  The students will also continue to complete their biography packet pertaining to the biography that they are reading for the wax museum.  Your child should begin talking to you about what he or she will be wearing for the January 31st Wax Museum. The fourth grader also needs to bring a prop pertaining to the person.  

Writing: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

The students will be given the opportunity to use reliable sources on the Internet to research their chosen African American history topic.  As they are researching, they will be paraphrasing the information that they are reading. Ask your fourth grader which topic he or she is researching and what he or she is learning about the specific topic.  

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

We will begin the week with solving multistep multiplication problems.  Before solving these problems, we will make sure that we know what the problem is asking us to solve.  Then we will use the information to solve the problem. When helping your fourth grader with homework, please have your child read through the problem three times to make sure that he or she understands what the problem is asking.  We will end Unit 4 with exploring the lattice method of multiplication. Because of the NWEA, the students will only be taught two math lessons this week.

Math Homework

Monday – 4.12

Tuesday 4.13

December 21st, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 7th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of January 7th-11th

 

Writing: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.  

During the month of January, our writing genre will be research writing.  The student will be choosing a topic in African American history to research.  We will begin the week with identifying what we already know about African American history and then generating questions about what we want to know.  The students will then begin researching the topic of their choice using Internet resources. Mini-lessons will focus on the importance of paraphrasing versus plagiarism and using reputable websites for their research.  

 

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

We will begin the week with solving multi-step number stories involving money.  Throughout the rest of the week, we will practice multiplying multi-digit numbers.  One of the ways that they will be practicing multiplying is by finding the area of rectangles and rectilinear figures.  

 

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

Every fourth grader will be completing comprehension activities pertaining to his or her biography that he or she picked to read in preparation for the wax museum.  In guided reading groups, the fourth grader will be completing a graphic organizer identifying the main idea of the biography and supporting the main idea with details.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 4.8 Homelink 4.9 Homelink 4.10 Homelink 4.11 Math Homework Due.
Reading Read Ecology for Kids Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Reading Homework Due.  
December 21st, 2018

Homework ~ Week of January 7th

Monday, January 7th

This week for homework, read Ecology for Kids by Federico Arana.  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 374 and 375 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 393.   Answer the stop and think question on page 385.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 381 in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 377. Complete the Ecology in Action activity on Page 389 in five or more sentences.  
Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 383 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.

 

December 19th, 2018

Spanish Notebook

During the first five weeks of 2019, the fourth graders will have Spanish as their special.  Senor Walter has requested that the students bring a new notebook to school.

December 17th, 2018

Spirit Week Schedule

Monday– Ugly/Beautiful Sweater Day, Contest by grade level
Tuesday– Candy Cane Day, Bring to share with classmates and/or dress like one
Wednesday– Best Green and/or Red Outfit
Thursday– Pajama, Stuff Animal, Optional Movie Day in classrooms
Friday 
Morning -Winter Caroling starting @9am (Same as last year, 1st Floor first)
Afternoon -Sports Day by class or  grade level 
December 14th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 17th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of December 17th-21st

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

The fourth grade writers will spend the week publishing and binding their books.  The focus of the lessons will be on using text features, utilizing the correct mechanics, and dividing their writing into appropriate sections.  All parents are invited to our publishing party which will be held on Friday, December 21st at 3PM. At the party, the fourth grade authors will be sharing their books.  

 

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

We will begin the week with solving an open response problem.  In this problems, the fourth graders will use place value to determine how much money (in bills) can fit into a specific box.  On Tuesday, the students will evaluate student work and revise their own open response. The students will also be introduced to partial product multiplication and will be converting kilograms to grams.  

 

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

The fourth graders will continue to read biographies.  In guided reading groups, they will identify the main idea of the text.  The students have also been introduced to the Wax Museum project. On Thursday, January 31st, the Ray School cafeteria will be transformed into the Fourth Grade Wax Museum.  For this wax museum, every fourth grader needs to pick a biography to read. They need to become an expert about their biography and dress as the person that they are reading about in the book.  Every fourth grader needs to bring in his or her biography to school on or before Monday, January 7th. The students will be given time to read the biography in class and will be practicing comprehension strategies with the book during the month of January.  If your fourth grader needs help picking a biography, the teacher will help him or her. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this 2nd quarter project.

 

Spelling Bee

The Ray School Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019.  Every class needs to pick two representatives to compete in the Bee. The Room 207 bee will be held on Tuesday, January 8th.  Every interested fourth grader received a spelling study list to practice over break. This is an optional activity.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read The Life and Times of the Ant Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due.  
Math Homelink 4.5 Homelink 4.6 Homelink 4.7 Math Homework Due

 

December 14th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of December 17th

Monday, December 17th

This week for homework, read The Life and Times of the Ant by Charles Micucci.  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 348 and 349 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 369.   Ask five questions about anything that you do not understand on this page.  
Pages 358 and 359 identifies many different types of ants.  Pick one type of ant. Illustrate a picture of the ant and write a caption about it.   Complete the graphic organizer found on page 351. Complete the Text to Self activity on page 369.   
Find an example of imagery on page 360.  Explain how the imagery helps you to create a mental picture of the text.   Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this text. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.
December 9th, 2018

Attendance Incentive

15 Day December Attendance Challenge Incentives
  • Perfect Attendance Students with no Tardies will be invited to a School wide Field Trip
  • Students with No Tardies – Invitation to a School Event
  • Reminder- This is an individual challenge
  • Let’s go Ray Warriors!!!
December 7th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 10th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of December 10th-14th

 

Writing: Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g. headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.  

The fourth graders will write an introduction to their informational text. They will begin their introduction with a luring lead.  The writers will end their writing with a concluding statement. After their five paragraphs are complete, they will look at text features of informational books and be inspired to use them in their own publishing.  At the end of the week, they will receive a rubric stating the expectations of their published book.

 

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

Unit 4 focuses on multi digit multiplication.  We will begin the unit with reviewing basic multiplication facts and extending the product with multiples of ten.  Estimation will be used to evaluate the reasonableness of the product. To begin the multiplication of multidigit numbers, the fourth graders will use partitioned rectangles to separate the place value.  The students will also use multiplication to convert liters to milliliters. To ensure that your fourth grader is automatic with math facts, please practice multiplication and division facts with your child at home.  

 

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

For the last five weeks, the fourth graders have been reading biographies.  They are going to pick one of the biographies that they read to create a timeline of the person’s life.  In addition to creating a timeline, they will also be summarizing the person’s life. Every fourth grader received a rubric of this timeline.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 4.1 Homelink 4.2 Homelink 4.3 Homelink 4.4 Math Homework Due
Reading Read Antarctic Journal Complete three Tic Tac Toe assignments.   Reading Homework Due

 

December 7th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of December 10th

Monday, December 10th

This week for homework, read Antarctic Journal by Jennifer Owings Dewey.  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 324 and 325 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the Text to Text Activity on page 343.     Answer the stop and think question on page 338.  
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 333.   Complete the graphic organizer found on page 327. Complete The Weather and You activity on page 343 in five or more sentences.   
Identify the metaphor on page 331.  Explain the literal meaning of the metaphor.   Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this text. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.