Ms. Wejman

April 13th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 16th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of April 16th-20th

 

Math: Build Fractions from Unit Fractions

The students will multiply continue to multiply whole numbers by fractions.  They will practice by solving word problems. On Thursday, they will work with their continent to solve an open response problem.

 

Writing: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization to task, purpose, and audience.

The students will begin to publish their poetry books.  All of the poems need to be about a specific theme. Throughout the book, the students must be creative with line breaks, use sensory imagery, figurative language, rhythm, and spell all words correctly.  The students were given a rubric stating the requirements of the poetry book.

 

Reading: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Our reading genre for the next ⅛ of the school year will be poetry.  This week’s focus is figurative language. We will spend the week identifying simile, metaphor, and personification in different poems.  The students will study poems and interpret the meaning of each type of figurative language. They will be assessed on identifying two types of figurative language and interpreting the meaning.  In lieu of a book report, they will be completing a poetry report which will be due on Thursday, May 3rd.

 

Report Card Pick Up

Thank you to everyone who signed up for a conference time on Wednesday.    Because the students are leading the conference, they should also attend. If you have not requested a time yet, please tell me what time you and your fourth grader would like to meet.  

 

Save the Date!  Just Get Sleep Fundraiser coming up on May 6th!

On Sunday May 6th you will have the opportunity to buy a new mattress in the Ray lunchroom at up to 50% off retail, with 20% of every sale donated back to Ray. Take advantage of this great deal and support Ray at the same time – WIN WIN!

 

Walk-a-Thon May 18th!

Register your student at rayschool.dojiggy.com and begin fundraising to be entered into weekly drawings for cool stuff – museum memberships, gift cards, sports tickets and more!  Every student who raises at least $50 gets a chance to sink a teacher in the dunk tank on the last day of school.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 7.4 Homelink 7.5 Math Homework Due
Reading Read the stories in Lesson 27 and complete three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Tic Tac Toe activities due.  

 

April 13th, 2018

Poetry Report ~ Due Thursday, May 3rd

Name:______________________________________

Over the next five weeks, poetry will be our unit of study in reading.  For our first book report of the quarter, the fourth grader will pick a poem of their choice to analyze.  Every fourth grader should bring their poem to class on Thursday, May 3rd to share with their classmates. They will be invited to share the poem they picked in a class reading.  In addition to a copy of the poem, they must also bring in this completed sheet. The poem can be from a poetry anthology or printed from the Internet. Room 207 has a plethora of anthologies for the fourth graders to pick from if they choose to do so.  

Poem: ________________________________________

Poet: _________________________________________

Why are  you choosing this poem to share with your classmates? ____________________________________

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Does your poem you any poetic devices? _____________

If so, which poetic devices does it use? _______________

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Identify an example of this poetic device. _____________

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Whose point of view is the poem written in? ___________

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What evidence do you have of this? _________________

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In one sentence, what is the main idea of this poem?

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What is the theme of this poem? ____________________

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Why do you think this? ____________________________

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What is your favorite line in the poem? _______________

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Why is it your favorite line? ________________________

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What is one question that you have for this poet?

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What is one compliment that you have for this poet?

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Illustrate a picture of this poem and include a caption.  

 

April 12th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of April 16th

Monday, April 16th

This week for homework, read the stories in Lesson 27 by Betty G. Birney.  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.

Read the fables on page 30.  Match each fable to a moral and explain why each moral explains the fable.   Read the poems on page 28 and 29.  Write your own poem about frog or a toad.    Summarize The Frog in the Milk Pail.    Include the who, what, where, why, and when in three-five sentences.  
Why is the moral of the story In The Frog in the Milk Pail Never give up? Read Amphibian Alert. Identify the main idea of each of the four subtitles.     Write a letter to the frog in The Frog in the Milk Pail.  Include a compliment and advice to the frog.  Your letter should have five sentences and be written in correct letter format.  
How are the poems on pages 28 and 29 different?  How are they the same? Please write your observations in a Venn Diagram.    Write a letter to Miss Wejman about what you learned from reading Amphibian Alert.  Your letter should have five sentences and be written in correct letter format.   As you are reading, identify an unfamiliar word.  Include the word written in the sentence. Explain how you used context clues to define the word.  Then, look up the word to find the actual definition.

 

April 6th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 9th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of April 9th-12th

Math: Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements.  

We will begin the week by converting liquid measurements.  At home, make reference to converting gallons, quarts, pints, and cups using tools in the kitchen.  Throughout the week, the students will solve word problems where the student multiplies a whole number by a fraction.  When working with your child on word problems at home, please make sure that they understand the problem before they persevere in solving the problem.  

 

Writing: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Poetry mini-lessons this week will focus on line breaks, onomatopoeia, and writing a form poem.  Ask your fourth grade poet which poem he or she is most proud of writing this week.

 

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

This week, students will refer to details in their real-life mystery books to determine a cause and an effect that takes place.  Cause and effect relationships are used to explain why or how something happened in a story

 

Report Card Pick-Up

Wednesday, April 18th has been designated as report card pick up for Chicago Public Elementary Schools.  For the spring conferences, the students will be leading the conference. Today every fourth grader received a report card pick up request form.  Please complete the form with your top three requested time slots. I will complete the conference schedule on a first come, first serve basis.

 

DuSable Museum Field Trip

The Fourth and Fifth Grades are taking a field trip to the DuSable museum on Tuesday, April 24th.  The cost of the field trip is $7.00. Money and permission for the field trip will be due on Friday, April 20th.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 7.1 Homelink 7.2 Homelink 7.3 Math Homework Due
Reading Complete three tic tac toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due

 

April 6th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of April 9th

April 9, 2018

 

Read the stories in Lesson 26 of Paths to Discovery.  Pick three Tic Tac Toe activities to complete. The three activities will be due on Thursday, April 12th.  

Write a letter to the protagonist of The Girl Who Loved Spiders. Your letter must be written in correct letter format.  It must have five sentences. In your letter, please give him a compliment and advice.    Complete the activity on page 16.   Read the poems on page 14 and 15.  Write your own poem about spiders.
Complete the poetry activity on pages 18 and 19.   Read The Girl Who Loved Spiders.  Summarize the story in three-five sentences.   Write a letter to Miss Wejman about the information that you learned about spiders on pages 12 and 13.  Your letter must be written in correct format and must be five sentences.
Read the informational stories on pages 12 and 13.  Write a one sentences main idea about each story. What is the main idea of The Girl Who Loved Spiders? Support the main idea with three details.   Create a comic of The Girl Who Loved Spiders. Your comic must have five frames.  
March 23rd, 2018

Peek at the Week~ Week of April 2nd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of April 2nd-April 6th

 

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

As the fourth graders continue to read real life mysteries, they will be summarizing the text.  They will be reminded that a good summary is three-five sentences and includes the who, what, where, why, and when of what was read.  The second book report of the quarter will be due on Thursday, April 5th. Before break, every student received a form to complete to research more information about a real life mystery. They were given the option to use the Internet or a book, not read in school, to learn more about the mystery.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this assignment. Because we are done with the Journey anthology, they are due back at school this week. When the student turns in his or her Journey anthology, I will give him or her a smaller anthology entitled Paths to Discovery to use as homework for the next several weeks.   With the transition, there will be no Tic Tac Toe assignments assigned or due this week.    

 

Writing:Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

April is Poetry Month!  To help the fourth grade writers transform into poets, the fourth graders will be reading Poetry Matters by Ralph Fletcher.  In this book, Ralph Fletcher gives suggestions embedded with examples on how to write effective poets.  Mini-lessons this week will focus on writing a poem for a special person, x-raying our emotions, using imagery, incorporating alliteration, and including repetition.  

 

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

On Monday, students will use their understanding of multiplication of whole-numbers to multiply fractions by whole numbers.  On Tuesday, students will take the Unit 6 Assessment. It will cover the following concepts: dividing a whole number of up to four digits (dividend) by a 1-digit whole number (divisor); applying perimeter and area formulas for rectangles; solving multistep number stories involving the four operations and interpreting any remainders; converting between pounds and ounces; solving number stories involving simple fractions; multiplying a whole number of up to four digits by a whole number of up to two digits; modeling number stories with equations and using a letter for the unknown; measuring angles in whole-number degrees using a protractor; identifying angle type (right, acute, obtuse); recognizing angle measures as additive; adding and subtracting to solve problems about unknown angles on a diagram; subtracting multi-digit whole numbers fluently; solving number stories involving addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators; and adding mixed numbers with like denominators.  On Wednesday, students will take the Cumulative Assessment. It will cover material from Units 1 through 5. Please let us know if there is a specific skill that you would like us to practice with your fourth grader. On Thursday, students will review the Assessments as a whole class. Next week, students will then begin Unit 7.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 6.13 Math Homework Due
Reading   Real Life Mystery book reports due.  

 

March 16th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 19th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of March 19th-23rd

 

PARCC

The fourth graders will be taking the PARCC Test this week.  They will take Units 1 and 2 of the language arts test on Monday, Unit 3 of the language arts test on Tuesday, and the four math units on Wednesday and Thursday.  Because of the PARCC test, we will not have formal writing instruction or switch for science or social studies this week. Room 207 will be invited to the Fourth Grade movie afternoon on Friday if they receive 1,000 DOJO points as a class.  Only students with positive DOJO points will be invited to the movie and popcorn party.

 

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

The students will continue to read their real life mysteries.  As they are reading, they will work as detectives to make an inference of what they think was the cause of the mystery that he or she is reading.  The second book report of the quarter, will be more of a research assignment. Every fourth grader will identify a real life mystery that they are interested in learning more about.  They will use the Internet or a book, not read in school, to learn more about the mystery. The students will have received the research form on Monday. The students had time to begin their initial inquiry and will be responsible for researching more about their real life mystery at home over the next few weeks.  The real life mystery research forms will be due on Thursday, April 5th. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this assignment.

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.  Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements.

On Tuesday, students will revisit fractions.  They will solve number stories by adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with like denominators.  On Friday, fourth graders will read Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi to celebrate Pi Day from last week.  Students will complete activities that involve finding the circumference of various sized circles.  The week back from spring break, fourth graders will finish off Unit 6 and then take the Unit 6 Assessment (Tuesday) and Cumulative Assessment (Wednesday).

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 6.12 Math Homework Due
Reading Read The Fun They Had.   Complete Three Tic Tac Toe activities Reading Homework Due

 

March 16th, 2018

PARCC Parent Letter

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mUNHmvQa2bJz7chr5v_O6j9BiCrEfmiM/view?usp=sharing

March 16th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of March 19th

March 19, 2018

This week for homework, read The Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov, Paula Kahumbu.  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 632 and 633 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the Stop and Think on page 641. Complete the Stop and Think on page 643 in five or more sentences.  
Complete the Stop and Think on page 644 in five or more sentences.    Write a letter to Miss Wejman or Miss Aron about this story.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Complete the Future Fun activity on page 645.  
 Complete the Text to Text activity on page 649 using a Venn Diagram.   Complete the graphic organizer on page 635. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

March 16th, 2018

Real Life Mystery Research

Name:

The reading genre for the last five weeks of the third quarter is real life mysteries.  Instead of a book report, you will be researching a real life mystery that you are interested in learning more about using the Internet or a book not read in school.  This research book report is due on Thursday, April 5th.

Real life mystery: ________________________________

What schema, or background knowledge, do you have about this mystery? ______________________________

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What are three questions that you have about this real life mystery?

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  3. __________________________________________

What is the address of the website that you are using to research your real life mystery?

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If you used a book to research, what is the title and author of the book?

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Please list three paraphrased facts that you learned about this mystery.

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  1. ____________________________________________

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3._____________________________________________

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What do you think was the cause of this particular real life mystery? ____________________________________

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Illustrate a picture of this real life mystery.  Please a caption to describe your illustration.

 

 

 

 

March 12th, 2018

partner-run after-school programs

This link includes the registration link and prices for the partner-run after-school programs for your reference.

 

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March 9th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 12th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of March 12th-March 16th

 

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

Once again, the fourth graders will respond to a prompt after reading two different informational text passages.  This week, the two passages will focus on the characteristics of the great white shark. As they are reading the two passages, the fourth grader will be mindful of how the two articles are similar and different. They will document the similarities and differences of the two articles in a Venn Diagram.  Throughout the week, they will be mindful of specific details about the characteristics of sharks as they respond to the prompt.

 

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

After reading fictional mysteries for the first five weeks of the third quarter, the fourth graders will now focus their reading on real life mysteries.  Every fourth grader was given an anthology of real life mysteries. As they are reading the different real life mysteries, they will identify the main idea of the text supporting it with two details.  They will present their comprehension in a graphic organizer. Ask your fourth grader which real life mystery he or she thinks is the most interesting.

 

Math: Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.  Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.  Understand concepts of angle and measure angles. Draw and identify lines and angles and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

The fourth graders will continue learning about how to interpret remainders based on the context of a division problem.  Students will also continue to learn about angles, a continuation from Unit 5. They will use tools to measure angles, such as an angle measurer and a half-circle protractor.  In addition, students will learn about complementary and supplementary angles in order to add and subtract to find unknown angle measures.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Owen and Mzee.  Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Tic Tac Toe activities due.  
Math Homelink 6.8 Homelink 6.9 Homelink 6.10 Homelink 6.11 Math Homework Due