Ms. Wejman

June 19th, 2017

Dear Fourth Grade Parent,                                                                                                      June 20, 2017

 

We hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful summer that is both fun and relaxing.  To prepare your child for fourth grade, it is important that some practices are in place.  

First of all, your child should be reading everyday.  Because it is the summer, let your child read for pleasure enjoying books that they enjoy.  As their parent, it would be helpful for you to encourage them to read a variety of genres.  Also, asking them questions about what they are reading is helpful to aid in comprehension.  Children of all ages enjoy adults reading books to them.  Consider reading a favorite book of your past to your fourth grader.  

Another great practice that would be helpful for your rising fourth grader, would be practicing math facts.  Children with an automaticity of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts are more prepared for the math skills that will be taught throughout the year.  Websites such as Math is Fun and Khan Academy are helpful for reviewing and teaching new specific math skills.  

Since the children learned so much about Chicago History in third grade, it would be fun for your family to continue this by going on “family field trips” around the city.  The Chicago Public Library has free passes to a multitude of Chicago museums.  While at the library, your child can also sign up for the summer reading program.  Journaling about your family field trips would be an excellent way to foster writing skills.  

Fourth graders are at a wonderful age to be independent and greatly enjoy the world around them.  We hope that you take advantage of all of the teachable moments that await your child this summer!  

 

Sincerely,

Dr. James

Ms. Pfeiffer

Ms. Wejman

June 12th, 2017

Fourth Grade Supply List

4th Grade Supplies

60 pencils – # 2 Sharpened

6 Color Coded Specific Notebooks (red, blue, yellow, green, black, purple)

1 box of colored pencils

1 liquid glue

8 glue sticks

1 box of markers

1 box of dry erase markers

1 pencil case

1 pair of old clean socks

3 pair of scissors

1 protractor

1 compass

2 pocket folders

1 large Hand sanitizer

1 package of Clorox wipes

1 box of reclosable plastic sandwich bags

1 box of large gallon bags

2 package of notebook paper

2 package of copy paper

2 boxes of Kleenex

Paper Towels

Wet wipes

2 black wipes

1 ruler with centimeters and inches

2 package of post-its

June 9th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of June 12th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of June 12th-16th

 

Math: Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements.

Because grades are due on Friday, the fourth graders will have three different assessments this week.  On Tuesday, they will take the Unit 8 Assessment which will include solving a multi-step word problem, identifying angle measure, identifying lines of symmetry, plotting data on a line plot, adding decimals, multiplying a whole number by a fraction, adding fractions, and converting cups to quarts.  On Wednesday, the students will take the Unit 8 Cumulative Test.  They will be assessed on solving a multi-step problem, finding the unknown angle measure, solving word problems with a fraction, multiplying two digit numbers, lines of symmetry, converting units of measure, plotting data on a line plot, and adding decimals.  On Thursday, the students will take the End of the Year Assessment.  They will be assessed on solving word problems, finding patterns, place value, multiplying a two digit number by a two digit number, dividing a four digit dividend by a one digit divisor, converting units of measure, plotting data on a line plot, adding mixed numbers, comparing fractions, decomposing fractions, converting decimals and fractions, area, perimeter, angle measure, identifying a line, ray, line segment, acute angle, obtuse angle, and point, parallel lines, perpendicular sides, and symmetry.  If there is a specific math skill that you would like me to practice with your fourth grader, please let me know.  The fourth graders will be taking home these assessments this week.  Please use these tests to practice specific math skills over the summer.  

 

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

To end our Greek Mythology unit, the students will work in a group to act out a Greek Myth.  The students will receive a rubric to identify how the skit will be graded.  Ask  your fourth grader what myth he or she is choosing to act out on Friday.  

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

All fractured myths are due on Friday.  Mini-lessons will focus on word choice and conventions.  The students will also have time to share their writing with other writers in the class.  

 

Clean Up Day

Students will take home all supplies on Friday.  Please have your fourth grader bring a bag to take everything home.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes. Letters from North America  and South America due.   Read for 30 minutes. Letters from Europe and Africa due.   Read for 30 minutes. Letters from Asia, Australia, and Antarctica due.   Read for 30 minutes.
Math Homelink 8.10 Chapter 8 Test Chapter 8 Cumulative Test End of the Year Test  

 

 

 

June 2nd, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of June 5th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of June 5th-9th

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

The students will continue to work on their fractured myth final drafts.  As they continue to write their fractured myth, they will focus on word choice, transitional words, and sentence fluency.  

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

The formulas for area and perimeter will be reviewed this week.  As an extra challenge, the students will be finding the area and perimeter of rectangles that have a length or width with a fraction or mixed number.  The fourth grader will also be solving multi-step math problems.

 

Reading: Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third- person narratives.

In May, the students read the myths of Pandora, Perseus, and Persephone.  This week they will read another version of each story.  To fulfill the standard, they will compare and contrast the different versions of each myth in a Venn Diagram.  Ask your fourth grader to tell you the similarities and differences of each version.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes.   Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from North America and South America due.  

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Europe and Africa due.  

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Asia, Australia, and Antarctica due.  

Read for 30 minutes.  
Math Homelink 8.6 Homelink 8.7 Homelink 8.8 Homelink 8.9 Math Homework Due

 

May 26th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 29th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of May 29th-June 2nd

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

After fracturing four different Greek myths during the month of May, the fourth graders will now pick one of them to write as a final draft.  Categories on the rubric that they will receive on the rubric this week include a detailed exposition, plot, transitional words, description, dialogue, word choice, and conventions.  This week, the students will all be given the opportunity to edit misspelled words and work with a partner to help them revise their work.  

 

Math: Solve problems involving measurement and conversion on measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.

Because of Olympic Day and the Third Grade Play there will only be one formal math lesson taught this week.  In that lesson, they will be plotting data on a line plot.  Math homework will be due this week on Thursday.  

 

Reading: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.

As the fourth graders continue to read Greek myths, they will use a character’s thoughts, actions, and words to describe the protagonist of the myth with a character trait.  At home, ask your fourth grader to use text evidence to describe the protagonist of his or her independent book.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from North America, South America, and Europe Due.

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Africa, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica due.  

Read for 30 minutes.
Math Homelink 8.5 Math Homework Due

 

May 19th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 22nd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of May 22nd-26th

 

NWEA Testing

The fourth graders will be take the end of the year NWEA test on Tuesday and Wednesday.  This test is a good indication of how every student has shown growth during a school year.  Because of this, it is important the fourth graders work hard and do their personal best to showcase their academic growth throughout the 2016-2017 school year.  Results will be available immediately after the students take the assessment.  If you are interested in learning how your fourth grader did, please let me know.  

 

Math: Geometric measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure angles.

We will begin the week with the fourth graders analyzing student work from last week’s open response.  They will use the student work to help them revise their own work.  We will also review line symmetry.  Because of the NWEA testing, the students will only have two formal homeroom math lessons this week.  

 

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

Everyday the fourth graders will read another Greek myth.  After they read the myth, they will identify the theme and give specific text evidence to explain the theme.  Encourage your fourth grade reader to read Greek myths at home.  You can even share your favorite myth with your child.  Encourage your fourth grader to tell you the theme of a specific myth.  

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Continuing with our month long writing genre, the fourth graders will be fracturing another myth.  This week, the fourth graders will be fracturing the myth of Perseus.  In conjunction with our reading objective, the fourth graders will be identifying the theme of this particular myth.  They will also be able to identify the theme of their own fractured myth.  Other mini-lessons will focus on plot development, dialogue, and word choice.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes.   Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from North America and South America due.  

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Europe and Africa due.  

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Asia, Australia, and Antarctica due.  

Read for 30 minutes.  
Math Homelink 8.3 Homelink 8.4 Math Homework Due

 

May 12th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 15th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of May 15th-19th

 

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

The students will begin the week with taking the Open Response portion of the Unit 7 Test.  They will spend the rest of the week beginning Unit 8.  They will begin the Unit with solving challenging multi-step number stories.  When working with your fourth grader at home, make sure that they understand what the problem is asking before they actually do the work.  Wednesday and Thursday will focus on angle measure.  All fourth graders should be able to identify a 90, 180, and 360 degree angle.  With this knowledge, they should be able to use strategies to identify an unknown angle measure without using a protractor.  They will use this knowledge on Thursday’s open response problem to identify the angle measure of different polygons.  

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

As the students are fracturing the myth of Persephone, they will begin the week with writing a luring lead.  Since the original story was full of sensory imagery, they will also incorporate the five senses in their story.  Other mini-lessons will focus on using appropriate paragraph breaks, writing dialogue, and writing an unforgettable ending in the resolution.  

 

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

During the last week of our poetry unit, the students will be analyzing a new poem each day.  With their analyzation, they will focus on figurative language, literary device, theme, imagery, and literal versus. figurative meaning.  Each day, we will focus on a new skill.  Encourage your fourth grade to read poetry at home.  

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 8.1 Homelink 8.2 Math Homework Due
Reading Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from North and South America due.  

Read for 30 minutes. Letters from Europe and Africa Due. Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Asia and Australia Due.  

Read for 30 minutes.  

 

May 5th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 8th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of May 8th-12th

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

On Thursday, the students will take the Unit 7 Assessment.  This assessment has many word problems.  The word problems involve multiplying a whole number by a fraction and mixed number, converting cups, pints, and quarts, adding decimals, multi-step division problems, converting yards to feet, converting pounds to ounces, and using information on a line plot.  The students will also have to identify multiples of a unit fraction, be able to identify and describe a pattern, and plot data on a line plot.  Please let me know if there is a specific skill that you would like me to work with your fourth grader before Thursday’s test.  During the three days prior to the test, we will multiply and add fractions and decimals, solve division number stories, and record data on a line plot.  

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

This week, the fourth graders will be fracturing the myth of Pandora.  Lessons will focus on word choice.  The writers will be encouraged to use detail and description in their writing.  They will also write using sensory imagery.  Transitional words will also be used in the students’ writing.  

 

Reading: Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated.

We will begin the week with reading two poems about the same topic.  One is written in first person and one is written in third person.  The fourth graders will compare and contrast the poems through a Venn Diagram.  In addition to point of view, the students will also read to find the voice and mood of poems.  They will continue to read poems by Langston Hughes and Jack Prelutzky.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes.   Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from North America and South America due.  

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Europe and Africa due.  

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Asia, Australia, and Antarctica due.  

Read for 30 minutes.  
Math Homelink 7-11 Homelink 7-12 Homelink 7-13 Math Homework Due.

Math Test

 

April 21st, 2017

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of April 24th-28th

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

This week, the students will be multiplying fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers.  They will be practicing this through solving word problems.  On Wednesday, they will solve an Open Response problem involving multiplying whole numbers by a fraction in order to create a recipe.  They will spend Thursday critiquing student work and making revisions to their own work.  Multiplying mixed numbers by whole numbers can be difficult.  Please assist your child with homework when necessary.  

 

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

The students will study the poems of Robert Frost and Langston Hughes.  As they read the poems by these poets, they will identify the theme using specific text evidence in their interpretations.  Ask your fourth grader to identify the theme of the book that he or she is reading at home.  

 

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

This week we will wrap up our writing unit on poetry. The fourth graders will put all of the information they have learned throughout this unit together, to create a poetry book about one theme. The fourth graders will learn about different ways to go public with their poetry. After that, the fourth graders will write poems about the theme they chose to include in their final poetry book.

 

Walk-a-Thon registration is OPEN!
Register your student and collect at least $50 in pledges by midnight Thursday, April 27th and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free 3 months membership to University of Chicago’s recreational facilities – the Gerald Ratner Athletics Center & Henry Crown Field House.

The Gerald Ratner Athletics Center features a fitness center, swimming pool, competition and auxiliary gymnasia, dance room, and locker rooms. The Henry Crown Field House includes an indoor running track, racquetball, handball, wallyball, and squash courts, four multi-purpose courts, astro-turfed multipurpose room, and fitness center.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes.   Read for 30 minutes.  

Letters from North America and South America due.  

Read for 30 minutes.  

Letters from Europe and Africa due.  

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Asia and Australia due.

Read for 30 minutes.  
Math Homelink 7.4 Homelink

7.5

Homelink 7.6 Math Homework Due.  

 

April 6th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 17th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of April 17th-21st

 

Report Card Pick-Up

Wednesday is a non-attendance day for students because parents are invited to pick up report cards.  Thank you to the parents that have signed up for a conference.  Please bring your fourth grader to the conference because they will lead the meeting identifying their strengths in fourth grade and goals for the remaining ¼ of the school year.  

 

Math:Solve Problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements.  

We will begin fourth quarter with converting cups, pints, quarts, and gallons.  Please check in with your fourth grader to see if they know how many cups, pints, and quarts are in a gallon.  We will continue with using units of measurement in word problems on Tuesday.  The students will begin to multiply fractions to problem solve.  Then on Thursday, the students will explicitly learn how to multiply fractions.  Every fourth grader should be able to identify the multiples of a given unit fraction.  

 

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 a day identifying simile, metaphor, and personification in different poems.  The students will study poems and interpret the meaning of each type of figurative language.  On Friday, they will be assessed on identifying two types of figurative language and interpreting the meaning.  

 

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

As we continue our unit on poetry, the fourth graders will continue to learn about the different aspects of writing poetry. First the fourth graders will learn about and use different poetry crafting techniques in their writing. Then, the fourth graders will learn about and use wordplay in their poetry writing. Next, the fourth graders will learn about and use troubleshooting techniques to perfect their poetry writing. Finally, the fourth graders will learn about different poetic forms and focus on a particular poetic form in their poetry writing.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 7.1 Homelink 7.2 No School Homelink 7.3 Math

Homework

Due

Reading Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes.  Letters from North America, South America, and Europe due.   Read for 30 minutes.    Read for 30 minutes.  Letters from Africa, Asia, and Antarctica due.   Read for 30 minutes.  

 

March 31st, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 3rd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of April 3rd-April 6th

 

Report Card Pick-Up

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 is a non attendance day for students because of Report Card Pick-Up.  Every parent is invited for a ten minute conference to discuss your child’s progress in fourth grade.  Conferences will be scheduled from 12-6.  Please complete and return the bottom portion of this note identifying your preferred conference time.  Conferences will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.  Your fourth grader is encouraged to attend the conference to identify strengths and goals.  

 

Math: Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements.  

We will end the math unit solving word problems.  On Monday, the students will use addition and subtraction to solve word problems with fractions and mixed numbers.  Tuesday’s word problems will entail solving problems multiplying a whole number by a fraction.  Because Thursday is the last day of the quarter, the students will be assessed on both Wednesday and Thursday.  The Unit 6 Test will take place on Wednesday and the Cumulative Test will be given on Thursday.  Concepts assessed on the Unit 6 Test include extended division facts, dividing a two digit dividend by a one digit divisor, division word problems, interpreting remainders, angle measure, types of angles, converting pounds to ounces, fraction word problems, area and perimeter.  Concepts assessed on Thursday’s Cumulative Test include multiplication, fraction, and conversion word problems, factors, identification of prime and composite numbers, area and perimeter, identifying equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions, comparing decimals, converting measurements, angle measurements, place value, adding and subtracting numbers in the ten thousands place, symmetry, and plotting data on a line plot.  Please let me know if would like me to practice any particular math skill with your fourth grader.  

 

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 the fourth grader will edit and revise the information they collected about their real life mystery, and use their rubric to continue to create their mystery poster. After the fourth grader has revised their information, they will use their rubric to assist them in finalizing their poster, to ensure they have all of the required information included on their mystery poster.

 

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

As we continue our unit on poetry, the fourth graders will learn how to use sensory imagery in their poetry writing. In addition, the fourth graders will learn how to use different poetic devices to infuse their poems with music.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes.    Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from North and South America due.

Read for 30 minutes. Letters from Europe and Africa due.   Read for 30 minutes.  Letters from Asia and Australia due.
Math Homelink 6.12 Homelink 6.13 Math Homework Due. Unit 6 Math Test Cumulative Math Test

 

__________________________________________________________________________

Fourth Grader’s Name: _________________________________

Parent’s Name: _________________________

Preferred Conference Time: 1.______2.______3.________

Assigned Time by the teacher:: __________________

March 24th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 27th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of March 27th-March 31st

 

The PARCC Test

The fourth graders will begin the PARCC Standardized Test on Monday, March 27th.  The testing will continue everyday through Tuesday, April 4th.  We will test each morning starting promptly at 9AM.  Please make sure that your child is at school on time every day.

 

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 the fourth grader will edit and revise the information they collected about their real life mystery, and use their rubric to begin to create their mystery poster.

 

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

As we continue working through our division unit, the fourth grader will explore different ways to express and interpret remainders. Then, the fourth grader will make an angle measurer and use it to measure angles. After that, the fourth grader will measure angles with a half-circle protractor. Finally, the fourth grader will use what they learned to add and subtract to find unknown angle measures.

 

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

This week we will begin our writing unit on poetry. The fourth graders will be introduced to poetry, and become familiar with this style of writing through examples and instruction.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from North and South America due.

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Europe and Africa due.

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Asia and Australia due.

Read for 30 minutes.
Math Homelink 6.8 Homelink 6.9 Homelink 6.10 Homelink 6.11 Math Homework Due