Ms. Wejman

December 8th, 2017

Ray Spirit Week

Winter Spirit Days

December 11-15, 2017

Monday¬†– Crazy DayūüĆą

Crazy Colorful Clothes¬†ūüĎöūüĎĖ

Crazy Socks

Crazy Hairūüé©

Tuesday¬†– Pajama & Stuff Animal and Movie (3-3:45) Dayūüé¨

Wednesday¬†– Education T-Shirt Day¬†ūüéí

Wear any school t-shirt or hoodie

Staff eat lunch with students and share high school and college experiences

Thursday¬†– Ugly/Beautiful Winter‚ĚĄ¬†Sweater Contest Day (Prizes awarded in class)

Friday¬†– Twin or Jean DayūüϨ

December 8th, 2017

Homework ~ Week of December 11th

Monday, December 11th

This week for homework, read Antarctic Journey 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.   Answer the Stop and Think on page 314.  Why do you think it is from this point of view? How is this point of view helpful to the story?   Answer the Stop and Think question on page 331.  Identify the metaphor and explain what it means.  
Complete the Stop and Think on page 333.   Complete the graphic organizer found on page 327 . Complete the Text to Text activity found on page 343.
Complete the Text to Self Activity on page 343.  Your answer must be 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. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

December 8th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 11th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of December 11th

 

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

Since the writers are working on writing their own informational books, they will be using the informational books in the classroom as inspiration for how to publish their books.  They will identify the purpose of specific text features in informational books and use them in their own books.  Ask your fourth grader to tell you what text features he or she will be using in his or her own published book.  They will be given the informational text rubric and will begin to write their final book.  

 

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

Unit 4 encompasses different strategies to multiply multiple digit numbers.  We will begin the week with learning a rule to multiply by multiples of ten.  Later in the week, the fourth graders will use what they learned to multiply multiples of ten by converting liters to milliliters.  The students will use different strategies to multiply multiple digit numbers.  One strategy that they will learn this week involves the students partitioning a multiple digit number in a rectangle and multiplying each place value.  While using multiplication in problem solving, they will use estimation strategies before they solve to find the actual answer.  

 

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

Throughout the second quarter, the fourth graders have been reading biographies about a variety of people.  As a culminating project for the first half of the quarter, every fourth grader  will be creating a timeline project.  The fourth grader will pick a person from one of the biographies that he or she read in his or her guided reading book.  In addition to creating a timeline with five events listed, they will also summarize the book, create an image that represents the person that he or she read about, and illustrate a creative title for the timeline.  The students all received a rubric stating the expectations for this assignment.  All of the work for the timeline will be completed in school.  Guiding reading group meetings will focus on writing a good summary.  

 

STEM Night

Come join us for a fun night of Science Technology Engineering and Math on Tuesday, December 12th from 5:00 Р6:30 PM.  

There will activities for all ages.

Our school Science Fair judging will be taking place in the cafeteria.

 

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 Journey.  Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Tic Tac Toe activities due
December 4th, 2017

Biography Book Report

Name:______________________________________

Date: ______________________________________

Biography Book Report

For the second book report of the second quarter, every fourth grader needs to read a biography.  The book report of the biography is due on Thursday, January 11th.  On Thursday, February 1st, the fourth grader must dress as the person that he or she read about for the second annual fourth grade wax museum.  

Biography Title: ______________________________________________

Author: _____________________________________________________

Why did you choose to read this biography?

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Before you read this biography what schema did you have about this person? _____________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What is this person most known for?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

As you are reading, identify an unfamiliar word.  _____________________

Using context clues, what do you think this word means? _____________

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What context clues, made you think this? __________________________

____________________________________________________________

Define the word using dictionary.com. _____________________________

___________________________________________________________

Write the word in a sentence. ____________________________________

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Illustrate the word.  

In each box below, illustrate a picture of the person during their early life, in the middle of their life, and at the end of their life.  Include a caption for each illustration.  

Early Life Middle of Life End of life

What is the main idea of your biography?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What are two details that support your main idea?  

  1. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How do the details support the main idea?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

As you are reading make an inference in this text.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What explicit text evidence did you use to make this inference?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

December 1st, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 4th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of December 4th-8th

 

Writing: Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections.

Throughout the month of December, the writers of fourth grade will be writing informational books.  They started the month with generating an expert list composed of topics that they consider to be an expert on and know a vast information about the subject.  From their list, they picked one topic to write everything that they know about the subject.  To organize their information, they created an outline.  This week, they will use their outline to write three body paragraphs, an introduction, and a conclusion.  Ask your fourth grader to identify the topic that he or she will be writing about for his or her informational book.  Save the date for December 22nd at 3PM.  We will  celebrating the end of our writing unit with a publishing party.  All are invited!  

 

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

Students will end Unit 3 with comparing decimals using <, >, and = notation.  The Unit 3 Test will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.  On Tuesday, students will be assessed on recognizing and generating equivalent fractions, comparing and ordering fractions with different numerators and different denominators, converting between decimals and fractions with denominators 10 or 100, naming decimals, comparing and ordering decimals, and converting from centimeters to millimeters.  On Wednesday, students will take the Open Response Assessment.  Students will make sense of others’ mathematical thinking by explaining how two students used different fraction comparison strategies. Please let us know if there is a specific skill that you would like us to practice 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.

As we continue to read biographies, the students will make inferences in the text.  The students know that an inference is using what is stated in the text combined with their background knowledge to make a conclusion of what was read.  Today the students were introduced to the second quarter final project.  On February 1, 2018, all of the fourth graders will be a part of the second annual fourth grade wax museum.  For this event, every fourth grader needs to dress and act as a person that they read about in the biography of his or her choice.  Every student in Room 207 must have their book read by Thursday, January 11th.  Today, they received their second book report form of the quarter.  They must complete their book report on the biography of the person that they are dressing up as at the Wax Museum.  More information will be available as we get closer to the date.  If your fourth grader needs help picking a biography, we will be happy to help him or her.  Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this project.  

 

Robocalls

During the week of November 13th, parents received a form concerning Robocalls.  Forms need to be turned in to allow Robocalls to be used as a form of communication.  Please turn in the form if you would like to have Robocalls as a way of being informed about the events at Ray School.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read The Earth Dragon Awakes and complete the three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Tic Tac Toe activities due.  
Math Homelink 3.13 Homelink 3.8 Math Homework Due

 

December 1st, 2017

Homework ~ Week of December 4th

Monday, December 4th

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.   Answer the Stop and Think on page 314.  Why do you think it is from this point of view? How is this point of view helpful to the story?   Answer the stop and think question on page 307.  Identify three different words or phrases that help you visualize the action in mind.  For each word or phrase, draw a picture of what you visualize.  
Complete the Stop and Think on page 308.   Complete the graphic organizer found on page 303. Complete the Text to Text activity found on page 319.
Complete the Text to Self Activity on page 319.  Your answer must be 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. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

November 22nd, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 27th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 27th-December 1st

 

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

As the students continue to read biographies, they will focus on cause and effect.  Guided reading group conversations will question the student on identifying the effect of a particular event that happened to the subject of the reader’s book.  At home, focus on the cause and effect of your fourth grader’s independent book. Ask your fourth grader both the cause and effect of certain events.  Informational book reports are due on Thursday, November 30th.  Forms can be found on the blog.  Every fourth grader is required to report on a book of the biography, autobiography, or informational genre.  

 

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

This week, students will be learning more about decimals.  To start off, they will use base-10 block manipulatives to model decimals.  They will then use base-10 blocks and grids to help them read and write decimal numbers to the hundredths place.  Your child will then apply their knowledge of decimals to the context of measurement to write measurements in decimal notation and convert metric units.

 

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

Fourth graders will continue writing their final draft opinion piece, which is due November 29.  They will edit and revise their own writing by using an editor’s checklist and incorporating transitional words, as well as a peer’s writing by using TAG (tell a compliment, ask questions, give advice) sheet.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read The Screech Owl Who Liked Television. Complete the three Tic-Tac-Toe activities. Tic-Tac-Toe activities due.
Math Homelink 3.9 Homelink 3.10 Homelink 3.11 Homelink 3.12 Math Homework Due

 

November 22nd, 2017

Homework ~ Week of November 27th

Monday, November 27, 2017

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. Complete the text to self-activity on page 295.  Lease respond in five or more sentences. Complete the comic strip activity on page 291.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 289. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 277. Answer the Stop and Think question on page on 286. Explain the meaning of the simile.
Complete the text to text activity on page 295 using a Venn Diagram. 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 17th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 20th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 20th-21st

 

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

During this short week, the students will continue to read biographies and focus on the main idea of the text.  They will need to identify two details to support their main idea.  Furthermore, they will specifically indicate how the details support the main idea.  Because of the short week, there will be no homework.  Informational text biographies will be due on Thursday, November 30th.  Students have been encouraged to borrow  a book from our classroom library for this informational text biography.  

 

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering; understand decimal notation for fractions and compare decimal fractions.

Fourth graders will discuss strategies for comparing fractions, such as finding a common denominator or using a mathematical model.  This will help them to order fractions accurately on number lines.  Students will also be introduced to the relationship between fractions and decimals by modeling tenths with fraction circles.

 

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

Fourth graders will start writing about the final topic of the opinion writing unit, which is whether or not schools should allow cell phones in classrooms.  This week, they will be given the rubric for their final draft, which is due November 29.  Students will also learn more on how to incorporate anecdotes into their opinion writing.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading No reading homework because of the short week.  
Math Homelink 3.7 Math Homework Due

 

November 10th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 13th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 13th-17th

 

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

As the fourth graders are reading their biography guided reading book, they will be identifying the main idea supporting it with at least two details.  Ask your fourth grader who they are reading about in their guided reading group.  

 

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

Writers will focus on a new topic this week about whether or not plastic bags should be banned in stores. ¬†They will again OREO annotate the new article to support them in understanding opinion writing organization. ¬†Skills taught this week will be using appropriate paragraph breaks, having a variety of sentence starters, and incorporating anecdotes to support reasons. ¬†Students can draw connections with this issue due to the plastic bag tax in Chicago–ask your fourth grader about what they think about this topic and their reasons for it.

 

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

Students will begin the week with the Unit 3 Open Response and Re-Engagement that focuses on using mathematical models to compare fractions.  Fourth graders will then discuss the problems and revise their work.  On Thursday, students will compare fractions in number stories.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Jose Born to Dance.  Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe Activities Due
Math Homelink 3.5 No School Report Card Pick Up   Homelink 3.6 Math Homework Due

 

November 10th, 2017

Homework ~ Week of November 13th

Monday, November 13, 2017

This week for homework, read Jose Born to Dance 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 246-247 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Complete the Write a Poem activity on page 261. Answer the stop and think question on page 253 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 256. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 249. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 260 in five or more sentences.  
Complete the Letter to a Young Dancer activity on page 261.  Your letter must be in correct letter format and must be at least five 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 6th, 2017

Second Quarter Book Report

Every five weeks, you will be required to complete a book report which will be counted as part of the project portion of your reading grade.  Since we are reading non-fiction books during the second quarter, the two book reports this quarter should be about a nonfiction book that you have read at home. The second book report will be due Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Name: __________________________________________________

Title of the book: ___________________________________________

Author of the book: _________________________________________

Non-Fiction Genre: ____________________________________________

Why did you choose to read this nonfiction book?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What facts did you learn from reading this nonfiction book?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What is the main idea of this book?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

While you are reading, make an inference.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What specific text evidence did you use to make your inference?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Identify an unfamiliar word as you are reading.  ______________________

Use context clues to define the word.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Define the word in the dictionary.  

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Use the word in a sentence.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Summarize this book.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Who in 207 would you recommend this book to? Why would you recommend this book to that person?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Draw a picture that represents the book.  Write a caption to describe your picture.