Ms. Wejman

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.

 

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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

 

March 17th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 20th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of March 20th-24th  

 

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

In preparation for next week’s PARCC test, the students will be responding to a sample PARCC prompt.  They will read two passages about hot air ballooning.  In their writing, they will identify the steps of flying and landing hot air balloons.  They will also have to compare and contrast the two articles.  Throughout the week, the students will focus on using effective language and responding to the prompt.  They will also meet with another writer to help to give feedback about another student’s writing.  

 

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

This week in math we will continue our division unit. The students will interpret remainders to decide how to package fruit for a fundraiser and explain their solutions. The next day, the students will discuss different solutions and explanations of the “package fruit” problem and revise their work. Then, the students will explore U.S. customary units of wright and convert tons to pounds and pounds to ounces. Finally, the fourth grader will practice using partial-quotients division to divide whole numbers with 3- and 4-digit dividends.

 

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

This week in reading, we will continue our inquiry unit on mysteries. The students will use text evidence to generate a list of inferences about their mystery. Then, they will use the inferences they had previously made to make connections and draw conclusions about their mystery. Finally they will be given a rubric for their final “mystery poster” and begin to combine and organize all of their information about their mystery in a logical way.

 

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 6.5 Homelink 6.6 Homelink 6.7 Math Homework Due

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March 10th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 13th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of March 13th-17th  

 

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

This week’s PARCC research writing prompt pertains to sharks.  The students will write an essay using details and images from the passage.  They will also be introduced to the PARCC research simulation task and literary analysis task rubric.  They will use the rubric to grade student samples.  Throughout the week, mini-lessons will focus on using the requirements stated in the rubric.  

 

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

This week we will begin our unit on division. The fourth graders will find a rule for solving extended division facts. Then they will use division to find missing side lengths of rectangles. Later in the week, they will solve division number stories using familiar multiples (Ex. 6 [2s]= 12 6[3s]=18). Finally, they will explore dividing multi-digit numbers into parts as a method for division.

 

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, we will be begin our reading inquiry unit on nonfiction mysteries. To start the unit, the fourth grader will learn about the role of a researcher, and generate a list of real life mysteries. The fourth grader will then explore the text features of their mystery book, and generate a list of what they know and what they want to learn about their mystery. After this, the fourth grader will read their mystery and generate answers to Who, What, When, and Where questions about their mystery. By the end of the week, the fourth grader will read their book and generate a list of clues/facts about their mystery.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 6.1 Homelink 6.2 Homelink 6.3 Homelink 6.4 Math Homework Due
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.  

 

March 3rd, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 6th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of March 6th-March 10th

 

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

To prepare for the writing portion of the PARCC assessment, the students will be given a portion of the practice test.  They will first read three different pieces of informational texts.  As they are reading, they will gather information about the illustrations and identify how they help the reader learn about the text.  Each day of the week, the students will be writing a new paragraph to correspond with each text.  

 

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

As a culminating activity to reading their mysteries, the fourth graders will be working with their guided reading groups to perform a skit of the book that they read.  After they receive the rubric of their skit, they will plan their performance to correspond with the plot of their mystery.  They will practice it every day before Friday when the performance will take place.  

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.  

Because there will be no formal lessons this week, there will be no homework.  On Tuesday, they will take the Unit 5 Test.  Concepts on the test include decomposing fractions, solving word problems involving fractions, adding fractions and mixed numbers, subtracting fractions and mixed numbers, using data to create a line plot, estimating angle measurement, identifying symmetry, and solving a multi-step problem.  Wednesday’s open response test will have the students explaining the thinking of another student’s math work.  On Thursday, the students will make corrections to their math test and bring home their test.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the test.  

 

Homwork 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 Australia and Antarctica due.  

Read for 30 minutes.

 

February 27th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 27th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of February 27th-March 3rd

 

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

As the fourth graders are finishing their mysteries this week, the writers will focus on conventions.  Mini-lessons will focus on beginning sentences in a variety of ways, capitalizing proper nouns, spelling words the correct way, and using the appropriate punctuation when using dialogue.  The fourth graders will also use peer editing to help fine tune their writing before it is due on Friday.   

 

Math: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles. As the fourth graders complete their math unit, we will briefly shift our focus from fractions to aspects of geometry (lines, angles, shapes). The fourth graders will explore rotation, iteration of measurement units, and angle measures. They will then be introduced to the degree as a unit to measure angles. Next, they will review line symmetry and explore properties of symmetric shapes. At the end of the week, they will use everything they have previously learned to solve multistep multiplication number stories and express their solution strategies with appropriate units and number models.

 

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

When the students are reading their mysteries this week, they will focus on making an inference from explicit text evidence.  The fourth graders should identify an inference in their homework letters.  Guided reading groups will also focus on the students making an inference from a given excerpt.  

 

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 5-10 Homelink 5-11 Homelink 5-12 Homelink 5-13 Math Homework Due

 

February 10th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 13th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of February 13th-17th

 

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 write their mysteries this week.  Mini-lessons will focus on writing a descriptive exposition, writing the dialogue with the sleuth making a breakthrough, using sensory details, and incorporating transitional words.  

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

This week the students will continue to solve problems dealing with fractions. The students will learn how to add unlike fractions with tenths and hundredths (ex. 2/10 + 45/100). The students will also spend two days learning how to divide an area of land into parts based on a number story, and write a fraction addition equation to represent the partitioning. Then the students will subtract fractions (of the same whole, with like denominators) to solve number stories (ex. 5/10 – 3/10). Last, the students will learn how to subtract mixed numbers by writing equations, drawing diagrams, and solving number stories (ex. 3 ⅔ – 3 ⅓ ).

 

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

As the readers continue to read mysteries, they will identify the foreshadowing that the author uses to give clues in the text.  The fourth graders will be explicitly taught that foreshadowing is an author’s use of hints or clues to suggest events that will occur later in the story.  When reading with your fourth grader at home, please practice identifying foreshadowing in text.  

 

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 5.5 Homelink 5.6 Homelink 5.7 Homework Due

 

February 2nd, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 6th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of February 6th-10th

 

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

To coincide with the reading unit, the fourth graders will be writing their own mysteries.  This week, the students will receive a list of mystery vocabulary words to assist in writing their mysteries.  They will pick a specific mystery to be solved by a sleuth or detective.  The week will be spent brainstorming details for their mysteries.  For example, they will draw a picture of their suspects, witness, and sleuth.  Along with their illustrations, they will also identify motives and alibis for their suspects, identify a hunch that their sleuth or detective has, and internal characteristics of their witness or witnesses.  The writers will end the week with creating a plot mountain of their mysteries before they spend next week drafting their writing.  

 

Math:  Build fractions from unit fractions.

This week, the students will be using their fraction circle pieces to solve problems dealing with fractions.The students will learn how to decompose fractions into unit fractions. For example, ¾  = ¼ + ¼ + ¼ . The students will also practice finding a whole when given a fractional part of a region (ex. ⅓ + ⅓ + ⅓ = 3/3 or 1 whole). The students will then practice adding fractions of the same whole with like denominators to solve number stories (ex. ⅓ + ⅓ = ⅔). In addition, the students will learn multiple strategies (ex. fraction circles) to add mixed numbers ( ex. 2 ¼ ) with like denominators.

 

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

The students will be introduced to the mystery genre during the third quarter.  This week, they will discuss the structure and be able to identify specific characters as a sleuth, witness, or suspect.  Character motive and alibi will be used to describe the internal characteristic of the specific character.  They will also identify clues and which clues might be a red herring.  Every student will be given a mystery to read in his or her guided reading group.  Ask your fourth grader to identify which mystery he or she is reading.  Because of the new quarters, the students may be sitting in a new continent.  Ask your fourth grader to identify which continent he or she is sitting in so that you know when their homework letter is due.  

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 5.1 Homelink 5.2 Homelink 5.3 Homelink 5.4 Math Homework Due
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.  

 

January 27th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 30th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of January 30th-February 2nd

 

Math: Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.

On Monday, the students will take the mid-year assessment.  Concepts assessed include place value, perimeter, area, adding and subtracting multiple digit numbers, multiples, factors, lines, rays, and line segments, parallel and perpendicular lines, identification of polygons, fractions, word problems, multiple digit multiplication, decimals, and conversion problems.  We will spend the rest of the week correcting our mistakes from the assessment in small groups.  The tests will be sent home on Wednesday with corrections made. Because we are done with Volume 1 of the math book, students will also take this book home.  Please feel free to look over the work that your fourth grader completed during the first half of the year.   There will be no math homework due this week.  Please make sure that all missing homework assignments are returned and complete since grades are due on Thursday at 5PM.  

 

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

All research papers will be due on Thursday.  The students were given a rubric stating the expectations of the writing.  Students will be graded on the introduction, three body paragraphs with paraphrased facts, conclusion, and conventions.  

 

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

The fourth grade wax museum will take place on Thursday, February 2nd at 9AM.  All parents are invited to attend.  On Monday, every student will receive a rubric stating how they will be graded on their presentation.  Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be practicing their monologue for the museum.  On Thursday, the students should be prepared with their costume and prop that has to do with the person whom they are portraying.  

Parents:  Raise a Glass for Ray School is coming up on Thursday, February 2!  Please consider coming out to support our school! Your $35 advance ticket includes beer, wine, and light appetizers. We have a terrific live band too. We will be recognizing an outstanding volunteer, Jennifer Williams, who does so much for the Ray community. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club is offering dinner and fun for the kids. Get your tickets at http://rayschool.weebly.com/raise-a-glass-for-ray.html  Can’t come to the event, but still want to support Ray School, enter our Raise a Glass Raffle! We’ve got awesome prizes – a night at the Hyatt, dance, art, and improv classes, theater tickets, cheesecake, and more!

Get your raffle tickets at http://rayschool.weebly.com/raise-a-glass-raffle.html

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
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.  

 

January 20th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 23rd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of January 23rd-27th

 

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

The fourth grader will use the lattice method of multiplication to multiply multiple digit numbers.  Have your fourth grader demonstrate this method.  On Tuesday, the students will take the Unit 4 Assessment.  Concepts on the test that will be assessed include multiplying multiple digit numbers, solving word problems, converting liters to milliliters, converting kilograms to grams, and finding the area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes.  On Wednesday, the fourth graders will take the Cumulative Assessment.  Concepts tested on this assessment include factors, multiples, composite and prime numbers, place value, adding and subtracting multiple digit numbers, area, and parallel lines.  We will spend Thursday correcting the errors on both tests. The students will bring home both tests on Thursday.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about either test.  

 

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

After spending all of last week researching his or her topic on the Internet, the fourth graders will begin to compose his or her research paper.  They will gather all of their information in an outline format.  From there, they will write the three body paragraphs, the introduction, and conclusion.  All research papers will be due on the last day of the quarter which will be on Thursday, February 2nd.  

 

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

The fourth grader will begin to write their script for the wax museum.  First, they will complete an outline which they will answer questions about the person’s early and adult life.  They will then compose a summary.  They will also begin to practice the reading of their script with their classmates.  The student’s will end the week with summarizing an informational text passage for the assessment.  

 

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 4.13 Math Homework Due.

Unit 4 Test

Cumulative

Test