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October 16th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 16th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 16th-20th

 

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

This week, the fourth graders will write an essay identifying the theme of a poem.  In their essay, they use text evidence to support their theme.  Mini-lessons that will help them to write their essay include using paragraph breaks and transitional words.  The writers will also be given a graphic organizer that will support with editing their writing.  

 

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

In guided reading groups, the students will be identifying the main idea and theme.  All of the readers should know the difference between the two.  All of the fourth graders should know that the theme is a lesson or moral that can be applied to everyday life and is not specific to the story.  They should know that the main idea is specific to the story and identifies what the story is about in a sentence.  

 

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

The fourth graders will continue to learn multiplication terminology as they define multiples.  Ask your fourth grader to differentiate between factors and multiples.  They will further explore factors as they differentiate between prime and composite numbers.  Unit 2’s Open Response Problem will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.  Through this task, they will use multiplicative reasoning to make a prediction.  On Wednesday, they will work with their continent to make the conjecture.  Thursday’s class will be spent looking at student work and revising their own work independently.  They will also be presented with a challenge task.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 2.4 Homelink 2.5 Homelink 2.6 Math Homework Due
Reading Read Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude.  Complete Three Tic Tac Toe Activities.   Tic Tac Toe Activities Due.  

 

October 13th, 2017

Reading Homework ~ Week of October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017

This week for homework, read Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley.  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 146 and 147 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Complete the Short Response activity on page 163 in five or more sentences.   Answer the stop and think question on page 155 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 159. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 149. Complete the Text to Text activity found on page 137 using a Venn Diagram.  
Complete the Draw a Cartoon Activity found on page 163 independently. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this fairy tale.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

October 10th, 2017

Book Report #2

Every five weeks, you will be required to complete a book report which will be counted as part of the project portion of your grade.  Since we are reading fiction books during the first quarter, the first two book reports should be about a fiction book that you have read at home. The first book report will be due Friday, October 27th

 

Name: __________________________________________________

Title of the book: ___________________________________________

Author of the book: _________________________________________

Fiction Genre: _____________________________________________

 

Please answer in complete sentences.  

 

  1. Who is the protagonist of the book? What is a character trait to describe this character? What are actions, words, and thoughts to give evidence to this character trait?

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  1. Go back in the story and make an inference.

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Identify the explicit text evidence with the page number that supports the inference.____________________________________________________

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3.What is the main idea?  ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________4. What is the theme? __________________________________________

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  1. Why do you think this is the theme? ____________________________________________________________

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  1.  Summarize this story in three-five sentences.  

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  1.  Name a person in Room 207 that you would recommend this book to.  Why would you recommend that this person should read this book?

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  1.  Draw a picture of the protagonist in the setting of the story.  Write a caption to explain what is happening in the picture.  
October 10th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 6th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 10th-13th

 

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

Once again, the fourth graders will be responding to a writing prompt after reading a passage.  This week, the students will imagine that like the protagonist in the story, they find a pair of wacky shoes that won’t come off.  They will re-write the original story creating characters, setting, and events.  Mini-lessons will focus on beginning a story with a luring lead, using dialogue, and writing with descriptive words.  

 

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

The fourth graders will continue making inferences in the text.  They will use explicit text evidence to support their inferences.  Please practice making inferences with your fourth grader at home.  The students received a new book report for the next half of the quarter.  This book report will be due on Friday, October 27th.  

 

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

The fourth graders will begin Unit 2 of math, which is about multiplication and geometry.  On Tuesday, the students will start off the week by reviewing rectangular arrays and exploring patterns in square numbers.  Then, students will develop a formula to solve for areas of rectangles.  Students will also work with factor pairs, arrays, and corresponding equations.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Stormalong.  Complete Three Tic Tac Toe Activities Tic Tac Toe Activities due.  
Math Homelink 2.1 Homelink 2.3 Homelink 2.3 Math Homework Due.

 

October 6th, 2017

Homework ~ Week of October 10th

Tuesday, October 10th

This week for homework, read Stormalong by Mary Pope Osborne.  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 114 and 115 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Using a Venn Diagram, complete the Text to Text activity on page 137.   Answer the stop and think question on page 126 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 120. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 117. Complete the Short Response Activity on Page 133 in five or more sentences.  
Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 129 in five or more sentences. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this tall tale. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

September 30th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 2nd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 2nd-6th

 

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

During the month of October, the fourth graders will focus on responding to a prompt, specifically from the PARCC Test.  This week, they will read a story and change the point of view from third person to first person.  Mini-lessons will focus on beginning sentences in a variety of ways and writing an unforgettable ending.  The writers will also use our general rubric to grade student samples of fourth graders responding to the same prompt.  

 

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

The fourth graders finished reading Whipping Boy last Friday.  As a culminating activity, they will create a book cover to showcase the reading skills that they have learned during the first five weeks of fourth grade.  The cover will illustrate a character trait, the inside front cover will identify the main idea and theme, the inside back cover will show an inference supported with explicit text evidence, and the back cover will include a summary.  The students received a rubric of this assignment and will work on this book cover completely at school.  This grade will account as an assessment.  Book reports are due this week on Tuesday.  During the second week of school, the students received a Book Report form.  Additional forms are found on my blog.  In guided reading groups, the fourth grade readers will focus on inference.  

 

Math

Because of the first Unit Test, there will be no formal math lessons taught this week.  As a result, there will be no math homework assigned.  As a reminder math skills assessed on the test include place value, comparing numbers, rounding numbers to the nearest hundred and hundred thousand, word problems, estimation, adding and subtracting numbers in the hundreds, converting yards to feet, identifying right angles, and finding the perimeter.  On Wednesday’s open response assessment, the students will explain different ways that students use subtraction.  The students will have an opportunity to correct their errors.  When they bring their test home, please ask your fourth grader if each error was a silly mistake or if the concept is still difficult.  If there is still a concept that is challenging for your fourth grader, please let me know,  I will be sure to work with your fourth grader on this skill.  Because multiplication is a large focus of Unit 2, the Tuesday Timed Tests for October will be multiplication.  Please practice multiplication facts with your fourth grader at home.  

 

Walking Math

Every Friday, all of the fourth graders are divided into three different groups to either “walk” to Room 206, 207, or 209 for math.  If you have a question regarding your fourth grader’s walking math placement, please let me know.  

 

Message from Ray PTO:

Our fall fundraiser is underway!  You should have received an Affy Tapple order form with instructions in your student’s folder (if not, you can download them online here .  Order forms and checks are due Friday, October 13.  Please take orders from friends, family, neighbors and co-workers – you’ll be pleased to find many people want to support our school!  Incentives and prizes awarded to individual students and classrooms!

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Unit 1 Math Test Open Response Test
Reading Read The Power of W.O.W. . Book Report Due Complete Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due

 

September 29th, 2017

Homework ~ Week of October 2nd

Monday, October 2nd

This week for homework, read The Power of W.O.W. by Crystal Hubbard.  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 90 and 91 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Complete the Take Action activity on page 105 in five or more sentences.   Answer the stop and think question on page 99 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 104. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 93. Complete the Text to Text activity found on page 109.  Your answer must be in five or more sentences.
Complete the Text to Self Activity on page 109.  Your answer must be in five or more sentences. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this play.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.
September 22nd, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 25th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of September 25th-29th

 

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

Throughout the month of September, the fourth grade writers practiced a variety of writing skills as they wrote about an event that happened to them over the summer.  This week, they will put all of the skills together to compose a final draft of an event that happened to them.  They will begin the week with receive a rubric identifying how their narrative final draft will be graded.  Skills graded include plot, use of dialogue, description, word choice, and correct conventions.  Throughout the week, the students will be reminded of appropriate paragraph breaks, strategies to correctly spell words, and revising writing to make it more clear.  Every fourth grader will work with a partner to peer edit each other’s work.  While working with a partner, they will tell a compliment, ask three questions, and give advice.  Ask your fourth grader what event he or she is choosing to write about for his or her final draft.  

 

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

As the students finish, The Whipping Boy, they will identify the theme of the book.  The fourth graders will learn that theme is a lesson or idea that the writer wants to teach to the reader.  They will also identify the theme of their guided reading book supported with text evidence.  Ask your fourth grader to identify the theme of the book that he or she is reading at home.  

 

Math: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

We will end the last week of Unit 1 learning geometry skills.  First, we will convert between yards, feet, and inches.  Then, we will explore properties of points, line segments, lines, rays, angles, triangles, and quadrilaterals.  At the end of the week, we will develop a formula for finding the perimeter of a rectangle.  With the end of the Unit, the students will be administered the first math assessment on Tuesday, October 3rd.  The students will be tested on place value, comparing numbers, rounding numbers, estimating and solving a multi-step problem, using the US traditional method to add and subtract, converting yards to feet, and finding the perimeter of a rectangle.  On Wednesday October 4th, they will complete the Open Response Portion of the assessment.  On this portion of the test, they will critique how two students subtracted in two different ways. If you would like me to practice any specific skill with your child before next week’s test, please let me know.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 1-10 Homelink 1-11 Homelink 1-12 Homelink 1-13 Math Homework Due
Reading Read How Tia Lola Came to Stay.  Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due.  
September 22nd, 2017

Homework ~ Week of September 25th

Monday, September 25, 2017

This week for homework, read How Tia Lola Came to Stay by Julia Alvarez.  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 underlined title of the story.

Use each vocabulary word on pages 68 and 69 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the text to self activity on page 85 in five or more sentences. Answer the stop and think question on page 75 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 78. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 71. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 77 in five or more sentences.
Complete the Snowy Surprise activity on page 81. 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.

 

September 18th, 2017

Homework ~ Week of September 18th

Monday, September 18, 2017

This week for homework, read A Sister Remembers Growing up with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Christine King Farris.  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 42 and 43 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the text to self-activity on page 63. Answer the stop and think question on page 50 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 55. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 45. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 57 in five or more sentences.
Complete the text to text activity on page 63 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.

 

September 15th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~Week of September 18th

Peek at the Week

Week of September 18th

Room 207

 

Writing: Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.

The theme of the week in writing is word choice.  As the writers continue to write dialogue in their writing, they will use other words to substitute said.  They will also be inspired to incorporate figurative language, descriptive words, and sensory imagery through reading excerpts of children’s literature classics,  A Wrinkle in Time and Owl Moon.  Additionally, they will use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events of their narrative.  

 

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

The reading skill of the week is summarizing text.  The students will be reminded that a summary is more detailed than a main idea but should only include the most important details of what was read.  When writing summaries, students will be taught to try to include the who, what, where, why, and when of the story.  They will be encouraged to write summaries that are not too lengthy but approximately three-five sentences.  Sometimes it is appropriate to include the problem/solution and theme in the summary.  We will be practicing efficient ways to summarize text throughout the week.  Ask your fourth grader to summarize the book that he or she is reading at home.  

 

Math: Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.

This week, we will use the US traditional method to add and subtract numbers in the hundreds place. We will review other strategies to use as well. Before the fourth graders find the actual answer, they should first estimate to see if their answer makes sense.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, the students will receive the first open response problem.  They will use place value to identify a pattern.  From there, they will explain their work.   

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 1.7 Homelink 1.6 Homelink 1.8 Homelink 1.9 Math Homework Due
Reading Read A Sister Remembers. Complete three Tic-Tac-Toe activities Tic-Tac-Toe activities due

 

September 11th, 2017

Reading Homework ~ Week of September 11th

September 11, 2017

This week for homework, read Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.  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 18 and 19 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the text to self activity on page 37. Answer the stop and think question on page 26 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 25. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 21. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 32.
Complete the text to text activity on page 37 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 on page 23 in five or more sentences.