Ms. Wejman

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

 

January 13th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 16th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of January 17th-20th

 

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

The students will be using reliable websites to research their African-American history topic.  Ask your fourth grader to identify the person or event that he or she is researching.  As the fourth graders are researching, they will use the APA format to list references in a bibliography.  They will be paraphrasing the researched information.  The students will be instructed that they should not be plagiarizing but instead writing the information in their own words.  

 

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

The students will practice partial product multiplication with the game multiplication wrestling.  They will also find the area and perimeter of rectilinear figures.  Finally, the students will use multiplication to solve multi-step math problems.  Before the students solve the problem, they will make an estimate to help them.  When working with your fourth grader at home, make sure they make sense of the problem before them persevere and solve it.  

 

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

As the students continue to read their biographies, they will be able to differentiate between main idea and supporting detail.  The teacher will meet with each student to read with them and identify the main idea of an excerpt, chapter or whole book.  They will record the main idea and supporting details in a graphic organizer.  When reading with your fourth grader at home, ask him or her to identify the main idea of what was read supported with a detail.  

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, and Australia due.   Read for 30 minutes.
Math Homelink 4.10 Homelink 4.11 Homelink 4.12 Math Homework Due
December 23rd, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 9th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of January 9th-13th

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

The students will practice strategies to solve problems.  Before students solve problems, they need to make sure to make sense of the problem.  They will also use partial products multiplication to multiply a two digit number by a two digit number. Because the students are taking the middle of the year NWEA on Wednesday and Thursday, there be no math homework on Wednesday and Thursday.  

 

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

Every fourth grader should have a biography that they will be reading in class for the next few weeks.  They should have picked a biography of a person that they would like to dress as for the Fourth Grade Wax Museum which will be held on Thursday, February 2nd.  This week, the students will be reading the biography in class.  As they are reading the biography, they will be identifying ten vocabulary words that are important to the person’s life that they are reading about.  Throughout the week, they will be using context clues to define each word, identifying why the word is important to the person, and drawing an image that describes the word.  The fourth grader will also be identifying supporting details that are important to the person’s life.   

 

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

The writing genre of the month of January will be research.   To prepare the students for African-American history month, every student will be researching a person or event in African-American history that they would like to learn more about.  The students will begin the research unit with generating people and events that they are already familiar with.  From their schema, they will then ask inquiry questions about a person or event  that they would like to know more about.  Before the researching actually begins, they will be instructed on using reliable websites, how to write a bibliography, and the importance of paraphrasing instead of plagiarizing.   Ask your fourth grader what person or event that he or she plans to research.   

 

NWEA

The fourth graders will take the middle of the year assessments on Wednesday and Thursday.  The purpose of the middle of the year assessment is to monitor growth.  If you are interested in knowing your student’s scores, I would be happy to send the reports to you.  

 

Spelling Bee

The Ray School Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, January 13th at 1:45.  Room 207 will choose its two representatives on Wednesday, January 11th during a class Spelling Bee.  All students were given study materials before break.  Every student from Room 207 is given the opportunity to participate in the class spelling bee.  

 

Ms. Pelachyk

For the next four months, Ms. Pelachyk will be our Michigan State intern.  She will assume the same responsibilities and roles that Ms. Smith had during the first four months of school.  Students that wrote homework letters to Miss Smith should now write letters to Ms. Pelachyk.  

 

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 4.8 Homelink 4.9 Math Homework Due Math Homework Due

 

December 16th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 19th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of December 19th-23rd

 

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

The week will begin with an open response.  The students will use multiplication and division to see if they are able to fit one million dollars in a box.  They will use different strategies to prove their answer.  On Wednesday, they will be explicitly taught the partial product multiplication strategy.  Through this strategy, they will multiply numbers by place value.  The students will finish the week with converting kilograms to grams.  

 

Writing: Write informative/ explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

We will begin the week by observing the front and back covers of informational books.  Students are welcome to bring in pictures to use on their front or back cover or throughout the book.  As the writers are finishing their books, they will be focusing on using text features such as a table of contents, bold words, subtitles, and a glossary.  Informational books should be done and be ready for grading on Wednesday.  They should be published on Friday for our publishing party.   All parents are invited to attend our publishing party at 2:45 on Friday.  Students are invited to bring in treats for our celebration.  

 

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

As the students are reading their biographies, they will identify the main idea of the text.  During break, every student is to pick their own biography and bring it to school.  They will choose the person that they want to read about.  For the remainder of the quarter, they will practice using reading strategies with this book.  Every fourth grader is to bring in the biography of their choice on Monday, January 9th.  If they do not bring in their own biography, the teacher will assign a biography to them.  When picking a biography, make sure that it is the appropriate reading level and is someone that the fourth grader is interested in dressing as and learning about.  As a culminating project, they will dress up as this person at a Fourth Grade Wax Museum that will take place on Thursday, February 2nd.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 4.5 Homelink 4.6 Homelink 4.7 Math Homework Due
Reading Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes.
Letters from North America and South America due  
Read for 30 minutes.

Letter from Europe and Africa due.   

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Asia and Australia due.   

Read for 30 minutes.  
December 9th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 12th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of December 12th-16th

Writing: Write informative/ explanatory  texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

After composing the three body paragraphs of their informational text last week, the fourth grade writers will generate their introductions and conclusions this week.  They will also be introduced to the rubric that will be used to grade their final draft.  For the final draft, they will create a published book made from plastic bags.  In addition to writing the informational text, they will also be responsible for using informational text features such as subtitles, bold words, captions, and pictures.  Some fourth grade writers may be inspired to include a table of contents, glossary, and index as well.  

Math: Use Place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-dig arithmetic.

In the fourth math unit, the students will be multiplying multiple digit numbers.  They will begin the week with identifying a rule to multiply by multiples of ten.  Throughout the week, they will also use estimation to solve word problems, convert liters to milliliters, and use a partitioned rectangle to multiply multiple digit numbers.  Throughout the unit of multiplying multiple digits, the students will not be explicitly taught multiplication the traditional way.  They begin with the partitioning of the rectangle to aid in the understanding of place value.  Later, they will focus on using place value to multiply.  

Reading: Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why.

This week, the students will work on their mid-quarter project.  For this project, they will pick one of the biographies that they have read over the past six weeks.  From there, they will create a timeline identifying five important events in the person’s life.  They need to display the timeline in a creative way with an image that describes the person.  Finally, they need to write a summary that describes what they learned about the person in the biography.  All of the necessary requirements were stated on a rubric that the students received.  To create the project, they will all receive a large piece of construction paper.  If students want to use additional materials, they are welcome to bring in supplies from 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 thirty minutes.

Letters from

Asia and Australia due

Read for thirty minutes.  
Math Homelink 4.1 Homelink 4.2 Homelink 4.3 Homelink 4.4 Math Homework Due
December 2nd, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 5th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of December 5th-9th

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

On Wednesday and Thursday the students will take the Chapter 3 Tests.  On Wednesday’s Test, they will solve fraction word problems, shade a fraction of a whole, identify equivalent fractions, identify fractions on a number line, convert fractions to decimals, compare decimals, convert centimeters to millimeters, and use different strategies to compare fractions.  Thursday’s Test will be the open response portion of the Unit 3 Assessment.  On this day, they will be presented with a situation where they will have to determine the answer by comparing fractions.  To prepare for this, students should practice drawing out fractions in order to compare them.  

Writing: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas information clearly.  

During the month of December, the students will be writing informative text.  They will begin the writing unit with creating an expert list to identify subjects that they know a lot about..  From there, they will pick an item on the list to free write.  They will then create an outline to organize their writing into three specific subcategories.  The remainder of the week will be spent writing the three body paragraphs.  Focus will be placed on using precise language and domain-specific vocabulary.  

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

The fourth graders will continue to read biographies.  As they are reading their specific biography, they will identify the most important event in the life of the person that they are reading about.  They will identify the cause of that particular event.  

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 3.13 Homelink

3.8

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.  
November 25th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 28th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 29th-December 2nd

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 fourth graders continue to read biographies, they will be making inferences in the text. Guided reading groups will be centered around answering inferential questions.  While the students are working independently, they will be “lifting a line.” This reading activity involves the students taking a line from the text and writing five sentences about the  particular sentence.  In their five sentences, they should be including their own opinions, making an inference, and elaborating on how this sentence pertains to the life of the particular person.  The students have been told that they should “lift a line” from their independent book and elaborate on the particular line in their homework letter.  

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

This week, students will be wrapping up the publishing portion of the opinion piece unit. On Monday, the fourth graders will work together to complete a TAG sheet. On their TAG sheet, they will Tell a compliment, Ask three questions, and Give advice. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the fourth graders will use the opinion writing rubric to assess their own work as well as revise their work. The fourth graders will wrap up the opinion writing unit by reading other students’ opinion pieces and giving other students compliments on their work.

To read your student’s opinion piece, log on to https://storybird.com/parents/ and enter the password UDH86.

Math: Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions. Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements.

This week in math, students will evolve their understanding of converting fractions to decimals. At the beginning of the week, the fourth graders will be using base-10 blocks to compare decimals in the tenths place to those in the hundredths place. By the end of the week, the fourth graders will begin using decimals in the context of measurement. The fourth graders will be able to use their understanding of decimals to convert millimeters to centimeters.Ask your fourth grader to show you what he or she has learned about comparing decimals.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading 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

Read for 30 minutes
Math Home-links 3-9 Home-links 3-10 Home-links 3-11 Home-links 3-12 Math homework due
November 18th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 21st

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 21st-22nd

Reading: Explain events, procedures, ideas or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.  

As the fourth graders continue to read biographies, they will be reading for specific events in the life of the person that they are reading about in the book.  They will identify a cause or effect of the event.  When reading with your fourth grader at home, ask your fourth grader to identify the cause or effect of the event.  Because of the short week, there will be no reading homework this week.  Please make sure that your fourth grader reads for thirty minutes every day during the long weekend.  

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

At this point in the opinion writing unit, students should have completed a revised opinion piece. Your fourth grader’s opinion piece should have an introduction, three paragraphs with reasons to support their opinion, and a persuasive conclusion. On Monday and Tuesday, students will begin to input their opinion pieces using the iPads on Story Bird. Each fourth grader will be expected to follow the opinion piece rubric when submitting his or her final opinion piece. Ask your fourth grader to share his or her completed opinion piece with you.

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering, build fractions from unit fractions, understand decimal notation for fractions and compare decimals to fractions.

This week, students will learn strategies to order fractions and place them on a number line. On Monday, the fourth graders will understand how to compare fractions using a common numerator, a common denominator, or benchmark fractions. On Tuesday, the fourth graders will use their background knowledge on place value to convert fractions to decimals.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 3.7 Homework Due
Reading Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes.