Ms. Wejman

September 13th, 2019

Homework ~ Week of September 16th

Monday, September 16

This week for homework, read My Brother, Martin 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.   Using a Venn Diagram, complete the Text to Text activity on page 63.   Answer the stop and think question on page 50 in two or more sentences. 
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 57. Answer in three or more sentences.  Complete the graphic organizer found on page 45.  Complete the In Your Own Words activity on Page 59 in five or more sentences.  
Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 55 in three 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 13th, 2019

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 16th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of September 16th-22nd


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

We will begin the week with solving multi-step math problems.  While solving these problems, the students will make sense of the problem and persevere in solving them.  There is often a lot of information in these problems. It is recommended that the fourth grader reads each problem three times in order to know what the problem is asking to be solved.  The fourth graders will also be adding using U.S. traditional addition. On Wednesday, the fourth graders will be introduced to the first Open Response Problem. In this problem, they will be “cracking a code” to help them practice place value structure.  On the second day of the open response lesson, the students will revise their work. Because this is a two day lesson, the students only have one page of homework. For Thursday, they will go back and complete 1.1


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

As the students are reading, they will practice summarizing the text.  When summarizing the text, the students should be able to identify the who, what, where, why, and when of what they are reading.  Practice summarizing text with your fourth grader at home.  


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

Word choice will be the focus of our writing mini-lessons this week.  First, the students will review using transitional words to manage the sequence of events.  They will also be inspired to incorporate concrete words or phrases and sensory details from re-reading excerpts of The Whipping Boy.    


Homework  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
Reading  Read My Brother Martin Complete three tic tac toe activities.   Tic TacToe activies due.  
Math Homelink 1.6 Homelink 1.7 Homelink 1.8 Homelink 1.1 Math Homework Due 


September 10th, 2019

Open House

Open House will be on Thursday, September 12th at 4PM.  Parents and children are invited to visit the classroom from 4-5.

Welcome to Fourth Grade!

Miss Wejman 

Room 207


Math (8:55-10:30)

Classwork – 45%

Assessments – 40%

Homework – 15%

As in the past at Ray School, the Everyday Math curriculum will be implemented.  Students will review and build on to concepts taught in previous grades. In the introduction of each Unit, a family letter will be sent home explaining the math skills that will be taught.   Each lesson begins with the class sharing their thoughts regarding a math message that the students are to respond. The morning message is connected to the lesson which is introduced through direct instruction.  After direct instruction, students are able to practice the taught math skill through hands on activities and group work for a half an hour. The next half hour is differentiated instruction. Students will continue to work with students on skills that need to be taught at their level.  The fourth graders will change classes for this half hour. Each fourth grade teacher works to help a group of kids at their level. At the conclusion of each math lesson, each student is given a task to complete which is graded to assess the student’s knowledge of the skill taught for the day.  In addition to the skills taught through Everyday Math, fact practice is an important component of math in fourth grade. Every Tuesday, the students are given a “Tuesday Timed Test.” During this five minute period, the fourth graders answer as many math facts as they can. If math facts are not automatic for the fourth graders, I have encouraged them to study them five minutes a day.  In addition to practicing math facts, homework is assigned every Monday in their Study Link Math book. Students are given a specific study link to complete for the night. Homework should be kept in their math book and be turned in to be graded at the end of the week. Students are responsible for asking for help before Friday if there is a specific problem that is difficult for them.


Reading (1-2)

Classwork – 45%

Assessments – 40%

Homework – 15%

During the hour of reader’s workshop, the students will be completing activities pertaining to the common core standards.  Every day the teacher will meet with a guided reading group discussing the specific common core standard. While the teacher is meeting with a guided reading group, the rest of the class is reading and completing activities pertaining to the books that they are reading.  The activities are presented in a “BINGO” format where the students complete five activities. Additionally, the students will be assessed on their reading skills in a comprehension test every five weeks. For homework, the students are to complete a Tic Tac Toe sheet completing activities from a story in their Journey’s Anthology.   


Writing (2-2:45)

Daily Work – 50%

Final Draft – 50%

Every month, the students will be practicing writing strategies related to a specific genre.  All writing strategies are taught in conjunction with the Common Core Standards. Every writer’s workshop hour begins with a mini-lesson taught by the teacher, followed by half an hour of writing time.  During this time, the teacher conferences with the writers. Finally, the students share their writing with their classmates. At the end of each month, the students will complete a final draft of the specific genre of the month.  

Science and Social Studies 

Every day the fourth graders will switch classes for science and social studies.  They will have social studies from 10:30-11:15 with Dr. James ( and Science from 11:15-12 with Ms. Lemberis ( 

Specials (2:45-3:45)

Monday- Dance, 

Tuesday- Music, Wednesday- PE, Thursday- Spanish, Friday – Art



Starting on the first day of school, the fourth graders have been introduced to the CHAMPS system of classroom management.  Throughout the day, the students are told the expectations of the (C) conversation level, (H) how to ask for help, (A) activity, (M) movement, and (P) participation.  Since Ray is a CHAMPS school, it is important that the students become familiar with these expectations so that we can all (S) soar to success.

September 9th, 2019

Homework ~ Week of September 9th

Monday, September 9, 2019

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.    Complete the Stop and Think activity on page 32. 
Answer the Stop and Think question on page 25. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 21.  Complete the Text to Text Activity on page 37.  
Complete the Text to World Activity on page 37.    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 6th, 2019

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 9th

Room 207 

Peek at the Week

Week of September 9th-13th

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

Last week, the fourth grade writers generated a list of summer events that they could possibly elaborate on in a personal narrative.  They created a plot mountain identifying the story of their event. This week, they will begin to write the story luring the reader into the narrative with an exciting exposition. The writers will also practice using dialogue and description to develop experiences and to show how a character responds to a situation in a story.  


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

Place value will be the focus of the week.  Lessons will teach the students strategies to round, estimate, and identify the value of a number in a particular place value.  Homework begins this week. Every day the students have a lesson assigned to them. All homework is to be kept in the book and returned to school on Friday.  If there is a problem that your child needs help with, please bring the book to school before Friday and we will help your child with the specific problem.  


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

As the students are reading Whipping Boy, they will identify the main idea of the text.  In addition to reading Whipping Boy as a class, guided reading groups will be introduced.  Every student will be given a book at their reading level.  Once a week, they will meet with the teacher and assigned group to discuss the book and practice the reading skill of the week.  During the rest of the week, the students will be either reading or working on reader’s response activities in the form of a “Bingo Sheet.” Each week, the students will complete five activities on the Bingo Sheet.  This work will count as a classwork grade. Reading homework will begin this week. Every fourth grader received a Journey’s book. This anthology can be kept at home. The students will be assigned a new story to read each week.  After reading the story, they should complete three activities that are listed on the Tic Tac Toe sheet. The three Tic Tac Toe activities completed in the purple notebook are due each week on Friday.    


Homework  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
Reading  Read Because of Winn Dixie Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Tic Tac Toe Activities Due 
Math Homelink 1.2 Homelink 1.3 Homelink 1.4 Homelink 1.5 Math Homework Due 
September 4th, 2019

Room 207 Schedule


Room 207 Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
8:45-10:30 Math Math Math Math Math
10:30-11:15 Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies
11:15-12 Science Science Science Science Science
12-12:45 Recess/










12:45-1 Class Meeting Class Meeting Class Meeting Class Meeting Class Meeting
1-2 Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading
2-2:45 Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing
2:45-3:45  Specials Specials Specials  Specials Specials


September 3rd, 2019

Welcome to Fourth Grade

Dear Fourth Grade Parents,                                                                                                 September 3, 2019                                                                                               

Welcome to fourth grade!  I look forward to a positive year with strong parent-teacher communication to best serve the needs of your child.


Every Monday, you will receive a Peek at the Week stating the common core standards, activities, and homework pertaining to each subject.  If you have any further questions, email is the best way to contact me. My email address is I will always do my personal best to respond to emails in a timely matter. Additionally, I am able to meet before and after school with a scheduled appointment.


This week, the main objective is to acclimate the fourth graders to the routines of Room 207.  Through the CHAMPS classroom management system, the students will learn the expectations of each activity during the school day.  In CHAMPS, students explicitly learn the expectations in terms of conversation level (C), the appropriate way to ask for help (H), the activity (A), movement (M), and participation (P).  When the students are able to follow through with the expectations, they are able to soar to success (S).

To reinforce positive behaviors throughout the school, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) will be implemented at Ray.  In addition to learning the expectations of classroom activities, the fourth graders will also be explicitly taught the behaviors that will be expected in our school. Every week a student from each class will be rewarded for positive behavior with a Student of the Week award.


Ray School’s social and emotional curriculum is Second Step.  In Room 207, students will be taught the lessons during our class meeting which will be held immediately after lunch.  This week’s theme is empathy.


Throughout the week, we will be practicing good reading behavior during reader’s workshop.  Since guided reading groups will not begin until next week, it is recommended that students bring in an independent book to read.  The student’s book choice will help to give me an idea of the student’s reading interests. Whipping Boy will be our whole class read aloud for the first five weeks of the school year.  The students will practice the reading skill of the week through the read aloud. This week’s reading skill is identifying character trait.  To begin our study on character trait, each fourth grader identified a character trait to describe him or herself. Ask your child to tell you the character trait that he or she picked and the reason why.  Additionally, tell your child a character trait that explains your personality and why it describes who you are. Furthermore, have your child tell you about Whipping Boy and the characters in the book.

Today in math, the students took their first Tuesday Timed Test answering as many subtraction problems that they could in five minutes.  These tests are not graded but intended to be a fun way to practice facts. In fourth grade, math facts should be automatic. If they are not, we encourage students to practice five minutes every day at home.  Throughout the month of September, the students will continue to be tested on subtraction facts. Today, the students also took a beginning of the year assessment in math. This test will not be graded but used to determine each fourth grader’s current skills.


Students will not be assigned homework during the first week of school.  One optional assignment that the students were introduced to today was to bring in a picture of the student on vacation in one of the 50 United States.  Since the social studies curriculum pertains to the regions of the United States, we are going to introduce each other to the regions through places we have already traveled. The pictures will be posted on a bulletin board in the classroom.


This year, the fourth graders in Room 207 will be switching for science, social studies, and writing.  The fourth graders will go to Room 209 for science with Ms. Lemberis, Room 206 for social studies with Dr. James, and will have writing in 207 with Ms. Wejman.  We will plan to begin switching classrooms on Friday. Please consult each individual teacher’s blog for class activities and assignments.


Our first writing genre of the year in writing will be narrative.  We will begin with collecting fun stories of what the fourth graders did this summer.  Throughout the month, the writing mini-lessons will focus on the common core objectives for narrative writing such as dialogue, description, and word choice.  The fourth graders will practice these techniques through writing about an event that happened to him or her. Ask your fourth grader to tell you about his or her writing narrative list of ideas.


Grades will be entered in daily on Aspen.  The fourth grade team has established a consistent grading system for math and reading.  In both reading and math, assessments will account for 40% of the grade, classwork for 45%, and homework for 15%.  In writing, the completion of daily writing work will be 50% of the grade and final drafts will account for the remaining 50%.  A general rubric will be used to grade homework and classwork. This rubric, will be posted in the classroom and has been sent home today.


The fourth graders will take their beginning of the year NWEA tests on Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 5th.  The results of these tests will be important for helping with differentiating each child’s specific learning needs.


We look forward to a successful school year!

Kind regards,

Ms. Wejman 

June 21st, 2019

Incoming Fourth Grade Letter

Dear Fourth Grade Parent,                                                                                                                                                                    June 20, 2019 We hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful summer that is both fun and relaxing.  To prepare your child for fourth grade, it is important that some practices are in place.

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

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

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


Departmentalization will begin in fourth grade. The students will be taught math and reading by their homeroom teacher.  Each homeroom teacher will be teaching science, social studies, or writing to all of the fourth graders. During the last ninety minutes of the day, the students will switch twice.  The students enjoy the switching and getting to know all of the fourth grade teachers in the content area of their expertise.

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


Dr. James

Ms. Lemberis

Ms. Wejman

June 21st, 2019

Incoming Fourth Grade Supply List

4th Grade Supplies

60 pencils – # 2 Sharpened

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

1 box of colored pencils

10 glue sticks

1 box of markers

1 box of dry erase markers

1 pencil case

1 pair of old clean socks

3 pairs of scissors

2 pocket folders

1 package of Clorox wipes

1 box of reclosable plastic sandwich bags

1 box of large gallon bags

2 packages of notebook paper

2 packages of copy paper

2 boxes of Kleenex

Paper Towels

Wet wipes

1 ruler with centimeters and inches

2 packages of post-its

2 black sharpies

1 package of index cards

June 18th, 2019

Summer reading for outgoing fourth graders

During the 2018-2019 school year, Ray School received a grant from Scholastic for students to receive free books.  Three times throughout the school year, the students picked out three books for their reading enjoyment. As part of the grant, each grade received a class set of the same book to read over the summer.  The fourth graders of Ray School will be reading The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands. The book is intended to be enjoyed over the summer. Happy Reading!

June 7th, 2019

Peek at the Week ~ Week of June 10th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of June 10th-14th


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

After reading Greek Myths for the last few weeks, the fourth graders will now pick the Greek Myth of their choice to act out in a skit.  The students will work with the group of their choice to act out the story of the chosen myth. They will receive a rubric stating the requirements of how the skit will be graded.  


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

We will end Unit 8 with two tests.  The first one will focus specifically on concepts taught in Unit 8 such as solving multi-step word problems, identifying angle measure, identifying symmetry, plotting data on a line plot, adding decimals, multiplying fractions, and liquid measurement. The second one will be the cumulative test and will include everything taught this year.  Concepts include multi-step math word problems, identifying patterns, angle measure, fractions, multiplication, symmetry, units of measure, and plotting data on a line plot. Please let me know if you would like me to practice any skills with your fourth grader.


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

The fourth grade writers will continue to draft their autobiographies focusing on using concrete words in their writing.  


Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 8.11 Homelink 8.12 Homelink 8.13 Math Homework Due


May 31st, 2019

Peek at the Week ~ Week of June 3rd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of June 3rd-7th


Math: Solve problems involving measurements and conversion of measurements.  

We will begin the week converting units of measure specifically cups to fluid ounces and pounds to ounces.  The fourth graders will also use place value to solve Cryptarithms. We will take the math portion of the NWEA on Thursday.  


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

Our last writing genre of the year will be autobiography. The writers will begin by using their writing stamina to write everything that has happened to them.  They will then identify the most important events in a timeline. From there, they will create an outline to help them begin the autobiography.


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

Because there are many different versions of Greek myths, the fourth graders will focus on identifying the similarities and differences between two different versions.  Specifically, they will focus on using a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the myths of King Midas and Persephone. There will be no reading homework this week.


Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 8.8 N is for No Homework Day Homelink 8.9 Homelink 8.10 Math Homework Due