Ms. Wejman

September 18th, 2020

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 21st

Peek at the Week

Week of September 21st-24th

jmwejman@cps.edu

8:45-9 Attendance/Social Emotional Lessons 

The students will learn the importance of being assertive.  They will learn that being assertive means asking what they need in a calm, firm, and respectful voice.  During remote learning, the fourth graders have been doing a great job of advocating for themselves in an assertive way.   On Wednesday, the fourth graders will be assigned a family activity where they will identify how a fourth grader can be assertive.  If you want, you can act out the scenario.  Feel free to video the skit to show the teacher and the class.  

9-10 Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text 

This week the fourth graders will know that a good summary should be written in three-five sentences and include the who, what, where, why, and when of the text.  A new task was added to the Google Classroom. Each day, the fourth grader will take a quiz pertaining to the same text. The fourth grader should take the quiz each day. To assess each fourth grader’s knowledge of writing an effective summary, every fourth grader needs to summarize the book of his or her choice.  This book report is due on Friday, September 25th.  Throughout the week, the teacher will assign pages to complete in the reader’s notebook.  This work should be completed when the teacher is meeting with other students in small groups.  

10-10:30 Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. 

As the writers continue to write their narratives, mini-lessons will focus on dialogue, description, using transitional words, sensory imagery, using similes, and writing with descriptive words.  Ask your fourth grader to read his or her story to you.  Ask them to share the writing skill of the day with you.  

10:30-11:30 Math: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.  

We will begin the week with reviewing estimation strategies.  The fourth graders will use the estimation strategies to help them solve word problems.  They will also practice adding using the U.S. Traditional Addition method.  On Thursday, the fourth graders will be introduced to their first open response problem.  In this open response problem, they will solve a problem about codes based on place-value structures.  The fourth graders should save their questions for the teacher when they are working in a small group.  Homework will begin this week.  Everyday the fourth graders will complete a Homelink.  The students can either print out the Homelinks or complete the Google Slides found on the Google Classroom.  On Friday, the fourth grader will take a quiz assessing the student on what was taught throughout the week.   

12:30-1 Science: Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. 

Last week, the fourth graders enjoyed learning about volcanoes and where they are located.  To continue our unit on earth processes, we will explore weathering and erosion.  To learn more about weathering, the fourth graders will be given an opportunity to complete an optional activity using sugar cubes. Learning about weathering and erosion will be a good segue to begin our first social studies unit focusing on the United States National Parks.  

1-1:30 Afternoon Small Groups  will be assigned every day on the Google Classroom.  

1:30-1:45 Socialization is an important part of the school day.  To help the students socialize with each other during remote learning, a peer group time is going to be implemented.  Each day a new group of students will be able to meet each other with the teacher and talk about anything they want to talk about during this daily fifteen minute increment.  I am open to feedback about socialization during this time.  

1:45-2:15 Recess

2:15-3:45 – Students are working asynchronously.  Students are able to meet with the teacher to ask questions that they have.  Please email the teacher if you would like to meet with her during this time.  Parents are also able to schedule an appointment to address any questions, comments, or concerns.  

Note From PTO:

Ray PTO would like to help facilitate the set up of enrichment/support pods for families during this period of remote learning (and perhaps beyond!). Participation in the pod is completely voluntary. 

In order to do this, it would be helpful to work with a room parent in each classroom. If you would be willing to serve as a room parent this year, please reach out to your classroom teacher. The commitment of serving as a room parent would involve helping to facilitate communication among families in your child’s class to share ideas and support each other during remote learning and possibly beyond. We imagine that the support will look different depending on the ages and interests of the children in the participating families. Once we are back in school, room parents could also help with identifying chaperones for field trips, if any are needed.

September 13th, 2020

Week of September 14th

Peek of the Week

Week of September 14th-18th

jmwejman@cps.edu

8:45-9 Class Meeting:  During our class meeting, class procedures, expectations, and routines will be emphasized.  One expectation that the fourth graders have is to use chat and email in appropriate ways.  The fourth graders should only use CPS email for school purposes.  Please let the teacher know if this is not the case.  

9-10 Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.  

This week, we will begin small group instruction.  Since I am just getting to know the reading skills of the fourth graders, it will not be differentiated.  I will meet in groups of three for fifteen minute increments. Groups will be posted on the Google Classroom each morning.  When I am not working with a fourth grader, he or she should either be reading independently or working on their reader’s journal which is posted in the classwork section of the Google Classroom.  As we progress through remote learning, more activities will be added. In guided reading groups, the students will focus on identifying the main idea.   The students will learn that an effective main idea includes the who and what of the text read.  The students will be reading The Whipping Boy. The book will be read in the guided reading group. Students can read ahead if they want. In addition to The Whipping Boy, the fourth graders should be reading independently thirty minutes a day.  

10-10:30 Writing: Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally. 

Last week the fourth grade writers began our narrative unit with generating a list of events that happened over the summer.  This week, the writers will develop their story by focusing on the most important part.  They will also identify parts of the plot by creating a plot mountain.  Once the plot mountain is created, they will begin the story by luring the reader into the writing by creating an exciting lead.  While writing the story they will use dialogue to show how characters respond to an event. 

10:30-11:30 Math: Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers. 

Thank you to everyone who picked up their math book on Friday.  If you were unable to pick up a math book on Monday, additional math books can be picked up at the front desk at Ray. Each day at 10:30, the teacher will introduce the math lesson through the math message.  The teacher will guide the whole class until 10:30.  She will then meet in small groups.  The students should work on the assigned pages when the teacher is working with other students.  Groups will be assigned every morning.  If a student needs help with a specific problem, he or she should circle it and tell the teacher in a small group.  This week, math lessons will focus on place value through hundred-thousands. Throughout the week, they will compare and round numbers.  All of the students should have received an invitation to begin Khan Academy.  In case you didn’t receive the invitation, the class code is 847XVBFQ.

11:30-12 Art 

https://meet.google.com/lookup/fwok6rdqzl

12-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1 Science

The fourth graders will be introduced to our first unit of landforms.  Specifically, they will focus on volcanoes where they are located and how they are formed.  

1-1:30 This half hour will be flexible.  Sometimes science or social studies will be longer than a half an hour.  Sometimes the teacher will need to touch base with students.  The announcement will be made at 1.  

1:30-2 Recess

2-3:45 – Asynchronous work Students should be independent reading, working on Khan Academy, and finishing work.  If a fourth grader needs extra work during this time, please let me know.  I would be very happy to give extra work.  

September 10th, 2020

Math Journals

Fourth Grade Math journals will be distributed Friday, September 11th from 2:30-3:30 at the auditorium doors.

September 9th, 2020

Good Afternoon Room 207 Families,

What an amazing group of students we have in our class! I’ve enjoyed getting to know them the past two days. The fourth graders have proven to be patient, flexible, and kind. Remote learning is challenging, but we have had a great couple days together.  

Ms. Lemberis and I have been assessing students’ stamina behind a computer screen and we’ve decided to revert back to a schedule that was initially created for 4th grade.  Students will have the same amount of synchronous and asynchronous minutes. Minutes will be distributed differently throughout the day, so students are not behind the screen for classes so late in the day. 

We will start with the new schedule tomorrow. It is as follows;

Class Schedule

8:45-9:00Attendance/Class Meeting/SEL
9:00-10:30Reading/Writing
10:30-11:30Math
11:30-12:00Art
12:00-12:30Lunch
12:30-1:00Science/ Social Studies Rotation

Students can work asynchronously in the afternoons. Small groups will begin next week from 1:00-1:30, and rotate daily. Thank you for your flexibilty.  

Thank you again for your support and hard work! 

Sincerely yours,

Ms. Wejman

September 4th, 2020

Week of September 8th-11th

Peek at the Week

Every week I will post the objectives of what will be taught throughout the week. During the first week, we will focus on becoming acclimated with the Google Classroom. The fourth graders will be expected to be sitting up in front of their computer with their video on so that the teacher can see every student’s face. Students will be expected to keep on their mute button on unless they are participating in the class discussion. Additionally, students should only write in the chat with comments that are pertinent to the task. The students will receive a participation grade based on their interactions during the Google Meet. Here is the rubric that will be used to grade the students.

Remote Learning Participation Rubric

STAR – Student is sitting up at the computer and engaged in class discussion.  The teacher can see the student’s face for the entire class.  The student answers the teacher’s question verbally or in the chat.  All of the student’s comments in the chat are on task.  Student has all supplies and is completing all of the required work.  
CHECK PLUS – Student is sitting up at the computer and engaged in class discussion. The teacher can see the student’s face for the entire class.  All of the student’s comments in the chat are on task.  Students are completing all of the required work. 
CHECK–  The teacher can see the student’s face.  Students are completing work.  The student is using the chat feature but not all of the chatting has to do with the subject being taught. 
CHECK MINUS – The teacher can see the student’s face for some of the class.  Some work is being completed.  The student is not on task using the chat feature.   
ZERO SLASH – The teacher can not see the student’s face for the whole class.  Work is not complete.  The chat is being used in inappropriate ways.

Attendance

Students will be required to long on to the Google Meet at 8:45 each day. Our link is https://meet.google.com/lookup/b3kbzbqkah. To get to know each other and take attendance, we will begin the day with a question. For example, on the first day every fourth grader will unmute themselves and tell the class an interesting fact about them. The questions will change daily. On Wednesday, the fourth graders should be ready to show a special object.

Reading

We will not begin reading Whipping Boy until the second week of school. This week, the students will focus on identifying the character trait of the protagonist of books that are read aloud to them. The fourth graders will also take a reading inventory so that the teacher will know every fourth grader’s reading interests and habits.

Math

Everyday Math will instruction will not begin until the second week of school. The students will take a math pre-assessment to see how every fourth grader can be helped.

Social Emotional Learning

Our Lesson in Social Emotional Learning will be develop students’ ability to have empathy for others and express compassion.

I look forward to a great year of the fourth graders doing their best, being kind to others, and being patient. Please email me at any time jmwejman@cps.edu

RAY VISION

Every Chicago Public Schools student in every neighborhood will be engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded program and will graduate prepared for success in college, career and life.

RAY MISSION

The mission of Ray School is to provide a rich academic experience for our culturally, racially, and socio-economically diverse student body. Teachers and staff work collaboratively with parents to instill in our students a life-long love of learning.

September 2nd, 2020

Welcome to Fourth Grade

Welcome to Fourth Grade! I look forward to getting to know you all better in the next few weeks. This is my 22nd year of teaching, 12th year at Ray, and 8th year teaching fourth grade. I am inspired with working with children and seeing all of the growth of my students. In addition to loving teaching, I also love traveling, appreciating Chicago, and running. I graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and also from DePaul University with a Masters of Education in Language, Literacy, and Specialized Instruction.

Thank you to everyone who attended the virtual fourth grade orientation. Here is the slide show that was presented:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1smEAlsWAeeBBVkrEhmY5IAhhW7_F3kxn2hQjcKd9Vb4/edit#slide=id.p

The best way to communicate with me is through email (jmwejman@cps.edu). I will specifically be available for conference everyday from 2:45-3:45. Please schedule an appointment with me and I will schedule a Google Meet.

The fourth graders will be completing work through the Google Classroom platform. Our Google Classroom code is rzj36cn. During this unprecedented time we will do our best, practice patience, and forgiving. I look forward to seeing everyone at 8:45AM on Tuesday, September at our first Google Meet of Fourth Grade.

Here is the Room 207 schedule. During this first week, we will focus on getting to know each other and social emotional activities.

Room 207 Schedule

8:45-9 Morning Meeting, Attendance, and SEL Lessons

9-9:15 Read Aloud and direct reading instruction

9:15-11:15 small group reading instruction in rotation.

11:15-11:30 Writing

11:30-12 Specials

12-12:30 Lunch

12:30-12:50 Math talk and whole group instruction

12:50-2:10 Math Small Group Instruction

2:10-2:40 Science and Social Studies

Remote Learning Supply List

2020-2021 4th Grade Remote Learning Supplies

  1. 5 pencils– # 2 Sharpened
  2. Pencil Sharpener
  3. A pair of scissors
  4. 1 box of dry erase markers
  5. 1 notebook
  6. 1 box of colored pencils
  7. 1 box of markers
  8. 3 glue sticks
  9. 1 pair of scissor
  10. 1 package of notebook paper
  11. 1 ruler with centimeters and inches
  12. 1 package of post-its
  13. Protractor
  14. 1 book of postage stamps 
  15. Envelopes to mail letters
  16. A copy of Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
    https://www.amazon.com/Whipping-Boy-Sid-Fleischman/dp/0060521228 and a small white board are also required. Parents will be given the opportunity to purchase these supplies OR pick up these supplies at device pick up on Thursday, September 2nd from 3-4.  

General Rubric – Students will be graded for both assignments and participation on Google Meet.

Star – Student has shown convincing evidence of understanding.  Answer is accurate and written in full detail.  The student has met expectations of the task presented. *In order to get a star in participation during the Google Meet, the student must be sitting upright, stay on the video of the meet the whole time, be engaged, and participate in the chat or when called on by the teacher.

Check Plus – Student has shown some convincing evidence of understanding.  The work may contain a minor error.  Answer is accurate to answer the task and/or thinking shown.  

Check – Student has shown some evidence of understanding.  The answer demonstrates some understanding of the presented task.  May contain minor errors or a major error.  Answer matches thinking shown. 

Check minus – Student has attempted to solve the task.  Answer is incorrect. 

Zero Slash – No attempt made to solve the task.  There is just an answer.  

RAY VISION

Every Chicago Public Schools student in every neighborhood will be engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded program and will graduate prepared for success in college, career and life.

RAY MISSION

The mission of Ray School is to provide a rich academic experience for our culturally, racially, and socio-economically diverse student body. Teachers and staff work collaboratively with parents to instill in our students a life-long love of learning.

June 7th, 2020

Peek at the Week ~ Week of June 8th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of June 8th-12th

Math

We will end our last week of instruction by completing 8.12 and 8.13.  https://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/4th-grade/em4-at-home/unit_8/

Khan Academy Lessons will focus on adding, subtracting, and multiplying mixed numbers.  

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/fraction-arithmetic/arith-review-mult-mixed-num/v/multiplying-mixed-numbers
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/fraction-arithmetic/arith-review-mult-mixed-num/e/multiplying_mixed_numbers_1
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/fraction-arithmetic/arith-review-adding-subtracting-frac/e/adding_subtracting_mixed_numbers_0.5
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fourth-grade-math/imp-fractions-2/imp-adding-and-subtracting-mixed-numbers/e/adding_subtracting_mixed_numbers_0.5?modal=1

Reading

This week’s quiz focus will be on theme.  Thank you to the families that completed the Greek Mythology Project.  The submissions were so creative.  Great Work

Writing
This week, we will be fracturing the story of Achilles.  The students will read the story and see a video early in the week. The fourth graders will be able to share their fractured versions on Friday.   

May 31st, 2020

Week of June 1st

Room 207

Peek at the Week

June 1st-5th 

Math 

This week the fourth graders will be multiplying fractions.  First, we will multiply fractions to find the area of a rectangle. Then, we will solve word problems with fractions and mixed numbers.  We will also work on converting between cups, pints, and gallons.  Please work on Khan Academy one hour a week.  The students should also work on Homelinks 8.8-8.11. 

https://www.khanacademy.org/search?page_search_query=area%20of%20rectangles%20with%20fraction%20side%20lengths
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic-home/arith-review-fractions/multiply-fractions/v/intuition-for-area-with-fractional-side-lengths
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/fraction-arithmetic/arith-review-mult-frac-word-probs/v/multiplying-fractions-word-problem
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fifth-grade-math/imp-measurement-and-data-3/imp-unit-measurement-word-problems/v/converting-gallons-to-quarts-pints-and-cups
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/fraction-arithmetic/arith-review-mult-frac-word-probs/e/multiplying-fractions-by-fractions-word-problems

Reading

The fourth graders will read a Chinese Folktale and answer comprehension questions about the text.  The focus of the week is identifying the theme.  Every fourth grader should take the daily quiz.  

Writing

The students will be reading the myth of Arachne.  They should fracture the story in their own unique way.  We will share our fractured myths on Friday.  

Greek Myth Project

The Greek Myth Project is due this week.  I look forward to the fourth graders sharing their myth in their own creative way.  

May 25th, 2020

Week of May 26th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of May 26th-29th

This week our three Everyday Math lessons pertain to plotting data on a line plot to the nearest ⅛, finding the perimeter of a rectangle with a missing fractional length, and decimal number stories.  Here is the link to the pages from the Homelink.  We will work on Homelink 8.5-8.7. 

http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/4th-grade/em4-at-home/unit_8/

Students should try to work on Khan Academy an hour a week.  Here are the suggested activities for Khan Academy.  

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-measurement/prealgebra-perimeter/e/area-and-perimeter-of-rectangles-word-problems
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/basic-geo/basic-geo-area-and-perimeter/basic-geo-perimeter/v/introduction-to-perimeter
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-measurement/prealgebra-perimeter/v/length-and-width-from-perimeter-and-area
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fifth-grade-math/line-plots/graph-data-on-line-plots/e/graph-data-on-line-plots–through-1-8-of-a-unit-
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fourth-grade-math/imp-decimals

Reading

The reading quizzes for the week all pertain to informational text and reading graphs.  Last week, all students were introduced to the Greek Mythology home project.  Every fourth grader is able to pick the Greek Myth of his or her choice.  The fourth grader should work with his or her family to depict the Greek Myth in a creative way.  Some ideas include a skit, a comic, a drawing, a diorama (three dimensional model), some fourth graders liked the idea of an animation, anything creative to depict the myth.   These projects are due on Monday, June 1st but I am very flexible if a family needs more time to complete the project.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this creative project.  

Writing

This week, the fourth graders will fracture the Greek Myth of Pandora.  We will begin the week with reading a version and watching a video of this Greek Myth.  Then, the fourth graders will fracture the story in their own unique way.  The fourth graders are doing a great job of creating their own versions of the different Greek Myths. 

May 19th, 2020

Progress Report Grades

Progress reports will be mailed on Friday. In order for students to receive credit for late assignments, work must be turned in before Wednesday at 345 PM. This week’s assignments will not to be counted on this progress report. Please make sure all late work is turned in to each respective teacher so that your child will receive appropriate credit for each subject.

May 15th, 2020

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 18th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of May 18th-May 22nd

Math  

Our lessons of the week pertain to multistep number stories, angle measure, and line symmetry. Here are suggestions to use for Khan Academy.  Everyone should work on Khan Academy for an hour a week.  Make sure you are linked to our class code so that you can receive credit.  Our class code is E3D7HD.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/arith-review-multiply-divide/arith-review-multistep-word-problems/e/multi-step-word-problems-with-whole-numbers
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/4th-engage-ny/engage-4th-module-4/4th-module-4-topic-c/v/decomposing-angles
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/4th-engage-ny/engage-4th-module-4/4th-module-4-topic-c/v/decomposing-angles-add
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/basic-geo/basic-geo-transformations-congruence/line-of-symmetry/v/identifying-symmetrical-figures

Please complete homelinks 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, and 8.4.  Here is the link: http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/4th-grade/em4-at-home/unit_8/

Writing

This week, we will fracture the story of Perseus. We will begin the week with reading the story and watching a short video of the We will discuss the similarities and differences between the two versions.  Throughout the week, the fourth graders will fracture, or change the story of Perseus in his or her own way.  

Reading

Reading quizzes this week will focus on text features specifically on diagrams and charts.  In addition to the daily quizzes, the students will also be introduced to the fourth quarter reading project.  Traditionally the fourth graders work with their classmates to act out the Greek myth of their choice in a skit.  Because of the quarantine, I will allow the fourth graders to be more creative with this project.  Every fourth grader should pick the Greek Myth of their choice.  They can choose to create a picture, a diorama (three dimensional model), or even a skit with their family acting out the myth.  Be creative and have fun.  I will be discussing this project with the fourth graders on Tuesday, May 19th to see if they have any questions about this assignment. Tentatively, the due date for this Greek Mythology project will be on Monday, June 1st.  I am flexible with the due date and medium used to depict the Greek Myth.  Please let me know any questions, comments, or concerns that you have about this project.  

May 14th, 2020

Progress Report Update

Dear Fourth Grade Parents, 

As a reminder, progress reports will be printed and mailed on Friday, May 22.  Students have been receiving weekly grades for work they are submitting in each subject.  If they do not submit work students are given an excused or incomplete mark (Exc or Inc). Those marks do not lower a student’s grade.  Students will receive a grade based on the work they have submitted.  If students have done some work, but are missing more than 2 weeks of work they will receive a “P” for pass.  You can check your students progress by logging into (ASPEN) parent portal- grades have been updated weekly.  

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Miss Wejman