Ms. Wejman

May 25th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 29th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of May 29th-June 1st

 

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

The writers will continue to fracture the Greek myth of their choice.  As they are writing, they will be focused on writing the requirements of the final draft.  Mini-lessons this week will focus on sentence fluency, paragraph breaks, sensory imagery, and dialogue.  

 

Math:Build fractions from unit fractions.

All of this week’s math lessons pertain to fractions.  First, they will solve the area of a rectangle with a fractional dimension.  Then, they will solve word problems multiplying fractions. Finally, they will solve conversion problems using fractions.  

 

Reading: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.  

While the students continue to read Greek Myths, they will identify a character trait to describe a character in the myth.  They will use text evidence to support their trait. Ask your fourth grader to retell the myths that they are reading in class.  The Greek God or Goddess Report is due on Friday. This is the only reading homework that is due this week.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 8.9 Homelink 8.10 Homelink 8.11 Math Homework Due
Reading Greek God or Goddess Report Due

 

May 18th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of May 21st

Room 207 Reading Homework ~ Week of May 21st.  Homework Due Friday, May 25th

Name:

Read the myth about Athena and then complete the tasks.    

Athena was the goddess of wisdom. She could get angry, but more typically, she was wise, and kind, and understanding. Athena was born very oddly. Her father was the mighty Zeus. But she did not have a mother. Instead, as the myth goes, she was born directly out of Zeus’ brain. Zeus loved all his children. But one of his favorites was Athena.

Athena held a powerful position in the ancient Greek god world. She was an Olympian, one of the council of 12, who held a seat on Mount Olympus. She also had a home there.

Here is a myth about Athena that shows how clever and practical she was.

As the story goes … The Competition, Athena & Poseidon

Nearly every town in ancient Greece had a god that looked after the townspeople. Towns rarely had more than one god to keep an eye on their best interests. Most gods did not share well. So usually, it was one town and if the town was lucky, one god to watch over it.

Poseidon loved watching over towns. He usually picked coastal towns since he was the Lord of the Sea. Poseidon was a very powerful god. His brothers were Zeus and Hades. Poseidon was a moody fellow, but he loved his wife and children and he loved attention. He liked having people build temples in his honor and bring him gifts. They were not very useful gifts for a god, but he enjoyed getting them anyway. As Greece grew and developed, new towns sprang up all the time. Poseidon was always on the lookout for new coastal towns.

He was not the only god who loved to be in charge. Athena, along with other gods, enjoyed that role as well. One day, both Athena and Poseidon claimed a new village.

Most of the time, humans were grateful when they were selected to be under the care of a god. But two gods? That was one too many. Poseidon wanted them to choose which god they wanted. But the people did not want to choose. They could see only trouble ahead if they did.

Athena, goddess of wisdom, daughter of Zeus, understood their worry. She challenged her uncle Poseidon to a contest. Both gods would give the town a gift. The townspeople could decide which gift was the more useful.

Poseidon slapped his specter against the side of the mountain. A stream appeared. The people were excited. A source of fresh water was so important! But when they tried to drink the water, they discovered it was not fresh at all. It was salt water!

Athena waved her arm and an olive tree appeared. The people nibbled at the olives. They were delicious! The people were excited. The olive tree would provide wood for building homes. Branches would provide kindling for kitchen stoves and fireplaces. The olives could be used for food. The fruit could pressed to release cooking oil. It was wonderful.

But theirs was a coastal village. The people could not risk angering the Lord of the Sea, the mighty Poseidon. As it turned out, they did not have to choose. Poseidon chose for them. He laughed his mighty laugh, sending waves crashing against the shoreline. Poseidon proclaimed his niece the winner!

That’s how a small village gained a most powerful and wise guardian, the goddess Athena, a guardian who helped them rise to fame. In her honor, they named their village Athens.

What is the theme of this myth?

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Why do you think this?

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Create a plot mountain of this myth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illustrate a scene from this myth.  Write a caption explaining the picture.  

 

 

May 18th, 2018

Greek God or Goddess Report ~ Due Friday, June 1st

Name:

Date:

 

For the last book report of fourth grade, the readers of Room 207 will complete a Greek God or Goddess report.  Every fourth grader will be responsible for researching about the Greek God or Goddess or his or her choice. The report will be due on Friday, June 1st.  This report will count as part of the project portion of the reading grade.

 

Greek God or Goddess: ________________________________________

What is this Greek God or Goddess known for?

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Where did you learn the information about this Greek God or Goddess?

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What is a character trait to describe this Greek God or Goddess?

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Please list three reasons why you think this.  

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Illustrate a picture of this Greek God or Goddess.  Include a caption to explain the picture.

 

Write your own myth about this God or Goddess.  Your myth must include an exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.  

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May 18th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 21st

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of May 21st-May 25th

 

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

For the past three weeks, the students have been practicing different writing skills as they fractured three different Greek myths.  This week, they will pick one to write as a final draft. As they draft their final copies, they will write a luring lead, use descriptive word choice, use dialogue to show how characters respond to a situation, write an unforgettable ending, and use correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.  All of these writing skills will be graded as they complete their final draft. Ask your fourth grader which myth he or she is choosing to fracture for the final draft.

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

We will begin the week with finding lines of symmetry in quilt patterns.  From there, we will spend the rest of the week computing fractions. First, we will add and subtract mixed numbers from data on a line plot.  Then, we will find the perimeter of a rectangle with lengths and widths that are mixed numbers. Finally, we will convert decimals to fractions solving word problems.  If students are comfortable solving the problems as a decimal, that is fine. Decimals are a big part of fifth grade math so the more exposure the students have to decimals the better.  

 

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

During the last ⅛ of fourth grade, Greek Mythology will be the reading genre.  Throughout the week, the readers of fourth grade will be reading different well known myths.  As they are reading the myth, they will use specific text evidence to determine a theme. For homework, they will read a myth about the Greek Goddess Athena and complete activities about the myth.  The students all received a hard copy of this myth. Of course, the homework can also be found on the blog. For this genre’s book report, every fourth grader will research the Greek God or Goddess of his or her choice.  The fourth graders received a copy of the form today. All reports are due on Friday, June 1st.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 8.4 Homelink 8.5 Homelink 8.6 Homelink 8.7 Math Homework Due
Reading Read myth about Athena and complete activities.   Reading Homework Due

 

May 11th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of May 14th

Monday, May 14th

This week for homework, read the stories in Lesson 30.  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.

Read Mystery at Reed’s Pond.  Write a letter to your favorite character.  Your letter must be written in proper format and must have five sentences.   Read a Big Python Problem.   Identify the main idea of each subtitle.   Read the two poems on page 74 and 75.  Write your own poem about an animal.
Complete the activity on page 77.   Summarize Mystery at Reed’s Pond in three-five sentences.  Include the who, what, where, why, and when of the play.   What is the main idea of Mystery at Reed’s Pond? What is the theme? Why do you think this?
Complete the activity on pages 78 and 79.   Create a comic of Mystery at Reed’s Pond.  Your comic must have captions and speech bubbles.   Create the plot mountain of a Mystery at Reed’s Pond.  

 

May 11th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 14th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of May 14th-18th

 

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

We will begin Unit 8 by solving challenging multi-step word problems.  When working on the multistep problems with your fourth grader at home, please make sure that he or she makes sense of the problem.  The rest of the week will be spent on angle measure. Using the schema of what they know about angle measure, they will apply it to real-life situations.  On Wednesday, they will identify the measure of the angles of the pattern blocks. They will explain their thinking in an Open Response problem. Next, they will critique student samples and revise their own work.  

 

Writing:  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique.

This week, the fourth grade writers will fracture the myth of Perseus.  The writers will begin the week with creating a plot mountain of their fractured version of  they myth. Throughout the week, mini-lessons will focus on writing a luring lead, using concrete words, and concluding their myth with an unforgettable ending.  

 

Reading: Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose and refer to the structural elements of poems.

To culminate our poetry unit, every fourth grader will be given a poet to study with another fourth grader.  The pair will read the poems and answer questions about the poems written about the poet. They will reflect on the similarities of the poems by the poet as  well as theme, poetic devices, and rhythm. Additionally, they will pick a poem to illustrate from their visualization. On Friday, they will pick a poem to read aloud to the class.   

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 8.1 Homelink 8.2 Homelink 8.3 Math Homework Due
Reading Read the stories in Lesson 30. Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Three Tic Tac Toe activities Due

 

May 4th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of May 7th

Monday, May 7th

This week for homework, read the stories in Lesson 29.  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.

Read Save Timber Woods.  Write a letter to your favorite character.  Your letter must be written in proper format and must have five sentences.   Complete the Timeline activity on page 60.   Complete the activity on page 61.  
Complete the Analyzing the Essay activity on page 57.   Summarize Save Timber Woods in three-five sentences.  Include the who, what, where, why, and when of the play.   Identify the main idea of Following Muir: A Persuasive Essay.   
Read Enjoy the Earth on page 59.  Write your poem entitled Enjoy the Earth.   Read Following Muir: A Persuasive Essay.  Writer a letter to John Muir.  Your letter must have five sentences and must be written in proper letter format.   Read the Comb of Trees on page 58.  What do you think is the theme of this poem?  Why do you think this?
May 4th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 7th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of May 7th-May 11th

 

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

The writers of fourth grader will fracture the myth of King Midas.  Mini-lessons will focus on word choice. As the students are fracturing this myth they will use transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events.  They will also use concrete words and sensory imagery to convey experiences and events precisely. Finally, they will end the myth with an unforgettable ending. Ask your fourth grader how he or she is fracturing the myth of King Midas.  

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

We will end unit 7 with the students making a line plot from the measurements of different insects to the nearest ⅛ inch.  On Tuesday, the students will take the Unit 7 Assessment. Concepts tested include solving word problems with fractions, multiplying whole numbers by fractions, identifying multiples of fractions, converting between cups, pints, quarts, and gallons, money word problems, multi-division word problems, converting pounds to ounces, analyzing patterns, and plotting data on a line plot.  Please let me know if there is a skill that you would like me to work on with your fourth grader. On Wednesday, the students will take the Open Response Assessment. This test will allow the fourth graders to demonstrate their knowledge of multiplying a whole number by a fraction. They will explain their thinking and use mathematical models to show how to multiply a fraction by a whole number.  To practice for this test, have your fourth grader explain how to multiply a whole number by a fraction and to model with a number line and fraction circles.

 

Reading: Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems, and drama when writing or speaking about a text.

To explore rhythm, meter, rhyme scheme in poetry, the fourth graders will be reading poems by Kenn Nesbitt.  Through his poems, they will identify a foot of a line of poetry. As they are reading his poems, they will read examples of Iambic Pentameter, Common Measure, and even Trochee.  Ask your fourth grader to tell you how to identify a foot in a line of poetry.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read the stories in Lesson 29.  Complete the Three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Tic Tac Toe activities due
Math Homelink 7.13 Math Homework Due

 

April 27th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 30th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of April 30th-May 4th

 

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

During the month of May, the fourth grade writers will be “fracturing” Greek myths.  This week, the students will focus on fracturing the story of Persephone. As they are fracturing, or changing an aspect, of this myth, mini-lessons will focus on plot, writing a luring lead, dialogue, description, and sensory imagery.  Ask your fourth grader how he or she is fracturing the story of Persephone.

 

Math: Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements.

The fourth graders will continue to persevere in solving multi-step word problems.  Specifically, the word problems will focus on fractions, converting ounces and pounds, and converting decimals and fractions.  Please practice conversion problems with your fourth grader. The students will begin the week with analyzing patterns.

 

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

Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be reading poetry by Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and Shel Silverstein.  As they are reading poems by these well known poets, they will identify the theme of the poems. To introduce the students to theme, the fourth graders will begin the week by reading the classic ballad, Casey at the Bat.  Because poetry reports are due, there will be no Tic Tac Toe sheet assigned.  On Thursday, every fourth grader should bring their poetry report to school along with a copy of their poem.  During reader’s workshop, they will be able to share their poem with their classmates. Every fourth grader will be given the opportunity to read the poem aloud to the class using appropriate intonation.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 7.9 Homelink 7.10 Homelink 7.11 Homelink 7.12 Math Homework Due
Reading Poetry Sharing Day

Poetry Report Form Due

 

April 25th, 2018

Walk-a-Thon Incentive

Any student or Ray staff member who is registered at http://rayschool.dojiggy.com and has begun fundraising by midnight on Friday April 27th will be entered in a raffle to win a Simmons queen mattress set worth $500.  The winning student or staff member can come to our mattress sale on May 6th to try out the mattress set and have it delivered for free to their home! While exercise is important for health, a good night’s sleep is also important – make sure you’re getting quality sleep with a new mattress thanks to Just Get Sleep, our mattress sale fundraising partner!  Register your student(s) for the Walk-a-Thon today.
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April 20th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 23rd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of April 23rd-27th

 

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

We will begin the week with the students critiquing three different student work samples of the open response recipe problem that they completed last Thursday.  After they critique the work of three different students, they will revise their own work. The students will also use division to solve both multi-step and measurement problems.  When working on homework with your fourth grader, please make sure that he or she understands the problem before he or she solves it.

 

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

Because the students earned 1,000 DOJO points, they will have a poetry party on Friday.  All parents are invited to attend our party. The poets will share their poetry books. Even though Friday is a late start day, parents and their poets are invited to come to Room 207 for the party at 8:45.  At the party, we will also celebrate Miss Aron’s outstanding internship year of teaching in Room 207. Friday is her last day. Throughout the week, the students will work on the final drafts of their poems to publish in their books.  

 

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

As the students continue to read poetry, they will identify the point of view of the poems that they are reading.  Poets that the students will be reading include Jack Prelutzky and Langston Hughes. Questions that the students will answer include: What person is the poem written in? Who is the speaker? Who is the speaker’s audience? What is the speaker’s message? When reading with your fourth grader at home ask your reader to identify which person the text is written.  

 

Field Trip

Thank you to everyone who has turned in their permission slip and money for Tuesday’s Field Trip to the DuSable Museum.  We will leave at 9:45AM and return at 12:30PM. Because we will miss our regular scheduled lunch, students should bring their lunch from home.  

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 7.6 No Homework because of Field Trip Homelink 7.7 Homelink 7.8 Math Homework Due
Reading Read the stories in Lesson 27.  Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe Activities Due.  

 

April 20th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of April 23rd

Monday, April 23rd

This week for homework, read the stories in Lesson 27.  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.

Read Museums Worlds of Wisdom.  Which museum would be your favorite to visit.  Draw a picture of yourself there and write a caption of what you are doing.   Read the poems on page 42 and 43.  Write your own poem about a museum.   Complete the activity on page 44.   
Complete the activity on page 45.  You must write out all of the sentences.   Read Museums Worlds of Wisdom. Identify the main idea of each of the four subtitles.     Pretend you have visited one of the museums mentioned in Museums Worlds of Wisdom.  Write a letter to Miss Wejman about what you did there. Your letter should have five sentences and be written in correct letter format.  
How are the poems on pages 42 and 43 different?  How are they the same? Please write your observations in a Venn Diagram.    Write a letter to Miss Wejman about what you learned from reading Making the Most From Trash.  Your letter should have five sentences and be written in correct letter format.   As you are reading, identify an unfamiliar word.  Include the word written in the sentence. Explain how you used context clues to define the word.  Then, look up the word to find the actual definition.