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 |

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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 |

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Week of May 28th-May 31st

Math: Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements.

The fourth graders will first plot data on a line plot. They will also add mixed numbers to find the perimeter of rectangles. Finally, they will solve problems adding decimals.

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

The fourth grade writers will finish their Greek Myth final drafts. Throughout the week, they will be encouraged to begin their sentences in a variety of ways, use transitional words, and end their writing in an unforgettable way.

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

As the fourth graders continue to read Greek Myths, they will use the characters, words, or actions of the Greek gods to describe them with a character trait. Last week, the fourth graders were assigned a Greek god or goddess research report. These reports will be due on Friday, May 31st. Extra copies of the form can be found on the Room 207 blog.

NWEA

The fourth graders will take the reading portion of the NWEA on Thursday, May 30th. Please make sure that your fourth grader comes to school well rested and on time. Math will be administered on Thursday, June 6th.

Homework | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday |

Math | Homelink 8.5 | Homelink 8.6 | Homelink 8.7 | Math Homework Due | |

Reading | Work on Greek god or goddess research report. | Greek god or goddess research report due. |

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Peek at the Week

Week of May 20th-24th

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

The students will begin the final draft of their fractured Greek Myth. They will be graded on the plot of their story, the exposition, word choice, dialogue, resolution, and conventions. Ask your fourth grader which myth they are choosing to fracture.

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

In addition to writing Greek myths, the fourth graders will be reading a variety of Greek myths. As they are reading the Greek Myth, they will identify the theme of the text. For homework, every fourth grader will have to research the Greek god or goddess of his or her choice. Every fourth grader received a sheet to complete. On the front of the sheet they will have to answer questions about the Greek god or goddess. On the back of the sheet, they will have to create their own story about this god or goddess. This research report is due on Friday, May 31st. In class, the fourth grader will be reading different Greek myths and will be identifying the theme of the myth. A theme can be identified as a lesson learned through the context of the story.

Math: Geometric measurement; understand concepts of angle and measure angles.

The fourth graders will begin the week with using what they know about the angle measure of a square to identify the angle measure of other polygons. They will also identify line symmetry. Because of Tuesday’s Rockfest, there will be no formal math lesson or homework on Tuesday. Last Wednesday, the students were given back their Unit 7 Assessments. Every fourth grader has an opportunity to revise his or her math test to make up half the points on the original test. To receive the credit, all revised tests must be brought back to school before Friday, May 24th.

Homework | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday |

Math | Homelink 8.3 | Homelink 8.4 | Math Homework Due | ||

Reading | Pick a god or goddess to research. Questions and story due on Friday, May 31st. Every student received a sheet. Copies can be found on the Room 207 blog. |

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Date:

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, May 31st.

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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Week of May 13th-17th

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

On Tuesday, the students will take the Unit 7 Assessment. They will be tested on multiplying whole numbers by fractions, identifying multiples of unit fractions, converting gallons, quarts, and pints, solving multi-step word problems, converting pounds to ounces, identifying patterns, and plotting data on a line plot. We will begin Unit 8 on Wednesday. The students will once again work on solving multi-step word problems. They will also identify angle measure using what they already know about angle measure.

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

This week, the fourth graders will be fracturing the Greek Myth of Perseus. As they are reading, they will be writing a luring lead in their exposition, they will use descriptive words, they will include dialogue to show how a character responds to a situation, and they will end their writing with an unforgettable ending. Please ask your fourth grader how he or she is fracturing the myth of Perseus.

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

To end our poetry unit, every fourth grader is assigned a partner and a poetry anthology to read. As they are reading the poetry anthology, they will also be answering questions pertaining to the figurative language, theme, rhyme scheme, and language of the poems in the poetry anthology. Because we are done with the reading book, there will be no Tic Tac Toe Assignments for the remainder of the school year. For homework this week, every fourth grader will pick a poem to share with their classmates on Friday, May 17th. Before they share their poem with the class, they will have to answer questions about it for homework. On Monday, the students brought the form home to complete. The students can find a poem from the Internet or from an anthology. The sheets will be due on Friday, May 17th. The sheet can also be found on my blog.

Homework | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday |

Math | Unit 7 Math Test | 8.1 Homelink | 8.2 Homelink | Math Homework Due | |

Reading | Pick a poem to share with your class and complete Poetry Sharing Form. | Poetry Sharing Form Due |

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Over the last five weeks, poetry will be our unit of study in reading. To end the unit, every fourth grader will pick a poem of their choice to analyze. Every fourth grader should bring their poem to class on Friday, May 17th to share with their classmates. They will be invited to share the poem they picked in a class reading. In addition to a copy of the poem, they must also bring in this completed sheet. The poem can be from a poetry anthology or printed from the Internet. Room 207 has a plethora of anthologies for the fourth graders to pick from if they choose to do so.

Poem: ________________________________________

Poet: _________________________________________

Why are you choosing this poem to share with your classmates? ____________________________________

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Does your poem you any poetic devices? _____________

If so, which poetic devices does it use? _______________

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Identify an example of this poetic device. _____________

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Whose point of view is the poem written in? ___________

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What evidence do you have of this? _________________

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In one sentence, what is the main idea of this poem?

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What is the theme of this poem? ____________________

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Why do you think this? ____________________________

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What is your favorite line in the poem? _______________

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Why is it your favorite line? ________________________

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What is one question that you have for this poet?

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What is one compliment that you have for this poet?

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Illustrate a picture of this poem and include a caption.

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Peek at the Week

Week of May 6th-10th

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

The students will continue to work with fractions. First they will multiply and add fractions to solve problems about state birds. Then, they will convert fractions and decimals to solve number stories involving money. Next, they will record fractional lengths on a line plot. On Thursday, they will take the Open Response Assessment. On this test, they will use a number line and fraction circles to explain how to multiply. Please let me know if your fourth grader needs practice multiplying fractions.

This week, the fourth grade writers will be fracturing the story of Persephone. As they fracture this story, mini-lessons will focus on using sensory imagery, using transitional words, writing similes, and writing an unforgettable ending. Ask you fourth grader how he or she is fracturing the story of Persephone.

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

Throughout the week, the fourth graders will identify the point of view of different poems. Ask your fourth grader to identify the different poems that they are reading in school.

Homework | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday |

Math | Homelink 7.11 | Homelink
7.12 |
Homelink 7.13 | Math Homework Due | |

Reading | Read the stories in Lesson 30 | Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities. | Math Homework Due |

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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 the haiku on page 75. Write your haiku about a flamingo. | Read A Big Python Problem. Write the main idea of page 72 and the main idea of page 73. | Complete the activity on page 77. |

Write a three-five sentence summary about The Mystery at Reed’s Pond. | Create a plot mountain of the Mystery at Reed’s Pond. | Read the poem about the turtle on page 74. Write your own poem about a turtle. |

Read a Mystery at Reed’s Pond. What is a character trait to describe Adrian? use thoughts, words, and actions to support your character trait? | Write a letter to Miss Wejman about the Mystery at Reed’s Pond. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. | Complete the activity on page 78. |

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Peek at the Week

Week of April 29th-May 3rd

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

The fourth grade writers will be finishing their poetry books during the first part of this week. On May 1st, the students will be introduced to the new genre – fracturing a Greek myth. The first Greek Myth that they will be fracturing is King Midas. They will be instructed to “break” this traditional Greek Myth in anyway that they want. Ask your fourth grader how he or she is choosing to fracture the myth.

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

The week will start with the fourth graders solving multistep number stories involving division, measurement, and fractions. When practicing homework with your fourth grader, make sure that he or she knows what the problem is asking before actually solving the problem. The fourth graders will also be looking at patterns and identifying the difference between triangular and rectangular numbers.

Reading: Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (verse, rhythm, meter).

Throughout the week, the fourth graders will identify the rhyme scheme of specific poems. They will also read poems by Kenn Nesbitt to identify the rhythm of poems. Please ask your fourth graders to identify poems that he or she has enjoyed reading in class.

Homework | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday |

Reading | Read the stories in Lesson 29 | Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities. | Reading Homework Due | ||

Math | Homelink 7.7 | Homelink 7.8 | Homelink 7.9 | Homelink 7.10 | Math Homework Due |

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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.

Create a plot mountain of Save Timber Woods. | Complete the Analyzing the Essay activity on page 57. | Read the poem Enjoy the Earth on page 59. Write your own poem entitled Enjoy the Earth using repetition. |

Complete the activity on page 61. | Complete the activity on page 60. | Complete the activity on page 62. |

Summarize Save Timber Woods in three-five sentences. | Write a letter to Miss Wejman about Save Timber Woods. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. | What is the theme of Save Timber Woods? Why do you think this? |

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