Peek at the Week

Week of October 15th-19th

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

During the previous two weeks, the fourth grader writers composed their five paragraph explanatory essay. This week, they will focus on using text features to enhance their explanatory text. The writers will be required to have pictures, captions to explain each picture, and subtitles to organize the sections. To assist in the writing of their final draft, they will receive a rubric stating the requirements of the explanatory essay.

Math: Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.

As the students continue to practice multiplication, they will identify multiples of a given number. They will also be able to identify the difference between prime and composite numbers. Every fourth grader should know that the only two factors that a prime has is 1 and itself and that a composite number has more than two factors. The students will also use multiplicative reasoning to solve an open response problem. On Wednesday, they will work with their group to make a conjecture. On Thursday, the students will analyze student work and revise their own work. Homework will be due on Thursday this week.

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

The fourth grade readers will be able to identify the difference between the main idea and theme of the text. When they identify the main idea of the text, they should be specific with the who and what of the text in one sentence. In their identification of theme, the reader should state the author’s purpose of writing the text as a lesson or moral that can be applied to everyday life.

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

Math | Homelink 2.4 | Homelink 2.5 | Homelink 2.6 | Math Homework Due | |

Reading | Read Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude. | Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities. | Reading Homework Due |

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This week for homework, read Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley. 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 146 and 147 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. | Complete the Short Response activity on page 163 in five or more sentences. | Answer the stop and think question on page 155 in five or more sentences. |

Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 159. Answer in five or more sentences. | Complete the graphic organizer found on page 149. | Complete the Text to Text activity found on page 167 using a Venn Diagram. |

Complete the Draw a Cartoon Activity found on page 163 independently. | Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this fairy tale. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. | Answer the essential question in five or more sentences. |

Peek at the Week

Week of October 9th-13th

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

To begin our unit on multiplication, the fourth graders will create arrays. They will also use multiplication to find the formula for the area of a rectangle. The students will be able to know the factor and a product of a multiplication equation. Additionally, the students will know the difference between a multiple and a factor.

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

The writers will continue to use their outline to write the body paragraphs of their explanatory writing piece. They will also write an introduction and conclusion of their explanatory essay. While they are writing their paragraphs, they will focus on using transitional words and precise language to explain their topic.

Reading: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

The fourth grade readers will continue to make inferences in the text. They will know that to make an inference they will use the explicit text evidence with their schema. Practice making inferences when reading with your fourth grader at home.

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

Math | Homelink 2.1 | Homelink 2.2 | Homelink 2.3 | Math Homework Due | |

Reading | Read Stormalong. | Complete three tic tac toe activities | Reading Homework Due |

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This week for homework, read __Stormalong __by Mary Pope Osborne. 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 114 and 115 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 137. | Answer the stop and think question on page 126 in five or more sentences. |

Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 120. Answer in five or more sentences. | Complete the graphic organizer found on page 117. | Complete the Short Response Activity on Page 133 in five or more sentences. |

Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 129 in five 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. |

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Peek at the Week

Week of October 1st-5th

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

We will begin the week with developing a formula for finding the perimeter of a rectangle. The students will all know that the perimeter is the distance AROUND a shape. They will know that the formula is the length+length+width+width. Please practice this formula and concept with your fourth grader at home. Because perimeter is the last concept that will be taught in Unit 1, the students will be assessed on everything that they learned in math during the first five weeks of fourth grade on Tuesday. Concepts assessed on the Unit 1 Test include place value, rounding, multi-step problems, adding and subtracting multiple digit numbers, converting yards to feet, identifying right angles, and finding the perimeter of a rectangle. Please let us know if there is a math skill that you would like us to practice with your fourth grader. On Wednesday, the fourth graders will take the Open Response assessment. They will analyze the subtraction work of two fourth graders and be able to explain their thinking. Additionally, they will be challenged to draw as many rectangles as they can with a given perimeter. Since the students only have one formal math lesson, math homework will be due on Tuesday. With the new month, comes a new operation for the Tuesday Timed Test. The students will be tested on answering as many multiplication facts as they can in five minutes. If your fourth grader is not able to answer 100 problems in five minutes, please practice multiplication facts at home.

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

With the new month, comes a new writing genre. During the month of October, the fourth grade writers will pick a topic to explain. They will be encouraged to pick a topic of something that they are good at to teach someone how to do something in an explanatory writing piece. This week, the writers will be brainstorming and practicing their writing stamina. Ask your fourth grader to identify the topic of his or her explanatory writing topic.

Reading: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

In guided reading groups, the fourth grade readers will practice making inferences. The students will be taught that readers make an inference by using explicit text evidence to draw a conclusion about something that is not stated. At home, ask your fourth grade reader to make an inference using explicit text evidence. Because we are halfway done with the first quarter, the students will be assigned their mid quarter reading assessment. The readers will be assessed on all of the reading skills that they learned from the first part of fourth grade. To demonstrate their reading, they will make a book cover of The Whipping Boy. On the cover, they will illustrate a picture of one of the characters to depict his character trait. On the front inside cover, they will identify the main idea and theme. They will use text evidence to make an inference on the inside back cover. Finally, on the back cover, they will summarize the text. The finished products will be displayed in the classroom. Ask your fourth grader about their book cover project. This project will be completed in school.

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

Math | Homelink 1.13 | Math Homework Due
Math Test |
Open Response Math Test | ||

Reading | Read The Power of W.O.W | Complete Three Tic Tac Toe activities | Tic Tac Toe Activities Due |

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This week for homework, read The Power of W.O.W. by Crystal Hubbard. 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 91 and 92 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 109. | Answer the stop and think question on page 99 in five or more sentences. |

Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 100. Answer in five or more sentences. | Complete the graphic organizer found on page 93. | Complete the Short Response Activity on Page 105 in five or more sentences. |

Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 104 in five or more sentences. | Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this play. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. | Answer the essential question in five or more sentences. |

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Peek at the Week

Week of September 24th-28th

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

After spending the first three weeks of practicing components of good narrative writing, the fourth grade writers will now write a final draft. To assist them in the writing of their final draft, they will have a rubric identifying the writing skills that will be graded. Categories include plot, exposition, dialogue, transitional words, descriptive words, resolution, and conventions. Throughout the week, the students will edit their writing focusing on paragraph breaks, using the ipad to spell their words correctly, and using correct capitalization and punctuation. They will also work with a partner to peer edit.

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

Guided reading group discussions will focus on theme. The students will be taught that theme is the general idea that the writer wants to express. When reading with your fourth grader at home ask him or her to tell you what the theme of what they are reading is.

Math: Generalize place value understanding multi-digit whole numbers; Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

We will begin the week with subtracting using the U.S. traditional method. Then we will convert between yards, feet, and inches. The second half of the week will be focus on geometry specifically on the properties of points, line segments, lines, rays, angles, triangles, and quadrilaterals.

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

Math | Homelink 1-9 | Homelink 1-10 | Homelink 1-11 | Homelink 1-12 | Math Homework Due |

Reading | Read How Tia Lola Came to Stay | Complete Three Tic Tac Toe activities. | Tic Tac Toe activities due. |

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This week for homework, read How Tia Lola Came to Stay by Julia Alvarez. 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 68 and 69 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. | Complete the Text to Self activity on page 85. | Answer the stop and think question on page 78. |

Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 77. Identify the metaphor and explain the meaning. | Complete the graphic organizer found on page 71. | Complete the Short Response Activity on Page 81 in five or more sentences. |

Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 75 with a picture and a caption. | 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. |

Peek at the Week

Week of September 17th-21st

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 will only have three pages of math homework this week. Math homework will be due on Thursday.

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 graders 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 | Math Homework Due |

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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. Give evidence about how you know if it is written in the first or third person. |

Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 57. | Complete the graphic organizer found on page 45. | Complete the timeline activity on page 59. |

Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 55. | Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this biography. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. | Answer the essential question in five or more sentences. |

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register here (start date is 10/15).

The following programs led by University of Chicago students will start later in October: Creative Writing (1-8) and Debate It Forward. Stay tuned through the Ray PTO ENews!

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Miss Wejman and Miss Benvenuti

Room 207

Math (9:30-11)

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 the 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 (8:55-9:30)

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.

CHAMPS

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.

Parent-Teacher Communication

Email is the best way of communication for me. I will do my best to get back to you at my earliest opportunity. Every Monday, you will receive a Peek at the Week. This parent communication will state the learning that will be taking place in each subject. Homework for the week will also be posted in the Peek at the Week.

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