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Week of December 17th-21st

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

The fourth grade writers will spend the week publishing and binding their books. The focus of the lessons will be on using text features, utilizing the correct mechanics, and dividing their writing into appropriate sections. All parents are invited to our publishing party which will be held on Friday, December 21st at 3PM. At the party, the fourth grade authors will be sharing their books.

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

We will begin the week with solving an open response problem. In this problems, the fourth graders will use place value to determine how much money (in bills) can fit into a specific box. On Tuesday, the students will evaluate student work and revise their own open response. The students will also be introduced to partial product multiplication and will be converting kilograms to grams.

Reading: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

The fourth graders will continue to read biographies. In guided reading groups, they will identify the main idea of the text. The students have also been introduced to the Wax Museum project. On Thursday, January 31st, the Ray School cafeteria will be transformed into the Fourth Grade Wax Museum. For this wax museum, every fourth grader needs to pick a biography to read. They need to become an expert about their biography and dress as the person that they are reading about in the book. Every fourth grader needs to bring in his or her biography to school on or before Monday, January 7th. The students will be given time to read the biography in class and will be practicing comprehension strategies with the book during the month of January. If your fourth grader needs help picking a biography, the teacher will help him or her. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this 2nd quarter project.

Spelling Bee

The Ray School Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019. Every class needs to pick two representatives to compete in the Bee. The Room 207 bee will be held on Tuesday, January 8th. Every interested fourth grader received a spelling study list to practice over break. This is an optional activity.

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

Reading | Read The Life and Times of the Ant | Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities | Tic Tac Toe activities due. | ||

Math | Homelink 4.5 | Homelink 4.6 | Homelink 4.7 | Math Homework Due |

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This week for homework, read The Life and Times of the Ant by Charles Micucci. 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 348 and 349 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 369. | Ask five questions about anything that you do not understand on this page. |

Pages 358 and 359 identifies many different types of ants. Pick one type of ant. Illustrate a picture of the ant and write a caption about it. | Complete the graphic organizer found on page 351. | Complete the Text to Self activity on page 369. |

Find an example of imagery on page 360. Explain how the imagery helps you to create a mental picture of the text. | Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this text. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. | Answer the essential question in five or more sentences. |

- Perfect Attendance Students with no Tardies will be invited to a School wide Field Trip
- Students with No Tardies – Invitation to a School Event
- Reminder- This is an individual challenge
- Let’s go Ray Warriors!!!

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Week of December 10th-14th

Writing: Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g. headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

The fourth graders will write an introduction to their informational text. They will begin their introduction with a luring lead. The writers will end their writing with a concluding statement. After their five paragraphs are complete, they will look at text features of informational books and be inspired to use them in their own publishing. At the end of the week, they will receive a rubric stating the expectations of their published book.

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

Unit 4 focuses on multi digit multiplication. We will begin the unit with reviewing basic multiplication facts and extending the product with multiples of ten. Estimation will be used to evaluate the reasonableness of the product. To begin the multiplication of multidigit numbers, the fourth graders will use partitioned rectangles to separate the place value. The students will also use multiplication to convert liters to milliliters. To ensure that your fourth grader is automatic with math facts, please practice multiplication and division facts with your child at home.

Reading: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

For the last five weeks, the fourth graders have been reading biographies. They are going to pick one of the biographies that they read to create a timeline of the person’s life. In addition to creating a timeline, they will also be summarizing the person’s life. Every fourth grader received a rubric of this timeline.

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

Math | Homelink 4.1 | Homelink 4.2 | Homelink 4.3 | Homelink 4.4 | Math Homework Due |

Reading | Read Antarctic Journal | Complete three Tic Tac Toe assignments. | Reading Homework Due |

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This week for homework, read Antarctic Journal by Jennifer Owings Dewey. 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 324 and 325 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. | Complete the Text to Text Activity on page 343. | Answer the stop and think question on page 338. |

Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 333. | Complete the graphic organizer found on page 327. | Complete The Weather and You activity on page 343 in five or more sentences. |

Identify the metaphor on page 331. Explain the literal meaning of the metaphor. | Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this text. 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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This week for homework, read The Earth Dragon Awakes by Laurence Yep. 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 300 and 301 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 319. | Complete the Stop and Think on page 314. Explain how you know which person the story is written in. |

Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 307. | Complete the graphic organizer found on page 303. | Complete the Survival Activity on page 315 in five or more sentences. |

Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 308 in five or more sentences. | Write a letter to Miss Wejman about story. 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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Week of December 3rd-7th

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

During the month of December, the fourth grade writers will be writing informational books about the topic of their choice. Different than the explanatory writing that they wrote in October, they will spend the month of December teaching the reader information about a topic that they know a lot of facts about. We will begin the month, with brainstorming everything that they know about the topic. From there, they will create an outline to organize their ideas. By the end of the month, every fourth grade writer will have a published book to take home. Ask your fourth grader what topic he or she is writing their book about.

Math: Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.

The students will take the Unit 3 Assessment on Thursday. Topics that will be assessed include word problems with fractions, the equivalent fraction rule, comparing fractions, writing fractions on a number line, converting fractions to decimals, comparing decimals, converting centimeters to millimeters, and using three different strategies to compare fractions. On Friday, the students will take the open response test. While taking this assessment, the students will have to explain how to compare fractions using different strategies. Please let us know if there are any specific skills that you would like us to practice with your fourth grader.

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

Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be making inferences in the text. In guided reading books, they will use explicit text evidence and their own schema, or background knowledge, to make an inference. Ask your fourth grader who they are reading about in their biography.

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

Reading | Read The Earth Dragon Awakes | Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities | Reading Homework Due | ||

Math | Homelink 3.12 | Homelink 3.13 | Homelink 3.8 | Math Homework Due |

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Week of November 26th-30th

Reading: Describe the overall structure (chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

Throughout the quarter, the readers will be identifying how the structure of a fiction story is different than informational text. This week’s reading skill focuses on cause and effect. In guided reading groups, the readers will be determining the cause and effect of specific events.

Writing: Write an opinion piece on a topic or text, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

This week students will be writing their final draft of their opinion writing. Their topic is if cell phones should be allowed in school. Talk with your student at home about their opinion on this topic.

Mathematics: Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100.

This week students are being introduced to the relationship between fractions and decimals. They will start by looking at fractions with denominators of 10 and 100, since these are the easiest to convert from fractions to decimals. Students will also use base-10 blocks to help them explore decimals. Talk with your child about where we see decimals in real life. Money is a great example of this.

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

Math | Homelink 3.8 | Homelink 3.9 | Homelink 3.10 | Homelink 3.11 | Math Homework Due |

Reading | Read Jose Born to Dance | Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities | Reading Homework Due |

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This week for homework, read Jose Born to Dance by Susanna Reich. 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 246 and 247 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 265. | Identify a metaphor on page 256. Explain the literal meaning of the metaphor. |

Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 253. | Complete the graphic organizer found on page 249. | Complete the Letter to a Young Dancer activity on page 261. Your letter must be written in correct letter format and must have five or more sentences. |

Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 260 in five or more sentences. | 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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Week of November 19th-20th

Reading: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

The readers will continue to find the main idea of the informational text that they are reading. Please practice finding the main idea of the text with your fourth grader. Because of the short week, the students will not be assigned reading homework.

Writing: Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

This week the writers are being introduced to the topic that they will use for their final draft opinion papers. On Monday, we will read and discuss an article about the topic. On Tuesday, they will have the opportunity to organize and write their ideas in an outline so that they are prepared to write their final draft next week.

Math: Learn strategies to order fractions and place them accurately on number lines.

This week the fourth graders will be working on comparing fractions. On Monday, they will look at number stories with two fractions and will compare them using diagrams and their knowledge of fraction sizes. On Tuesday, the fourth graders will complete a group activity with their tables where they work to order multiple fractions from least to greatest.

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

Math | Homelink 3.6 | Math Homework Due |

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Week of November 13th-16th

Report Card Pick Up

On Wednesday, there is no school because of report card pick up. If you have not signed up for a time, please do so.

The readers will focus on identifying the main idea of the biographies they are reading. In their main idea, they should identify who the biography is about and what they did. Often times, readers confuse detail and main idea. Please help your fourth grader to differentiate between the two at home. We will be practicing this in guided reading groups.

Writing: Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

This week we are continuing our work on opinion writing. We will work on giving supporting evidence for our reasons. We will also add an introduction and conclusion to our rough drafts.

Math: Use mathematical models to compare fractions with different numerators and denominators and justify their reasoning.

This week in math, students will be given a story problem to explore and work on with their table groups on Tuesday. Then on Thursday, we will review the worksheet as a class, using some of our classmates work to analyze how to solve the problem along with different ways to solve the problem. The students will then revise their work.

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

Math | Homelink 3.5 | Math Homework Due | |||

Reading | Read The Screech Owl Who Liked Television | Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities | Tic Tac Toe activities due |

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This week for homework, read The Screech Owl Who Liked Television by Jean Craighead George. 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 274 and 275 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. | Complete the Text to Self Activity on page 295. | Find a simile on page 286 and explain the simile. |

Answer the Stop and Think question on page 289 in five or more sentences. | Complete the graphic organizer found on page 277. | Complete the Write about Animals activity on page 291 in five or more sentences. |

Complete the comic strip activity on page 291. | 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. |