Ms. Wejman

October 25th, 2013

Tic Tac Toe ~ Week of October 28th

Monday, October 29th

This week for homework, read Dear Mr. Winston by Ken Roberts.  By Thursday, 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 222 and 223 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.  Complete the Venn Diagram found on page 241 for the Text to Text activity. Answer the stop and think question on page 228. Identify a question that you have and make a prediction about what you think the answer will be.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 235. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 225. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 236 in five or more sentences. 
Complete the Write  a Reply activity found on page 237. 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.

 

October 25th, 2013

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 28th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of October 28th-21st

 

Math

Common Core Standard: Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.

This week, we will continue to work with decimals with addition and subtraction, writing decimals through the hundredths, and converting metric measurements.  On Thursday, we will have a math game day pertaining to practicing a variety of math skills.

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text.

To introduce the students to the Northeast United States in present day, they will skim the text to be introduced to the vocabulary. The vocabulary will pertain to the New England and Middle Atlantic States.

 

Science

Illinois State Standard: Identify and explain natural cycles and patterns in the solar system.

Throughout the week, the students will be learning about comets, meteors, and asteroids.  As they are learning about these space phenomenons, they will be able to differentiate their characteristics.  We will also be making our own comets, to demonstrate why the tail is always traveling opposite of the sun. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading

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

As the students are reading their guided reading books, they will be making inferences.  The students have been taught that an inference is using explicit evidence in the text combined with their own background knowledge to make a conclusion.  When reading with your child at home, model making inferences in the text.  Also, identify inferences not pertaining to reading.  We are always making inferences in our everyday lives.

 

Writing

Common Core Standard: Write opinion pieces on topics or text, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

After a successful month of writing informational text, we will change genres to persuasive writing.  This week, the students will begin to generate opinions that they have pertaining to a variety of issues such as longer school days, television viewing, and banning books. To begin brainstorming the opinions, the students will play a game of “philosophical chairs.” In this game, the students take a stance on an opinion and express their reasons for their opinions. When your child is expressing a specific opinion at home (playing before homework, getting a cell phone, choosing bedtime, etc.) encourage this opinion as being a good topic for the persuasive topic. Audience and reasons to support an opinion will also be addressed.

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading

Read Dear Mr. Winston

 

 

Tic Tac Toe activities due

 

Math

Study Link 4.6

Study Link 4.7

Study Link 4.8

 

 

 

October 18th, 2013

Homework ~ Week of October 21st

Monday, October 21st

This week for homework, read Me and Uncle Romie by Claire Hartfield.  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 196 and 197 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.  Independently complete the Plan a Tour activity found on page 213. Answer the stop and think question on page 203 in five or more sentences. Identify evidence of why this story is told in the first or third person. Why do you think the author wrote in this person?
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 204. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 199. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 206 in five or more sentences. 
Complete the Write About Gifts activity found on page 213. 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.

 

October 18th, 2013

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 21st

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of October 21st-25th

 

Math

Common Core Standard: Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.

Throughout the week, the students will identify how to read, compare, convert to fractions, add, and subtract decimals. Since decimals are often part of our everyday life, please take every opportunity that you can to identify real world examples of decimals for your child. 

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Describe the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

As the students are reading about the Northeast region of the United States, they will be able to identify the cause and effect of historical events that have happened. In addition to identifying the cause and effect in a graphic organizer, they will also be reading a timeline to learn about historical events that occurred in the northeast region. 

 

Science

Illinois State Standard: Identify easily recognizable star patterns. 

Throughout the week, the students will be learning about constellations.  They will be introduced to constellations in a passage where they will read with their pencil.  As the week progresses, they will be able to map different constellations depending on the time of year.  They will also create constellations with marshmallows identifying their own zodiac sign.   Additionally, they will learn how constellations historically helped people. 

 

 

 

Reading

Common Core Standard: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on details in the text. 

When the students meet with their guided reading groups, they will be identifying an event in the text that changed the protagonist.  In life, events change people.  In books, events in the plot change the characters.  Our guided reading group discussions will focus on how characters are affected by events. 

 

Writing

Common Core Standard: Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting and illustrations to aid in comprehension. 

Throughout the week, the writers will be putting their finishing touches on their informational books.  All books will be due on Friday.  The publishing party will be on Wednesday, October 30th at 3:15. Everyone is invited!    

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading

Read Me and Uncle Romie

 

 

 

Tic Tac Toe Activities Due

Math

Study Link 4.1

Study Link

4.2

Study Link

4.3

Study Link

4.4

 

 

October 11th, 2013

Homework ~ Week of October 15th

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This week for homework, read Coming Distractions Questioning Movies by Frank W. Baker.  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 172 and 173 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.  Complete the Stop and Think on page 184. Identify the meaning of the movie jargon.    Answer the stop and think question on page 181 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 179. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 175. Complete the Analyze a Film activity on page 187 in five or more sentences.
Complete the text to text activity on page 191 in five or more sentences. 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.

 

October 11th, 2013

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 15th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of October 15th-18th

 

Math

Common Core Standard: Use the four operations to solve problems.

On Friday, the students will take the Chapter 3 assessment.  Throughout the week, we will review for the test.  On Tuesday, the students will be introduced to using inverse operations to find a variable.  Using parenthesis in number sentences will be reviewed on Wednesday by playing the game “Name that Number.” The students will use the self-assessment to aid in review on Thursday.  For the test, the students should be familiar with fact families, finding the multiples of a given number, problem solving, and using parentheses the correct way. 

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text.

Throughout the year, we will be learning about the five different political regions of the United States.  This week, we will begin to learn about the Northeast.  To begin learning about this region, the students will be introduced to the text by skimming each lesson for bold words.  The students know that bold words are important words that can be defined in the glossary.  The fourth graders also know that they can use context clues to define them. 

 

Science

Common Core Standard: Identify and explain natural cycles and patterns in the solar system (moon phases).

After focusing on planets last week, the students will identify the phases of the moon this week.  First, they will be introduced to the moon through The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons.  The students will illustrate the phases of the moon using Oreo cookies.  They will also be able to distinguish between a lunar and solar eclipse. 

 

Reading

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

As the students are reading their guided reading books, they will be making inferences.  Guided reading group conversations will focus on the teacher reading an excerpt from the text.  The group will discuss what is explicitly stated in the text.  Each student will have to identify what was implicitly stated, or inferred.  The students are told that they are making an inference anytime they are making a conclusion about something that is not explicitly stated in the text.

 

Writing

Common Core Standard: Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

The students will be finishing their informational books this week focusing on the publishing of their books.  All parents are invited to an Author Celebration on Wednesday, October 30th at 3:15.  At this celebration, students will share their writing and we will celebrate all of the authors in Room 207.  On this date, we will also celebrate October birthdays. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading

 

Read Coming Distractions: Questioning Movies.

 

 

Tic Tac Toe activities due

Math

 

Study Link: 3.11

Study Link: 3.10

Study Link: 3. 5

 

October 4th, 2013

Reading Homework ~ Week of October 7th

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 137 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.

 

October 4th, 2013

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 4th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of October 7th-11th 

Math

Common Core Standard: Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.

Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be solving math problems.  First, they will be interpreting data and using a map scale in the World Tour project that is incorporated in the fourth grade Everyday Math program throughout the year.  Then, they will review the steps in problem solving.  Finally, they will look at equations identifying if they are true and false and how parenthesis change the answer. 

Science

Illinois State Standard: Identify and explain natural cycles and patterns in in the solar system.

This week, we will begin a new science unit focusing on the solar system.  Groups will work together to research an assigned planet.  They will then create a poster about the planet and present it to the class. The students will also read a passage “with their pencil” about planets. The practice of “reading with a pencil” allows students to circle unfamiliar words, question confusing information, and identify interesting facts.

 Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Determine the main idea of text and explain how it is supported by key details.

As the fourth graders are continuing to read about regions, they will identify the main idea of each section identifying three supporting details. The students will be given social studies practice books that will be used both at home and at school.  After learning about neighboring countries on Wednesday, they will complete page 26 for homework which will be due on Thursday.

 Reading

Common Core Standard: Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics and patterns of events in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures. 

While discussing the plot of their guided reading books, groups will compare their book with another book that they have read and identify a specific similarity and difference related to the topic or theme. 

 

Writing

Common Core Standard: Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections.

After drafting the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusions, in their writer’s notebooks, the students will be ready to publish their expository or informational writing into plastic bag books. The students will receive a rubric guiding them in their publishing.  The requirements of the rubric are derived from the common core standards that have been taught through mini-lessons. In addition to writing the text, the students will be welcome to include pictures, captions, subtitles, charts, and other features of non-fiction books. 

 Schedule Change

Included today in the green folder was the new schedule for Room 207.  Because CPS has increased the required math minutes from 60-90 minutes, the schedules have had to be changed.  Please let me know if you have any specific questions about the change. 

 Homework

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading

Read Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude

 

 

 

Tic Tac Toe activities due

Math

Study Link 3.6

Study Link 3.7

Study Link 3.8

Study Link 3.9

 

Social Studies

 

 

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