Ms. Wejman

November 22nd, 2013

Miss Wejman’s Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 25th

 

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 25th-26th

 

Math Common Core Standard: Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.

Math lessons on both Monday and Tuesday will pertain to place value.  Monday’s lesson will focus on using exponents to express place value. Tuesday’s lesson will pertain to rounding to help document a large number. To make place value pertinent to your child’s life, show real life examples of numbers in the millions or billions.  Because of the short week, only Study Link 5.9 will be assigned and it will be due on Tuesday, November 26th

 

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

The students will preview the sections about the Atlantic Coast States and Gulf Coast States. As they are previewing both sections, the will scan the text for the bold words.  Using context clues, they will define the words and draw an image that corresponds to the meaning.

 

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.

This week, the fourth graders will continue to make inferences from the text that they are reading.  Because of the short week, homework will not be assigned. 

 

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

All persuasive final drafts will be due on Tuesday.  Every writer will have a chance to conference with Miss Wejman to discuss strengths and areas of improvement for his or her writing. 

 

Science Illinois State Standard: Describe types of energy including light, heat, sound, electrical and mechanical.

Last week the students tested circuits that produced light and mechanical energy.  Building on the circuits that they created, this week they will be using a switch to open and close the flow of energy.  The fourth graders will be able to identify how the switch affects the circuit.  Additionally, they will be able to identify conductors and insulators in the classroom. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Math

Study Link 5.9

 

 

 

 

Reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 15th, 2013

Homework ~ Week of November 18th

Monday, November 18th

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 Write About Animals Activity on page 291.  Answer the stop and think question on page 282.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 289.  Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 277. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 286.
Complete the comic 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.

 

November 15th, 2013

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 18th-22nd

 

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

This week, the students will practice strategies to multiply double digit numbers.  Building on from last year, the students will be able to use both lattice and the partial products algorithm to multiply double digit numbers.  On Friday, the students will practice place value with reading numbers to the billions. 

 

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 southeastern United States, they will be comparing and contrasting different aspects of the region.  For example, they will compare and contrast the coastal plains with the Appalachian Mountains, the north and south during the Civil War time period, and exports and imports in conjunction with learning about the Southeast’s ports. 

 

Science Common Core Standard: Describe and compare types of energy including light, heat, sound, electrical, and mechanical.

The students will be exploring with energy sources to light a light bulb.  In exploring this, they will learn about the flow of electricity, how to make a motor run, and conductors and insulators.  After the hands on experience of exploring these concepts, they will read about two pioneers in the discovery of electricity, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison.

 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.

In guided reading group discussions, we will revisit inferences.  The fourth grade readers are confusing predictions with inferences.  Because of the great minds of the fourth graders, they have imaginative thoughts of what they predict is going to happen in the text that they are reading.  However, they are being encouraged to “dig deeper” in the text to identify more of what is going on in the text without being stated explicitly. As your child is reading at home, ask inferential questions.  For example, if a character is clenching his fist ask how that character is feeling.  This is a simple inference question where the reader has to answer a question that is not explicitly stated in the text.

 

Writing Common Core Standard: Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases.

On Monday, every fourth grader will have received a rubric stating the requirements of the persuasive final draft.  Throughout the week, the students will be writing their final drafts.  Special focus will be on the students using a variety of transitional words to link both their sentences and paragraphs.

November Birthdays

In conjunction with the birthday celebration policy at Ray, we will be celebrating November birthdays in Room 207 on Friday, November 22nd. Because we have Chinese at the end of the day, we will sing to all November birthdays at 2:30PM. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading

Read The Screech Owl Who Liked Television

 

 

 

Tic Tac Toe activities due

Math

Study Link 5.4

Study Link 5.5

Study Link 5.6

Study Link 5.7

 

 

November 8th, 2013

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 11th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 11th-15th

 

Math

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

This week, we will begin the transition of multiplying double digit numbers.  We will begin with using our fact triangles to change them to multiples of ten.  To practice more, we will also play multiplication wrestling.  On Friday, the fourth graders will practice estimation. 

 

Social Studies

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

As the students begin to learn about the Southeast region, they will be using context clues to identify the vocabulary words.  Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be learning about vocabulary pertaining to the geography, history, and ports of the Southeast.

 

Science

Illinois State Standard: Demonstrate and explain ways that forces cause actions and reactions.

The fourth graders will continue to explore magnets and identify their properties. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading

Common Core Standard: Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third- person narratives.

In addition to discussing the point of view in guided reading group discussions, the students will also practice close reading or annotating text.  Earlier in the year, the students were taught that this is called “reading with your pencil.” This type of reading actively engages the reader to be more cognizant of the text that is being read.  When we practice this reading strategy, we look at a smaller piece of text and practice a specific strategy.  For example, the students might focus on circling unfamiliar words, or writing the summary in the right margin of the text, or making an inference in the left margin of the text.  This strategy is being emphasized throughout CPS to help foster the practices of the Common Core Standards.

 

Writing

Common Core Standard: Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented. 

Last week, the students drafted the introduction and body paragraphs of their persuasive writing.  To conclude their writing, they will learn the importance of re-phrasing what was stated throughout the paper to write an “unforgettable ending.”

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Math

 

 

Study Link 5.1

Study Link 5.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tic Tac Toe due for Jose Born to Dance

 

 

 

November 1st, 2013

Homework ~ Week of Novmeber

Monday, November 4, 2013

This week for homework, read Jose Born to Dance by Susanna Reich.  By Friday, November 15th, 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 246-247 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.  Complete the Write a Poem activity on page 261. Answer the stop and think question on page 253 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 256. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 249. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 260 in five or more sentences. 
Complete the Letter to a Young Dancer activity on page 261.  Your letter must be in correct letter format and must be at least five 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.

 

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