Ms. Wejman

December 20th, 2013

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 6th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of January 6th-10th

 

Math: Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.

We will end Chapter 6 with practicing reading maps using coordinate grids as well as latitude and longitude.  On Wednesday, we will revisit the partial-quotients division algorithm.  This time, we will use this algorithm with 2-digit divisors.  Again, this math concept is not expected to be mastered at this time.  Thursday will be spent as a review day.  Friday’s test will consist of division by one and two divisors, a multiplication word problem, angle measurement, labeling points on a coordinate grid, using parentheses, and rounding to the nearest ten thousand.  Please let me know a concept that your child needs more practice with in school. 

 

Science: Formulate questions on a specific science topic and choose the steps needed to answer the questions.

With the new year, the fourth graders will be introduced to a new science unit.  In January, the students will be introduced to our Invention Convention.  The students will begin with learning about inventions and the purpose of them.  After learning about them, they will be able to ask a question of what they would want a specific invention to do.  At the end of the week, the students will have research mini-lessons focusing on using the Internet to find resources.  The invention work will all be done in the classroom but students will be encouraged to discuss their ideas with you.  More information regarding the Invention Convention will become available throughout the month. 

 

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

Just like reading, the fourth graders will be summarizing text in social studies.  For each lesson about the Midwest, they will be given a summary.  They will need to support the summary with two specific key details.  In addition to reading the lessons, they will also read a biography about Samuel Clemens.  On Friday, they will use a historical map to compare the United States in 1791 with 1803.

Reader’s Workshop: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

When the students are meeting in their guided reading groups, they will practice summarizing the text.  In their groups, every fourth grader will pick a chapter to summarize and report their summary to the class. Students will be encouraged to write a concise three-four sentence summary of the specific chapter.

 

Writer’s Workshop: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear evident sequences.

The students will be introduced to “fracturing a story.” Just as the word fractured suggests, the students will be introduced to a story and breaking it or changing it in some way.  Throughout the week, the teacher will be reading different books of the traditional literature genre to the class. After each story, the students will have an opportunity to re-write the story in some way.  To introduce the fourth graders to the fractured story concept, the teacher will read Cinder Hazel ~ The Cinderella of Halloween.  The fourth graders will compare and contrast the original tale with the fractured one. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading

Read Ecology for Kids

 

 

 

Tic Tac Toe activities due

Math

Studylink 6.8

Studylink 6.9

Studylink 6.10

 

 

 

 

 

December 20th, 2013

Homework ~ Week of January 6th

Monday, January 6th

This week for homework, read Ecology for Kids by Frederico Arana.  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 374 and 375 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.  Read the Weather poems on pages 392-394. Write your own weather poem.  Answer the stop and think question on page 381 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 383. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 377. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 385.
Complete the Write a paragraph activity on page 389 in five or more sentences. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this informational text.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

December 13th, 2013

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 16th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 16th-20th

 

Math: Understand concepts of angle and measure.

Throughout the week, lessons will focus on measuring angles. First, the students will correlate the time on the clock with angle measurement. With using a clock as a model, the students will use a full circle protractor.  On Wednesday, the students will measure with a half-circle protractor.  To aid in this important math skill, it would be valuable for every student to bring a protractor to school to use during math.  As the students are measuring angles, they will also identify angles that are acute, obtuse, and reflex. We will end the week with a math game/exploration hour and half focusing on division and geometry.  Math homework will be due on Thursday this week. 

 

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

Since we spent an extra two days last week learning about the history of electricity, we were not able to begin our study on telegraphs.  Because of the change in last week’s lesson plans, we will learn the history and model a telegraph this week.  To conclude our unit in electricity, the students will also use their schema to identify correct and incorrect circuits.

 

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

This week, the students will begin to learn about the Midwest.  As they are skimming the text, they will use context clues to identify unfamiliar words.  When your child is asking you what a word means, tell them to use the context clues to make an educated guess of what the word could mean. 

 

 

 

 

Reading: 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 meet in guided reading groups, they will be sharing their inferences.  The fourth graders are becoming better at making inferences and differentiating between information explicitly and implicitly stated in the text.

 

Writing: Writing opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. 

Throughout the month of December, the fourth graders have been reading articles that present some sort of debate.  They will continue to read these articles this week.  Because of all the practice they have had, they will now be using the persuasive rubric to grade their writing.  On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday they will read the article and write their opinion on the topic supporting their opinion with explicit evidence stated in the text. This writing will be graded using the persuasive essay rubric. The teacher will model this on Monday and on Tuesday the students will practice writing the persuasive essays with their groups. 

 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading

Read The Life and Times of the Ant

 

 

 

Tic Tac toe Sheet Due

Math

Study Link 6.5

Study Link 6.6

Study Link 6.7

 

 

 

 

December 13th, 2013

Homework ~ Week of December 16th

Monday, December 16th

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.  Read The Dove and The Ant. What moral did you learn from this fable? Answer in five or more sentences. Answer the stop and think question on page 360 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 359. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 351. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 356 in five or more sentences. 
Complete the text to self activity on page 369. 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.

 

December 6th, 2013

Miss Wejman’s Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 9th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 9th-13th

 

Math: Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.

The week will begin with the students using charts, diagrams, and drawings to model the answers to division and multiplication word problems. As the week continues, the students will be introduced to dividing a three digit number by a one digit divisor.  When a remainder is used, the students will also be able to use a fraction for the remainder.  Since these skills will just be introduced, mastery of these skills is not expected.  On Friday, we will have a math game day to help reinforce the skills.

 

Social Studies: Describe the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

Continuing to learn about the Southeast region, the students will be comparing and contrasting two topics in each section.  For example, in the section about the Atlantic Coast States the students will compare the high tech industry with industries that use natural resources.  They will compare and contrast the Barrier Islands with the Florida Keys when learning about the Gulf Coast States.  When reading about the Inland South States they will compare and contrast two National Parks. 

 

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

Concluding our unit on energy, the students will be introduced to electromagnetism.  They will use their previously learned knowledge to draw a schematic design.  Using the circuit base, the class will then be able to observe electromagnetism.  In addition to a class model of electromagnetism, the class will also create a telegraph.  Before creating the telegraph, they will also read about the history of this invention by Samuel Morse.

 

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

Guided reading group discussions will focus on cause and effect.  In discussions, the teacher will identify an action of the protagonist.  The readers in the group will discuss the cause of that particular event. 

 

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.

To further guide the students in persuasive writing, the students will use the MEL-CON format.  Using this graphic organizer, the writer identifies the main idea (M) with three specific pieces of evidence (E) from the text.  Each piece of evidence has a link (L) or elaboration to further explain the topic.  Finally, the writing ends with a conclusion (CON).  I learned this writing organization from Mr. Sarudi, a language arts teacher at the Academic Center at Kenwood.  I feel that this organization is very helpful when responding to text.  Throughout the week, the students will be given passages to read where they will have to identify their own opinion.  After they read each passage, the fourth grade writers will use a MEL-CON graphic organizer to best organize their ideas. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading

Read Antarctic Journal

 

 

 

Tic Tac Toe Activities Due

Math

Study Link 6.1

Study Link 6.2

Study Link 6.3

Study Link 6.4

Math Homework Due

 

December 6th, 2013

Homework ~ Week of December 9th

Monday, December 9, 2013

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 self activity on page 37.  Answer the stop and think question on page 331 and explain what the metaphor means.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 333. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 327. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 338 in five or more sentences. 
Complete the text to text activity on page 343 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.
December 3rd, 2013

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 2nd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 2nd-6th

 

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

This week will be review for Friday’s test.  In addition to reviewing place value concepts, the students will also practice multiplication, estimation, measurement, and adding and subtracting decimals. Those are concepts that will be assessed.  I will be working in small groups to best differentiate instruction.  Please let me know if there is a math concept that your child needs to practice. 

 

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

As the students are learning about the Southeast, they will continue to use context clues to identify unfamiliar words. 

 

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

As the students continue to learn about electricity, they will be able to differentiate between a series and parallel circuit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reader’s Workshop: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions.)

During guided reading group discussions, the students will be plotting the events of the text on a plot mountain.  Using the plot mountain will allow the readers to identify where they are in the plot in the text that they are reading.  The plot begins with the exposition where the reader is introduced to the characters and setting.  The rising action is where the problem is introduced and the characters face conflict.  The most exciting part of the text is identified as the climax.  Finally, the resolution is when the problem is solved.  When reading an independent book at home, ask your child where he or she is on the plot mountain. 

 

Writer’s Workshop: Write opinion pieces on text, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

During the month of November, the fourth grade writers chose an opinion topic to write and defend.  In December, the writers will be given an article that presents two sides of an issue.  After reading the article, the writer will have to identify both arguments addressed in the article.  Every day this week, the students will receive a new article to read.  Arguments that the students will read include: “Should a Tiger be a Pet,” “Should Trampolines be Banned,” “Should Kids be on Reality TV,” “Should All Kids Get Trophies,” and “Should Students Wear Uniforms.” The fourth graders will be reading the articles on their Ipads through Scholastic’s Storyworks Magazine. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading

Read The Earth Dragon Awakes

 

 

 

Tic Tac Toe due

Math

Study Link 5.11

Study Link 5.10

Study Link 5.8

Study Link 5.3

 

 

December 1st, 2013

Homework ~ Week of December 2nd

Monday, December 2nd

This week for homework, read The Earth Dragon Awakes by Lawrence 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.  Complete the Write About Survival Activity on page 315.  Answer the stop and think question on page 314.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 307.  Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 303. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 308.
Complete the text to text activity on page 319. 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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