Ms. Wejman

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. 









Read Antarctic Journal




Tic Tac Toe Activities Due


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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.