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. 









Read Ecology for Kids




Tic Tac Toe activities due


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.