Ms. Wejman

February 21st, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 24th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of February 24th-28th

 

Math

Common Core Standard: Apply the area and perimeter formulas in real world and mathematical problems. 

After spending last week learning about area formulas, we will spend this week finding the perimeter of different polygons.  In addition to reviewing perimeter, we will also be creating scale drawings.  On Friday, the students will be assessed on the math concepts taught this year.  Concepts include finding perimeter and area of polygons, adding and subtracting fractions, probability, and drawing a rectangle to scale.  Thursday will be a review day. Please let me know specific skills that you would like me to practice with your fourth grader.  Special emphasis will be placed on reviewing adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators.  

 

Social Studies

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

As the students continue to read about the Southwest region, they will be making inferences.  All of the fourth graders should know that an inference is using schema (background knowledge) and combining it with text evidence to make a conclusion.  Throughout the year, we have been practicing differentiating between what is explicitly stated in the text as compared to what is implicitly stated. 

 

Science

Common Core Standard: Identify physical features of plants and animals that help them live in different environments.

This week, the students will learn about the nervous system focusing on the parts of the brain.  Every fourth grader will use the Internet to identify five different parts of the brain.  They will then identify the purpose of each part and explain the significance.  Finally, the fourth graders will give their opinion of which part of the brain is the most important.  Later in the week, the fourth grade scientists will be conducting experiments using a stimulus to identify the connection between the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. 

 

 

 

 

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text

In guided reading groups, the students should come to the discussion ready to share the theme of their guided reading book.  All of the fourth graders should know that the theme is the central topic, theme, or concept that the author is trying to point out to the reader.  The readers know that a given book can have many different themes.  When the students present their themes, they must support their opinion with specific text evidence. 

 

 

Writer’s Workshop
Common Core Standard: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. 

The writers of fourth grade will be spending the week composing their final drafts for the gallery walk.  Throughout the month of February, the students have done an excellent job of responding to a prompt pertaining to a book with an African-American history theme.  For the gallery walk, they picked one of their writing pieces to write as a final draft.  Be sure to look for their excellent writing at Thursday’s gallery walk. 

 

Supplies

Since we are 5/8 done with the school year, supplies in Room 207 seem to be depleting.  Please ask your fourth grader if he or she has enough paper in their notebooks (reading, writing, science, social studies, and math).  We also seem to be lacking in shared scissors and glue.  Talk to your fourth grader about what supplies he or she thinks we need in the classroom in order to keep the learning going for the remaining 3/8 of the school year. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Math

Study Link 8.1

Study Link 8.2

Study Link 8.8

Study Link 8.7

Math Chapter 8 Test

Reading

Read The World According to Humphrey

 

 

 

Tic Tac Toe activities due

 

 

February 7th, 2014

Miss Wejman’s Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 10th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of February 10th-14th

 

Math Common Core Standard: Generalize and analyze patterns. 

Continuing on from Friday’s probability lesson the students will be conducting an experiment to compare predicted results with actual results.  They will do this through a “cube drop experiment” where they will drop a cube on a colored grid and see how many times the cubes lands on a specific color.  The students have been told that we will take the Chapter 7 Test on Friday, February 14th.  On the test, the students will be able to use pattern blocks to assist with comparing and adding fractions.  In addition to fraction concepts, the test will also consist of division and multiplication (using the algorithm of the student’s choice), plotting points on a grid, and probability.  The open response portion of the test will involve the students “assisting” a queen with dividing the land among her children in a make believe scenario.  The students will have to use higher order thinking and their knowledge of fractions to solve this open ended response.  Thursday will be a review day.  If there is a concept that your child needs more attention with, please let me know. 

 

Social Studies 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 continue to read about the Southwest region, they will be drawing inferences from the text.  In each section, they will identify a fact while drawing on their schema (background knowledge) to make an inference. 

 

Science: Report and display the results of individual and group investigations.

All parents are invited to attend the Invention Convention on Monday, February 10th at 3:15.  Students should bring their invention and poster to school in the morning.  All inventions will be set up starting at 1:45 so that the other fourth graders will be able to see our inventions.  During the rest of the week, the students will be reading about technology and inventions in science.  They will be annotating the text to help them to better understand these science skills.

 

Reading Common Core Standard: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text. 

Guided reading group discussions will focus on the students identifying the theme of their books.  A variety of themes will be accepted for each book.  As a result, the students will have to support their team with specific text evidence. 

 

Writing Common Core Standard: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

To celebrate Black History Month, the students will be responding to a variety of historical fiction books pertaining to the history of African-Americans.  Again, they will be using the MEL-CON graphic organizer to explain their thoughts of the specific book that is read aloud to them. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading

Read Harvesting Hope

 

 

 

Tic Tac Toe Activities Due

Math

Study Link 7.12

Study Link 7.11

 

Study Link 7.3

 

Science

Invention Convention

Parents invited at 3:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

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