Ms. Wejman

March 28th, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 31st

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 31st– April 4th

 

Math: Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into marching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry. 

Throughout the week, the fourth graders will use a transparent mirror to draw a reflection of an image.  After practicing drawing reflections, they will also identify symmetrical lines on polygons.  At the end of the week, they will be able to differentiate between a reflection, translation, and rotation.

 

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

As the fourth graders are reading about the Mountain and Pacific states, they will be identifying the main idea of each section.  Each main idea needs to be supported with three supporting details. 

 

Science: Know and apply concepts that explain how living things function, adapt, and change. 

Concluding our human body unit, the fourth graders will learn about the respiratory system and cell structure.  After learning about the vocabulary of the cell, they will model the cell structures using candy.    

 

 

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

Guiding reading group discussions will focus on author’s purpose and theme.  As the students identify the author’s purpose of writing the book, they will be able to support their opinions with specific text evidence. 

 

Writer’s Workshop: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Because April marks poetry month, Room 207 will be writing poetry.  Every day, writer’s workshop will begin with reading a chapter from Poetry Matters by Ralph Fletcher. In this book, the children’s author and writing teacher guru, gives kids advice on how to write poetry.  After reading the chapter, the poets of Room 207 will explore with poetry writing from the suggestions that Ralph Fletcher gives in his book.  Poetry strategies this week will include imagery, repetition, and alliteration. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading

Read the Fun They Had

 

 

 

Tic Tac Toe activities due

Math

Study Link 10.1

Study Link 10.2

Study Link 10.3

Study Link 10.4

 

 

 

 

March 28th, 2014

Homework~ Week of March 31st

Monday, March 31st

This week for homework, read The Fun They Had. 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 632 and 633 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.  Using a Venn Diagram, complete the text to text activity on page 649.  Answer the stop and think question on page 643 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 641. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 635. Complete the Write a Response activity on page 645 in five or more sentences.  
Complete the Stop and Think activity on page 644 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.

 

March 21st, 2014

Tic Tac Toe ~ Week of March 24th

Monday, March 24th

This week for homework, read Owen and Mzee . 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 608 and 609 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.  Complete the Comic Strip activity on page 623.  Please illustrate in five or more frames.  Answer the stop and think question on page 615 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 619. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 611. Complete the Write a Response activity on page 623 in five or more sentences.  
Complete the Text to Text activity on page 627.  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.

 

March 21st, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 24th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 24th-28th

 

Math: Understand decimal notation for fractions and compare decimal fractions. 

With Friday being the end of the third quarter, the students will be assessed on Unit 9 on Thursday.  The test will be composed of converting fractions to decimals and percentages, finding the area and perimeter of a rectangle, parallelogram, and triangle, using parentheses to make number sentences true, and solving word problems with percentages.  Throughout the test, the students will be able to use a calculator.  Additionally, the fourth graders will be using estimation to solve multiplication and division problems with decimals.  For this portion of the test, the students will be assessed on an answer making sense not on how to specifically multiply or divide.  Estimation of multiplying and dividing decimals will be explicitly taught on Monday and Tuesday.  Wednesday will be used as a review day.  If there is a specific math concept that you would like me to review with your fourth grader, please let me know.  Because the test is on Thursday, homework will also be due on this day. 

 

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

As the students are introduced to the mountain and Pacific states of the west, they will be skimming the text to identify different text features. One text feature that they will be identifying are the bold words.  With every bold word that they find, they will use context clues to define it.  From the definition, they will also draw an image to improve their understanding of the vocabulary words. 

 

Science: Know and apply concepts that explain how living things function, adapt, and change.

Continuing on with our human body unit, the students will be learning about the circulatory system.  In addition to learning about the vocabulary of this system, they will also be able to find their heart rate.  With finding their own heart rates, they will also be able to identify the correlation between exercise and heart rate through an investigation.

 

 

Reader’s Workshop: Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics.

Guided reading group discussions will focus on the students comparing their books to another book that they have read during the fourth grade school year.  Comparisons will take place among books that have similar genres, protagonists, and themes.  At home, you can ask your child to compare his or her independent book with another book that he or she has read.  On Wednesday, the students will be given the Unit 5 reading test. As in past reading tests, this assessment will assess the student’s reading comprehension. 

 

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

All fiction final drafts will be due on Friday.  Mini-lessons will focus on dialogue, plot, and description. Because many of the students are done with their fiction final drafts, the fourth grade writers have taken advantage of using storybird.com.  This website was introduced to the students in computer class and is an interactive writing tool where the students can create stories and comment on their classmates’ writing as well.  Ask your child to show you this website. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Math

Study Link 9.8

Study Link 9.9

Study Link 9.3

Unit 9 Math Test

Homework Due

 

Reading

Read Owen and Mzee

 

 

 

Tic Tac Toe activities due

 

March 14th, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 17th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 17th-21st

 

Math: Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.

Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be converting fractions to decimals using the calculator.  Many of the activities that they will complete have real world components such as population, geographical area, and buying items.  On Wednesday, we will identify the percentages of the survey that was completed last Tuesday for homework.  That is why it is essential for the fourth graders to bring in page 196 of their Study Link book to school on Wednesday, March 19th

 

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

As the students are learning about the geography, history, and environment of the United States, they will be identifying the details and main idea of each section. 

 

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

Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be learning about the muscular system.  The fourth graders will identify the names of the different muscles and their specific purposes.  They will also be creating a model of the bicep muscle to demonstrate how the muscle moves. 

Reader’s Workshop: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Since this week’s homework selection is informational text, the students will be focused on using text features to help comprehend the text.  In class, the students will be focusing on character traits in their fiction text.  Every fourth grader will be able to identify a character trait  of the protagonist of his or her guided reading book.  They will be able to support their inference by identifying specific words that the protagonist used in the form of dialogue. 

 

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

As the students are drafting their fiction stories, they will be involved with a variety of activities to help them with the detail in their writing.  Activities include drawing a picture of the setting and protagonist to help the writers use more precise language in creating a visual image of their writing for the reader. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading

Read The Ever Living Tree

 

 

 

Tic Tac Toe activities due

Math

Study Link 9.4

Study Link 9.5

Study Link 9.6

Study Link 9.7

 

 

 

March 14th, 2014

Homework ~ Week of March 17th

Monday, March 17th

This week for homework, read The Ever Living Tree by Linda Viera.  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 580 and 581 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.  Compete the Write about Nature activity on page 599.  Please answer in five or more sentences.  Answer the stop and think question on page 589 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 590. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 583. Read the Stop and Think on page 593.  Identify the simile and explain why the author used it in this text.
Complete the Write a Tree Poem activity on page 602.  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.

 

March 7th, 2014

Tic Tac Toe ~ Week of March 10th

Monday, March 10, 2014

This week for homework, read I Could Do That by Linda Arms White.  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 556 and 557 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.  Complete the timeline activity on page 571.  Read the Stop and Think activity on page 565.  List three other idioms in this story. 
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 570. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 559. Answer the Stop and Think activity on page 567 in five or more sentences.
Complete the Cause for Applause activity on page 571 in five or more sentences. Even though it says to discuss with a partner, please complete in writing. 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.

 

March 7th, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 10th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 10th-14th

 

Science ISAT

After a successful week of taking the reading and math ISAT, the fourth graders will take two portions of the science ISAT on Tuesday, March 11th.  The testing format will follow last week’s schedule with one test from 9:30-10:25 and the other test from 10:40-11:35.

Math: Understand decimal notation for fractions and compare decimal fractions.

Throughout the week, the students will be learning strategies to convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions.  The students will be doing this with both concrete examples and through the use of the calculator. To help the students identify real life examples of percentages, they should complete page 186 in their Study Link book on Monday for homework.  On Tuesday, the students should complete page 196 in preparation for Wednesday, March 19th’s math lesson.  The rest of the homework this week will be in conjunction with each lesson taught.  Please make sure that the students bring their Study Link book to school on both Wednesday, March 12th and Wednesday, March 19th.

 

Social Studies: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

As the fourth graders are skimming the text about the western United States, they will be using context clues to identify the bold words. 

 

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

The students will be able to make a connection between the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems by identifying responses to a stimuli.  They will do this through investigations that tests coordination.  After each investigation, they will record their information and interpret the data.

 

 

 

Reading: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text. 

Guided reading group discussions will focus on events in the story.  Every fourth grader will pick one of the events in the story and identify the cause of why the event happened in the plot. 

 

Writing: Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally. 

After brainstorming ideas regarding dialogue, character development, and theme, the fourth graders will begin drafting their fiction narratives.  To help them with their writing, they were given rubrics.  The final draft will be graded on a detailed exposition, organization and developed plot, use of transitional words, description, dialogue, word choice, and conventions.  Final drafts for the fiction writing will be due at the end of the month. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading

Read I Could Do That

 

 

 

Tic Tac Toe activities due

Math

Study Link Page 186

Study Link

Page 196

Study Link 9.1

Study Link 9.2

Study Link 9.3

 

 

 

March 3rd, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 3rd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 3rd-7th

 

ISAT

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the fourth graders will be taking the ISAT.  Because of our testing schedule, it is imperative that students arrive to school on time.  Administration of the test’s directions will begin each morning promptly at 9:15.  Each morning, the students will take an hour long reading test followed by an hour long math test.  Next Tuesday, the fourth graders will take two science tests.  Since the students are taking the tests, there will be no homework this week in both reading and math.  Regular homework will continue next week.  If you have any specific questions, comments, or concerns about the ISAT, please contact me. 

 

Math: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles. 

During Monday and Friday’s math lessons, the fourth graders will identify the faces, edges, and vertices of a geometric solid.  The students should also be able to name the specific solid from the base.  In addition to creating the geometric solids, the students will also work in small groups to differentiate instruction based on skill level. 

 

Social Studies: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears. 

To begin learning about the western region of the United States, the fourth graders will use the text features to preview the section. 

 

 

 

 

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

Because of the ISAT, the fourth graders will take a break from learning about the human body this week.  Instead we will be using the scientific process to answer the question about which candy is the chewiest.  To do this, we will start with asking the question.  Before we form a hypothesis, we will research the topic to build our background knowledge or schema.  After every fourth grade scientist creates his or her hypothesis, the students will all test out the product to identify how many chews each candy has.  From the data, the students will draw a conclusion and communicate their results. 

 

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

When meeting in guided reading groups, the fourth grade readers will be cognizant of which part of the plot mountain they are on in their guided reading books.  Once they finish their guided reading book, they will be able to identify what happened during each part of the plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution).

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

Continuing on from last week, the fourth graders will continue to brainstorm ideas for their fiction writing.  Mini-lessons this week will focus on developing characters through identifying external and internal characteristics, writing dialogue, creating a setting in the exposition, and writing an unforgettable ending.   The writers will be given a rubric next week to identify what they will need for their published writing which will be due at the end of the month. 

 

 

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