Ms. Wejman

May 23rd, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 27th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of May 27th-30th

 

Math
The students will continue to review fourth grade math skills.  For homework, the students will make corrections to their end of the year assessment.  All corrections will be due on Friday.  If there is a specific math concept that you would like me to practice in school, please let me know.  According to the fifth grade teachers, the most important math skills that the fourth graders have for entering fifth grade are the automaticity of multiplication and division facts, understanding the place value of decimals when adding and subtracting, and finding equivalent fractions.  To aid in the understanding of unit pricing, the fourth graders will be participating in a “smart consumer project.” This project will consist of looking at two similar products and finding the unit price and quality to determine which item that they would want to buy.  To complete this project, I am asking students to help with bringing in two similar products.  Specific products include bottles of juice, bags of chips, packages of candy, etc. If you would like to bring in two products, please try to pick items that have a different weight or capacity.  Also, please let us know how much each product costs so that we can practice being smart consumers.  Thank you in advance for your help with this project. 

 

Social Studies

The fourth graders continue to work on their “vacation” project.  I have been very proud with how the fourth graders have been responsible for their learning during their imaginary trips. The students have done an excellent job of using their own interests and the Internet to work on these assignments.  Please ask your fourth grader what they worked on in social studies so that they can share their fabulous work with you. 

 

 

 

Science

This week, the fourth graders will be preparing for Friday’s field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry.  After generating their own schema about the museum, each fourth grader will identify a purpose for attending Friday’s field trip.  As a reminder, we will be leaving Ray at 9AM and walking to the museum.  Because of this, your child should dress weather appropriately. Please make sure to pack a disposable lunch with your child for the field trip.  We will return to Ray at 2PM. 

 

Reading: Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated including the difference between first- and third- person narratives. 

Every fourth graders should be able to identify if each book that they read is written in first or third person.  This week, we will take this a step further by identifying why they think the author decided to write the text in first or third person.  The readers will be able to give specific evidence about why they think this to be the author’s intention.

 

 

Writing: Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases.

As the students begin to compose the body paragraphs of their research papers, they will be using transitional words to aid in linking their research together. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Math

 

Graded math tests given back to students

 

 

Corrections made to the test due

Read

 

Read for thirty minutes

Read for thirty minutes

Read for thirty minutes

Reading log due

 

 

 

May 23rd, 2014

Homework ~ Week of May 23rd

Name: _____________________________________________

For the remainder of the school year, every fourth grader is responsible for reading for thirty minutes every night.  In addition to the required reading, each student needs to complete the reading activities for the specific day.  This sheet is due every Friday. 

Date:____________________ Book Title: ________________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:____________________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: _____ Last Page Read:____

What is the theme of this book?

___________________________________________________________________

Why do you think this?

___________________________________________________________________

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Date:____________________ Book Title: _________________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:____________________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: ___ Last Page Read:____

Was this book written in the third person or first person? ____________________

Why do you think the author chose to write this book in this person?

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Date:____________________ Book Title: ________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:__________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: ___ Last Page Read:____

Illustrate a picture of the protagonist engaged in one of the events of the plot.  In your picture include a speech bubble.  Please write a caption to correspond with your picture.

May 16th, 2014

Homework ~ Week of May 19th

Name: _____________________________________________

For the remainder of the school year, every fourth grader is responsible for reading for thirty minutes every night.  In addition to the required reading, each student needs to complete the reading activities for the specific day.  This sheet is due every Friday. 

Date:____________________ Book Title: ________________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:____________________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: _____ Last Page Read:____

What was your favorite part during the half hour of reading?

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Why was this your favorite part?

___________________________________________________________________

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Date:____________________ Book Title: _________________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:____________________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: ___ Last Page Read:____

Create a comic of your half hour of reading. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date:____________________ Book Title: ________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:__________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: ___ Last Page Read:____

Pick a chapter to rename. ____

What would you rename the chapter? ___________________________________

Why would you rename it this? _________________________________________

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Date:____________________ Book Title: ________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:__________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: ___ Last Page Read:____

Give the author a compliment________________________________________

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Why would you give the author this compliment?

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Ask the author three questions specific to the text. 

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May 16th, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 19th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of May 19th-23rd

 

Math

This week, we will spend our time reviewing math concepts taught throughout the year.  Specifically, we will review the algorithms for multiplying and dividing multiple digit numbers.  Problems with decimals will also be included.  Additionally, we will practice adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators.  On Friday, we will take an end of the year assessment.  This will include most of the concepts taught throughout fourth grade.  Please let me know if there is a specific concept that your child needs more assistance with in class. There will be no math homework this week.  If there is a concept that you would like to practice, I would be happy to send worksheets home.  Next week for homework, the fourth graders will correct the mistakes on the end of the year test.

 

Social Studies

The students continue to work on their travel journals, brochures, or postcards for their United States region vacation.  Different restaurants seem to be a popular stop for many of the students on their “vacation.” The fourth graders are using their own personality and learning styles to complete this assignment. 

 

Science: Describe and explain short-term and long-term interactions of the Earth’s components.

The students will continue to discuss extreme weather conditions throughout the world.  As the students are discussing the extreme weather, they will also be able to identify the causes.  Specifically, they will be able to identify how El Nino, NAO, and Arctic Oscillation have affected the climate changes of our world. 

 

 

 

 

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 are reading their guided reading books, they will pay attention to the events in the text and what specifically affects the protagonist.  After they are able to identify an event, the reader will be able to identify how the protagonist changed as a result of the event. 

 

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

Last week, the fourth graders wrote their outlines for their research papers.  They know that the outline serves as a “blueprint” for their draft.  This week, they will use the organizational structure of their outline to begin composition of their draft.  All final drafts of the research paper will be due on Friday, June 6th.  All writing of the research paper will take place during writer’s workshop. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading

Read for the thirty minutes

Read for thirty minutes

Read for thirty minutes

Read for thirty minutes

 

Math

 

 

 

 

End of the year assessment

 

May 9th, 2014

Homework ~ Week of May 12th

Name: _____________________________________________

For the remainder of the school year, every fourth grader is responsible for reading for thirty minutes every night.  In addition to the required reading, each student needs to complete the reading activities for the specific day.  This sheet is due every Friday. 

Date:____________________ Book Title: ________________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:____________________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: _____ Last Page Read:____

Why did you choose to read this book?

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Date:____________________ Book Title: _________________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:____________________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: ___ Last Page Read:____

Identify three events that you read during your half an hour of reading. 

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Date:____________________ Book Title: ________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:__________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: ___ Last Page Read:____

Illustrate a picture of the setting of your book.  Include a caption to go with the illustration. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date:____________________ Book Title: ________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:__________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: ___ Last Page Read:____

What is the theme of this book? ________________________________________

What text evidence in the book supports this?

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May 9th, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 12th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of May 12th-16th

 

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

Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be solving rate and unit price problems.  On Friday, the students will take the Unit 12 Test. Concepts that will be assessed include rate problems, finding factor pairs, finding greater than and less than of negative numbers, converting customary capacity units, finding volume, solving open sentences, ordering fractions from smallest to largest, and unit problems.  Wednesday will be a game day.  Thursday will be a practice day.  Please let me know if there is a specific skill that your fourth grader needs extra practice with in preparation for the test. 

 

Social Studies

The students will continue to write their journal entries for their “vacations.” As each student is writing his or her journal entry, each fourth grader is adding his or her own personality to the writing.  This is especially important since voice in writing is being graded.  Another requirement is writing about the climate of the location.  Some students are using weather websites to track the weather of their destination.  This is an excellent use of using Internet resources.  Ask your fourth grader where he or she is on their “journey”

 

Science: Identify and explain natural cycles of the weather pattern.

The students will read a Natural Geographic Article entitled What’s Up with the Weather? While reading this article, they will be able to identify six different types of extreme weather found throughout the world.  In addition to reading the National Geographic article, they will also use the website http://eo.car.edu/kids/index.html to learn about weather concepts such as The Greenhouse Effect and El Nino. 

 

 

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

In guided reading groups, the students will continue to identify a character trait of the protagonist by looking at the actions, thoughts, or dialogue of the protagonist.  The students know that that when a story is written in third person omniscient, the protagonist’s thoughts are known.  On Thursday, the fourth graders will take the Unit 6 reading assessment.  This test will assess the students on reading comprehension skills taught throughout the last five weeks. 

 

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

The fourth graders will continue to research information about the natural disaster of their choice.  They will use the Internet to research reliable sources (the fourth graders have been advised that Wikipedia is not a reliable source).  In their research, they must use three sources.  All research will be conducted at school.  After two days of paraphrasing the research, the fourth graders will generate their information into an outline to assist in writing their research paper. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Reading

Read for thirty minutes

Read for thirty minutes

Read for thirty minutes

Read for thirty minutes

Read for thirty minutes

Math

Study Link 12.5

Study Link 12.6

Math Homework Due

 

 

 

May 2nd, 2014

Homework ~ Week of May 5th

Name: _____________________________________________

For the remainder of the school year, every fourth grader is responsible for reading for thirty minutes every night.  In addition to the required reading, each student needs to complete the reading activities for the specific day.  This sheet is due every Friday. 

Date:____________________ Book Title: ________________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:____________________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: _____ Last Page Read:____

Which person is your book written in? ______________________

Why do you think the author wrote in this person? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

If it is written in first person, who is the narrator? _______________

If it is written in third person, is it omniscient? __________________

Date:____________________ Book Title: _________________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:____________________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: ___ Last Page Read:____

Identify a thought of the protagonist.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Identify dialogue said by the protagonist. _________________________________

___________________________________________________________________Identifiy an action by the protagonist.  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

Date:____________________ Book Title: ________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:__________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: ___ Last Page Read:____

Illustrate the protagonist in one of his or her actions in the plot.  Write a caption to describe the picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date:____________________ Book Title: ________________________

Author: __________________________Genre:__________________

Time Started: _____Time Ended: _____ Elapsed Time: _____

First page read: ___ Last Page Read:____

Who is your favorite character in this book? ___________________________________________________________________

Why is this character your favorite?

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What advice would you give to this character?

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

May 2nd, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 5th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of May 5th-10th

 

Math: Generate and analyze patterns. 

The fourth graders will be finding the rate of different statistics through looking at patterns.  First, they will look at rate by analyzing everyday actions.  Then, they will convert data to find rates that pertain to both daily sleep and laughter.  Finally, they will learn about unit price.  If your fourth grader grocery shops with you, point out unit price as compared to what you actually pay at the cash register.  This will be explicitly taught on Thursday and Friday. 

 

Social Studies

Most of the students are done with planning their “vacations.” They are now writing what they do on each day of their journey.  The students are encouraged to use their creativity and unique writing voice to imagine each day of their “vacation.” 

 

Science: Identify and explain natural cycles of the Earth’s land, water, and atmospheric systems. 

The student will work with their groups to correctly diagram the stages of the water cycle.  By completing the diagram, they will be able to identify the correct vocabulary associated with the water cycle.  They will complete their own evaporation investigation.  In addition to learning about evaporation, they will investigate what specifically happens to water in the ground through a fictional story where they will meet a raindrop named Willy Wetsworth. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

As the students are reading their guided reading book, they will be able to identify a character trait of their protagonist.  They will need to specify an action that explains the character trait.  At home, ask your child to give the protagonist of their independent book a character trait.  Ask them to support the inference with the character’s thoughts, actions, and dialogue. 

 

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

During the month of May, the fourth graders will pick a natural disaster to research.  While they are researching the natural disaster of their choice, they will learn the proper research skills such as how to write a bibliography using APA format, paraphrasing as opposed to plagiarizing, and outlining.    

 

Principal Search Committee Survey

If you have not completed the principal search committee survey, please do so at your earliest convenience.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Ray-Principal-Selection

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Math

Study Link 12.1

Study Link 12.2

Study Link 12.3

Study Link 12.4

 

Reading

Read for thirty minutes

Read for thirty minutes

Read for thirty minutes

Read for thirty minutes

Reading log due

 

 

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