Ms. Wejman

October 31st, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 3rd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 3rd-7th

 

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

Monday’s lesson pertains to algebraic thinking with students identifying the variable in open sentences. The students will be using inverse operations to solve the algebraic equation. In class, they will use estimation to find the variable of the open sentences. Math homework will be due on Tuesday. Students will be grading their homework in class. The Unit 3 test will be on Wednesday and will be composed of multiplication, division, identifying true and false number sentences, using parentheses, using a bar graph to find median, range, and mode, solving word problems, identifying factors and multiples, solving open sentences, measuring to the nearest half inch, and map scale. The open response pertains to using parentheses in order to make number sentences true. If there are specific math concepts that you would like me to review with your child, please let me know. I would be happy to practice these skills with your child on Tuesday.

 

Social Studies: Describe the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

As the students are reading about the Northeast, they will be identifying the cause and effect of certain aspects in this region. The students will be reading the social studies text and completing a graphic organizer to aid in their comprehension. Ask your fourth grader what they learned about the Northeast region. Cause and effect is a difficult reading skill to master. At home, review cause and effect with real life events.

 

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

Human Body Fair projects will be due on Tuesday, November 4th. All parents are invited to view the Human Body Fair projects on Thursday, November 6th from 8:45-9:30. In addition to showing each other our projects, we will conclude the Human Body Unit with learning about the respiratory system.

Reading: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

During guided reading group discussions, the fourth graders will be given an excerpt from their guided reading books. From the explicit text, the fourth graders will be making inferences. An inference can be identified as a conclusion that the reader can make using their background knowledge (schema) combined with specific text evidence. We are making inferences in our lives all of the time. At home, use the word inference in your conversation. For example,” I can infer that you are happy about….because….” On Monday, the fourth graders will take a benchmark assessment. The test assesses the reader’s comprehension after reading passages. I keep these tests at school. If you would like to see your child’s test, please let me know.

 

Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

As the students read an article about food allergies, the fourth graders will read to find evidence to support their claim if certain foods should be banned or not. At home, ask your child to identify evidence in the text that states if food should be banned or not in school cafeterias because of food allergies.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Dear Mr. Winston.     Tic Tac Toe Activities Due  
Math Study Link 3.11 Math Homework Due      
Science   Human Body Fair Projects Due   Parents are invited to attend Human Body Fair  

 

October 31st, 2014

Homework ~ Week of November 3rd

Monday, November 3rd

This week for homework, read Dear Mr. Winston by Ken Roberts. By Thursday, 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 222 and 223 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the Venn Diagram found on page 241 for the Text to Text activity. Answer the stop and think question on page 228. Identify a question that you have and make a prediction about what you think the answer will be.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 235. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 225. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 236 in five or more sentences.
Complete the Write a Reply activity found on page 237. 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.

 

October 24th, 2014

Miss Wejman’s Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 27th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of October 27th-October 31st

 

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

Because of Monday’s field trip, we will not have math. Therefore, there will be no assigned math homework on Monday. On Tuesday, the students will review strategies for solving word problems. When checking your fourth grader’s homework, be more concerned with how the student answered the problem than what the actual answer is. Having your child explaining his or her thinking is a good practice to start. During the rest of the week, the students will identity an equation as true or false. Additionally, they will use parentheses in equations. All fourth graders should know that the math in the parentheses should always be solved first.

 

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

As the students are introduced to the Northeast region, they will use context clues to identify unfamiliar words. Ask your child to identify social studies vocabulary words pertaining to the Northeast region.

 

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

After spending the first eight weeks of the school year learning about the human body, the fourth graders will learn about the smallest body component, the cell. The fourth graders will identify the importance of each organelle. To assist with this, they will read an analogy about a city and be able to assign a cell part with a function in the city. Ask your fourth grader to identify his or her opinion about the most important organelle in the cell. We will culminate our week of learning about cells with creating a human body cell made out of candy. A special Halloween treat!

 

Reading: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

Once again, the fourth graders will be identifying the dialogue, thoughts, and actions to assign a character trait to the protagonist of his or her guided reading book. At home, use the language character trait when talking about people in your life. For example: “What character trait describes your friend? What makes you think this?”

 

Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

We will begin our third Think CERCA. The students will be stating their opinion regarding the impact of video games. Before they read the article stating both sides of the argument, they will identify the importance of making a claim. The claim is the C portion of the CERCA. The students already have practice writing the claim of their argument. Ask them to identify their claim regarding video games.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Me and Uncle Romie       Tic Tac Toe activities due
Math   Study Link 3.8 Study Link 3.9 Study Link3.10 Math homework due

 

October 24th, 2014

Homework ~ Week of October 27th

Monday, October 27th

This week for homework, read Me and Uncle Romie by Claire Hartfield. 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 196 and 197 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Independently complete the Plan a Tour activity found on page 213. Answer the stop and think question on page 203 in five or more sentences. Identify evidence of why this story is told in the first or third person. Why do you think the author wrote in this person?
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 204. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 199. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 206 in five or more sentences.
Complete the Write About Gifts activity found on page 213. 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.

 

October 20th, 2014

Homework ~ Week of October 20th

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This week for homework, read Coming Distractions Questioning Movies by Frank W. Baker. 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 172 and 173 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the Stop and Think on page 184. Identify the meaning of the movie jargon.   Answer the stop and think question on page 181 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 179. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 175. Complete the Analyze a Film activity on page 187 in five or more sentences.
Complete the text to text activity on page 191 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.

 

October 17th, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 20th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of October 20th-24th

 

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

We will continue to practice our multiplication facts focusing on the connection between multiplication and division. At home, pick a factor and have your child list all of the multiples of that number. In addition to practicing multiplication and division facts, we will also be interpreting data pertaining to the country of Egypt. The fourth graders will be looking at such information as currency, time zone, and temperature on Egypt. On Wednesday, ask your child what he or she has learned about Egypt. Thursday will be spent measuring air distances of cities around the world with Washington D.C. After the fourth graders use a globe to measure distances to the nearest half inch, they will use the map scale to find the mileage between the two cities.

 

 

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

The students received their proposals back and now are able to begin the research for their projects. The students will be introduced to paraphrasing information to prepare them for their research. On the same sheet of paper that they paraphrased information, they also wrote the bibliography the correct way. The students will bring this home to assist them with their human body fair project. Throughout the week, we will be learning about the circulatory system. The students will be able to identify the importance of the heart and what blood does for the whole body. Ask your child to identify the different purposes of blood cells and what we used to model blood in our class.

 

 

 

 

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

As we are introduced to the concept of regions, the fourth graders will be finding the main idea of the text that they are reading. The fourth graders are good at finding supporting details but they need practice with finding main idea. Please practice this with your child at home especially with informational text.

 

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

In addition to discussing theme, we will also be summarizing our guided reading books. While in guided reading groups, the fourth graders will summarize a chapter or smaller sections of the book. As the fourth grader is summarizing the text, they will be able to identify what part of the plot mountain that they are at in the book. At home, ask your child what part of the plot they are at in their independent books.

 

Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Last week, the students began their CERCA set. This week, they will make a claim about whether students should have homework or not supporting their claim with evidence from an article about what experts say about homework. Please ask your child about his or her claim and what evidence there is to support the opinion.

 

           
Reading Read Coming Distractions Questioning Movies       Tic Tac Toe Activities Due
Math Study Link 3.4 Study Link 3.5 Study Link 3.6 Study Link 3.7 Study Links Due

 

 

 

October 14th, 2014

Human Body Fair Checklist

Human Body Fair Checklist

The Title is creative and written on the poster in an interesting way.

Points: 2   1  

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The question is included on the poster to identify the scientist’s initial inquiry.

Points: 2   1

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The materials are listed on the poster in a neat, organized way.

Points: 2   1

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The bibliography (reference list) is included on the poster written in the correct way.

Points: 2 1

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The procedure of steps that the scientist used is included on the poster.

Points: 2   1

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The answer of the question is written in a reflective way.

Points: 4   3   2   1  

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There is an illustration of the answer to reflect what the scientist has learned.

                                                                                       Points: 4 3 2 1

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The scientist is able to present the information learned in a clear, effective, knowledgeable way

Points: 4   3   2   1

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October 10th, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 13th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of October 13th-17th

 

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

We will begin the week with completing What’s My Rule? Problems. The fourth graders are used to these problems from previous grades. When completing these problems, the fourth graders have to apply a rule to a number to get an output. Some of the problems require the students to identify the rule or even to identify the input. For the rest of the week, the students will be practicing multiplication facts. While practicing multiplication facts, they will be able to identify fact families, factors, and multiples of numbers. In creating a factor tree, the fourth graders will also be introduced to the terms prime and composite. At the end of the week, ask your child to create a factor tree for you circling the prime numbers. The fourth graders are also beginning to use ST Math. This is a web based math program that builds on skills. The students are able to complete math activities at home through ST Math.

 

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

Today every fourth grade scientist was introduced to the Human Body Fair that will take place on Thursday, November 6th at 8:45AM. Every scientist was instructed to ask a question that he or she has about the human body. From that question, each fourth grader will create a procedure for answering that question and producing a project for them to complete at home. For the next three weeks, the fourth graders will be given instructions of what to do for the project. All projects are to be brought to school on Tuesday, November 4th. This week, every fourth grader needs to create a question, a list of materials, and intended steps to complete the project. Of course the process might change in the next three weeks but the project proposal with an adult signature is due on Friday. Along with the project proposal, the fourth graders also brought home a Human Body Fair checklist that can also be found on my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this project. The projects for the Human Body Fair are not intended to be of Science Fair caliber. The purpose is for the scientists of fourth graders to initiate a process for answering their questions. Throughout the week, we will continue discussing the nervous system. The students will conduct an investigation to identify how people respond to stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

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

While reading informational text, we will be using context clues to identify unfamiliar words. Once again, the students will also create an image to help them define the unfamiliar word. At home, discuss unfamiliar words with your fourth grader. Have the students infer the meaning from the context of how it is used.

 

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

Every student should be able to identify if the book that they are reading is written in the first and third person. Additionally, they should be able to support their answer with specific text evidence of how they know it is written in that particular person. Guided reading group discussions will focus on the students identifying how the book would be different if it were written in the opposite person. The students will also compare and contrast their current guided reading book with a previously read guided reading book. While in groups, the fourth graders will discuss similarities and differences of protagonists that have been read during the first seven weeks of fourth grade. Ask your child who their favorite protagonist has been so far in the year and why.

 

Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Last week, the fourth graders did an excellent job of becoming acclimated to the features of Think CERCA. This week, the students will have one more week of guided practice. As the students prepare to make an argument about why or why not kids should have homework, the week’s mini-lesson will be focused on summarizing. To prepare for their argument they will follow the steps of making a connection, reading the text, being engaged with the text by using tools to make highlights, summarizing what they read, making a claim, and creating their CERCA (argument). Have the students show their Think CERCA account to you at home.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading   Read Once Upon a Cool Motorcylce Dude     Tic Tac Toe Activities Due
Math   Study Link 3.1 Study Link 3.2 Study Link 3.3 Math Homework Due
Science         Project Proposal Due
October 10th, 2014

Homework ~ Week of October 13th

This week for homework, read Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley. 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 146 and 147 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the Short Response activity on page 163 in five or more sentences. Answer the stop and think question on page 155 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 159. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 149. Complete the Text to Text activity found on page 137 using a Venn Diagram.
Complete the Draw a Cartoon Activity found on page 163 independently. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this fairy tale. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

October 3rd, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 6th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of October 6th-10th

 

Math: Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers.

On Monday and Tuesday, the fourth graders will practice subtracting multi-digit numbers. Monday will focus on using the trade first subtraction method (traditional). Tuesday will focus on using the partial-difference method. Because this method is different than most adults are used to, the fourth graders will be instructed to take home their math reference book to illustrate the steps. Math homework will be due on Wednesday. On Wednesday’s tests, the students will be allowed to use any method that they would like to solve multi-digit addition and subtraction problems. In addition to adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers, the fourth graders will also be assessed on geometric properties (right angels, parallel lines, polygons), using data to draw a bar graph, finding the mode, median, maximum, and range, naming a number in a variety of ways, measuring to the nearest half centimeter, and using ballpark estimates to add and subtract. The open response problem will involve the fourth graders graphing data, given the minimum, maximum, mode, and median. In addition to playing math games on Thursday and Friday, the teacher will correct the math test with each fourth grader. When we discuss each incorrect answer, the student will write an S (silly mistake) or D (difficult to complete) by each problem to help the fourth grader in taking ownership in identifying the reason for an error. The math grade percentages are as follows: 40% – unit tests, 40%- daily exit slips, 10%- Tuesday Timed Tests, and 10%- homework. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about math grades, please let me know.

 

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 reading about the American people, government, and economy, they will be finding the main idea of specific paragraphs or sections. The fourth graders are good at finding specific details but they need practice with finding the main idea of a passage. When reading with your child at home, pause to ask your child what the main idea of a specific paragraph is.

 

 

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

To introduce the nervous system to the fourth graders, they will use the Internet to label at least five different parts of the brain. With each identification, they will identify the purpose of each part. At home, ask your child about to identify a part of the brain and why it is important to functioning. After every fourth grader has completed this individual assignment, they will work with their groups to conduct more research about a part of the brain. With their groups, they will be responsible for creating a poster with facts and art work to educate the class about the specific part of the brain. To connect the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, the fourth graders will be learning about coordination and how we respond to stimuli. The fourth graders will conduct two different investigations to record the response time of different stimuli.

 

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 how the events of the plot affect the protagonist. The readers will also be able to make an inference of describing the character trait of the protagonist using an action as explicit evidence. At home, ask your fourth grader to describe the plot of his or her guided reading book to you.

 

Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

After spending last week becoming introduced to Think CERCA, the fourth graders will now begin to engage with the text. One skill that they will practice is highlighting evidence to help support their claim. From their evidence, they will write a summary, and write their argument.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Stormalong       Tic Tac Toe Activities Due
Math Page 39 Page 40 Math Homework Due    

 

October 3rd, 2014

Homework~ Week of October 6th

Monday, October 6th

This week for homework, read Stormalong by Mary Pope Osborne. 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 114 and 115 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 137. Answer the stop and think question on page 126 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 120. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 117. Complete the Short Response Activity on Page 133 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 129 in five or more sentences. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this tall tale. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

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