Ms. Wejman

November 25th, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 1st

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 1st-5th

 

Math: Solve problems involving measurement from a larger unit to a smaller unit.

The students will continue to measure objects in the metric system focusing on millimeters. Every fourth grader should be able to look at a ruler and know that the ten smaller lines between the centimeters represent millimeters. The students should also know examples of why we measure in millimeters instead of centimeters. Because there are ten millimeters in a centimeter, all of the fourth graders should be able to convert millimeters to centimeters. On Wednesday’s test, the fourth graders should be able to compare decimals, write them in correct order from lowest to greatest, measure to the nearest half centimeter, list multiples of a given numbers, list factor pairs of a given number, add and subtract decimals, solve open sentences, convert decimals to fractions, measure in millimeters, convert centimeters to decimeters, and solve word problems involving deposits and withdrawals. The open response problem will involve the students estimating decimals. After Wednesday’s test, the students will be introduced to the term metacognition (knowing what you know). On Wednesday, every student will receive a self assessment. For homework, each fourth grader should go through the math test and identify the math concepts that they know how to do well, know how to do, or still need help. This process of metacognition will help the students take ownership in their own learning. Chapter 5 will begin on Thursday with an introduction to multiplying double digit numbers.

 

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

As the students are introduced to the Southeast region, they will use context clues to define vocabulary words. From the context clue, they will also draw an image to help visualization.

 

 

 

 

 

Science: Describe and compare types of energy including light, heat, sound, electrical and mechanical.

Since we concluded our unit on magnetism, we will begin electricity. Throughout the week, the students will be using circuits to create electricity. The fourth grade scientists will be able to model electricity through a schematic diagram. Throughout the week, the scientists will be able to model both a successful and non-successful circuit. As the week progresses ask your fourth grader to model a circuit using a schematic diagram.

 

Reading: 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 readers identifying the events of the plot. From the events, the fourth graders should be able to identify the theme. Ask your student to identify the theme of his or her independent book at home. The reader should be able to support the theme with specific text evidence.      

 

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

This week’s Think CERCA article defends both the benefits and drawbacks of having mandatory physical education in school. Every fourth grader should be able to use the evidence in the text to form his or her own claim. Special emphasis this week will be on making the counter argument. When making a counter argument, the writer needs to write why some people might not agree with his or her claim.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 4.9 Study Link 4.10 Self Assessment Study Link 5.1 Math Homework Due
Reading Read The Earth Dragon Awakes       Tic Tac Toe activities due

 

November 25th, 2014

Homework ~ Week of December 1st

Monday, December 1st

This week for homework, read The Earth Dragon Awakes by Lawrence Yep. 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 300 and 301 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the Write About Animals Activity on page 291. Answer the stop and think question on page 282.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 307. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 303. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 286.
Complete the comic on page 291. 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.

 

November 21st, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 23rd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 24th-25th

 

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

During this short week, the students will continue to practice converting fractions to decimals. On Monday, the students will be able to convert fractions to decimals in the thousandths place. When checking homework, ask your fourth grader to read the decimals to you to practice reading place value. Tuesday’s lesson will pertain to metric units of measurement. In addition to measuring in centimeters, the fourth graders will be able to convert centimeters into meters using decimals. Because of the short week, Study Link 4.7 will be due on Tuesday. Students will grade their work in class.

 

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

Every fourth grader will work in a small group to illustrate a word that pertains to either the New England or Middle Atlantic States. At home, show your child a map of the United States and have them identify both New England and Middle Atlantic States.

 

Science: Demonstrate and explain ways that forces cause actions and reactions (e.g., magnets attracting and repelling; objects falling, rolling and bouncing).

The students will present their magnet product commercials. Ask your child how his or her magnet product helps people. Also inquire the slogan that was used to “sell” the magnet product.

 

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

Over Thanksgiving break, read with your child. Ask your fourth grader an inferential question (a question where the answer cannot be found directly in the text). Also have them use explicit text evidence to elaborate on their inference.

 

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

The students will finish their CERCA elaborating their claim explaining if social media is beneficial or harmful. When asking your fourth grader about his or her claim, ask about his or her reasoning.

 

 

 

November 14th, 2014

Homework ~ Week of November 17th

Monday, November 17th

This week for homework, read The Screech Owl Who Liked Television by Jean Craighead George. 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 274 and 275 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the Write About Animals Activity on page 291. Answer the stop and think question on page 282.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 289. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 277. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 286.
Complete the comic on page 291. 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.

 

November 14th, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 17th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 17th-21st

 

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

We will continue to work with decimals. All of the fourth graders should be able to identify that decimals represent a smaller increment between two whole numbers. When working with a decimal, ask your fourth grader to identify the two whole numbers that are less than and greater than the given decimal. Lessons this week will focus on the comparing, estimating, adding, and subtracting of decimals.

 

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

We will continue to read about the New England and Middle Atlantic states as part of the Northeast Region. As the fourth graders are reading the informational text, they will be identifying the cause and effect of specific events that have happened in these states.

 

Science: Demonstrate and explain ways that forces cause actions and reactions (e.g., magnets attracting and repelling; objects falling, rolling and bouncing).

After being introduced to magnets, the fourth graders will be able to model induced magnetism. Ask your fourth grader to model induced magnetism at home. Additionally, we will also be testing the force of magnets with a balance and identifying different type of magnet detectors. For a final magnet project, the fourth graders will work in groups to create a magnet product. In creating their magnet product, they will need to use the magnet properties learned and identify how the product will be useful to people. Once each group has created their product, they will identify a slogan to persuade people to buy their magnetic product. Finally, they will perform their commercial and videotape them.

 

 

 

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.

When meeting in guided reading groups, the fourth graders will continue to make inferences in the text. When students make an inference, they will have to use explicit text evidence to support their inference.

 

Writer’s Workshop: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

This week’s Think CERCA article informs the fourth grader of the positive and negative effects of using social media. After reading the article, the fourth grader will be able to make a claim stating their opinion of social media. This week’s skill is pertaining to the R of the CERCA (reasoning). When students make a reason, he or she elaborates on the text evidence with their opinion to support the claim. Ask your fourth grader if he or she thinks that social media is beneficial or harmful.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read The Screech Owl Who Liked Television.       Tic Tac Toe activities due
Math Study Link 4.3 Study Link 4.4 Study Link 4.5 Stud Link 4.6 Math Homework Due

 

November 6th, 2014

Homework ~ Week of November 10th

Monday, November 10, 2013

This week for homework, read Jose Born to Dance by Susanna Reich. 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 246-247 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the Write a Poem activity on page 261. Answer the stop and think question on page 253 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 256. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 249. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 260 in five or more sentences.
Complete the Letter to a Young Dancer activity on page 261. Your letter must be in correct letter format and must be at least five 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.

 

November 6th, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 10th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 10th-15th

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

During this short week, the fourth grader will use a number line and base ten manipulatives to model decimals in the tenths, hundredths, and thousandths place. They will also pair fractions with their decimal equivalency.

 

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

As the fourth graders are reading about the New England and Mid-Atlantic states, they will use context clues to identify vocabulary words.

 

Science: Demonstrate and explain ways that forces cause actions and reactions (e.g., magnets attracting and repelling; objects falling, rolling and bouncing).

To begin a new quarter, we will begin a new science module focusing on magnetism and electricity. The fourth graders will be working with magnets to identify objects that repel and attract to magnets. As they are investigating magnetism, they will be able to model induced magnetism and identify what a temporary magnet is.

 

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

The fourth graders will continue to make inferences in the text that they are reading focusing on how characters feel based on their actions.

 

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

The writers will finish their claims supporting if peanuts should be banned in school cafeterias due to allergies. Ask the fourth graders to identify evidence regarding their claim.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 4.1     Study Link 4.2  
Reading Read Born to Dance       Tic Tac Toe activities due

 

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