Ms. Wejman

December 15th, 2014

Homework ~ Week of December 15th

Monday, December 15th

This week for homework, read The Life and Times of the Ant by Charles Micucci. 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 348 and 349 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Read The Dove and The Ant. What moral did you learn from this fable? Answer in five or more sentences. Answer the stop and think question on page 360 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 359. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 351. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 356 in five or more sentences.
Complete the text to self activity on page 369. 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.

 

December 15th, 2014

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 15th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 15th-19th

 

Math: Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.

In preparation for Friday’s math test, the students will practice the partial products algorithm, continue to use estimation, and be introduced to powers of ten to aid in place value. On the test, the students will be estimating sums, using the partial products algorithm to multiply double digit numbers, add and subtract decimals, measure to the nearest quarter inch and nearest half centimeter, follow multiplication “What’s My Rule?” problems, solve problems pertaining to multiplication, and solve multiplication word problems using estimation as well as find the actual answer. In preparation for the Open Response portion of the test, the students will be told that they need to use a strategy to solve their problem. The open response involves place value, money, and problem solving. After the test, we will discuss the different strategies that were used to solve the problem. Drawing it out, is always a concrete strategy that can be used to problem solve. The more students are able to explain their rationale to explain their thinking the better off that they are. If there is a specific math concept that you would like me to practice with your child, please let me know. Because the students are proficient with the lattice multiplication strategy, we will be skipping Lesson 5.7. On the test there are four problems that the students will be specifically asked to use the partial products algorithm. In the New Year, if you would like me to review the partial product algorithm please let me know.

 

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

The students will be continue to read about the modern day Southeast. As the students are introduced to the Atlantic Coast states Gulf Coast States, and Inland South States, they will be introduced to the vocabulary.

 

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

Because of my absences last week, the students will make a connection between magnetism and electricity to create a model of electromagnetism. While creating electromagnetism on their circuits, they will be able to identify how to make it stronger. Reading: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

In guided reading groups, the teacher will read a passage. The students will have to determine the main idea of the passage. Main idea is a difficult skill. The students have to take the events of the text to combine it to identify the most important aspect, or gist. On Wednesday, the students will take a reading test. They will take the reading test home on Wednesday night with a reading skill checklist. Using the test as a gauge, the students will identify skills that they are proficient in and skills that they need to work on in their reading. The students will be reminded that this is known as metacognition.

 

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

The fourth graders will continue to state their opinions regarding whether or not technology will change the way that the Amish live their lives.   Despite the fact that the Amish live a different life than us, the fourth graders are doing a great job of reasoning if technology would change their life or not. We will continue Think CERCA for the remaining part of the second quarter.

 

Attendance

Room 207 has been awarded as one of the classes with the highest percentages for student attendance. The reward for Room 207 is an extra recess. Let’s keep up the great attendance, Room 207!

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read The Life and Times of the Ant       Tic Tac Toe activities due
Math Study Link 5.6 Study Link 5,8 Study Link 5.9 Study Link 5.10 Homework Due

 

December 5th, 2014

Peek at the Week~ Week of December 8th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 8th-12th

 

Math: Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.

As we multiply by multi-digit numbers, the practice of estimation will help the students to find the product of problems. When checking your student’s work at home, use estimation to guide in correcting work. Even before answering the problem, have your child identify the place value that the product will be (10’s, 100’s, 1,000’s, 10,000’s, 100,000’s, 1,000,000’s). This practice will help students do a better job of correcting errors. You might be aware that the Everyday Math program does not teach the traditional multiplication algorithm. The students are encouraged to multiply by each place value in a method called the partial-products algorithm. On the test, the students will have to multiply using this method. For this reason, I encourage you to not teach your child the traditional method. Please practice the partial-products algorithm with your child at home. Many of the students are comfortable with lattice but I want the students to practice the partial-products algorithm at this time. If you would like me to work more individually with your child on the partial products method, please let me know.

 

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

The students will read about the geography, history, and ports of the Southeast. They will compare and contrast the different geography, the north and south during the Civil War, and products imported with products exported.

 

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

The scientists of fourth grade will continue to investigate circuits focusing on parallel and series circuits. Ask your fourth grader to differentiate between the two types of circuits. Using their circuit base, they will also create electromagnetism.

 

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

The fourth graders will continue to identify elements of the plot. At home, ask your fourth grader to identify which part of the plot mountain (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and rising action) he or she is on and why he or she thinks that. In addition to sequencing events, the fourth graders will also identify the theme, or lesson, that they can learn from their guided reading book.

 

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

This week’s Think CERCA article will focus on the Amish people and why they choose to not use technology in their lives. After the students read the article, they will identify if technology would change the life of the Amish or not. At home, ask your child to identify their opinion on the topic. Think CERCA can be accessed at home. Ask your child to tell you their username and password.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Antarctica Journey       Tic Tac Toe Assignments Due
Math Study Link 5.2 Study Link 5.3 Study Link 5.4 Study Link 5.5 Math Homework Due

 

December 5th, 2014

Homework ~ Week of December 8th

Monday, December 8, 2014

This week for homework, read Antarctic Journal by Jennifer Owings Dewey. 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 324 and 325 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the text to self activity on page 37. Answer the stop and think question on page 331 and explain what the metaphor means.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 333. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 327. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 338 in five or more sentences.
Complete the text to text activity on page 343 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.

 

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