Ms. Wejman

January 30th, 2015

Homework ~ Week of February 2nd

February 2, 2015

This week for homework, read Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull. 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 474 and 475 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the text to self activity on page 493. Answer the stop and think question on page 487. How do these words or phrases to persuade the reader.
Answer the Stop and Think question on page 485. Complete the Graphic Organizer on Page 477. Complete the text to text activity on page 493.
Complete the Stop and Think on page 481 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 on page 479 in five or more sentences.

 

January 30th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 2nd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of February 2nd-6th

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers.

Throughout the month, Room 207 will have a fraction February. We will begin the festivities with identifying fractions as a part of a whole and on a number line. The fourth graders will use pattern blocks to model fractions. Because division is frequently used in finding parts of a whole, our Tuesday Timed Tests will be strictly division. If your fourth grader is not automatic with this operation, please practice at home. Fractions are a difficult concept to grasp. Please let me know if there is a specific skill that you would like me to practice with your child.

 

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

We will continue to read about the Great Lake and Plain States. As we are reading, a subtitle will be assigned for the students to identify the main idea. To support the main idea, the fourth graders will identify two details that are found in the text. Please practice main idea at home with your fourth grader. To do this, read a paragraph and have your fourth grader identify what the main idea is in one sentence. This is an important skill for your fourth grader to master.

 

Science: Describe and explain the properties of solids, liquids and gases.

As we begin the new quarter, we will begin a new science module. During the quarter, the fourth graders will be focused on Earth Science learning about water. We will begin with learning about properties of water including surface tension, water motion, and water being affected by different surfaces. To make a real life connection, we will be discussing surface tension. Talk at home about real life surface tensions experiences. To model surface tension in the classroom, we will need 50 clean pennies. If you have any, please bring them into school (they will be returned).

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

Because we have moved on to other activities in writer’s workshop, the students will have the opportunity to still participate in Think CERCA through Bingo Sheet activities. This week’s Think CERCA, connects to our reading homework about Cesar Chavez. The Think CERCA Bingo Sheet activities will focus on how Cesar Chavez changed the world. Throughout the week, guided reading groups will be identifying the theme of their books. Please ask your child questions about his or her guided reading book such as: What is the theme? Why do you think this? What lesson can you learn from the protagonist?

 

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

For black history month, we will read a variety of African-American themed picture books. From the read alouds, the students will respond to a question pertaining to the book. The students will use the MEL-CON graphic organizer (main idea, evidence, link, and conclusion) to articulate their ideas. Everyday ask your fourth grader about the read aloud of the day, the question, and how he or she responded to the question.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Harvesting Hope       Tic Tac Toe activities due
Math Study Link 7.1 Study Link 7.2 Study Link 7.3 Study Link 7.4 Homework Due

 

 

 

January 23rd, 2015

Homework ~ Week of January 26th

Monday, January 26, 2015

This week for homework, read Moon Runner by Carolyn Marsden. 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 450 and 451 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the text to self activity on page 445. Answer the stop and think question on page 456. Why do you think the author wrote in this person?
Answer the Stop and Think question on page 458. Answer in three or more sentences. Complete the Graphic Organizer on Page 453. Complete the Make an Award Activity on page 465.
Complete the Stop and Think on page 464 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.

 

January 23rd, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 26th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of January 26th-29th

 

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

On Thursday, the students will take the Chapter 6 Unit Test. Concepts that will be on the test include division, multiplication, angle measurement, plotting points on a coordinate grid, rounding to the nearest ten thousand, and correctly using parentheses in math equations. In the Open Response, the students are given a scenario of a field trip and they need to identify how much money to collect from each student given the cost of the trip. In addition to solving the problem they will have to explain their strategy. In the days leading up to the test, the students will practice using a coordinate grid, practice using Latitude and Longitude, and use the partial quotient algorithm with two digit divisors. If there is a specific math skill that you would like me to practice with your fourth grader, please let me know.

 

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

As the students are reading about the Great Lake states and Plains state, they will use context clues to identify vocabulary words. Please encourage this skill of using context clues to identify unfamiliar words at home.

 

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

Our Magnetism/Electricity Showcase will be on Wednesday, January 28th at 8:45AM. All parents are invited to learn from the inquiry of the scientists of fourth grade. Students are welcome to bring in their projects before Wednesday, January 28th so that it has the opportunity to be on display before our Showcase.

 

 

 

 

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

In guided reading groups, each reader will pick an event in the text. The fourth grader will identify how the protagonist acted during the event by identifying the actions, words, and thoughts. On Tuesday, January 27th, the students will take the reading test. Like the last test, they will use an itemized list to identify reading skills that they are confident in using and that they still need help with while reading.

 

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

The fourth grader will read an article about saving our national bird. While reading the article, they will identify how eagles are being threatened. They will also identify what is being done to save them. Throughout the week, they will be stating their opinion about saving our national bird.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Math Study Link 6.8 Study Link 6.9 Study Link 6.10 Homework Due
Reading Read Moon Runner     Tic Tac Toe activities due
Science     Electricity/ Magnetism Fair  

 

January 16th, 2015

Homework ~ Week of January 20th

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

This week for homework, read The Right Dog for the Job by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. 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 426 and 427 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the text to self activity on page 445. Answer the stop and think question on page 437.
Answer the Stop and Think question on page 438. How does the signal word help you understand the text? Why do you think this? Answer in three or more sentences. Complete the Graphic Organizer on Page 429 Complete the short response on page 441.
Complete the text to text activity on page 421 using a Venn Diagram. 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.
January 16th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 20th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of January 20th-23rd

 

Math: Geometric measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure angles.

We will begin the week with learning about angle measurement through the use of a clock. Every student should be able to identify that a full clock (or circle) is 360 degrees. Point to different time increments and ask your fourth grader to identify the angle measure. Before using the half protractor they will all be given a full circle protractor to aid in measurement. In addition to measuring the angles, the fourth graders will also be able to identify acute, obtuse, straight, right, and reflex angles.

 

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

The fourth graders will continue to read about our region, the Midwest. As they are reading about the geography, history, and transportation of the region, they will take a section and identify the main idea. The fourth grader will also be able to identify two supporting details to give more specific evidence in explaining the main idea. This is a difficult skill for fourth graders. When reading with your child at home, stop after a paragraph and have your fourth grader identify the main idea of the passage.

 

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

After learning about current electricity, the students will learn about static electricity through the use of a balloon. Have your fourth grader model this type of electricity at home. Throughout the week, the fourth graders will also learn about scientists and their contributions to the study of electricity. All of the fourth graders should begin working on their project for the magnetism/electricity showcase that will be held on Wednesday, January 28th at 8:45. All parents are invited.

 

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

In addition to summarizing the text, the fourth graders will be determining a theme of their guided reading book. Ask your fourth grader about his or her guided reading. You can ask questions such as: What part of the plot mountain are you on? Who is the protagonist? Would you be friends with the protagonist? Why or why not? What lesson could you learn from reading this book? Why do you think this? What do you predict the resolution to be?

 

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

The students will read an article about a teacher who uses computer games in his classroom. The article looks at both the pros and cons of using computer games in the classroom. By the end of the week, the fourth grader will make a claim about his or her opinion of using computer games in the classroom. Supporting the claim with specific text evidence.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading   Read The Right Dog for the Job     Tic Tac Toe activities due
Math   Study Link 6.5 Study Link 6.6 Study Link 6.7 Math Homework Due

 

 

 

January 9th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 12th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of January 12th-16th  

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

Because of the cold days, the fourth graders will be spending this week working on division. Focus will be placed on the partial quotient division algorithm. Like the partial product algorithm, this method is different than the traditional way. The students will look at the significance of remainders in specific problems and what they mean to the answer. Additionally, the student will be able to represent the remainder as both a decimal and a fraction. On Wednesday, the students will take the math portion of the NWEA. The purpose of this assessment is to monitor growth and to aid in instruction and differentiation within the class. Thursday will be a review day. Please let me know if your fourth grader needs assistance with any specific math concepts. Math homework will be due on Wednesday.

 

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

We will begin to learn about our region, the Midwest. The fourth graders will be introduced to the text through the vocabulary. Because using context clues to define words is an important skill, the students will be practicing this in the informational text of the social studies book. When reading with your child at home, instead of defining an unfamiliar word for them have them use the context clues to make an educated guess.

 

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

The students will continue to elaborate on their claim if self-driving cars make roads safer or not. At home, tell your child your opinion of whether self-driving cars will make roads safer or not.

 

 

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

To end the quarter of learning about electricity and magnetism, the fourth grader will use inquiry to ask a question that they still have about electricity and magnetism. Sample questions were presented to the students. The project proposal will be due on Friday. To assist the students in the completion of their projects, the students will be given a checklist modified from the Human Body Fair. The scientists of fourth grade will present their projects to the class on Wednesday, January 29th. Parents are invited to attend our Magnetism/Electricity Showcase at 8:45AM on this day.

 

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

Using thoughts, actions, and words, the reader will give the protagonist of his or her guided reading book a character trait. At home, discuss different character traits of family members. Ask your child to give evidence of why each family member is a particular character trait. The students will take the reading portion of the NWEA test on Thursday. The purpose of the middle of the year assessment is to track growth and aid in instruction and differentiation within the class for the remaining portion of the year.  

 

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Riding Freedom       Tic Tac Toe activities due
Math Study Link 6.3 Study Link 6.4 Homework Due    
Science         Project Proposal Due

 

 

January 9th, 2015

Homework ~ Week of January 12th

Monday, January 12, 2015

This week for homework, read Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan. 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 402 and 403 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the text to self activity on page 421. Answer the stop and think question on page 413. Elaborate how the personification adds to the text.
Use a Venn Diagram to complete the Stop and Think on page 415. Complete the Stop and Think on page 416. Complete the short response on page 417.
Complete the text to text activity on page 421 using a Venn Diagram. 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.

 

January 4th, 2015

Homework ~ Week of January 5th

Monday, January 5th

This week for homework, read Ecology for Kids by Frederico Arana. 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 374 and 375 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Read the Weather poems on pages 392-394. Write your own weather poem. Answer the stop and think question on page 381 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 383. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 377. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 385.
Complete the Write a paragraph activity on page 389 in five or more sentences. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this informational text. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

January 4th, 2015
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