Ms. Wejman

February 28th, 2015

Homework ~ Week of March 2nd

Monday, March 2nd

This week for homework, read The Ever Living Tree by Linda Viera. 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 580 and 581 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Compete the Write about Nature activity on page 599.   Please answer in five or more sentences. Answer the stop and think question on page 589 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 590. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 583. Read the Stop and Think on page 593. Identify the simile and explain why the author used it in this text.
Complete the Write a Tree Poem activity on page 602. 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.

 

February 28th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 2nd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 2nd-6th

 

Math: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.

As the students are finding the area and perimeter of large distances, they will be using a scale. This will begin with Monday’s lesson, when the students measure the distance between the appliances in their kitchen. With this scaled measurement, they will find the maximum, minimum, range, and median of the class perimeters. Throughout the week, they will find the area of objects with both regular and irregular boundaries. Every fourth grader should know the difference between area and perimeter.

 

Social Studies: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively.

The students will continue to read about the Southwest States. To enhance their reading, they will identify the purposes of text features of informational text. When reading informational text with your fourth graders, please identify the purposes of specific text features.

 

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

After learning about the properties of water as both a solid and liquid, the students will focus on water vapor this week. The students will observe how air temperature and surface area affects evaporation.

 

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

While meeting in guided reading groups, the fourth graders will practice annotating text. The fourth graders have been instructed that good readers annotate text to be more involved with their reading. You can actively practice annotating text “out loud” by having your fourth grade stop to identify the main idea of a paragraph, identifying unfamiliar words, and stopping to ask questions in the text. Talking about the text while reading aids in comprehension. In school, the students will practice annotating text with a copy of previously read text that they can write on to become more involved with the text.

 

Writing: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Every fourth grader will be drafting their informational text. Everyday ask your child what he or she wrote about in writer’s workshop.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read The Ever Living Tree.
Math Study Link 8.1 Study Link 8.2 Study Link 8.3 Study Link 8.4 Math Homework Due

 

February 20th, 2015

Homework ~ Week of February 23rd

 

February 23, 2015

This week for homework, read I Could Do That by Linda Arms White. 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 556 and 557 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the timeline activity on page 571. 

 

Read the Stop and Think activity on page 565. List three other idioms in this story.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 570. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 559. Answer the Stop and Think activity on page 567 in five or more sentences.
Complete the Cause for Applause activity on page 571 in five or more sentences. Even though it says to discuss with a partner, please complete in writing. 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.

 

February 20th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 23rd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of February 23rd-27th

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

As we get ready to end Fraction February, the fourth graders will experiment with probability. They will use fractions and percents to identify the probability in different game situations. Because division will be on Thursday’s test, we will review division on Wednesday. Other math concepts that will be included on the test are equivalent fractions, ordering fractions, plotting and labeling points on a coordinate grid, multiplication, adding and subtracting fractions, and probability. If there is a math concept that you would specifically like me to practice with your child, please let me know.   Thursday’s homework will entail the students making corrections to their math test. Corrections will be due on Friday.

 

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

The students will read about Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. As they learn about the southwestern states in the present day, they will use context clues to identify unfamiliar words.

 

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

After observing how temperature affects water, they will read informational text about ice found in our world. They will also read about the reasons of why some areas of our world are dry and why others are wet.

 

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

In addition to talking about the plot of the text, the fourth grade readers will identify the specific cause of an event in the text that they are reading.

 

Writing: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

The fourth grade writers will be given a rubric to identify how they will be graded for the final draft of their informational book that they will be writing. Some of the topics that they will be graded on include word choice, transitional words, organization, and conventions. Since the students are writing informational text, they will be encouraged to use text features to correspond with the text.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 7.11 Study Link 7.12   Correct errors on math test  
Reading Read I Could Do That.       Tic Tac Toe activities due.

 

 

February 13th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 17th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of February 17th-20th

 

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

The fourth grader will continue to work with different aspects of fractions. One skill that should be mastered includes ordering fractions both with like denominators and unlike denominators. If this skill is difficult for your fourth grader, the students could use the strategy of drawing it out to help them identify fraction order. The students will also be able to identify a decimal for a fraction. They should be able to do this with using tenths and hundredths place value, by visual picture, and with the use of a calculator.

 

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

While reading about the southwest, the students will practice the skill of inferencing. They will be given a section to read, identify explicit facts about what they read, and make an inference from the text. When reading with your child at home, have your child give you an inference from explicit text evidence stated.

 

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

We will continue to investigate how temperature affects weather. Ask the students to identify when water expands and when it contracts. To build on vocabulary, discuss synonyms of these two words that we will discuss in science this week.

 Reading: Determine a theme of the story from details in the text.

In guided reading groups, the students will identify the theme of the text. Other topics that the students will discuss in our guided reading group conversations include “the plot mountain”, character traits, and unfamiliar words. At home, build your child’s vocabulary by discussing the meaning of words that are found in books that we do not use in our everyday language.

 

Writing: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

The fourth grade writers will begin to organize their informative writing by creating an outline. Ask your fourth grader about his or her topic. Other writing mini-lessons this week will be about using transitional words and bolding important words.

  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 7.8 Study Link 7.9 Study Link 7.10 Math Homework Due
Reading Read The World According to Humphrey     Tic Tac Toe assignments due

 

February 13th, 2015

Homework Week of February 17th

Tuesday, February 17th

This week for homework, read The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney. 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 530 and 531 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the text to self activity on page 551. Please answer in five or more sentences. Answer the stop and think question on page 544 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 542. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 533. Read the Stop and Think on page 538. As you are reading, list the other idioms in this story.
Complete the Write a Response activity on page 547 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.

 

February 7th, 2015

Homework ~ Week of February 9th

February 9, 2015

This week for homework, read Sacagawea by Lise Erdrich. 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 498-499 in a sentence. Each sentence must have at least eight words in it. Complete the text to self activity on page 521. Answer the stop and think question on page 507.
Answer the Stop and Think question on page 485. Complete the Graphic Organizer on Page 501. Complete the text to text activity on page 521.
Complete the Stop and Think on page 508. What does this onomatopoeia add to the text? Why do you think this? 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.

 

February 6th, 2015

Week of February 6th ~ Peek at the Week

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of February 9th-13th

 

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

The fourth graders will continue to use manipulatives to model fractions. This week, they will use them to add and subtract fractions. As the week progresses, they will be explicitly taught the equivalent fraction rule. By the end of the week, the students should know to make fractions equal they can multiply both the numerator and denominator by the same number. Finding equivalent fractions will help the students with finding two fractions with common denominators. This will assist with adding fractions. This is a difficult skill for fourth graders. Please let me know if you would like me to practice adding and subtracting fractions with your fourth grader.

 

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

As we begin to learn about the Southwest region, the fourth grader will use context clues to identify unfamiliar words. At home, show the students what states make up the Southwest region.

 

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

The students will continue to learn about the properties of water. The focus on investigations this week will be on how temperature affects water. At home, ask your fourth grade scientist to identify the differences between hot and cold water. You can even simulate the investigations that we do at school at home.

 

 

 

 

 

Reader’s Workshop: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details. Students meeting in guided reading groups will look at a passage from the text and be able to identify the main idea. When reading with your fourth grader at home, please practice this skill.

 

Writer’s Workshop: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.

The fourth grader writers will be revising their responses to their African-American picture books to be displayed for the African-American history gallery walk. First, they will meet with a partner to help them edit and revise their MEL-CON graphic organizers. Then, they will write their final drafts. After Wednesday, we will begin the new genre of informative writing. We will begin this writing genre by looking at informational text. The students will look at specific text features of this genre as they begin the new writing unit.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Sacagawea       Tic Tac Toe activities due
Math Study Link 7.4 Study Link 7.5 Study Link 7.6 Study Link 7.7 Math Homework Due

 

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