Ms. Wejman

March 30th, 2015

Homework ~ Week of March 30th

March 30, 2015

This week for homework, you will read the different stories from Lesson 27 in the Paths to Discoveries book. Please complete the activities making a Tic Tac Toe.

The moral of the fable, The Frog in the Milk Pail, is to never give up. Write a first person narrative in which you are the protagonist and you never give up. Write a poem about an amphibian. Complete the analogies on page 31.
Read Amphibians Alert. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about what you can do to help amphibians. Create a plot mountain of The Frog in the Milk Pail. Read the fables on page 30. Match each fable with a moral.
Read the poems on page 28 and 29. Which poem do you like better? Why do you like this poem better? Explain in five or more sentences. Write your own fable with animals as the characters.   Your fable must have a moral.   At the end of the fable, please identify your moral. Write a one sentence main idea for each subtitle on pages 24, 25, 26, and 27.

 

March 27th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 30

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 30th-April 2nd

 

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

Tuesday will be the Unit 8 Test. The students will be expected to find the area and perimeter of polygons, make a scale drawing, add and subtract fractions, and use probability to solve problems. Please let me know if you would like me to practice a specific math skill with your fourth grader. In addition to correcting the test, the fourth grader will also be introduced to percentages in order to get ready for Unit 9 which we will begin after Spring Break. For Wednesday’s homework, please discuss percentages with your fourth grader. They will have to collect real life examples of percentages. They should list their percentages on page 186 of their Study Links book for homework.

 

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

As the fourth grader is reading about the Mountain and Pacific states, he or she will be making inferences in the text. Please talk to your fourth grader about these states.

 

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

As we get ready to end the quarter on Thursday, we will get ready to end our unit on water. Just like previous quarters, the students will end the unit with a question of inquiry. The students will take their inquiry and present what they learned on a poster. On Monday, the students will receive possible inquiry questions, a project proposal form, and a checklist.   Because of Spring Break, every fourth grader should return the proposal on Wednesday, April 2nd. All of the fourth graders will have the opportunity to present what they learned about water at the Water Wonderland which will be held on Tuesday, April 21st. All parents are invited! Students can bring projects in early to share with their classmates, if they wish. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this project.

 

 

 

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

In guided reading groups, students will be identifying a lesson that the protagonist learned through the plot. Through homework, the students will have the opportunity to read a fable. The students know that a fable is a story that teaches us a lesson.

 

Writing: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

April is poetry month. To celebrate, each writing mini-lesson will focus on a poem characteristic. The students will be introduced to the characteristics of poetry through reading Poetry Matters by Ralph Fletcher. Mini-lessons this week will use poetry as an emotional x-ray. Students will also include imagery and alliteration in their poetry. Get ready for a poetry party at the end of the month!

 

Report Card Pick Up

Thursday, April 16th will be a non-attendance day for students. Parents are given the opportunity to meet with teachers for ten minute appointments. Please sign up for a time. Today every fourth grader received a sheet for his or her parent to complete. Parents in Room 207 will be given preference on a first come, first serve basis.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Reading Tic Tac Toe activities due
Math Complete Page 186
Science Water Wonderland Proposals Due

 

March 20th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 23rd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 23rd-27th

 

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

We will start the week reading about geographical area measurements. The students will compare the area of South American countries measured in square miles. Once again, please discuss area in real world situations. Monday’s homework will pertain to comparing the weight of turtles. This will be the only math homework this week. Because of this, homework will be due on Tuesday. We will spend the rest of the week focusing on both perimeter and area. If there are ANY math skills that you would like me to practice with your fourth grader, please let me know. Measurement March will end with a test on March 31st. Math concepts that will be assessed include perimeter, area, adding and subtracting fractions, probability, and scale.

 

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

As the students read about the mountain and pacific states of the west region, they will use context clues to define the bold words. They will also be differentiating between fact and opinion. At home, discuss the difference between fact and opinion in real life scenarios.

 

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

Monday’s class discussion focused on the quality of water. We discussed how we have different purposes for water in our lives. To further investigate this, every fourth grader will have received a vial and a label during Monday’s science class. With the vial, every fourth grader needs to obtain a water sample from their choice of source. Examples include: bath water, dishwater, laundry water, plant water, lake water, rain water, tap water, etc. Students have been told that they are not to bring in toilet water. During Tuesday’s science class they will identify the color, clarity, odor, particles, and organisms found in the water. On Wednesday, they will observe the evaporation results. On Friday, the water conservation forms are due. In addition to sharing how they conserved water, they will work in small groups to create a water conservation public service announcement to present to the class.

 

 

 

 

 

Reading: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

As stated in last week’s Peek at the Week, the fourth graders will no longer be using their Journey’s book for homework. In order to receive the necessary stories for this week’s Tic Tac Toe activities, they must turn in their Journey’s book. This week’s text all pertains to spiders. The students will have the opportunity to read text of the realistic fiction, informational, and poetry genres. In class, the students will be annotating text in guided reading groups. Specifically, they will look at why authors chose different words or phrases in regards to the plot. At home, discuss language choice in the text.

 

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

The fourth grade writers will be putting the finishing touches on their informational books. All parents are invited to attend our Publishing Party on Thursday, March 26th at 8:45AM.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Tic Tac Toe activities due
Math Study Link 8.8 Math Homework Due
Science Collect a water sample from appropriate water source. Water Samples Due Water Conservation Project Due

 

March 20th, 2015

Homework ~ Week of March 23rd

March 23, 2015

This week for homework, you will read the different stories from Lesson 26 in the Paths to Discoveries book. Please complete the activities making a Tic Tac Toe.

Answer the questions on page 16. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about the informational text Web Wise. Your letter must be written in correct format and have at least five sentences. Rewrite The Girl Who Loved Spiders to The Girl Who Hated Spiders. Your story must include a beginning, middle, and end. Be sure to include dialogue.
Write a letter to the protagonist in The Girl Who Loved Spiders. You must give him advice and a compliment. Your letter must have five sentences and must be written in correct format. Create a plot mountain of The Girl Who Loved Spiders. Write a poem about one of the animals found on page 18 or 19. Use the tips that are given on page 19.
Read the poems on page 14 and 15. Which poem do you like better? Why do you like this poem better? Explain in five or more sentences. What do you notice about the captions from the story The Girl Who Loved Spiders? Which caption is the most interesting? Why do you think this? Explain in five or more sentences. Write a one sentence main idea for each subtitle on pages 12-13.

 

March 13th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 16th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 16th-20th

 

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

By the end of the week, the fourth grader should be able to use formulas to find the area of a parallelogram and a triangle. To learn the formula, they will use their knowledge of what they know about rectangle area. Because the students need to multiply to use the formulas, please practice multiplication facts with your fourth grader.

 

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 the students are reading about the western United States, they will be making inferences in the text. When reading with your fourth grader at home, ask your child inferential questions that involve the child finding an answer that is not stated explicitly in the text.

 

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

The students will begin the week identifying how earth materials absorb water. The students will then watch a Chicago video entitled “Before the Faucet, After the Flush.” The students will specifically learn how our Lake Michigan water gets to us and how it leaves us. From this video, the fourth graders will create a flow chart tracing the steps of water in Chicago. On Friday, the students will be introduced to a water conservation project. In this project, the fourth graders will identify five different ways of how they conserved water throughout the week. This chart is due on Friday, March 27th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem.

Each guided reading group’s discussion will focus on theme. Ask your fourth grader to identify the theme of his or her guided reading book. Two weeks ago the students read Aesop Fables to their first grade reading buddies. In these fables the fourth graders identified the moral to their buddies. Ask your fourth grader a moral that they learned from the Aesop Fable that he or she read to his or her buddy. Some of the students have noticed that this week we will be reading our last story in Journeys. The Sixth Unit is found in a different book. Each lesson is thematic with different genres on a specific topic. To receive the new book, please have your fourth grader return his or her Journeys’ book and there will be an exchange.

 

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

The fourth graders are putting the finishing touches on their informational text books. They are focusing on specific text features to complement the text of their informational books. They will begin binding the books using re-closable sandwich bags. Save the date – March 25th! All parents are invited to our publishing party that will take place at 8:45 on Thursday, March 25th.

 

School Supplies

Some of the students are running out of space in their different subject notebooks. They are also running out of glue and misplacing scissors. Please check in with your fourth grader to confirm if he or she needs new supplies.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read The Fun they Had Tic Tac Toe activities due
Math Study Link 8.6 Study Link 8.7 Study Links due
Science Water Consevation Project assigned
PARRC Math Test Math Test

 

March 13th, 2015

Homework ~ Week of March 16th

Monday, March 16th

This week for homework, read The Fun They Had. 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 632 and 633 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 649. Answer the stop and think question on page 643 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 641. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 635. Complete the Write a Response activity on page 645 in five or more sentences.
Complete the Stop and Think activity on page 644 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.

 

March 6th, 2015

Homework ~ Week of March 9th

Monday, March 9th

This week for homework, read Owen and Mzee . 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 608 and 609 in a sentence. Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the Comic Strip activity on page 623.   Please illustrate in five or more frames. Answer the stop and think question on page 615 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 619. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 611. Complete the Write a Response activity on page 623 in five or more sentences.
Complete the Text to Text activity on page 627. 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.

 

March 6th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 9th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 9th-13th

 

PARCC

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday starting at 9:15 AM, the fourth graders will be taking the language arts portion of the PARCC Assessment. Because it is the first year of the assessment, we will treat this test as a learning experience. Students will be encouraged to do their personal best. For the last month, we have been discussing the importance of perseverance. Throughout the week, the students will be praised and applauded for their hard work and perseverance on the PARCC assessment. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this testing experience, please contact me.

 

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

Because of the schedule of the PARCC assessment, we will only have math instruction on Monday. On this day, the students will learn the formula for rectangle area. Please ask your child to identify the formula for you. Also, please tell your fourth grader real life experiences of when you use area in your life.

 

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

The students will be introduced to the west region of the United States through vocabulary words. They will define the words through context clues. They will also create an image to help them retain the meaning of the word. The fourth graders have been told that creating pictures in their minds aids in comprehension.

 

 

 

 

 

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

After learning about evaporation, the fourth graders will be learning about condensation. By the end of the week, they should be able to define condensation and identify examples of it. Please discuss experiences where your child has observed condensation at home.

 

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

In guided reading groups, the fourth graders will pick two characters to compare and contrast. Conversations will focus on how their similarities and differences affected the plot. At home, please ask questions about the protagonist of his or her guided reading book.

 

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

Publishing of informational text is going extremely well. The students are doing a great job of organizing their information into subtitles. This week, the students will be using other text features in their books. Mini-lessons this week will focus on incorporating a table of contents, back cover, copyright page, picture, and caption in their informational books.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
PARCC Schedule 9:15 Language Arts 9:15 Language Arts 9:15 Language Arts
Math Study Link 8.5
Reading Read Owen and Mzee Tic Tac Toe activities due

 

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