Peek at the Week
Week of April 27th-May 1st
Math: Understand notation for fraction, and compare decimal fractions.
The fourth graders will end their unit on decimals with explicitly being taught how to multiply and decimals. With each problem, they will be instructed to make an estimation with the help of a rounded number model. From there, they will then multiply or divide without the decimal. The students will be taught how to enter the decimal in the appropriate place. On the test, the students will not have to multiply or divide the decimals. They will have to use estimation to write a number model and put the decimal place in the correct place. Other skills that will be on the Chapter 9 Math Test include equivalent fractions, decimals, and percentages, area and perimeter, inserting parentheses correctly in number sentences, and solving word problems involving discounts. If there is a specific skill that you would like me to practice with your fourth grader, please let me know. The Chapter 9 Math Test will be on Tuesday, May 5th.
Social Studies: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
The week will begin with the students learning about Hercules. They will then make a connection about a time when they worked hard just as Hercules did. Throughout the week, they will refer to a poem about Hercules where the students need to identify actions and external characteristics that describe his strength, bravery, and hard work.
Science: Know and apply the concepts, principles and processes of scientific inquiry.
Invention Convention Proposals are due on Tuesday, April 28th. In the beginning of the week, the students will be instructed how to specifically write parts of the project. Starting on Thursday, May 1st, the fourth graders will be able to bring in their materials to begin working on their inventions in class. Everyday the students will be graded on their participation. The students received a rubric identifying the expectations of what they should be doing in order to be productive inventors.
Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Guided reading conversations will focus on the elements of the plot mountain (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution). In the reader’s response activity, the students will rewrite the Tall Tale, Stormalong. While writing this they will include examples of hyperbole but will change the setting to make it take place in Chicago, more specifically Lake Michigan (since Stormalong is a sailor).
Writing: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Even though poetry month technically ends on Thursday, the fourth graders will continue to be inspired by Ralph Fletcher while reading his book, Poetry Matters. During the week, the students will identify common problems that poets have and what they could do to fix them.
May and June Reading Homework
Reading homework will once again change in May. Next Monday, May 4th, the fourth graders will receive a letter from Miss Wejman. They will need to respond to the letter in the next week. Letters will be due on different days depending on the day of the week. The students that sit in North America and South America will have to turn in letters on Tuesdays, the students that sit in Europe and Africa will have to turn in their letters on Wednesdays, the students that sit in Asia and Australia will turn in their letters on Thursday. It is best if the students do their work in a notebook. If your child, does not have a homework notebook, please bring one in on Monday, May 4th for the reader’s response homework activity. In addition to receiving the letter on Monday, May 4th, every fourth grader will receive a rubric. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this new homework routine that will begin in May.
We will take the second section of the PARCC test this week. On Monday, the fourth graders will take the English/Language Arts test. On Tuesday and Wednesday, they will take math tests.
|Reading||Lesson 30 Activities Due|
|Math||Study Link 9.8||Study Link 9.9||Math Homework Due|
|Science||Invention Convention Proposals Due|