Ms. Wejman

April 24th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 27th

Miss Wejman’s

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.

 

PARCC

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.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Lesson 30 Activities Due
Math Study Link 9.8 Study Link 9.9 Math Homework Due
Science Invention Convention Proposals Due

 

 

April 24th, 2015

Homework ~ Week of April 27th

April 27, 2015

This week for homework, you will read the different stories from Lesson 30 in the Paths to Discoveries book. Please complete the activities making a Tic Tac Toe.

Read a Big Python Problem. Identify the main idea of 72 and 73. What is the theme of Mystery at Reed’s Pond? Please elaborate in five or more sentences. Write a letter to one of the characters in Mystery at Reed’s Pond. Your letter must be written in correct letter format and be at least five sentences.
Complete the activity on page 77. Read Mystery at Reed’s Pond. Create a Plot Mountain. What do you notice about the language that Patricia Hubbell uses in Naming the Turtle? What literary device is in Greater Flamingo? Please answer in two complete sentences.
Complete the activity on page 78. Greater Flamingo on page 75 is a haiku. Write another haiku about a flamingo and a turtle. Complete the activity on page 79.

 

April 17th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 20th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of April 20th-24th

 

Math: Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.

The fourth graders will continue to use strategies to find equivalent decimals, fractions, and percentages. On Wednesday, it is essential that the students come to school with Study Link 9.1 complete. It was informally assigned to them last week. They will take the data acquired from home and add it up with their classmates. They will then analyze the percentage results of each category.

 

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

In this week’s Think CERCA lesson, the fourth graders will read a memoir about one woman’s experience with culture shock. We will start the week with the students making a connection about when they have experienced culture shock. Their CERCA will be stating why the author chose “Another Planet,” as her memoir title.

 

Science: Know and apply the concepts, principles and processes of scientific inquiry.

Tuesday will be our Water Wonderland. All parents are invited to view the results of our science inquiry pertaining to water. The viewing will begin at 8:45. Students will have an opportunity to share their projects with parents and classmates. The rubric handed out will be used to grade the projects. Once the Water Wonderland is complete, the students will be given the new guidelines for the next project which is our Invention Convention. We have begun to discuss inventions in science. All of the fourth graders should know that an invention is made to make life easier or better. On Wednesday, all students received an Invention Convention Proposal. On the proposal, the students need to identify a problem of something they want to fix, what they are trying to invent, the materials that are needed, the intended procedure, and why they are interested in this invention. With the proposal, the students received a rubric. There is ample information about student Invention Conventions on the web. Beginning in May, the students will be given the opportunity to work on their inventions in class. This week, the students will be instructed on how to write their introduction and how to list materials. More information about the due date and expectations will be given as the weeks progress. For now, work on the proposal which is due on Tuesday, April 28th.

 

 

Reading: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

Guided reading group conversations will focus on how the setting affects the character. Continuing with our fourth quarter language activity, the fourth grader will add on to How Tia Lola Comes to Stay.

 

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

Our poetry mini-lessons will focus on form. The students will be given tips on how to use line breaks, white space, and how to end in a dramatic way. On Tuesday, Betty’s mom will come to our class to share her poems with the class and give us inspiration in our writing.

 

Book Fair

Our time slot to go to the Book Fair is Wednesday, April 22nd from 11:30-11:50. If a student is interested in buying books, the fourth grader bring money on this day.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Lesson 29 Tic Tac Toe activities due
Math Study Link 9.4 Study Link 9.5 Study Link 9.6 Study Link 9.7
Science Water Wonderland Projects Due
April 17th, 2015

Homework ~ Week of April 20th

April 20, 2015

This week for homework, you will read the different stories from Lesson 29 in the Paths to Discoveries book. Please complete the activities making a Tic Tac Toe.

Read Save Timber Woods! Identify the main idea of each scene. Read page 60. Create a timeline of your own life. Your timeline must have four events and include the date Complete the activity on page 61.
If you were acting out Save Timber Woods!   Which character would you want to be? Why would you want to be this character? of each event.

 

Write a letter to one of the characters in Save Timber Woods! Give advice and a compliment to the character. Your letter must be written in correct format and must have at least five sentences. Read Following Muir: A Persuasive Essay. What is the most important fact about John Muir?   Why do you think this?
Write your own poem about enjoying our Earth. Create a Plot Mountain of Save Timber Woods! Complete the Analyzing the Essay activity on page 57.

 

April 2nd, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 13th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of April 13th-17th

 

Math: Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.

Throughout the week, the students will be converting fractions to both decimals and percentages. First, the students will be doing this through visual examples. Then, they will use a calculator dividing the numerator by the denominator. Please refer to everyday examples of percentages with your child.

 

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

During the fourth quarter, the fourth graders will be using Think CERCA. The first text is the Star Spangled Banner. The students will identify the theme of this song and support their claim with evidence, reasoning, a counterargument, and conclusion. At home you can play different renditions of this famous song.

 

Science: Know and apply the concepts, principles and processes of scientific inquiry.

In the fourth quarter, the scientists of fourth grade will use the scientific process to complete investigations. We will begin with an investigation testing the greasiest potato chip. We will start with making a hypothesis based on the ingredients and our schema. The students will then begin the investigation with each group testing the grease of a particular potato chip in four trials. From the four trials, the scientists will take the average and record it in a class table recording six different types of chips.

The fourth grade scientists are able to bring in their water scientific inquiry projects at any time. All projects are due on Tuesday, April 21st. All parents are invited to attend the Water Wonderland on the 21st at 8:45.

 

 

 

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, we will be looking at main idea of specific chapters. Students will no longer be completing Bingo Sheets. Instead, they will revisit the stories in their Journeys’ anthologies. The students will change an aspect of the story and write the new version in narrative format.   They will begin with Because of Winn Dixie. They will rewrite the excerpt. In the new version, the student will include themself in the story and write in first person narrative. They will be graded using the narrative rubric writing a new plot where they become friends with Opal and Winn Dixie.

 

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

The students will continue to be influenced by Ralph Fletcher as they write their poems. This week, they will continue to write about matters of importance using imagery.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Lesson Tic Tac Toe activities due
Math Study Link 9.1 Study Link 9.2 Study Link 9.3 Math Homework due

 

April 2nd, 2015

Homework ~ Week of April 13th

April 13, 2015

This week for homework, you will read the different stories from Lesson 28 in the Paths to Discoveries book. Please complete the activities making a Tic Tac Toe.

Complete the activity on page 44. Write a poem about a time that you went to a museum. Draw a picture of yourself at one of the museums featured in Museums Worlds of Wonder. Write a caption.
Write a one sentence summary in Making the Most from Trash for each of the three subtitles. Read Museums Worlds of Wonder. Which museum would you most like to visit? Please explain why you would like to visit this museum in five or more sentences. On pages 42-43, which poem do you like better?   Please explain in five or more sentences.
Rewrite the poem on page 45 filling in the missing words. Complete the activity on page 46-47. Write a one sentence main idea for each of the five museums in the Museums Worlds of Wonder.

 

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