Ms. Wejman

May 29th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of June 1st

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of June 1st-5th

 

Math: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

The fourth graders will continue to observe the properties of geometric solids. While learning about geometric solids, the fourth graders will also use strategies to find the volume of a rectangular prism. At home, you can discuss real life examples of when people need to find the volume of objects.

 

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

The fourth graders will read an article about immigrants assimilating to the United States culture. In the article, they will read about specific examples of immigrants experiencing Thanksgiving customs. After they read the article, they will make a claim stating if immigrants should follow their old customs or assimilate to the new culture.

 

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

Because of the last week’s NWEA testing and the Memorial Day holiday, we were not able to complete many of the soda straw rocket launch activities. Instead, the scientists will collect the soda straw launch this week. Ask your fourth grade scientist to identify how nose cone length determined the launch length of the rocket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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).

In reader’s workshop, we will be discussing four different possible conflicts that a protagonist can encounter (character vs. character, character vs. society, character vs. self, and character vs. nature). Guided reading group conversations will elaborate on the protagonist’s conflict and how he or she solved the specific conflict. On Wednesday, the fourth graders will take a comprehension test to assess the reading skills that they have learned throughout the year.

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

On Monday, every fourth grade will be given a rubric stating the requirements of the fiction writing narrative. The fourth grader will be graded on the exposition, plot, use of transitional words, description, dialogue, word choice, and conventions. The students will be working on their fictional final drafts in class through Friday, June 12th.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 11.4 Study Link 11.5 Study Link 11.6 Math Homework Due
Reading North and South America’s Reader’s Response Letter Due Europe and Africa Reader’s Response Letter Due Asia and Australia Reader’s Response Letter Due

 

 

 

May 22nd, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of MAY 26th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of May 26th-May 29th

 

Math: Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit.

We will start Chapter 11 by looking at the weight of objects by both estimating and measuring. Instead of using the US customary units (pounds and ounces) we will be measuring in metric units (milligrams, grams, and kilograms). Please discuss the weight of objects at home with your fourth graders. Before we discuss volume, the students will review geometric solids. They will review properties of polyhedrons and construct them as well.

 

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

While reading the poem The Wind, the fourth grader will identify how Robert Louis Stevenson captures an observation about how children think of the world through the speaker’s questions to the wind. While they are reading the poem, they will identify sensory images. They will also identify the main idea of each stanza.

 

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

As we continue to work as scientists, we will construct soda straw rockets. First, the fourth graders will use NASA websites to identify qualities of rockets. Based on their research, they will create a hypothesis determining which sized rocket nose would be launched the farthest. In their group, they will create soda straw rockets with different sized noses. Each scientist will launch their rocket in five trials. From there, they will make a conclusion about their recorded data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading: Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

In guided reading groups, we will be annotating text. The students will revisit a page from their guided reading books. They will circle unfamiliar words. As a group, they will use context clues to understand the meaning of the specific word.

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Throughout the week, mini-lessons will focus on character development. The fourth graders will make a t-chart identifying the external and internal characteristics of a fictional character. They will then write about the character using those attributes without stating them. They will also create dialogue to correspond with the characteristics of the fictional protagonist.

 

NWEA

On Wednesday and Thursday, the fourth graders will take the NWEA test. The importance of this End of the Year test is to measure the progress of each fourth grader during this school year. Please let me know if you would like to meet to discuss your child’s growth and what the next steps should be to prepare your child for fifth grade.

 

Red Capet Event

On Friday, May 29th from 7-9PM, Ray School will hold a showcase event. The inventors of Room 207 will have the opportunity to display their inventions. Everyone is invited! If you have more specific questions about this event, please consult Ms. Turner at cherrylitaturner@gmail.com.

 

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 11.1 Study Link 11.2 Study Link 11.3 Math Homework Due
Reading North America and South America letters due Europe and Africa letters due Asia and Australia letters due

 

 

 

 

 

May 15th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 18th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of May 18th-22nd

 

Math: Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule. Identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself.

The Fourth Graders will further their study of reflections with adding translations and rotations to their repertoire. Every fourth grader should know the difference between a reflection, translation, and rotation. With knowing the difference between these geometric terms, they will be able to find frieze patterns. Through a reflecting mirror, they will identify the pattern between negative and positive numbers. In addition to identifying a negative number as the mirror image of a positive number, they will also add and subtract positive and negative numbers. Because Chapter 10 only has six lessons, the students will be assessed on Thursday. Concepts on the test include lines of symmetry, reflections, translations, rotations, converting fractions to decimals and percentages, angle measurement, and estimating to multiply and divide decimals. Please let me know if there is a skill that you would like me to practice with your fourth grader.

 

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

This week, the students will be reading an article discussing the benefits of group work and contrasting it with the benefits of individual work. Ask your fourth grader to identify the Abilene Paradox for you. Also ask them to state their claim about which type of work that they think is more beneficial. Every fourth grader should be able to support their claim with their evidence and reasoning.

 

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

Our Invention Convention will be held on Wednesday, May 20th. All parents are invited to view the inventions of the inventors of Room 207 at 8:45AM.

 

 

 

 

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).

Our guided reading group discussions will focus on the dialogue between characters. From the dialogue the readers will be able to make inferences which will pertain to character feelings, relationship between characters, and mood of the conversation.

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

We will begin our fiction writing unit this week. As writers, we will be brainstorming possible topics for fiction writing. First, we will explore an event that really happened to us. From that event, we will fictionalize it in some way. Another way we will be inspired to write a fiction story is through creating a wish that we have and create a story around it. We will also be focused on character development. The students will make a list of external and internal characteristics of a character that they would like to use in a story.  Then they will have the opportunity to write about that character without using the words that they listed. If they did a good job, their classmates will be able to make an inference to identify the character trait to describe the character.

 

School Supplies

With five weeks of school left, we are still low on certain supplies. Currently, we are out of tissue paper and loose leaf paper. Any donations to Room 207 would be greatly appreciated.

 

Spanish Field Trip

On Friday, we will be going to Northeastern University for Spanish Dances. Every student needs a permission form and $10 fee in order to attend. We will leave at 9AM and return at 12:30 for lunch.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading North and South America letters due Europe and Africa letters due Asia and Australia letters due
Math Study Link 10.5 Study Link 10.6 Math Homework due
May 8th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 11th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of May 11th-15th

 

Math: Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.

We will begin the week by using a transparent mirror to draw reflection images. Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be able to identify the lines of symmetry on different polygons. The fourth graders should be able to make a generalization regarding the polygon and how many lines of symmetry a specific polygon has.

 

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

In this week’s CERCA, the fourth graders will read the fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin. While they read, they will identify how greed causes conflict for others. Through reading this folktale, they will identify the theme or lesson learned.

 

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

The fourth graders will continue to be given ample class time to work on their inventions and boards. All inventors will be able to present their inventions at the Invention Convention which will be held on Wednesday, May 20th at 8:45AM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

The fourth grade readers will be making inferences in the text. They will support their inference with specific text evidence. As stated before, reading homework will change for the remainder of the school year. Every fourth grader has to write a letter to Miss Wejman in regards to his or her independent reading. Each student knows when his or her letter is due depending on the continent where he or she sits.

 

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

During writer’s workshop, the poets of Room 207 will be working on their poetry books. On Wednesday, May 13th, all are invited to our poetry party at 8:45. Every fourth grader will be able to share the poem of his or her choice. Adults are also invited to share a poem. The fourth graders will be graded on their poetry reading in terms of expression, diction, and voice level. Throughout the rest of the week, the poets will be working on their poetry books. Ask your fourth grader what the theme of his or her poetry book is.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Letters due from kids in North and South America. Letters due from kids in Europe and Africa. Letters due from kids in Asia and Australia
Math Study Link 10.1 Study Link 10.2 Study Link 10.3 Study Link 10.4 Math Homework Due

 

 

 

May 1st, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 4th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of May 4th-8th

 

Math: Use decimal notation for fractions.

On Tuesday, the students will take the Chapter 9 Test. The students will be tested on fractions, decimals, and percentages, area and perimeter, using parentheses, using percentages to solve word problems, and estimating to solve decimal multiplication and division problems. If there is a specific skill that you would like me to practice with your fourth grader, please let me know. After the test, we will spend the rest of the week correcting our errors.

 

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

This week, the fourth graders will be reading a passage about what a deaf boy did to fit in at school. The students will read the passage, answer questions, write a summary, and write their CERCA (make their Claim, use Evidence, support with Reasoning, make a Counterargument, and be aware of the Audience).

 

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

The students will have time to work on their inventions in class throughout the week. They will also have time to do research and write the parts of the poster board. During the hour science block, I will be able to be of assistance to help the students with any part of their projects. Please let me know if there are specifics that your inventor needs help with during the construction of the invention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, the students will focus on a specific action of the protagonist. They will identify the motivation for why the protagonist acted in that particular way.

 

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

This week, the students will be given a rubric for the poetry books that they will need to publish. They need to publish poems all of a specific theme. While publishing their poems, they will need to be cognizant of imagery, figurative language, line breaks, and word choice. On Wednesday, May 13th everyone is invited to a poetry party at 8:45AM. The poets will have an opportunity to share a published poem.

 

Reading Homework

Today the students received a letter from me. In addition to the letter, they also received a rubric. Starting next week, they will respond to my letter as reading homework. As a reminder, North America and South America will turn in their letter on Tuesday, Europe and Africa will turn in their letter on Wednesday, Asia and Australia will turn in their letter on Thursday. The purpose of responding to my letter is for me to know their thoughts about their reading and to prepare them for fifth grade.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study for Math Test Math Test

 

 

 

 

 

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