Ms. Wejman

September 25th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 28th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of September 28th-October 2nd

 

Science: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

The geologists will complete last week’s science lesson by observing the evaporated “acid rain” effects on the rock samples. They will record their observations in their science notebooks. They will also read about the different types of weathering in their science books. Later in the week, the geologists will go outside to collect soil samples from Ray. From their observation, they will be able to identify the materials found in the playground soil samples.

 

Math: Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.

A variety of math skills will be explicitly taught this week. The fourth graders will be explicitly taught how to regroup in subtraction. All of the other math skills taught this week pertain to geometry. The students will be converting between yards, feet, and inches, drawing lines, rays, and line segments, and differentiating between different types of angles.

 

Social Studies: Interpret information presented visually

Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be using maps, charts, and graphs to gain information. They will be identifying the purpose of an elevation, climate, and landform map. They will also be identifying the latitude and longitude of specific US cities. Students have been explicitly taught that lines of latitude are parallel to the equator while lines of longitude are parallel to the Prime Meridian. They will also use the information in a line and bar graph to acquire information. All landform dioramas are due on Thursday, October 1st.

 

 

 

 

 

Reading: Describe the overall structure (cause/effect) of events in text or part of a text.

In guided reading group meetings, the teacher will take an event from the text. Every fourth grader will identify the cause of the particular event. When reading with your child at home, ask your child to identify the cause of a certain event in the text.

 

Writing: Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.

Throughout the week, mini-lessons will be focused on word choice. The fourth grade writers will be encouraged to use descriptive words. They will be inspired by the text that they are reading and from other fourth grade writers. In addition to words, they will also be explicitly instructed to use figurative language in their writing. Specifically, they will be taught using similes, personification, and hyperbole. The use of transitional words and starting sentences in a variety of ways will also be taught.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes

North and South America letters due

Read for 30 minutes

Europe, Africa, and Asia letters due

Read for 30 minutes

Australia and Antarctica letters due

Read for 30 minutes
Math Homelink 1.9 Homelink 1.10 Homelink 1.11 Homelink 1.12 Math Homework due
Social Studies Landform Dioramas Due

 

September 18th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 21st

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of September 21st-25th

 

 

Math: Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.

During the first part of the week, the students will be adding multi-digit numbers. First, they will use estimation strategies. They will use their estimating skills to help them solve multi-step problems. The estimation will help the mathematicians to identify if their final answer is appropriate. After learning the partial product addition strategy in third grade, they will now learn the US traditional addition method. The fourth graders will be encouraged to use both methods interchangeably when adding. One excellent feature of the new Everyday Math materials is the open response practice. Not only will the students be explicitly taught to use mathematical structures, but they will also be encouraged to revisit their work to use other strategies to problem solve. On Thursday, the students will be encouraged to “Crack a Code” using place value. The next day, the students will look at other student work to give them alternative ways to problem solve.

 

Social Studies: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

As the students continue to read about the geographic features of the United States, they will be re-reading the text to identify the main idea. They will also use details to support the main idea of the text. One of the geographic features that we will be discussing this week includes landforms. To help the fourth grade further learn about landforms, each student will create landform dioramas. Every fourth grader needs to pick a specific landform that was included on pages 18-23 of the social studies text. Landforms that the students can pick include a coastal plain, a plain, plateau, river (if a river is picked a source and mouth must be included), or canyon. In addition to using creative artistic skills to depict a model of the landform, the fourth grader must write a caption to include three facts about the landform. Today every student received a rubric stating the expectations of the project. The dioramas will be due on Thursday, October 1st.

 

 

 

Science: Developing and using models to observe physical weathering

As we continue to work as geologists, we will observe the physical weathering of different types of rocks. We will model abrasion by shaking a jar and observing the affects. Since rocks also go through freezing and thawing cycles, we will model expansion in rocks with observing a frozen bottle. Later in the investigation, we will model chemical weathering with using vinegar to simulate the effects of acid rain.

 

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 students will be making inferences. From explicit text evidence, the readers will make inferences about how characters feel.

 

Writing: Uses dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.

Now that the fourth grade writers have a solid plot, they will incorporate dialogue into their narratives. Mini-lessons will be centered on how characters respond to what was said, using the correct punctuation in dialogue, using a variety of words besides said, and what dialogue says about the character.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Homework Read for 30 minutes

 

Read for 30 minutes

North and South America letters due

Read for 30 minutes

Europe, Africa, and Asia letters due

Read for 30 minutes

Australia and Antarctica letters due

Math Homework Homelink 1.5 Homelink 1.6 Homelink 1.7 Homelink 1.8 Math Homework Due

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 14th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 14th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of September 14th-18th

 

Science: Asking questions pertaining to soil samples.

The fourth graders will become geologists in their first module of fourth grade science. They will begin the week with identifying their background knowledge (schema) of soil. As geologists, they will observe four different soil samples and identify the different purposes of soil. In their observations, they will identify the different rock materials in the soil. One material found in the soil sample is humus. The students will define the word and know that all soil is composed of humus. From their observations, they will also be able to infer where each soil is found on the earth. To further the learning of soil, every geologist was encouraged to collect soil samples from home. If this is possible for your geologist to do at home, we would love to compare your soil sample with the observed ones in class.

 

Math: Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.

Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be practicing place value concepts. They will be identifying the value of digits in larger numbers. They will also practice strategies to assist with rounding numbers to a certain place value. To incorporate real world place value skills, the fourth graders will be ordering cities according to the population.

 

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

As the fourth graders begin to learn about the relative location of the United States, they will be introduced to social studies vocabulary. They will define the social studies vocabulary through the use context cues. Two vocabulary words that assist with relative location are latitude and longitude. The students will be able to identify how both are used on maps.

 

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

The readers of fourth grade are becoming acclimated to the routines of reader’s workshop. Everyday a new group of kids works with Miss Wejman in a guided reading group. In the reading group, the readers discuss their guided reading book and focus on a specific reading skill or strategy. The rest of the class is either reading or working on their Bingo Sheet. Every student picks five activities to complete on his or her Bingo Sheet. All of the activities pertain to the reading skill that is being taught for the week. Bingo Sheets are due every Friday.

 

Writing: Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

Last week the writers of fourth grade, brainstormed a list of possible narratives to write about that happened to them over the summer. From the list, they practiced their writing stamina by writing for fifteen minutes without stopping. The writers were encouraged to elaborate on their best seed from the story. Ask your fourth grader to identify their favorite seed. This week, the writers will focus on the plot of their narrative. They will plot out their story on a plot mountain. On the plot mountain, they will identify the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of their narratives.

 

Field Trip

The fourth graders will attend their first field trip of the year this Friday. They will participate in a Peace Day celebration at Daley Plaza. We will leave Ray at 10AM and return at 1PM. Students will eat their lunch upon arrival back to school.

 

Homework

Last week, the students were introduced to their reading homework. Every day, students need to read for thirty minutes. Once a week, they need to write a letter to Miss Wejman about what they are reading. Every fourth grader needs to turn in his or her letter on the assigned day of their continent (where they sit). Math homework is due every Friday. Incomplete homework will be completed during math game activities.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Homework Letters due from North and South America Letters due from Europe, Africa, and Asia Letters due from Australia and Antarctica
Math Homework Homelink 1.1 Homelink 1.2 Homelink 1.3 Homelink 1.4 Math Homework Due

 

September 8th, 2015

Welcome Letter

Dear Fourth Grade Parents,                                                                                                        September 8, 2015

In my sixteen years of teaching experience, it is my opinion that strong parent-teacher communication and partnership is key to a student’s success. Since each student’s success is my main objective for each fourth grader, I look forward to working with all of you to best help the needs of your child.

Every Monday, you will receive a Peek at the Week stating the common core standards, activities, and homework pertaining to each subject. If you have any further questions, email is the best way to contact me. My email address is jmwejman@cps.edu. I always do my personal best to respond to emails in a timely matter. Additionally, I am able to meet before and after school with a scheduled appointment.

This week, the main objective is to acclimate the fourth graders to the routines of Room 207. Through the CHAMPS classroom management system, the students will learn the expectation of each activity during the school day. In CHAMPS, students explicitly learn the expectations in terms of conversation level (C), the appropriate way to ask for help (H), the activity (A), movement (M), and participation (P). When the students are able to follow through with the expectations, they are able to soar to success (S).

To reinforce positive behaviors throughout the school, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) will be implemented at Ray. In addition to learning the expectation of classroom activities, the fourth graders will also be explicitly taught the behaviors that will be expected in our school. To reinforce positive behavior throughout the school, students will be praised with Ray Warrior coins. Every week a student from each class will be rewarded for positive behavior with a Student of the Week award.

Another PBIS initiative will be monthly positive character trait themes. September’s character trait is respect. Today the students in Room 207 wrote letters to you about how they plan to be respectful at home and school throughout the month. I encourage you to write a letter back to your child stating how you plan to support their respectful behavior. Please return the letters to school tomorrow. They will be reviewed at the end of the month so that the fourth graders will be able to reflect on their respectful behavior.

Throughout the week, we will be practice good reading behavior during reader’s workshop. Since guided reading groups will not begin for a few weeks, it is recommended that students bring in an independent book to read. The student’s book choice will help to give me an idea of the student’s reading interests.

From past experience, you probably are aware of all of the important paper work that is required for you to complete. With that said, parents often feel that they are the ones with all of the homework during the first week of school. It would be extremely helpful for the school, if you turn in the paperwork as soon as you can. In addition to the paperwork, the $85 school fee is due as soon as possible.

Even though parents will be inundated with “homework” this week, students will not be assigned homework during the first week of school. One optional assignment that the students were introduced to today was to bring in a picture of the student on vacation in one of the 50 United States. Since the social studies curriculum pertains to the regions of the United States, we are going to introduce each other to the regions through places we have already traveled. The pictures will be posted on a bulletin board in the classroom.

Thank you to everyone for bringing in school supplies. One additional school supply that would be appreciated include earbuds to aid in different iPad activities. Please plan to have the earbuds to school before October 1st when iPad use will begin. The safe keeping of the earbuds will be the student’s responsibility and they will be stored in the student’s desk at all times.

I look forward to a successful school year!

Kind regards,

 

Jenny Wejman

 

 

 

 

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