Peek at the Week
Week of November 2nd-6th
Science: Analyzing and interpreting data
The cartographers of fourth grade will continue to create topographic maps. They will make a profile map of Mount Shasta. After creating contour lines of this mountain as cartographers, they will also read about Mount Shasta and learn about John Muir’s original explorations of this site. Through the informational text, they will also be able to identify Mount Shasta as a volcano. From there, the students will watch a video about volcanoes.
Math: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
On Thursday, the students will take the Unit 2 math test. Concepts that will be assessed include drawing arrays, factors, multiples, finding the area of a rectangle, converting hours to minutes, multiplicative word problems, right angles, properties of quadrilaterals, lines of symmetry, and using a rule in a table. Before we take the test, we will spend the beginning of the week reviewing properties of quadrilaterals, lines of symmetry, and completing “What’s My Rule?” tables.
Social Studies: Determine the meaning of general academic-specific words and phrases in a text.
We will begin to learn about our first region of study, the Northeast region. Have your fourth grader identify the states in the northeast state on the United States map. As we are learning about the geography and history of this region, we will be using context clues to identify unfamiliar words.
Reading: Describe in depth a character, setting or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (character’s thoughts, words, or actions)
In guided reading groups this week, the students will be using the protagonist’s thoughts, words, and actions to describe him or her with a character trait. At home, ask your child to identify a character trait to describe the protagonist of your fourth grader’s independent book. Every Friday, the fourth grader will be taking a reading comprehension assessment. On Monday, the fourth grader will have the opportunity to make corrections to the test. If the fourth grader correctly explains why the answer is in fact correct, the fourth grader will get a half point added to his or her grade. These tests will be kept at school. If you would like to see each week’s assessment, I would be happy to show you the test. Please let me know!
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
After drafting their informational text, the writers of fourth graders are now ready to begin the publishing process. The writers will be compiling their pages into “plastic bag books.” As they are publishing their writing, they will be re-reading their writing to revise ideas and edit errors. To add in the publishing process, they will be discussing the purpose of a good cover, informative back cover, and significance of a copyright/dedication page. We plan to showcase our informational books at our publishing party on November 13th at 845 AM. All are invited! Save the date!
As you know, the students in Room 207 begin each day with a class meeting. We follow the Caring School Community suggestions for lessons. One component is the home school connection. Each Monday, your child will be given a task to do with an adult at home. It is your child’s responsibility for completing the homeside activity with an adult before Thursday. Every Thursday, we will discuss the responses. This week’s homeside activity involves each student to think of an individual who has made a difference to the child. Please share with your child someone who has made a difference to you. I hope that you enjoy these weekly interviews with your child.
|Math||Homelink 2.11||Homelink 2.12||Homelink 2.13||Math Homework Due
|Reading||Read for 30 minutes||Read for 30 minutes
Letters from North and South America due
|Read for 30 minutes
Letters from Europe, Africa, and Asia due
|Read for 30 minutes
Letters from Australia and Antarctica due
|Read for 30 minutes|