Ms. Wejman

November 24th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 30th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 30th– December 4th

 

Science: Engaging in argument from evidence.

After learning about renewable and nonrenewable resources, the geologists of fourth grader will make an educated guess about what type of resource soil is. From there, we will have a class debate. Later in the week, the students will identify reasons of why soil conversation is important. Additionally, the geologists will read about four different monuments and about different careers in geoscience. Ask your fourth grader about which geoscientist job is most interesting to him or her.

 

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

We will continue to use different strategies to generate equivalent fractions. Strategies include use of the equivalent fraction rule and using our fraction circles. Once we are more secure with finding equivalent fractions, we will compare fractions with both like and unlike denominators. To assist us in comparing fractions with unlike denominators, we will continue to use our fraction circles. Additionally, we will use strategies to plot fractions on a number line and also use the equivalent fraction rule. Later in the week, the students will also be able to identify the relationship between fractions and decimals. Because it is a new month, our Tuesday Timed Test will be focused on division for “Division December.”

 

Social Studies: Describe the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

As the fourth graders continue to read about the Northeast states, they will read to find the cause of effects and effects of the cause. In addition to reading about the New England and Middle Atlantic states, they will also read a biography about Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss. In their reading, they will identify the cause of Dr. Seuss writing the famous children’s book, The Cat in the Hat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

The students will come to guided reading group conversations ready to summarize the plot. From the summary, they will identify the theme of the text. The fourth graders will also be practicing the reading activity of “lifting a line.” They practiced this on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. This activity includes the reader interpreting any line from the text. Their interpretation could be an explanation of an event or character, an inference, an opinion, or a summary. The fourth graders will be practicing this activity in their Bingo Sheets and in their weekly homework letter. To receive a 4 in the reading strategy category in the weekly homework letter, the fourth grader must use the “lifting a line” activity. Please let me know if your fourth grader is having trouble with this activity. I will be happy to practice this activity with your fourth grader.

 

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

Using Think CERCA this week, the fourth graders will read a biography about Margaret E. Knight, an inventor who lived in the 19th century. As they are reading this biography, they will identify if the biography is written chronologically or in a cause-and-effect relationship. They will use evidence from the text to support their claim.

 

Class Dojo

Starting November 30th, all of the DOJO points received from special teachers will be erased. The students will be awarded (and subtracted) DOJO points in all places (including the homeroom). Students receiving 20 or more points before December 18th will be invited to the incentive party. Today your fourth grader brought home a contract. In order for your child to be invited to the incentive party, he or she must bring back the signed contract to school and receive 20 points. If you have any questions about your child’s DOJO points or about the incentive party, please let me know.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 3.4 Homelink 3.6 Homelink 3.7 Homelink 3.8 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 Africa, Asia, and Europe due

Read for 30 minutes

Letters from Australia and Antarctica due

Read for 30 minutes

 

 

 

November 20th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 23rd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 23rd-24th

 

Science: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

Over the last eleven weeks, the geologists of Room 207 have been studying Earth materials. Discussion this week will focus on the importance of studying Earth materials. The geologists will also view a video on renewable resources found in Earth and how they aid in our existence.

 

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

During this short week, the mathematicians will work on solving an open response problem. On Monday, they will look at a problem dividing pizzas using fractions. They will show their work by drawings and be able to explain how they came to their conclusions. The fourth graders will work with their continents to solve the problems. On Tuesday, they will revisit the problem, edit their work, and show an alternate strategy to solve the problem. The fourth graders have been instructed that smart math students need to solve problems using more than one strategy.

 

Social Studies: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

Because text features are an important component of a social studies book, the fourth graders will spend this week focusing their attention on two different ones. They will use both a population map and a timeline to answer specific questions about the Northeast region. When reading informational text with your fourth grader, ask them to identify the significance of text features in comprehending their reading.

 

 

 

 

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

We will continue to make inferences in the text this week. Because it is a short week, the students will not have a Bingo Sheet or a homework letter due. During Reader’s Workshop, they will be introduced to a reading activity called lift a line.   The fifth grade teachers use this to aid in reading comprehension. In this activity, the readers pick a direct line from the book that they are reading. From that line, they write about it with their thoughts, opinions, and inferences. We will practice this activity as a whole class. The readers will be encouraged to independently practice this activity in their Bingo Sheets and in their homework next week.

 

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

The fourth graders did a great job of becoming acclimated to the routines of Think CERCA. They will finish their argument this week. Please ask your fourth grader to state his or her claim, evidence, and reasoning. You can read your fourth graders work at any time online. Ask your fourth grader for his or her username and password.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 3.5

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Math Homework

Due

Reading Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes

 

November 13th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 16th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 16th-20th

 

Science: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

The geologists of Room 207 will continue to identify how the eruption of Mount St. Helens affected the landform. In addition to learning about the effect of eruptions on a landform, the geologists will also read and identify how landslides, earthquakes, and floods can quickly change the land. They will read how specific rapid changes in history have affected certain places in their science text.

 

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalencies and ordering.

As we begin the second quarter, we will begin our fraction unit. The first few units focus on sharing quantities in word problems and finding equivalencies using fraction pieces and a number line. Every fourth grader should also be able to define the equivalence rule. When working with fractions, it is encouraged that the students use manipulatives, drawings, and number lines.

 

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

The fourth graders will read about the New England and Mid-Atlantic States. At home, look at a map with your child and have them tell you which Northeast states belong in New England and which ones belong in the Mid-Atlantic States. Ask your fourth grader to tell you why the New England states are referred to as such. The fourth graders will also use context clues to define the vocabulary words in the social studies text.

 

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

In our guided reading groups, the students will be making an inferences based on the text that they are reading. Please practice making inferences with your reader at home. You can do this by asking a question that cannot be explicitly answered by reading the text. Instead, the reader needs to use clues from the text to make a conclusion. Because the students moved desks, the date of their letter has changed. Please ask your child which continent he or she sits in for the second quarter. Reference the homework chart to identify when your child’s letter will be due this week.

 

 

 

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

With the beginning of the second quarter, the students will be introduced to Think CERCA, a web based literacy program. Every week, the students will be introduced to a new article focusing on viewpoints of a certain topic. Throughout the week, the students will identify prior knowledge that they have about the topic, answer comprehension questions about the article, annotate the text, write a summary, and form a CERCA. In their CERCA, they will make a claim (C), state evidence (E), support evidence with reasoning (R), and include a counterargument (C), while keeping the audience (A) in mind. This week’s article focuses on why recess is valuable and why some people think it is not beneficial. The students will read an article, follow the steps, and form an opinion from what they have read. Because the article is also available in audio, it is beneficial for all of the students to have headphones. Parents are always encouraged to track their child’s progress online. Ask your child his or her user name and password. During second quarter, Think CERCA will be used to teach and implement persuasive writing.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 3.1 Homelink 3.2 No School Homelink 3.3 Math Homework Due
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

 

November 9th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 9th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 9th-12th

 

Science: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

The geologists will continue to learn about volcanoes. This week, they will focus on Mount St. Helens. They will create a profile map from a topographic map of Mount St. Helens. In creating them, they will identify how the volcano eruption changed the terrain. They will also view a video of the eruption.

 

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

Because this week is the last week of the quarter, we will take the cumulative test on Tuesday. Concepts on the test include place value, comparing and adding numbers, adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers, finding the perimeter of a square, and solving word problems. On Thursday, we will review the test and correct our errors so that we are ready to begin Unit 3 next week. There will be no formal math homework assigned this week.

 

Social Studies: Describe the overall structure of events in a text or part of a text.

As we will continue to learn about the Northeast region, we will be reading to find both the cause and effect in the text. We will begin by looking at how both glaciers and blizzards have affected the Northeast. We will also be reading to find the cause of historical events. The fourth graders will also be able to identify how water helped with the growth of the Northeast.

 

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).

The students will continue to define the protagonist of their guided reading book with a specific character trait. They will use the character’s thoughts, words, or actions as text evidence to support the assigned trait.

 

 

 

Writing: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by panning, revising, and editing.

The writers of fourth grade will continue to publish their informational books. All parents are invited to attend our publishing party on Thursday, November 12th at 845 AM.

 

Report Card Pick Up

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 has been assigned as Chicago Public Schools’ report card pick up day. This is a non-attendance day for students. Today your fourth grader received a form for you to complete regarding your preferred times. I will do my best to accommodate your preferences. Please complete the form with identifying your three top choices. Conferences will take place in ten minute increments from 12-6. Students will be given preferred times on a first come, first serve basis. I will complete the form and give you your assigned time based on your preferences. Please email me with any questions, comments, or concerns. I look forward to meeting with you regarding your child’s progress in the first quarter of fourth grade.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Cumulative Math Test
Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes

North America and South America Letters Due

Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes

Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica letters due

Read for 30 minutes

 

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