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