Peek at the Week
Week of January 4th-9th
With the new year, the scientists of Room 207 are beginning a new science unit of magnetism and electricity. The scientists will be identifying objects in the classroom that are attracted to magnets. As they are learning about magnetism, they will learn about induced magnetism and how an object can be a temporary magnet. Finally, they will conduct an investigation that demonstrates the force of two magnets that are attracted to each other.
Math: Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.
To begin our multiple digit multiplication unit, the fourth graders will use their knowledge of basic facts to solve problems involving multiples of ten. They will also use multiples of ten in estimating word problems. Throughout the unit, the students will be encouraged to use the partial product method of multiplication. As you know, this is different than the way that most adults were taught. It is encouraged that the students practice the way they are taught at school. To begin partial product multiplication, the students will use place value to assist in multiplication. Please let me know if your child needs assistance with using place value to multiply. At the end of the week, the students will be able to convert liters into milliliters. In your kitchen, please show your child objects that are a liter, more than a liter and less than a liter. Every fourth grader should know that the prefix milli- represents 1000. Just like there are a 1000 millimeters in a meter, there are 1000 milliliters in a liter.
Social Studies: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text.
Throughout the week, the students will learn about the Atlantic Coast States, the Gulf Coast States, and the Inland South States in more detail. Please have your child identify which states belong in which group on a map. They will use context clues to define the vocabulary words. While they define each vocabulary word, they are also drawing an image. This practice helps the students to visualize the vocabulary. The students have been told that the best readers create movies in their mind of what they are reading.
Reading: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.
As the students are reading their guided reading book, they should be able to identify a character trait to describe their protagonist. They should also be able to support the inference with specific text evidence.
Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
In this week’s CERCA, the student will read the Japanese folktale, The Taste of Banzo’s Sword. The fourth grader will be able to identify how the protagonist uses perseverance to achieve his goal. They will also be able to use a claim to identify how Banzo proved his dad and another character wrong. While writing the CERCA, they need to use evidence from the folktale, connect back to the claim with reasoning, and end with a conclusion. Every parent has the opportunity in reading their child’s work by looking online. Your child knows his or her id and password.
DOJO will continue in January. The points have been reset. When students reach a multiple of 50, they will receive a homework pass.
Room 207 Spelling Bee
The Room 207 Spelling Bee will take place during the class meeting on Thursday, January 7th.
|Math||Study Link 4-1||Study Link 4-2||Study Link 4-3||Study Link 4-4||Homework Due|
|Reading||Read for 30 minutes||Read for 30 minutesLetters from North and South America due||Read for 30 minutesLetters from Europe, Africa, and Asia due||Read for 30 minutesLetters from Australia and Antarctica due||Read for 30 minutes|