Ms. Wejman

December 18th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 4th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of January 4th-9th

 

Science

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 points

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.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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

 

December 11th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 14th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 14th-18th

 

Science: Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information.

After we complete our conversation on concrete, we will end the unit on learning about how the three different types of rocks are formed. To do this, we will identify the three parts of the Earth and how each part of the Earth affects the formation of the three different types of rocks. The students will also have the opportunity to design their own type of art using Earth Materials.

 

Math: Understand decimal notation for fractions and compare decimal fractions.

The fourth graders will be assessed on Unit 3 this week. On Tuesday, they will be assessed on modeling fractions using word problems, equivalent fractions, writing fractions on a number line, converting fractions to decimals, comparing fractions, and converting centimeters to millimeters. On Wednesday, the students will be given the Open Response portion of the test. They will be given a word problem and show their work explaining how they know a certain fraction is bigger than another fraction. The fourth graders are always encouraged to demonstrate their thinking using a variety of strategies.

 

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

We will continue to read about the Southeast region. At home, look at a map of the United States and have your fourth grader identify the states found in this region. As we are reading about the geography, history, and ports of this region, we will further our reading comprehension by comparing and contrasting the text. For example, we will compare and contrast the Coastal Plains with the Appalachian Mountains, we will compare and contrast the different jobs of the Early People, and we will compare and contrast imports and exports of products.

 

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

Guided reading groups will focus on identifying the main idea of the text. Main idea is a difficult skill for some of the fourth graders. When reading with your child at home, encourage your fourth grader to identify the main idea of what he or she read in one sentence. In homework letters, each fourth grader should include a one sentence main idea of his or her independent book. Every fourth grader should be reading thirty minutes a night.

 

 

 

 

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

In this week’s CERCA, the students will read about Dr. Jonas Salk, the creator of the polio vaccine. As they read the article, they will identify how his risks helped him to become a great American hero. The fourth graders will form a claim and use evidence from the text to support their claim. Since argumentative writing is new to many of the fourth graders, some students are having difficulties with including all of the necessary requirements in this form of writing (writing in the third person, stating a claim, using text evidence, explaining with reasoning, and ending with a conclusion). Throughout the second quarter, we will continue practicing argumentative writing using Think CERCA. Progress Report writing grades will be reflective of the work that the fourth graders have done in Think CERCA. Please look at your child’s work online to identify the skills of what your child needs to practice. In class, I am working with the writers to ensure that they become accustomed to the basic skills of argumentative writing. Students have the opportunity to revise the previously completed CERCAs. I will average the original CERCA with the original resulting in a new grade.

 

Incentive Party

On Friday, all students who have 20 or more DOJO points will be able to participate in the Incentive Party at 3PM.

 

Spelling Bee

The Ray Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, January 13th. Two members from Room 207 will be chosen to compete. To determine our two representatives, we will have a class Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 7th. Today students were given study guides to prepare for the class spelling bee. Participation is completely optional.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 3-13 Homework Due

Math Test

Open Response Math Assessment
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

 

December 7th, 2015

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 7th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 7th-11th

 

Science: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Throughout the week, the students will be learning about concrete. They will ask questions, read the text, and make conclusions. As they are learning about concrete, they will be able to identify how natural resources make concrete. For homework, they will be assigned to identify the earth materials that are in use inside and outside of their home. Science homework will be due on Friday. Additionally, they will be given an extra credit opportunity. For this extra credit opportunity, they will be able to make a stepping stone. Please follow the directions on the extra credit information sheet. This extra credit opportunity is completely optional and will be due on Monday, December 14th.

 

Math: Understand decimal notation for fractions and compare decimal fractions.

Using fractions with a denominator of 10, the students will be able to convert fractions into decimals. They will further their understanding of decimals by using a flat to represent a part of a hundred. From there, they will use decimals in measuring what an object is as part of a meter. They will also be able to convert centimeters to millimeters.

 

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

The fourth graders will be introduced to the states of Southeast. This week, they will learn about the geography, history, and ports of this region. To define the vocabulary, they will use context clues.

 

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

As the students are reading in their text, they will identify the motivation for why characters acted because of an event. Conversations in guided reading groups will be focused on cause and effect.

 

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

After reading an article discussing the requirement of gym class, the students will form a claim identifying their opinion if gym should be required or not. From their claim, they will use evidence from the text supporting with reasoning.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 3-9 Homelink 3-10 Homelink 3-11 Homelink 3-12 Math Homework Due
Reading Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutesLetters from North America 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
Science Science Homework Due

 

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