Ms. Wejman

January 29th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 1st

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of February 1st-4th

 

Science

The scientists of fourth grade will continue to work with circuits. Using their circuit, they will be able to identify conductors and insulators.  They will also solve math problems pertaining to both electricity and magnetism.

 

Math: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

We will take the Chapter 4 Test on Tuesday.  The students will be assessed on multiplication using the partial products or lattice method, multiplying multiples of ten, solving word problems using multiplication and money, converting liters to milliliters, converting kilograms to grams, and finding the area and perimeter of a rectilinear shape.  On Wednesday they will take a cumulative test, assessing the students on the math concepts that have been taught to the students during the first half of the school year.

 

Social Studies: Determine the meaning of general academic words.

As the fourth graders read about the Plains States and the Great Lake States, they will use context clues to define the vocabulary.  They will also read a biography about presidential candidate, Ben Carson.

 

 

 

 

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

The students will meet in guided reading groups to discuss the main idea of a specific chapter.  Please practice finding main idea at home with your fourth grader.  After your child has read for thirty minutes, ask the reader to identify the main idea of what was read.

 

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

The fourth grader will read a text about video games.  They will form a claim answering the question if video games help or hinder social relationships.  After they form their claim, they need to use evidence from the text, and support their evidence with their own reasoning.  Finally, they need to end their CERCA with a conclusion.  Because the last day of the quarter is on Thursday, all revisions must be complete by this day.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Math Homelink 4-13 Math Homework Due

Unit 4 Assessment

Cumulative Assessment  
Reading Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes

North America and South America letters due

Read for 30 minutes

Europe, Africa, and Asia letters due

Read for 30 minutes

Australia and Antarctica letters due

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 22nd, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 25th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of January 25th-29th

 

Science

With the completion of the magnetism portion of the unit, the students will begin to learn about electricity by creating circuits.  They will identify a D Cell battery as a source of electricity and both a light bulb and a motor as an electricity receiver.  After learning the symbols for the objects in the circuit, the scientist will be able to model the circuit through a schematic design.

 

Math: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

In addition to practicing strategies to multiply double digit numbers by double digit numbers, the fourth graders will be able to find the area and perimeter of a rectilinear figure (a figure composed of adjacent rectangles).  They will also solve multi-step multiplication number stories.

 

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

As the students continue to read about the geography, history, and transportation of the Midwest, they will be summarizing the text.  The students should be able to summarize what they are reading in one to two sentences.  After summarizing the text, they should be able to identify two key facts that correspond with the summary.

 

 

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

The readers will be making inferences in the text.  Every fourth grader should make an inference in his or her letter.  To make the inference, they should use the explicit text evidence along with their background knowledge to make a conclusion.

 

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

The students will read an article about a girl who protested going on a class trip to the circus.  When her teacher would not let her classmates sign her petition, she took the school system to court.  As the students are reading the text, they will make a claim if Amanda was justified in writing a petition as a form of free speech.  Students are always able to revise their CERCAs at home.  If your fourth grader is interested in revising a certain CERCA for a higher score, please let me know.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes.

 

Read for 30 minutes.  Letters from North America 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
Math Homelink 4.9 Homelink 4.10 Homelink 4.11 Homelink 4.12 Math Homework due

 

January 15th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 19th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of January 19th-22nd

 

Science

Throughout the week, the students will be working with their continent to create and “market” a magnetic product. First, they will create a product that is helpful to others. They will then create a “commercial” with a slogan to persuade others to purchase their product. Finally, they will perform their commercials to the class. The students will be given a rubric to assist in creating their product and performing their commercial.

 

Math: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

The fourth graders will begin the week by learning the steps of the partial product algorithm. Please practice this strategy with your fourth grader. If your child needs assistance, please let me know. I will be happy to practice with your child at school. The students will use multiplication to convert grams to kilograms. They will also be solving problems involving money.

 

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

The students will be introduced to the region where we live, the Midwest. As we read about the geography, history, and transportation of our region, the students will use context clues to define the vocabulary.

 

 

Reading: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.

Throughout the week, the students will identify a character trait to describe the protagonist of their guided reading book. In the books that have an antagonist, the students will also use a character trait to describe that character. Ask your fourth grader if his or her guided reading book has an antagonist in it. We will also be discussing how events in the plot can affect the character.

 

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

The students will read an article about working individually vs. group work. From the evidence included in the text, they will make a claim and support it with reasoning.

 

Extra Credit

Last week, the students were given an extra credit opportunity in reading. Every student has the opportunity to create a book critique in the form of a commercial. To receive extra credit, the student needs to complete the form that was given to them last week. They will then need to present their critique during our class meeting.

 

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from North America, South America, and Europe due.

Read for 30 minutes. Letters from Africa, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica due. Read for 30 minutes
Math Homelink 4.6 Homelink 4.7 Homelink 4.8 Math Homework Due

 

 

January 8th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 11th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of January 11th-15th

 

Science

In the continuation of the study of magnetism, the students will identify how magnets interact with the world. They will conduct investigations to find a hidden magnet through using iron fillings, a compass, and other magnets. From this, they will identify how a compass behaves like a magnet. From learning about ancient magnetic models, they will be inspired to create a magnetic product. They will work to produce a “commercial” of their product with the members of their continent.

 

Math: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

The students will work together to solve an Open Response problem. In this problem, they will work to see if one million dollar bills would be able to fit into a box. They will be given clues and concrete examples to work to find the answer. On Wednesday, they will revisit the problem. The students will “grade” three of their classmates’ work samples and then revise their own work. In order for students to exceed the expectations, they must show more than one strategy to solve their work. Because of NWEA testing, the students will only have one page of homework due on Thursday this week.

 

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

The fourth graders will continue to learn about the Southeast states. As they read the informational text in their social studies book, they will work to compare and contrast the different aspects of the Atlantic, Gulf Coast, and Inland South States.

 

Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, summarize the text. Throughout the week, we will be discussing the theme of guided reading books. The fourth grader should know the difference between theme and main idea.

 

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

This week, the students will be introduced to Celiac Disease. They will read an article about why some school cafeterias are choosing to go gluten free because of this disease. Throughout the week, they will find evidence that either supports why schools should have gluten free cafeterias or why they should not. The fourth graders will conclude the week with forming a claim, using evidence, supporting with reasoning, and ending with a conclusion.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 4.5 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

 

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