Ms. Wejman

February 26th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 29th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of February 29th-March 4th

 

Science

The fourth grade scientists will continue to study electromagnetism.  Inspired by the wonderings of a fourth grade scientist, the students will investigate to see if a circuit would flow using electromagnetic wire.  They will also read informational text about how electromagnetism stopped a war.  Later in the week, they will read how Samuel Morse advanced communication with the development of the Morse Code.

 

Math: Draw and identify lines and angles and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

With the end of the month, comes the end of Fraction February.  The students will be exploring angle measure through rotations, measurements on the clock, and specifically learning that angles are measured in degrees.  They will also be identifying lines of symmetry on shapes.  We will end the week with solving multi-step multiplication number stories.  The fourth graders will take the Unit 5 Test early next week.

 

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

As the students are reading about the states of the Southwest regions (Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Mexico) they will use context clues to define the vocabulary words.  Ask your fourth grader what he or she has learned about these states of the Southwest.

 

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

Students will be sharing inferences that they are making in the text with their guided reading groups.  They will be encouraged to share their inferences in their homework letters.  As stated previously, students will be taking a weekly comprehension quiz on Think CERCA.  Students have the opportunity to receive a half point on each error.  To do this, the student needs to explain why an answer is in fact correct.  Each week, we revise a question in class.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the comprehension quiz.

 

Writing: Orient the reader by establishing a situationed introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

In March, we will our writing genre will be fiction.  The students will begin this genre with illustrating a picture of his or her protagonist and listing the external and internal characteristics of this chracter.  They will also identify the problem that the protagonist will face in the rising action of the plot (as well as the solution in the resolution).  Before the students begin drafting their story, they will illustrate a picture of their setting, list the other characters that the protagonist will interact with, and create a plot mountain.  Be sure to ask your fourth grader about his or her fiction story.

 

Homework

As stated in the student handbook, homework accounts for 30% of the final grade in both reading and math.  In the first half of the year, I gave the students the opportunity to complete homework during school.  Because of our new enrichment routine, students are not always given this opportunity.  Please check to make sure that your fourth grader is completing homework at home.  Every fourth grader should be reading 30 minutes at home every night.  They should respond to their letter weekly.  Math homework is assigned every night.  If you have any specific questions, comments, or concerns about homework please let me know.

 

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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
Math Homelink 5-10 Homelink 5-11 Homelink 5-12 Homelink 5-13 Math Homework Due

 

February 19th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 22nd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of February 22nd-26th

 

Science

The students will combine what they learned about magnetism and electricity to model electromagnetism. The fourth grade scientists will complete an investigation to identify how electromagnetism can become stronger based on the number of winds of wire around a rivet. They will graph their data and be able to make a prediction from their graph.

 

Math: Build Fractions from unit fractions

Fraction February continues with the students solving word problems by subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. On Wednesday, the students will record the head sizes of the fourth graders on a line plot. As they look at the line plot, they will be able to identify the maximum, minimum, range, mode, and median of the head size of fourth graders.

 

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

As the students continue to read about the Southwest region, they will make inferences in the text. They will use specific text evidence to answer a question. We will continue to discuss the resources, history, and geography of this region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

In guided reading groups, students will be discussing the cause of a particular event. They will also discuss how the event affects the whole plot. Every Thursday, the fourth graders will take a Think CERCA comprehension quiz. These quizzes account for 40% of the reading grade and assess the comprehension of the student. Students are able to revise each error to receive a half point for each correction. To do this, they must go back in the text and specifically explain why in fact the correct answer is right. This has been modeled to the students. They are able to make their revisions at home.

 

Writing: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

The students will write their final draft of their MEL-CON writing prompts that were completed during the previous two weeks. All final drafts will be displayed at the Black History Month gallery walk. Ask your fourth grader why they decided to publish the particular prompt that they did.

 

Field Trip

On Thursday, we will attend Ashaki 2016~ A Black History Celebration. All money and field trip permission slips are due before Thursday. Students are to bring their lunches on this day. We will be back at school at 1:15.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 5.7 Homelink 5.8 Homelink 5.9 Math Homework Due
Reading Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes

 

February 12th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 16th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of February 16th-19th

 

Science

The fourth graders will read text about scientists from the past.  First, they will read a first person fictional narrative account of an intern of Thomas Edison.  While they identify the main idea of the text, they will also use context clues to define the words patent and filament.  They will also read a biography about the African-American engineer and inventor, Lewis Latimer.  From the biography, they will identify a character trait to describe him.

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

We will continue Fraction February by adding fractions with denominators with ten and hundred in the denominator.  The fourth graders will be able to find the equivalencies between fractions with a denominator of ten and hundred.  They will use their knowledge of fractions to solve the open response problem on Wednesday.  They will revise their open response problems on Thursday.

 

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

As the fourth graders are learning about the Southwest, they will use context clues to define the vocabulary words.

 

 

 

 

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

In guided reading group, students will be identifying the theme of the text that they are reading.  The fourth graders should know the difference between theme and main idea.  Theme is described as a lesson, message, or moral.  Main idea is what the story is mostly about.  We will be talking about the difference between theme and main idea.

 

Writing: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

In honor of African-American history month, we will continue to read picture books with this theme.  This week’s focus will be on identifying the protagonist’s character trait.  The students will use evidence from the text to support their claim.  On Friday, every student will receive a rubric. This rubric will be used to grade the final draft.  All final drafts will be displayed for the African-American history gallery walk.

 

Homework 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 5.5 Homelink 5.6 Math Homework Due

 

February 5th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 8th

Miss Wejman

Peek at the Week

Week of February 8th-12th

 

Science

The scientists of fourth grade will continue to work with circuits.  This week, they will be challenged with the task of lighting two light bulbs in a circuit.  They will learn how they can do this through a parallel series.  Ask your fourth grade scientist to draw you a schematic diagram of how he or she lit two light bulbs with one battery.

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

We will begin Fraction February with decomposing fractions.  This process requires the student to break down a fraction into smaller pieces.  The decomposing of fraction process will give the students a visual model of adding fractions.  Throughout the week, the students will be adding fractions including mixed numbers and finding parts of a whole.  With the new quarter, we will be starting a new math book.  Because our old math book is complete, the students will bring home Volume 1.  Feel free to review the math concepts in Volume 1 with your fourth grader.

 

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

As the fourth graders are reading about the Great Lakes and Plains States, they will be summarizing the text.  They will also be reading about the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota.  The fourth graders will make a claim about whether or not the Native American should be memorialized.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

We will continue to work on main idea in guided reading group discussion.  With the start of the new quarter, our reading assessments will change.  Every Thursday, the fourth grader will read a Think CERCA article.  After the student reads the article, they will take a five question quiz.  You will be able to check the results of your fourth grader’s work on the Think CERCA website.  Every fourth grader knows his or her user name and password.  Students can revise their work at home by giving specific text evidence as to why the correct answer is in fact correct.   When your fourth grader turns in the edits identifying why the specific answer is in fact correct, he or she will receive a half point that will be added to the test grade.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this new assessment procedure.  Because the students have been assigned to new continents, ask your fourth grader which continent that he or she sits it now so that you will know when homework is due.

Writing: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Throughout the month of February, the students will be responding to prompts from an African-American history themed picture book.  Every day the teacher will read a book aloud to the class.  The students will then respond to the question using the MEL-CON graphic organizer.  This tool allows the students to organize their thoughts into a main idea (M), with evidence (E), with a link connecting the evidence to the main idea (L), and finally ending with conclusion (CON).  I learned of this helpful tool from a teacher at the academic center at Kenwood.  At the end of the month, the students will publish one of their MEL-CON graphic organizers to be displayed at the African-American history gallery walk.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 5.1 Homelink 5.2 Homelink

5.3

Homelink

5.4

 

Math Homework Due
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

 

 

 

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