Ms. Wejman

March 31st, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 4th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of April 4th-8th

 

Science

We will continue to discuss the significance of joints in the body.  Please ask your fourth grader to identify the hinge, ball-and-socket, and gliding joints in the body.

 

Math

Even though there were no formal math lessons taught last week, the students were able to practice angle measure and division.  As a result, we will take the Unit 6 test on Monday for the final math grade of the third quarter.   Once again there will be no formal math homework this week.

 

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

As the students are reading about the Pacific and Mountain states, they will be making generalizations about the economy and the tourism of this region.

 

 

 

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

While the students are making inferences, they will be using explicit text evidence to support their inferences.  This week, they will be introduced to Achieve3000.  This is a web based reading program that helps to track and monitor student growth in reading.  Every student will receive their log in and password.  Parents can check work and progress at home.  This will serve as the assessment portion of the grade for the fourth quarter.

 

Writing: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

With the beginning of April, comes the beginning of poetry month.  The students will be introduced to poetry as an opportunity to use imagery to express an emotional x-ray.  The students will begin the poetry unit by “taking an x-ray of their emotions.”  They will also identify that while they were writing their narratives they were creating a video but a poem is more of a picture.  We will also write ode and persona poems (writing in the perspective as an object).

 

Homework 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

 

 

 

March 18th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 21st

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 21st-24th

 

Science

As students continue to learn about the skeletal system, they will observe Owl Pellets.  In their observations, they will compare and contrast the rodent bones with human bones.  They will discuss why rodents have different types of bones than human bones.  They will also be able to identify what bones are made out of.

 

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

The students will continue to practice using partial-quotient division.  They will also convert pounds to ounces.  On Wednesday and Thursday they will work with their continent to interpret remainders in an open response problem.  With the upcoming PARCC testing, there will be no math lessons explicitly taught for the next two weeks.  Because Thursday, April 7th is the last day of the quarter, the students will be given the Cumulative Test on Monday, March 28th.  Concepts assessed include multiplication word problems, prime and composite numbers, perimeter and area, symmetry, fractions, decimals, converting measurements, angles, multi-digit subtraction and addition, and line plots.

 

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 fourth graders are reading about the geography, history, and environment of the West, they will be making generalizations in the text.  From the explicit facts in the text, they will be making a generalization.  A generalization can be defined as a broad statement given the information in the text.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Last Thursday, instead of the Think CERCA test the students took a practice PARCC test.  On Friday, the students had the opportunity to revise their work.  Today we looked at student work samples of the written response which applied to theme, our common core standard of the week.  The students were given the opportunity to revise their written responses today.  They were also given a rubric to identify how the PARCC grades the written response portion of the test.  Tomorrow, the students will take another practice PARCC test on informational text.  The students will be able to revise their work on Wednesday.  The fourth graders were also told that if their parent signs their revisions they will be given .25 of a point.  This is to encourage parents to look at the PARCC and know what this test will be like for their fourth graders.  We will begin PARCC testing on Tuesday, March 29th and continue until Thursday, April 7th.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the PARCC.

 

Writing: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop, and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.

Last week, the fourth graders were given a rubric to identify how the fiction final draft will be graded.  This week, we will revise and edit to meet the requirements of the writing.  The students will work with a partner to give and receive feedback about their writing.  We will also work on strategies to spell words correctly, using correct punctuation, paragraph breaks, and capitalization.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
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

Math Homelink 6.6 Homelink 6.7 Homelink 6.5 Math Homework Due

 

 

 

 

 

March 11th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 14th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 14th-18th

 

Science

This week, we will begin the Human Body science module.  We will begin with identifying the different bones in the skeletal system.  The students will count the number of bones in each skeletal subset and then tally the bones in the whole body.  They will then read informational text to find the purpose of specific bones in the body.  At home, ask your fourth grade scientist to identify bones for you.

 

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

Unit 6 revolves around dividing multiple digit division problems.  The fourth graders will begin the unit with using basic facts to divide multiples of 10.  This is why it is essential that the fourth graders know their division facts automatically.  Continuing on in the week, they will practice solving division problems using familiar multiples.  The fourth graders will not be explicitly taught traditional long division.  If you would like me to practice the new strategies to divide multi-digit numbers, please let me know.  Using division the students will find the missing length of a rectangle, given the width and area.

 

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

As the students are introduced to the geography, history, and environment of the states in the West region, they will define the vocabulary using context clues.  Please practice reading to define words using context clues with your child at home.

 

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

We will continue to find the main idea of the text.  Students are encouraged to revise their errors on the Think CERCA quiz.  Have your fourth grader show you how they do on each weekly test.

 

Writing: Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.

Mini-lessons this week will focus on word choice.  We will begin the week using transitional words in our writing.  Then the students will focus on using descriptive words and phrases in their writing.  Ask your fourth grader to identify the best words in their writing.  Using examples in literature, the students will be inspired to use figurative language as well.  During the end of the week, the students will begin drafting their fiction story.  They will be given a rubric so that they know the expectations of their final draft.

 

School Supplies

Now that we have completed 5/8 of the school year, the students are beginning to run low on school supplies and need new subject notebooks.  Please ask your fourth grader what new school supplies that they need for the remaining 3/8 of the school year.

 

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 6.1 Homelink 6.2 Homelink 6.3 Homelink 6.4 Math Homework due

 

 

 

 

March 9th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ March 7th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 7th-11th

 

Science

After creating current electricity for the past several weeks, the scientists of fourth grade will model static electricity with balloons.  We will also read informational text about electricity.

 

Math

The students will be assessed on Unit 5 on Tuesday.  Concepts included on the test include fractions, solving word problems, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, plotting data on a line plot, and identifying lines of symmetry on polygons.  On Monday, we will review subtracting mixed number.  If there is a concept that your student needs to practice, please let me know.  The fourth graders will take the Open Response assessment on Wednesday.  We will spend Thursday revising the math test.

 

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 learn about Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Mexico, they will be making inferences in the text.  They will read about oil in the Southwest as well as the influence that encouraged people to move to this region.

 

 

 

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

The students will discuss plot and main idea in guided reading groups.  When reading with your child at home, please check in with him or her periodically to have your child identify the main idea of a paragraph, chapter, or what was read during a half an hour time period.  Students are encouraged to make revisions to the errors on their Think CERCA comprehension quizzes at home.  Every week, I model how to revise an error.  Please let me know if you have a question about the revisions.

 

Writing:  Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.

To help with description, the students will be given excerpts of dialogue in books that have been read in the class.  The fourth grade writers will be inspired to write using detailed dialogue, description, and word choice to help create their fiction stories.

 

Homework

Missing homework will be counted as a zero in the grade book.  This will be reflected on the Third Quarter Progress Reports that will be distributed on Friday.  Students are always available to make up late work.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study for Test Unit 5 Math Test Unit 5 Open Response Test    
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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