Ms. Wejman

April 29th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 2nd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of May 2nd-6th

 

Science

After learning about the bones, joints, and muscles, the students will learn how the nervous system controls coordination.  The students will conduct investigations where they identify how a stimulus affects a response. They will also time the response of a stimulus.  At home, ask your fourth grader to identify the stimulus to a response.

 

Math: Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.

The fourth graders will be solving multi-step word problems.  When working on word problems with your fourth grader at home, make sure that your child understands the problem and the unknown before solving the problem.  The students will also be looking at rectangular numbers to find patterns.

 

Social Studies

The fourth graders will continue to work on their state brochures.  Ask them which state they have picked or was assigned.  Ask them to identify the four places that are featured in the brochure.  Ask them how they are persuading people to visit the state that they have.

 

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

In guided reading groups, the students will be making inferences from explicit text evidence. As the students are on the road to fifth grade, we will be working on elaborating and interpreting our answers from what was read in the text.  The fourth graders will continue to work on Achieve 3000.  You can always monitor your child’s progress by logging on at home.  Your child knows his or her username and password.

 

 

 

Writing: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

Our writing genre of the month is research.  Before Spring Break, every fourth grader was assigned a state to research.  They began their research with creating a brochure persuading people to visit the assigned state.  This week, formal research writing instruction will begin during writer’s workshop.  To begin the writing genre, the students used their own schema to identify what they already knew about their state.  They will also generate questions to guide their research.  The students have been assigned the subtopics of geography and history.  They were given the opportunity to pick their third subtopic.  The fourth grader will be given formal instruction on how to correctly cite information in a bibliography using the MLA format.  As they are citing information, they will also be instructed on how it is wrong to plagiarize and how they must paraphrase researched information.  The students will be completing research at school.  However, it might be beneficial if you sit down with your child and model how to successfully paraphrase information.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 7.7 Homelink 7.8 Homelink 7.9 Homelink 7.10 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.

 

April 15th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 25th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of April 25th-29th

 

Science

After modeling the bones, muscles, joints, and tendons of the leg, the fourth grade scientist will do the same with the muscle and thumb.  Ask your fourth grader to identify what was used to create each body part.  As the students model how the bones and muscles work together they will identify how and why muscles contract.  They will also read about muscle pairs.

 

Math:  Build Fractions from unit Fractions.

Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be using different strategies to multiply whole and mixed numbers by fractions.  Have your fourth grader identify two different strategies.  Also, ask your fourth grader to identify multiples of a given fraction.

 

Social Studies

Before Spring Break, every fourth grader picked a state to research during the month of May.  To begin the research in April, every fourth grader will create a brochure to persuade people to visit their state.  In their brochure, they must include at least four places of interest with a picture of each place.  Before spring break, every fourth grader was given a rubric stating the requirements of the rubric.  Categories that will be graded include persuasion, cover, information, art, and neatness.  To receive full credit every brochure must include a slogan of the state.  Ask your fourth grader what slogan he or she used.

 

Reading: Describe in depth a character, setting or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

Guided reading group discussions will focus on using a character trait to describe the protagonist.  The fourth grader will also use text evidence to describe why the protagonist is described with that character trait.  Students will continue to use Achieve3000.  The work that they do will account for the assessment portion of their grade.  Because the students’ continents have changed, please ask about seat change to determine which day reading homework is due.

 

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

Our poetry party will take place on Friday, April 29th, at 845AM.  All parents are invited to attend and hear all of the great poems from the poets of Room 207.  Parents are also invited to share poems.

Throughout the week, we will work on revising and editing poems.  Mini-lessons will focus on using appropriate line breaks and using descriptive works.  The poets will also peer edit each other’s work by telling a compliment, asking questions, and giving advice to their classmates.  Thursday will be spent on giving tips on oral reading.

 

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
Math Home Link 7.2 Home Link 7.3 Home Link 7.4 Home Link 7.5 Math Homework Due

 

 

 

 

 

April 8th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 11th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of April 11th-15th

 

Science

The scientists will learn about the muscular system and how the muscles work in order to move our bodies.  They will also learn about the purposes of ligaments and tendons and how muscles work in pairs.

 

Math

We will begin Unit 7 with converting cups, pints, quarts, and gallons.  At home, please show your fourth grader real life examples of these units of measure.  On Thursday, the students will work with a group to solve an open response activity.  They will be able to revise their work on Friday.

 

Social Studies

During fourth quarter, the fourth graders will be involved with a state research project. The research portion of the project will be in conjunction with our writing genre of May, research writing.  The majority of the project will completed in class.  This week, every fourth grader will pick the state of their choice and identify the schema that they know about the state.  The first portion of the project will be to create a brochure to persuade people to visit their state.  Through research, social studies lessons, and previous knowledge, each fourth grader will design the brochure.  The students will be given a rubric to assist in their classwork.

 

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

We will continue to make inferences in our guided reading books.  The fourth graders will be encouraged to use explicit text evidence when making their inference.

 

 

 

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

This week, poetry writing lessons will focus on using similes, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and repetition in our poems.  Save the date for Friday, April 29th! Everyone is invited to Room 207 where we will all share our poems at our poetry party.  Adults are welcome to share poems as well!

 

Report Card Pick Up

Parents are invited to pick up Report Cards on Wednesday.  Thank you to the parents who signed up for an appointment.  If you have not yet done so, please identify your top three preferences.  I will do my best to honor your request.

 

PARCC testing

PARCC testing ends on Monday, April 11th.  Math homework will resume on Tuesday, April 12th.

 

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math   Homelink 7.1   Homelink 7.6 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

 

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