Ms. Wejman

May 27th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 31st

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of May 31st-June 3rd

 

Math

We will begin the week with reviewing symmetry and creating symmetrical art work.  On Wednesday, the students will plot data on a line plot.  They will also answer questions about the data.  This seems to be a difficult skill for some fourth graders.  Please check your fourth grader’s homework to make sure that your child is confident with plotting data on a line plot and answering questions about the data.  This math skill will be on both the Chapter 8 and Cumulative Tests.  The students will also solve word problems pertaining to decimals.  When working with decimals at home, please have your fourth grader convert decimals to fractions for practice.

 

Science: Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

Preparation for the long awaited Invention Convention will begin this week.  Save the date for Thursday, June 16th when all three fourth grade classes will present their inventions at the Invention Convention.  This week, we will begin with the brainstorming process.  Each engineer will identify a want or a need of a certain group of people.  From there, they will propose a solution in the form of an invention.  Throughout the week, they will identify limitations that each invention idea might have.  They will also list materials that are needed for their invention.  This list will be presented in the form of a letter to parents.  Materials should be brought into school the week of June 6th.  Because students will be graded on the execution of their invention, all work pertaining to the Invention Convention should be completed in class.  In addition to the materials needed to complete the invention, display boards should be brought to school during the week of June 13th so that students will be able to work on their boards in class.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the Invention Convention.

 

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

Every fourth grader will be given a trade book pertaining to the Southwest, Northeast, Midwest, or West    regions. Topics of book include the history of surfing, the story of cowboys, Central Park, Chicago’s skyscrapers, and The Gateway Arch.   They will read the specific text in an assigned group.  The group will then answer the questions in the text and also identify the main idea.  The groups will also draw a picture of a fact that was learned and write a caption explaining the picture.  Every group will present what was learned to the class.

 

 

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

The fourth grade readers will continue to interpret a lifted line from the text.  They will continue to use Achieve 3000 to assess their reading comprehension.

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

For the month of June, the writing genre will be fractured traditional literature stories.  Every fourth grade writer will be responsible for picking the traditional literature story of their choice.  They will “fracture” or change any part to create their own version of the tale, myth, fairy tale, or fable.  The fourth grader should be familiar with the traditional literature story before he or she decides to fracture it.  We modeled fracturing The Three Little Pigs today.  Ask your fourth grader which traditional literature story he or she will be fracturing.  Writing mini-lessons will be focused on writing a detailed exposition, using specific details, and using descriptive words.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 8.4 Homelink 8.5 Homelink 8.7 Math Homework Due
Reading Read for 30 minutes 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

 

 

 

 

 

May 20th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 23rd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of May 23rd-27th

 

Science: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

After learning about the living and nonliving factors of terrestrial environments, this week we will learn about aquatic environments.  We will focus on freshwater aquatic environments.  The fourth grader will compare and contrast river and lake organisms.  The scientists will then learn about how an ecosystem exists within an environment.  From reading the science informational text and learning how organisms depend on one another, they will create their own ecosystems.

 

Math: Geometric measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure angles.

We will begin Chapter 8 with solving multi-step math problems.  When checking your child’s homework, please have your fourth grader explain why and how they are using particular operations.  For the rest of the week, we will be exploring angle measure.  The students will use angle measure to describe every day actions.  On Wednesday, the students will determine the angle measure of pattern blocks using their previous knowledge or schema.  They will explain their thought process in an Open Response.  They will then revise their work on Thursday.

 

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

We will continue to make inferences by interpreting explicit text evidence.  We will do this through lifting a line from the text.  The students will explain and elaborate on a given line in the text.  The students will continue to use Achieve 3000.

 

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

All state research reports will be due on Friday, May 27th.  Because of this, social studies and writing will be combined this week.  Last week, the students received a rubric stating the expectations of the report.  The students will be graded on each of the five paragraphs (introduction, geography, history, third body paragraph, and conclusion).  Ask your fourth grader what he or she learned from his or her research.

 

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 8.1 Homelink 8.2 Homelink 6.12 Homelink 8.3 Math Homework Due

 

 

May 17th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 16th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of May 16th-20th

 

Science: Planning and carrying out investigations.

This week’s environment investigation involves the fourth grade scientists observing critters in Amanda’s Garden.  As the students are observing the critters, they will be identifying the characteristics of animals living in Amanda’s Garden.  Specifically, they will be able to identify the type of head, thorax, and abdomen of the critter.  From their observations and recorded data, they will be able to conduct sorting activities to distinguish each specific critter.

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

As stated in last week’s Peek at the Week, the fourth graders will take the Unit 7 Math test on Monday.  The open response portion of the test will take place on Tuesday.  For the open response portion, the students will have to identify strategies of how to multiply fractions.   We will spend the remainder of the week revising our work and reviewing necessary math skills.  Please let me if there is a specific math skill that your student needs to practice.  For homework, we will be completing the pages that we did not complete because of the PARCC.

 

Social Studies

We will combine social studies and writer’s workshop this week so that the students can combine research and drafting their report during the hour block.

 

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 given a line that was lifted by the teacher.  From there the students will make an inference, interpret and elaborate based on the explicit text evidence.  Please practice this with your child at home.  You can pick a line to lift or you could have your fourth grader lift his or her own line.  Every fourth grader should lift a line and explain it in his or her homework letter.

 

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

During the month of May, every fourth grader has picked a state to research.  We have been researching and paraphrasing information.  Last week, we began to draft the information that we paraphrased.  In addition to drafting the body paragraphs, the fourth graders will be introduced how to write a research introduction and conclusion.

 

Walk-a-thon

Friday will be the Ray School Walkathon.  All students are encouraged to register at https://rayschool.dojiggy.com/ng/index.cfm/aa1f5fe/regPages/signup/pledge?p=b81db140 to raise money for our school.  Our assigned time is 1-1:30.  All parents are invited to cheers us on!

 

 

 

 

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 6.8 Homelink 6.9 Homelink 6.10 Homelink 6.11 Math Homework Due
Reading Read for thirty minutes Read for 30 minutes.

Letter 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.

 

May 11th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 9th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of May 9th-13th

 

Science: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

To begin the unit on environments, the students will compose a list of different environments found in our world.  From there, the students will list characteristics that make up an environment.  Every continent will be assigned an environment to research to identify the characteristics specific to the environment.  In addition to the research, they will also illustrate a picture of the assigned environment.  Finally, each continent will present the information that they learned to the class.  Our environment module will be taught throughout May until we begin planning for our Invention Convention which will be held the week of June 13th.

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

The fourth graders will continue to solve word problems that involve fractions.  Mathematical Practice #1 is for students to make sense of the problem and persevere in solving with them.  When checking your child’s homework, please make sure that they understand what is being

asked of them to solve the problem.  Also make sure that your child is persevering, one of our school goals.  On Wednesday, the students will use a line plot to organize data involving fractions.  On Thursday, we will review multiplying whole numbers by mixed numbers.  Many students had a difficult time with the homework from Homelink 7.5.  We will edit the work that we did. Because of this, it would be beneficial if the students brought their Homelink book to school on Thursday.  Next Monday, May 16th, the students will take the Unit 7 Math Test.  Concepts that will be assessed include multiplying fraction word problems, finding the multiple of unit fractions, multiplying fractions, converting gallons, quarts, pints, and cups, multistep division problems, converting pounds to ounces, finding patterns, plotting data on a line plot, and using drawings to demonstrate multiplying a whole number by a fraction.  If there are any concepts that you would like me to practice with your fourth grader, please let me know.

 

Social Studies

Throughout the month, social studies and writer’s workshop will be connected as the students are researching their assigned states.  Research in social studies will be focused on identifying the state bird, flower, tree, and mammal.  By the end of the week, the students will illustrate a picture with all four identified in one picture.  Ask your fourth grader to identify the state bird, flower, tree, and mammal of his or her assigned state.

 

 

 

 

 

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.  Please practice main idea with your fourth grader at home.  You can do this by reading a paragraph or chapter with your child and then asking your child to define the main idea.  If your fourth grader has a difficult time with this, you can model by identifying the main idea of the text.  We will continue to work on Achieve 3000.  You can monitor your child’s progress in this program. Every fourth grader knows his or her login and password.

 

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

State research will continue this week.  The student will be paraphrasing research on the geography and history of his or her assigned state.  In addition to researching the geography and history, each fourth grader will also pick an additional subtopic.  Ask your fourth grader to identify what subtopic he or she chose.   The fourth graders will also be instructed how to write a luring lead and introduction to their research report.  From there, they will also draft their introductions.

 

Ray School Walkathon

Last week, our class discussed the Walkathon during our class meeting.  Every student has the opportunity to sign up to collect money using the website: http://rayschool.dojiggy.com.

 

Fourth Grade Lock In

To reward good behavior, grades, and attendance, students will be invited to a Lock-In on Thursday, May 26th from 3:45-5.  At the Lock-In, students will be invited to have free time after school hours.  Pizza will also be served. Every student invited to the Lock-In must have no D’s or F’s, no major infractions, have positive Dojo points, and have no more than one absence or tardy in the next three weeks.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the Lock-In, please contact Mrs. Neely.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 7.11 Homelink 7.12 Homelink 7.13 Homelink 6.13 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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