Ms. Wejman

September 30th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 3rd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 3rd-7th

 

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

Monday’s math lesson will focus on perimeter.  All fourth graders should know that to find the perimeter of a rectangle or square they need to add the two lengths and two widths of the shape.  They will need to know this for Tuesday’s test.  Additional items that will be assessed on Tuesday’s test include place value, converting yards to feet, identification of right angles, and adding and subtracting multiple digit numbers.  On Wednesday, the students will take the open response portion of the test.  On this test, they will identify different subtraction strategies and draw different rectangles with the same perimeter.  On Thursday, they will make corrections to the test.  They will bring their tests home on Thursday.  Please let us know if you have questions, comments, or concerns about a specific problem.  Because of the math testing this week, the one page of math homework will be due on Tuesday.

 

Reading

After finishing The Whipping Boy last week, the students will be given a culminating activity where they have to create a book jacket using the reading skills taught the first four weeks of fourth grade.  The students will be graded from a rubric that they all received.  Because of this project, there will be no Bingo Sheet or weekly assessment.  Guided reading groups will meet each day.

 

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

During the month of October, the fourth grade writers will continue writing in the narrative genre.  This month, they will be answering a writing prompt from a passage on the practice PARCC test.  They will use the PARCC narrative writing rubric to assist in their writing.  In this prompt, they will change the point of view of a reading passage.  After writing their narrative, they will look at other student writing samples and grade them using the PARCC narrative writing rubric.  When writing their responses, they will be responsible for using narrative elements, following the directions of the prompt, and using descriptive word choice.  Ask your fourth grader to summarize the passage and to tell you how they changed the point of view.

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 1.13 Homework due

Math Test

Open Response Math Test    
Reading Read for 30 minutes Read for 30 minutes

Letters from North America and South America due

Read for 30 minutes

Letters from Europe and Africa due

Read for 30 minutes

Letters from Asia and Australia due

Read for 30 minutes

 

September 23rd, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 26th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of September 26th-30th

 

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

After practicing writing strategies for the first three weeks of fourth grade, the writers will now begin their final drafts.  The students will all have received a rubric that states how the final draft will be graded.  Categories on the rubric include, writing a small moment about something that has happened to the fourth grader, writing a luring lead, ending with an unforgettable conclusion, including a sequence of events with a plot that makes sense, using transitional words, adding descriptive details, using vivid dialogue, including colorful words, and incorporating appropriate fourth grade conventions.  Throughout the week, the students will have time in class to complete their final drafts.  They will also meet with a partner to peer edit their writing.  Final drafts will be due on Friday.

 

Math

The week will begin with the students explicitly being taught the US Traditional Method of subtraction.  When looking at your child’s homework, please make sure that they understand trading.  The students will also be converting between yards, feet, and inches.  Make sure that your fourth grader knows that there are 12 inches in a foot, three feet in a yard, and 36 inches in a yard.  On Wednesday and Thursday, the fourth graders will be reviewing geometry terms such as line, ray, end point, angles, and quadrilaterals.  The fourth graders should know the different properties of specific quadrilaterals.

 

Reading:

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

The week will begin with the teacher introducing theme.  The teacher will identify the difference between main idea and theme.  The students should know that theme is the message or view about life and how people behave.  The main idea is more specific to the plot of the text.  In guided reading groups, the students will identify the theme of their book and explain why it is the theme.  On Thursday, we plan to be done with The Whipping Boy.  The students will identify the theme of the book.  When reading with your fourth grader at home, ask your fourth grader to identify the theme of the book that he or she is 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 and Africa due

Read for 30 minutes

Letters from Asia and Australia due

Read for 30 minutes
Math Homelink 1.9 Homelink 1.10 Homelink 1.11 Homelink 1.12 Math Homework Due

 

September 16th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 19th

Peek at the Week

Room 207

Week of September 19th-23rd

 

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

The fourth grade writer will use the text from The Whipping Boy as a model to write their own narrative writing.  They will be inspired by how the characters react to an event by both dialogue and action. The writers will use the dialogue in the book to be reminded of punctuation rules in dialogue.  Because the book has many excellent examples of figurative language and sensory images, they will use the book to help with their description and word choice as well.

 

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

In previous years, the students were explicitly taught the partial products method of addition.  This week, the students will be explicitly taught the “US traditional method.” The fourth graders will also review strategies for solving word problems.  The mathematical practices that correspond with the Common Core standards are used to aid in solving problems.  The student will know that mathematical practice number one is to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. When your fourth grader is working on math at home, make sure that they are making sense of what the problem is asking.  Also make sure that your fourth grader is always persevering in everything he or she does.  On Wednesday, the students will work with a group to solve a challenging task involving place value.  On Thursday, the students will look at work samples and make revisions to their work.  Because this is a two day lesson, there will be no math homework on Thursday.  Home link books should be returned to school on Thursday.

 

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

Our reading strategy of the week is summarizing the text.  The students have been taught that a good summary includes the identification of the characters, setting, problem, and solution.  Sometimes the summary will include the identification of three events.  To assist with summarizing, the teacher presented two anchor charts which will help the students formulate the summary of each chapter of The Whipping Boy.  The fourth graders will also be summarizing the text of their guided reading books.  When reading with your child at home, please ask your fourth grader to summarize what was read.

 

 

Open House will be held on Thursday, September 22nd at 5PM.  All are welcome to learn about the routines and curriculum presented in Room 207.  Students are encouraged to attend so that they can give their parents a tour of the classroom.  Please note that this Open House is not to be a parent-teacher conference but an overview of fourth grade.  If you would like to talk specifically about your child, please make an appointment with Ms. Smith and Ms. Wejman.

 

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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 and Africa due

Read 30 minutes

Letters from Asia and Australia due

Read for 30 minutes
Math Homelink 1.6 Homelink 1.7 Homelink 1.8 Math homework due

 

 

 

September 9th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 12th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of September 12-16th

 

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

Last week, the students generated ideas for their personal narrative writing assignment.  This week, the students will focus on the plot, themselves as the narrator, and the purpose of other characters in their narrative.  First, they will create a “plot mountain” of their narratives.  Ask your fourth grader to identify the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of their narrative.  After identifying the elements of the plot of their own story, they will focus on their actions, words, and thoughts while the event was taking place.  This well help each fourth grader to “show rather than tell” the details of his or her writing.

 

Math: Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.

The first skill of math that will be practiced in fourth grade is place value.  As the fourth graders are learning place value through the hundred-thousands place, they will be comparing numbers, practicing rounding, and using estimation strategies to solve word problems. The hour and a half math block will begin with a fifteen minute teacher led lesson.  After the direct instruction, the students will work with their continents to complete the corresponding pages in their math book for a half an hour.  The next half hour will be dedicated to differentiating instruction to best fit the needs of each student.  Each class will end with an “exit slip” which will assess the student’s understanding of the math objective of the day.  The exit slip will be graded each day and will be recorded as class work.  Math homework will begin today.   Students will be assigned homework based on the lesson taught.  Math homework is due each Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

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

The fourth graders will continue to read The Whipping Boy.  After each chapter, they will work to identify the main idea of the text.  Main idea is a difficult skill for fourth graders.  When reading with your child at home, please ask them to identify the main idea of a paragraph, page, or chapter.  We will be practicing finding the main idea throughout the week.  The fourth grade readers will also be given their guided reading books.  These books are to be kept at school at all times.  During reader’s workshop, the students are reading and completing comprehension activities on a “Bingo Sheet.”  Fourth graders are required to read every night for thirty minutes.  In addition to their daily reading, they are responsible for writing a weekly letter to Miss Wejman or Miss Smith.  Today the fourth graders took home their homework notebook.  In their notebook, they have a rubric and a form letter written to them.    Letters are due on their assigned day based on their continent.  The homework schedule is as follows: North America will write their letter to Miss Smith due every Tuesday.  South America will write their letter to Miss Wejman due every Tuesday.  Europe will write their letter to Miss Smith due every Wednesday.  Africa will write their letter to Miss Wejman due every Wednesday.  Asia will write their letter to Miss Smith due every Thursday.  Australia will write their letter to Miss Wejman due every Thursday.  Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the homework routine.  The teacher will respond to the letter and grade the letter based on the rubric.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 1.2 Homelink 1.3 Homelink 1.4 Homelink 1.5 All math homework due at school
Reading Read for thirty minutes Read for thirty minutes

Letters from North America and South America due

Read for thirty minutes

Letters from Europe and Africa due

Read for thirty minutes

Letters from Asia and Australia due

Read for thirty mintues

 

September 6th, 2016

Welcome to Fourth Grade

Dear Fourth Grade Parents,                                                                                                        September 6, 2016

Welcome to fourth grade!  This year, Room 207 is lucky to have a Michigan State intern co-teaching in fourth grade.  Ms. Smith graduated from Michigan State in May and now is fulfilling her teacher preparation credentials at Ray.  Together we look forward to a positive year with strong parent-teacher communication to best serve the needs of your child.

Every Monday, you will receive a Peek at the Week stating the common core standards, activities, and homework pertaining to each subject.  If you have any further questions, email is the best way to contact both teachers. Ms. Wejman’s email address is jmwejman@cps.edu and Ms. Smith’s email is smit1940@msu.edu. We will always do our personal best to respond to emails in a timely matter. Additionally, we are able to meet before and after school with a scheduled appointment.

This week, the main objective is to acclimate the fourth graders to the routines of Room 207.  Through the CHAMPS classroom management system, the students will learn the expectation of each activity during the school day.  In CHAMPS, students explicitly learn the expectations in terms of conversation level (C), the appropriate way to ask for help (H), the activity (A), movement (M), and participation (P).  When the students are able to follow through with the expectations, they are able to soar to success (S).

To reinforce positive behaviors throughout the school, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) will be implemented at Ray.  In addition to learning the expectation of classroom activities, the fourth graders will also be explicitly taught the behaviors that will be expected in our school. Every week a student from each class will be rewarded for positive behavior with a Student of the Week award.

Another PBIS initiative will be monthly positive character trait themes.  September’s character trait is respect.  Today the students in Room 207 wrote letters to you about how they plan to be respectful at home and school throughout the month.  I encourage you to write a letter back to your child stating how you plan to support their respectful behavior.  Please return the letters to school tomorrow.

Throughout the week, we will be practicing good reading behavior during reader’s workshop.  Since guided reading groups will not begin until next week, it is recommended that students bring in an independent book to read.  The student’s book choice will help to give me an idea of the student’s reading interests.

 

Today in math, the students took their first Tuesday Timed Test answering as many subtraction problems that they could in five minutes.  These tests are not graded but intended to be a fun way to practice facts.  In fourth grade, math facts should be automatic.  If they are not, I encourage students to practice five minutes every day at home.  Throughout the month of September, the students will continue to be tested on subtraction.

From past experience, you probably are aware of all of the important paper work that is required for you to complete.  With that said, parents often feel that they are the ones with all of the homework during the first week of school.  It would be extremely helpful for the school, if you turn in the paperwork as soon as you can.  In addition to the paperwork, the $85 school fee is due as soon as possible.

Even though parents will be inundated with “homework” this week, students will not be assigned homework during the first week of school.  One optional assignment that the students were introduced to today was to bring in a picture of the student on vacation in one of the 50 United States.  Since the social studies curriculum pertains to the regions of the United States, we are going to introduce each other to the regions through places we have already traveled. The pictures will be posted on a bulletin board in the classroom.

This year, the fourth graders will be switching for science, social studies, and writing.  The fourth graders will go to Room 209 for science, Room 206 for social studies, and will begin the day with writing in 207.  We will plan to begin switching classrooms tomorrow.

We look forward to a successful school year!

Kind regards,

 

Ms. Wejman and Ms. Smith

 

 

 

 

 

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