Ms. Wejman

November 25th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 28th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 29th-December 2nd

Reading: 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 continue to read biographies, they will be making inferences in the text. Guided reading groups will be centered around answering inferential questions.  While the students are working independently, they will be “lifting a line.” This reading activity involves the students taking a line from the text and writing five sentences about the  particular sentence.  In their five sentences, they should be including their own opinions, making an inference, and elaborating on how this sentence pertains to the life of the particular person.  The students have been told that they should “lift a line” from their independent book and elaborate on the particular line in their homework letter.  

Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

This week, students will be wrapping up the publishing portion of the opinion piece unit. On Monday, the fourth graders will work together to complete a TAG sheet. On their TAG sheet, they will Tell a compliment, Ask three questions, and Give advice. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the fourth graders will use the opinion writing rubric to assess their own work as well as revise their work. The fourth graders will wrap up the opinion writing unit by reading other students’ opinion pieces and giving other students compliments on their work.

To read your student’s opinion piece, log on to https://storybird.com/parents/ and enter the password UDH86.

Math: Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions. Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements.

This week in math, students will evolve their understanding of converting fractions to decimals. At the beginning of the week, the fourth graders will be using base-10 blocks to compare decimals in the tenths place to those in the hundredths place. By the end of the week, the fourth graders will begin using decimals in the context of measurement. The fourth graders will be able to use their understanding of decimals to convert millimeters to centimeters.Ask your fourth grader to show you what he or she has learned about comparing decimals.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading 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

Read for 30 minutes
Math Home-links 3-9 Home-links 3-10 Home-links 3-11 Home-links 3-12 Math homework due
November 18th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 21st

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 21st-22nd

Reading: Explain events, procedures, ideas or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.  

As the fourth graders continue to read biographies, they will be reading for specific events in the life of the person that they are reading about in the book.  They will identify a cause or effect of the event.  When reading with your fourth grader at home, ask your fourth grader to identify the cause or effect of the event.  Because of the short week, there will be no reading homework this week.  Please make sure that your fourth grader reads for thirty minutes every day during the long weekend.  

Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information

At this point in the opinion writing unit, students should have completed a revised opinion piece. Your fourth grader’s opinion piece should have an introduction, three paragraphs with reasons to support their opinion, and a persuasive conclusion. On Monday and Tuesday, students will begin to input their opinion pieces using the iPads on Story Bird. Each fourth grader will be expected to follow the opinion piece rubric when submitting his or her final opinion piece. Ask your fourth grader to share his or her completed opinion piece with you.

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering, build fractions from unit fractions, understand decimal notation for fractions and compare decimals to fractions.

This week, students will learn strategies to order fractions and place them on a number line. On Monday, the fourth graders will understand how to compare fractions using a common numerator, a common denominator, or benchmark fractions. On Tuesday, the fourth graders will use their background knowledge on place value to convert fractions to decimals.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 3.7 Homework Due
Reading Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes.
November 11th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 14th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 14th-18th

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

The focus of reading in the second quarter will be on reading informational text.  More specifically, the fourth graders will be reading biographies.  Instead of working on a Bingo Sheet, they will need to write a letter to the subject of the biography.  In their letter, they will have to identify the main idea of the text, describe the person with a character trait with evidence from the text, state what they would do if they would meet the person, and ask a question that is pertinent to the person from the text that they read.  The students were read a sample letter of what is expected.  The readers will also meet in their guided reading books to discuss what they learned from reading the biography.  

Writing: Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition.). Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.

This week in writing, the students are going to continue writing their opinion pieces. On Monday, the fourth graders will be provided with a list of transition words to use in their writing. They will use this transition word list to create smooth transitions moving from one paragraph to the next. On Tuesday, they will examine their word choice. The students will go through their writing and revise their word choice. On Wednesday and Thursday, the students will begin to construct their concluding statements. Ask your fourth grader to explain to you their opinion and their three supporting reasons.

Math:Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.  

This week, the students will begin to further extend their understanding of equivalent fractions. On Monday, the will learn why n*a/n*b is the same as a/b. On Tuesday, the fourth graders will complete and open response fraction comparison word problem. Starting Wednesday, the fourth graders will look at student samples and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the sample’s explanations and models. They will then revise their own work and mathematical models. Finally, the students will begin to compare fractions with different numerators and denominators. By the end of the week, students should be students should be able to explain and model fraction comparisons.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes.  
Math Homelink 3.4 Homelink 3.5 Homelink 3.6 Math Homework Due
November 4th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 7th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 7th-10th

 

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

Because of the short week, we will not meet in guided reading groups or have a Bingo Sheet due.  Instead, the students will work in their continent groups to define unfamiliar words.  On Monday, they will all receive a previously read text.  From there, they will circle unfamiliar words and use context clues to define the word with their continent.  They will then check their definition, write their word in a sentence, illustrate an image of the word, and present their word to the class.  At home, please encourage your fourth grader to use context clues when they encounter an unfamiliar word.  Since Monday marks the first day of the quarter, the students received new continent seating assignments.  Ask your fourth grader to tell you which continent they will be sitting in for the second quarter.  New seating arrangements mean that their reading homework due date might change.  For this week, letters from North America, South America, and Europe will be due on Tuesday.  Letters from Africa, Asia, and Australia will be due on Thursday.

 

Writing: Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.

This week, the students will begin to support their claims in their opinion pieces. On Monday, they will generate three strong reasons to support their opinion. On Tuesday, the students will be researching their issue on the class iPads. They will need to find an article that has factual evidence to support their reasons. Thursday, the students will continue to read their chosen articles and pick out the strongest pieces of evidence. Please ask your fourth grader what issue they have decided to write an opinion piece on.

 

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

In math, students will begin to strengthen their understanding of fractions. Monday, the students will begin solving word problems that ask them to decide if different fractions are equivalent. On Tuesday, the students will use their fraction circles to better understand equivalent fractions. On Thursday, the students will begin to order fractions on number lines, and will use the number line to visualize the order of fractions. Please ask your fourth grader to define the vocabulary terms whole, unit, denominator, and numerator.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 3.1 Home Link 3.2 Home Link 3.3 Math Homework Due  
     Reading Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from North America, South America, and Europe due.

Read for 30 minutes.

 

 

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Africa, Asia, and Australia due.

Read for 30 minutes.

 

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