Ms. Wejman

December 23rd, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 9th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of January 9th-13th

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

The students will practice strategies to solve problems.  Before students solve problems, they need to make sure to make sense of the problem.  They will also use partial products multiplication to multiply a two digit number by a two digit number. Because the students are taking the middle of the year NWEA on Wednesday and Thursday, there be no math homework on Wednesday and Thursday.  

 

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

Every fourth grader should have a biography that they will be reading in class for the next few weeks.  They should have picked a biography of a person that they would like to dress as for the Fourth Grade Wax Museum which will be held on Thursday, February 2nd.  This week, the students will be reading the biography in class.  As they are reading the biography, they will be identifying ten vocabulary words that are important to the person’s life that they are reading about.  Throughout the week, they will be using context clues to define each word, identifying why the word is important to the person, and drawing an image that describes the word.  The fourth grader will also be identifying supporting details that are important to the person’s life.   

 

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

The writing genre of the month of January will be research.   To prepare the students for African-American history month, every student will be researching a person or event in African-American history that they would like to learn more about.  The students will begin the research unit with generating people and events that they are already familiar with.  From their schema, they will then ask inquiry questions about a person or event  that they would like to know more about.  Before the researching actually begins, they will be instructed on using reliable websites, how to write a bibliography, and the importance of paraphrasing instead of plagiarizing.   Ask your fourth grader what person or event that he or she plans to research.   

 

NWEA

The fourth graders will take the middle of the year assessments on Wednesday and Thursday.  The purpose of the middle of the year assessment is to monitor growth.  If you are interested in knowing your student’s scores, I would be happy to send the reports to you.  

 

Spelling Bee

The Ray School Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, January 13th at 1:45.  Room 207 will choose its two representatives on Wednesday, January 11th during a class Spelling Bee.  All students were given study materials before break.  Every student from Room 207 is given the opportunity to participate in the class spelling bee.  

 

Ms. Pelachyk

For the next four months, Ms. Pelachyk will be our Michigan State intern.  She will assume the same responsibilities and roles that Ms. Smith had during the first four months of school.  Students that wrote homework letters to Miss Smith should now write letters to Ms. Pelachyk.  

 

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 4.8 Homelink 4.9 Math Homework Due Math Homework Due

 

December 16th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 19th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of December 19th-23rd

 

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

The week will begin with an open response.  The students will use multiplication and division to see if they are able to fit one million dollars in a box.  They will use different strategies to prove their answer.  On Wednesday, they will be explicitly taught the partial product multiplication strategy.  Through this strategy, they will multiply numbers by place value.  The students will finish the week with converting kilograms to grams.  

 

Writing: Write informative/ explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

We will begin the week by observing the front and back covers of informational books.  Students are welcome to bring in pictures to use on their front or back cover or throughout the book.  As the writers are finishing their books, they will be focusing on using text features such as a table of contents, bold words, subtitles, and a glossary.  Informational books should be done and be ready for grading on Wednesday.  They should be published on Friday for our publishing party.   All parents are invited to attend our publishing party at 2:45 on Friday.  Students are invited to bring in treats for our celebration.  

 

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

As the students are reading their biographies, they will identify the main idea of the text.  During break, every student is to pick their own biography and bring it to school.  They will choose the person that they want to read about.  For the remainder of the quarter, they will practice using reading strategies with this book.  Every fourth grader is to bring in the biography of their choice on Monday, January 9th.  If they do not bring in their own biography, the teacher will assign a biography to them.  When picking a biography, make sure that it is the appropriate reading level and is someone that the fourth grader is interested in dressing as and learning about.  As a culminating project, they will dress up as this person at a Fourth Grade Wax Museum that will take place on Thursday, February 2nd.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 4.5 Homelink 4.6 Homelink 4.7 Math Homework Due
Reading Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes.
Letters from North America and South America due  
Read for 30 minutes.

Letter from Europe and Africa due.   

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Asia and Australia due.   

Read for 30 minutes.  
December 9th, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 12th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of December 12th-16th

Writing: Write informative/ explanatory  texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

After composing the three body paragraphs of their informational text last week, the fourth grade writers will generate their introductions and conclusions this week.  They will also be introduced to the rubric that will be used to grade their final draft.  For the final draft, they will create a published book made from plastic bags.  In addition to writing the informational text, they will also be responsible for using informational text features such as subtitles, bold words, captions, and pictures.  Some fourth grade writers may be inspired to include a table of contents, glossary, and index as well.  

Math: Use Place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-dig arithmetic.

In the fourth math unit, the students will be multiplying multiple digit numbers.  They will begin the week with identifying a rule to multiply by multiples of ten.  Throughout the week, they will also use estimation to solve word problems, convert liters to milliliters, and use a partitioned rectangle to multiply multiple digit numbers.  Throughout the unit of multiplying multiple digits, the students will not be explicitly taught multiplication the traditional way.  They begin with the partitioning of the rectangle to aid in the understanding of place value.  Later, they will focus on using place value to multiply.  

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

This week, the students will work on their mid-quarter project.  For this project, they will pick one of the biographies that they have read over the past six weeks.  From there, they will create a timeline identifying five important events in the person’s life.  They need to display the timeline in a creative way with an image that describes the person.  Finally, they need to write a summary that describes what they learned about the person in the biography.  All of the necessary requirements were stated on a rubric that the students received.  To create the project, they will all receive a large piece of construction paper.  If students want to use additional materials, they are welcome to bring in supplies from home.  

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 thirty minutes.

Letters from

Asia and Australia due

Read for thirty minutes.  
Math Homelink 4.1 Homelink 4.2 Homelink 4.3 Homelink 4.4 Math Homework Due
December 2nd, 2016

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 5th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of December 5th-9th

Math: Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.  

On Wednesday and Thursday the students will take the Chapter 3 Tests.  On Wednesday’s Test, they will solve fraction word problems, shade a fraction of a whole, identify equivalent fractions, identify fractions on a number line, convert fractions to decimals, compare decimals, convert centimeters to millimeters, and use different strategies to compare fractions.  Thursday’s Test will be the open response portion of the Unit 3 Assessment.  On this day, they will be presented with a situation where they will have to determine the answer by comparing fractions.  To prepare for this, students should practice drawing out fractions in order to compare them.  

Writing: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas information clearly.  

During the month of December, the students will be writing informative text.  They will begin the writing unit with creating an expert list to identify subjects that they know a lot about..  From there, they will pick an item on the list to free write.  They will then create an outline to organize their writing into three specific subcategories.  The remainder of the week will be spent writing the three body paragraphs.  Focus will be placed on using precise language and domain-specific vocabulary.  

Reading: Describe the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of text.

The fourth graders will continue to read biographies.  As they are reading their specific biography, they will identify the most important event in the life of the person that they are reading about.  They will identify the cause of that particular event.  

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 3.13 Homelink

3.8

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 and Africa due.   Read for 30 minutes.  Letters from Asia and Australia due.   Read for 30 minutes.  
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