Ms. Wejman

February 27th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 27th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of February 27th-March 3rd

 

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

As the fourth graders are finishing their mysteries this week, the writers will focus on conventions.  Mini-lessons will focus on beginning sentences in a variety of ways, capitalizing proper nouns, spelling words the correct way, and using the appropriate punctuation when using dialogue.  The fourth graders will also use peer editing to help fine tune their writing before it is due on Friday.   

 

Math: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles. As the fourth graders complete their math unit, we will briefly shift our focus from fractions to aspects of geometry (lines, angles, shapes). The fourth graders will explore rotation, iteration of measurement units, and angle measures. They will then be introduced to the degree as a unit to measure angles. Next, they will review line symmetry and explore properties of symmetric shapes. At the end of the week, they will use everything they have previously learned to solve multistep multiplication number stories and express their solution strategies with appropriate units and number models.

 

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

When the students are reading their mysteries this week, they will focus on making an inference from explicit text evidence.  The fourth graders should identify an inference in their homework letters.  Guided reading groups will also focus on the students making an inference from a given excerpt.  

 

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 5-10 Homelink 5-11 Homelink 5-12 Homelink 5-13 Math Homework Due

 

February 10th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 13th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of February 13th-17th

 

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

The students will continue to write their mysteries this week.  Mini-lessons will focus on writing a descriptive exposition, writing the dialogue with the sleuth making a breakthrough, using sensory details, and incorporating transitional words.  

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

This week the students will continue to solve problems dealing with fractions. The students will learn how to add unlike fractions with tenths and hundredths (ex. 2/10 + 45/100). The students will also spend two days learning how to divide an area of land into parts based on a number story, and write a fraction addition equation to represent the partitioning. Then the students will subtract fractions (of the same whole, with like denominators) to solve number stories (ex. 5/10 – 3/10). Last, the students will learn how to subtract mixed numbers by writing equations, drawing diagrams, and solving number stories (ex. 3 ⅔ – 3 ⅓ ).

 

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 readers continue to read mysteries, they will identify the foreshadowing that the author uses to give clues in the text.  The fourth graders will be explicitly taught that foreshadowing is an author’s use of hints or clues to suggest events that will occur later in the story.  When reading with your fourth grader at home, please practice identifying foreshadowing in text.  

 

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 5.5 Homelink 5.6 Homelink 5.7 Homework Due

 

February 2nd, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 6th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of February 6th-10th

 

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

To coincide with the reading unit, the fourth graders will be writing their own mysteries.  This week, the students will receive a list of mystery vocabulary words to assist in writing their mysteries.  They will pick a specific mystery to be solved by a sleuth or detective.  The week will be spent brainstorming details for their mysteries.  For example, they will draw a picture of their suspects, witness, and sleuth.  Along with their illustrations, they will also identify motives and alibis for their suspects, identify a hunch that their sleuth or detective has, and internal characteristics of their witness or witnesses.  The writers will end the week with creating a plot mountain of their mysteries before they spend next week drafting their writing.  

 

Math:  Build fractions from unit fractions.

This week, the students will be using their fraction circle pieces to solve problems dealing with fractions.The students will learn how to decompose fractions into unit fractions. For example, ¾  = ¼ + ¼ + ¼ . The students will also practice finding a whole when given a fractional part of a region (ex. ⅓ + ⅓ + ⅓ = 3/3 or 1 whole). The students will then practice adding fractions of the same whole with like denominators to solve number stories (ex. ⅓ + ⅓ = ⅔). In addition, the students will learn multiple strategies (ex. fraction circles) to add mixed numbers ( ex. 2 ¼ ) with like denominators.

 

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

The students will be introduced to the mystery genre during the third quarter.  This week, they will discuss the structure and be able to identify specific characters as a sleuth, witness, or suspect.  Character motive and alibi will be used to describe the internal characteristic of the specific character.  They will also identify clues and which clues might be a red herring.  Every student will be given a mystery to read in his or her guided reading group.  Ask your fourth grader to identify which mystery he or she is reading.  Because of the new quarters, the students may be sitting in a new continent.  Ask your fourth grader to identify which continent he or she is sitting in so that you know when their homework letter is due.  

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 5.1 Homelink 5.2 Homelink 5.3 Homelink 5.4 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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