Ms. Wejman

September 30th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 2nd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 2nd-6th

 

Writing: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

During the month of October, the fourth graders will focus on responding to a prompt, specifically from the PARCC Test.  This week, they will read a story and change the point of view from third person to first person.  Mini-lessons will focus on beginning sentences in a variety of ways and writing an unforgettable ending.  The writers will also use our general rubric to grade student samples of fourth graders responding to the same prompt.  

 

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 graders finished reading Whipping Boy last Friday.  As a culminating activity, they will create a book cover to showcase the reading skills that they have learned during the first five weeks of fourth grade.  The cover will illustrate a character trait, the inside front cover will identify the main idea and theme, the inside back cover will show an inference supported with explicit text evidence, and the back cover will include a summary.  The students received a rubric of this assignment and will work on this book cover completely at school.  This grade will account as an assessment.  Book reports are due this week on Tuesday.  During the second week of school, the students received a Book Report form.  Additional forms are found on my blog.  In guided reading groups, the fourth grade readers will focus on inference.  

 

Math

Because of the first Unit Test, there will be no formal math lessons taught this week.  As a result, there will be no math homework assigned.  As a reminder math skills assessed on the test include place value, comparing numbers, rounding numbers to the nearest hundred and hundred thousand, word problems, estimation, adding and subtracting numbers in the hundreds, converting yards to feet, identifying right angles, and finding the perimeter.  On Wednesday’s open response assessment, the students will explain different ways that students use subtraction.  The students will have an opportunity to correct their errors.  When they bring their test home, please ask your fourth grader if each error was a silly mistake or if the concept is still difficult.  If there is still a concept that is challenging for your fourth grader, please let me know,  I will be sure to work with your fourth grader on this skill.  Because multiplication is a large focus of Unit 2, the Tuesday Timed Tests for October will be multiplication.  Please practice multiplication facts with your fourth grader at home.  

 

Walking Math

Every Friday, all of the fourth graders are divided into three different groups to either “walk” to Room 206, 207, or 209 for math.  If you have a question regarding your fourth grader’s walking math placement, please let me know.  

 

Message from Ray PTO:

Our fall fundraiser is underway!  You should have received an Affy Tapple order form with instructions in your student’s folder (if not, you can download them online here .  Order forms and checks are due Friday, October 13.  Please take orders from friends, family, neighbors and co-workers – you’ll be pleased to find many people want to support our school!  Incentives and prizes awarded to individual students and classrooms!

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Unit 1 Math Test Open Response Test
Reading Read The Power of W.O.W. . Book Report Due Complete Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due

 

September 29th, 2017

Homework ~ Week of October 2nd

Monday, October 2nd

This week for homework, read The Power of W.O.W. by Crystal Hubbard.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.  

Use each vocabulary word on pages 90 and 91 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Complete the Take Action activity on page 105 in five or more sentences.   Answer the stop and think question on page 99 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 104. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 93. Complete the Text to Text activity found on page 109.  Your answer must be in five or more sentences.
Complete the Text to Self Activity on page 109.  Your answer must be in five or more sentences. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this play.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.
September 22nd, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 25th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of September 25th-29th

 

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

Throughout the month of September, the fourth grade writers practiced a variety of writing skills as they wrote about an event that happened to them over the summer.  This week, they will put all of the skills together to compose a final draft of an event that happened to them.  They will begin the week with receive a rubric identifying how their narrative final draft will be graded.  Skills graded include plot, use of dialogue, description, word choice, and correct conventions.  Throughout the week, the students will be reminded of appropriate paragraph breaks, strategies to correctly spell words, and revising writing to make it more clear.  Every fourth grader will work with a partner to peer edit each other’s work.  While working with a partner, they will tell a compliment, ask three questions, and give advice.  Ask your fourth grader what event he or she is choosing to write about for his or her final draft.  

 

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

As the students finish, The Whipping Boy, they will identify the theme of the book.  The fourth graders will learn that theme is a lesson or idea that the writer wants to teach to the reader.  They will also identify the theme of their guided reading book supported with text evidence.  Ask your fourth grader to identify the theme of the book that he or she is reading at home.  

 

Math: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

We will end the last week of Unit 1 learning geometry skills.  First, we will convert between yards, feet, and inches.  Then, we will explore properties of points, line segments, lines, rays, angles, triangles, and quadrilaterals.  At the end of the week, we will develop a formula for finding the perimeter of a rectangle.  With the end of the Unit, the students will be administered the first math assessment on Tuesday, October 3rd.  The students will be tested on place value, comparing numbers, rounding numbers, estimating and solving a multi-step problem, using the US traditional method to add and subtract, converting yards to feet, and finding the perimeter of a rectangle.  On Wednesday October 4th, they will complete the Open Response Portion of the assessment.  On this portion of the test, they will critique how two students subtracted in two different ways. If you would like me to practice any specific skill with your child before next week’s test, please let me know.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 1-10 Homelink 1-11 Homelink 1-12 Homelink 1-13 Math Homework Due
Reading Read How Tia Lola Came to Stay.  Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due.  
September 22nd, 2017

Homework ~ Week of September 25th

Monday, September 25, 2017

This week for homework, read How Tia Lola Came to Stay by Julia Alvarez.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and underlined title of the story.

Use each vocabulary word on pages 68 and 69 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the text to self activity on page 85 in five or more sentences. Answer the stop and think question on page 75 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 78. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 71. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 77 in five or more sentences.
Complete the Snowy Surprise activity on page 81. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this story.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

September 18th, 2017

Homework ~ Week of September 18th

Monday, September 18, 2017

This week for homework, read A Sister Remembers Growing up with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Christine King Farris.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.

Use each vocabulary word on pages 42 and 43 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the text to self-activity on page 63. Answer the stop and think question on page 50 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 55. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 45. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 57 in five or more sentences.
Complete the text to text activity on page 63 using a Venn Diagram. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this story.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

September 15th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~Week of September 18th

Peek at the Week

Week of September 18th

Room 207

 

Writing: Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.

The theme of the week in writing is word choice.  As the writers continue to write dialogue in their writing, they will use other words to substitute said.  They will also be inspired to incorporate figurative language, descriptive words, and sensory imagery through reading excerpts of children’s literature classics,  A Wrinkle in Time and Owl Moon.  Additionally, they will use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events of their narrative.  

 

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

The reading skill of the week is summarizing text.  The students will be reminded that a summary is more detailed than a main idea but should only include the most important details of what was read.  When writing summaries, students will be taught to try to include the who, what, where, why, and when of the story.  They will be encouraged to write summaries that are not too lengthy but approximately three-five sentences.  Sometimes it is appropriate to include the problem/solution and theme in the summary.  We will be practicing efficient ways to summarize text throughout the week.  Ask your fourth grader to summarize the book that he or she is reading at home.  

 

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

This week, we will use the US traditional method to add and subtract numbers in the hundreds place. We will review other strategies to use as well. Before the fourth graders find the actual answer, they should first estimate to see if their answer makes sense.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, the students will receive the first open response problem.  They will use place value to identify a pattern.  From there, they will explain their work.   

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 1.7 Homelink 1.6 Homelink 1.8 Homelink 1.9 Math Homework Due
Reading Read A Sister Remembers. Complete three Tic-Tac-Toe activities Tic-Tac-Toe activities due

 

September 11th, 2017

Reading Homework ~ Week of September 11th

September 11, 2017

This week for homework, read Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.

Use each vocabulary word on pages 18 and 19 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the text to self activity on page 37. Answer the stop and think question on page 26 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 25. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 21. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 32.
Complete the text to text activity on page 37 using a Venn Diagram. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this story.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question on page 23 in five or more sentences.

 

September 11th, 2017

First Quarter Book Report

Every five weeks, you will be required to complete a book report which will be counted as part of the project portion of your grade.  Since we are reading fiction books during the first quarter, the first two book reports should be about a fiction book that you have read at home. The first book report will be due Tuesday, October 3rd.  

Name: __________________________________________________

Title of the book: ___________________________________________

Author of the book: _________________________________________

Fiction Genre: _____________________________________________

 

Please answer in complete sentences.  

 

  1. Who is the protagonist of the book? What is a character trait to describe this character? What are actions, words, and thoughts to give evidence to this character trait?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

  1. What is the setting of this story?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

  1. What is your favorite part of the book? Why was it your favorite? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. What was the problem of the story? How was the problem solved? If the problem was not resolved, how would you have solved the problem?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1. How does the story end? How could the story have ended differently?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1.  Make a prediction.  If there was a sequel to this story, what do you think would happen next?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1.  Name a person in Room 207 that you would recommend this book to.  Why would you recommend that this person should read this book?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

September 8th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 11th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of September 11th-15th

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

The writers will begin the week with creating a plot mountain of the narrative that they began writing last week.  Throughout the week, mini-lessons will pertain to using dialogue and description.  They will use text from The Whipping Boy, to review rules used when writing dialogue, how a character responds to an event, and incorporating figurative language to enhance description.  Encourage your fourth grader to tell  you about his or her narrative.  

 

Math: Generalize place value understanding for whole numbers.

Throughout the week, place value strategies will be reinforced.  For example, they will be comparing and rounding numbers to a specific place value.  They will also use estimation strategies in order to help them make sense of solving word problems.  Homework will begin this week.  The fourth graders will do a Homelink each night. If a student has difficulty with a specific problem, please bring the book to school the next day.  It is the student’s responsibility to ask for help before the Homelink book is due on Friday.

 

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

Reading Homework begins this week in Room 207.  Every fourth grader was given a Journey’s book.  Each week, they will be assigned a new story to read in the Journey’s book.  They were also given a Tic Tac Toe sheet.  Every fourth grader has the duration of the week, to complete the three Tic Tac Toe activities of his or her choice.  The three activities should be completed in the fourth grader’s purple homework notebook.  The Tic Tac Toe sheet should be cut out and glued to the purple notebook.  All purple notebooks will be due every Friday.  Tic Tac Toe sheets can also be found on the Room 207 blog.  If a student has difficulty with a specific reading task, please bring it to school before Friday.  The teacher will help the student.  

Guided reading groups will also be initiated this week.  Every student was given a book to read at his or her specific level.  Each fourth grader’s group will meet with the teacher once a week.  The other students will either be reading or working on their Bingo Sheet.  On a Bingo Sheet, the each student will pick five reader’s response activities to complete before Friday.  This will be a classwork grade.  

While we continue to read The Whipping Boy, the students will be practicing identifying main idea of specific chapters.  When reading with your fourth grader at home, ask them to identify the main idea of an excerpt of a text.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 1.2 Homelink 1.3 Homelink 1.4 Homelink 1.5 Math Homework Due
Reading Read Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo found in the Journey’s book.  Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities in homework notebook.   Tic Tac Toe activities due in Homework notebook.  

 

September 5th, 2017

General Room 207 Rubric

 

 

 

September 5th, 2017

Room 207 Schedule

Room 207 Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:45-8:55 Arrival Arrival Buddies Arrival Arrival
8:55-9:30 Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop
9:30-11 Math Math Math Math Math
11-12 Art Physical Education Art Art Physical Education
12-12:45 Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess
12:45-1 Class Meeting Class Meeting Class Meeting Class Meeting Class Meeting
1-2 Reader’s Workshop Reader’s Workshop Reader’s Workshop Reader’s Workshop Reader’s Workshop
2-2:45 Science Social Studies Science Science Science
2:45-3:30 Social Studies Social Studies Science Social Studies Social Studies
3:30-3:45 Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal

 

September 5th, 2017

Welcome Letter

Dear Fourth Grade Parents,                                                                                                    September 5, 2017

Welcome to fourth grade!  This year, Room 207 is lucky to have a Michigan State intern co-teaching in fourth grade.  Ms. Aron 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. Aron’s email is aronemil@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.  We 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.

This year, Ray School has adapted Second Step which is a social and emotional curriculum.  In Room 207, students will be taught the lessons during our class meeting which will be held immediately after lunch.  This week’s theme is empathy.

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 us an idea of the student’s reading interests. Whipping Boy will be our whole class read aloud for the first five weeks of the school year.  The students will practice the reading skill of the week through the read aloud.  This week’s reading skill is identifying character trait.  To begin our study on character trait, each fourth grader identified a character trait to describe him or herself.  Ask your child to tell you the character trait that he or she picked and the reason why.  Additionally, tell your child a character trait that explains your personality and why it describes who you are.  Furthermore, have your child tell you about Whipping Boy and the characters in the book.

 

 

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, we encourage students to practice five minutes every day at home.  Throughout the month of September, the students will continue to be tested on subtraction facts.  Today, the students also took a beginning of the year assessment in math.  This test will not be graded but used to determine each fourth graders’ current skills.

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 in Room 207 will be switching for science, social studies, and writing.  The fourth graders will go to Room 209 for science with Ms. Pfeiffer, Room 206 for social studies with Dr. James, and will begin the day with writing in 207 with Ms. Wejman and Ms. Aron.  We will plan to begin switching classrooms tomorrow.  Please consult each individual teacher’s blog for class activities and assignments.

Our first writing genre of the year in writing will be narrative.  We will begin with collecting fun stories of what the fourth graders did this summer.  Throughout the month, the writing mini-lessons will focus on the common core objectives for narrative writing such as dialogue, description, and word choice.  The fourth graders will practice these techniques through a writing about an event that happened to him or her.  Ask your fourth grader to tell you about his or her writing narrative list of ideas.

Grades will be entered in daily on IMPACT.  The fourth grade team has established a consistent grading system for math and reading.  In both reading and math, assessments will account for 40% of the grade, classwork for 30%, homework for 15%, and projects for 15%.   In writing, the completion of daily writing work will be 50% of the grade and final drafts will account for the remaining 50%.  A general rubric will be used to grade homework and classwork.  This rubric, will be posted in the classroom, is on our blog, and has been sent home today.

The fourth graders will take their beginning of the year NWEA tests on Wednesday, September 6th and Thursday, September 7th.  The results of these tests will be important for helping with differentiating each child’s specific learning needs.

We look forward to a successful school year!

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Ms. Wejman and Ms. Aron

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