Ms. Wejman

October 28th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 30th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 30th-November 3rd

 

Reading: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.

Because it is the last week of the quarter, the fourth graders will be assigned their final reading assessment.  Once again, they will create a book cover highlighting the reading skills that were taught throughout the first quarter (character trait, main idea, theme, inferencing, and summarizing).  Instead of using Whipping Boy, they will use the guided reading book of their choice.  Ask your fourth grader which book they will be using.  Guided reading group discussions will focus on character trait supported with text evidence.  A frequent misconception that fourth graders have is that a character trait is an emotion.  Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be reminded that a character trait is a characteristic that defines a character.

 

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

Students will begin their new writing unit on opinion pieces.  Throughout November, fourth graders will be learning how to write opinion pieces by examining four Scholastic Kids debate topics that they have read in Social Studies.  Students will start with reading and writing about whether or not fidget spinners should be banned at schools.  Organizational strategies to brainstorm ideas will be taught, such as generating a Yes/No T-chart and an OREO layout (opinion, reasons, explanations, opinion).  Audience is also important to consider when writing opinion pieces, so students will be reading The Day the Crayons Quit to help in discussing the audience for their own writing.  Students will end the week learning about the components of an opinion piece introduction–a luring lead, introducing the topic, and stating their stance.  Ask your fourth grader about their opinion on whether or not fidget spinners should be banned in schools and why they think that.

 

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

To start the week, students will classify quadrilaterals by their properties and be given manipulatives to support them in their understanding.  Since it is the last week of the quarter, the students will be given the Cumulative Test on Tuesday.  Concepts assessed include place value, adding and subtracting numbers in the hundreds place, perimeter, estimation, and word problems.  The students will take the Unit 2 Test on Wednesday.  Concepts assessed on this test include drawing arrays, factors, multiples, area, converting hours to minutes, word problems, identifying right angles, identifying properties of a quadrilateral, symmetry, and multiplication.  Please let me know if there is a specific skill that you would like me to practice with your fourth grader.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 2.11 Homelink 2.12 Homelink 2.13 Math Homework Due No School
Reading Read Me and Uncle Romie. Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities. Tic Tac Toe Activities Due No School

 

October 27th, 2017

Reading Homework~ Week of October 30th

Monday, October 30, 2017

This week for homework, read Me and Uncle Romie by Claire Hartfield.  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 196 and 197 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Independently complete the Plan a Tour activity found on page 213. Answer the stop and think question on page 203 in five or more sentences. Identify evidence of why this story is told in the first or third person. Why do you think the author wrote in this person?
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 204. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 199. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 206 in five or more sentences.  
Complete the Write About Gifts activity found on page 213. 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.

 

October 20th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 23rd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 23rd-27th

 

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

Throughout the month of October, the fourth graders have been responding to a prompt after reading a passage.  During the last full of week of October, the writers of fourth grade will use the writing skills that they have learned to respond to one last prompt as the final draft of the month.  All of the students will use a rubric to indicate how their writing is being graded.  Skills that will be graded include identifying theme, using text evidence to support the theme, using transitional words, paragraph breaks, beginning sentences with a variety of words, and conventions. To assist with spelling words the correct way, the fourth graders will be using the Internet.  Encourage your fourth grader to use the Internet to spell words correctly at home.  Ask your fourth grader to tell you about their final draft.  

 

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

The readers of fourth grade will revisit summarizing text.  All of the fourth graders know that a good summary is usually three-five sentences and consists of the who, what, where, why, and when of what was read in the text.  The second book report of the quarter is due on Friday.  Additional copies can be found on the Room 207 blog.

 

Math: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic; draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

Fourth graders will begin the week converting between different units of time to solve number stories.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, they will interpret and solve multiplicative comparison equations and number stories.  Students will also learn how to classify triangles by their angle properties.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 2.7 Homelink 2.8 Homelink 2.9 Homelink 2.10 Math Homework Due
Reading Read Coming Distractions Questioning Movies. Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due

 

October 20th, 2017

Reading Homework ~ Week of October 24th

Monday, October 24, 2017

This week for homework, read Coming Distractions Questioning Movies by Frank W. Baker.  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 172 and 173 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Complete the Stop and Think on page 184. Identify the meaning of the movie jargon.    Answer the stop and think question on page 181 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 179. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 175. Complete the Analyze a Film activity on page 187 in five or more sentences.
Complete the text to text activity on page 191 in five or more sentences. 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.
October 16th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 16th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 16th-20th

 

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

This week, the fourth graders will write an essay identifying the theme of a poem.  In their essay, they use text evidence to support their theme.  Mini-lessons that will help them to write their essay include using paragraph breaks and transitional words.  The writers will also be given a graphic organizer that will support with editing their writing.  

 

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

In guided reading groups, the students will be identifying the main idea and theme.  All of the readers should know the difference between the two.  All of the fourth graders should know that the theme is a lesson or moral that can be applied to everyday life and is not specific to the story.  They should know that the main idea is specific to the story and identifies what the story is about in a sentence.  

 

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

The fourth graders will continue to learn multiplication terminology as they define multiples.  Ask your fourth grader to differentiate between factors and multiples.  They will further explore factors as they differentiate between prime and composite numbers.  Unit 2’s Open Response Problem will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.  Through this task, they will use multiplicative reasoning to make a prediction.  On Wednesday, they will work with their continent to make the conjecture.  Thursday’s class will be spent looking at student work and revising their own work independently.  They will also be presented with a challenge task.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 2.4 Homelink 2.5 Homelink 2.6 Math Homework Due
Reading Read Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude.  Complete Three Tic Tac Toe Activities.   Tic Tac Toe Activities Due.  

 

October 13th, 2017

Reading Homework ~ Week of October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017

This week for homework, read Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley.  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 146 and 147 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Complete the Short Response activity on page 163 in five or more sentences.   Answer the stop and think question on page 155 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 159. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 149. Complete the Text to Text activity found on page 137 using a Venn Diagram.  
Complete the Draw a Cartoon Activity found on page 163 independently. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this fairy tale.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

October 10th, 2017

Book Report #2

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 Friday, October 27th

 

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?

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  1. Go back in the story and make an inference.

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Identify the explicit text evidence with the page number that supports the inference.____________________________________________________

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3.What is the main idea?  ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________4. What is the theme? __________________________________________

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  1. Why do you think this is the theme? ____________________________________________________________

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  1.  Summarize this story in three-five sentences.  

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  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?

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  1.  Draw a picture of the protagonist in the setting of the story.  Write a caption to explain what is happening in the picture.  
October 10th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 6th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 10th-13th

 

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

Once again, the fourth graders will be responding to a writing prompt after reading a passage.  This week, the students will imagine that like the protagonist in the story, they find a pair of wacky shoes that won’t come off.  They will re-write the original story creating characters, setting, and events.  Mini-lessons will focus on beginning a story with a luring lead, using dialogue, and writing with descriptive words.  

 

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 will continue making inferences in the text.  They will use explicit text evidence to support their inferences.  Please practice making inferences with your fourth grader at home.  The students received a new book report for the next half of the quarter.  This book report will be due on Friday, October 27th.  

 

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

The fourth graders will begin Unit 2 of math, which is about multiplication and geometry.  On Tuesday, the students will start off the week by reviewing rectangular arrays and exploring patterns in square numbers.  Then, students will develop a formula to solve for areas of rectangles.  Students will also work with factor pairs, arrays, and corresponding equations.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Stormalong.  Complete Three Tic Tac Toe Activities Tic Tac Toe Activities due.  
Math Homelink 2.1 Homelink 2.3 Homelink 2.3 Math Homework Due.

 

October 6th, 2017

Homework ~ Week of October 10th

Tuesday, October 10th

This week for homework, read Stormalong by Mary Pope Osborne.  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 114 and 115 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Using a Venn Diagram, complete the Text to Text activity on page 137.   Answer the stop and think question on page 126 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 120. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 117. Complete the Short Response Activity on Page 133 in five or more sentences.  
Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 129 in five or more sentences. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this tall tale. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

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