Ms. Wejman

November 22nd, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 27th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 27th-December 1st

 

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

As the students continue to read biographies, they will focus on cause and effect.  Guided reading group conversations will question the student on identifying the effect of a particular event that happened to the subject of the reader’s book.  At home, focus on the cause and effect of your fourth grader’s independent book. Ask your fourth grader both the cause and effect of certain events.  Informational book reports are due on Thursday, November 30th.  Forms can be found on the blog.  Every fourth grader is required to report on a book of the biography, autobiography, or informational genre.  

 

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

This week, students will be learning more about decimals.  To start off, they will use base-10 block manipulatives to model decimals.  They will then use base-10 blocks and grids to help them read and write decimal numbers to the hundredths place.  Your child will then apply their knowledge of decimals to the context of measurement to write measurements in decimal notation and convert metric units.

 

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

Fourth graders will continue writing their final draft opinion piece, which is due November 29.  They will edit and revise their own writing by using an editor’s checklist and incorporating transitional words, as well as a peer’s writing by using TAG (tell a compliment, ask questions, give advice) sheet.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read The Screech Owl Who Liked Television. Complete the three Tic-Tac-Toe activities. Tic-Tac-Toe activities due.
Math Homelink 3.7 Homelink 3.8 Homelink 3.9 Homelink 3.10 Math Homework Due

 

November 22nd, 2017

Homework ~ Week of November 27th

Monday, November 27, 2017

This week for homework, read The Screech Owl Who Liked Television by Jean Craighead George.  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 274 and 275 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the text to self-activity on page 295.  Lease respond in five or more sentences. Complete the comic strip activity on page 291.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 289. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 277. Answer the Stop and Think question on page on 286. Explain the meaning of the simile.
Complete the text to text activity on page 295 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.

 

November 17th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 20th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 20th-21st

 

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

During this short week, the students will continue to read biographies and focus on the main idea of the text.  They will need to identify two details to support their main idea.  Furthermore, they will specifically indicate how the details support the main idea.  Because of the short week, there will be no homework.  Informational text biographies will be due on Thursday, November 30th.  Students have been encouraged to borrow  a book from our classroom library for this informational text biography.  

 

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering; understand decimal notation for fractions and compare decimal fractions.

Fourth graders will discuss strategies for comparing fractions, such as finding a common denominator or using a mathematical model.  This will help them to order fractions accurately on number lines.  Students will also be introduced to the relationship between fractions and decimals by modeling tenths with fraction circles.

 

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

Fourth graders will start writing about the final topic of the opinion writing unit, which is whether or not schools should allow cell phones in classrooms.  This week, they will be given the rubric for their final draft, which is due November 29.  Students will also learn more on how to incorporate anecdotes into their opinion writing.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading No reading homework because of the short week.  
Math Homelink 3.7 Math Homework Due

 

November 10th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 13th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 13th-17th

 

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

As the fourth graders are reading their biography guided reading book, they will be identifying the main idea supporting it with at least two details.  Ask your fourth grader who they are reading about in their guided reading group.  

 

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

Writers will focus on a new topic this week about whether or not plastic bags should be banned in stores.  They will again OREO annotate the new article to support them in understanding opinion writing organization.  Skills taught this week will be using appropriate paragraph breaks, having a variety of sentence starters, and incorporating anecdotes to support reasons.  Students can draw connections with this issue due to the plastic bag tax in Chicago–ask your fourth grader about what they think about this topic and their reasons for it.

 

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

Students will begin the week with the Unit 3 Open Response and Re-Engagement that focuses on using mathematical models to compare fractions.  Fourth graders will then discuss the problems and revise their work.  On Thursday, students will compare fractions in number stories.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Jose Born to Dance.  Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe Activities Due
Math Homelink 3.5 No School Report Card Pick Up   Homelink 3.6 Math Homework Due

 

November 10th, 2017

Homework ~ Week of November 13th

Monday, November 13, 2017

This week for homework, read Jose Born to Dance by Susanna Reich.  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 246-247 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Complete the Write a Poem activity on page 261. Answer the stop and think question on page 253 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 256. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 249. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 260 in five or more sentences.  
Complete the Letter to a Young Dancer activity on page 261.  Your letter must be in correct letter format and must be at least five 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.
November 6th, 2017

Second 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 reading grade.  Since we are reading non-fiction books during the second quarter, the two book reports this quarter should be about a nonfiction book that you have read at home. The second book report will be due Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Name: __________________________________________________

Title of the book: ___________________________________________

Author of the book: _________________________________________

Non-Fiction Genre: ____________________________________________

Why did you choose to read this nonfiction book?

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What facts did you learn from reading this nonfiction book?

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What is the main idea of this book?

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While you are reading, make an inference.

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What specific text evidence did you use to make your inference?

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Identify an unfamiliar word as you are reading.  ______________________

Use context clues to define the word.

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Define the word in the dictionary.  

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Use the word in a sentence.

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Summarize this book.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Who in 207 would you recommend this book to? Why would you recommend this book to that person?

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Draw a picture that represents the book.  Write a caption to describe your picture.   

 

November 3rd, 2017

Homework ~ Week of November 6th

Monday, November 6th

This week for homework, read Dear Mr. Winston by Ken Roberts.  By Thursday, 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 222 and 223 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Complete the Venn Diagram found on page 241 for the Text to Text activity. Answer the stop and think question on page 228. Identify a question that you have and make a prediction about what you think the answer will be.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 235. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 225. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 236 in five or more sentences.  
Complete the Write  a Reply activity found on page 237. 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.

 

November 3rd, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 2nd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 6th-10th

 

Reading: Use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or a phrase.  

As we begin the second quarter, the students will begin reading informational text specifically focusing on biographies.  Throughout the second quarter, students will meet in guided reading groups to discuss what they learned about the person that they read in the biography.  This week, the students will use context clues to define unfamiliar words.  Since we are focusing on nonfiction this quarter, they will be required to read a nonfiction book for their book report.  Of the nonfiction subtopics, they can choose an autobiography, biography, or informational book. Every student received a book report form.  You can find this on my blog as well.  Book reports will be due on Thursday, November 30th.  

 

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

Students will continue with the opinion writing unit by reading a new Scholastic Kids article about whether or not schools should be year-round.  Writers will again OREO annotate this article to start the week.  They will then learn about how to write a luring lead and introduction in opinion pieces.  We will then focus on writing our opinion pieces using three reasons and at least two examples to support each reason.  At the end of the week, students will incorporate transitional words to organize their writing even more.  Ask your fourth grader what their opinion about this is and what reasons and examples they have to support it.

 

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

Unit 3 will start with students solving number stories that involve equally shared quantities and equivalent fractions.  Students will then use mathematical models like fraction circles and number lines to help them recognize and generate equivalent fractions.  Using this knowledge, students will then analyze patterns in order to figure out a rule for forming equivalent fractions.

 

Report Card Pick-Up

Wednesday, November 15th is report card pick-up. Every fourth grader received a preference form.  Please identify your top three preference times.  Students will be given their preferred time on a first come, first serve basis.  

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 3.1 Homelink 3.2 Homelink 3.3 Homelink 3.4 Math Homework Due
Reading Read Dear Mr. Winston.  Complete the three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe Activities Due

Note from Miss Aron: During the last two units in math, I have been teaching parts of our math block with Ms. Wejman.  With the start of Unit 3 this week in 207, I will be lead teaching.  I am excited to be teaching this unit on fractions and decimals to your child as these two concepts are naturally encountered in our daily lives.  Whenever your child is sharing food or items among friends or family, for example, they are splitting up parts of a whole (hopefully equally!).  My goal is to help your child understand the real-world applications of fractions and decimals, persevere through solving problems, and have confidence in their mathematical abilities.  I will continue to support your child’s mathematical growth this unit through direct instruction, various fraction activities, and one-on-one and small group support.  Daily homework will continue to be in your child’s Home Link book and will reflect what they learned that day in math.  For this week’s homework, students will use their knowledge of fraction circles and number lines to support them in splitting up parts of a whole and finding equivalent fractions.  As always, please let Ms. Wejman and me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

For more information on fractions and decimals, check out these websites:

 

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