Ms. Wejman

January 26th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 29th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of January 29th-February 1st

Second Step: Identify common playground conflicts and demonstrate how to use problem-solving steps to handle playground conflicts.

This week during our class meetings, we will continue to review and practice the problem-solving steps of STEP (Say the problem, Think of solutions, Explore consequences, Pick the best solution).  Students will brainstorm potential fourth grade playground problems and work through ways to solve them through STEP.

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions

Fourth graders will begin Unit 5: Fraction and Mixed-Number Computation; Measurement.  This week, students will explore decomposing fractions into sums of fractions.  They will then solve number stories by adding fractions with like denominators of the same whole.  Using like denominators, fourth graders will also learn multiple strategies to add mixed numbers.

 

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

The students will write the final drafts of their research papers.  They received a rubric stating the expectations of their final draft.  All research papers must begin with an introduction that has a luring lead.  After the introduction, the research paper must have three body paragraphs.  Each body paragraph must include three paraphrased facts from the research.  The research paper will end with a conclusion that summarizes the research.  Throughout the week, mini-lessons will focus on beginning the introduction with a luring lead, peer editing, and strategies to spell words correctly.  The research papers will be displayed in the hallway for Black History Month.  

 

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

The Fourth Grade Wax Museum will take place on Thursday, February 1st at 9AM in the cafeteria.  All are welcome to attend.   Every fourth grader will receive a rubric stating the requirements of the Wax Museum.  Throughout the week, the students will write their one minute first person monologue in class.  At the wax museum, the fourth grader will be graded on his or her costume, prop, presentation (eye contact, expression, and speaking voice), information (early life, later life, what the person is most famous for), and speaking in character.  Please let me know if you have any specific questions, comments, or concerns about Thursday’s Wax Museum.  

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Math Homelink 5.1 Homelink 5.3 Homelink 5.4 Math Homework Due
Reading Read Moon Runner and complete three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Reading Homework Due

 

January 26th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of January 29th

This week for homework, read Moon Runner by Carolyn Marsden.  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 450 and 451 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Complete the Personal Response activity on page 465 in five or more sentences.   Answer the stop and think question on page 456 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 458. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 453. Respond to the Text to Text activity on page 469 in five or more sentences.  
Answer the Stop and Think question on page 464 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.

 

January 19th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 22nd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of January 22nd-26th

 

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

After spending the first two weeks of the month researching the black history topic of their choice, the fourth graders will begin to draft their research paper.  They will begin the week by outlining their topic to organize all of their research.  Each following day, will be spent writing one of the body paragraphs for his or her research paper.  The research papers will be done completely at school and will be due on Thursday, February 1st.  All research papers will be displayed for the Ray Elementary History Month Gallery Walk.  

 

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

The students will begin the week with using the lattice method to multiply.  Once again, this is another method for students to use.  Students are always encouraged to use the strategy that they are most comfortable with solving multiple digit multiplication.  On Tuesday, the students will take the Unit 4 Assessment.  Topics that will be assessed include multiplying extended facts, multiplying a one digit number by a two digit number, converting liters to milliliters, converting kilograms to grams, solving multi-step multiplication problems, and finding the area and perimeter of a rectilinear figure. On Wednesday, the fourth graders will take the cumulative assessment.  Before taking the test, the students should review the vocabulary: multiple, factor, prime, composite, expanded form, perimeter, area, parallel, perpendicular, and right triangles.  Place value in the hundred thousands place will also be a focus of this cumulative test.  The fourth grader should be able to round to the nearest thousand and ten thousand, compare two numbers, find the value of a specific digit, and write the number in words.  Additionally, the student will add and subtract two  numbers in the ten thousands place.  Throughout both tests, the students will have to explain their thinking.  I have told the students that the word of 2018 is explain.  The fourth graders need to be focused to explain their thinking.  On Thursday, the students will make revisions to their test and will take them home.  Because we are halfway done with math in fourth grade, the students will receive a new math book on Monday, January 29th.  The fourth graders will be able to take home Volume 1 on Thursday to practice and review.

 

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 his or her biography at school.  Throughout the week, the reader will be summarizing his or her biography.  First, the teacher will model this with reading a biography to the class.  As she models it, she will identify the main idea supported with three details.  At home, every fourth grader should know what he or she will be wearing to the wax museum and what prop he or she will bring to go along with the presentation. The Wax Museum will be held in the cafeteria at 9AM on Thursday, February 1st.  

 

Raise a Glass for Ray

Join us for a night out at The Promontory on Thursday February 1, 2018 from 6-8 pm featuring a performance by Bethany Pickens Trio!  Your $40 advance ticket includes beer, wine and light appetizers.  

Child care will be provided by Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) from 5:45-8:30 pm for $20/child + $10/sibling, including dinner and fun!  Please note that the day following the event, Friday Feb 2, is a non-attendance day for students. Get tickets now at:  http://rayschool.weebly.com/raise-a-glass-for-ray.html

Can’t attend the event but still want to support Ray School, enter our Raise a Glass raffle at:  http://rayschool.weebly.com/raise-a-glass-raffle-2018.html

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read The Right Dog for the Job and complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due.  
Math Homelink 4.13 Math Homework Due
January 19th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 22nd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of January 22nd-26th

 

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

After spending the first two weeks of the month researching the black history topic of their choice, the fourth graders will begin to draft their research paper.  They will begin the week by outlining their topic to organize all of their research.  Each following day, will be spent writing one of the body paragraphs for his or her research paper.  The research papers will be done completely at school and will be due on Thursday, February 1st.  All research papers will be displayed for the Ray Elementary History Month Gallery Walk.  

 

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

The students will begin the week with using the lattice method to multiply.  Once again, this is another method for students to use.  Students are always encouraged to use the strategy that they are most comfortable with solving multiple digit multiplication.  On Tuesday, the students will take the Unit 4 Assessment.  Topics that will be assessed include multiplying extended facts, multiplying a one digit number by a two digit number, converting liters to milliliters, converting kilograms to grams, solving multi-step multiplication problems, and finding the area and perimeter of a rectilinear figure. On Wednesday, the fourth graders will take the cumulative assessment.  Before taking the test, the students should review the vocabulary: multiple, factor, prime, composite, expanded form, perimeter, area, parallel, perpendicular, and right triangles.  Place value in the hundred thousands place will also be a focus of this cumulative test.  The fourth grader should be able to round to the nearest thousand and ten thousand, compare two numbers, find the value of a specific digit, and write the number in words.  Additionally, the student will add and subtract two  numbers in the ten thousands place.  Throughout both tests, the students will have to explain their thinking.  I have told the students that the word of 2018 is explain.  The fourth graders need to be focused to explain their thinking.  On Thursday, the students will make revisions to their test and will take them home.  Because we are halfway done with math in fourth grade, the students will receive a new math book on Monday, January 29th.  The fourth graders will be able to take home Volume 1 on Thursday to practice and review.

 

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 his or her biography at school.  Throughout the week, the reader will be summarizing his or her biography.  First, the teacher will model this with reading a biography to the class.  As she models it, she will identify the main idea supported with three details.  At home, every fourth grader should know what he or she will be wearing to the wax museum and what prop he or she will bring to go along with the presentation. The Wax Museum will be held in the cafeteria at 9AM on Thursday, February 1st.  

 

Raise a Glass for Ray

Join us for a night out at The Promontory on Thursday February 1, 2018 from 6-8 pm featuring a performance by Bethany Pickens Trio!  Your $40 advance ticket includes beer, wine and light appetizers.  

Child care will be provided by Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) from 5:45-8:30 pm for $20/child + $10/sibling, including dinner and fun!  Please note that the day following the event, Friday Feb 2, is a non-attendance day for students. Get tickets now at:  http://rayschool.weebly.com/raise-a-glass-for-ray.html

Can’t attend the event but still want to support Ray School, enter our Raise a Glass raffle at:  http://rayschool.weebly.com/raise-a-glass-raffle-2018.html

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read The Right Dog for the Job and complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due.  
Math Homelink 4.13 Math Homework Due
January 12th, 2018

New Arrival and Dismissal Procedure Effective Tuesday, January 16th

Dear Ray Families:

The purpose of this new plan to reduce heavy hallway traffic as students enter and exit the building. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Start Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Arrival

  • Pre-K students will enter through the glass annex door.
  • Kindergarten will line up outside the auditorium doors.
  • First, Second and Fifth Grades will continue to follow the same procedure.
  • Third & Fourth Grades will enter through the Main Entrance Door.

Dismissal

  • Pre-K students will exit through the glass annex door.
  • Kindergarten will be dismissed outside auditorium doors.
  • First, Second and Fifth Grades will continue to follow the same procedure.
  • Third Grade will exit through the main entrance door and walk to their numbers on the North playground.
  • Fourth Grade will be dismissed from the main entrance door.

Thank you Ray Families!

January 12th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 16th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of January 16th-19th

 

NWEA

The fourth graders will take the middle of the year NWEA on Wednesday and Thursday.  The purpose of this assessment is to track progress and to identify areas of enrichment and support for the fourth grade students.  If you would like to see the results of your child’s test, please let me know.  

 

Math: Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.  

Because of the MLK holiday and NWEA assessment, we will only have one formal math lesson this week.  The students will solve multi step multiplication problems and use estimates to assess the reasonableness of their answers.  These problems can be difficult to solve. Before they solve the math problem, the fourth graders are always encouraged to read it three times, they are then supposed to identify what is known in the problem, next they need to identify what they need to solve, finally they need to use perseverance to solve it.  If one of the homework problems is especially difficult to solve, please have your child tell the teacher and we will help him or her.  

 

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

Every fourth grader should bring in his or her biography to school on Tuesday, January 16th.  We will begin the week buddy reading our biographies.  The buddy will then complete a graphic organizer identifying the main idea and supporting details of the text.  They will also explain how the details support the main idea.  The buddy will then use the classroom rubric to grade the other student’s graphic organizer and give feedback about the identified main idea, supporting details, and explanation.  Throughout the week, the fourth grader will be engaged in activities pertaining to his or her biography.  As a reminder, every fourth grader will dress as the subject of his or her biography for the Fourth Grade Wax Museum on Thursday, February 1st at 9AM.  Students should start thinking of their costume and prop for the wax museum.  All other work will be done completely in school.  All are welcome to attend this fantastic event!  

 

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

The fourth grader writers will use the Internet to research information about their topic pertaining to African-American history.  Ask your fourth grader what he or she is researching.  Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be paraphrasing information and will be discouraged from plagiarizing information.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 4.12 Math Homework Due
Read Riding Freedom.  Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Tic Tac Toe activities are due.  

 

January 12th, 2018

Homework~ Week of January 15th

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

This week for homework, read Riding Freedom by Federico Arana.  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 402 and 403 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Read the Stop and Think on page 413.  As you are reading, identify an example of personification.   Use a Venn Diagram to complete the Stop and Think on page 415.  
Complete the Text to World activity on page 421.  Your response must be written in five or more sentences.   Write a letter to Miss Wejman or Miss Aron about this story.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Complete the Text to Text activity found on page 421.
Complete the Stop and Think on page 416. You response must be written in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 405. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

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