Ms. Wejman

February 23rd, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 26th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of February 26th-March 2nd

 

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

Mystery final drafts will be due on Friday.  Throughout the week, the students will make edits and revise their writing.  They will do this through peer editing and using an iPad to spell words correctly.  The fourth graders will also re-read their writing to guarantee that they are using appropriate paragraph breaks throughout their mysteries.  Ask your fourth grader to share his or her mystery with you on Friday.  

 

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

This week in reader’s workshop, students will be focusing on the reading skill of making inferences in a text.  

Readers make inferences when they use context clues and their schema to figure out what is not directly said by the author.  Ask your fourth grader about what inferences they making in their reading. Book reports are due on Thursday, March 1st.  A template of the form can be found on the blog.  

 

Math: Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.  Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.  Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements.  Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.

Fourth graders will begin Unit 6: Division and Angles.  This week, they will solve problems using division.  We will first learn about finding patterns in extended division facts and go over the vocabulary for division (dividend, divisor, quotient).  Then, students will use division to solve the missing side lengths of rectangles.  Students will also solve division number stories using familiar multiples.  At the end of the week, we will go over how to divide multi-digit numbers using partial-quotients division.

 

Second Step: Identify Second Step skills and concepts being used in scenarios students might encounter at school.

Students will continue wrapping up the social-emotional skills and concepts they have been learning this year.  They will write their own story that involves characters going through the problem-solving steps.  We will also review the reflections from Home Link 22.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read I Could Do That.  Complete the three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Mystery Book Report Due Tic Tac Toe activities Due
Math Homelink 6.1 Homelink 6.2 Homelink 6.3 Homelink 6.4 Math Homework Due
Second Step Home Link 22 Due

 

February 23rd, 2018

Homework~ Week of February 26th

February 26, 2018

This week for homework, read I Could Do That by Linda Arms White.  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 556 and 557 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Read the Stop and Think on page 570. Complete the Stop and Think on page 567 in five or more sentences.  
Complete the text to text activity on page 575. 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 timeline activity on page 571.  
As you are reading, identify an idiom in the text.  Explain the meaning of the idiom.    Complete the graphic organizer on page 559. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

February 16th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 20th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of February 19th-23rd

 

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

To aid in the drafting of their mysteries, they writers will be given a rubric.  Writing areas that they will be graded on include exposition, plot, elements of a mystery, word choice, dialogue, and conventions.  Mini-lessons will focus on word choice this week.  All mysteries will be due on Friday, March 2nd.    

 

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

This week in reader’s workshop, students will be focusing on the reading skill of flashbacks in a text.  Flashbacks are a literary device that allows the writer to present events that happened before the time of the current events.  This device is useful for the exposition of a story, to fill in the reader about a character or place, or to explain the background to a conflict.  Ask your fourth grader to identify instances of flashbacks and the purpose of them when reading.

 

Math: Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems; Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers; Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

Students will finish up Unit 5 this week by learning more about strategies for solving multistep multiplication number stories.  Students will then complete the Unit 5 Assessment on Wednesday.  It will cover decomposing fractions and forming an equation, generating equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with like denominators, adding fractions with denominators of 10 and 100, organize and represent data on line plots, recognize and describe angle measure as the amount of a rotation, recognize 1/360 (1 degree) rotation of a circle as a unit to measure angles, add or subtract fractions to solve number stories and to solve problems involving data on line plots, solve multistep number stories involving the four operations, and model number stories with equations and use a letter for the unknown.  On Thursday, students will complete the Unit 5 Open Response Assessment.  They will make sense of others’ mathematical thinking by checking whether or not an answer to a multi-digit multiplication problem makes sense.  Please let us know if there is a specific skill that you would like us to practice with your fourth grader.

 

Second Step: Identify Second Step skills and concepts being used in scenarios students might encounter at school.

This week in our class meetings, students will review the Second Step skills that they have been learning for the first half of fourth grade.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read The World According to Humphrey.  Complete the three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Tic Tac Toe activities Due
Math Homelink 5.13 Homelink 5.12 Math Homework Due.
Second Step Home Link reflections due

 

February 16th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of February 20th

Tuesday, February 20th

This week for homework, read The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney.  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 530 and 531 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Complete the Stop and Think on page 542 in 3-5 sentences.   Answer the stop and think question on page 538.  Identify an idiom in the text and explain the literal meaning.   
Complete the Text to Text activity on page 551 in your homework notebook.   Complete the graphic organizer found on page 533. Complete the Power Failure response on page 547.  
Complete the TV Time-Out activity on page on page 547 with someone at your house.   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.
February 9th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of February 12th

February 12, 2018

This week for homework, read Sacagawea by Lise Erdich.  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 498 and 499 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Read the Stop and Think on page 508.  As you are reading, identify an example of an onomatopoeia and explain what it means.   Complete the Stop and Think on page 507.   
Complete the Personal Response on page 517.   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 on page 521.  
Complete the Stop and Think on page 511.   Complete the graphic organizer on page 501. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.
February 9th, 2018

Third Quarter~ Book Report

Name:__________________________________

Date: ___________________________________

In the third quarter, we are reading mysteries.  Every fourth grader needs to read a mystery at home and write a book report about it.  If a fourth grader needs assistance in picking a mystery, please let us know.  All mystery book reports are due Thursday, March 1st.  

Title of mystery:_______________________________

Author: _____________________________________

Detective or sleuth: ____________________________

What is a character trait that you would use to describe the detective or sleuth?_____________________________

Why would you use this character trait to describe the detective or sleuth?______________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Draw a picture of the detective or sleuth.  Include a speech bubble and caption.  

 

What was the mystery that the detective or sleuth was trying to solve? _________________________________

______________________________________________

Create a plot mountain of the mystery.  

 

Who were the suspects in the story? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Did any of the suspects have an alibi? ________________

If so, what was the alibi.  If not, what was the motive of one of the suspects? _____________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________

What was one of the clues that the detective or sleuth used to solve the mystery? ________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Was there a red herring that threw the investigation off track? _________________________________________

If so, what was it? _______________________________

______________________________________________

February 9th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 12th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of February 12th-16th

 

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

As the students continue to write their mysteries, mini-lessons will focus on dialogue, description, and sensory imagery.  The students will be given an excerpt of a mystery and will identify how a writer uses dialogue and description to show how a character responds to a situation.  They will be inspired to use sensory imagery after reading an excerpt from another mystery.  Ask your fourth grade writer to tell you about his or her mystery.  

 

Valentines Day

Because the students earned 850 DOJO points, they will be able to distribute Valentine Cards to their classmates.  

 

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

The fourth graders will continue to read and discuss their mysteries in guided reading group discussions.  As they are reading their mystery, the reading skill that they will be working on will be foreshadowing.  The readers will learn that foreshadowing is an author’s use of hints or clues to suggest events that will occur later in the story.  The writers will learn that frequently, future events are merely hinted at through dialogue, description, or the attitudes and reactions of the characters. Through using foreshadowing,  the readers will be able to make their own deduction in solving this mystery.  When reading with your fourth grader at home, have him or her share his or her foreshadowing thoughts.  In addition to reading a mystery in school, they will also be required to read and report on a mystery at home.  Book reports will be due on or before Thursday, March 1st.  Every student received a hard copy of the book report form today.  Additional book report forms can also be found on the blog.  If your fourth grader needs assistance with picking a mystery book, we will be happy to pick one for your fourth grader.  

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions; Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements

This week, students will be learning more about fractions, line plots, and angles.  At the start of the week, they will learn strategies on subtracting mixed numbers.  Next, they will record data using a line plot in order to analyze the data.  Students will then spend two days exploring ways to measure angles.

 

Second Step: Demonstrate using assertiveness skills to resist peer pressure; Demonstrate using the Problem-Solving Steps to figure out ways to resist peer pressure.

During our class meetings, students will discuss peer pressure and strategies on dealing with it.  Fourth graders will reflect on peer pressure scenarios they have or might encounter and practice being assertive and respectful.  On Monday, students will bring home a Home Link to complete with an adult, which will be due on Thursday.  On Thursday, students will discuss their Home Link responses.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Sacagawea.  Complete the three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Tic Tac Toe activities Due
Math Homelink 5.8 Homelink 5.9 Homelink 5.10 Homelink 5.11 Math Homework Due
Second Step Home Link responses due.

 

February 1st, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of February 5th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of February 2nd-6th

 

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

To correspond with our reading genre of the month, the fourth grade writers will be writing mysteries.  We will begin the week with identifying mystery words such as alibi, hunch, and deduction.  The writers will use these elements of a mystery in their stories.  This week, they will brainstorm possible mysteries, identify their detective, suspect, and witness, and create a plot mountain including a clue, red herring, and breakthrough.  Additionally, they will write a descriptive exposition to begin their mystery identifying the setting and protagonist.

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions; understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions; solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements.

Students will continue learning strategies on adding fractions.  They will add fractions with unlike denominators (tenths and hundredths).  On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will work on the Unit 5 Open Response.  On Day 1, they will partition an area of land into parts and form a fraction addition equation.  On Day 2, students will discuss solutions and representations to revise their work.  Then, students will move on to learning strategies for subtracting fractions with like denominators.

 

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

Students will start exploring the mystery genre.  During guided reading, fourth graders will discuss elements of the mystery genre in their books.  Students will also work on Greek roots, buddy reading, and testing skills throughout the week.

 

Second Step: Demonstrate the ability to use the Problem-Solving Steps to handle scenarios in which someone has been wronged, demonstrate acknowledging mistakes, and demonstrate making an apology and offering to make amends.

During our class meetings this week, students will reflect on why taking responsibility for their actions is the respectful thing to do.  We will practice the steps for taking responsibility: admit what you did is wrong, make a sincere apology, and offer to make amends.  On Monday, students will bring home a Home Link to complete with an adult, which will be due on Thursday.  On Thursday, students will discuss their Home Link responses.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 5.5 Homelink 5.6 Homelink 5.7 Math Homework Due
Reading Read Harvesting Hope.  Complete Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due
Second Step Home Link responses due.  

 

February 1st, 2018

Homework ~ Week of February 5th

February 5, 2018

This week for homework, read Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull.  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 474 and 475 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it.   Read the Stop and Think on page 485.  As you are reading, identify an example of an idiom and explain what it means.   Complete the Stop and Think on page 481.   
Complete the Text to Text activity on page 493 using a Venn Diagram. 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 Self activity on page 493.  
Complete the Stop and Think on page 487. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 477. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

|