Ms. Wejman

June 19th, 2018

Welcome to Fourth Grade!

Dear Fourth Grade Parent,                                                                                                                                                June 19, 2018                                                                                                   

We hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful summer that is both fun and relaxing.  To prepare your child for fourth grade, it is important that some practices are in place.


First of all, your child should be reading everyday.  Because it is the summer, let your child read for pleasure enjoying books that they enjoy.  As their parent, it would be helpful for you to encourage them to read a variety of genres. Also, asking them questions about what they are reading is helpful to aid in comprehension.  Children of all ages enjoy adults reading books to them. Consider reading a favorite book of your past to your fourth grader.


Another great practice that would be helpful for your rising fourth grader, would be practicing math facts.  Children with an automaticity of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts are more prepared for the math skills that will be taught throughout the year.  Websites such as Math is Fun and Khan Academy are helpful for reviewing and teaching new specific math skills.


Since the children learned so much about Chicago History in third grade, it would be fun for your family to continue this by going on “family field trips” around the city.  The Chicago Public Library has free passes to a multitude of Chicago museums. While at the library, your child can also sign up for the summer reading program. Journaling about your family field trips would be an excellent way to foster writing skills.  


Fourth graders are at a wonderful age to be independent and greatly enjoy the world around them.  We hope that you take advantage of all of the teachable moments that await your child this summer!  


Dr. James

Ms. Pfeiffer

Ms. Wejman

June 19th, 2018

2018-2019 Fourth Grade Supply List

4th Grade Supplies

60 pencils – # 2 Sharpened

6 Color Coded Specific Notebooks (red, blue, yellow, green, black, purple)

1 box of colored pencils

10 glue sticks

1 box of markers

1 box of dry erase markers

1 pencil case

1 pair of old clean socks

3 pairs of scissors

2 pocket folders

1 package of Clorox wipes

1 box of reclosable plastic sandwich bags

1 box of large gallon bags

2 packages of notebook paper

2 packages of copy paper

2 boxes of Kleenex

Paper Towels

Wet wipes

1 ruler with centimeters and inches

2 packages of post-its

2 black sharpies

1 package of index cards


June 12th, 2018

Free National Park Passes

If you plan to travel to a National Park this summer, please let me know.  I have free passes for fourth graders.

June 8th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of June 11th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of June 11th-15th

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

We will end the fourth quarter with both a Unit 8 Test and a Cumulative Test.  On Thursday’s Unit Test, the students will be assessed on solving multi-step word problems, angle measure, symmetry, plotting data on a line plot, adding decimals, multiplying fractions to solve a word problem, converting liquid units of measure, solving a cryptarithm, and finding multiple ways to solve a problem.  Friday’s Cumulative Assessment will have problems pertaining to patterns, angle measure, decomposing fractions, multiplying two digit numbers by two digit numbers, symmetry, solving word problems with division and fractions, converting units of measure, and plotting data on a line plot. Please let me know if there are any skills that you would like me to practice with your fourth grader.  In Monday’s lesson, the fourth grader will solve cryptarithms, a puzzle where each letter stands for a digit, the same letter stands for the same digit, there is only one solution, and there cannot be a zero in the greatest place value of any number. For Tuesday, the students will use a variety of operations to reach the same number. Because of Olympic Day, all math homework will be due on Wednesday.  


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

All fractured myths will be due on Friday.  This week’s mini-lessons will focus on revising and editing.  In addition to working on our myths, the students will also reflect on how their writing has improved in fourth grade and how they will want their writing to get better in fifth grade.  Have your fourth grader tell you how his or her writing improved and have them identify specific writing goals for fifth grade.


Reading: Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.  

The fourth graders will work in groups to plan and act out the Greek myth of their choice.  They will receive a rubric stating how the preparation, planning, and performance of the skit will be graded.  Ask your fourth grader which Greek Myth he or she will be performing. The performances will take place on Friday afternoon.  There is no reading homework this week.


Olympic Day

All of the fourth graders will compete in Olympic Day on Wednesday.  


Monday, June 18th

Y is for Year End Cleaning Day.  Students will take home everything on this day.  They will spend the day cleaning the classroom. Please make sure that they come to school with a bag appropriate to take home all materials.  


Tuesday, June 19th

We will end the 2017-2018 school year with a picnic. The fourth graders will be invited to the picnic in the morning.  After lunch, we will go inside for Room 207 Awards and a class talent show. All students are invited to perform.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 8-12 Homelink 8-13 Math Homework Due


June 1st, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of June 4th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of June 4th-8th



The fourth graders will take the NWEA on Tuesday, June 5th, and Wednesday, June 6th.  We have had conversations about reaching our goals because of how every fourth grader has worked hard to get smarter this year.  Conversations have focused on how much we have learned in math and how it is important to stay focused on every passage that we read.  Because of the NWEA, the reading homework this week will be to rest and stay focused for the test.


Invention Convention

The Fourth Grade Invention Convention will take place on Thursday, June 7th.  Everyone is welcome to attend from 9-10AM in Room 207.


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

The writers of fourth grade will continue to fracture their Greek myths.  Mini-lessons will focus on using other words besides said in dialogue, writing with sensory imagery, using the correct punctuation, using transitional words, and writing a resolution with an unforgettable ending.  When students have finished their final draft of their fractured myth, they will be encouraged to free write.


Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

Because of NWEA and Invention Convention, there will only be one formal math lesson taught this week.  They will solve problems with fractions and convert units of measure.


Reading: Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narratives.

The students will re-read different versions of Pandora, King Midas, Perseus, Persephone, and Theseus.  As they are reading, they will compare and contrast the two different versions in a Venn Diagram.


Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 8-11 Math Homework Due