Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of September 14th-18th

 

Science: Asking questions pertaining to soil samples.

The fourth graders will become geologists in their first module of fourth grade science. They will begin the week with identifying their background knowledge (schema) of soil. As geologists, they will observe four different soil samples and identify the different purposes of soil. In their observations, they will identify the different rock materials in the soil. One material found in the soil sample is humus. The students will define the word and know that all soil is composed of humus. From their observations, they will also be able to infer where each soil is found on the earth. To further the learning of soil, every geologist was encouraged to collect soil samples from home. If this is possible for your geologist to do at home, we would love to compare your soil sample with the observed ones in class.

 

Math: Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.

Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be practicing place value concepts. They will be identifying the value of digits in larger numbers. They will also practice strategies to assist with rounding numbers to a certain place value. To incorporate real world place value skills, the fourth graders will be ordering cities according to the population.

 

Social Studies: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text.

As the fourth graders begin to learn about the relative location of the United States, they will be introduced to social studies vocabulary. They will define the social studies vocabulary through the use context cues. Two vocabulary words that assist with relative location are latitude and longitude. The students will be able to identify how both are used on maps.

 

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

The readers of fourth grade are becoming acclimated to the routines of reader’s workshop. Everyday a new group of kids works with Miss Wejman in a guided reading group. In the reading group, the readers discuss their guided reading book and focus on a specific reading skill or strategy. The rest of the class is either reading or working on their Bingo Sheet. Every student picks five activities to complete on his or her Bingo Sheet. All of the activities pertain to the reading skill that is being taught for the week. Bingo Sheets are due every Friday.

 

Writing: Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

Last week the writers of fourth grade, brainstormed a list of possible narratives to write about that happened to them over the summer. From the list, they practiced their writing stamina by writing for fifteen minutes without stopping. The writers were encouraged to elaborate on their best seed from the story. Ask your fourth grader to identify their favorite seed. This week, the writers will focus on the plot of their narrative. They will plot out their story on a plot mountain. On the plot mountain, they will identify the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of their narratives.

 

Field Trip

The fourth graders will attend their first field trip of the year this Friday. They will participate in a Peace Day celebration at Daley Plaza. We will leave Ray at 10AM and return at 1PM. Students will eat their lunch upon arrival back to school.

 

Homework

Last week, the students were introduced to their reading homework. Every day, students need to read for thirty minutes. Once a week, they need to write a letter to Miss Wejman about what they are reading. Every fourth grader needs to turn in his or her letter on the assigned day of their continent (where they sit). Math homework is due every Friday. Incomplete homework will be completed during math game activities.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Homework Letters due from North and South America Letters due from Europe, Africa, and Asia Letters due from Australia and Antarctica
Math Homework Homelink 1.1 Homelink 1.2 Homelink 1.3 Homelink 1.4 Math Homework Due