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Peek at the Week

Week of September 21st-25th

 

 

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

During the first part of the week, the students will be adding multi-digit numbers. First, they will use estimation strategies. They will use their estimating skills to help them solve multi-step problems. The estimation will help the mathematicians to identify if their final answer is appropriate. After learning the partial product addition strategy in third grade, they will now learn the US traditional addition method. The fourth graders will be encouraged to use both methods interchangeably when adding. One excellent feature of the new Everyday Math materials is the open response practice. Not only will the students be explicitly taught to use mathematical structures, but they will also be encouraged to revisit their work to use other strategies to problem solve. On Thursday, the students will be encouraged to “Crack a Code” using place value. The next day, the students will look at other student work to give them alternative ways to problem solve.

 

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

As the students continue to read about the geographic features of the United States, they will be re-reading the text to identify the main idea. They will also use details to support the main idea of the text. One of the geographic features that we will be discussing this week includes landforms. To help the fourth grade further learn about landforms, each student will create landform dioramas. Every fourth grader needs to pick a specific landform that was included on pages 18-23 of the social studies text. Landforms that the students can pick include a coastal plain, a plain, plateau, river (if a river is picked a source and mouth must be included), or canyon. In addition to using creative artistic skills to depict a model of the landform, the fourth grader must write a caption to include three facts about the landform. Today every student received a rubric stating the expectations of the project. The dioramas will be due on Thursday, October 1st.

 

 

 

Science: Developing and using models to observe physical weathering

As we continue to work as geologists, we will observe the physical weathering of different types of rocks. We will model abrasion by shaking a jar and observing the affects. Since rocks also go through freezing and thawing cycles, we will model expansion in rocks with observing a frozen bottle. Later in the investigation, we will model chemical weathering with using vinegar to simulate the effects of acid rain.

 

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

In guided reading groups, the students will be making inferences. From explicit text evidence, the readers will make inferences about how characters feel.

 

Writing: Uses dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.

Now that the fourth grade writers have a solid plot, they will incorporate dialogue into their narratives. Mini-lessons will be centered on how characters respond to what was said, using the correct punctuation in dialogue, using a variety of words besides said, and what dialogue says about the character.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Homework Read for 30 minutes

 

Read for 30 minutes

North and South America letters due

Read for 30 minutes

Europe, Africa, and Asia letters due

Read for 30 minutes

Australia and Antarctica letters due

Math Homework Homelink 1.5 Homelink 1.6 Homelink 1.7 Homelink 1.8 Math Homework Due