Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of January 9th-13th

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

The students will practice strategies to solve problems.  Before students solve problems, they need to make sure to make sense of the problem.  They will also use partial products multiplication to multiply a two digit number by a two digit number. Because the students are taking the middle of the year NWEA on Wednesday and Thursday, there be no math homework on Wednesday and Thursday.  


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 a biography that they will be reading in class for the next few weeks.  They should have picked a biography of a person that they would like to dress as for the Fourth Grade Wax Museum which will be held on Thursday, February 2nd.  This week, the students will be reading the biography in class.  As they are reading the biography, they will be identifying ten vocabulary words that are important to the person’s life that they are reading about.  Throughout the week, they will be using context clues to define each word, identifying why the word is important to the person, and drawing an image that describes the word.  The fourth grader will also be identifying supporting details that are important to the person’s life.   


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

The writing genre of the month of January will be research.   To prepare the students for African-American history month, every student will be researching a person or event in African-American history that they would like to learn more about.  The students will begin the research unit with generating people and events that they are already familiar with.  From their schema, they will then ask inquiry questions about a person or event  that they would like to know more about.  Before the researching actually begins, they will be instructed on using reliable websites, how to write a bibliography, and the importance of paraphrasing instead of plagiarizing.   Ask your fourth grader what person or event that he or she plans to research.   



The fourth graders will take the middle of the year assessments on Wednesday and Thursday.  The purpose of the middle of the year assessment is to monitor growth.  If you are interested in knowing your student’s scores, I would be happy to send the reports to you.  


Spelling Bee

The Ray School Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, January 13th at 1:45.  Room 207 will choose its two representatives on Wednesday, January 11th during a class Spelling Bee.  All students were given study materials before break.  Every student from Room 207 is given the opportunity to participate in the class spelling bee.  


Ms. Pelachyk

For the next four months, Ms. Pelachyk will be our Michigan State intern.  She will assume the same responsibilities and roles that Ms. Smith had during the first four months of school.  Students that wrote homework letters to Miss Smith should now write letters to Ms. Pelachyk.  


Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from North America and South America due.  

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Europe and Africa due.  

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Asia and Australia due.  

Read for 30 minutes.  
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