Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 2nd-6th


Writing: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

During the month of October, the fourth graders will focus on responding to a prompt, specifically from the PARCC Test.  This week, they will read a story and change the point of view from third person to first person.  Mini-lessons will focus on beginning sentences in a variety of ways and writing an unforgettable ending.  The writers will also use our general rubric to grade student samples of fourth graders responding to the same prompt.  


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

The fourth graders finished reading Whipping Boy last Friday.  As a culminating activity, they will create a book cover to showcase the reading skills that they have learned during the first five weeks of fourth grade.  The cover will illustrate a character trait, the inside front cover will identify the main idea and theme, the inside back cover will show an inference supported with explicit text evidence, and the back cover will include a summary.  The students received a rubric of this assignment and will work on this book cover completely at school.  This grade will account as an assessment.  Book reports are due this week on Tuesday.  During the second week of school, the students received a Book Report form.  Additional forms are found on my blog.  In guided reading groups, the fourth grade readers will focus on inference.  



Because of the first Unit Test, there will be no formal math lessons taught this week.  As a result, there will be no math homework assigned.  As a reminder math skills assessed on the test include place value, comparing numbers, rounding numbers to the nearest hundred and hundred thousand, word problems, estimation, adding and subtracting numbers in the hundreds, converting yards to feet, identifying right angles, and finding the perimeter.  On Wednesday’s open response assessment, the students will explain different ways that students use subtraction.  The students will have an opportunity to correct their errors.  When they bring their test home, please ask your fourth grader if each error was a silly mistake or if the concept is still difficult.  If there is still a concept that is challenging for your fourth grader, please let me know,  I will be sure to work with your fourth grader on this skill.  Because multiplication is a large focus of Unit 2, the Tuesday Timed Tests for October will be multiplication.  Please practice multiplication facts with your fourth grader at home.  


Walking Math

Every Friday, all of the fourth graders are divided into three different groups to either “walk” to Room 206, 207, or 209 for math.  If you have a question regarding your fourth grader’s walking math placement, please let me know.  


Message from Ray PTO:

Our fall fundraiser is underway!  You should have received an Affy Tapple order form with instructions in your student’s folder (if not, you can download them online here .  Order forms and checks are due Friday, October 13.  Please take orders from friends, family, neighbors and co-workers – you’ll be pleased to find many people want to support our school!  Incentives and prizes awarded to individual students and classrooms!

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Unit 1 Math Test Open Response Test
Reading Read The Power of W.O.W. . Book Report Due Complete Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due