Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 6th-10th

 

Reading: Use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or a phrase.  

As we begin the second quarter, the students will begin reading informational text specifically focusing on biographies.  Throughout the second quarter, students will meet in guided reading groups to discuss what they learned about the person that they read in the biography.  This week, the students will use context clues to define unfamiliar words.  Since we are focusing on nonfiction this quarter, they will be required to read a nonfiction book for their book report.  Of the nonfiction subtopics, they can choose an autobiography, biography, or informational book. Every student received a book report form.  You can find this on my blog as well.  Book reports will be due on Thursday, November 30th.  

 

Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Students will continue with the opinion writing unit by reading a new Scholastic Kids article about whether or not schools should be year-round.  Writers will again OREO annotate this article to start the week.  They will then learn about how to write a luring lead and introduction in opinion pieces.  We will then focus on writing our opinion pieces using three reasons and at least two examples to support each reason.  At the end of the week, students will incorporate transitional words to organize their writing even more.  Ask your fourth grader what their opinion about this is and what reasons and examples they have to support it.

 

Math: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

Unit 3 will start with students solving number stories that involve equally shared quantities and equivalent fractions.  Students will then use mathematical models like fraction circles and number lines to help them recognize and generate equivalent fractions.  Using this knowledge, students will then analyze patterns in order to figure out a rule for forming equivalent fractions.

 

Report Card Pick-Up

Wednesday, November 15th is report card pick-up. Every fourth grader received a preference form.  Please identify your top three preference times.  Students will be given their preferred time on a first come, first serve basis.  

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 3.1 Homelink 3.2 Homelink 3.3 Homelink 3.4 Math Homework Due
Reading Read Dear Mr. Winston.  Complete the three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe Activities Due

Note from Miss Aron: During the last two units in math, I have been teaching parts of our math block with Ms. Wejman.  With the start of Unit 3 this week in 207, I will be lead teaching.  I am excited to be teaching this unit on fractions and decimals to your child as these two concepts are naturally encountered in our daily lives.  Whenever your child is sharing food or items among friends or family, for example, they are splitting up parts of a whole (hopefully equally!).  My goal is to help your child understand the real-world applications of fractions and decimals, persevere through solving problems, and have confidence in their mathematical abilities.  I will continue to support your child’s mathematical growth this unit through direct instruction, various fraction activities, and one-on-one and small group support.  Daily homework will continue to be in your child’s Home Link book and will reflect what they learned that day in math.  For this week’s homework, students will use their knowledge of fraction circles and number lines to support them in splitting up parts of a whole and finding equivalent fractions.  As always, please let Ms. Wejman and me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

For more information on fractions and decimals, check out these websites: