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Peek at the Week

Week of January 22nd-26th


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

After spending the first two weeks of the month researching the black history topic of their choice, the fourth graders will begin to draft their research paper.  They will begin the week by outlining their topic to organize all of their research.  Each following day, will be spent writing one of the body paragraphs for his or her research paper.  The research papers will be done completely at school and will be due on Thursday, February 1st.  All research papers will be displayed for the Ray Elementary History Month Gallery Walk.  


Math:Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.  

The students will begin the week with using the lattice method to multiply.  Once again, this is another method for students to use.  Students are always encouraged to use the strategy that they are most comfortable with solving multiple digit multiplication.  On Tuesday, the students will take the Unit 4 Assessment.  Topics that will be assessed include multiplying extended facts, multiplying a one digit number by a two digit number, converting liters to milliliters, converting kilograms to grams, solving multi-step multiplication problems, and finding the area and perimeter of a rectilinear figure. On Wednesday, the fourth graders will take the cumulative assessment.  Before taking the test, the students should review the vocabulary: multiple, factor, prime, composite, expanded form, perimeter, area, parallel, perpendicular, and right triangles.  Place value in the hundred thousands place will also be a focus of this cumulative test.  The fourth grader should be able to round to the nearest thousand and ten thousand, compare two numbers, find the value of a specific digit, and write the number in words.  Additionally, the student will add and subtract two  numbers in the ten thousands place.  Throughout both tests, the students will have to explain their thinking.  I have told the students that the word of 2018 is explain.  The fourth graders need to be focused to explain their thinking.  On Thursday, the students will make revisions to their test and will take them home.  Because we are halfway done with math in fourth grade, the students will receive a new math book on Monday, January 29th.  The fourth graders will be able to take home Volume 1 on Thursday to practice and review.


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 his or her biography at school.  Throughout the week, the reader will be summarizing his or her biography.  First, the teacher will model this with reading a biography to the class.  As she models it, she will identify the main idea supported with three details.  At home, every fourth grader should know what he or she will be wearing to the wax museum and what prop he or she will bring to go along with the presentation. The Wax Museum will be held in the cafeteria at 9AM on Thursday, February 1st.  


Raise a Glass for Ray

Join us for a night out at The Promontory on Thursday February 1, 2018 from 6-8 pm featuring a performance by Bethany Pickens Trio!  Your $40 advance ticket includes beer, wine and light appetizers.  

Child care will be provided by Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) from 5:45-8:30 pm for $20/child + $10/sibling, including dinner and fun!  Please note that the day following the event, Friday Feb 2, is a non-attendance day for students. Get tickets now at:

Can’t attend the event but still want to support Ray School, enter our Raise a Glass raffle at:


Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read The Right Dog for the Job and complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due.  
Math Homelink 4.13 Math Homework Due