Ms. Wejman

December 1st, 2018

Homework ~ Week of December 3rd

Monday, December 3, 2018

This week for homework, read The Earth Dragon Awakes by Laurence Yep.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.

Use each vocabulary word on pages 300 and 301 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Using a Venn Diagram, complete the Text to Text activity on page 319.   Complete the Stop and Think on page 314. Explain how you know which person the story is written in.
Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 307.   Complete the graphic organizer found on page 303. Complete the Survival Activity on page 315 in five or more sentences.  
Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 308 in five or more sentences.   Write a letter to Miss Wejman about story. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

November 30th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 3rd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of December 3rd-7th

 

Writing: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.  

During the month of December, the fourth grade writers will be writing informational books about the topic of their choice.  Different than the explanatory writing that they wrote in October, they will spend the month of December teaching the reader information about a topic that they know a lot of facts about.  We will begin the month, with brainstorming everything that they know about the topic. From there, they will create an outline to organize their ideas. By the end of the month, every fourth grade writer will have a published book to take home.  Ask your fourth grader what topic he or she is writing their book about.

 

Math: Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.  

The students will take the Unit 3 Assessment on Thursday.  Topics that will be assessed include word problems with fractions, the equivalent fraction rule, comparing fractions, writing fractions on a number line, converting fractions to decimals, comparing decimals, converting centimeters to millimeters, and using three different strategies to compare fractions.  On Friday, the students will take the open response test. While taking this assessment, the students will have to explain how to compare fractions using different strategies. Please let us know if there are any specific skills that you would like us to practice with your fourth grader.

 

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

Throughout the week, the fourth graders will be making inferences in the text.  In guided reading books, they will use explicit text evidence and their own schema, or background knowledge, to make an inference.  Ask your fourth grader who they are reading about in their biography.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read The Earth Dragon Awakes Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Reading Homework Due
Math Homelink 3.12 Homelink 3.13 Homelink 3.8 Math Homework Due

 

November 21st, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 26th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 26th-30th

 

Reading: Describe the overall structure (chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.  

Throughout the quarter, the readers will be identifying how the structure of a fiction story is different than informational text.  This week’s reading skill focuses on cause and effect. In guided reading groups, the readers will be determining the cause and effect of specific events.  

 

Writing: Write an opinion piece on a topic or text, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
This week students will be writing their final draft of their opinion writing. Their topic is if cell phones should be allowed in school. Talk with your student at home about their opinion on this topic.

 

Mathematics: Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100.

This week students are being introduced to the relationship between fractions and decimals. They will start by looking at fractions with denominators of 10 and 100, since these are the easiest to convert from fractions to decimals. Students will also use base-10 blocks to help them explore decimals. Talk with your child about where we see decimals in real life. Money is a great example of this.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 3.8 Homelink 3.9 Homelink 3.10 Homelink 3.11 Math Homework Due
Reading Read Jose Born to Dance Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Reading Homework Due

 

November 21st, 2018

Homework ~ Week of November 26th

Monday, November 26, 2018

This week for homework, read Jose Born to Dance by Susanna Reich.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.

Use each vocabulary word on pages 246 and 247 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Using a Venn Diagram, complete the Text to Text activity on page 265.   Identify a metaphor on page 256.  Explain the literal meaning of the metaphor.   
Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 253.   Complete the graphic organizer found on page 249. Complete the Letter to a Young Dancer activity on page 261. Your letter must be written in correct letter format and must have five or more sentences.   
Answer the Stop and Think Activity on page 260 in five or more sentences.   Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this biography. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.
November 16th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 19th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 19th-20th

 

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

The readers will continue to find the main idea of the informational text that they are reading.  Please practice finding the main idea of the text with your fourth grader. Because of the short week, the students will not be assigned reading homework.

 

Writing: Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

This week the writers are being introduced to the topic that they will use for their final draft opinion papers. On Monday, we will read and discuss an article about the topic. On Tuesday, they will have the opportunity to organize and write their ideas in an outline so that they are prepared to write their final draft next week.

 

Math: Learn strategies to order fractions and place them accurately on number lines.

This week the fourth graders will be working on comparing fractions. On Monday, they will look at number stories with two fractions and will compare them using diagrams and their knowledge of fraction sizes. On Tuesday, the fourth graders will complete a group activity with their tables where they work to order multiple fractions from least to greatest.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 3.6 Math Homework Due

 

November 9th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 13th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 13th-16th

 

Report Card Pick Up

On Wednesday, there is no school because of report card pick up.  If you have not signed up for a time, please do so.

 

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

The readers will focus on identifying the main idea of the biographies they are reading.  In their main idea, they should identify who the biography is about and what they did. Often times, readers confuse detail and main idea.  Please help your fourth grader to differentiate between the two at home. We will be practicing this in guided reading groups.

 

Writing: Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

This week we are continuing our work on opinion writing. We will work on giving supporting evidence for our reasons. We will also add an introduction and conclusion to our rough drafts.

 

Math: Use mathematical models to compare fractions with different numerators and denominators and justify their reasoning.

This week in math, students will be given a story problem to explore and work on with their table groups on Tuesday. Then on Thursday, we will review the worksheet as a class, using some of our classmates work to analyze how to solve the problem along with different ways to solve the problem. The students will then revise their work.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 3.5 Math Homework Due
Reading Read The Screech Owl Who Liked Television Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due

 

November 9th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of November 13th

Tuesday, November 13th

This week for homework, read The Screech Owl Who Liked Television by Jean Craighead George.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.

Use each vocabulary word on pages 274 and 275 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the Text to Self Activity on page 295.    Find a simile on page 286 and explain the simile.  
Answer the Stop and Think question on page 289 in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 277. Complete the Write about Animals activity on page 291 in five or more sentences.  
Complete the comic strip activity on page 291.   Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this story. Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.
November 2nd, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 5th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of November 5th-9th

 

Report Card Pick-up

Chicago Public Schools has assigned Wednesday, November 14th as a day for report cards to be distributed at elementary schools.  Every parent has the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher in ten minute increments from 12-6. Please complete the preference sheet to request your preferred time.  Conference times will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Reading: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject.  

During the second quarter, the readers will change genres from fiction to informational text, specifically focusing on biographies.  As each guided reading group finishes their fiction book, they will be given a biography to read. Ask your fourth grader who the subject of his or her biography is.  The reading skill of the week is using context clues to define unfamiliar words. Please practice this reading skill with your fourth grader at home.

 

Writing: Formulate an opinion on a topic and support that opinion with reasons and specific evidence.

During the month of November, the writers are being introduced to a new genre of writing, opinion writing. The writers will read an opinion piece and discuss it with their classmates. They will then analyze the text to determine reasons for their opinion as well as coming up with some of their own. In order to further convince others of their opinion they will provide specific evidence to support their reasons.

 

Math: Analyze fractions and determine if they are equivalent using a variety of fraction models.

This week, students will be starting a new unit in mathematics. Unit 3 introduces fractions and has students analyzing fractions in many forms. Students will use fraction circles and number lines, along with equal sharing scenarios to get an understanding of fractions that are equivalent to one another. By the end of the week, students will have a rule to easily determine equivalent fractions when given a fraction.

 

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 three tic tac toe activities Reading Homework Due
November 2nd, 2018

Homework ~ Week of November 5th

Monday, November 5th

This week for homework, read Dear Mr. Winston by Ken Roberts.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.

Use each vocabulary word on pages 222 and 223 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Complete the Venn Diagram found on page 241 for the Text to Text activity. Answer the stop and think question on page 228. Identify a question that you have and make a prediction about what you think the answer will be.
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 235. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 225. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 236 in five or more sentences.  
Complete the Write  a Reply activity found on page 237. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this story.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

October 26th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 29th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of October 29th-November 1st

 

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

This week will be the introduction of our new writing unit, opinion writing. We will be starting the unit off by reading a debate piece from Scholastic magazine about assigned seats in the cafeteria. Students will then pick a side of the argument that we agree with and write why they feel that way. As we progress, students will learn to support their argument using reasons and explanations in order to justify their side.

 

Math: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.  

We will begin the week with classifying quadrilaterals by their properties.  In their classification of quadrilaterals, the fourth graders should be able to identify parallel lines, right angles, and congruent sides as possible attributes.  The fourth graders will also explore symmetry in nature, objects, and shapes. Every fourth grader should be able to identify that a figure has symmetry if a line can be drawn through it so that it is divided into two parts that are mirror images of each other.  Since Thursday is the last day of the quarter, the fourth graders will take the Cumulative Test on Wednesday and the Unit 2 Test on Thursday. On the Cumulative Assessment, the fourth grader will be tested on place value, value of a specific digit, comparing numbers, rounding, adding numbers in the hundreds place, subtracting numbers in the subtraction place, finding the perimeter, of a square, and solving multi-step word problems.  Thursday’s Unit 2 Test will include drawing all of the arrays for a specific number, finding the factors of a specific number, finding the multiples for a specific number, finding the area of a rectangle, converting hours to minutes, multiplicative comparison word problems, identifying right angles, identifying properties of a quadrilateral, line symmetry, identifying a pattern in solving a math problem, solving a multi-step word problem, and finding the area of a rectilinear figure.  Please let me know if there is a specific skill that you would like me to practice with your fourth grader.

 

Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.  

With Thursday being the last day of the quarter, the fourth graders will be assigned their final reading project of the quarter.  For this project, they will pick one of the guided reading books that they read during the first quarter. They will create a book cover of this book.  In their book cover, they will identify a character trait to describe the protagonist, identify the main idea and theme, draw an inference from the text, and summarize the story.  The students are familiar with this project from their work on a book cover that they all created for The Whipping Boy.  The same rubric will be used to assess this project.  

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Read Me and Uncle Romie   Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities.   Tic Tac Toe activities due.  
Math Homelink 2.11 Homelink 2.12 Homelink 2.13 Math Homework Due
October 26th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of October 29th

Monday, October 29, 2018

This week for homework, read Me and Uncle Romie by Claire Hartfield.  By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook.  At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.

Use each vocabulary word on pages 196 and 197 in a sentence.  Each sentence should have at least eight words in it. Independently complete the Plan a Tour activity found on page 213. Answer the stop and think question on page 203 in five or more sentences. Identify evidence of why this story is told in the first or third person. Why do you think the author wrote in this person?
Answer the Stop and Think questions found on page 204. Answer in five or more sentences. Complete the graphic organizer found on page 199. Answer the Stop and Think question on page 206 in five or more sentences.  
Complete the Write About Gifts activity found on page 213. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this story.  Your letter must be written in correct format in five or more sentences. Answer the essential question in five or more sentences.

 

October 19th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 22nd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of  October 22nd-26th

 

Writing: Write informative/ explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.  

The writers will be editing their explanatory final drafts this week.  Mini-lessons will focus on using tools to spell words correctly, correct capitalization, and appropriately using punctuation.  

 

Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.  

The fourth grade readers will be summarizing text.  They know that a good summary includes the who, what, where, why, and when of the text written in approximately three-five sentences.  

 

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

We will continue use multiplication this week.  First, the fourth graders will convert units of time to smaller units of time.  Then, the students will use multiplication to solve word problems that use comparison.  Finally, we will end the week with classifying triangles.

 

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 2.7 Homelink 2.8 Homelink 2.9 Homelink 2.10 Math Homework Due
Reading Read Coming Distractions Questioning Movies Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities Tic Tac Toe activities due.