Ms. Wejman

September 11th, 2017

First Quarter Book Report

Every five weeks, you will be required to complete a book report which will be counted as part of the project portion of your grade.  Since we are reading fiction books during the first quarter, the first two book reports should be about a fiction book that you have read at home. The first book report will be due Tuesday, October 3rd.  

Name: __________________________________________________

Title of the book: ___________________________________________

Author of the book: _________________________________________

Fiction Genre: _____________________________________________

 

Please answer in complete sentences.  

 

  1. Who is the protagonist of the book? What is a character trait to describe this character? What are actions, words, and thoughts to give evidence to this character trait?

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  1. What is the setting of this story?

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  1. What is your favorite part of the book? Why was it your favorite? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. What was the problem of the story? How was the problem solved? If the problem was not resolved, how would you have solved the problem?

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  1. How does the story end? How could the story have ended differently?

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  1.  Make a prediction.  If there was a sequel to this story, what do you think would happen next?

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  1.  Name a person in Room 207 that you would recommend this book to.  Why would you recommend that this person should read this book?

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September 8th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 11th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of September 11th-15th

Writing:  Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.

The writers will begin the week with creating a plot mountain of the narrative that they began writing last week.  Throughout the week, mini-lessons will pertain to using dialogue and description.  They will use text from The Whipping Boy, to review rules used when writing dialogue, how a character responds to an event, and incorporating figurative language to enhance description.  Encourage your fourth grader to tell  you about his or her narrative.  

 

Math: Generalize place value understanding for whole numbers.

Throughout the week, place value strategies will be reinforced.  For example, they will be comparing and rounding numbers to a specific place value.  They will also use estimation strategies in order to help them make sense of solving word problems.  Homework will begin this week.  The fourth graders will do a Homelink each night. If a student has difficulty with a specific problem, please bring the book to school the next day.  It is the student’s responsibility to ask for help before the Homelink book is due on Friday.

 

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

Reading Homework begins this week in Room 207.  Every fourth grader was given a Journey’s book.  Each week, they will be assigned a new story to read in the Journey’s book.  They were also given a Tic Tac Toe sheet.  Every fourth grader has the duration of the week, to complete the three Tic Tac Toe activities of his or her choice.  The three activities should be completed in the fourth grader’s purple homework notebook.  The Tic Tac Toe sheet should be cut out and glued to the purple notebook.  All purple notebooks will be due every Friday.  Tic Tac Toe sheets can also be found on the Room 207 blog.  If a student has difficulty with a specific reading task, please bring it to school before Friday.  The teacher will help the student.  

Guided reading groups will also be initiated this week.  Every student was given a book to read at his or her specific level.  Each fourth grader’s group will meet with the teacher once a week.  The other students will either be reading or working on their Bingo Sheet.  On a Bingo Sheet, the each student will pick five reader’s response activities to complete before Friday.  This will be a classwork grade.  

While we continue to read The Whipping Boy, the students will be practicing identifying main idea of specific chapters.  When reading with your fourth grader at home, ask them to identify the main idea of an excerpt of a text.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 1.2 Homelink 1.3 Homelink 1.4 Homelink 1.5 Math Homework Due
Reading Read Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo found in the Journey’s book.  Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities in homework notebook.   Tic Tac Toe activities due in Homework notebook.  

 

September 5th, 2017

General Room 207 Rubric

 

 

 

September 5th, 2017

Room 207 Schedule

Room 207 Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:45-8:55 Arrival Arrival Buddies Arrival Arrival
8:55-9:30 Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop
9:30-11 Math Math Math Math Math
11-12 Art Physical Education Art Art Physical Education
12-12:45 Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess
12:45-1 Class Meeting Class Meeting Class Meeting Class Meeting Class Meeting
1-2 Reader’s Workshop Reader’s Workshop Reader’s Workshop Reader’s Workshop Reader’s Workshop
2-2:45 Science Social Studies Science Science Science
2:45-3:30 Social Studies Social Studies Science Social Studies Social Studies
3:30-3:45 Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal

 

September 5th, 2017

Welcome Letter

Dear Fourth Grade Parents,                                                                                                    September 5, 2017

Welcome to fourth grade!  This year, Room 207 is lucky to have a Michigan State intern co-teaching in fourth grade.  Ms. Aron graduated from Michigan State in May and now is fulfilling her teacher preparation credentials at Ray.  Together we look forward to a positive year with strong parent-teacher communication to best serve the needs of your child.

Every Monday, you will receive a Peek at the Week stating the common core standards, activities, and homework pertaining to each subject.  If you have any further questions, email is the best way to contact both teachers. Ms. Wejman’s email address is jmwejman@cps.edu and Ms. Aron’s email is aronemil@msu.edu. We will always do our personal best to respond to emails in a timely matter. Additionally, we are able to meet before and after school with a scheduled appointment.

This week, the main objective is to acclimate the fourth graders to the routines of Room 207.  Through the CHAMPS classroom management system, the students will learn the expectation of each activity during the school day.  In CHAMPS, students explicitly learn the expectations in terms of conversation level (C), the appropriate way to ask for help (H), the activity (A), movement (M), and participation (P).  When the students are able to follow through with the expectations, they are able to soar to success (S).

To reinforce positive behaviors throughout the school, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) will be implemented at Ray.  In addition to learning the expectation of classroom activities, the fourth graders will also be explicitly taught the behaviors that will be expected in our school. Every week a student from each class will be rewarded for positive behavior with a Student of the Week award.

Another PBIS initiative will be monthly positive character trait themes.  September’s character trait is respect.  Today the students in Room 207 wrote letters to you about how they plan to be respectful at home and school throughout the month.  We encourage you to write a letter back to your child stating how you plan to support their respectful behavior.  Please return the letters to school tomorrow.

This year, Ray School has adapted Second Step which is a social and emotional curriculum.  In Room 207, students will be taught the lessons during our class meeting which will be held immediately after lunch.  This week’s theme is empathy.

Throughout the week, we will be practicing good reading behavior during reader’s workshop.  Since guided reading groups will not begin until next week, it is recommended that students bring in an independent book to read.  The student’s book choice will help to give us an idea of the student’s reading interests. Whipping Boy will be our whole class read aloud for the first five weeks of the school year.  The students will practice the reading skill of the week through the read aloud.  This week’s reading skill is identifying character trait.  To begin our study on character trait, each fourth grader identified a character trait to describe him or herself.  Ask your child to tell you the character trait that he or she picked and the reason why.  Additionally, tell your child a character trait that explains your personality and why it describes who you are.  Furthermore, have your child tell you about Whipping Boy and the characters in the book.

 

 

Today in math, the students took their first Tuesday Timed Test answering as many subtraction problems that they could in five minutes.  These tests are not graded but intended to be a fun way to practice facts.  In fourth grade, math facts should be automatic.  If they are not, we encourage students to practice five minutes every day at home.  Throughout the month of September, the students will continue to be tested on subtraction facts.  Today, the students also took a beginning of the year assessment in math.  This test will not be graded but used to determine each fourth graders’ current skills.

Students will not be assigned homework during the first week of school.  One optional assignment that the students were introduced to today was to bring in a picture of the student on vacation in one of the 50 United States.  Since the social studies curriculum pertains to the regions of the United States, we are going to introduce each other to the regions through places we have already traveled. The pictures will be posted on a bulletin board in the classroom.

This year, the fourth graders in Room 207 will be switching for science, social studies, and writing.  The fourth graders will go to Room 209 for science with Ms. Pfeiffer, Room 206 for social studies with Dr. James, and will begin the day with writing in 207 with Ms. Wejman and Ms. Aron.  We will plan to begin switching classrooms tomorrow.  Please consult each individual teacher’s blog for class activities and assignments.

Our first writing genre of the year in writing will be narrative.  We will begin with collecting fun stories of what the fourth graders did this summer.  Throughout the month, the writing mini-lessons will focus on the common core objectives for narrative writing such as dialogue, description, and word choice.  The fourth graders will practice these techniques through a writing about an event that happened to him or her.  Ask your fourth grader to tell you about his or her writing narrative list of ideas.

Grades will be entered in daily on IMPACT.  The fourth grade team has established a consistent grading system for math and reading.  In both reading and math, assessments will account for 40% of the grade, classwork for 30%, homework for 15%, and projects for 15%.   In writing, the completion of daily writing work will be 50% of the grade and final drafts will account for the remaining 50%.  A general rubric will be used to grade homework and classwork.  This rubric, will be posted in the classroom, is on our blog, and has been sent home today.

The fourth graders will take their beginning of the year NWEA tests on Wednesday, September 6th and Thursday, September 7th.  The results of these tests will be important for helping with differentiating each child’s specific learning needs.

We look forward to a successful school year!

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Ms. Wejman and Ms. Aron

June 19th, 2017

Dear Fourth Grade Parent,                                                                                                      June 20, 2017

 

We hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful summer that is both fun and relaxing.  To prepare your child for fourth grade, it is important that some practices are in place.  

First of all, your child should be reading everyday.  Because it is the summer, let your child read for pleasure enjoying books that they enjoy.  As their parent, it would be helpful for you to encourage them to read a variety of genres.  Also, asking them questions about what they are reading is helpful to aid in comprehension.  Children of all ages enjoy adults reading books to them.  Consider reading a favorite book of your past to your fourth grader.  

Another great practice that would be helpful for your rising fourth grader, would be practicing math facts.  Children with an automaticity of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts are more prepared for the math skills that will be taught throughout the year.  Websites such as Math is Fun and Khan Academy are helpful for reviewing and teaching new specific math skills.  

Since the children learned so much about Chicago History in third grade, it would be fun for your family to continue this by going on “family field trips” around the city.  The Chicago Public Library has free passes to a multitude of Chicago museums.  While at the library, your child can also sign up for the summer reading program.  Journaling about your family field trips would be an excellent way to foster writing skills.  

Fourth graders are at a wonderful age to be independent and greatly enjoy the world around them.  We hope that you take advantage of all of the teachable moments that await your child this summer!  

 

Sincerely,

Dr. James

Ms. Pfeiffer

Ms. Wejman

June 12th, 2017

Fourth Grade Supply List

4th Grade Supplies

60 pencils – # 2 Sharpened

6 Color Coded Specific Notebooks (red, blue, yellow, green, black, purple)

1 box of colored pencils

1 liquid glue

8 glue sticks

1 box of markers

1 box of dry erase markers

1 pencil case

1 pair of old clean socks

3 pair of scissors

1 protractor

1 compass

2 pocket folders

1 large Hand sanitizer

1 package of Clorox wipes

1 box of reclosable plastic sandwich bags

1 box of large gallon bags

2 package of notebook paper

2 package of copy paper

2 boxes of Kleenex

Paper Towels

Wet wipes

2 black wipes

1 ruler with centimeters and inches

2 package of post-its

June 9th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of June 12th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of June 12th-16th

 

Math: Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements.

Because grades are due on Friday, the fourth graders will have three different assessments this week.  On Tuesday, they will take the Unit 8 Assessment which will include solving a multi-step word problem, identifying angle measure, identifying lines of symmetry, plotting data on a line plot, adding decimals, multiplying a whole number by a fraction, adding fractions, and converting cups to quarts.  On Wednesday, the students will take the Unit 8 Cumulative Test.  They will be assessed on solving a multi-step problem, finding the unknown angle measure, solving word problems with a fraction, multiplying two digit numbers, lines of symmetry, converting units of measure, plotting data on a line plot, and adding decimals.  On Thursday, the students will take the End of the Year Assessment.  They will be assessed on solving word problems, finding patterns, place value, multiplying a two digit number by a two digit number, dividing a four digit dividend by a one digit divisor, converting units of measure, plotting data on a line plot, adding mixed numbers, comparing fractions, decomposing fractions, converting decimals and fractions, area, perimeter, angle measure, identifying a line, ray, line segment, acute angle, obtuse angle, and point, parallel lines, perpendicular sides, and symmetry.  If there is a specific math skill that you would like me to practice with your fourth grader, please let me know.  The fourth graders will be taking home these assessments this week.  Please use these tests to practice specific math skills over the summer.  

 

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

To end our Greek Mythology unit, the students will work in a group to act out a Greek Myth.  The students will receive a rubric to identify how the skit will be graded.  Ask  your fourth grader what myth he or she is choosing to act out on Friday.  

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

All fractured myths are due on Friday.  Mini-lessons will focus on word choice and conventions.  The students will also have time to share their writing with other writers in the class.  

 

Clean Up Day

Students will take home all supplies on Friday.  Please have your fourth grader bring a bag to take everything home.  

 

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, Australia, and Antarctica due.   Read for 30 minutes.
Math Homelink 8.10 Chapter 8 Test Chapter 8 Cumulative Test End of the Year Test  

 

 

 

June 2nd, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of June 5th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of June 5th-9th

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

The students will continue to work on their fractured myth final drafts.  As they continue to write their fractured myth, they will focus on word choice, transitional words, and sentence fluency.  

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

The formulas for area and perimeter will be reviewed this week.  As an extra challenge, the students will be finding the area and perimeter of rectangles that have a length or width with a fraction or mixed number.  The fourth grader will also be solving multi-step math problems.

 

Reading: Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third- person narratives.

In May, the students read the myths of Pandora, Perseus, and Persephone.  This week they will read another version of each story.  To fulfill the standard, they will compare and contrast the different versions of each myth in a Venn Diagram.  Ask your fourth grader to tell you the similarities and differences of each version.  

 

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, Australia, and Antarctica due.  

Read for 30 minutes.  
Math Homelink 8.6 Homelink 8.7 Homelink 8.8 Homelink 8.9 Math Homework Due

 

May 26th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 29th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of May 29th-June 2nd

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

After fracturing four different Greek myths during the month of May, the fourth graders will now pick one of them to write as a final draft.  Categories on the rubric that they will receive on the rubric this week include a detailed exposition, plot, transitional words, description, dialogue, word choice, and conventions.  This week, the students will all be given the opportunity to edit misspelled words and work with a partner to help them revise their work.  

 

Math: Solve problems involving measurement and conversion on measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.

Because of Olympic Day and the Third Grade Play there will only be one formal math lesson taught this week.  In that lesson, they will be plotting data on a line plot.  Math homework will be due this week on Thursday.  

 

Reading: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.

As the fourth graders continue to read Greek myths, they will use a character’s thoughts, actions, and words to describe the protagonist of the myth with a character trait.  At home, ask your fourth grader to use text evidence to describe the protagonist of his or her independent book.  

 

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

Letters from North America, South America, and Europe Due.

Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from Africa, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica due.  

Read for 30 minutes.
Math Homelink 8.5 Math Homework Due

 

May 19th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 22nd

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of May 22nd-26th

 

NWEA Testing

The fourth graders will be take the end of the year NWEA test on Tuesday and Wednesday.  This test is a good indication of how every student has shown growth during a school year.  Because of this, it is important the fourth graders work hard and do their personal best to showcase their academic growth throughout the 2016-2017 school year.  Results will be available immediately after the students take the assessment.  If you are interested in learning how your fourth grader did, please let me know.  

 

Math: Geometric measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure angles.

We will begin the week with the fourth graders analyzing student work from last week’s open response.  They will use the student work to help them revise their own work.  We will also review line symmetry.  Because of the NWEA testing, the students will only have two formal homeroom math lessons this week.  

 

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

Everyday the fourth graders will read another Greek myth.  After they read the myth, they will identify the theme and give specific text evidence to explain the theme.  Encourage your fourth grade reader to read Greek myths at home.  You can even share your favorite myth with your child.  Encourage your fourth grader to tell you the theme of a specific myth.  

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Continuing with our month long writing genre, the fourth graders will be fracturing another myth.  This week, the fourth graders will be fracturing the myth of Perseus.  In conjunction with our reading objective, the fourth graders will be identifying the theme of this particular myth.  They will also be able to identify the theme of their own fractured myth.  Other mini-lessons will focus on plot development, dialogue, and word choice.  

 

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, Australia, and Antarctica due.  

Read for 30 minutes.  
Math Homelink 8.3 Homelink 8.4 Math Homework Due

 

May 12th, 2017

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 15th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of May 15th-19th

 

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

The students will begin the week with taking the Open Response portion of the Unit 7 Test.  They will spend the rest of the week beginning Unit 8.  They will begin the Unit with solving challenging multi-step number stories.  When working with your fourth grader at home, make sure that they understand what the problem is asking before they actually do the work.  Wednesday and Thursday will focus on angle measure.  All fourth graders should be able to identify a 90, 180, and 360 degree angle.  With this knowledge, they should be able to use strategies to identify an unknown angle measure without using a protractor.  They will use this knowledge on Thursday’s open response problem to identify the angle measure of different polygons.  

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

As the students are fracturing the myth of Persephone, they will begin the week with writing a luring lead.  Since the original story was full of sensory imagery, they will also incorporate the five senses in their story.  Other mini-lessons will focus on using appropriate paragraph breaks, writing dialogue, and writing an unforgettable ending in the resolution.  

 

Reading: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meaning.

During the last week of our poetry unit, the students will be analyzing a new poem each day.  With their analyzation, they will focus on figurative language, literary device, theme, imagery, and literal versus. figurative meaning.  Each day, we will focus on a new skill.  Encourage your fourth grade to read poetry at home.  

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 8.1 Homelink 8.2 Math Homework Due
Reading Read for 30 minutes. Read for 30 minutes.

Letters from North 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.