Weekly Objectives for September 15- 19, 2014

Reading- Readers will be able to identify why the author wrote the selection. Is the purpose stated or implied? Which details support the purpose and Identify if there is an author’s bias. Students will identify story elements and use them to summarize. They will provide evidence to support their ideas by citing appropriate details and examples from the text. They will analyze the relationship between two or more characters in the story.

Social Studies– .Determine the main idea of text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text. Students will summarize informational text in their social studies book.

Science- Students will investigate and sort objects based on their physical properties. They will record observations with pictures, numbers, and words.

Math– Students will be able to understand the relationship between defined and undefined terms. They will be able develop and use principles of logic and reasoning. Students will be able to identify the properties of polygons.

Homework September 15, 2014 to September 19. 2014

Monday-   Literacy-Work on Cereal Box Projects, Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Math– Study Links 1.5 Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday

Tuesday: Literacy-Work on Cereal Box Projects, Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Math- Study Links 1.6 Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday

Wednesday: Literacy-Work on Cereal Box Projects, Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Math- Study Links 1.7 Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday

Thursday: Literacy-Work on Cereal Box Projects, Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Math- Study Links 1.8 Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday

Friday:   Unit 1 Math Test. All Homework is Due (Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Cereal Box Projects due next week.

Weekly Objectives

Reading:  Readers will be able to identify story elements and use them to summarize. They will provide evidence to support their ideas  by citing appropriate details and examples from the text.  They will analyze the relationship between two or more characters.

Social Studies- Students will practice using maps skills  to  identify continents and hemispheres.

Science-  Students will be introduced to the 3 types of matter.  Students will begin by investigating and sorting objects based on their properties.

Math-Students will begin 4th grade math with geometeric properties. They wil identify, describe and draw line segments, points, lines, and rays.

Homework September 8, 2014 to September 12. 2014

Monday-   Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 15, 2014),  Math- Study Math Times Tables (2’s)Timed Test Friday

Tuesday:  Literacy- Book Log(Due Monday  September 15, 2014),   Tic- Tac Toe, Cereal Box Project    Math- Study Links 1.2,       Study Math Times Tables (2’s) Timed Test Friday

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log (Due Monday  September 15, 2014),  ,  Tic- Tac Toe , Cereal Box Project   Math- Study Links  1.3, Study Math Times Tables (2’s) Timed Test Friday

Thursday: Literacy– Book Log(Due Monday  September 15, 2014),  ,  Tic- Tac Toe , Cereal Box Project   Math– Study Links  1.4            Study Math Times Tables (2’s) Timed Test Friday

Friday:   All Homework is Due ( Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 15, 2014), Cereal Box Project

Dear Fourth Grade Students and Families,

My name is Dr. Toney-James, and I am very excited to be your child’s 4th grade teacher this year! I am committed to doing everything within my power to make this year successful and exciting for all of us!

I am originally from Chicago. My hobbies include travel, training for marathons and spending time with my children. My husband and I have two children, a son named Gavin age 3 and a daughter named Avia, age 1.This is my second year at the William Ray Elementary School and I look forward to a year filled with unlimited learning experiences and exciting times. As an intermediate grade school teacher (grade 3-5) for over a decade, I believe that an understanding of culture, communities and pedagogies of empowerment is paramount to student success. I feel extremely honored to be at a school with such a rich reputation for strong community and parental involvement!

Communication

Every Monday, you will receive a curriculum chart outlining the common core standards, activities, and homework pertaining to each subject, this will be available on the classroom website. If you have any further questions, email is the best way to contact me. My email address is mrtoney@cps.edu. I always do my personal best to respond to emails in a timely matter. Additionally, I am able to meet before and after school with a scheduled appointment.

This week, the main objective is to prepare the fourth graders with the procedures and routines of Room 206-4. Through the CHAMPS classroom management system, the students will learn the expectations 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).

Personal Novel (by September 3, 2014). Throughout the week, we will practice good reading behavior during reader’s workshop. Since guided reading groups will not begin this week, it is recommended that students bring an independent book to read. The student’s book choice will help give me an idea of your child’s reading interests and habits.

Headphones/Earbuds (by October 1, 2014 for IPAD activities). Please plan to have the earbuds to school by or before October 1st when IPad use will begin. The safe keeping of the earbuds will be the student’s responsibility and they will be stored in the student’s desk at all times.

Grading Policy Your child’s grades will be based on tests, projects, homework and classwork. Should your child have an unsatisfactory test grade (D or F), the test must be signed by a parent and returned the following school day.

Homework Policy

Homework is assigned every night. However, homework is not due until Friday. Weekly homework will be outlined and posted via website every Monday. A weekly reading log will be given at the beginning of every week this log is to be completed and turned in the following Monday. Please be sure that your child’s homework is NEAT and COMPLETE. Homework that is given is a review of what has been taught in class. Please take a few minutes each night to check your child’s work.

Behavior Policy

To reinforce positive behaviors throughout the school, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) will be implemented at Ray. In addition to learning the expectations of classroom activities, the fourth graders will also be explicitly taught the behaviors that will be expected in our school. To reinforce positive behavior throughout the school, students will be praised with Ray Warrior tickets. Additionally, every week a student from each class will be recognized 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.

From past experience, you probably are aware of all of the important paper work that is required for you to complete (please see back to school parent packet). With that said, parents often feel that they are the ones with all of the homework during the first week of school. It would be extremely helpful for the school, if you turn in the paperwork as soon as you can. In addition to the paperwork, the \$85 school fee is due as soon as possible.

All of the fourth grade specials will take place at the end of the day from 2:45 p.m.-3:45p.m. The schedule is as follows: Monday– Gym, Tuesday– Art, Wednesday– Library, Thursday- Spanish, and Friday- Music. A new CPS mandate this year requires that each student has 90 minutes of physical education minutes a week. To accommodate the requirement, Room 206 will have an additional half hour of physical education on Thursdays from 9:00-9:30. Since physical education will take place on Mondays and Thursdays, students should wear gym shoes on these days.

I want to thank you in advance for all your support. Together we will continue to work toward success and high student achievement. I am very excited about the year ahead, and look forward to having the privilege of teaching your child!

Once again, I am very excited to work with each of your children! Let’s work together to make this the best year ever!

Kind Regards,

Dr. Toney-James

Dear Parents,

It’s Invention Convention Time! This week students are to work on their invention convention outlines. Each student received a copy of questions that must be completed by Friday, May 30th. Also, this Friday is our class field trip to the Musuem of Science and Industry. Please make certain you pack a bagged lunch  for your child.

Homework

Tuesday: Literacy- Book Log ( Only for students who did not turn in a log for the week of May 19th)  Math– None  Social Studies- Study Midwest Regions Science Invention Convention Outline

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log ( Only for students who did not turn in a log for the week of May 19th)  Math– None  Social Studies- Study Midwest Regions (Test Oral/ Map Monday June 3, 2014)  Science Invention Convention Outline (Due Friday May 30, 2014)

Thursday: Literacy: Journal Entry # 25: These are famous quotes by the late great Maya Angelou. Select one quote and write how this applies to your life. 1) “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”  or 2.) “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”   Book Log  is due on Friday May 30, 2014 (Only for students who did not turn in a log for the week of May 19th)  Math- None  Social Studies- Study Midwest Regions (Test Oral/ Map Monday June 3, 2014) Science Invention Convention Outline (Due Friday May 30, 2014)

Friday: Social Studies- Study Midwest Regions (Test Oral/ Map Monday June 3, 2014)  Science Begin Invention Convention Posterboard. Finalize protypes. Students may bring posterboards to school Monday June 2, 2014. The Invention Convention is Thursday June 5, 2014. Reminder: The Ray School Olympics for 4th grade are being held this Monday June 2, 2014. Make certain students wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes.

Dear Parents,

The “Tribute to an Inventor” group project will be due Tuesday, May 27th instead of  Friday, May 23rd. This is an in class assignment. Students will have the opportunity to complete research papers and  their poster board presentations in class.  Many students are excited and would like to work on it at home as well, so please encourage them!

Homework Monday May 19, 2014- May 23, 2014

Monday:  Literacy- Book Log,  Math- Study Links 11.6, Science- Work on Invention Convention  Social Studies- Study  States & Capitals in the Midwest Region

Tuesday:  Literacy- Book Log

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log, Math- Study Links 11.7, Science- Work on Invention Convention/” Tribute to An Inventor” Social Studies- Study States & Capitals in the Midwest Region

Thursday: Literacy- Book Log,  Math- None , Science- Work on Invention Convention/ “Tribute to An Inventor”  Social Studies- Study States & Capitals in the Midwest Region

Friday:   Literacy- Book Log (optional) NO HOMEWORK. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Math: Students will identify geometric solids and their properties. Students will review addition and subtraction involving negative and positive integers.

Reading: Students will set a purpose for their reading. Students will analyze the relationships between characters. Students will identify ways they are alike and different.

Social Studies: Students will continue to enhance their learning about the United States and its 5 regions.  Students will use historical maps, flow charts, and timelines.

Science: “Invention Convention” Students should have finalized their “inventions” This week students will create a detailed sketch of their invention and a description of how it will be built.  The Invention Convention will be  Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Homework Monday May 12, 2014- May 16, 2014

Monday-   Literacy- Book Log,  Math- Study Links 11.3, Science- Work on Invention Convention            Social Studies- Study West and Southwest Regions Test 5/16

Tuesday:  Literacy- Book Log, Informational Text Analysis (Due 5/16)   Math- Study Links 11.4, Science- Work on Invention Convention Sketch  (Due 5/16Social Studies- Study West and Southwest Regions

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log, Informational Text Analysis (Due 5/16),Math- Study Links 11.5, Science- Work on Invention Convention  Sketch  (Due 5/16) Social Studies- Study West and Southwest Regions

Thursday: Literacy- Book Log, Informational Text Analysis (Due 5/16),   Math- Study Links 11.6, Science- Work on Invention Convention Sketch and Description   (Due 5/16)Social Studies- Study West and Southwest Regions

Friday:   Literacy- Book Log, Math– N/A  Science- Work on Invention Convention Poster/Display

Math: Students will identify a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into marching parts. Students will use transparent mirrors to draw a reflection of an image.  After practicing drawing reflections, they will also identify symmetrical lines on polygons.

Reading: Students will also conclude their study of different types of poetry for the Month of April. Students will determine the author’s purpose of a story and support their opinions with specific evidence from the text. Students will identify various types of figurative language in literature. Guided reading group discussions will also focus on author’s purpose and theme.

Social Studies: Students will continue to enhance their learning about the United States and its 5 regions.  Students will use historical maps, flow charts, and timelines.

Science: “Invention Convention” During Spring Break, the students began to generate ideas about inventions. Last week, the students started to think about an invention that they could create and use to make their lives easier.  This week we will continue that dialogue in school. We will also research famous inventors. Throughout the week, the students will continue to research to refine their ideas.

Homework April 28, 2014 –  May 2, 2014

Monday-   Literacy- Book Log,  Math- Study Links 10.3, Science- Work on Invention Convention

Tuesday:  Literacy- Book Log, Informational Text Analysis (Due 5/2)   Math- Study Links 10.4, Science- Work on Invention Convention

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log, Informational Text Analysis (Due 5/2), Practice next two stanzas in Figurative Language Rap  Math- Study Links 10.5, Science- Work on Invention Convention

Thursday: Literacy- Book Log, Informational Text Analysis (Due 5/2), Practice next two stanzas in Figurative Language Rap  Math- Study Links 10.6, Science- Work on Invention Convention

Friday:   Literacy- Book Log, Practice next two stanzas in Figurative Language Rap Math- Study Links 10.7, Science- Work on Invention Convention

Dear Parents,

The students were given a Spring Break Packet for homework.

• Invention Convention Brainstorming Form (Due Monday April 21, 2014)
• Poetry Imagery Assignment/ Coupled with an Artifact (Due Monday April, 2014)
• Journal Entries 19 & 20 (Due Wednesday April 23, 2014)

Have a wonderful Spring Break!!!

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for coming out to report card pick-up this week. I so enjoyed meeting with each of you! This week begins the Ray School Book Fair students will have the opportunity to purchase books on Wednesday April 9, 2014. Also, Thursday April 10, 2014 is SPIRIT DAY!!!!! Students should wear their Ray School apparel. That evening is also the Ray School Spring Festival from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30p.m.

Math – This week students will complete Unit 9. Students will have their Unit assessment on Friday. Students will begin Unit 10 (Explorations with reflections of 2-dimensional figures) .

Literacy– This week we will begin the story ““Isaac Asimov” (Anchor Text). The skills and strategies for this story are Identifying Author’s Purpose, Author’s Choice, Inferencing and Questioning. Students will also learn the appropriate ways to use various forms of figurative language in their writing. April is poetry month students began the month by reading “A Dream Deferred” & “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes “This week students will read “Dear Teenager” by Bruce B. Wilmer.

Social Studies – Students will also locate the United States and its various regions on the map. Students will begin to identify states and capital by region. With What other regions does the United States share North America? (Social Studies Text).

Science – This week students will continue studying the human body (Revisited). Students will study the digestive, circulatory and nervous systems.

Math –Students will continue working on Unit 9 (Fractions, Decimals and Percentages 9.4 -9.8) Students will learn how to accurately represent the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages.

Literacy– This week we will begin the story “Owen & Mzee” pg. 613 (Anchor Text).  The skills and strategies for this story are Comparing and Contrasting and Analyze and Evaluate.

Social Studies – Women’s History Month Projects Due this Week!!!! We had some dynamic presentations today. I look forward to hearing from all of the students.  Please Note: We are behind one day because I was attending a teacher professional development on Monday March 31, 2014. Please contact me if you need to know when your child presents.

Students will also begin to identify the states and capitals in United States by region (Social Studies Text).

Science – This week students will investigate” What is the Machine inside you Meant to do?” Students will continue working on identifying parts of the skeletal system and their functions.

Homework April 1, 2014 – April 4, 2014

Monday-  N/A (Teacher Absence)

Tuesday: Literacy- Book Log  Math– Study Links 9.5

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log/ Begin Reading “Owen & Mzee” (pg 613- Journeys) – Answer Essential Question (5 sentence minimum)    Journal Entry #16- Describe your favorite season (fall, spring, summer, or winter). Tell what kinds of things you like to do during that season. Math- Study Links 9.5

Thursday: Literacy Book Log/ Finish  ReadingOwen & Mzee” (pg 613- Journeys). – Make a Comic Strip  (pg. 623). Math- Study Links 9.6

Friday:  Literacy- Journal Entry #17 Describe your favorite character from a book, a movie, or television. Math- Study Links 9.7

Math – This week students will finish working on Unit 8 (Area 8.8). Students will have their Unit assessment on Wednesday. Students will begin Unit 9 (Fractions, Decimals and Percentages 9.1 -9.4)

Literacy– This week we will begin the story “The World According to Humphrey” (Anchor Text).  The skills and strategies for this story are identifying the theme of the story and Summarization.  Students will also learn the appropriate ways to use various forms of figurative language in their writing. Class Novel/ Read Aloud: Tales of the 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.

Social Studies – Women’s History Month Continued: Students will continue to work on their interview projects. Students will interview a woman who has made a positive contribution to their lives. Students have received guidelines and rubrics.  Projects are due the week of March 31, 2014. Students will also begin to identify landforms in the United States (Social Studies Text).

Science – This week students will begin working on identifying parts of the skeletal system and their functions.

Monday March 24, 2014

Literacy- Book Log/ Identifying Theme Printable (1-4).

Social Studies- Work on Women’s History Interview

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Math- None

Literacy- Book Log/pg. 241-242 Journeys W.B.  begin reading “The World According to Humphrey” (Journeys)

Social Studies- Work on Women’s History Interview

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Math- Study Links 9.1 / Study Multiplication Facts

Literacy- Book Log/ continue reading “The World According to Humphrey” (Journeys) answer “What’s the Message”? – Due Friday.

Social Studies- Work on Women’s History Interview

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Math- Study Links 9.2/ Study Multiplication Facts

Literacy- Book Log/ pgs. 247- 249 (Journeys W.B Book-Due Friday)

Social Studies- Work on Women’s History Interview

Friday, March 28, 2014

Math- Study Links 9.3/ Study Multiplication Facts

Literacy- Book Log

Social Studies- Work on Women’s History Interview

Dear Parents,

I am FINALLY on the blog!!!! Yippeeeeeee!!! Thank you so much for your patience. A friendly reminder, students are running very low on school supplies. Students need notebook paper, pencils, colored pencils, dry erase markers, and  scotch tape.

Math – This week students will construct their own St. Patrick’s Day Math word problems. Students will continue working on Unit 8 (Area). This week, we will complete lessons 8.4 – 8.8.

Literacy– This week we will complete the story “I Could Do That!” (Anchor Text).  The skills and strategies for this story are cause & effect and infer/predict.  Students will also learn the appropriate ways to use idioms in their writing. Class Novel/ Read Aloud: Tales of the 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.

Social Studies –  Women’s History Month: This week, students will continue to learn about women who are significant in American and World History. Students will continue to work on their interview projects. Students will interview a woman who has made a positive contribution to their lives. Students have received guidelines and rubrics.  Projects are due the week of March 31, 2014.

Science –  This week we will continue learning about the Scientific Method and begin working with plant classification.

Weekly Homework Assignments

Monday, March 17, 2014

Math– Multiplication Worksheet

Literacy– Book Log/ Complete Limerick’s/ Pot of Gold Printable/ Word Search (Extra Credit optional)

Social Studies– Work on Women’s History Interview

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Math– Revised: Student generated word problems

Literacy– Book Log/ Interpreting Idioms

Social Studies– Work on Women’s History Interview  (Extra Credit: If your parent voted in the primary election bring in voting receipts)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Math–  Study Links 8.5/ Study Multiplication Facts

Literacy– Book Log/ Complete Journal #14/ I Could do That! Write a Response pg 571 (Journeys Book)

Social Studies– Work on Women’s History Interview

Science- None

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Math–  Study Links 8.6/ Study Multiplication Facts

Literacy– Book Log

Social Studies– Work on Women’s History Interview

Friday, March 21, 2014