Dr. Toney- James Grade 4 Room 206 mrtoney@cps.edu

September 23, 2019

September 23, 2019 – September 27, 2019

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Congratulations to Jacari Williams he was last weeks Student of the Week

Reading- In  Reading, students will determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text. students will investigate the differences between main idea and theme in their stories.

Math- In Math students will continue working on Unit 1-Place Value: Multi-digit Addition and SubtractionStudents will practice adding and subtracting using the traditional method.  We will also explore and learn properties of lines segments, rays, angles, triangles, and quadrilaterals. In addition, students will solve problems converting units involving yards, feet, and inches.

Social Science- Students will be able to:

  • define key terms
  • list the five themes of geography
  • identify characteristics of the five themes of geography
  • Student will create a 5 themes of geography flip book in class.

 

Homework Chart September 23, 2019 

SUBJECT MONDAY

9/23/19

TUESDAY

9/24/19

WEDNESDAY

9/25/19

THURSDAY

9/26/19

FRIDAY

9/27 /19- “Fix it Friday” 

Literacy

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

 

Group A: How Tia Lola Came to Stay pg 73,

 

Group B: Off and Running pg 72

Tic-Tac- Toe (H)

 

Work on Cereal Box

Projects Due this week.

 Tic-Tac- Toe (H)

 

Work on Cereal Box Project (H)

Due this week.

 

 

Tic-Tac- Toe (H)

 

Work on Cereal Box Project (H) Due this week.

All Tic-Tac-Toe Homework Due

 

 

Weekly Literacy Assessment

Math

.Generalize place value understanding multi-digit whole numbers; Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

Homelinks

1.9 (H)

Study 4 times tables (H)

Homelinks

1.10 (H)

Study 4 times tables (H)

Homelinks

1.11 (H)

Study 4  times tables (H)

Homelinks

1.12 (H)

Timed test Thursday

60 second timed test on the 4 times tables

All Homework Due

Math Game Day

 

Weekly Math Review (C)

 

Social Studies

Students will learn about the 5 themes of geography

 

 

5 themes of Geography info (C)

Flip book

5 themes of Geography info (C)

Flip book

5 themes of Geography info (C)

Flip book

Due Today!

 Relative and Absolute location Scavenger Hunt (C) Scholastic Current Events Activity

September 17, 2019

September 16, 2019 – September 20, 2019

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Congratulations to Ruby Anderson for Student of the Week! 

Dear Parents,

Please make certain that your child returns their CPS packet back this week. Also make certain that you register for class dojo if you have not. Lastly, make certain your child is completing homework daily and studying for Thursday timed test. This week students should be practicing  their 3 multiplication facts. Cereal Box Projects due The Week of September 23, 2019 

Weekly Objectives 

Reading- Students will continue to read The Whipping Boy. Students will work to identify the theme  of the text.   We will practice finding the theme  throughout the week. Earbuds due this week!

Math-Students will be taught to use the U.S. traditional method of addition. We will also review strategies for solving word problems.

Social Studies-  Students will begin to explore the Continents and Oceans of the World.

 

Congratulations to Ruby Anderson for Student of the Week! 

Dear Parents,

Please make certain that your child returns their CPS packet back this week. Also make certain that you register for class dojo if you have not. Lastly, make certain your child is completing homework daily and studying for Thursday timed test. This week students should be practicing  their 3 multiplication facts. Cereal Box Projects due The Week of September 23, 2019 

Homework 

 Monday: Homelinks 1.6

Study Math Facts (3’s)

Tuesday: Homelinks 1.7

Study Math Facts (3’s)

Wednesday: Homelinks 1.8

Study Math Facts (3’s)

Thursday: Homelinks 1.7- Timed Test 

All homelinks Due Friday: 

Reading Group A: Read “My Brother Martin” pg 47   Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities in homework notebook

Reading Group B: Blasting Off to Space Academy” pg. 46. Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities in homework notebook

Work on Cereal Box Projects due the Week of 9/23/19

September 4, 2019

2019- 2020 Fourth Grade Grading Rubric

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Dear Parents,

Below you will find the rubric that is used for daily assignments and homework. Please Click the link below.

Fourth-Grade-Grading-Rubric Room 206

2019- 2020 Class Schedule Room 206

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Our Class Schedule

Arrival: 8:45 a.m.    Math: 8:45 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Science 10:30- 11:15 (Lemberis)   Writing: 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Wejman)

Recess/ Lunch: 12:00 p.m.- 12:45 p.m.   12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Classroom Meeting

Literacy: 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.             Social Science 2:00p.m- 2:45p.m (Toney-James)

2:45p.m- 3:45 p.m.  (Specials)

Specials

Monday– Art

Tuesday –Dance

Wednesday–Music

Thursday- P.E.

Friday– Spanish

Welcome for Ms. Garza (Student Intern)

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To the families of room 206, 

My name is Avery Garza and I am very excited to join Ray Elementary as a student teacher in the 4th grade! I am a graduate student at the University of Chicago in the Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP) pursuing my masters in teaching. At the end of this school year I will be endorsed to teach 1st-6th grade in all subjects. This year I will be a resident student teacher working in Dr. James’ classroom. As a student teacher I will be working closely with Dr. James to observe and participate in classroom activities and will be involved in co-planning and leading instruction.     

 

I came to Chicago to pursue a career in education. After working as an assistant teacher in a sixth grade classroom in Milwaukee I heard about the UTEP program and decided to get my masters in teaching. My experiences in Milwaukee opened my eyes to how much I love to work with young people in supporting  their curiosity and helping to guide their explorations. I believe that building strong relationships with students and families is at the core of a successful classroom and I look forward to learning more about your student over the coming months. 

 

I would like to share a little bit about myself. I grew up in Austin, Texas where I lived with my parents and one younger brother until leaving for undergrad in Arkansas at Hendrix College. At Hendrix I got my bachelor’s in Marketing and Communication while exploring my passion for education through tutoring and volunteering at a local elementary school. This will be my third year in Chicago as a Hyde Park resident, and I am still learning how to adjust to the winters here! In the summer I enjoy spending time at Promontory Point and riding my bike as much as possible. 

 

In addition to building strong relationships in the classroom, I am excited to work to build community in and around Hyde Park and especially here with everyone who makes up the wonderful community here at Ray! 

 

I look forward to an excellent school year,

-Avery Garza

Welcome to Room 206- Grade 4

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September 3, 2019

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! This year, I am extremely excited to have a University of Chicago intern co-teaching in fourth grade.  Ms. Garza  is a graduate student who is currently fulfilling her teacher preparation credentials at Ray (see attached introduction letter). Together we look forward to a positive year with strong parent-teacher communication to best serve the needs of your child. We are both committed to doing everything within our power to make this year successful and exciting for all of us!

About Dr. James

I am originally from Chicago and a product of Chicago Public Schools. My hobbies include teaching 5 am cycle classes, travel, training for marathons and spending time with my children. My husband and I have two children, a son named Gavin age 8 and a daughter named Avia, age 6 .This is my sixth 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 15 years, 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 activities, and homework pertaining to each subject taught by me, 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.

Additional Supplies

Personal Novel (by September 10, 2018). 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.

Grading Policy

Grading Policy Your child’s grades will be based on tests, projects, homework and classwork.

The Grading Scale is as follows: 100-90% = A 89-80% = B 79-70% = C 69-60 = D 59% ↓ = F

Assessments: 40%      Classwork/ Participation: 30%   Homework: 15%   Projects: 15%

 

 

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 class on Friday. . 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 coins.  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.

Social Emotional Learning

This year, Ray School has adapted Second Step which is a social and emotional curriculum.  In Room 206, students will be taught the lessons during our class meeting which will be held immediately after lunch.  This week’s theme is empathy.

Additional Information

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 return the paperwork as soon as you can.  In addition to the paperwork, the $85 school fee is due as soon as possible.

Our Class Schedule

Arrival: 8:45 a.m.    Math: 8:45 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Science 10:30- 11:15 (Lemberis)   Writing: 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Wejman)

Recess/ Lunch: 12:00 p.m.- 12:45 p.m.   12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Classroom Meeting

Literacy: 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.             Social Science 2:00p.m- 2:45p.m (Toney-James)

2:45p.m- 3:45 p.m.  (Specials)

Specials

Monday– Art

Tuesday –Dance

Wednesday–Music

Thursday- P.E.

Friday– Spanish

 

Daily Rotations

Also, this year I am excited to announce that students will change classes daily for Social Studies, Science and Writing

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

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