Weekly Objectives

Reading:  “The Whipping Boy” Readers will be able to identify the character  traits of the protagonist in a story. They will provide evidence to support their ideas by citing appropriate details and examples from the text.

Math-Students will begin 4th grade math with place value in whole numbers and various  place value concepts such as writing numbers in expanded form.

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

 

Homework 

Tuesday-  Reading: Tic- Tac-Toe (H)  Journeys book  Stormalong Pg. 119 . Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/12/16

Wednesday- Math: Home Links 1.1.(H) Due Friday Study Math Facts (2’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Friday  Students will need to have classroom novels (book of choice) by  September 8, 2016. Reading: Tic- Tac-Toe (H)  Journeys book  Stormalong Pg. 119 . Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/12/16

Thursday- Math: Home Links 1.2.(H) Study Math Facts (2’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Friday – Due Friday Study Multiplication Facts (2’s) (0-12)

Friday– Study Links 1.1 & 1.2  Due Today. Reading: Tic- Tac-Toe (H)  Journeys book  Stormalong Pg. 119 . Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/12/16

Parents- Any students showing difficulty with math homework may meet me during math enrichment time on Friday for “Fix it Friday”

September 6, 2016

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 5 and a daughter named Avia, age 3.This is my fourth 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 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.

Additional Supplies

Personal Novel (by September 8, 2016). 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 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 20%   Participations: 10%      Homework / Projects: 30%

Homework Policy

Homework is assigned every night.  However, homework is not due until Friday, except for the first week of school. It will be due Wednesday.  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 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.

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.

The fourth grade schedule is different this year as it pertains to specials. Every 5 weeks the special will change between Art, Spanish, Music and Library. CPS mandates that each student has 120 minutes of physical education/health minutes a week.  To accommodate this requirement, Room 206 will have physical education/ health twice a week throughout the school year. We will begin with Art and P.E. for the first five weeks.  Monday– Health  Tuesday-Art  Wednesday– Art Thursday –Art  Friday- Gym .

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

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,

Please be aware that homework is to be completed nightly. This weeks Tic-Tac-Toe Literacy Assignments will be due Friday March 4, 2016 . All Math Study Links will also be due Friday. Please make certain students have school supplies. Many students are not bringing in pencils, markers/colors pencils, dry erase markers or scissors. These are supplies we use on a weekly basis. Also, we are still in need of pencils and lined notebook paper. Please donate. This week we will begin our oral black history projects

Weekly Objectives

Math- 4th graders will continue with the world of FRACTIONS!!!!! Students will find fractional parts of polygons. Students will also continue to decompose and subtract fractions. Students will justify decompositions by using a visual fraction models. Students will also identify lines of symmetry in figures and objects.

Literacy- Please dialogue with your child about their novels. The Anchor text for the week is “The Moon Runner ””. Pg, 455” 4th graders will be introduced to the Climax in a story. students will identify the turning points in their novels. . We continue identifying various types of figurative language, this week we will focus on hyperbole.

Writing: ThinkCerca 4th graders from Room 206 are continue to rock with ThinkCerca. Students in Room 206 completed their first 5 paragraph argumentative essay. Way to go 4th graders!  Think Cerca is a web-based curriculum that gives students the opportunity develop and build upon critical thinking strategies in both reading and writing. This week students will be beginning an argumentative writing on “Should students be monetarily compensated for high test scores”?

Science- Students will further explore the development of mealworms  and comparing and contrasting Aquatic and Terrestial Ecosystems/Animal Sensory Systems

Social Studies- Students will further investigate the Northeast Region of the United States. Students will identify each of the states and their capitals on a map. Exam is Wednesday. Students will also learn to make generalizations with informational text.

Homework

Monday: BOOK LOG.. Tic-Tac-Toe assignment due 3/4/16 Math. Worksheet. Black History Research Projects Due this Week. Practice reciting states and Capitals in the Northeast Region

Tuesday: BOOK LOG.. Tic-Tac-Toe assignment due 3/4/16 Math- Homelinks 5.9. W Black History Research Projects Due this Week. Practice reciting states and Capitals in the Northeast Region

Wednesday: BOOK LOG.. Tic-Tac-Toe assignment due 3/4/16 Math- Homelinks 5.10. W Black History Research Projects Due this Week. Practice reciting states and Capitals in the Northeast Region Test Today!!!!

Thursday: BOOK LOG.. Tic-Tac-Toe assignment due 3/4/16 Math- Homelinks 5.11. W Black History Research Projects Due this Week.

Friday: All Homework Due! Timed Math Quiz

Congratulations to David Martinez- Student of the Week!

Weekly Objectives

Literacy: Students  will identify the “author’s purpose”  in historical fiction stories.

Social Studies: Students  will read informational text and draw upon their knowledge of how people in a (local and global) community are connected to identify action steps and make recommendations for the betterment of society.

Science: Students will continue their study of the life cycle of the mealworm.

Math: Students will begin to decompose fractions.  Students will use manipulatives and  drawings to break down fractions

Homework  February 8, 2016- February 12, 2016

Monday- Literacy- No Book Log.  Work on novel Book Report . Read Riding Freedom: pg. 402. Tic- tac- toe Math- Home links 5.1 Study Math Times Tables

Tuesday: Literacy- No Book Log.  Work on novel Book Report .  Tic- tac- toe. Math- Home links 5.2 Study Math Times Tables

Wednesday: Literacy- No Book Log.  Work on novel Book Report .  Tic- tac- toe. Math- Home links 5.3 Study Math Times Tables

Thursday: Literacy- No Book Log.  Work on novel Book Report .  Tic- tac- toe. Math- Home links 5.4 Study Math Times Tables

Friday: EDM assignments due. Tic-Tac-Toe Due. Book Report due 2/16

Reminder: NWEA Testing takes place this week. No School January 18, 2016- Martin Luther King Day

Weekly Objectives

Literacy:Students will learn set a purpose before they read (informational text)

Social Studies: Students  will read informational text and draw upon their knowledge of how people in a (local and global) community are connected to identify action steps and make recommendations for the betterment of society.

Science: Students will begin investigating ecosystems students will identify the difference between biotic and abiotic things

Math: Students will learn various ways to multiply numbers.

Homework  January 11, 2016- January 15, 2016

Monday- Literacy- Book Log. Read “The Life and Times of the Ant” on pg. 353  Complete tic- tac- toe Math- : Home links 4.3 Study Math Times Tables. 
Tuesday: Literacy-
Book Log.   Complete tic- tac- toe Math- : Home links 4.4 Study Math Times Tables.

Wednesday:  Book Log.   Complete tic- tac- toe Math- : Home links 4.5 Study Math Times Tables.

Thursday: Book Log.   Complete tic- tac- toe Math- : Home links 4.6 Study Math Times Tables.

Friday: Tic-tac toe notebook/BOOK LOG  Due TODAY

Happy New Year! I hope each of you had a wonderful and restful holiday!

Weekly Objectives

Literacy:Students  will identify the “theme” in various  fiction and non fictions short stories.

Social Studies: Students  will read informational text and draw upon their knowledge of how people in a (local and global) community are connected to identify action steps and make recommendations for the betterment of society.

Science: Students will spend one week examining nutrition facts in some of their favorite foods.

Math: Students will continue to investigate the  wonderful world of Fractions and decimal.  Students will use manipulatives, drawings, and number lines to explore fraction and decimal equivalents.

Homework  January 4, 2016- January 8, 2016

Monday- Literacy- Book Log. Read  About Homelessness (handout). List 3 facts from the article about homelessness. Complete in tic- tac- toe Math- Home links 3.12 Study Math Times Tables

Tuesday: Literacy- Book Log. 5 sentence paragraph. How did the Article make you feel? Could anyone be homeless? What could you do if anything to help Complete in tic- tac- toe Math- Home links 3.13 Study Math Times Tables

Wednesday:  Literacy-Book Log. Complete in tic- tac- toe What is the theme of this reading?  How do you know? Give evidence that supports your answer. Complete Homelessness questions (1-7) Math- Home links 4.1 Study Math Times Tables

Thursday: Literacy- Book Log.  Complete Homelessness questions (8-10) Math- Home links 4.1 Study Math Times Tables
Friday:
All Homework is Due. Timed Test.Homelessness packet/ Tic-tac toe notebook/ BOOK LOG  Due TODAY

Weekly Objectives

Literacy:Students are completing their  novels for their guided reading groups this week. Please ask your 4th grader. Book Reports will be due this Thursday 12/1 0 They will use evidence from the text to support their answers.

Social Studies: Students  will read informational text and draw upon their knowledge of how people in a (local and global) community are connected to identify action steps and make recommendations for the betterment of society.

Science: Students will investigate animal and plant defense mechanisms. Students will also learn how to think like an engineer 4th graders will exhibit good teamwork skills and serve as effective members project teams. They will be able to articulate and justify various solutions to a problem.

Math: Students will continue to investigate the  wonderful world of Fractions. Students will use fraction manipulatives, drawings, and number lines to explore fraction equivalents. 4th graders will compare fractions.

Homework  December 7, 2015- December 11, 2015 

Monday- Literacy- No  Book Log. Read  Antarctic Journal Four Months at the Bottom of the World pg 329 Work on Guided Reading book Report – 12/10 Tic-Tac-Toe- Due Friday   Math- Fraction Comparison Worksheet Study Math Times Tables  Timed Test Friday- Worksheet due on Tuesday.


Tuesday: Literacy-
No  Book Log. Read  Antarctic Journal Four Months at the Bottom of the World pg 329 Work on Guided Reading book Report – 12/10 Tic-Tac-Toe- Due Friday   Math-t Study Math Times Tables  Timed Test Friday Home Links 3.6

Wednesday:  Literacy- No  Book Log. Work on Guided Reading book Report – 12/10 Tic-Tac-Toe- Due Friday   Math– Study Math Times Tables  Timed Test Friday Home Links 3.7

Thursday: No  Book Log.  – 12/10 Tic-Tac-Toe- Due Friday   Math- Study Math Times Tables  Timed Test Friday Home Links 3.8 BOOK REPORT DUE TODAY

Friday: All Homework is Due. Timed Test.

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Thank you all for sharing your holiday photos and traditions with me. Congratulations are in order. Thanks to all of your child’s hard work room 206 was awarded a pizza party for having the most canned foods. Way to go! As a reminder, students are required to have headphones/earbuds by this Friday. Lastly, all dojo points were erased. Students started with new points last week to reflect the start of the new marking period.

Weekly Objectives

Literacy:Students are completing their  novels for their guided reading groups this week. Please ask your 4th grader “What are you reading?” Readers will infer/predict.  They will use evidence from the text to support their answers.

Social Studies: Students will identify Natural Resources that America is known for. Students will also have a unit test this week. Please look for Study Guide

Science:“The Human Body” Students will conclude their exploration and investigation of the muscular system. Students will be evaluated on their exercise videos identifying 3 major muscle groups.

Math: Students will continue to investigate the  wonderful world of Fractions. Students will use fraction manipulatives, drawings, and number lines to explore fraction equivalents

Homework November 30 , 2015- December 4, 2015

Monday- Literacy- Book Log, (Due Friday ),  Read “The Screech Owl Who liked Television” Tic-Tac-Toe- Due Friday                             Study Math Times Tables  Timed Test Friday     Math- Home Links 3.3

Tuesday: Literacy- Book Log, (Due Friday ),  Tic-Tac-Toe- Due Friday     Study Math Times Tables  Timed Test Friday     Math- Home Links 3.4

Wednesday:  Literacy- Book Log, (Due Friday ),  Tic-Tac-Toe- Due Friday     Study Math Times Tables  Timed Test Friday     Math- Home Links 3.5

Thursday: Literacy- Book Log, (Due Friday ) Tic-Tac-Toe- Due Friday     Study Math Times Tables  Timed Test Friday     Math- Home Links 3.4

Friday: All Homework is Due. Timed Test. Must have headphones!

Congrats to Week 10 Student of the Week: Congrats to Clarence Rogers  for being student of the week!

Dear Parents,

Report Card pick-up is Wednesday, November 18, 2015. This is a non attendance day for students. If you have not signed up for a time please email me. Thursday, November 19, 2015   The State of Ray Budget Meeting @ 5 p.m right after Ray PTA meeting Thursday November 19, 2015 @6p.m. 

Canned Food Drive is taking place this week. Please bring in can and non perishable items.

Weekly Objectives

Literacy:Students received their new novels for their guided reading groups this week. Please ask your 4th grader “What are you reading?” Readers will use analyze/evaluate to identify author’s purpose in the text.  They will use evidence from the text to support their answers.

Social Studies: Students will identify Natural Resources that America is known for.

Science:“The Human Body” Students will begin to explore and investigate  the muscular system. Students will create an exercise video identifying 3 major muscle groups.

Math: Students will begin the wonderful world of Fractions. Students will use fraction manipulatives, drawings, and number lines.

Homework November 16, 2015- November 21, 2015

Monday- Literacy- Book Log, (Due Friday November 21, 2015 ),             Read “Jose Born to Dance- Tic-Tac-Toe- Due Friday 11/21.                            Study Math Times Tables  Timed Test Friday                                                 Book Report- Due 11/23/15- Tales of the 4th grade Nothing.                     Math- Mars Tasks- Word Problem Worksheet

Tuesday: Literacy- Book Log, (Due Friday November 21, 2015 ), Read “Jose Born to Dance- Tic-Tac-Toe- Due Friday 11/21. Study Math Times Tables Timed Test Friday Book Report- Due 11/23/15- Tales of the 4th grade Nothing.

Math- Home links 3.1

Wednesday: No School

Thursday: Literacy- Book Log, (Due Friday November 21, 2015 ), Read “Jose Born to Dance- Tic-Tac-Toe- Due Friday 11/21. Study Math Times Tables Timed Test Friday Book Report- Due 11/23/15- Tales of the 4th grade Nothing.

Math- Home links 3.2

Friday: All Homework is Due. Timed Test. Book Report- Due Monday 11/23/15

Congrats to Week 7 Student of the Week: Congrats to  Arthur Krug   for being student of the week!

Congrats to Week 8 Student of the Week: Congrats to  Jayoo Ryu  for being student of the week!

Dear Parents,

Congrats to Room 206 Grade 4 all students completed their timed tables text with 100% accuracy in less than 60 seconds!!!!!! Way to go class! Please encourage students to study their tables, the next test is on Friday. As a reminder, book reports on guided reading Novel#2 is due on Monday November 9, 2015.

Weekly Objectives

Reading:  Readers will use character traits to describe character in their stories. They will use evidence from the text to support their selection.

Social Studies- Students will identify main idea in informational text

Science- “The Human Body”  Students will begin to  explore and investigate “Animal vs. Plant Cells. ”. Students will investigate the similarities and differences between the two cells.

Math- Students will convert hours. minutes and seconds,  classify triangles by angle properties. Students will also create and interpret statements and equations for multiplicative comparisons.

Homework November 2, 2015- November 6, 2015  

 

Monday-  Literacy- Book Log, (Due Friday November 6, 2015 ), Read  “Me and Uncle Romie” pg 201 in Journeys Book Math- Study Math Times Tables (9’s) Timed Test Friday Home Links 2.8 Book Report- Due 11/9/15 Math- Write current times tables 5 times each!

Tuesday:Book Log, (Due Friday November 6, 2015 ), Read  “Me and Uncle Romie” pg 201/ Tic-Tac-Toe  in Journeys Book Math- Study Math Times Tables (9’s) Timed Test Friday Home Links 2.9 Book Report- Due 11/9/15 Math- Write current times tables 5 times each!

Wednesday: Book Log, (Due Friday November 6, 2015 ), Read  “Me and Uncle Romie” pg 201/ Tic-Tac-Toe  in Journeys Book Math- Study Math Times Tables (9’s) Timed Test Friday Home Links 2.10  Book Report- Due 11/9/15 Math- Write current times tables 5 times each!

Thursday:  Book Log, (Due Friday November 6, 2015 ), Read  “Me and Uncle Romie” pg 201/ Tic-Tac-Toe  in Journeys Book Math- Study Math Times Tables (9’s) Timed Test Friday Home Links 2.11  Book Report- Due 11/9/15 Math- Write current times tables 5 times each!

Friday:   All Homework is Due. Timed Test.  Book Report- Due Monday  11/9/15

 

Week 6 Student of the Week: Congrats to  Kaelee Garrison for being student of the week!

Dear Parents,

Many students are missing various homework assignments. Homework is worth 30% of their grades.  Reminder: Please make certain students practice their math multiplication facts, quite a few students did not complete their 60 second timed math test on Friday.  Also, last week students began Walking Math. Please dialogue with your child on what they are doing in their new math groups.

Weekly Objectives

Reading:  Readers will continue to use  inference to predict what will happen next in the text. They will provide evidence to support their ideas  by citing appropriate details and examples from the text.  Students will receive their new novels this week. Ask your child what they are reading?

Social Studies- Students will identify main idea in informational text

Science- “The Human Body”  Students will begin to  explore and investigate “The Human Brain”. Students will investigate how the human brain works.

Math- Students will begin Unit 2  Students will  continue   estimating  lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters. Students will also learn about factors, multiples, prime and composite numbers

Homework October 19, 2015  to October 23, 2015 

Monday-  Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday October 26, 2015), Read ” Once Upon A cool Motorcycle Dude” pg. 151  in Journeys Book Math- Study Math Times Tables (7’s) Timed Test Friday Home Links 2.2 Book Report- Due 10/23/15

Tuesday:Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday October 26, 2015), Reading Tic-Tac-Toe,  Math- Study Math Times Tables (7’s) Timed Test Friday Home Links 2.3 Book Report- Due 10/23/15

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday October 26, 2015), Reading Tic-Tac-Toe, Math– Study Math Times Tables (7’s) Timed Test Friday Home Links 2.4 Book Report- Due 10/23/15

Thursday:Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday October 26, 2015),  Reading Tic-Tac-Toe,  Math- Study Math Times Tables (7’s) Timed Test Friday Home Links 2.5 Book Report- Due 10/23/15

Friday:   All Homework is Due Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday October 26, 2015), Journal Entries 6-10 are due Monday October 26, 2015