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

December 3, 2018

December 3- 7 This Week in Social Studies.

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Greeting Parents of 206, 207, and 209!

From December 3rd to December 7th, Ms. Redmond is completely responsible for instruction and all that comes with it. I have planned this week with the full intention that it will be student-led instead of teacher directed. It is imperative that students get a chance to decide what they learn about, become informed about the issue, and take informed action. This process builds civically engaged students who believe that the people (even the kids) have the power to change the things they don’t like in their society. In fact, it communicates to them that it is their duty to do so. **I am as specific as I can be in this post because I really don’t know which topics students will choose until they vote on Monday.**

This week will open with a discussion about Chicago and the neighborhoods we all live in. Students will identify the good things about their city, identify entities a good city needs (like transportation, schools, green spaces, and parks, etc.), and they will identify problems that they are concerned about within the city. As a class, students will vote on the one issue they’d like to explore.

On Tuesday, students will be split into groups and given a different set of sources to read and explore in their groups. Sources can be anything from photos, articles, to video documentaries on the topic. Students will take note of the most important information within these sources. They, effectively, become ‘experts’ on these sources. On Wednesday, each group will share what they learned from their set of sources with the rest of the class. The rest of the class is encouraged to take notes on other people’s presentations, develop questions, and record something new that they learned from *listening* to their peer’s presentations.

On Thursday, we explore community organizations who are already addressing this issue and they will decide what kind of informed action they want to take.

If their solution can be carried out in the classroom, that is what they will do on Friday. However, if their solution cannot be carried out in the classroom – we will organize our efforts, choose a date, and settle on the logistics of what they decided to do.

Something that I will emphasize to the students this week is the importance of interdependence and active listening. If a group is off-task and doesn’t read the sources, then the larger group won’t get to learn that information. If a group is on-task and has put together good notes for the class and their peers don’t listen during their presentation, then they’ve missed an opportunity to learn. They and their peers are responsible for educating each other.

I urge you to inquire about the discussions your student is having in class! Allow them to be the ‘expert’ at home as well. Ask them about the topic, why they’re interested, the sources, the things they’ve learned, the things their peers are saying, and the things they are wondering about. Continue the conversations from the classroom to the dinner table to the walk to school. I want them to take ownership over their topic and the process.

If you have any questions, comments, encouragements, suggestions, or concerns – please feel welcomed to contact me at mrtoney@cps.edu with the subject Ms. Redmond’s takeover.

Ms. Redmond and Dr. James

Ms. Redmond takes over Instruction

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Greetings Parents!

This week, December 3rd through December 7th, Ms. Redmond, the student-intern from the University of Chicago – Urban Teacher Education Program, will be fully responsible for all instruction. She is completely responsible for the planning, implementation, assignments, and grading for this week.

Here is an overview of the student’s week.

In English Language Arts, students are currently exploring biographies. They will read about a new person each day. As a class, we will discuss the person, their contributions to our society, and what life lesson we can learn from their lives. Each person is an activist in their own way. Students will learn about Dolores Huerta (the worker’s rights activist), Malala Yousafzai (A young advocate for girl’s education in the Middle East), Ida B. Wells (An anti-lynching journalist), Thurgood Marshall (the first African-American Supreme Court Justice), and Katherine Johnson (the Mathematician, Physicist, and Scientist). I encourage you to ask your fourth-grader about the people they are learning about in class.

Students will learn how to identify the theme, main idea, character traits, and summarize nonfiction biographical texts.

This week in Math, students will be finishing Unit 3. There are two more lessons in the unit. Students will be introduced to Millimeters (mm) and they will learn how to compare decimals to the hundredths place. On Wednesday, students will be given a study guide that mirrors the test. I will check the study guide in class and will address class trends of misconceptions. Thursday, students will take their Unit Test. On Friday, students will play relevant math games that allow them to have more exposure to fractions with different denominators, equivalent fractions, and decimals to the tenths and hundredths place.

If you have any questions, encouragements, concerns, or comments at all, please feel welcomed to e-mail me at mrtoney@cps.edu with the subject Ms. Redmond’s takeover.

Ms. Redmond and Dr. James

November 20, 2018

Family Tradition Project- Due Tuesday November 27, 2018

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Family Tradition Project:

Students will take a photo of at least two events that they participated in over Thanksgiving Break. They can be photos of Thanksgiving Dinner, shopping, ice skating etc…

Please explain in detail what is happening in the photo. Please answer the Who, What, When, and Where? They can be presented a slide presentation, or poster presentation. The photos can also be emailed to me. Photos are due 11/27/18- Must include description.


November 13, 2018

Social Studies Map and Oral Test on Friday November 16, 2018

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Students were given a study guide last week. Students will identify the 12 sates and their capitals on  the U.S. Map.



Midwest Region

  1. Illinois – Springfield
  2. Indiana – Indianapolis
  3. Iowa – Des Moines
  4. Kansas – Topeka
  5. Michigan – Lansing
  6. Minnesota – St. Paul
  7. Missouri – Jefferson City
  8. Nebraska – Lincoln
  9. North Dakota – Bismarck
  10. Ohio – Columbus
  11. South Dakota – Pierre
  12. Wisconsin – Madison

Report Card Pick-Up November 14, 2018

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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 via email .

October 23, 2018

October 25 – October 26, 2018- Social Studies Exam

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Dear Parents,

Students will be taking their states and capitals of the West Region exam.  On Thursday 10-25,  they will take an oral test and Friday 10-26  a Map test. Each child was given a study guide on  Monday. Please practice with your child.

West Region

  1. Alaska – Juneau
  2. California – Sacramento
  3. Colorado –Denver
  4. Hawaii – Honolulu
  5. Idaho –Boise
  6. Montana – Helena
  7. Nevada- Carson City
  8. Oregon – Salem
  9. Utah – Salt Lake City
  10. Washington – Olympia
  11. Wyoming – Cheyenne

October 15, 2018

October 15- October 19, 2018

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Weekly Objectives

Literacy- Students will identify stylistic choices of the author makes and determine why they were made

Math- Students will identify the difference between factor and multiples. They will also be able to identify the difference between prime and composite numbers

Social Studies- Students will look closer at states and capitals by region. We will begin wit the West Region of the U. S.











“Workout Wednesday”





“Fix it Friday”


Students will identify stylistic choices of the author makes and determine why they were made


Book Logs-

All Guided Reading books need to be completed by Monday 10/29


Science Field Trip 10/29




Book Log (H)-

Guided Reading Book- take them home


Read Journeys:

“ Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude”- pg. 150

Group A (H)


Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles Group B pg. 150 (H)




Book Log (H)-

Guided Reading Book



Tic-Tac- Toe (H
















Book Log (H)-

Guided Reading Book



Tic-Tac- Toe (H)















Book Log (H)-

Guided Reading Book

Tic-Tac- Toe (H)
















Book Log g (H)- Due Today




Weekly Assessment- Whipping Boy book Cover


Tic-Tac- Toe Due


Buddy Activity


All homework due

October 5, 2018

Important Letter from the Principal- 10/5/19

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JVD Trial Parent Letter CPS (1)

Weekend Reminder: Friday, October 5, 2018- Progress Report districbution

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Friendly Reminders:

  • There is no school on Monday October 8, 2018- Columbus Day 
  • Progress Reports were distributed today please make certain they are returned and signed  by Wednesday October 10, 2018. 
  • All Book Logs Due Tuesday with Parent Signature. 


September 25, 2018

September 24, 2018 – September 28, 2018

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Congratulations to Caleb Scott our Student of the Week! 

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

This week students will be given their guided reading books.  Group discussions will focus on theme in the text .  The students will be taught that theme is the general idea that the writer wants to express.

Math: Generalize place value understanding multi-digit whole numbers; Students will also draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

4th graders will begin the week with subtracting using the U.S. traditional method.  Then we will convert between yards, feet, and inches. The second half of the week will be focus on geometry specifically on the properties of points, line segments, lines, rays, angles, triangles, and quadrilaterals.

Social Studies- Students will begin to explore the 5 themes and how it applies to their life. At the end of the week students will produce a 5 themes of geography flipbook .

Reminders: Please bring to school all Pilot Light forms. the first food experience will be Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Reading Logs will begin this week. Please see homework chart.

September 12, 2018

Autobiography Cereal Box Projects due the week of September 24, 2018

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Dear Parents,

In an effort to get to know the students better, students will design an autobiographical cereal box project. Please click the link below for the project requirements and the date when your child will present their project. Please email me at mrtoney@cps.edu if you have any additional questions.

Dr. Toney-James


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September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018 – September 14, 2018

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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. Students also need earbuds and a personal novel from home or the public library. Lastly, make certain your child is completing homework daily and studying for Friday timed test. Homework is due on Friday. Please have students turn in their homework in their purple tic-tac-toe notebook and in their homelinks math book.

This week students should be practicing  their 2 multiplication facts. Cereal Box Projects due The Week of September 24, 2018- (Project guidelines given September 11, 2018 ) 

Weekly Objectives 

Reading- Students will continue to read The Whipping Boy. Students will work to identify the main idea   of the text.   We will practice finding the main idea  throughout the week.

Math-Students will be taught to generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.

Social Studies-  Students will begin to explore Parts of a Map.

Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelinks 1.2

Study Math Facts (2’s)


Homelinks 1.3

Study Math Facts (2’s)


Homelinks 1.4

Study Math Facts (2’s)



Homelinks  1.5

Study Math Facts (2’s)

60 second Timed Math Facts  Quiz


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

Group B: Blasting Off to Space Academy” pg. 46.

Work on Cereal Box Projects (Project Outline will be given out on September 11, 2018)

Tic Tac Toe



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