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

 

Week 5 Student of the Week: Congrats to Emnet Ghedamu 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. Progress Reports must be signed and return the bottom portion.

Weekly Objectives

Reading:  Readers will 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. Guided Reading groups will receive their book reports this week.  Ask your child what they are reading?

Social Studies- Students will continue using maps skills  to explore the various states and regions in the United States using latitude and Longitude.

Science- “The Human Body”  Students will explore and investigate “The Owl Pellet”. Students will investigate how/why the owl pellet is related to the human body.

Math-Students will conclude this  math unit. Students will also learn to persevere through challenging multi-step word problems. Students will begin multiplication and continue   estimating  lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters

Homework October 13, 2015  to October 16, 2015 

Monday-  No Class

Tuesday:Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday October 19, 2015), Read ” Stormalong ” pg. 119  in Journeys Book Math- Study Math Times Tables (6’s) Timed Test Friday Home Links 1.13 Book Report- Due 10/23/15

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday October 19, 2015), Read ” Stormalong ” pg. 119  in Journeys Book Math- Study Math Times Tables (6’s) Timed Test Friday Home Links 2.1. Book Report- Due 10/23/15

Thursday:Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday October 19, 2015), Read ” Stormalong ” pg. 119  in Journeys Book Math- Study Math Times Tables (6’s) Timed Test Friday Home Links 2.2 Book Report- Due 10/23/15 UNIT TEST !!!!!!

Friday:   All Homework is Due Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday October 19, 2015), 

 

Congratulations to Terell Franklin Room 206 Student of the Week !!!!

Dear Parents,

Many students are missing various homework assignments. Homework is worth 30% of their grades. Also, please make certain I have your email address on file. Class Dojo did  roll out last week. Please be on the look out for the email/text messages. If you did not receive an invite please email me.

Reminder: Open House is Thursday October 8, 2105 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Picture Day is Friday October 9, 2015.

Weekly Objectives

Reading:  Readers will identify “theme” in the text. They will provide evidence to support their ideas  by citing appropriate details and examples from the text. Guided Reading groups start this week! Ask your child what they are reading?

Social Studies- Students will continue using maps skills  to explore the various states and regions in the United States using latitude and Longitude.

Science- “The Human body”  Students will explore the importance of the “opposable thumb”. Students will complete various tasks without the use of their thumbs. Students will further investigate why joints are important.

Math-Students will continue with place value. Students will also learn to persevere through challenging multi-step word problems. Students will be introduced to estimating  lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters

Homework October 5, 2015  to October 9, 2015 

Monday-   Literacy- Book Log, (Due Friday  October 9, 2015), Read ” The Power of W.O.W” pg. 95 in Journeys Book Math- Study Math Times Tables (5’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.10

Tuesday:  Literacy- Book Log, (Due Friday  October 9, 2015), ReadThe Power of W.O.W” pg. 95 in Journeys Book Math- Study Math Times Tables (5’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.11

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log, (Due Friday  October 9, 2015), Read ” The Power of W.O.W” pg. 95 in Journeys Book Math- Study Math Times Tables (5’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.12

Thursday: Literacy- Book Log, (Due Friday  October 9, 2015), Read ” The Power of W.O.W” pg. 95 in Journeys Book Math- Study Math Times Tables (5’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.13 

Friday:   All Homework is Due ( Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe & Book Log) UNIT TEST !!!!!!

Congratulations to Ashleigh  Pardee Room 206 Student of the Week !!!!

Dear Parents,

Many students are missing various homework assignments. Homework is worth 30% of their grades. Also, please make certain I have your email address on file. Class Dojo will roll out this week. Please be on the look out for the email.

Reminder: Open House is Thursday October 8, 2105 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Picture Day is Friday October 9, 2015.

Weekly Objectives

Reading:  Readers will identify “cause & effect “ in the text. They will provide evidence to support their ideas  by citing appropriate details and examples from the text.

Social Studies- Students will practice using maps skills  to  identify continents and hemispheres. Students will began to explore the various states and regions in the United States using latitude and Longitude.

Science- “The Human body”  Students will construct their own skeletal system” known as the Human Body. Students will learn about the skeletal system,

Math-Students will continue with place value. Students will also learn to persevere through challenging multi-step word problems. Students will be introduced to estimating  lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters

Homework September 28, 2015 to October 2, 2015  

Monday-   Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  October 5, 2015), Read ” When Tia Lola Came to Stay” pg. 73 in Journeys Book Math- Study Math Times Tables (4’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.8  Problems 1&2

Tuesday:  Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  October 5, 2015), Read ” When Tia Lola Came to Stay” pg. 73 in Journeys Book   Math- Study Math Times Tables (4’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.8  Problems 3-7

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  October 5, 2015), Read ” When Tia Lola Came to Stay” pg. 73 in Journeys Book   Math– Study Math Times Tables (4’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.9

Thursday:  Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  October 5, 2015), Read ” When Tia Lola Came to Stay” pg. 73 in Journeys Book   Math– Study Math Times Tables (4’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.10

Friday:   All Homework is Due ( Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log, October 5, 2015), 

Congratulations to Matthew Mitchell Room 206 Student of the Week !!!!

Dear Parents,

Many students are missing various homework assignments. Homework is worth 30% of their grades. Also, please make certain I have your email address on file. Lastly, their is a PTA meeting September 26, 2015 at 6 p.m. Please come out and join!

Weekly Objectives

Reading:  Readers will identify “author’s purpose” in the text. They will provide evidence to support their ideas  by citing appropriate details and examples from the text.

Social Studies- Students will practice using maps skills  to  identify continents and hemispheres. Students will also learn about the 5 themes of Geography.

Science- “The Human body”  Students will continue with the “Marvelous Machine” known as the Human Body. Students will learn about the skeletal system,

Math-Students will continue with place value. Students will use place value to understand multi-digit whole numbers up to the millions.

Homework September 25, 2015 to September 28,2015 

Monday-   Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 28, 2015), Read “My Brother Martin” pg. 46 in Journeys Book   Math- Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.4 Work on Cereal Box Projects- Due Next week!

Tuesday:  Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 28, 2015),Tic-Tac-Toe “My Brother Martin” pg. 46 in Journeys Book   Math- Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.5 Work on Cereal Box Projects- Due Next week!

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 28, 2015),Tic-Tac-Toe “My Brother Martin” pg. 46 ” in Journeys Book   Math- Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.6 Work on Cereal Box Projects- Due Next week!

Thursday:  Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 28, 2015), Tic-Tac-Toe ” “My Brother Martin” pg. 46 in Journeys Book   Math- Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.7 Work on Cereal Box Projects- Due Next week!

Friday:   All Homework is Due ( Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log, (September 28, 2015), Work on Cereal Box Project- Due next week. Journal Entries 1-5 Due Monday!!!!!!!

Congratulations to Mekhi Cochran for being the very first Student of the Week !!!!

Weekly Objectives

Reading:  Readers will continue 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. Students will also learn about the 5 themes of Geography.

Science- “The Human body”  Students will be introduced to the “Marvelous Machine” known as the Human Body. Students will begin with activities that introduce pulse and heart rate.

Math-Students will begin 4th grade math with place value. Students will use place value to understand multi-digit whole numbers.

Homework September 14, 2014 to September 18. 2014 

Monday-   Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 21, 2015), Read Because of Winn-Dixie pg.  23 in Journeys Book   Math- Study Math Times Tables (2’s)Timed Test Friday Study Links 1.1

Tuesday:  Literacy- Book Log(Due Monday September 21, 2015  ),   Tic- Tac Toe, Cereal Box Project Introduction  Math- Study Links 1.2,   Study Math Times Tables (2’s) Timed Test Friday

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log (Due Monday September 21, 2015),  ,  Tic- Tac Toe , Work on Cereal Box Project   Math- Study Links  1.3, Study Math Times Tables (2’s) Timed Test Friday

Thursday: Literacy– Book Log(Due Monday September 21, 2015),  ,  Tic- Tac Toe , Work on 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, (September 21, 2015), Work on Cereal Box Project

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.

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

Math-Students will begin 4th grade math with place value in whole numbers and place value concepts.

 

Homework 

Tuesday- Return parent contact information slip by  & CPS parent packet by Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

Wednesday-  Students will need to have classroom novels (book of choice) by Thursday, September 10, 2015.

Thursday-  Study Links 1.1 (Due Next Friday September 18, 2015)

Friday– Study Links 1.2 (Due Next Friday September 18, 2015)

Parents- Any students showing difficulty with math homework may meet me during math enrichment time on Friday

 

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, Il. 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 4 and a daughter named Avia, age 2. This is my third year at the William H.  Ray Elementary School and I look forward to a year filled with unlimited learning experiences and exciting times. This is my 15th year as an intermediate grade school teacher (grade 3-5). 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. 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).

Additional Supplies

Personal Novel (by September 10, 2015). 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, 2015 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 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. In class, I will use class dojo to monitor student performance.

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 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 after lunch from  12:00 p.m.-1:00p.m. The schedule is as follows: Monday–Gym, Tuesday–Art, Wednesday– Gym, Thursday- Spanish, and Friday- Music. A new CPS mandate this year requires that each student has 120 minutes of physical education minutes a week. To accommodate the requirement, Room 206 will have an additional hour of physical education on Wednesdays. Since physical education will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, 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

 

 

Only 2 weeks left in the school year! Invention convention is June 16, 2015. Parents are invited!- Please make certain you student has their, board, prototype and Invention Log (4 pages) Also we are collecting canned goods this week. Please donate.

Monday- Literacy- Book Log Journal Entry #43 “Find a picture or photograph and write a story about the people in it. What has just happened, or what is about to happen”   Math– Study Links 11.4   Social Studies- Study Southeast Regions (Oral Test Friday June 12, 2015)  Science Invention Convention Log #2

Tuesday: Literacy- Book Log Journal Entry #44 Imagine that a ball rolled to a stop at you feet. When you picked it up it felt very warm and it glowed. Then suddenly… Math– Study Links 11.5   Social Studies- Study Southeast Regions (Oral Test Friday June 12, 2015)  Science Invention Convention Log #2 DUE!

WednesdayLiteracy- Book Log Journal Entry #45 “What is has been the hardest part of 4th grade?What will you miss? What will you not miss?”Math– Study Links 11.6  Social Studies- Study Southeast Regions (Oral Test Friday June 12, 2015)  Science– Work on  Invention Convention Log #3   

Thursday: Literacy- Book Log Journal Entry #45  Math– Study Links 11.7   Social Studies- Study Southeast Regions (Oral Test Friday June 12, 2015)  Science Invention Convention Log #3&4 – JOURNALS ARE DUE!!!!!!!!! 

Friday: Literacy- Book Log Journal Entry #43  Math–  NONE   Social Studies- Study Southeast Regions (Oral Test Friday June 12, 2015)  Science Invention Convention Log #4

Extra Credit Journal entries:

Rant about something that really, really bugs you. Go on; let it all out, just this once! 

What is the most stupid thing you have ever done?

 

What is your favorite place to visit alone and what do you do there?