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Week Three

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, September 19th, Picture Day

Tuesday, September 19th, Alice’s Garden Week B

Tuesday, September 19th, 11:30am Principal’s Brown Bag Lunch “That’s Not the Way They Taught it When I Was in School: Understanding the Student Centered Classroom to Help Your Student Learn Best”

Wednesday, September 20th, 7:15am PAWS Meeting (in Cafeteria)

Friday, September 22nd, 1:00pm Student Early Release. We will release at our regular location.

This week in...

Math: We utilized our money sense to aid us in learning about decimals. We will be working with decimals in the tenths place and the hundredths place. The class also learned how to plot decimals on a number line, which will help them next week as we compare decimals. On Friday, the class participated in the second exemplar of the year.

Writing: We have spent the week gathering more seed story ideas for personal narratives. Students learned the importance of short lists to spark ideas for stories and we created a blueprint of our homes/important places that hold many memories that are helpful for writing. Next week, we will focus on qualities of powerful personal narrative writing and how to "show, not tell".

Reading: This week we continued our novel study of The Tiger Rising, which encouraged readers to continue reading intensely, connecting ideas and asking questions while reading. The class also experienced what it means to envision the story. We acted out important scenes from our read aloud and then students were able to pick out an important moment from their books and complete an envisionment activity.

Social Studies: We have begun our study of the different regions of Texas. We will continue this work next week.

Week Two

I enjoyed the week diving deeper into learning and getting to grow together as a classroom community. Please check the following dates to know what events are coming up:
 

Monday, September 11, 7:15am Cub Scouts Community Heroes Ceremony at Armstrong Flagpole

Monday, September 11, Invention Convention kickoff

 

Looking ahead:

Tuesday, September 19, Picture Day

Tuesday, September 19, 11:30am Principal’s Brown Bag Lunch, “They Don’t Teach the Way I Learned Anymore: How to Help Your Kids with Schoolwork”

Wednesday, September 20, 7:15am PAWS Meeting

Friday, September 22, 1:00pm Student Early Release, Teacher Professional Development

This week in...

Math: We started the week by studying place value. The students had a fun activity involving their birth dates and phone numbers. Yesterday, we learned all about rounding and comparison. Ask your student to sing our rounding song! Today, the class completed their first exemplar. It was great to see the collaboration surrounding the problem-solving process.

Writing: This week, we focused on gathering people, places, and strong emotional moments to add to our heart map. These ideas will provide inspiration to students as they choose topics to write about during the personal narrative unit. We have also begun to create drafts and expand our ideas through writing.

Reading: We have officially begun our Realistic Fiction unit! We began reading our first read aloud, Tiger Rising, and the class is already hooked. We will continue to read this book and pair our lessons with the text. 

Science: The class learned how to use a compass and focused on how to navigate using north as a guide.

Social Studies: We have been going on a virtual scavenger hunt to learn about the great state of Texas! Once we gain a foundational understanding of our state, we will begin studying the regions of Texas.

Week One

We have had a great start to the year!  The students are eager to learn and that is always a sign of success.  Here is a glimpse into our first days. 
 

Social Studies: 4th graders are responsible to understand the history of Texas.  We will start next week with focusing on the land that makes up Texas.  We will continue exploring Texas and dig deeper into the regions that make up our Lone Star State.

Science: Students customized their Science Interactive Notebook and learned safety procedures for the lab.

Math: We are discussing place value and the value of each digit in a number.  Students should know the value of numbers into the hundred billions place.  They will write numbers in standard, expanded, and written form.  We will begin ordering numbers next week.  Please ensure that your child practices their math facts each night.   

Reading: Students are on their way towards building a reading life.  From sharing their favorite books, to discussing how to select just right books, they are prepared for a year in which their reading resolutions will help navigate their choices in literature.  Students should log their reading on their log and keep track of the books and minutes they've read.  Please ensure that students log their reading each night as that is documentation that guides our small group conversations. 

Writing: Writing is a really important piece of our curriculum in fourth grade.  This week, we took some time to collect seed stories that will later turn into published work.  Next week we will generate ideas that we could look back to when selecting a writing topic. Students also dipped their toes into writing their first piece. 

Spelling: Next week, students will take an inventory test in order to receive a customized list that is on their level.  Each child will have their own list to ensure they feel successful.  These customized lists will be passed out later next week and students will work with them for a couple of weeks until they are ready to move forwards.  Words Their Way is an amazing program that makes spelling purposeful. Usually, we do not have spelling homework, however, I encourage and request that you look over their words with them. Remember, we do all of our spelling assignments in our spelling spiral which is located in their binder. 

 

Yellow Communication Folder:

1.  School information will be sent via email or could be found on our website.

2.  The Communication Folder will have a couple of items that must remain in the folder.  The Class Contract and the Behavior Log all need to remain in the folder. Please sign the folder each Friday and return on Monday. 

3.  Anything in the pockets will need to stay home. 

 

I look forward to Thursday, September 7th as we visit about curriculum night.  I will host two sessions. 

Session One 5:00-6:00

Session Two 6:00-7:00

You only need to attend one of my sessions.

Our class conference meeting is on Sept. 29th.  I'll have a sign-up sheet during Curriculum Night. This will be a time where we can discuss individual student needs and concerns.

Please don't hesitate to email me with any questions you may have. 

Have a great weekend!