Next Week: PAWS Socks Tree is up! Please donate socks, tights, and diapers. Students can place these under the tree in the cafeteria.
Monday, December 10: Penny Book Project outlines are due; Science Fair forms will be coming home with students.
Wednesday, December 12: PAWS committee meetings for Staff Appreciation, Global Connections, and STEAM committees.
Math: This week we began looking at fractions. We learned equivalent and simplifying fractions. Next week we will continue this and begin adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators and decomposing fractions. On Monday, we will take our Math MAP Test.
Writing: This week we continued writing our second expository essay with a specific prompt in mind. The students are writing about their favorite time of year and explaining why it is special to them. We will be doing revising and editing at the beginning of next week and should have our final copies completed by mid-week.
Reading: This week we completed our final research project presentations. Students researched their second topic and compared their first topic with their second to create a comprehensive presentation.
Science: Students compared characteristics of invertebrates and vertebrates.
Social Studies: Missions of Texas
Penny Book Project: Outlines are due on Monday! We will begin setting up our folders on Google Drive and start researching our world events next week. It is imperative that the outlines are completed and returned so that students can get started with their research in class. Personal events will be completed at home.
October 29-November 2
Tuesday, October 30: Picture Retakes
Wednesday, October 31: Kindergarten Character Parade
Field Trip: This week I sent home information about our class field trip that will take place on Thursday, November 8th. Please return these permission slips by Monday.
This Week In...
Math: Students have been learning different strategies for 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication. We will have our unit test on multiplication on Tuesday then move into division. It is imperative that students know their multiplication facts at this point. Please be sure that practice is happening at home. We will have a quiz over x5 facts on Friday.
Writing: This week we continued on with our expository essay unit. The students just chose their own big idea that they want to write about and are coming up with reasons that explain this big idea. This will lead us to our first expository essay. We will have a spelling quiz on Friday, November 2nd.
Reading: This week we began our non-fiction unit. As we tackle nonfiction text, it is important to understand that in order to learn from nonfiction, we first make connections with prior knowledge, then we preview the text, and as we start reading we understand the text structure which helps us understand what we are reading. Nonfiction reading shouldn’t be "sit in the dentist office and flip through a magazine" type reading, but it is reading to learn. At home you should see your children reading non-fiction books for their 30 minutes of nightly reading and recording on their reading logs.
Monday, October 22-26: Red Ribbon Week
Friday, October 26: Report Cards Posted to Skyward
Early Release 1:00
Tuesday, October 30: Picture Retakes
This Week In...
Math: Students worked on multiplying one digit numbers by multi-digit numbers. We will be moving into two-digit by two-digit multiplication next week. We will also be having a x4 multiplication quiz next Friday, October 26th.
Writing: The class truly began their expository writing this week, focusing on issues and ideas on which they are passionate about. Thank you to the Higginbotham family for the treats today. They were used to inspire students to create a claim, supporting reasons, and begin writing a piece with other fourth grade classes. You will see the spelling test results from this weeks test in the communication folder today. We will have another spelling quiz next Friday, October 26th.
Reading: We began our non-fiction reading unit this week. Students should be reading non-fiction books at school and at home. This week, we focused on making a connection to the text and predicting what the text might be about. We will continue our work in non-fiction next week.
Social Studies: Each student chose a Native American tribe in Texas to write a blog post about.
Science: The class learned about decomposers.
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In addition, the student must bring a written excuse for the absence upon returning to school. The note should contain the student’s full name, date of absences, and reasons for absences.
Parents will receive notification from the school attendance clerk when their child has accumulated ten (10) or more absences. According to the Texas Education Code, a student in kindergarten through grade four shall not be given credit or promoted to the next grade if he or she has been in attendance fewer than 90% of the days in the school year, unless an attendance committee designated by the Board grants credit because of extenuating circumstances. The principal has the authority to waive the committee hearing and may grant credit if it is determined that all of the absences were due to extenuating circumstances. Parents may be asked to provide documentation of personal illness.
October 1 - 5
This Week In...
Math: Students focused on a variety of ways to work out multiplication problems. They started by focusing on how to multiply multiples of ten and then learned the break apart method. It is important to continue working on multiplication facts! We took our x3 multiplication quiz today. You should see that in the Communication Folder this week.
Writing: We have completed the personal narrative writing unit! After finishing final drafts, students shared their drafts with one another and celebrated the progress that has been made! One important item to look for in writing is the use of paragraphs. We have had a lesson on paragraph usage this week and want to make sure that it is being implemented within writing. A copy of the personal narrative final draft will be sent home next week! You will also see the spelling test results in their folder this week.
Reading: Within our realistic fiction unit, we have been really looking at how to build an interpretation or theory. In order to develop deep theories, reading must occur on a deeper level. Students used evidence found throughout their novels to build a theory that is supported by the text and can be considered true throughout the entire story progression. Next week we will wrap up realistic fiction and begin non-fiction! Please remember to sign reading logs!
Social Studies: Each student completed their Texas Region poems this week and we have begun learning all about the different Native American tribes in Texas.
Science: In lab this week, the class looked at different animal adaptations and how they have aided various species of animals. Eye sockets and skulls were focused on in particular.
August 27 - August 31
Please note the following change: The first PAWS general meeting has been moved from Wednesday, September 19 to Thursday, September 20th at 7:15am. I will update you on the location when it is determined.
Monday, September 3rd: Holiday
Thursday, September 6th: Curriculum Night - There will be two identical sessions, one from 5-6 and the second from 6-7.
This week in...
Math: Students began exploring place value this week. We compared numbers and worked on rounding. You will be getting some work back in the yellow communication folder this week. Next week, we will continue learning more about place value. We will also be taking the MAP Math Test.
Writing: The writing has begun! This week, students looked at the differences between narrative and expository writing. The class has worked on generating ideas for narrative writing by thinking of important life events and people close to them. We will be continuing our narrative work next week.
Reading: As we get into our realistic fiction genre, students learned all about how they can best read their books in order to grow powerful thoughts and ideas. Just a reminder, the reading log will be due on Tuesday. This needs to be filled out by each student and signed by a parent. At this point in the year, students should be reading for 20 minutes at least four times a week.
Social Studies: The students learned fun facts about Texas through a Texas Scavenger Hunt.
Science: The class had their first lab and focused on the Scientific Method!