Important Upcoming Dates
August 30th- Apex Glow Run (Fundraiser)
September 3rd- Labor Day (No School)
September 7- Progress Reports 1st 6 Weeks
September 13th- Parent Orientation @ 5:30 pm
What Are We Learning?
Social Studies & Science
What region of Texas do we live in? Did you know that Texas has four major regions, the Gulf Coastal Plains, The High Plains, The Central Plains, and The Mountains & Basins.
This week in social studies classes students will "travel" through the 4 regions of Texas. Students will learn about each regions' features such as major cities, vegetation, land-forms, and climate. Students will also use the unique features of each region to compare them.
"I saw miles and miles of Texas, all the stars up in the sky.""I saw miles and miles of Texas, gonna live here till I die." -Asleep At The Wheel
In science classes we are continuing with how real scientists do it with "I Am a Scientist" and learning about different lab tools and demonstrating safe practices. Students will also have opportunities to use their new knowledge of science safety and tools while learning about and practicing the scientific method through various experiments in class.
Riddle Me This:
The ones digit is 6 times the tens digit.
The hundreds digit is twice the tens digit.
The thousands digit is 3 times the hundreds digit.
The sum of all four digits is 15.
What is the digit?
We are continuing with our focus on place value of whole numbers through the billions place.
Students are expected to represent the value of whole numbers and decimals, interpret each place-value position using multiples of 10, and compare and order these numbers.
Basically, the place value of a digit determines its value.
- What is the value (or its worth) of the bold digit? 90,000,000
- What is the place (or location) of the bold digit? Ten million's place
Some questions you can ask your child to support their thinking:
- What are numbers and how are numbers used in everyday life?
- Why is it important to understand the value of numbers?
- How does the place value change when moving to the right or left across a number?
Understanding place value is a foundation skill that is essential as it will carry on throughout the year.
*Please make sure your child is practicing their basic multiplication facts and fact fluency each night for 15 minutes. This is a major skill that 4th graders are expected to have mastered by the end of the year.
Reading & Writing
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child." ~Dr. Seuss
This week in reading, classes will continue their focus on fictional stories.
The featured skills for this week:
- Plot Elements
Plot elements are the parts of a great story that include the setting, characters, problem, key events, and the solution. Students will analyze these elements in a fictional text.
Students need to understand that the exposition is the beginning of the story which includes the characters, the setting, and the problem of the story. The rising action are the events the drive the story. These events are what keep the reader turning the pages to read and see what happens next. The rising action(s) adds to the problem or makes things harder for the main character. The middle of the story or the climax is the turning point of the story when the main character's problem begins to be solved. Next is the falling action, is when the story begins to slow down and the events finally lead the reader to the end or the resolution when the problem is solved.
Some questions you can ask your child while reading with them:
- What are the most important events in the story?
- Why is the climax important to the story?
- How would the story change if ___________________ events didn't happen?
*There is so much to learn - you can support your child by reading with them 30 minutes every night!
This week in writing we will continue writing in our Writer's Notebooks and reading mentor texts to understand the purpose of our Writer's Notebooks.
We will also discuss unfamiliar words in a text and how to use context clues to help us understand their meaning or definition.