January 29- Feb 1

Important Upcoming Dates


January 31st- February 12th Skating 101

February 1st- Progress Reports available through Skyward

February 15th- Valentine's Parties

February 21st- Fourth grade Field Trip to Bob Bullock

January 30th

Happy 100th day of school!

Can you believe how much smarter we have become? 100 days smarter to be exact...

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We are proud of all your hard work and accomplishments.

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What Are We Learning?

MATH

"For the things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics." Roger Bacon

Familiarity and proficiency with the basic times tables are an essential building block in math. It opens the door to multi-digit multiplication and demystifies processes like long division and simplifying fractions. It also lays the foundation for algebra.

We are continuing our fractions unit. This week students will compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, and find equivalent fractions using a variety of methods.

*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.



SOCIAL STUDIES

“Victory or Death!” - William B. Travis

Students will continue to explore the causes and effects of the Texas Revolution. This week we will be focusing on the events leading up to the Battle of the Alamo and the impact it had on Sam Houston and the Texans fighting for independence.

"Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!"

SCIENCE:

"Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths." - Karl Popper

Students will investigate the movement of water as it occurs on Earth in a continuous cycle.

Students will measure, record, and predict changes in weather . They will also describe and illustrate the continuous movement of water above and on the surface of Earth. Students will explain the role of the Sun as a major source of energy in this process.


READING:

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller

This week in reading, classes will continue exploring the unit on biographies and autobiographies. Students will learn and understand this type of genre is known as literary nonfiction. Students will focus on comparing the two types of text understanding specifically the author’s purpose and message within a text. They will also compare the structures between the two and explain how the use of text structure contributes to author’s purpose.

*There is so much to learn - you can support your child by reading with them 30 minutes every night!

WRITING:

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” - Anton Chekhov

We are always continuing to improve our writing. In writing classes we will be focusing on improving our editing and revising skills. Students will focus on using correct word choice, changing "Y" to "ies" in the plural form, and the use of transition words. They will be applying these skills when writing about their favorite place.