January 8 - 11

Important Upcoming Dates

Welcome Back! Happy New Year 2019!

January 8 - Begin second semester and 4th six weeks

January 11 - 3rd six weeks report cards available through Skyward

January 17 - Dodge ball with Dads 1:45-2:30

What Are We Learning?

MATH

“Mathematics is the queen of the science” – Carl Friedrich Gauss

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 will be starting our unit on fractions! This week we will be focusing on relating fractions to decimals (tenths & hundredths) and vice versa, as well as decomposing or breaking down fractions i.e. 3/5 = 1/5 + 1/5 + 1/5.

*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

“If you don't know your history, you don't know what you are talking about!” - Barbara Ann Mojica

"Remember the Alamo!"

Trouble is brewing in Texas and a revolution is on the horizon. Mexican leaders begin to worry citizens would try to form their own government. This week students will learn about the Law of April 6, 1830, and how this is the beginning of the Texas Revolution.

SCIENCE:

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

We are starting our unit on renewable and nonrenewable resources, and the importance of conservation. Are trees renewable or nonrenewable? What are some items we can recycle?


READING:

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

This week in reading classes we will begin our unit on biographies and autobiographies. Students will learn and understand this type of genre is known as literary nonfiction. Students will focus on explain the author’s purpose and message within a text, explain how the use of text structure contributes to author’s purpose, and recognize characteristics and structures of informational text including the central idea with supporting evidence.

*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 out 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.