November 26

Important Upcoming Dates

November 12- January 18 UIL Team Practices - Click HERE to see the practice days and times

November 13th- STEM with the SPURS Field Trip (see below)

November 14- Social Studies Benchmarks

November 15th Science Benchmarks

November 19-23 No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

November 26-30 Book Fair!

SUBSTITUTE INFORMATION:

The substitute orientation will be held on December 7th at 9:00 AM at the district office. An invitation will be sent out once you have applied online. Please be sure to apply online as soon as possible if you are interested in subbing for LHISD.

Click HERE to sign up for Parent's Day Out

STEM with the SPURS Reminders:

When: November 13th (leave school at 9:00am)

Where: HEB Center in Cedar Park

Cost: $5.00 per student, donations are graciously welcomed (Turn in to homeroom teachers by Nov 9th)

What to bring: Panther Pride, wear a Panther or purple shirt

A lunch and snacks in a throwaway bag

No backpacks or electronics


What Are We Learning?

Math

MATH:

"The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics." - Paul Halmos

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 lays the foundation for algebra.

Students will continue to represent and solve division problems with fluency using manipulatives, models and algorithms.

  • Describe the steps you used to complete a long division problem.
  • Describe the relationship between the dividend and the divisor.
  • Finding dividends of multiples of 10 and 100 using knowledge of place value.
  • Finding the quotient of a four digit number divided by a one digit number using strategies and the algorithm.

Strategies may include mental math, partial products, area models, and the commutative, associative, and distributive properties.

*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 & Science

SOCIAL STUDIES:

"We are not makers of history. We are made by history."

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

In social studies we are finishing our unit on European Explorers by doing enrichment activities where the students will consider the different explorers point of view at the time of their exploration. Activities include comic strips, diary entries, advertisements and postcards. We will move on to our Empresario unit after the Thanksgiving Holiday.

SCIENCE:

The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, it is the one who asks the right questions"

We are currently studying force and motion and the many ways object move around the Earth Students will be able to

  • Design an experiment to test the force of gravity on an object.
  • Design an experiment to test the force of friction on an object.
  • Design an experiment to test the force of magnetism on an object.

Students should be able to answer the questions

  • What is motion?
  • How do gravity and friction affect motion?
  • How is an electromagnet different from a permanent magnet?




Reading & Writing

READING:

"Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks."

-Dr. Seuss

This week reading classes we will begin working with drama selections. We will begin by identifying the elements of drama in order to understand their purpose. . We will also discuss the unique way that dramas are written and how that contributes to the author's purpose.

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

WRITING:

"There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you."

-Beatrix Potter

We are always continuing to improve our writing. Our focus this week students will continue to work on composing their paragraph that includes complete, simple sentences. We will continue our discussion of how subjects and predicates work together to form these simple sentences. Our paragraphs will include 2-3 supporting details which will be written in complete sentences.