October 15th - 19th
Important Upcoming Dates
October 10th - November 9th: UIL Tryouts/Practices
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October 17th- Moving with Moms 1:45-2:30 p.m.
October 18th- RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 21ST Field Trip to the Bob Bullock Museum
What Are We Learning?
"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."
We are starting a new unit on multiplication! This week we are focusing on:
- Finding products of multiples of 10 and 100 using knowledge of place value.
- Multiply a four digit number by a one digit number using strategies and the algorithm.
- Multiply a two digit by two digit number using strategies and the algorithm.
Strategies may include mental math, partial products, 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
"We are not makers of history. We are made by history."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
This week in social studies we are starting our next unit which will focus on the European Explorers who sailed to Texas and the establishment of missions and mission life. Students will learn about Cabeza de Vaca, Francisco Coronado, and René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle and what motivated them to sail to the New World.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong."
This week we will be taking the test over the forms of energy (MELTS) and differentiating between conductors and insulators of thermal and electrical energy. That will lead us into our new unit, Electricity, a favorite unit among the kids, where we get to demonstrate that electricity travels in a closed path, explore electromagnetic fields, and create electrical circuits!
Reading & Writing
"Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks."
This week reading classes will continue their study on nonfiction texts and why it is nonfiction. Students will use the text features to help them understand the structure as well as the author's purpose for writing the text. We will also continue practicing how to find the meaning of unfamiliar words in our reading by using context clues. Students will use a variety of strategies to help them such as, looking for synonyms and/or antonyms, the prefixes and suffixes of the word, as well as any photographs/pictures that could be helpful too.
*There is so much to learn - you can support your child by reading with them 30 minutes every night!
"There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you."
We are always continuing to improve our writing. Our focus this week students will continue to work on composing their paragraph on their favorite favorite or favorite person. Now that students have planned out their paragraph draft in a graphic organizer, the next step in the writing process is to transfer the plan to a rough draft. One way you can support your child with their writing at home is to ask them about their paragraph and what the supporting details are.