October 29th-November 2nd

Important Upcoming Dates

October 10th - November 9th: UIL Tryouts/Practices - Click HERE to see the practice days and times

October 31st: Halloween Parade and Fall Festival -

Costume Parade: 8-8:30am -

Festival: 4th Grade 2-2:45

See Costume and Parade Expectations Below

October 29th - November 1: Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 29 - "Make Healthy Choices": wear your camo gear or a superhero shirt

Oct. 30 - "Don't Be Mixed Up/Make Great Choices": wear mismatched clothes/socks

Oct. 31 - "No One Can Trick Me Into Making Bad Choices": wear Halloween Costume

Nov. 1 - "Panthers 'PAWSitively Make Awesome Choices": wear panther colors!


November 2 - Touch A Truck Event


Costume Parade Reminders and Expectations

When: Wednesday, October 31st 8-8:30am

Students may wear their costume on this day only, and

should be able to change into street clothes afterward to facilitate the continuation of the instructional day.

School costume expectations:

No blood, guts or gore

No fake weapons

No full face paint or masks that cover the entire face

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.

We are continuing our 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, 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 continuing with our unit on the European Explorers. Students are learning about Cabeza de Vaca, Coronado, and La Salle who sailed to Texas in search of gold, God, and glory! Students are also learning about the Spanish missions and what caused Spain to build them.

SCIENCE:

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

We are diving deeper into our unit on Electricity, where we get to demonstrate that electricity travels in a closed path, explore electromagnetic fields, and create electrical circuits!




Reading & Writing

READING:

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

-Dr. Seuss

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!

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 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.