September 17th-21th

Celebrate Freedom Week!

Important Upcoming Dates

September 18th- Games with Grandparents 1:45- 2:30

September 19th- Future Fest Community Parade-

7:19-7:30pm @ LHHS

September 20th- Picture Day

September 20th- Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Kick Off Party

6pm @ BBES Cafeteria

September 21st End of the First Six Weeks

September 21st- Homecoming game vs Connally HS


While homecoming mums are beautiful and a Texas tradition, please remember that they are NOT permitted at school.


Picture Day is here!

Parents must purchase photos before picture day. These are the photos that go in the yearbook so every student must take one even if they are not purchasing a package.

1. Pre Order Online!

Click HERE to order your photo packages online BEFORE picture day. Order by following the Pre-Pay Online Instructions to use a credit card.

OR

2. Complete the order form that was sent home!

If sending money to school in the order envelope, please send the exact amount. Checks can be made out to 1st photo.

What Are We Learning?

Math

MATH:

We are starting our decimals unit. We will be representing decimals, including the tenths and hundredths, using visual models and money. We are representing the value of the decimal digits as well.

Students will be asked to

  • Represent decimals using base ten blocks and money
  • Represent the value of a decimal using expanded notation and numerals
  • Compare decimals using the greater than less than symbols
  • Order decimals from least to greatest and greatest to least

Some questions you can ask your child to support their thinking:

  • What is the relationship between a decimal and a whole number?
  • How can you represent a decimal in a variety of ways?
  • Explain the relationship between the tenths and hundredths place.

*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:

What does it mean to be independent?

This week in social studies, classes will participate in Celebrate Freedom Week. Students will focus on identifying the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights . They will also analyze the meaning and importance of each of the Founding Documents.

  • What do the documents mean?
  • Why were they written?
  • What makes them so important?

SCIENCE:

In science, classes will classify, measure, compare, and contrast the physical properties of matter.

The physical properties of matter include size, mass, volume, state, temperature, magnetism, and relative density.

  • How can you differentiate between a mixture and solution?
  • How does the size of an object impact its ability to sink or float?




Reading & Writing

READING:

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!"

-Dr. Seuss

This week in reading, classes will continue their focus on fictional stories.

The featured skills for this week:

  • Character Interactions and changes
  • Retell, summarize or paraphrase texts that show meaning and order .

This week in reading classes students will work on explaining how the characters in their story interact with each other. They will identify and analyze the events that motivate the character to changes from one point in the story to another.

Students will also continue to focus on retelling, paraphrasing or summarizing fictional texts. They will also focus on meaning and providing a logical order with in their summaries.

Some questions you can ask your child while reading with them:

  • Describe the main character of your story.
  • What event caused them to change?
  • What would happen to that character if the event was different?
  • What events happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story?
  • What are the important events that happened in the story?
  • How do the important events affect the ending of story?
  • Ask while reading: What is happening in the story up to this point?
  • How are the important events in the story related?
  • Summarize the story you have just read.

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

WRITING:

This week in writing we will continue writing in our Writer's Notebooks and reading mentor texts to understand the purpose of our Writer's Notebooks.

Also, students will use a target "thinking map" to help them brainstorm or list their favorite of favorite things. This will lead to and help them understand how to organize their thoughts, but also "zoom" in on or focus the smaller parts to begin writing paragraphs. The idea is to help them become comfortable and gain confidence with their writing.

We will also discuss unfamiliar words in a text and how to use context clues to help us understand their meaning or definition.