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12/14/18 — Student Council Speeches & Elections
12/18/18 — WHS Madrigals Performance (1:45-2:30 pm)
12/19/18 — Show-Off Day in Music (Cook)
12/20/18 — Show-Off Day in Music (Post)
12/21/18 — Holiday Party (8:00–9:15 Parent's Welcome!)
12/21/18 — Early Release (11:50 am)
12/24/18–1/7/19 — Winter Break
1/8/19 — Students Return!
Holiday Party: On 12/21 from 8:00 (immediately after morning assembly) to 9:15 the students will enjoy a yummy breakfast and a fun arts and crafts project. You are more than welcome to come hang out and help us with the craft!
If you are planning to leave for winter vacation early, please let us know!
What We're Learning
In Math, we are starting Topic 10- FRACTIONS! Fractions is the perfect skill to practice in the kitchen! I highly encourage students to explore measuring cups and spoons! If they can help you bake something, that is even better! You can talk about how would you double or 1/2 a recipe!
Our Key Ideas are...
-What are fractions?
-Finding Equivalent Fractions
-Comparing Factions with like and unlike denominators
-Locating a Fraction on a number line.
Our TEST will be after the holiday break.
In Science, we are working on Force and Motion. Our test will be 12/17. Students are encouraged to practice their vocabulary at home either using our Quizlets or their Science Notebooks. Our key terms are Force, Friction, Mechanical Energy, Gravity, Potential Energy, and Kinetic Energy.
After our Test we will fill our week with fun experiments!
In Language Arts, we studied the rules for the (oi) sound.
•If the (oi) sound is in the initial or medial position of a word, you use "oi," as in choice, boil, and oil.
•If the (oi) sound is in the final position of a word, you use "oy," as in boy, joy, and decoy.
If the (oi) sound is at the end of a syllable, you use "oy," as in loyal, oyster, and royal.
Irregular Words: koi, lawyer, warrior
Homophone Sets: band/banned, board/bored, coy/koi, night/knight
Next week: The rules for the (ou) sound.
Students are loving their Literature Circle books and groups! Have your child tell you about what he or she is reading and ask what connections he or she is making to the book (text to self, text to text, text to world).
We explored an expository (informative) article about bears by examining text features, learning how to do a "read around" to decipher vocabulary/key words, completing a summarizing framework, and writing extended summaries using sentence starters. In addition, students created a key word vocabulary list by using a read-around technique.
In grammar, we practiced differentiating between common and proper nouns, creating plurals, and using apostrophes to show ownership.
Next week: We'll continue with week four of Lit. Circles and build on the expository reading techniques we learned this week.
Please help your child continue a routine of nightly reading. In fourth grade, we ask students to read a book for at least 20 minutes every evening.
In Social Studies, we finished our unit on the successes and failures of Christopher Columbus' four voyages to the New World. Next Up: The Spanish explorers who made their way through Texas and helped to shape our state's history.
Thank you for sharing your precious children with us. We are so excited to embark on this learning adventure with them. Have a wonderful weekend!
Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Post
Students did an amazing job of working in teams to write our classroom Community Agreements, and students and teachers alike signed the agreements in unanimous support. We are working hard at upholding our agreements and discussing how each contributes to a successful, happy classroom and school where all students can thrive. Ask your child which agreements are most challenging to uphold and why, and which are easiest to uphold and why. Our agreements are universal and apply to many situations in one's life (children and adults alike)! Here are our Community Agreements:
1. …to be friendly, nice, and kind to others.
2 …to create an environment that allows all students to focus and learn by showing mutual respect to others
(the Golden Rule, whole-body listening).
3. …to not talk while others are talking, during lessons and instructions, and when it is quiet work time.
4. …to be supportive and helpful, and to show cooperation and teamwork.
5. …to work hard and use our best effort.
6. …to not ask others to do something that is against our Community Agreements.
7. …to be respectful of other people’s things and personal space.
8. …to help our classroom feel welcoming in the morning, calm, cozy, and safe during the day, and always like a home.
9. …to keep our school clean and happy, and to be an on-time ROCKin’ Eagle!
10. …to laugh, learn, and love together as a community.