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2/18 No School—Presidents' Day
2/26 Early Release 11:50am—Lunch will NOT be served; No HW Night
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Eagle Eye News!!
During the week our morning announcements are provided by students that are video taped. Some of our fabulous fourth graders have been chosen to do Eagle Eye News! If your child has been chosen, their video's are posted on the school counselor's page. Here is a direct link: http://ccecounselorpage.weebly.com/cce-morning-announcements.html
The annual read-a-thon is a valuable tradition at Cedar Creek Elementary. Students will be raising money for BookSpring, which buys books for students in need right here in Austin. Please look in your Thursday folder for the blue reading log and small white pledge envelope for specific details. The due date for turning in reading logs is Thursday, Feb. 21. You can also watch a video about why the read-a-thon is so important on the library webpage (ccelibrary.weebly.com).
We love having families visit at lunch, and as a friendly reminder, please be sure to sit at the back tables in the cafeteria!
What We're Learning
In Math, we are working through Topic 14, Geometry!! Our test is set for 2/22.
Topic 14 Key Ideas
- Identify points, lines, line segments, rays, angles, and perpendicular and parallel lines.
- Understand the measure of an angle depends upon the fraction of the circle by count out by its rays
- Solve problems involving angles less than or equal to 180 degrees
- Determine the approximate measures of angles in degrees to the nearest whole number using a protractor.
- Determine the measure of an unknown angle formed by two no-overlapping adjacent angles given one or both angle measures.
- Be able to describe and classify triangles by their sides and angles
- Be able to classify quadrilaterals based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines and types of angles
- Be able to identify and draw one or more lines of symmetry, if they exist, for a two-dimensional figure
Our next unit, Topic 12, will cover Measurement. This is a great time to pull out all of your kitchen measuring cups, teaspoons, tablespoons, even medicine cups! Hands on experiences are essential in their understanding. We will talk about Length, Weight, Mass, and Capacity. We will learn BOTH the metric and customary system. This can be very challenging if you are from a different country and are only used to metric. Extra practice for this unit is highly encouraged! I have 2 Quizlets to help them practice the vocabulary on our Curriculum Helpers page.
- Choose appropriate units of length, weight, mass, and capacity
- The distance between 2 cities would be measured in ______. (miles, feet, inches)
- The best unit to measure the capacity of a bathtub is_____. (gallons, cups, pints)
- Convert units of measurement in customary system and metric system
- Examples; milliliters to liters; months to years; feet to yards, etc.
- Compare and order lengths in different units
- Understand change in temperature
In Science, we are working on our Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition Unit. Key vocabulary and terms are located in the students notebooks and on the Curriculum Helpers page. This unit is everywhere! I encourage you to take your children out for a walk and see all the natural examples of weathering and erosion happening every day!
In Language Arts, we studied rules for the final (s) sound made by the letter "s" when the (s) sound comes after an unaccented short vowel. Examples: focus, canvas, atlas, octopus. Next week we're continuing with the final (s) made by an "ss" after an accented short vowel. Examples: grass, press, discuss, success.
In writing, we've completed graphic organizers for our 5-paragraph expository piece about Yosemite National Park and have been researching those "golden bricks"—interesting facts that make an expository piece POP! Students chose which kind of "golden brick" they want to include in four of their paragraphs, and we're learning how to use perseverance when hunting for quotes, statistics, and amazing facts on approved websites. Sometimes you need to look in multiple places before landing on just what you need!
In reading, we've been looking at released STAAR passages and discussing the genres and best test strategies.
In grammar, we worked on the homophone sets sell/cell, soar/sore, and sweet/suite. In addition, we have been doing fun exercises to "stretch out" sentences to make them more descriptive and interesting to read. For a change of pace, you could play this game at the dinner table. Grab a piece of paper and a pencil. Come up with an easy, two-word sentence like "It barked." Have family members go around the table filling in these blanks:
Who (barked)? A big sea lion barked
What (made it bark)? at a noisy little girl
When (did it bark)? at sunset
Where (did it bark)? on the pier
Why (did it bark)? because it just wanted peace and quiet
How (did it sound, or some other "how" question)? very loudly
A big sea lion barked very loudly at a noisy little girl at sunset on the pier, because it just wanted peace and quiet!
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 completed our unit on the demise of Mission San Saba and learned about Moses Austin's plan to create an Anglo-American colony in Texas. Next up: Stephen Austin, colonizing Texas, and the Mexican War of Independence.
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.