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1/21 No School MLK Jr. Day
2/1 Scholastic Book Orders Due
2/7 Grandparents Day
2/7 Open House K-2nd 5pm to 6pm; 3-5th 6pm to 7pm
2/12 Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Field Trip
We are in need of several volunteers for our Bob Bullock field trip! Please see the email that was sent home on 1/17 for more details. Please let your homeroom teacher know if you can come!
Also, it’s that time of year when sicknesses abound! We are trying our best to maintain a healthy classroom environment. We could really use a supply of Clorox antibacterial wipes in our classrooms to assist with that effort. If you can spare a container or two, we would TRULY appreciate it. THANK YOU!
What We're Learning
In Math, tomorrow we will test over fractions. Starting next week, we will start Topic 9 - Patterns and Equations.
Our Key Ideas are...
-What are fractions?
-Finding Equivalent Fractions
-Comparing Factions with like and unlike denominators
-Locating a Fraction on a number line.
-Adding and Subtracting fractions with like denominators
-Represent and solve +and - fractions using pictorial models that build to the number line
-Change a Mixed Number to an Improper Number
In Science, we are working on our Sun, Earth, and Moon unit. Below are the key terms and concepts we will test on. It is such a fun unit to talk about! I encourage all students to take a moment to observe the moon, be aware of when the sunrises and sets, and pay attention to the position the sun is in the sky. You can also have them check out their shadows at different times of the day. On my Links and Resources page I have my favorite Space websites! I hope they can check them out at home in their spare time! Test is 1/25.
Rotate: One full spin of an object around an axis
Satellite: A celestial body that orbits a planet
Revolve: To move in a path around another object
Axis: Spin around an imaginary line through the center of an object
Phases: The observable changes in the appearance of the moon
Seasons: Four periods of the sun year dependent upon the position of Earth in relation to the sun.
Lunar Cycle: The number of days it takes the moon to complete a cycle.
- It takes the Earth 365 days to make 1 Revolution around the sun.
- It takes the Earth 24 hours to rotate once on its axis
- It takes the moon 29 ½ days to make one revolution around the Earth
- Understand the tilt of the Earth and how it affects the seasons.
- What causes night and day?
- Where does the light on the moon come from?
- Be able to identify where the Sun should be in the sky in relation to the time of day.
- Be able to identify where a shadow should be in relation to the position of the Sun.
In Language Arts, we're studying rules for the (hw) sound made by the "wh" letter combination.
- If the "wh" sound is in the initial or medial positions of a word, you use "wh" to make the sound.
Homophone Sets: whine/wine, wait/weight, week/weak, we'd/weed, we've/weave
Next week: The rules for the medial (z) sound made by an "s."
Students will conclude Literature Circles next week and have really enjoyed their groups. Have your child tell you about how he or she liked the book and whether they'd like to read another book by the same author, explore another book in the same genre, or read another book that's the same or a related topic.
We honed our expository skills by reading a piece about chicken eggs that required students to create a title and headings, write captions, find key vocabulary words in the text, pinpoint the topic and main ideas, and more. It was a partner project that proved challenging and required lots of focus, understanding, and creativity! In addition, students have begun a similar partner project using an expository article about scarecrows. Having a firm footing with these skills will aid students in their understanding of how to write their own expository pieces about Yosemite National Park!
Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments for all students will continue through mid-February.
In grammar, our new Daily 5 review has been a successful learning adventure! Tomorrow will be their first "Show What You Know Quiz," and I encouraged students to bring home their review questions to refresh their memories before the quiz.
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're finishing the unit about the Spanish explorers who made their way through Texas and helped to shape our state's history, including Pineda, Cabeza de Vaca, Coronado, and Oñate. Students are working in groups to name two important facts about each explorer and the dates those explorers traveled in Texas. In addition, student groups will present one explorer to the class and create portraits of the explorers for our classroom.
Thank you for sharing your precious children with us. We are so excited to embark on this learning adventure with them. Have a wonderful, LONG 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.