Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Comments Anyone?????

What are your thoughts??
Fourth Grader! Post a comment on our blog. What have been some of the most interesting things we've learned or done this year? (Examples: Discovery Lab, school play, division, voting buttons, etc). I can't wait to read your comments!

Math:Gallon House

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Math: Division Algorithm

DIVIDEND: The number to be divided.

DIVISOR: The number by which another number is divided.

QUOTIENT: The answer to the division problem.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Reading: Visualizing

Visualizing occurs when the reader makes mental images in their minds to go with the text.

I can see...
I can hear...
I can feel...
I can smell...
I can touch...

Social Studies:Texas Indians

In social studies, we are learning about the Karankawa, Lipan Apache, Jumano, Caddo, and Commanche tribes.

www.texasindianscom has some great information about the Texas Indian Tribes.

Science: Weathering and Erosion

Weathering - the breaking and changing of rocks

water and ice can cause weathering
plants can cause weathering when their roots push the rocks apart
Erosion - the moving of weathered rocks and soil by wind, water or ice

wind erosion can build up large piles of sand called dunes
glaciers move downhill, moving soil and rock with them and in front of them
Controlling Erosion

can be helpful when it helps form new soil or build up new land
a. washes away soil from farmlands
b. can also wash away roads and ground under homes
how farmers control erosion
a. plant strips of grass and clover (cover crops) between crops to help absorb rainwater
b. plow fields in rows around hills to allow rainwater to settle and not flow downhill
c. planting trees on steep hills to hold down the soil and protect it from wind

Math:Types of Bar Graphs

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Science: Study Guide

Study Guide for Science Quiz on Friday, October 23, 2009

**This is a cumulative quiz.**

Concepts to study:
Water cycle
Evaporation, condensation, precipitation
Know details of each stage.
The sun powers the water cycle.

How to read a weather map

Measurement with a metric ruler

Sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
Shadows change sizes according to the position of the sun throughout the day.
Ex. Your shadow will be longer in the morning, shorter around noon and long again in the afternoon.
Shadows appear directly opposite the position of the sun, which is why your shadow will be shorter at midday. The sun is directly above you.

Moon phases
Know them in order.

Study resources:
Science journal
Science handouts/worksheets in your binder
Old tests
SBISD Fourth Grade Study Guide
Pgs. 4, 11, and 14.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Science: Types of Clouds

Cirrus - wispy and see-through. Typical quiet winter weather; first sign of an approaching storm.

Cumulonimbus - large, billowing, mushroom-like. Thunderstorms, heavy rain and hail; possible tornadoes in the Midwest and Southeast.

Cumulus - puffy, like cotton balls. Clearing weather; follows a storm.

Stratus - gray layers. Drizzle, fog, or an overcast; usually follows a storm.

Spirit Week!

Wednesday, October 14: Wear your craziest sunglasses! Wear your college shirt!
Thursday, October 15: Wear your funniest hats!
Friday, October 16: Wear your favorite Frostwood Spirit shirt!
Saturday, October 17: Come join the fun at the Out of this World Planet Frostwood Carnival!
11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Finding Area and Perimeter

Perimeter-the distance around an object (polygon). To find perimeter, you need to ADD the lengths of all the sides of the object.
Area-the number of square units needed to cover an area (region). To find the area, you MULTIPLY the length times the width.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Water Cycle

The Writing Process Write On!!!!!

1. Think of an idea. Use your imagination and experience.
2. Then brainstorm. List, cluster, map, make an outline.
3. Write a rough draft. Double space as you write.
4. Read and revise. Read your work aloud and revise it. Draw lines through what you change rather than erasing. You may later want to recover a word or an idea. Revising means:
a. Adding words.
b. Taking out words that aren't needed.
c. Changing words to make your meaning more clear.
d. Rearranging words.
e. Changing or combining sentences.
5. Then share your writing with someone. Is the meaning clear? Are there questions or suggestions? Revise as needed.
6. Then edit. Check correctness of spelling, punctuation, capitalization, form.
7. Prepare a final draft. Use your best handwriting.
8. Finally publish. Share with an audience
9. Be proud of your work! :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Reading Should Make Sense........

If it doesn't:
Read it again.
Read it out loud.
Use prior knowledge and make connections.
Use punctuation to understand the author's meaning or the character's feelings.
Read the chapter name and look for clues.
Break the unknown word into parts - smaller words, prefix, suffix or base word.
Use a similar word to help figure out the unknown word.
Skip the word. Look for context clues as you read. Reread.
Make a guess at the word meaning and see if the guess makes sense.
Use resources - a dictionary, a glossary, a friend, or the teacher.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Homework Sept. 28- Oct. 2

FAR/ Math Facts
Math workbook pages  53-53
Spelling Contract ( 3 assignments) Spelling Test on Friday.
Lone Star math Week 4 due Friday
Study for States and Capitols quiz for Friday.

FAR / Math Facts
Reading work sheet "The Case of the Fairy Godmother for Hire/The Case of Freddy’s Tarantula "

Wednesday :
FAR/ Math Facts
Math workbook pages 69-70

FAR/ Math Facts
Reading worksheet " The Case of the Wanna-be Superstar/The Case of the Weary Lunch Lady"
Get discipline folder signed over the weekend

Math /FAR sheet due on Monday

Shadow Notes

• Shadows are formed when light cannot pass through an object.

• The position of light affects the direction of the shadow.

• Shadows are created on the side of the object OPPOSITE the light source.

• Shadows change size according to the position of the light source.

• Shadows on the Earth, caused by the Sun during the day, change size and direction due to the Earth’s rotation on its axis.


The Earth's seasons are not caused by the differences in the distance from the Sun throughout the year (these differences are extremely small). The seasons are the result of the tilt of the Earth's axis.

The Earth's axis is tilted from perpendicular to the plane of the ecliptic by 23.45°. This tilting is what gives us the four seasons of the year - spring, summer, autumn (fall) and winter. Since the axis is tilted, different parts of the globe are oriented towards the Sun at different times of the year.

Summer is warmer than winter (in each hemisphere) because the Sun's rays hit the Earth at a more direct angle during summer than during winter and also because the days are much longer than the nights during the summer. During the winter, the Sun's rays hit the Earth at an extreme angle, and the days are very short. These effects are due to the tilt of the Earth's axis.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Homework Sept. 21- 25.

FAR/ Math Facts
Math workbook pages 57-58
 Spelling Contract ( 3 assignments)
 Lone Star math Week 3 due Friday

FAR / Math Facts
 Reading work sheet " The Case of the Unemplyed Princess"

 Wednesday :
 FAR/ Math Facts
 Math workbook pages 51-52

FAR/ Math Facts
 Reading worksheet " The Case of the Dissatisfied Dog"

 Get discipline folder signed over the weekend
Math /FAR sheet due on Monday

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Problem Solving Steps

See how we solve problems in SBISD!

We use the five following steps:

1. Read the problem and restate the question.

2. Show what you know.

3. Describe in words how to solve the problem.

4. Solve the problem.

5. Prove your answer is reasonable.

SBISD Problem Solver # 2

SBISD Problem Solver #1