Thursday, December 2, 2010

Soil Video

 Click on the link below and learn more about taking care of our soil!

Soil Video

Posting a Comment on Mrs. Janacek's Blog

How to Post Comments

If you are a student, make sure you have your parent's permission before you post a comment.
1. Click on the word comments at the bottom of the post.
2. Type your comment in the white box.
3. Select Name/URL from the drop down box beside Comment as.
4. If you are a student, make sure you have your parent's permission to post a comment. Under Name, type the first letter of your homeroom teacher's last name and your number. For example, "F25." Leave the URL blank. Then click continue. Your parent should read your comment before you post it. Do not use post any personal information or information to could be used to identify you.

If you are a parent, you can choose how to sign your comments. One option is to use the first letter of your child's homeroom teacher's last name, your child's number, and your relationship to the student. For example, "F25's mom." You can also use your name or any of the username options listed.
5. If you are a student, have your parent read your comment before you go to step 6.

6. Click Post Comment.
7. A verification will appear. Type the word you see in the box.
8. Click Post Comment again

Mrs. Janacek's Class Birthdays

Double Bar Graphing

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hot Cross Buns!!!

ATTENTION 4th Grade Parents:

The 4th grade recorders are coming to your homes after Thanksgiving holidays.

The students have been preparing for this day by memorizing the treble

clef staff and doing activities which encourage and apply this knowledge.

During the week after Thanksgiving, the students should bring home a RECORDERwith an attached neck strap, a recorder case, and a Be a RECORDERSTAR book. Taped inside the book will be the Recorder Commandments and theReward system that we will use in class.Please have your child remember to bring the recorder to school on your child’s music days- both the block time and the short 25 minute time.The book can remain at home because we have books in class. I hope you encourage your child to practice the recorder at home so that your child can progress through our recorder program quickly and confidently.

Please note for the safety and sanity of the rest of theschool: Students are only allowed to play the recorder

during music class, or when another teacher allows it,but not on the bus, or in the hallways.

If your child plays their recorder on the bus or in the hallways, all teachers and bus drivers know that they

will have permission to take the child’s recorder, and turn it into the office.
Thank you.
Julie Sykes, Music Teacher

Bar Graphs

A bar graph uses bars to show data. The bars can be vertical (up and down), or horizontal (across). The data can be in words or numbers.

Soil Focus Questions

What is soil?

How are organic and inorganic alike and different?

How do plants and animals affect soil?

Graphing Quiz on Friday!

Every pictograph has a: 
  • title 
  • pictures or symbols 
  • labels 
  • key
Pictographs use pictures or symbols to display data.

Mrs. Thompson's students asked their
moms what their favorite flower was.

How many mothers chose daisies?

Six of the mothers chose________.

What flower did the most mothers

choose as their favorite?

How many mothers chose lilies?


Monday, November 15, 2010

Science Quiz Friday!!!

Weathering, Erosion, Deposition

Study the following pages in your SBISD study guide:

  • Weathering, erosion, deposition pg. 26 .
  • Wind and wave erosion  pg.27.
  • Flood and glacial erosion pg.28.
  •  Underground caves and physical weathering pg 29.
You may also use the notes in your science journal, notes in your binder. Mrs. Janacek's, and your science textbook (pgs C44-C48) as resources while studying. Happy studying! :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Layers of the Earth


The three types are composite, cinder cone and shield volcanoes.  We discussed the locations of Mt. Saint Helen's, Mt. Ranier and Mt. Arenal.  Where are other volcanoes located?  What kind are they?  Does it have violent or quiet eruptions, or is it dormant?  Make sure to list the volcanoe's name and location. 

Weathering and Erosion Video

Science Quiz Nov. 19th

Weathering, Erosion and Deposition

**Friday, November 19, 2010**

Study the following pages in your SBISD study guide:

• Weathering, erosion, deposition

o Pg. 26

• Wind and wave erosion

o Pg. 27

• Flood and glacial erosion

o Pg. 28

• Underground caves and physical weathering

o Pg. 29

Our New Class Pet!

Meet our new class friend! His name is Einstein! He was generously donated by Jimmy Jongebloed and his family. PLease feel free to come by room 504 and play with him sometime. If you are a student in Mrs. Janacek's class and would love to take Einstein home for the weekend sometime, please have your parents write a note stating is fine with them to host our new friend in your home for the weekend!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Math Test on Friday

Concepts Covered:

Multiplying by 10, 100, 1000
See pages 184-185 in your textbook for examples.
2x1 AND 3x1 multiplication problems
See pages 206-211 in your textbook for examples.
2x2 multiplication problems
See pages 237-241 in your textbook for examples.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The 50th Day of School!

We are so excited to celebrate the 50th year of Frostwood! As part of our celebration, we will be celebrating the 50th day of school on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. We have planned special activities to commemorate the day. One activity will be compiling a class list of our 50 favorite books. Please help your child brainstorm ideas for our list. We will also be reading and writing for 50 minutes. Students need to find a great book to read. They may also bring a pillow and/or sleeping bag to class that day. If your child rides the bus please make sure the pillow and sleeping bag are small enough to travel on the bus.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Science Benchmark on Wednesday! Study!

Dear Parents,

Wednesday, October 27, we will administer a district science assessment. Please use the SBISD Study Guide book to review the following concepts. The students’ science journal and/or textbook are also good resources.

Tested concepts:
• Scientific Tools
o Page 4-6
• Moon phases and its revolution
o Page 11, 15
• Tides
o Page 16
• Day, night, seasons
o Pages 12, 13
• Shadows
o Page 14
• Water cycle
o Page 39

Thank you!

4th grade teachers

Thursday, October 21, 2010


2X1 digit multiplication

Science Benchmark Review

Red Ribbon Week

Next week is Red Ribbon Week and I wanted to give you all a heads up on the list of activities that the kids can do each day to say No to Drugs:

In observance of Red Ribbon Week, you may choose to say No to Drugs in the following ways:
Monday: “Sock it to Drugs” wear crazy socks
Tuesday: “Can Drugs” bring a can of food for a local food pantry
Wednesday: “Red Out” wear something red to say No to Drugs
Thursday: “I’m a genius, for I will not do Drugs” wear your blue jeans
Friday: “Team up against Drugs” wear your sports team shirt or a spirit

Notice, no hats or sunglasses!!!!

Dorothy C. Thompson
Frostwood Elementary

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Officer Miller began the fourth grade GREAT program 2 weeks ago. GREAT stands for Gang Resistance Education And Training. Some of the things students will learn include:
Making GREAT choices
Communicating messages clearly
Controlling anger
Respecting others
Being a GREAT citizen

Inherited Traits / Learned Behaviors

inherited trait - genes that are passed down from parents to their offspring.
examples: hair color, height, eye color, skin color

adaptation - inherited trait enables them to survive in their environment. examples: webbed feet on a duck, blubber on a polar bear, turtle with a hard shell

learned behaviors - behaviors that are taught to an animal.
examples: teach a dog to sit or fetch, look both ways before crossing a street

instinct - behavoir that an animal is born with and does
not need to learn.
examples: dog's tail wags, salmon swim upstream

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Notes From Mrs. Sykes

Hello 4th Grade Parents!

Be sure that your child remembers to bring his/her recorder to school on music days. Each class has one short 25 minute time and a long 50 minute time each week. Your child should NOT bring the recorder book to school because we have a classroom set in our music room. Please ask your child to keep the recorder book in a safe place so that he/she can practice the songs we learn while at home. Please do not let your child write the NOTE NAMES above or below the notes of the songs in the book, as that will keep them from truly learning to read the notes of the treble clef.

There will be a green folder that also comes home periodically that will contain extra songs in it.

Please encourage your child to practice with the book and recorder at home.

A few things that will ensure nice tone on the recorder are:
1.Make sure that the holes are fully covered by the fingers.
2.Make sure that the student is only whispering the syllable ”too” (NOT BLOWING) into the mouthpiece. Over blowing and “leaky fingers” over the holes of the recorder can result in an undesirable tone.

I hope your child has fun with the recorder at home and that you are not driven crazy by the sound!

Musically yours,
Julie Sykes

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Science : Ecosystems

What are the basic needs of all plants and animals?

oxygen (carbon dioxide for plants)
system - a group of things or parts that act together.

ecosystem - all the living (plants, animals, etc.) and nonliving (rocks, sun, wind, etc.) things in an environment and how they interact. They depend on their environment and each other to survive.

What happens when living things don't gbet the things they need to survive?

become endangered
move to a new location (animals)
adapt (change; find something else)

Equivalent Fractions

Social Studies: Hunt For Texas Missions

The Internet Resources
El Paso Area Missions
The Alamo FAQ
The Native People of the Caminos Reales
The Caminos Reales
Animals of the Caminos Reales
San Antonio Missions: National Historical Park Map
The Five Spanish Missions of Old San Antonio
The Acequia System
Mission Life - try this one first.
Mission Life 1
Mission Life 2
The Alamo Building