Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CBQ Science Quiz Friday!

Study Guide for Quiz     Friday, February 11, 2011
Please use your SBISD study guide to review the following concepts:

• Animals and Ecosystems: page 45

• Habitats/Niche: page 46

• Predator and Prey/Producer: page 47

• Consumer/Scavenger/Decomposer: page 48

• Food Chain: page 49

• Food Web: page 50

• Basic Needs/Competition: page 51

• Plants’ Structure and Function (flower ONLY): page 56
The textbook, journal and handouts are also excellent resources.

Life Cycle of a Bean Plant

Measurement Quiz this Friday!

Study Guide for Measurement Quiz
• Length

o Customary
  • 1 foot = 12 inches 
  • 1 yard = 3 feet = 36 inches 
  •  1 mile = 5, 280 feet = 1, 760 yards 
o Metric
  •  1 cm = 10 mm 
  •  1 dm = 10 cm = 100 mm
  •  1 m = 10 dm = 100 cm
  •  1 km = 1,000 m
• Capacity
o Customary
 Study your gallon house!
 1 gallon=
• 4 quarts
• 8 pints
• 16 cups
• 128 ounces
 1 cup = 8 oz.

o Metric
 1 L = 1,000 mL
• Weight
o Customary
 Ounces (oz)
 Pounds (lbs)
• 1 lb = 16 oz
 Tons (T)
• 1 ton = 2,000 lbs
o Metric
 1 gram = 1,000 milligrams
 1 kilogram = 1, 000 grams

Monday, February 7, 2011

Parent Update

Dear Families,
In class, we have been working on the following:

• Reading: This month we will be focusing on reading for deeper meaning. The students are also focusing on character traits, determining importance, and main idea/detail in expository text. The idea is to get fourth grade readers to think like writers, and to evaluate why authors make the choices they do.

• Writing: We are continuing to use writing skills and strategies we have worked on throughout the year to create wonderful pieces of writing based on a variety of prompts. Students are creating story arcs as prewriting to improve their focus and organization in their compositions.

• Math: We are working on measurement: metric and customary mass/weight, capacity, and length. Toward the end of the month we will begin a unit on geometry. Students need to continue to incorporate both long division and 2x2 digit multiplication problems into their Weekly Math Fact Practice.

• Science: We have finished our unit on ecosystems, food chains and food webs. Now we are studying plant structures and functions, plant and animal life cycles, adaptations, animal traits (inherited/learned, acquired), and how changes in the ecosystem can affect all of the above.

• Social Studies: We are finishing the Battle of the Alamo and will soon study Texas Independence. Mrs. Nina Hendee, owner of the Taste of Texas, will give a fabulous speech enlightening our students with tales of the major Texas battles and the early pioneers of Texas. Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! GTT!

• Other: Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to chaperone the Museum of Fine Arts field trip. 


• February 14: Valentine’s Day party from 1:45-2:45

• February 15: District Reading Benchmark

• February 18: Western Day

• February 21: No school

• February 22: District Math Benchmark

• February 23: Field Trip to Taste of Texas – Howe, White, Janacek, Rabel

• February 24: Field Trip to Taste of Texas – Ferraro, Laird

• March 1: Writing TAKS Test
Thanks so much,

4th Grade Teachers

Frostwood Elementary

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Plant Parts Games

Plant Parts Games

The Life Cycle of Plants

Click on the link below and play some plant games! Have fun learning!

The life Cycle of Plants - Games

Vascular Plants

Click on the link below and watch how plants soak up water through their vascular tubes! Enjoy!

Vascular Plants

Plant Parts

Click on the  Link Below and listen to the parts of the plant!
Plant Parts

Parts of a Flower

Metric Mass & Customary Weight Measurement

Metric Measurement

Milligrams (mg)- flea, ant, medicine bottle , spices, salt, (1/6 tsp equals 1 gram)

Grams( g) – envelope, ping pong ball, markers , crayon, coins, paper clips

Kilogram (kg) – metal Tonka Truck, person, watermelon,

Customary Weight Measurement

Ounces- (oz)-puppies, pinewood derby cars, gold, football, baseball, baseball bats. pencil,

Pounds (lbs)- people, back packs, dog, cow, math books, desks, luggage, food,

Tons – (T) – horse, cow, cars, whales, heavy machinery

Fourth Grade TAKS Mathematics Chart

Math: Metric Measurement

Math: Customary Measurement

Gallon House Conversions