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

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