Tuesday, December 18, 2012


 What did we do here and why?

New arthropods in our classroom !!!

Einstein has some new friends! WORMS!  In our Soil unit, we studied how worms till soil, enrich it and give it oxygen  as well.  Thank you Kanaru for digging up worms in your backyard for our farm.   Everyone is anxious to see the paths and patterns these guys will make in our farm.  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Weather jokes!

Weather Jokes
QuestionHow do hurricanes see?
AnswerWith one eye!
QuestionWhat does a cloud wear under his raincoat?
QuestionWhat type of lightning likes to play sports?
AnswerBall lightning!
QuestionWhat type of cloud is so lazy, because it will never get up?
QuestionWhat did the lightning bolt say to the other lightning bolt?
AnswerYou're shocking!
QuestionWhatever happened to the cow that was lifted into the air by the tornado?
AnswerUdder disaster!
QuestionWhat did the one tornado say to the other?
AnswerLet’s twist again like we did last summer.
QuestionWhat did the thermometer say to the other thermome

Friday, October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Josephine's Math Lesson

 Clisk on the link below and you will watch Josephine's lesson on 2X2 digit multiplication. Enjoy learning!
Josephine's 2X2 Digit Multiplication Lesson

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Playing with Shadows Night and Day

Shadows Activity Have Fun!

October Parent News Letter

Dear Families,

I hope this finds you all well! 

In class, we have been working on the following:

  • Reading:  We are finishing up DRA testing and have been discussing and responding to fictional stories with a focus on story elements such as characterization, plot, point of view, setting, story arc, etc.  Students are reading independently for sustained periods of time in class and working hard to choose books that are appropriate for their reading level.  We will conclude this month with our Mystery Box presentations.  Details to follow.
  • Writing: We have continued to work on generating ideas in our writing journal and building story arcs.  This month we will continue to read and write stories from our lives. 
·         Math:  We are continuing to work on 2x1 multiplication, and are beginning 2x2 digit. We will begin measuring length, perimeter, and area soon. We are always building and reinforcing our problem solving skills through the SBISD Problem Solving Model and Mountain Math.  Please remember to study multiplication and division math facts each night.  We have also started sending Lone Star Problem Solving each Monday for homework. These are due on Friday, unless you hear otherwise.
  • Social Studies:  We are finishing regions and have learned the symbols of Texas. After concluding regions, we will move on to Native American tribes present in early Texas.
  • Science: We are beginning to study the phases of the moon, as well as discussing tides which will conclude our unit on Space.  The next unit of study will be weather: what it is, how to measure it, types of clouds, air masses, and reading weather maps.  Keep track of the weather daily on www.weather.com.  After studying the weather unit, your student will become a meteorologist and give a weather report presentation as a culminating  weather activity.

  • Columbus Day is Monday, October 8th: NO SCHOOL
  • Carnival: October 27th @ Bunker Hill
  • Early dismissal days are October 25th and 26th 
    • Look for conference sign-ups shortly via email
  • Report cards go home October 29th if they are not picked up at the conference.

Thanks so much,

Fourth Grade Teachers

Monday, October 1, 2012

Lone Star Homework starts today! Here is an example.

At Curriculum Night, we showed the parents  and example of a Lone Star question and how we want it to be worked out and answered. Here is another one!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Rounding Video By Khan

Rounding by Khan Academy
 When rounding, I teach the number line system, the triangle number line and the box method. Ask your student how he / she rounds  numbers.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Einstein Our New Class Pet

Our old Einstein began biting my students , so  I  took Einstein Dos to the SPCA and bought a new Einstein Tres at Petco this past weekend. He nibbled through the box we bought him in while he was in my car and escaped! After spending the night in my car, we captured him. He is now ready to go home with one of my lucky students this weekend. Write me a note or email me stating  it is alright for Einstein Tres to visit your house for a weekend  sometime this school year! 

Estimating Starbursts

About how many Starbursts are in this basket? Will there be enough for each student in both classes be able to have one? Why do we bother estimating or rounding things?  How many times a day do your estimate time?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Our fabulous math coach, Kim McCormick is back! She worked with my fourth graders today! They reviewed the Exemplars Rubric for Frostwood. Ask your student about the Exemplar levels!