## Peek at the Week

Here is what is coming up next week!

Writing-We have finished our personal narratives regarding our favorite place and something that happened at that favorite place. We learned some new tools to help our writing such as Exploding the Moment, which taught us to write about a very small moment in a lot of detail, Stretching sentences out, and Show not Tell, which showed us how to write about emotions using actions without telling our reading exactly how we were feeling. We are starting a new expository this next week and reviewing all the strategies that we learned last time in completing an expository.

Reading-We have begun our unit called Once Upon a Time and have begun looking at classic literature such as folktales, fairytales, fables, tall tales and legends. We have completed folktales and are looking deeper in fables. We will be watching fables in class and completing a graphic organizer on them that allows us to dig deeper into the meaning and moral of the fable. The students also have a google classroom assignment regarding fables. They need to watch both fable videos and then complete a graphic organizer for 1 of the fables. It is due by this Thursday 1/21.

Math-We have begun our unit on deepening our fraction sense by looking at adding and subtracting fractions as well as adding and subtracting Mixed number fractions. We started off by looking at how we can decompose, or break apart, each fraction to help us understand how we can add or subtract it.

Ex. 3/8= 1/8+1/8+1/8

Science-We finished up our unit on the Water Cycle and are now studying Mixtures and Solutions and the similarities and differences between the two. The students already started this unit with a fun lab called Beach clean up The students were given a bucket full of sand, rocks, salt, trash, iron filings, and water and were told they need to separate all the materials apart. The tools they had available to them to use to were a magnet, coffee filter, beaker, colander, and empty bin. They as a group had to decide which order they would take the materials apart and which tools they would use for each item. This was a great introduction to the differences of solutions and mixtures.

Texas History-The students have finished their battles of Texas foldable and are beginning to learn how these battles led to the annexation and independence of Texas.

## Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 21

Grades 3-4 Awards Assembly @ 9:15

Friday, January 22

Monday, February 1-5

Counselor Appreciation Week

Monday, January 25

Family Science Night @ 5:30pm

Wednesday, February 3

Early Release @ 12:45

The students have their 2nd Google Classroom Assignment due this Thursday, January 21. It is regarding Fables for our Once upon a Time Unit. If you have trouble accessing the computer for this assignment please email me so that I can set up other arrangements for your student.

## Book Club Expectations

I have gone onto my Classroom blogger page Mrs. Wright's Brights and updated the Book Club expectations. Click on the tab at the top of the page for Book Club expectations and it will explain to you how Book Club is run in the classroom and what the students are responsible for completing at home and at school. The link to Mrs. Wright's Brights is at the bottom of this newsletter.

## Science Fair

The Science Fair is coming! All projects are due at school on January 22.

Please visit the Patsy Sommer Science Fair website for more information on the Science Fair coming in January. http://sommersciencefair.blogspot.com/

We still need Science Fair Judges on Monday, January 25 from 8 a.m. to 12noon. No science background needed! Your job will be to talk with students about their science fair project, and fill out simple judging rubrics. There will be a brief training from 8:00-8:15 that day. It is OK if you cannot help the entire 4 hours, just let us know your availability in your email. Contact Anna Spalding at anna_spalding@roundrockisd.org.

## Science Fair Family Night

Hey parents! Are you a female scientist or do you know one? We are looking for women interested in sharing their expertise at Science Fair Night on January 25, 2016 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Please contact anna_spalding@roundrockisd.org for details and to sign up! Check out our Science Fair website! http://sommersciencefair.blogspot.com/

## Yearbooks!

Yearbooks are for sale at www.balfour.com for \$22. Buy now before the price increases in 2016