The Thomas Times

Science and Math Happenings for the Week of Sept. 7, 2015

The Art of Being a Dodd Student

I hope you'll be able to attend The Art of Being a Dodd Student (Parent Info Night) this Thursday night, September 10, from 5:00-7:00. Students can come enjoy an evening of art while parents attend info sessions.

*We will also be selling "Got Grit" t-shirts for both students and parents on this night. We would love for all students to have one of these awesome shirts that show off one of our Wylie Way core values. The profits from the t-shirt sales will go towards classroom technology and learning materials.*

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Kuleana Day

Last Wednesday's Kuleana Day was a great success. Students learned that kuleana is "what I need to do in my life to keep my commitments, relationships, and achieve my dreams." They thought about what their Kuleana superpower was, and created a Kuleana superhero.
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This Week in Math...

  • We are continuing to work on place value to the hundred billions place. We have been reading, writing, and expanding numbers. The kiddos have been working really hard! This is a tough unit and takes lots practice. You can use the digit cards your child brought home last week to practice building a number in standard form and writing numbers in word form.
  • For the remainder of the week, we will be working on comparing and ordering numbers. The strategy we will be using is lining up the places in the numbers and comparing them starting at the greatest place. We will be comparing two numbers using the symbols <, >, and =, and comparing a list of numbers, putting them in order from least to greatest or greatest to least.
  • We took our first timed multiplication test last Friday. Hopefully, now that they have one test under their belts, the kids are feeling more confident and comfortable and will show some growth on their next test. Students will be tracking their test scores so that they can monitor their progress. It is vital that students work on getting the facts through 12x12 memorized! They are the building blocks for higher level math topics such as long division, double-digit multiplication, and fractions.
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This Week in Science...

  • We are learning how to use the physical properties of matter to classify matter.
  • We will be using a triple beam balance to measure mass and graduated cylinders to measure volume in class this week. At the end of the week, we will begin labs so that students will have some hands-on practice using these tools to measure mass and volume.

UIL Try-Outs

UIL try-outs will begin next week. If your child is interested in trying out for a UIL team, they should fill out the sign-up sheets hanging on the 4th grade wall.
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Grandparent's Day Breakfast

We will be celebrating Grandparent's Day this Thursday, September 10th, with a breakfast before school in the cafeteria. Breakfast will begin at 6:45 am.



Breakfast consists of your choice of:

* Cinnamon Roll & Eggs OR * Cereal & Eggs

AND Furit

Choice of Milk

* White Milk * Chocolate Milk


Visitor $2.25

Students $1.50

Bottled Water $1.00

Coffee FREE

Please feel free to contact me at anytime. My door is always open!

Jodi Thomas

ext. 6018