Miss Sears' Class News

November 10th - November 14th

Upcoming Dates

  • November 11th- First Music Performance for Veteran's Day
  • November 18th- 2nd Music PTA Performance/Practice after school until performance at 6:00PM AND Family night for the Book Fair from 6:00-8:00PM
  • Nov. 17th-21st- BOOK FAIR!
  • Nov. 24th- Nov.28th- Thanksgiving Break
  • December 5th- LISDOLA Field Trip (more information to come)

Native American Tribe Experts using Google Presentations to show off what they know about their tribes!

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4th Grade Music Performances

4th graders at Homestead will be presenting in two programs in November! In your child's Tuesday folder this week, you will find more details about the performances. The dates are listed above for each performance, also. If you would like more information or have any questions please contact our wonderful music teacher, Mrs. Pipitone at pipitonet@lisd.net

Scholastic Reading Club

Remember, this is a great way to purchase books at fourth grade reading levels for low prices! If you would like to participate in this opportunity, you can place your orders online at scholastic.com/readingclub and enter in our class activation code which is NHZDT.

Or click on the link below:


Next book order due date: Nov. 14th


The official sale dates for the upcoming Book Fair are Nov. 17th-21st and it will be open from 7:35AM- 3:20PM. Students will be allowed to preview the book fair with our class between Nov.12-14. On Tuesday, Nov. 18th from 6:00-8:00PM the Book Fair will be open for family night. You are encouraged to invite family members, friends, and neighbors to attend! Every student that attends family night will be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift certificate, also! :)

More information about previewing and ordering online went home in Tuesday folders last week.

iPad Information for Parents

Think Through Math (TTM)

Think Through Math is a program students can use to build and practice their math skills. It is accessible on the ipads and provides a lot of very helpful feedback to teachers. Students are required to complete AND pass 2 lessons per week. Please be checking with your child to see how they are doing. I will check these lessons every Monday. If it is not done, students will be required to work on this in study hall.

Total Lessons due this Monday: 16

Weekly Curriculum

  • Math- This week in math we will be working on making arrays and working on a fun PBL (Project Based Learning) to make candy boxes using arrays. This will help solidify and build our understanding of multiplication! The Candy Box Project will be a major grade due Friday.
  • Writing- Last week we learned how to write a good 4th grade paragraph using the hamburger paragraph model, so this week we will be focusing on writing good leads and conclusions to our writing. I think we will see a lot of creativity continue to flow out of these young authors.
  • Reading- We will write a summary on Monday using the Somebody Wanted But So Then model for a daily grade, then continue on in Reader's Workshop to learn about Story Elements. All week I will be conferencing with students about the current books they are reading during our Read 20 time. This will be a daily grade, also.
  • Science- We will wrap up our mixtures and solutions unit this week as we finish our visuals and complete a mixtures and solutions checkpoint. The visual and the checkpoint will be combined for a major grade.
  • Social Studies- Last week students picked a native american tribe they were interested in learning more about. They were then put into groups with other students that chose that tribe. We began working on our Google Presentations to compile their tribes' information which they will share with other groups this week. Students will then compare and contrast the tribe they became an "expert" on with another group's tribe. The students are really enjoying using Google Drive and collaborating with one another. I am very proud of them!

  • Here are some helpful websites where you can find more information about some of the tribes:

Comanche: http://www.texasindians.com/comanche.htm
Karankawa: http://www.texasindians.com/karankf.htm
Jumano: http://www.texasindians.com/jumano.htm

  • Spelling- New words on Monday
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