Stern/Taylor Class News!

4th Grade~~River Place Elementary~~November 4, 2013

Students of the week will present their All About Me poster, that they made at school, to the class on Monday and on Friday may bring in a favorite item to share, read from a favorite book, or display a talent to the class.

Taylor's News!

This week in Math and Science:

Math– This week we will begin our measurement unit. We will also continue to practice computation skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).

Science – We will begin our Properties Matter unit of study. The children were so excited when our kits were delivered on Thursday afternoon (Thank you Watch Dogs!). Our first experiment starts out with taking a very close look at particle sizes by investigating different types of sugar. Perfect topic after Halloween!

Social Studies- During the second nine weeks we will be covering the Indian Tribes of Texas. We will be learning about their settlements, appearance, clothing, food, tools, and customs. We will begin researching various tribes this week.

Stern's News!

This week in Language Arts and Social Studies:

READING: We will begin to read and discuss informational/expository non-fiction text. We will continue to discuss how to use context clues and text features to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. We will be focusing on cause and effect within fictional and nonfictional writing.

WRITING: We will begin to plan and organize for expository writing. Students will work with their transitions and include them in their writing. They will use prepositional phrases to enhance their writing. The focus of their writing will be on Indian Tribes of Texas.

SPELLING: This week's spelling words come from Unit 10. Our spelling skill concept this week again is using prefixes accurately. We will also determine the proper uses for the homophones there, their, and they're. Spelling words for the week will be recorded by students in the far right column of the week's agenda. Pace Language Arts students will have an extra 8 words per week. Any students wishing to include the pace words into their spelling test may do so.

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Click below for our Language Arts homework site!

All homework can be accessed online through our class websites (see homework links above). We will have 2 pages for Math and 2 pages for Language Arts each week. If you are unable to print the pages, students are encouraged to put answers on regular notebook paper and bring in the answers on Friday. If you won't have access to a computer during the week, please let your homeroom teacher know early in the week. ;)

This Week's Spelling Words are from Unit 10!

If your child would like to practice their spelling words in a fun way, have them go to the Spelling Practice Link below:

Important Information!!!

Class Blogs!

Students can access their homeroom's class blog from home. The blog gives them an opportunity to practice writing and communication skills in an ever expanding digital world. We have discussed the importance of students using their best "netiquette"! Manners online are just as important as in person. "Treat others how you want to be treated!"

Mrs. Stern's Homeroom:

password: Birthdate: yyyymmdd

Mrs. Taylor's Homeroom:

password: Student ID#

Joanne Stern

room: 2208

phone: 512-570-6900



twitter: @sternsstars2013

Nicole Taylor

room: 2210

phone: 512-570-6900



twitter: @taylorsclass