4th Grade Super Sailor Newsletter

Week 24: February 22-26, 2016

Math

This week in math we will begin our unit on measurements. The students will have learning experiences with measuring lengths, capacity, and weight using the customary units. We will have STAAR Wars on Friday to review previously taught concepts through the year.

Science

In science we will begin learning about conservation, renewable and nonrenewable resources. There will be discussions, writing opportunities, and stories shared about how the choices we make regarding conservation and use of resources can affect the earth.

Reading

We are continuing to research! The students have learned about different sources, and how to pull out the most facts. Students are collaborating with other students and asking each other questions to deepen the research questions they are trying to asnwer. In order to be information literate, students must develop the fundamental skills and knowledge of inquiry and research. When preparing for a study of inquiry and research, students need to understand about:

  • Selecting topics of interest that are significant.
  • Summarizing and synthesizing information
  • Demonstrating understanding of information
  • Crediting sources
  • Presenting information in categories
  • Focusing on the topic and including several aspects
  • Including facts, statistics, and examples

Writing

We will be using our research for writing! When writing a research report, students need to understand about:

  • Selecting topics of interest that are significant.
  • Crediting sources.
  • Writing effective lead paragraphs and conclusions.
  • Presenting information in categories.
  • Focusing on the topic and including several aspects
  • Including facts, statistics, and examples

Spelling-4th grade word wall words

We will use these new words and test on Friday. Students may study at: http://www.spellingcity.com/APE4thgrade



1. agreed

2. charge

3. lazy

4. rough

5. whose

6. author

7. moment

8. sign

9. avoid

10. decision

11. study

12. woman

13. all right

14. enough

15. several

16. awful

17. service

18. worse

19. forgotten

20. million

Social Studies

Our study of Texas has reached the turn of the century!

Students will probably have some understanding of cowboys, cattle, railroads, and how inventors have changed communities. We will discuss their role in shaping Texas at the turn on the century. In addition, we will look at some of the people that have helped the state during this time period such as Charles Goodnight, Richard King, Lizzie Johnson, and Joseph Glidden.

STAAR test dates:

March 29: Writing

May 9: Math

May 10: Reading

TRANSPORTATION/DISMISSAL CHANGES

Dear Parents and Guardians,

At Austin Parkway Elementary we strive to provide the best experience possible for our students and their families. We are constantly looking for ways to streamline processes within our building. One of the processes that we are currently working on is that of early dismissal. The policy regarding early dismissal and checkout can be found in the Austin Parkway Elementary Student-Parent Handbook, on our website. Please see below for the excerpt.


In the case of an unforeseen event that causes a change in the way your child goes home please follow these steps.

  1. Send an email to Ms. Miller before 2:15 p.m., iris.miller@fortbendisd.com
  1. State in the email:
    1. Student’s name
    2. Teacher’s name
    3. Your name and relationship to student
    4. Your phone number for verification purposes
    5. Time of pickup (no dismissals after 2:45 p.m.)
    6. Reason for last minute change