Fourth Grade FUNdamentals

October 14, 2016

Important Dates To Know

October 18: PINK Out Day (wear pink In support of Breast Cancer Awareness)

October 19: Unity Day (Wear Orange)

October 20: Kendra Scott Spirit Night (details below)

October 24-26: SKY RANCH TRIP

November 1: College TShirt Day

November 3: Early Dismissal at 11:45 for Student Led (Goal Setting) Conferences

November 4: Bransford Carnival

November 8-15: BES Book Fair

November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break

Sky Ranch


Next week, we will begin preparing for our trip. On FRIDAY, students should have their "school/camp" backpack at school. This backpack will be the one that they carry around all day at camp. It will need to hold a water bottle, their camp journal (we will provide at school), a few pencils, and sunscreen or bug spray. They will leave this bag at school on Friday so that we know that they will not forget it on Monday morning. (One less thing to haul into school on Monday!) Thank you for helping to remind your child to have this with them on Friday when they come to school.

Please send in your signed Sky Ranch release forms and Health forms to your child's teacher. Don't forget your final payment for Sky Ranch was due today!

If you plan on joining us as a chaperone, please complete the required background check.


Reading: This week our kids read with their teachers to check on their fluency rate and comprehension. At this point in the year, fourth graders should be reading at 90 words per minute. Ask your child about their rate!

Writing: We've been continuing to craft our stories. They have been identifying their character's motives and how to show it.

Social Studies: We've been deep in our research about the regions of Texas. They have been discovering all of the things that make Texas unique.

Math Minute

This week we have been working on adding and subtracting with decimals. We are reviewing addition and subtracting strategies. Ask your child how they know if a subtraction problem is correct! (Hint: they can check with addition!) :)

Students are applying adding and subtracting decimals to money. Students are working on a Math Market and deciding if they have enough money to purchase certain goods at the market. You should see some of the things they are deciding to buy! (Donuts are a big hit...don't worry they are pretend!) Students are using problem solving skills and strategies to answer some complex questions!


This week in science we have been wrapping up our Life Science Unit. The students have been busy tracking the growth of the radish plant they planted and writing a story from the perspective of a butterfly! Ask your child to describe what kind of butterfly they are!

You can watch the migration of monarch butterflies on their way to Mexico at the Grapevine Butterfly Flutterby event! More info above!

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