Fourth-grade News

Hosp Elementary, Frisco, Texas

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING NEXT WEEK?

Math: Adding and subtracting decimals

Science: Electromagnetic fields

Reading: Main idea and details; summarizing nonfiction

Writing: Personal narratives

Grammar: Reviewing commas in series, irregular verbs

Social Studies: Republic of Texas

40-BOOK CHALLENGE

All fourth-graders have been encouraged this year to read at least 40 books, representing various genres.
  • Poetry
  • Traditional literature
  • Realistic fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Science fiction
  • Mystery
  • Informational nonfiction
  • Biography/autobiography/memoir
  • Chapter books (reader's choice)

Please check in with your child to ask how his/her list is shaping up! We are halfway through the school year, so students who have been tracking their reading should have about 20 books listed so far.


Big congratulations from Sethu R. in Mrs. Damm's class, who has already accomplished the 40-Book Challenge!

SAVE THE DATE: FRIDAY, FEB. 13

Parents, you are welcome to join our classroom Valentine parties, scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. In the coming weeks, we'll have for you a classroom list of names so your child can start creating cards for classmates if they choose.

Students may decorate a paper bag or child-sized shoe box for holding Valentine cards. Bags/boxes can come to school on Feb. 13.

DATE CHANGE ON SPELLING TEST 3

Because of some upcoming practice testing, Spelling Test 3 will be given two days earlier than usual. For your reference:

Spelling Test 2: Friday, Jan. 30

Spelling Test 3: Wednesday, Feb. 4

You can find spelling lists online each week on our website. Click here for access to the weekly lists.

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ACADEMIC GOALS FOR 2015

Each fourth-grader has set an academic goal for the year, and we've posted them all in the hallway. We're proud of the big dreams that your children have -- reading more books, understanding math better, performing more experiments, improving writing skills. We can't wait to see your children reach their goals!

HAVE SOME EXTRA BOARD GAMES?

It's the season of frequent indoor recess! When cold temperatures keep us inside, we stay busy and active in the classrooms. If you have some spare board games or card games at home that you would like to donate to your child's homeroom teacher, please send them in! We appreciate your support!

ARE YOU MEETING THE 21-DAY CHALLENGE?

Don't forget to (1) register your child for the 21-Day Challenge and (2) track your child's healthy snacks! The Medical City website has all the details.

MATH RESOURCES AVAILABLE

Parents and students are encouraged to visit the Frisco ISD math website for video resources in support of math cluster 3 (covering adding and subtracting decimals). Click here for access to the videos, and, as always, please contact Mrs. Garcia or Mrs. Gilmour with questions regarding math curriculum.

ELAR CURRICULUM NIGHT RESOURCES ONLINE

ELAR Curriculum Night resources are online. The PowerPoint presentation includes details on Reader's Workshop, Writer's Workshop and social studies instruction. You can also find:


SNACK-TIME REQUESTS

The Please help your child choose morning snacks that are conducive to eating and working at the same time. We kindly request that students bring only one snack for the morning and that it be simple to eat while reading, writing and working. We have so much learn in fourth grade! Thank you in advance for your help!

ACCESS TO THE STUDENT LEARNING HUB

The Student Learning Hub offers links to curriculum-related resources. For example, you can view state standards for all subjects; characteristics of reading genres; and videos that explain how math concepts are taught in the district. Your child's homeroom teacher has already sent a click sheet that walks you through the login process. Please let us know if you have questions.