Fourth Grade Newsletter

Important Notes

Don't forget! We are taking a field trip to the Outdoor Learning Center on January 19th. Make sure your child turns in his or her permission slip. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

Fourth Grade's Texas Program will be on March 1st.

Recorder money is due to Ms. Lanham by THIS Friday, January 15th.

Dental Opportunity!

There is a free dental opportunity, "Give Kids A Smile Day,” via The University of Texas Health Science Center - School of Dentistry, 7500 Cambridge Street, Houston, TX, 77054, for students 5-18 years old. It is by appointment only. Please call 713-228-5716 for more information.


Students will continue reading biographies this week. We will work to determine main idea in order to sort through the important information as opposed to the interesting information. We will also look at the traits of the people we read about.

Below is a copy of our new reading log. Students should still be reading 20-30 minutes each night in order to complete this. Students will be using biographies they check out from the library and ones available in the classroom. Please email your child’s reading teacher if you have any further questions.

Speaking of library… Don’t forget 4th graders go to library EVERY Monday. We frequently have students who forget their books. It’s a good idea to set a reminder at home on Sunday night so students don’t forget their books on Monday morning.

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This week students will continue to work on elaboration techniques to strengthen the quality of their essays. We are also studying quotation marks used in dialogue.

Social Studies

Students are beginning to study the colonization of Texas by European Settlers. Some of the first settlements were built around Spanish Missions. See the link to read more about Missions in Texas.


Students will continue working with soil this week. Students will also explore weathering, erosion, and deposition.
Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition


Students will be working with input-output tables this week. They will learn to express the "rule" as an algebraic expression. You can help your child at home by having them make input-output tables of their own, horizontally and vertically. For example, there are 8 hot dog buns in a bag, how many hot dog buns are in 12 bags?