4th Grade Science & Social Studies

Mrs. Neely's Class: Week of 11/10/2014

Science: Matter Matters!

We are continuing our unit on Matter!

During this unit we will measure, compare, and contrast physical properties of matter, including size, mass, volume, states (solid, liquid, gas), temperature, magnetism, and the ability to sink or float. We will also predict the changes caused by heating and cooling such as ice becoming liquid water and condensation forming on the outside of a glass of ice water, as well as compare and contrast a variety of mixtures and solutions such as rocks in sand, sand in water, or sugar in water.

This week we will focus on the changes caused by heating and cooling. On Monday, students will select their tasks and begin working on their Properties of Matter menu project. The final products will be due Wed., 11/19. Please make sure to ask your child, each evening, how he/she is progressing on the selected activities.

Check out the link below for fun activities related to matter:



Are you looking to learn more and help build your child's knowledge?

**Make sure to read and complete the activities within the "Classifying Matter" section in the STEMscopedia book.

Key Vocabulary:







Social Studies (Texas History)

We are following the trail from the settlement of Paleoamericans to fighting for independence from Spain and Mexico. During this unit we will identify Texas' role in the Mexican War of Independence and the war's impact on the development of Texas. Additionally, we will identify the accomplishments and explain the economic motivations and impact of significant empresarios, including Stephen F. Austin and Martín de León, on the settlement of Texas.

Special Events:

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, we will celebrate and honor Veterans Day.

Veterans Day is a day designated to pay tribute to all American veterans, living or dead, but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. Veterans day should not be confused with Memorial Day (observed in May) which honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of battle-sustained injuries.

To learn more, view the link below:

Upcoming Events & Reminders:

Mon., 11/10: C'Motion Dance begins (in PE)

Tues., 11/11: Veterans Day Breakfast, 7:15-7:45am

Thur., 11/13: Fine Arts Night, 5:30-7:00pm

Tues., 11/18: PTO Meeting, 6:30-7:30pm

Wed., 11/19: Thanksgiving Luncheon for Kinder/2nd/4th grades

Thur., 11/20: Thanksgiving Luncheon for 1st/3rd/5th grades

Toys for Tots donations accepted through Nov. 22nd.

Food Drive donations may be turned in through Dec. 5th.

Mrs. Neely

4th Grade Science & Social Studies

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