Fourth Grade Newsletter

Important Dates

Thursday, December 17 is Polar Express Day. Students may wear pajamas to school.

Friday, December 18 is fourth grade's winter party: 9:15 - 10:00

Friday, December 18 is early dismissal at 12:40 pm

School resumes on Tuesday, January 5th.


Students will wrap up our unit on Folktales and Drama. Students will complete a review assignment tomorrow, Wednesday, December 16. In 2016, we will begin a unit on literary nonfiction. This genre, which includes biography, focuses on factually accurate narratives that have been recorded like a story rather than in a traditional nonfiction structure. The "I am..." and "Who was..." series are both very popular during this unit.


Students enjoyed sharing their fiction pieces at our publishing party on Monday. For the rest of the week, we will have an opportunity to write any type of fiction; historical, fantasy, sci-fi, etc. During extended learning time, students will practice being editors. We will revise "letters to Santa" written by younger writers. In the new year, we will revisit essay writing.

Social Studies

To wrap up our unit on European Explorers students will select one explorer and create a memorial. In January we will start examining the colonization of Texas, which will lead us to the Texas Revolution. Be on the lookout for information on our Revolution unit take-home project in January.


Students will continue learning about personal financial literacy. Students will learn the differences between, banks, credit unions, and savings and loans. Students will also learn how to calculate basic profit.