Fourth Grade Newsletter

Welcome Back!

We will be going on a field trip to the Outdoor Learning Center on Tuesday, January 19th. Be on the look out for permission slips with additional information.

Ms. Lanham is sending home order forms for recorders: They must be returned with either cash or check by January 15th.

Fourth graders' Texas performance is March 1st. Ms. Lanham will be sending home additional information as the date approaches.


Students will continue working on Personal Financial Literacy this week. Students will practice calculating profit in simple situations. We will also be starting input-output tables with algebraic equations.


Students will be working closely with soil this week. They will identify properties of soil, including soil's ability to retain water.


This week we will begin studying biographies. We will consider the characteristics of biographies and think about how we can use the text features to support our learning.


Students will be revisiting essays in January. This week we will have a refresher on the structure of essays and strategies we use to plan. Then we will take a close look at elaboration techniques used to help raise the level of our writing. We will look at samples of previous student writing as mentor texts.

Social Studies

This week we will start studying the colonization of Texas by Europeans. We will study the missions that were built and the impact the new settlements had on the Native Indians. We are really excited to visit the One Room School House at the Outdoor Learning Center on January 19th. We will reenact a school day that children would experience during Texas Pioneer days. We hope that you can volunteer to help us during this unique and fun learning experience!