FOURTH GRADE NEWS

January 7, 2015

Happy 2016!

We had a great first week back to school after the break and are looking forward to a successful second semester full of learning with engaging activities. The Science MAP testing window opened this week and most of the students were able to complete their test so all of their MAP scores should be in the parent portal.


Fourth graders may now participate in the Skaggs Honor Choir! Please see the link below for more information.


College Week is next week! Students had a special treat this week. Current college students came and spoke about the importance of attending college. Next week, we will get to show our college spirit by dressing up each day. Please see the link below for what to wear!


Mrs. Blake is in need of more parent volunteers for the Study Buddy program. If you are interested in participating, please see the link below with more information and a sign-up form.


Science Fair Projects are due to school by Wednesday, January 13th, and late entries will not be accepted. Judging will take place on January 14th, and students should be prepared to answer questions about the project if the judges request an interview. Parents are invited to view projects on January 14th from 2:30-3:30, and January 15th from 8:00 am-2:00 pm. Projects will be taken home at the end of the day on January 15th.


**Please check with your child to see if they are in need of new school supplies. By this time of year, many students have lost markers or the ink is running low, scissors have disappeared along with most of their colored pencils, and folders are falling apart.

Language Arts

Students will continue to study our theme, The Power of Words, through artwork and other creative media. You might start a conversation with your child by asking them why is expressing yourself important in communicating with others. While reading our main story, "Me and Uncle Romie, " we will work on the reading skill of visualizing the characters, setting, and plot. We will start a new expository piece in the continued effort to perfect our expository writing skills.

The spelling pattern for the week will focus on compound words.

Math

We are moving into our Data Analysis unit where students will be interpreting and displaying data. The type of data analysis students do at this level includes determining the size of the data set, reporting specific values, making comparisons of the data, finding greatest and least values, recognizing outliers, describing chunks of the data, identifying data values that occur most or least frequently, and solving one- and two-step problems based on the data.

*Data Analysis Test will be Tuesday, January 19th.

Science and Social Studies

Next week, we are going to describe the causes of major events of the Texas Revolution, and analyze the characters from a historical nonfiction text. Students will also compare the major battles of San Jacinto and Alamo, and research information about the battles and learn how to record the information in a graphic organizer.

*Social Studies Test will be Wednesday, January 20th.

From the Teachers

  • Please always send your child with a coat during cold weather. We go outside if the temperature is 40 degrees or above. Also remember to label all of your child's removeable clothing so we may find its owner easily.
  • Reading Logs: Skaggs has a new reading program that we would love to encourage your children to participate in. With this reading program, your child will read at home and record the number of minutes that he or she has read each night. At the end of the week, your child can record the number of minutes read for the week on the following web site: http://tinyurl.com/SkaggsReadingLog
  • We would like to encourage your child to bring their electronic devices. Electronic devices are being used in all subject areas every day, along with music and art.
  • Be a star for our students and write a check to our PTA. See the information below regarding the Skaggs PTA Check Writing Campaign.
  • A fourth grade website just for parents! You will find links, important information, and much more. https://sites.google.com/a/pisd.edu/fabulous-fourth-grade-friends/

Important Dates

  • 1/12 Honor Choir Recordings due by 8:00am
  • 1/13 Science Fair Projects Due
  • 1/14 Judging of Science Fair Projects, Parents can view projects from 2:30-3:30
  • 1/15 Parent viewing of Science Fair Projects 8 am to 2 pm, Projects sent home
  • 1/18 Martin Luther King Holiday- No School
  • 1/20 School Spelling Bee
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