4th Grade's Weekly White Tiger


Week of October 12th


Grammar and Conventions

Students will practice imitating mentor sentences. We will learn about irregular past tense verbs. In spelling, students will use their menu and spellingcity.com to practice and learn irregular past tense verbs and the fourth grade high frequency words.


During this unit students will write multiple personal narratives. Students will use mentor texts and a rubric to discover the features of an effective personal narrative. They will use a graphic organizer to plan their personal narratives, and draft their narratives using this designed plan. Students will revise, edit, publish, and share their personal narrative. They will become more proficient in this writing process by rehearsing it with a variety of prompts during writer's workshop.


Students will read The Ant and the Grasshopper they will analyze the plot, characters, theme, and narrator. We will make comparisons between The Ant and the Grasshopper and Ima and the Great Texas Ostrich Race. We will compare the problems, solutions, character traits of the main characters, and theme. We will also compare structure, craft, word choice, and author’s point of view.

Social Studies

Students will identify and compare ways of life of American Indian groups in specific Texas Regions. Students will describe ways and identify reasons these groups modified their environment and used the natural resources of their regions to survive.



This week we will continue representing the quotient of up to a 4-digit dividend by a one-digit divisor using area models and the standard algorithm. Since long division is a new concept, please have your child practice solving long division at home each night. They have "The Division Family" strategy in their binder that they can use to help guide them through the steps. We will also work on division problem solving.

Here are some great websites for math fact practice:

- http://www.factmonster.com/math/flashcards.html

- http://www.wildmath.com

- http://www.funbrain.com/math/

- http://www.abcya.com/math_facts_game.htm

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This week we will explore, illustrate, and compare life cycles in living organisms.

Environmental Center Field Trip

We explored how adaptations enable organisms to survive in their environment.

Important Dates and Reminders

  • Please follow the link to explore parent resources: http://www.risd.org/group/parents/parents_main.html
  • October 12th- Fair Day (No School) Staff Development
  • October 16th- 20th Anniversary Celebration & School Carnival 5:00-9:00
  • October 22nd- College Day
  • Week of October 26th- Red Ribbon Week
  • Week of October 26th- Book Fair Week
  • October 29th- Multicultural Night 6:00-7:30
  • November 5th- Assembly 9:30-10:15 (4th- 6th grade)
  • November 6th- Parent's Night Out (4th grade fundraiser)
  • November 19th- PTA Meeting/ Art Night/ Enrichment Cluster Product Fair
  • This year we get to resume our Smart Snack Express fundraiser for our 4th grade Austin trip. We will sell items on Friday afternoons at dismissal time. We are allowed to sell 6 times per year. We need your help by donating any type of snacks that are packaged individually (chips, brownies, granola bars, fruit snacks, sodas, etc.) We have had great success with sales in the past so every donation helps!

Food Cart Dates
  • October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • November 6

***Special Notes***

  • Please make sure you have turned in your child’s $40.00 field trip money. This money will be used as a deposit for our Austin field trip.
  • Please make sure you have returned all forms to your child’s teacher.
  • If you have any ideas or suggestions about fundraising please email your child’s teacher to share your ideas. Also, if you know of any businesses that might be willing to sponsor us then please send the information to your child’s teacher at: aurora.mays@risd.org, jennifer.romes@risd.org, amanda.mcleroy@risd.org or tanya.camacho@risd.org. Thank you!

Fall Tutoring Dates (Mondays until 4:40)

  • September 28
  • October 5, 19, 26
  • November 2, 9, 16, 30
  • December 7
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EngineerGirl Essay Contest

The National Academy of Engineering invites students (both boys and girls) in grades 3-12 to submit an essay about how they would protect the environment and the safety, health, and well-being of the public as a responsible engineer.

Cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 are available for the best essays in each of 3 age categories.

We want to hear from you! Submit your essay by February 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm EST. (Note the deadline for 2016 has changed from previous years.)

Find out more at www.engineergirl.org/2016contest.aspx

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Focus Parent Portal Accounts Now Available

Parents are now able to create accounts to see their child’s grade and attendance information through RISD’s new student information system called Focus. Parents will need to know their child’s identification information in order to sign up.

To learn more and create an account, click the following link:


Contact us

Tanya Camacho

ELAR and Social Studies

(469) 593-7350


Jennifer Romes

Math and Science

(469) 593- 7315


Planning Time: 10:30 AM-11:15 AM