# 4th Grade's Weekly White Tiger

## Grammar and Conventions

We will continue to rehearse revising and editing skills. In spelling, students will use their menu and spellingcity.com to learn about spelling pattern (prefix dis-) and fourth grade high frequency words.

## Writing

This week we will continue to discuss the qualities of a strong expository text. Qualities include: narrow focus, clear central idea, specific – well chosen details, precise word choice, personal experience that creates a thoughtful paper, strong transitions, strong introduction, and strong conclusion.

This week we will continue our expository unit study. We will continue exploring the many different types of organization in expository text. Most paragraphs will be organized with a main idea and supporting details. Students will be able to identify the text structures of: cause and effect, sequence, and comparison. Students will be able to identify and locate nonfiction text features such as: titles, subheadings, photographs/illustrations, captions, special print, key words, charts/tables/graphs, diagrams, and timelines.

## Social Studies

This week we will summarize reasons for European exploration and settlement of Texas. Students will identify the accomplishments of Spanish explorers in Texas (Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda, Cabeza de Vaca, Francisco Coronado, Juan de Onate) and explain the impact these explorations on the settlement of the Western Hemisphere, especially Texas.

www.studiesweekly.com

## Math

We will continue comparing fractions this week. Students will compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators and represent the comparison using the symbols >, =, or <. Students will use such strategies as finding a common denominator, comparing to benchmarks (0, 1/2, 1), and reasoning about unit size. We will compare fractions in a table and fractions that are greater then one (improper fractions.) Students will also learn how to represent fractions and decimals to the tenths or hundredths as distances from zero on a number line.

Here are some great websites for math fact practice:

www.student.frontrowed.com

www.thinkthroughmath.com

www.xtramath.org

## Science

Students will demonstrate that electricity travels in a closed path, creating an electrical circuit, and explore an electromagnetic field. Students will also design an experiment to test the effect of force on an object such as a push or a pull, gravity, friction, or magnetism.

## Important Dates and Reminders

• February 12- Valentine's Day Party
• February 12- 4th 6 Weeks Assembly 9:30-10:15
• February 15- Student Holiday/Staff Development
• February 16- Report cards go home
• February 18- Talent Show (Richardson West Junior High) 6:00-7:30
• February 19- Parents Night Out (4th grade fundraiser) 6:00-10:00
• February 25- College Day

***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.
• If you have any ideas or suggestions about fundraising please let us know. Also, if you know of any businesses that might be willing to sponsor us then please send the information to one of us.

Spring Tutoring Dates (Mondays until 4:40)

• January 25
• February 1, 8, 22, 29
• March 14, 21, 28 (4th and 5th graders will NOT have tutoring on March 28 due to STAAR testing)
• April 4, 11, 18, 25
• May 2

## 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.

http://www.risd.org/Group/Parents/Focus/focusforparents.html

Tanya Camacho

ELAR and Social Studies

(469) 593-7350

tanya.camacho@risd.org

Jennifer Romes

Math and Science

(469) 593- 7315

jennifer.romes@risd.org

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