February 18, 2016

What's Up in 4th Grade!

Multicultural Night is tonight at 6:00 pm. Students may wear their multicultural clothing. See you there!

Skaggs is hosting a parenting workshop, "Did We Win? Helping Children Learn to Handle Competition" on Monday, February 22nd, at 11:00 am in the library! Please follow this link for more information. If you have any questions, please contact our counselor, Mrs. Carranza.

Plano ISD provides parent workshops around the district. Please see the link below for dates and times.

Read Across America Week is coming soon, February 29th-March 4th! Please see the attachment below for what to wear each day!

Language Arts

We will continue our theme of "Working Together" and focus on "Family Teams." Students will learn that sometimes we form the best teams with those closest to us, our brothers, sisters, and other relatives. In our main story, "My Brother's Flying Machine," students will learn about author's perspective or point of view, which is how he or she feels about a subject. An author's writing might be slanted to convey his or her bias and influence readers' own perspective. To identify author's perspective, we will look for clues about how the author presents events and information. The spelling pattern for this week is the variant vowel /ô/ which is spelled using several different letter combinations: aw, au, al, a, and ough.


Measurement Units and Conversions is our next unit of study in math.

Essential Questions Students will keep considering:

 How do I know what to measure? What tool, technique or formula will I use?  How do I convert measurement units to solve problems?

 How exact does a measurement have to be?

 What pattern or relationship do I see? How can I describe it? How does that help me solve this problem?

Our unit test is tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 4th.

**Please continue to practice multiplication and division facts with your child.

Science and Social Studies

Next week, we embark again on a historical journey and explain the events that lead to the annexation of Texas to the United States. Students will be exposed to people, events, and documents which are relevant to this period. They will understand historical perspectives and the importance of why a point of view matters. They will be involved in understanding the pros and cons of their position and debate on this topic.

Social Studies test is on Friday, 4th of March.

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:
  • 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.

Important Dates

2/18 Multicultural Night

2/19 Wordmasters Test

3/1 Spring Picture Day/Class Pictures

3/3 Open House

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