Fabulous Fourth

Mitchell Elementary

The Fourth Grade Scoop

  • Student Holiday on Friday, March 25th
  • No tutoring March 29th or April 1st
  • STAAR Writing Test on Tuesday, March 29th
  • School Carnival on Saturday, April 9th from 10 - 3


As we approach the Reading STAAR test, students will continue to work on comprehension skills ranging from basic information retrieval to making inferences and drawing conclusions. Students need to be able to “read between the lines” at times to understand what they read. We are working on expanding our vocabulary while also practicing how to use context clues to understand unknown words. Knowledge of roots, prefixes and suffixes is an additional skill to use when trying to determine a new word. We will be using a collection of poetry, plays or dramas, fiction and non-fiction work to hone these skills. Students will continue to practice identifying the theme of a story. Using graphic organizers to demonstrate comprehension is another tool we are using.


On Monday, March 21st, we will begin our adventure called Camp Write-Along. This will be an in-school writing project that will help your students see that STAAR writing can be fun and educational at the same time. Here is our schedule:

- Friday, 3-18 Introduction - The “Camp Director” will invite a special guest to give a very important “How to Survive Camp” lesson, and then we’ll listen to some 5th graders talk about what real camping is like. Students will also prepare their Camp Write-Along folders.

- Monday, 3-21 Camp Begins Students will do revising and editing activities at the “campsite.” During “campfire time,” students will be working on a writing sorting activity. They will also write an expository essay about their favorite outdoor activity and explain why it is their favorite.

Have no fear, wear your camping gear!

- Tuesday, 3-22 We are crazy about writing! – Students will write an expository essay about their favorite object and explain why it’s their favorite thing. During “campfire time,” creative, camp-related Mad Libs will entertain the students.

Wear “crazy hair” or “crazy socks” day.

- Wednesday, 3-23 We Don’t Sweat the STAAR- We’re on track! - Today the students will be focusing on revising and editing as well as the writing process. During “campfire time,” we will play camp games and sing songs.

Students should wear a comfortable sweat or track suit!

- Thursday, 3-24 Slip into Good Writing - Today’s expository essay will explain what a person can do to live a healthy life. During “campfire time,” we will be reading camp stories and playing the memory game, “When I go camping, I will bring…”

Students should bring slippers, a sleeping bag/blanket, and a flashlight!

As you can see, this will be an exciting time. Please post this letter, so you can help your child remember the theme for each day. Thank you for your help in making our Camp Write-Along a great success.


The mathematical focus of Unit 8 is selecting appropriate customary and metric units, strategies, and tools to solve problems involving measurement. Students will solve problems relating to length, intervals of time, liquid volume, mass, and money.


Students will be studying Earth’s patterns of interaction within the solar system in the “Space” unit. They will collect and analyze data to identify sequences and predict patterns of change in seasons. Students will also analyze data to identify sequences and predict patterns of change in the appearance of the moon over time.

Social Studies

Students will explore the events leading to the annexation of Texas to the United States. They will be able to describe the impact of the Civil War on Texas and work on a team to create a project on the Civil War. Students will also examine the effects on American Indian life resulting from changes in Texas.

Contact Us:

Jennifer Carter 469-752-2858 Jennifer.Carter@pisd.edu

Karen Maddox 469-752-2857 Karen.Maddox@pisd.edu

Denise Jenkins 469-752-2837 Denise.Jenkins@pisd.edu

Lizzie Haley 469-752-2861 Lizzie.Haley@pisd.edu

Madison Burney 469-752-2863 Madison.burney@pisd.edu

Amanda Barrientos 469-752-2862 Amanda.Barrientos@pisd.edu