4th Grade Science & Social Studies

Mrs. Neely's Class: Week of 12/08/2014

Science: Energizing Energy

We are starting our unit on Energy!

During this unit we will learn that energy exists in many forms and can be observed

in cycles, patterns, and systems. Students will differentiate among forms of energy, including mechanical, sound, electrical, light, and heat/thermal, and differentiate between conductors and insulators. Students will also demonstrate that electricity travels in a closed path, creating an electrical circuit, and explore an electromagnetic field. Additionally, students will design an experiment to test the effect of force on an object such as a push or a pull, gravity, friction, or magnetism.


Looking to learn more and connect our academic work to home?

Quiz your child using the vocabulary words listed below. Have your child create flash cards and make it a game!

Read pages 266-311 in the "Science Magnifier" textbook.

Read and complete the activities within the "Forms of Energy," "Electricity, Conductors, and Insulators," and "Experimenting with Forces" sections in your child's STEMscopedia book.

Key Vocabulary for this Unit:

energy, light energy, thermal (heat) energy, electrical energy, mechanical energy, sound energy, conductor, insulator, electric circuit, electromagnetic field, closed circuit, open circuit, electric current, electricity, force, push, pull, gravity, friction, position, magnetism, movement

Social Studies (Texas History)

We are continuing to identify Texas' role in the Mexican War of Independence and the war's impact on the development of Texas. Additionally, we are identifying the accomplishments and explaining the economic motivations and impact of significant empresarios, including Stephen F. Austin and Martín de León, on the settlement of Texas.

Upcoming Events & Reminders:

Wed., 12/10: Book Fair Begins; Boosterthon Fun Run

Tues., 12/16 @ 5:30-7pm: Holiday Family Night - Theme: "Holidays Around the World"

Wed., 12/17: Last Day of Book Fair

Fri., 12/19: EARLY DISMISSAL @ 12:30pm; Class Parties from 8am to 9am; "Polar Express" day (students may wear pajamas)

Announcement: Boosterthon Fun Run

Wednesday, Dec. 10th is the Boosterthon Fun Run. Parents are welcome to join us in supporting and cheering on our students. The 4th graders will run from 10:00-11:30am.

DRESS CODE: Students will be allowed to wear sweats or warm ups for the run. No athletic shirts and shorts, jerseys and such. If students choose not to wear sweats or warm ups, then regular dress code will be enforced.

**Please be mindful, according to state law and district policy, you MUST check in through the front office, even if you park in the back lot. Also, please be sure not to park in any Fire Lane areas. Ensuring the safety of our students and staff members is always our top priority! We greatly appreciate your support with this matter. :-)

Announcement: Book Fair

Our Book Fair begins on Wednesday, Dec. 10th. Students have been able to have a preview of the items in the Book Fair and made their Wish Lists. Fourth grade students will be able to visit the Book Fair daily, if they have money to spend, during our recess time.

The Book Fair will also be open for families to visit together, during the Holiday Family Night next week (Tues., 12/16/14), from 5:30-7:00pm.

The Book Fair will end Wednesday, Dec. 17th.

TEAMS and Student Grades:

TEAMS is the system used for student attendance and grades. It is the best way to stay up-to-date on your child's grades in all classes. Within the system you can designate the notification criteria for the system to send you email notifications related to grades. If you are not already signed up, use the link below to create a parent account:


Please note the system does not allow teachers to enter assignments per student, it is done for an entire class. Therefore, if a teacher creates an assignment and begins entering grades for the class, but does not finish entering for every child in the class, it will populate an email to you stating that a grade is missing. This does not necessarily mean that your child did not complete the assignment or that it was not turned in. It could mean the assignment was not finished, or the teacher has not finished entering the grades for the entire class.

If see the designation "NHI" this represents Not Handed In. If something is truly not turned in, then you will see this in place of the numerical grade. While this represents a score of a zero, it allows the teacher and parent to know that the zero was earned by not turning the assignment in. If you receive this notification, please talk to your child about the assignment listed!

If you have any questions or concerns related to the AISD grading policy, please email me or visit the link below:


Mrs. Neely

4th Grade Science & Social Studies

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