Weekly Updates

This week in class 10/24-10/28

Things to look out for:

  • This week is Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education. An official flyer will be sent to your eBackpack. Here are some activities that the school will be participating in.
    Monday – “I’m a JEAN-ius! No drugs for me!” – Students are encouraged to wear jeans and red tops to show support for Red Ribbon Week
    Tuesday – “SOCK it to drugs!” – Students are encouraged to wear crazy socks
    Wednesday – “TEAM up against drugs!” – Students are encouraged to wear their favorite sports shirt or a Sommer t-shirt
    Thursday – “Say PEACE OUT to Drugs!” – Students are encouraged to wear tie dye and peace signs
    Friday – “Let’s be CRAZY about being drug free!” – Students are encouraged to have crazy hair
  • We will be collecting funds for “Coins for Coats” on October 27th (Thursday)!  Please bring in your spare change to donate to the Round Rock Serving Center’s mission to provide a winter coat to children in need right here in Round Rock ISD.  The class with the biggest donation from each grade level will earn flashlight time in the library

Important Dates:
10/24-10/28: Red Ribbon Week
10/26: Early release
10/27: Coins for Coats
10/28: Reflection entries due/ Science Assessment on Energy
10/31: Book Character Dress Up Day
11/3: Report cards go home

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: We are continuing expository texts in reading and writing. In reading, students will continue examining informational texts (such as Scholastic News magazines) to identify different text features (indexes, pictures, captions, maps, headings, etc…) and how they help the writer organize information. In writing, students have begun planning out their expository writing piece on a holiday or tradition that they celebrate. Students will apply what they know about expository texts to help organize their thoughts to begin writing their drafts. They will also be studying spelling this week.
  • Math: We are beginning our unit on multi-digit multiplication and division and introducing volume. Students will be thinking about how they can break down multiplication problems to numbers that are easier to work with. We will be talking about different multiplication strategies.
  • Science: We are concluding our unit of energy by exploring electrical energy. Students have had the opportunity to test out a close circuit and test items around the room to see if they are conductors or insulators. We will have a science test this Friday on energy. Students will need to know the difference between energy used and produced, light refracting (bends) and reflecting (bounces), closed circuits, and conductors and insulators of electrical energy.
  • Social Studies: Now that we have finished our unit on early settlers we are moving into how America becomes a country and how the Revolutionary War began. Students will see how events like the French and Indian War and taxes divide the colonists from Great Britain.

That’s it for now! Thank you!

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Weekly Updates

This week in class 10/17-10/21

Things to look out for:

  • PBL presentations are Tuesday in S.S. We are inviting parents and 4th grade students to view our presentations on the 13 colonies. It will be from 1:30-2:10
  • Next week is Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education. An official flyer will be sent to your eBackpack. Here are some activities that the school will be participating in.
    Monday – “I’m a JEAN-ius! No drugs for me!” – Students are encouraged to wear jeans and red tops to show support for Red Ribbon Week
    Tuesday – “SOCK it to drugs!” – Students are encouraged to wear crazy socks
    Wednesday – “TEAM up against drugs!” – Students are encouraged to wear their favorite sports shirt or a Sommer t-shirt
    Thursday – “Say PEACE OUT to Drugs!” – Students are encouraged to wear tie dye and peace signs
    Friday – “Let’s be CRAZY about being drug free!” – Students are encouraged to have crazy hair

Important Dates:
10/18: Spelling Bee
10/21:  Math Assessment
End of the 1st 9 weeks
Scholastic Book Orders due (see flyer in Thursday folder or online tab)
10/24-10/28: Red Ribbon Week
10/26: Early release
11/3: Report cards go home

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: We are moving to expository texts in reading and writing. In reading, students will be examining informational texts (such as Scholastic News magazines) to identify different text structures (compare/contrast, cause & effect, etc…) and text features (maps, captions, diagrams, etc…). Students will examine how they help writers organize their information and help readers understand they text better. In writing, students will be writing about something factual they are familiar with.  We will not be doing research with this unit because that will come up in a future unit.  They will also be studying affixes this week.
  • Math: We are finishing up unit 2 of math in preparation for the assessment this Friday.  The students have been adding and subtracting decimals, adding and subtracting fractions, and will be using them to solve perimeter problems and will be analyzing data using a variety of tools this week.  Students will need to know how to read data from a frequency table, dot plot, bar graph, stem-and-leaf plot. There are some examples and descriptions to help you prepare your students for math this week.

Image result for stem and leaf plot

Reading a stem and leaf plot is fairly easy once you understand what to look for.  It’s more or less a frequency table to see how often a number is repeated in data and in what place value there is the most data.  There is always a key attached to a plot.  In the image to the right, you can see that 6 line 3 means 63,  0 line 1 means 1, and 4 line 4 means 44.  It’s more straight forward than it appears at first glance.

Image result for dot plotStudents will also be seeing dot plots in this unit.  Those are also just another type of frequency table.  As with stem and leaf plots, they are just used to show how often something shows up in the data.  It almost looks like a bar graph, but is missing the numbers typically associated with that type of graph.

 

  • Science: We are still in our energy unit in science.  The students will continue to explore reflecting and refracting light with different objects like hand lens, prisms, jars of water, microscopes, periscopes, etc…  We will also be getting into electrical energy through circuits.
  • Social Studies: Students have finished their research and presentations for their PBL on their colony. We will be presenting Tuesday from 1:30-2:10.  As I mentioned before, you are more than welcome to join us! Come see what your child has been working on with their peers.

That’s it for now! Thank you!

Weekly Updates

This week in class 10/11-10/14

I hope you all had a great 3 day weekend! It’s finally starting to feel like fall (well, Texas fall)! It’s been a pleasure meeting everyone throughout these fall conferences. Thank you for taking the time to come in and meet with me! 🙂

Things to look out for:

  • Book fair is open! The library is closed to checkouts to host the book fair this week! It will be open until 4pm each day–and until 6pm on Friday, followed by PTA Movie Night.
  • The PTA would love to have you volunteer a few hours of your time to help them plan and run their upcoming events.
    Please take a minute to fill out this survey so they can add you to their contact list. The Committee Chairs will then forward information as the individual events get closer. There is also a “General” volunteer spot and this will keep you updated on all the on-call volunteer needs for the year (e.g., help with picture day, flu shots, cafeteria, etc.)
    Volunteer Survey:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScEDxEMhmA9Pjvq99r5abJlUZnB3N0ab1BXqOlBFTb9iBEHeQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

Important Dates:
Oct. 10-Oct. 14: Book Fair
Oct. 14: 3-5 Assembly, Kona Ice, & PTA Movie Night
Oct. 18: Spelling Bee

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: With beginning of year reading testing being conducted for each student, the students have been working independently responding to their texts through reader’s responses. We will be wrapping up origin myths and fiction this week and begin expository texts next week. In writing, students have peer edited and revised and will be producing their published pieces by the end of this week.
  • Math:  This week, we will be working on adding and subtracting fractions.  As with decimals, students will be looking to come up with a reasonable estimate before actually adding/subtracting the fractions.  At the end of the week, we will be fully into adding/subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.
  • Science: We wrapped up last week exploring light energy! Students explored light using laser pointers and mirrors and we talked about how light reflect (bounces) off a mirror. This week we will talk about how light also refracts or bends. Students will see examples in class.
  • Social Studies: Students have finished their research for their PBL and on their colony. This week they will begin creating their presentations to present on Friday!

Thank you also for donating to the Stuff the Boot fundraiser to support all the great programs at our school! The students get to enjoy Kona Ice this Friday as a reward for reaching the school goal. Yay!

img_9720Check out the awesome posters made by our Student Council representative candidates last Friday. They each presented their poster and gave a short speech in front of the class. I’m so proud of all of them!

That’s it for now! Thank you!

Weekly Updates

This week in class 10/3-10/7

Things to look out for:

  • This is the last week of the Stuff the Boot fundraiser! Help support all the fun activities and programs that help support our students! Donate here: http://sommerpta.my-pta.org
  • If we have not met to discuss your child’s beginning of the year, sign up for a Fall Conference spot by following this link.  Given that we only have 20 minutes to discuss your child’s progress, I feel it is important to prepare your questions in advance to ensure ample time to address your concerns and have time to discuss student work.  If you have any questions or if none of the time slots will work for you just let me know.

Important Dates:
Oct. 6: Flu Clinic
Oct. 10-Oct. 14:
Book Fair
Oct. 14: PTA Movie Night

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: In reading, the students will be working on various reading skills.  This last week they began reading a variety of myths from different cultures and will continue this week and write their own myth.  It will also be more about applying the skills they’ve learned over the last couple of weeks through reader’s responses. In writing, we are working on editing and revising our personal narrative drafts. Students will be working with peers to revise and edit to create a final draft to publish.
  • Math: We’re still in our decimals and fractions unit.  The students have been adding and subtracting decimals and will continue to do so through problem solving.After addition and subtraction of decimals, we will be working on adding and subtracting fractions.  As with decimals, students will be looking to come up with a reasonable estimate before actually adding/subtracting the fractions.  At the end of the week, we will be fully into adding/subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.
  • Science: Our upcoming unit is over different types of energy: mechanical, electrical, light, sound, and thermal.  The students will begin the week by thinking about how energy is used and produced.  From there we will explore each type of energy further.
  • Social Studies: This week we begin research for our PBL. The students have gotten into their groups and their job is to convince colonists to come their colony. They will also get a chance to work with other groups with the same colony from different classes to collaborate!

That’s it for now! Thank you!