Please check your child's grades in Skyward and/or check their Thursday folder for graded papers. 4th grade teachers are available in the mornings before class (see schedule below) for redo work. If you have any questions regarding what is eligible for redo, please refer to Rockwall's Grading Policy (attached) on redo assignments.
Weekly Tutoring and Redo Schedule:
Ms. Leal - Monday through Friday 7:00 -7:45
Ms. Shackelford and Ms. O'Brien - Tuesday through Friday 7:15-7:45
Ms. Clark and Ms. Jones - Tuesday through Thursday 7:15-7:45
E-Learning: See attached schedule. 4th grade will be hosting Math games on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week.
Rochell is excited to welcome Staci Clark and Molly O'Brien. Laura Jones, previously a 3rd grade teacher, will also be joining the 4th grade team this year. We are excited to have these additions to our 4th grade team!
What to expect in 4th grade:
* Teachers with a willing spirit - always willing to help your child reach their full potential.
* Teachers with expectations that your child will be prepared for class and ready to learn.
* Resources and weekly lessons/activities posted to team wiki page.
* Open communication from teachers. We are happy to always discuss concerns and celebrations!
Mrs. Leal firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Clark :email@example.com
Ms. Jones firstname.lastname@example.orgMs. Shackelford email@example.com
Weekly Lessons and Activities
Week of April 14
Week of April 7
In Math, we will be reviewing the units we have done this year.
Week of March 17 and March 24th
In Math, we will be studying geometry.
In Science, we will be studying food chains, food webs, and life cycles
In ELAR the students will be
practicing their grammar knowledge in preparation for the STAAR test on April 1st
and 2nd. The students will be writing two essays. One of the prompts
will be, “Write about a time when you were kind to someone.” And the next
prompt will be, “ Write about a Kindness. Explain what made the kindness you
gave so special.”
In Reading the students will be focusing on the importance of community by reading, Citizens at Work and expanding their science knowledge by reading, Butterflies and Moths. The focus in reading will be Summarizing and Central Idea of a paragraph.
In Social Studies the students will be learning about the United States and Mexico at War. (Chapter 7, Lesson 2) The students will understand the disagreements between Mexico and the United States that led to war between the two countries. The will learn who James k. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Jane McManu Cazneau, and Winfield Scott were.
Week of Feb. 17th and Feb. 24th
In Reading the student will be reading and learning more about the importance of Media Literacy. The students will read and analyze the different forms of media and their purpose to be able to become media literate. The following questions will be explored deeper in Reading class:
Why do you buy the things that you do? Does the packaging influence you? Do advertisements tempt you? Why do certain movies appeal to you? Why do you eat certain cereals?
In Writing the students will continue to build on their grammar skills and incorporate those skills into their writing prompt: Write about a special day that you spent with someone you love.
In Social Studies the students will begin to explore the Republic of Texas. The following questions will be answered: Who were the leaders of the new country? How did Texas change? Did Mexico acknowledge that Texas was now a separate country?
Week of Jan. 27thIn Math, we wil begin our unit on perimeter, area, and volume.
Week of Jan. 13th
In Math, we will continue our unit on fractions. This week students will be working with fraction manipulatives and learning about comparing fractions and about fractions on a number line.
In Science, we will continue our unit on Natural Resources.
This week in ELAR the students are learning about topic sentences and the main idea and details in literature. In writing the students will be finishing up their expository essay on the following prompt: Write about how one person’s imagination helped change the lives of others. In writing the students will also be learning to combine sentences using conjunctions and transitional words.
In Social Studies the students will be learning about the causes and the effects of the Texas Revolution against Mexico.
Week of Jan. 6th
In Math, we will begin our unit on fractions. This week students will be working with fraction manipulatives and learning about equivalent fractions with pictorial models.
In Science, we will begin our unit on Natural Resources.
Week of Dec. 16th
Refer to the schedule above. This week we will be having Unit Test in all subjects. Teachers are available at 7:15 each morning for tutoring. All redos must be done by Friday.
Week of Dec. 9th
This week in ELAR the students will continue to work on cause and effect and they will be introduced to what is a fact and what is an opinion. In Writing the students will continue to work on their expository essay about the importance of diversity in our schools.
In Social Studies the students will continue to learn about The Anglo Colonization of Texas.
Week of Dec. 2nd
In Math, we will be beginning our "All Operations" Unit.
In Science, we will be beginning our "Changes to Earth" Unit.
Week of November 18th
In Math, we will continue our division unit. Students have learned 2 methods of division. They may choose the one that at this point in the year makes the most sense to them. We will continue to practice long division as the year goes on and the students have to option to try both methods.
DMSB Long Division Video:
Continue to practice division in word problems:
This week in writing the students will continue to work on their expository writing. In grammar the students will learn about prepositions and continue to work on possessive nouns. In Spelling the students will understand the importance of Latin and Greek roots in the English language. In Reading the focus will be on text features, and the student will also understand the importance of cause and effect in a story.
Studies the students will continue to learn about the first explorers of Texas.
Week of November 11th
** Update ** As we have ventured into long division this week, we have discovered that some of the students are benefiting from an alternate way of doing division. This method focuses on multiplication and basically multiplying and subtracting to find the answer. Students have been repeatedly presented with both methods this week and are choosing the one that "works" for them. For the students who are choosing the alternate method, please rest assured that over the course of the year, we will be revisiting the standard method of long division. Please view this video for a lesson on the alternate method. It is called chunking because we "chunk" what we know. :)
In Math, we will continue to work on division.
Practice, Practice, Practice Long Division:
Cat’s Menu is the tittle of this week’s poem:
I eat what I wish-
It’s a matter of taste.
Whether liver or fish,
I eat what I wish.
Putting scraps in my dish
Is a terrible waste.
I eat what I wish-
It’s a matter of taste.
By Richard Shaw
In Social Studies the students will continue to learn about the first explorers of Texas: Alvar Nunez Cabeza the Vaca, Robert La Salle, Alonso Alvarez Pineda and Francisco Vasquez Coronado.
Week of November 4th
In Math, we will have our Multiplication Unit Test on Monday. Tutoring is available each morning if your child needs to retest.
We will begin division of whole numbers on Wednesday. Use the following to assist you at home in helping your child with division.
In Science, we will be finishing up our Forms of Energy unit and beginning to study electricity: conductors, insulators, and closed and open circuits.
This week in ELAR the students will continue to learn and understand idioms, theme and genre in a story. The students will be introduced to drama in literature. In addition they will understand why ads are an important part of a drama in the real world. The students will continue to develop their understanding of commas in grammar.
Poem of the Week
In Social Studies the students will be introduced to some of the first explorers of Texas. Beginning with Christopher Columbus and his accidental find of the New World.
Week of October 28
In Science, our we will continue our study of Forms of Energy.
Week of October 21
Continue to practice with your child on their multiplication facts and addition and subtraction with regrouping.
In Science, our next unit will be Forms of Energy. We will be studying the following forms of energy:
This week in ELAR,we will continue our study of biographies and will finish up our research on different decades. Be sure to come to the PTA program on Thursday to see the results of your child's hard work in researching a decade.
Spelling this week will focus on contractions. Be sure to talk about contractions you find in every day life this week. Try going for an hour without using a contraction - it's interesting how different a sentence will sound!
In Social Studies, it's Missions Week! The students will have a hands on experience of life in an early Texas mission with various activities in class. It's an exciting week in Social Studies during Missions Week. Be sure to ask your child which job they like the best and which job they liked the least as they lived in a Texas mission this week.
Week of October 14
Week of October 7
Unit Test, Wednesday, October 9th. In Math, we will be reviewing for our Unit Test. The test will cover the material we have been studying the last few weeks - rounding, estimating, perimeter, bar graphs, and word problems. The students will be taking a review quiz on Monday, and we will go over it Tuesday in class. The review will be sent home on Tuesday night. Please review the quiz with your child. He or she should have a firm understanding at this point of all the concepts covered on the test on Wednesday, but it's always good to talk through the quiz as a refresher. You may use the following resources (we are not doing these in class) as an aide to help your child continue to keep up their math skills.
In Science, we will continue exploring the differences between mixtures and solutions. The students will be doing several experiments this week in order to see solutions and mixtures in action!
Next week in ELAR, the students will take their unit
assessment on Tuesday, Oct. 8th. In unit 2 students will learn the
difference between biographies and autobiographies. The students will continue
to learn about the importance of author’s purpose, genre, and theme. They
too will learn the function of imagery and sensory language in literature.
In Social Studies, the students will learn all about the first people to live in the state of Texas. The students will understand that the first American Indians of Texas came to be here as they crossed the Bering Strait. Their assessment on this unit will be on Oct. 11, 2013.
Week of September 30
In Math, we will be continuing rounding numbers to the tens, hundreds, and thousands place, estimating, and perimeter. We will be focusing on learning the skills and understanding those skills as seen in word problem form. At home, please continue to make sure students practice their multiplication facts. We will also be introducing bar graphs this week. The following are resources you can use at home to work on those skills.
In Science we will begin exploring mixtures and solutions.
Our spelling this week is focused on words that end in y and making plurals of those words.
In Social Studies, we will begin a new unit on the early settlers of Texas.
Weekly Lessons and Activities
Week of September 23
In Math, we will be delving into rounding numbers to the tens, hundreds, and thousands place, estimating, and perimeter this week. We will be focusing on learning the skills and understanding those skills as seen in word problem form. At home, please continue to make sure students practice their multiplication facts. Resources for this week:
Continue to review place value at home:
n Science, students will be wrapping up the Properties of Matter Unit. Matter Unit Test is Thursday, September 26th. Students will be investigating how heat (adding or removing) can effect matter.
The following game will help your child review for the test:
This week in ELAR, the students will continue to work on the capitalization rules for grammar. In reading the students will learn how to analyze the characters in a story, how to determine the author’s purpose and what point of view a story is told. We will continue to discuss and analyze the theme of a story. The students will complete their own metaphors and similes book.
In Social Studies we will finish up our unit on Texas Regions. The Social Studies Unit test will be on Wednesday September 25, 2013.
Week of September 16
In Math, students will be continuing their study of place value and will extend their learning to include decimals to the hundredths place. An understanding of decimals as they relate to number lines will be explored as well. Students will continue to review representing numbers in standard form, word form, expanded notation, and pictorial models. Wednesday is the Unit Test on Place Value. Please encourage your child to take their time and do their best work! Please refer to the district grading policy for redos of assignments. Tutoring and time for redos is available any morning before school (7:15) in Ms. Shackelford or Ms. O'Brien's room. On Friday, we will begin Unit 2 which includes, rounding, estimating, bar graphs, and perimeter. The following are some of the resources that will be used this week.
In Science, students will be experimenting with the properties of density and the effect of adding or removing heat from matter. Matter Project is due Thursday, September 19th. These resources may help your student.
This week in Social Studies we will focus on Celebration
Freedom week. The students will gain a better understanding of what the
Declaration of Independence means to Americans, and the importance of the Bill
In Language Arts the students will learn to add metaphors and similes into their writing. They will also review the capitalization rules of grammar.
In reading we will learn what a couplet, and a stanza are, and what features they have in a poem. Our study of fables and theme will continue as well.
Week of September 9
In Math, students will be continuing their study of place value and will extend their learning to include decimals to the hundredths place. Students will continue to review representing numbers in standard form, word form, and expanded notation. Students will also review multiplication through small group instruction. Please continue to increase your child's multiplication fluency at home by practicing their multiplication facts. The following are some of the resources that will be used this week.
In Science, students will begin exploring the physical properties of matter, including mass, volume, and changes to the states of matter. Matter project is due September 19th. These resources may help your student.
In Language Arts, students will begin a unit of study on poetry, and the elements of poetry. Students will be encouraged to use elements of poetry to enhance their own writing, Students will continue to set up their Writing Workshop binders focusing on the trait of Ideas.
In Social Studies, students will continue their study of the Texas regions and map skills.
Week of September 2
In Math, students will be continuing their study of place value, with the addition of reviewing ordering numbers from greatest to least and from least to greatest. Students will also be using base 10 models to represent whole numbers. Several of the activities included this week will be:
In Science, students will be learning about properties of matter and studying the 3 states of matter.
There is a matter project due on September 19th. The students will receive their assignment on Thursday, Sept. 5th during class. Below is a copy of the assignment:
In Language Arts, students will be continuing to polish their skills of thinking about their reading.
In Social Studies, students will begin to study the Regions of Texas
Week of August 26th
Teachers and students will be getting to know each other and learning procedures and routines in all classes.
In Math, the students will be reviewing multiplication and will be expanding their knowledge of place value. In addition to standard form (ex. 21, 456), students will be working to understand and represent numbers in word form (twenty-one thousand, four hundred fifty-six) and expanded form (20,000 + 1,000+ 400+ 50+6). This week routines and procedures will be established for our math workshop small group instruction model.
In Science, students will be reviewing science safety rules and learning the different science equipment that will be used this year.
This week in Reading and Language Arts the students will learn the components of figurative language in order to use it as a bridge into the study of poetry. In the long run, the students will be able to understand how the use of similes and metaphors produce imagery. The students will also understand that figurative language enables the reader to make inferences and draw conclusions as the plot of the story progresses. In addition to figurative language, the students will develop their understanding of thinking through the reading process by using, connections, understandings, wonderings, vocabulary, plot and making inferences. In language arts the students will review what is a common noun vs. proper noun.
This week in Social Studies the Fourth Grade students will continue to develop their map skills. The students will learn how to read a map by understanding and using the following:
- Map Key
- Compass Rose
Actividades y lecciones semanales
El 26 de agosto
Las maestras y los estudiantes comenzaran
a conocer unos a otros y los estudiantes aprenderán los procedimientos y las
rutinas en todas las clases.
En matemáticas, los estudiantes van a repasar multiplicación y ampliarán su conocimiento del valor posicional. Además de forma estándar (ej. 21, 456), los estudiantes estarán trabajando para entender y representar números en forma de palabra (veintiuno mil, cuatrocientos cincuenta seis) y forma ampliada (20.000 1.000 400 50 6). Tambien se les ensenara como funciona nuestro modelo de instrucción de matemáticas. Como trabaja el taller pequeño de matemáticas y establecerán los procedimientos y rutinas de la clase.
En la ciencia, estudiantes van a revisar las normas de seguridad de la clase de ciencia y el equipo de ciencias que se utilizará este año durante el aprendizaje.
Esta semana en lectura y lenguaje los estudiantes aprenderán que es el lenguaje figurado. Ellos entenderán que el lenguaje figurado tiene varias interpretaciones y significados por palabras que crean imágenes y figuras retoricas a diferencia del lenguaje literal. El enfoque será la diferencia de un símil y una metáfora. El lenguaje figurado se usara como un puente hacia el estudio de la poesía. En el futuro los estudiantes entenderán que el lenguaje figurado permite que el lector haga inferencias y establezca conclusiones mientras la trama de la historia se desarrolla. Además de lenguaje figurado, los alumnos desarrollarán su comprensión a través del proceso de lectura utilizando conexiones, entendimientos, preguntas, vocabulario, trama y haciendo inferencias. En el estudio de lenguaje los estudiantes revisarán lo que es un sustantivo común frente a un nombre propio.
En estudios sociales los estudiantes del cuarto grado van a continuar con el desarrollo de cómo usar y leer un mapa. Ellos entenderán que un mapa tiene estos componentes:
- El titulo
- Clave del mapa
- Rosa náutica