Objectives for the week of March 7th

Reading: We will continue to let our curiosity drive us, and we gather more background knowledge on slavery. Students will read historical fiction picture books to develop deeper thinking and come up with a researchable question. This discuss will lead us into the question of whether or not slavery is still happening. We will discuss child labor and students will come up with a plan of action to help solve the problem.
Science: Students will investigate simple machines and relate all the important characteristics to see how they work.  To do this we will complete hands-on activities and use computer programs.

Social Studies:  Students will begin investigating Texas as its own country and how Texas became part of the United States of America.

Writing: Students will write to inform or express their opinion. We will use Stop Light Writing to generate an outline of the main ideas, details, and explanations of the students’ opinions on a topic. Students will learn to write a five paragraph expository text paper. 

Math:  Students will continue investigating measurement.  Our focus will be on using customary and metric length to determine area, perimeter, and volume, as well as investigating and converting capacity and weight. 

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February 21-25 Objectives

This Week’s Objectives:
Reading: Students will continue with our research and inquiry unit. Students will explore topics that interest them and choose a deep “researchable” question. Students will then conduct research on their personalized question and present the information they found to the class on Wednesday. We will then use pictures to generate questions, and begin a research project on if slavery still exists today.
Science: Students will continue to investigate forces and motion.  To do this we will watch a video, complete hands-on activities, and use computer programs.

Social Studies:  Students will begin investigating Texas as its own country and how Texas became part of the United States of America.

Writing: We will be finishing Camp Write Along this week. We will finish sharing student papers from last week, and students will choose their best paper from the year, and learn how to make small adjustments to make it fit various prompts.

Math:  Students will continue investigating measurement.  Our focus will be on using customary and metric length to determine area, perimeter, and volume, as well as investigating capacity. 

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Objectives for the week of February 14-8

This Week’s Objectives:
Reading: In reading this week, we will begin our research and inquiry unit. Students will explore topics that interest them and choose a deep “researchable” question. Students will then conduct research on their personalized question and present the information they found to the class on Friday.
Science: Students will review matter and thermal energy objectives on Monday and take the Matter & Thermal Energy TEST on Tuesday – Major Grade.  We will then begin our investigations of Forces and motion.  Students will describe motion in different ways and investigate how forces are added and subtracted.

Social Studies:  Students will finish the unit on the Texas Revolution this week. They will be completing a chapter review to help them study for the unit test on Friday (Major Grade).

Writing: We will begin Camp Write Along this week. Students will visit neighboring camps (classrooms) to be exposed to different writing prompts. On Friday, students will choose their favorite prompt from the week, and write a full paper.

Math:  Students will begin learning about measurement.  They will estimate and measure to solve problems involving length including area and perimeter in both customary and metric measurements. 

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Week of Febuary 7 – 11

This Week’s Objectives:
Reading: We will continue to focus on recognizing familiar themes in fiction. Students will also finish up the unit on Summarizing. We will review our strategies and take the Summary Post Test (Major Grade) on Tuesday.
Science: Students will continue their investigations on how thermal energy is transferred to matter through conduction, convection, and radiation.  They will understand that the movement of particles of matter is caused by thermal energy which we feel as heat. They will also complete a review for our matter test on Tuesday February 15.

Social Studies:  Students will continue studying the Texas Revolution. They will be completing a project of their choice that covers events, people, or causes and effects of the Revolution. Project possibilities will be chosen from a menu provided for them. A vocabulary test will be given on Friday (Major Grade).

Writing: We will be finishing and sharing our paper on reaching a goal. The students will be given a story that received a score of a one or a two and be asked to turn it into a “4” paper. Then, we will share our improved papers. The students will be encouraged to complement their classmates on specific aspects of each other’s stories.

Math:  We will wrap up reading, writing, and ordering decimals; comparing decimals to fractional parts; and identifying and naming fractions and decimals on a number line. The students will review for and complete a test over Fractions and Decimals on Friday (Major Grade).

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Week of January 31st!

This Week’s Objectives:
Reading: We will focus on figuring out theme and writing a story that goes with a specific theme. Students will also finish up the unit on Summarizing. We will review our strategies and take the Summary Post Test (Major Grade) on Friday.
Science: Students will investigate how thermal energy is transferred to matter through conduction, convection, and radiation.  They will understand that the movement of particles of matter is caused by thermal energy which we feel as heat. Science Fair: We are in the homestretch!  It’s time to start recording your results and drawing conclusions. Projects are due next Tuesday February 1st.  Don’t forget to create an attractive display board and print off a report to turn in to me. Just a reminder – please make sure that you do not include any names or pictures of faces anywhere on the display.  Thanks!
Social Studies:  Students will be studying the Texas Revolution. They will be completing a project of their choice that covers events, people, or causes and effects of the Revolution. Project possibilities will be chosen from a menu provided for them.

Writing: We will wrap up our paper on reaching a goal. The students will use what we have learned to revise their stories to make them the best they can. Then, we will share our papers. The students will be encouraged to complement their classmates on specific aspects of each other’s stories.

Math:  Students will read, write, and order decimals; compare decimals to fractional parts; and identify and name fractions and decimals on the number line.

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Objectives for the Week of January 24th – January 28th

This Week’s Objectives:
Reading: Students will discuss test taking strategies to prepare for the Reading TAKS Release. We will look at comparing two passages and how to implement their strategies. We will also discuss summarizing a poem. The students will use what we’ve learned from summarizing fiction and apply it to poetry.
Science: Students will continue to test matter (Thermal Energy) in order to draw conclusions about its physical properties.  Science Fair: We are in the homestretch!  It’s time to start recording your results and drawing conclusions. Projects are due next Tuesday February 1st.  Don’t forget to create an attractive display board and print off a report to turn in to me. Just a reminder – please make sure that you do not include any names or pictures of faces anywhere on the display.  Thanks!
Social Studies:  Students will be studying the Texas Revolution. They will be completing a project of their choice that covers events, people, or causes and effects of the Revolution. Project possibilities will be chosen from a menu provided for them.

Writing: Writing: We will encourage students to try writing from another point of view or a creative writing topic. Ideas are an important part of the writing process, and we want to challenge our students to think out side the box

Math:  We will begin learning place value related to decimals and how to relate fractions to decimals.  We will continue playing the review game over 4th grade math objectives in order to prepare for the TAKS Released test on January 25.

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Objectives for the week of January 18th – 21st

Reading: Students will sequence the plot of a story. We will focus on how the order of a story influences the summary. We will introduce the fiction reading strategy: W (Who?) W (What?) B (But?) S (So?) T (Then?). This will help the students understand that a summary must include the beginning, middle, and end of the fiction text.   We will also review that a summary gives the reader insight into what the text is about, just like in non-fiction. It should not include specific details.
Science: Students will continue to test matter in order to draw conclusions about its physical properties. Science Fair: should be investigating and collecting data – Due January 21.
Social Studies:  Students will be studying the Texas Revolution. They will be completing a project of their choice that covers events, people, or causes and effects of the Revolution. Project possibilities will be chosen from a menu provided for them.

Writing: Students will share their special memory with the class on Tuesday. We will discuss areas of strength and ways to improve their writing. We will begin generating ideas for a time you reached a goal.  This week we will focus on writing from another point of view or a creative writing topic. Ideas are an important part of the writing process, and we want to challenge our students to think out side the box.

Math: Students will use pictorial models to generate equivalent fractions, model fraction quantities greater than one, and compare and order fractions.  We will also spend a day playing a game to review the 4 grade math objectives in order to prepare for the TAKS Released test on January 25.

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Week of January 10 – January 14

This Week’s Objectives:
Reading: Students will continue to work on determining the three most important details from sub-sections of non-fiction text. We will use the three support details to create a main idea for each subsection. Students will combine each main idea in order to create summary. We will also review that a summary gives the reader insight into what the text is about. It should not include specific details. A quiz on non-fiction summary will be given on Friday for a daily grade.
Science: Students will continue learning about the properties of matter and explore density through an in class lab. We will continue practicing the scientific process with our in class science fair model. Remember to keep up with your science fair timeline!
Social Studies:  Students will be studying the Texas Revolution. They will be completing a project of their choice that covers events, people, or causes and effects of the Revolution. Project possibilities will be chosen from a menu provided for them.

Writing: Students will transform their pre-writing on a “Special Memory” into a full composition that includes a catchy introduction, or lead, and a well thought out conclusion. They will publish and present papers by Friday. The “Special Memory” papers will be recorded for a grade.

Math: There will be a fraction naming and recognizing quiz on Monday. Students will continue learning Fraction concepts such as, describing fraction parts of a set or whole object and generating equivalent fractions using pictorial models. We will also begin working on mixed numbers and comparing and ordering fractions.

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Objectives for the week of January 3

Reading: Students will learn to adjust their UNRAAVEL reading strategy to better fit instructional texts. When they come to V (venture, or read, the passage), for each sub-section students will record the topic, the three main details from that section, and the main idea of that section. Later in the week, they will piece the main ideas from the sub-sections into summaries.
Science:  Science Fair packets went home before the break.  Please check with your child and make sure that they follow all guide lines and the time line.  Please remember that you are only to support your child with their projectJ  We will complete a model Science Fair Project in the classroom starting on Tuesday and then begin learning about the properties of matter.
Social Studies:  Students will begin to investigate the causes of the Texas Revolution.

Writing: In writing, students will be showing off their writing skills on the Writing Release TAKS on Wednesday. The rest of the week, our students will focus on refining their brainstorming and pre-writing skills by preparing to write a personal narrative on a “Special Memory.”

Math:  Students will begin learning Fraction concepts such as, describing fraction parts of a set or whole object and generating equivalent fractions using pictorial models.

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Week of December 13– December 17

This Week’s Objectives:
Reading: The students will work in groups to put on a reader’s theater presentation. Each group will be assigned a play; they will not memorize their lines, but practice saying them with expression. The students will also wrap up their literature circle novels, complete their menu items, and present their projects.
Science: Students will continue identifying and classifying Earth’s renewable resources, including air, plants, water, and animals; and nonrenewable resources, including coal, oil and natural gas; and the importance of conservation. They will also make informed choice in the use and conservation of natural resources and reusing and recycling of materials such as paper, aluminum, glass, cans, and plastic.
Social Studies:  Students will review the Texas History that has been covered up to this point. The Social Studies District Assessment is on Tuesday.
Writing: The fourth graders will write a story from the point of view of a melting snowman. It will challenge their creativity to tell a complete story with a personality other than their own. We will also be writing a sequel to The Polar Express using all the writing strategies we have learned thus far this year.

Math:  Students will continue learning Geometric concepts such as using essential attributes to define three-dimensional geometric figures; demonstrating translations, reflections, and rotations; using reflections to verify that a shape has symmetry; and identifying and describing attributes of geometric figures using formal geometric language. They will also complete their Monster Match project and take the Geometry Post Test (Major Grade) on Wednesday.

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