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    The spelling test that would have been given Friday, 11/3,students will now be givenhaving an Author Visit on Monday, 11/6. The week 6 spelling listMonday during Enrichment Lab. Due to this, I will not be sent homeassigning homework on Tuesday, 11/7,Monday.
    I wish everyone a safe
    and testedenjoyable Thanksgiving Break. I will see you back at school on Friday, 11/10.
    Report cards
    November 27th!
    Reading - Students will take a district reading snapshot this week. A grade
    will not be sent hometaken from this Monday, November 6th. Please sign and return report cards on Tuesday.test. I will send home a copy ofuse the report card once its returned.
    Reading - This week we will focus on fact and opinion. Students need
    information to be able to both write facthelp me know how the students are progressing and opinion statements and identify given statements as facts or opinions. They should be able to explain why a given statement is a fact or opinion. In an opinion statement, what are the key words that make it an opinion?guide my instruction.
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    will review rules used to spellspelling irregular plural nouns. This week we will focus on 1) adding -es to words ending in s, ss, x, ch, and sh; 2)These are nouns that do not follow any rule when changing yfrom their singular to i before adding -es to words ending in a consonant and a 'y'; and 3) changing f to v before adding -s to words ending with 'fe'.plural form. Examples include child/children, mouse/mice, sheep/sheep.
    Writing - IStudents will introduce the students tocontinue practicing using the "How
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    Why CAFE" this week. This is a "menu" of strategies to help students develop their ideas when working ondoing expository writing.
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    We will be begin lookingcontinue to look at European
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    to Texas. (lesson postponed from Friday)We will spend some time focusing on LaSalle and his explorations.
    Open House Powerpoint: {Open House 2017.ppt}
    Open House Handout: {Open House 2017.doc}
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    Week of November 6, 2017
    Week of November 6, 2017-The spelling test that would have been given Friday, 11/3, will now be given on Monday, 11/6. The week 6 spelling list will be sent home on Tuesday, 11/7, and tested on Friday, 11/10.The spelling test that would have been given Friday, 11/3, will now be given on Monday, 11/6. The week 6 spelling list will be sent home on Tuesday, 11/7, and tested on Friday, 11/10.
    Week of November 6, 2017-Report cards will be sent home this Monday, November 6th. Please sign and return report cards on Tuesday. I will send home a copy of the report card once its returned.Report cards will be sent home this Monday, November 6th. Please sign and return report cards on Tuesday. I will send home a copy of the report card once its returned.
    Reading - This week we will focus on fact and opinion. Students need to be able to both write fact and opinion statements and identify given statements as facts or opinions. They should be able to explain why a given statement is a fact or opinion. In an opinion statement, what are the key words that make it an opinion?
    Language Arts - Students will review rules used to spell plural nouns. This week we will focus on 1) adding -es to words ending in s, ss, x, ch, and sh; 2) changing y to i before adding -es to words ending in a consonant and a 'y'; and 3) changing f to v before adding -s to words ending with 'fe'.
    Writing - I will introduce the students to the "How and Why CAFE" this week. This is a "menu" of strategies to help students develop their ideas when working on expository writing.
    Social Studies - We will be begin looking at European exploration to Texas this week and the motivations these explorers had when they came to Texas. (lesson postponed from Friday)

    Week of October 30, 2017
    Week of October 30, 2017-A reminder that this Tuesday, October 31st, is our Book Character Parade. Students may dress up as a favorite book character.A reminder that this Tuesday, October 31st, is our Book Character Parade. Students may dress up as a favorite book character.
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Saturday, November 4

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    Week of October 30,November 6, 2017
    A reminder

    The spelling test
    that thiswould have been given Friday, 11/3, will now be given on Monday, 11/6. The week 6 spelling list will be sent home on Tuesday, October 31st, is our Book Character Parade. Students may dress up as a favorite book character.
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    Reading - WeThis week we will continue reading A Paradise Called Texas. The students will workfocus on making inferences this week. When making an inference, a student should think about their personal knowledge (schema)fact and 'clues' from the textopinion. Students need to figure out information that isn't explicitly stated by the author. For example, you could infer the mood of a character based on his/her actionsbe able to both write fact and opinion statements and identify given statements as facts or the setting ofopinions. They should be able to explain why a scene based on given descriptions/actions thatstatement is a fact or opinion. In an opinion statement, what are taking place.
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    the key words that make it an opinion?
    Language
    Arts - WeStudents will be reviewing commonreview rules used to spell plural nouns. This week we will focus on 1) adding -es to words ending in s, ss, x, ch, and proper nouns this week. It is important that students recognize proper nounssh; 2) changing y to i before adding -es to words ending in a consonant and remembera 'y'; and 3) changing f to capitalize them in their writing. Conversely, it is important that they do not capitalize common nouns. Some examples of proper versus common nouns can be found here: Proper Noun Capitalization Rules.v before adding -s to words ending with 'fe'.
    Writing - I will showintroduce the students how to use a sun web to brainstorm ideas for their expository compositions. I will then show them how to edit/organize their ideas using "OCTO surgery". Your child should be able to explain this to you by the end of the "How and Why CAFE" this week. Ask themThis is a "menu" of strategies to show youhelp students develop their writer's notebook for more information.ideas when working on expository writing.
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    to Texas. (lesson postponed from Friday)
    Open House Powerpoint: {Open House 2017.ppt}
    Open House Handout: {Open House 2017.doc}
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    Week of October 30, 2017
    Week of October 30, 2017-A reminder that this Tuesday, October 31st, is our Book Character Parade. Students may dress up as a favorite book character.A reminder that this Tuesday, October 31st, is our Book Character Parade. Students may dress up as a favorite book character.
    Week of October 30, 2017-Report cards will be sent home this Friday, November 3rd. Please sign and return report cards on Monday. I will send home a copy of the report card once its returned.Report cards will be sent home this Friday, November 3rd. Please sign and return report cards on Monday. I will send home a copy of the report card once its returned.
    Reading - We will continue reading A Paradise Called Texas. The students will work on making inferences this week. When making an inference, a student should think about their personal knowledge (schema) and 'clues' from the text to figure out information that isn't explicitly stated by the author. For example, you could infer the mood of a character based on his/her actions or the setting of a scene based on given descriptions/actions that are taking place.
    Language Arts - We will be reviewing common and proper nouns this week. It is important that students recognize proper nouns and remember to capitalize them in their writing. Conversely, it is important that they do not capitalize common nouns. Some examples of proper versus common nouns can be found here: Proper Noun Capitalization Rules.
    Writing - I will show the students how to use a sun web to brainstorm ideas for their expository compositions. I will then show them how to edit/organize their ideas using "OCTO surgery". Your child should be able to explain this to you by the end of the week. Ask them to show you their writer's notebook for more information.
    Social Studies - We will be begin looking at European exploration to Texas this week and the motivations these explorers had when they came to Texas.

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Sunday, October 29

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    of October 23,30, 2017
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    Monday
    Be All In
    Dress in red from head to toe.
    Tuesday
    Follow Your Dreams
    Dress in pajamas.
    Wednesday
    Teamwork Rules
    Dress in your favorite team's gear.
    Thursday
    Be a Superhero
    Dress like

    A reminder that this Tuesday, October 31st, is our Book Character Parade. Students may dress up as
    a superhero.
    Friday
    Kolter Kids Rock
    Dress in red, white,
    favorite book character.
    Report cards will be sent home this Friday, November 3rd. Please sign
    and blue.return report cards on Monday. I will send home a copy of the report card once its returned.
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    Paradise Called TexasTexas. The students will work on making inferences this week. Students will pick character traits that best describeWhen making an inference, a characterstudent should think about their personal knowledge (schema) and 'clues' from the novel. They will have to justify their choices using text evidence. This can beto figure out information that isn't explicitly stated by the author. For example, you could infer the mood of a character dialogue orbased on his/her actions or what other characters say about him/her.
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    the setting of a scene based on given descriptions/actions that are taking place.
    Language
    Arts - StudentsWe will be tested on the different types of sentences we have learned the first few weeks of school. This includes declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative, compound,reviewing common and complex sentences. A good websiteproper nouns this week. It is important that contains worksheetsstudents recognize proper nouns and linksremember to games to practice differentiating between the first 4 typescapitalize them in their writing. Conversely, it is important that they do not capitalize common nouns. Some examples of sentencesproper versus common nouns can be found here: Types of Sentences Information about compound and complex sentences can be found here: Compound and Complex Sentences It is important for students to remember that compound sentences always need a comma, and complex sentences need a comma only when the dependent clause comes first.Proper Noun Capitalization Rules.
    Writing - StudentsI will be introducedshow the students how to expository writing this week. Whileuse a personal narrative tells a story,sun web to brainstorm ideas for their expository writing gives information.compositions. I will teach the students three good ways to start expository writing: funnel (beginning with a broad idea and then narrowingshow them how to the one idea being focused on), quotation (using a quoteedit/organize their ideas using "OCTO surgery". Your child should be able to hookexplain this to you by the reader, which supportsend of the topic), and turnabout (mentions one idea, and then turns the attention aroundweek. Ask them to the idea the essay will focus on).show you their writer's notebook for more information.
    Social Studies - This week, we are focusing on some of the early Native American groups that settled in Texas. We will be begin by reading about the Caddo, Karankawa, Jumano,looking at European exploration to Texas this week and Coahuiltecan tribes. Students will be applying the reading skill of compare and contrastmotivations these explorers had when they came to tell how the various tribes are alike and different. Then students will read about the Comanche, their enemies (the Lipan Apache and Tonkawa), and their allies (the Wichita and Kiowa). Students will compare two of the tribes by creating either a T-chart or a Venn diagram.Texas.
    Open House Powerpoint: {Open House 2017.ppt}
    Open House Handout: {Open House 2017.doc}
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    Welcome to 4th grade!
    Week of October 23, 2017
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    Monday
    Be All In
    Dress in red from head to toe.
    Tuesday
    Follow Your Dreams
    Dress in pajamas.
    Wednesday
    Teamwork Rules
    Dress in your favorite team's gear.
    Thursday
    Be a Superhero
    Dress like a superhero.
    Friday
    Kolter Kids Rock
    Dress in red, white, and blue.
    Reading - We will continue reading A Paradise Called Texas this week. Students will pick character traits that best describe a character from the novel. They will have to justify their choices using text evidence. This can be character dialogue or actions or what other characters say about him/her.
    Language Arts - Students will be tested on the different types of sentences we have learned the first few weeks of school. This includes declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative, compound, and complex sentences. A good website that contains worksheets and links to games to practice differentiating between the first 4 types of sentences can be found here: Types of Sentences Information about compound and complex sentences can be found here: Compound and Complex Sentences It is important for students to remember that compound sentences always need a comma, and complex sentences need a comma only when the dependent clause comes first.
    Writing - Students will be introduced to expository writing this week. While a personal narrative tells a story, expository writing gives information. I will teach the students three good ways to start expository writing: funnel (beginning with a broad idea and then narrowing to the one idea being focused on), quotation (using a quote to hook the reader, which supports the topic), and turnabout (mentions one idea, and then turns the attention around to the idea the essay will focus on).
    Social Studies - This week, we are focusing on some of the early Native American groups that settled in Texas. We will begin by reading about the Caddo, Karankawa, Jumano, and Coahuiltecan tribes. Students will be applying the reading skill of compare and contrast to tell how the various tribes are alike and different. Then students will read about the Comanche, their enemies (the Lipan Apache and Tonkawa), and their allies (the Wichita and Kiowa). Students will compare two of the tribes by creating either a T-chart or a Venn diagram.

    Week of October 16, 2017
    A reminder that a spelling test will be given each Friday. There will be 15 words from the current week's list and 5 review words from any previous list.A reminder that a spelling test will be given each Friday. There will be 15 words from the current week's list and 5 review words from any previous list.
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Sunday, October 22

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    of October 16,23, 2017
    A reminder that a spelling test will be given each Friday. There will be 15 words

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    Monday
    Be All In
    Dress in red
    from the current week's list and 5 review words from any previous list.
    Reading - This week, the students will be introduced
    head to the literature circle role of 'Word Wizard'. This role involves finding two challenging, interesting, or useful wordstoe.
    Tuesday
    Follow Your Dreams
    Dress
    in their novel and usingpajamas.
    Wednesday
    Teamwork Rules
    Dress in your favorite team's gear.
    Thursday
    Be
    a dictionary to define them based on the context of the sentence. The students will also takeSuperhero
    Dress like
    a literature circle roles test. The students have been introduced to the five main literature circle roles: Connector, Discussion Director, Summarizer, Illustrator,superhero.
    Friday
    Kolter Kids Rock
    Dress in red, white,
    and Word Wizard. Afterblue.
    Reading - We will continue
    reading a chapter of the book A Paradise Called Texas, the studentsTexas this week. Students will completepick character traits that best describe a brief activity where they will assume each of these roles. (We will reviewcharacter from the roles before the test.)
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    novel. They will have to justify their choices using text evidence. This can be character dialogue or actions or what other characters say about him/her.
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    Arts - Students will identifybe tested on the different types of sentences we have learned the first few weeks of school. This includes declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative, compound, and write complex sentences. ComplexA good website that contains worksheets and links to games to practice differentiating between the first 4 types of sentences are formed when a dependent clause (a phrase/incomplete sentence)can be found here: Types of Sentences Information about compound and independent clause (complete sentence) are joined together with a conjunction.complex sentences can be found here: Compound and Complex Sentences It is
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    students to understandremember that compound sentences always need a comma, and complex sentences need a comma is necessary only when
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    comes first. For example, in the sentence "Before I play, I have to do my homework.", the dependent clause is "Before I play". This can't be written by itself as a sentence. However, when the independent clause ("I have to do my homework"), comes first: "I have to do my homework before I play", no comma is necessary.
    Writing - Students will writebe introduced to expository writing this week. While a personal narrative this week. Focustells a story, expository writing gives information. I will be on havingteach the students three good ways to start expository writing: funnel (beginning with a strong introductionbroad idea and conclusion, using show me, don't tell me descriptive language, staying narrowly focused onthen narrowing to the one topic,idea being well organized,focused on), quotation (using a quote to hook the reader, which supports the topic), and tryingturnabout (mentions one idea, and then turns the attention around to "pump up" vocabulary.the idea the essay will focus on).
    Social Studies - We will continue to read aboutThis week, we are focusing on some of the firstearly Native American Indian groups that settled in TexasTexas. We will begin by reading about the Caddo, Karankawa, Jumano, and Coahuiltecan tribes. Students will be applying the reading skill of compare and contrast to tell how archaeologists learnedthe various tribes are alike and different. Then students will read about these groupsthe Comanche, their enemies (the Lipan Apache and Tonkawa), and their allies (the Wichita and Kiowa). Students will compare two of people.the tribes by creating either a T-chart or a Venn diagram.
    Open House Powerpoint: {Open House 2017.ppt}
    Open House Handout: {Open House 2017.doc}
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    Week of October 16, 2017
    A reminder that a spelling test will be given each Friday. There will be 15 words from the current week's list and 5 review words from any previous list.A reminder that a spelling test will be given each Friday. There will be 15 words from the current week's list and 5 review words from any previous list.
    Reading - This week, the students will be introduced to the literature circle role of 'Word Wizard'. This role involves finding two challenging, interesting, or useful words in their novel and using a dictionary to define them based on the context of the sentence. The students will also take a literature circle roles test. The students have been introduced to the five main literature circle roles: Connector, Discussion Director, Summarizer, Illustrator, and Word Wizard. After reading a chapter of the book A Paradise Called Texas, the students will complete a brief activity where they will assume each of these roles. (We will review the roles before the test.)
    Language Arts - Students will identify and write complex sentences. Complex sentences are formed when a dependent clause (a phrase/incomplete sentence) and independent clause (complete sentence) are joined together with a conjunction. It is important for students to understand that a comma is necessary only when the dependent clause comes first. For example, in the sentence "Before I play, I have to do my homework.", the dependent clause is "Before I play". This can't be written by itself as a sentence. However, when the independent clause ("I have to do my homework"), comes first: "I have to do my homework before I play", no comma is necessary.
    Writing - Students will write a personal narrative this week. Focus will be on having a strong introduction and conclusion, using show me, don't tell me descriptive language, staying narrowly focused on one topic, being well organized, and trying to "pump up" vocabulary.
    Social Studies - We will continue to read about the first American Indian groups in Texas and how archaeologists learned about these groups of people.

    Week of October 9, 2017
    Information can be found at the bottom of this page regarding Scholastic book orders. You can place a book order for your child at any time during the year. I will submit orders approximately once a month or when a large number of orders have been submitted.Information can be found at the bottom of this page regarding Scholastic book orders. You can place a book order for your child at any time during the year. I will submit orders approximately once a month or when a large number of orders have been submitted.
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