Amazing April!

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Well-rested and re-energized, the 4th grade students returned this week, ready to jump back into their learning.

On the first day back, the children were treated to our final senior pen-pal lunch. This year long, inter-generational project has been truly transformative for both the seniors and the children. Throughout the year, the students have enjoyed sharing letters and “interviewing” their pals. This week, they began composing biographies about their senior friends. The culminating celebration and project display will be held on May 27th from 2:00 to 3:00 in the Community Hall. A flyer will be sent home tomorrow in the Monday folders. Please RSVP to Annie Skelton 512-735-8088 by May 22.

Ruby, Blanche, and Aiden enjoy their lunches.
Ruby, Blanche, and Aiden enjoy their lunches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4th Grade 5k for Camp Simcha

The students are pumped for our big 5K on May 30th.  They have run over 50 miles this year! This month we will devote more time to training for the run, slowly increasing our distance. Please encourage your child to continue raising money for this worthwhile fund raiser. For more information about Camp Simcha, check out their website.

http://www.campsimcha.org/

Texas History

Presently, we are immersed in preparation for our big Texas Revue on Tuesday, May 13th at 2:00! The students embrace the opportunities to practice and I am amazed at how it is all coming together.

COSTUMES for the play! ALL STUDENTS WILL NEED TO WEAR:

  • BLUE JEANS
  • LONG-SLEEVE, BUTTON DOWN, WHITE SHIRTS (OXFORDS)
  • TALL, WHITE, KNEE-HIGH SOCKS
  • STUDENTS MUST HAVE THESE CLOTHES NO LATER THAN MONDAY, MAY 12TH. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THESE ITEMS, LET ME KNOW ASAP, AND I CAN USUALLY HUNT THEM DOWN AT A GOODWILL STORE.
Mexican soldiers at the Battle of the Alamo.
Mexican soldiers at the Battle of the Alamo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben and Ruby are conquistadors!
Ben and Ruby are conquistadors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eddie embraces his role as the cruel dictator, Santa Anna!
Eddie embraces his role as the cruel dictator, Santa Anna!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eli is the brave Sam Houston!
Eli is the brave Sam Houston!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Texas Independence projects demonstrate the creative potential of our class. With each presentation, I am reminded of just how talented this group of students is. Next week we look forward to seeing the remaining projects.

Rafi presents his Davy Crockett puppet.
Rafi presents his Davy Crockett puppet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max explains his new game.
Max explains his new game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aiden's Alamo model impresses her classmates.
Aiden’s Alamo model impresses her classmates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

Before break, the students continued their circuit investigations, learning how to build switches, including dimmer switches. This week, students will ask the question: “How does the flow of electricity in a series circuit differ from the flow in a parallel circuit?” We will also conduct investigations to explore the relationship between electricity and magnetism by building a simple electromagnetic motor.

***On Friday, May 16th, the 4th grade students will travel to the Thinkery for a special pilot program. Students will be working with computer programming language (Scratch) and MaKey Makey, an interactive inventors kit. We will leave school at 11:00 and return by 3:30. If you are able to drive, please let me know.

Mira and Jess build a switch.
Mira and Jess build a switch.

 

MATH

This week, we began exploring area and perimeter. The students will be designing and building a scale model of their dream room and then wiring the room using the knowledge gained from science class.

PLEASE SEND A SHOE BOX TO SCHOOL TOMORROW FOR THIS PROJECT. Also, if you have any material scraps or scrapbook paper for wall paper we could really use it!

READING

Before break, students completed a Texas historical novel in their reading groups and enjoyed presenting their novels in the form of interviews with the characters.

Last week, the fourth graders began reading Holes, a yearly favorite in fourth grade.

This winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award features Stanley Yelnats, a kid who is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day, every day, digging holes five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake: the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption. -Amazon

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PLEASE HELP YOUR CHILD LOCATE AND RETURN ALL CLASSROOM BOOKS. I AM MISSING QUITE A FEW OF THE CLASS SET BOOKS. THANK YOU!