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Week of 4/3/17

Math: Students will be finishing with lines of symmetry and starting to learn how to measure angles with a protractor.  We have a fact proficiency test this week and a District Benchmark.  The benchmark will cover everything we have learned since the beginning of the school year.  Students will be reminded to take home their INB so they can begin reviewing.  The Daily TEKS workbook that was sent home is a great resource to help them prepare.  
Science: In science we will be covering the water cycle and tides.  Students will have a quiz on the water cycle next week.  

Week of 3/27

Math:  Students are beginning their unit in Geometry.  This week we will be focused on parallel and perpendicular lines and attributes of polygons. Textbook pages that go with classroom instruction are 763-778 and 803 - 808. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday.  
Science: Students will be exploring moon phases and seasons.  Textbook pages that coincide are: 283 - 304.
STAAR Writing test is on Tuesday, March 27thWe will not have tutoring after school on Tuesday.  

Decker Prairie Family Literacy Night: 

Where Reading Gives You SUPER Powers!

 Family Literacy Night is coming on Thursday, March 2nd from 6:00-7:30!!


 Come join us as we celebrate reading and writing with fun games and activities for all of your family members!

Students can become a super hero, create a comic, take part in a book walk, design a book mark and much, much more!!


There will be awesome door prizes such as Rodeo ticketsBikes,Tickets to the Zoo and Children's Museum and Toys R’ Us gift cards!

Chick-fil-a of Tomball, Kroger of Tomball, HEB of Tomball, and DPES have partnered to offer a FREE dinner to the first 300 people to attend the DPES family literacy night!!

Dinner provided will be a Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich, bag of chips, a cookie, and a bottle of water.




¡Noche de Lectura Familiar en Decker Prairie!

Donde el leer te dá super poderes


¡La noche de lectura familiar será el jueves, 2 de marzo de 6:00 -7:30p.m!

 Únase a nosotros mientras celebramos la lectura y la escritura con divertidos juegos y actividades para todos los miembros de su familia.

Los estudiantes pueden convertirse en súper héroes, crear una tira cómica, participar en una caminata de libros, diseñar un marcador de libros

y muchas, muchas cosas más.


¡Habrá increíbles premios como boletos al Rodeo, bicicletas, boletos para el zoológico y para el Museo de los Niños y tarjetas de regalo de Toys R’ US!


Las tiendas Chick-fil-a, Kroger y HEB de Tomball, se han asociado con DPES para ofrecer una cena gratis a las primeras 300 personas que asistan a la Noche de Lectura Familiar DPES.

La cena será un sándwich de pollo de Chick-fil-a, una bolsa de papitas, una galleta y una botella de agua.

Week of 1/30

Math: In math we will be working on In/Out boxes (function tables) and begin our measurement unit.  We will be starting measurement by exploring area and perimeter.  Math pages that correlate are: 701 - 720.
Science: In science we are continuing to work on changes to the Earth's surface. Students are working through 10 rotating labs to learn how the elements create and change land forms.  Chapter 5 in their Science text books correlates with their lab experiences.
There will be a math vocabulary test on Friday.  Students should be studying and ready for vocabulary bingo on Thursday!

This Week in Math/Science 12/5

Please read below a note from our wonderful room moms working hard to make our class Christmas party memorable for our 4th grader's last year at Decker Prairie!

Dear Parents,                                                                                                         

On Friday, December 16th from 11:00 – 12:30 we will be hosting the Holiday party for Mrs. Race’s class.  At present, we currently only have 5 children prepaid for the event and would like to have a few more to help fund the party.  Party costs include decorations, games, and a holiday craft for the kids.  If you would like to contribute, but have not had the chance, please send in $5.00 in an envelope addressed me, Katy Bream. 

If you did not prepay, but would still like to help, please look at the list below and let me know what you’d like to supply ( ).  The kids will have a slice or two of pizza to eat but we will need additional food items to help make this party a proper lunch for the kids.  Please note that the school requires that all items be store bought – no homemade items may be sent in.  We have 20 kids in our class.


Items needed:



Juice Boxes or small bottles of water


Apple Slices


Cookies (No Nuts Please)

Other goodies and Goody Bags are welcome but not required (please remember no nuts, balloons, or whistles).


Thanks so much for your help in making this a fun day for our kids!

Katy Bream (832-998-0506) and Carla Hergenrather              

This week in math we will be starting a new unit on fractions.  Our focus will be on composing/decomposing fractions and addition/subtraction of fractions.  Text book pages to refer to if you want to extra practice (not required) are: 559 - 592.  All pages are in volume 2. 
Math vocabulary quiz grades have been extremely low for a large majority of our students.  This week's vocabulary quiz will not be over any new words but will pull from all of the lists the students currently have.  Please help your student study for this!
We are starting a new unit on renewable and nonrenewable natural resources.  Student textbook pages (again, not required) are: 213 - 260.  
Be sure to ask them about their webquest!  They are really excited about it!
Other News:
Tomball ISD is participating in the Speak Up national research project. Speak Up is a survey designed to help students, parents, educators, and community members share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers. The brief online survey is open to students, educators, parents, and community members through December 16. Click here to take the survey.
12/06 Choir Christmas Concert at 6:00
12/08 Sonic Night

This Week in Math/Science 11/28

This week in math we are still focused on division, specifically how to interpret remainders.  
We will have a multiplication and division assessment on Friday, Dec. 2.
We are finishing up our forms of energy and will begin our unit on Earth's resources.  

This Week in Math/Science 11/7

This week in math we will be finishing multiplication and starting division using partial quotients.  We will begin with related facts which are what we used to call Fact Families.  Partial quotients are similar to the partial products that Mrs. Wilt demonstrated in her video.  We will get another video on division posted for you soon.  Topic 7, pages 369-384 are what we will be working on this week when we start division. 
Students have also been given their math project for this 9 weeks.  It is their Design a Restaurant project and it is not due until December 9th.  Per Tomball ISD policy students may not work on this project at home as it is graded.  They are allowed to print pictures for their menus if they want to bring them in but pictures are not required.  They will have plenty of class time to work on their project but they will need to use their time wisely.  Project based learning is difficult for students to get used to but this is their third one so I anticipate them doing wonderful!  They are very excited about it.  
Vocabulary words for this week's test are posted.  See the link for Vocabulary List 4!
This week we will be working on Forms of Energy with particular focus on sound energy and electrical energy.  Chapters 3 and 4 are references for you in their science textbooks.  
Our Benchmark for science will be on Friday, November 11th.  
Food Drive:
Our annual food drive has started!  Please consider donating non-perishable items to help out our Decker families and surrounding community.  Classrooms compete for most items brought in with each item giving the classroom a point.  Thank you in advance for your help and participation!
Speak Up Survey:
 Tomball ISD is participating in the Speak Up national research project. Speak Up is a survey designed to help students, parents, educators, and community members share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers. The brief online survey is open to students, educators, parents, and community members through December 16. Click here to take the survey.

This Week in Math/Science 10/31

We are learning how to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers this week.  Students are going to be learning the standard algorithm eventually but before they do, we are going to be looking at different ways to multiply that builds their conceptual knowledge and number sense.  Follow the link "How we are learning to multiply!" to see a great video that Mrs. Wilt put together to show you what your students will be learning.  
This week there is a math benchmark on Nov. 3rd. and fact proficiency on Friday, Nov. 4th.  
In science we are still working with mixtures and solutions but are also learning about density and buoyancy.