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Welcome to 4th grade Language Art and Social Studies!
 
My name is Allie Ovaitt, and I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year!  I graduated from Texas A&M University in December 2015 where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (WHOOP!).  I did my student teaching at Decker Prairie last fall, and I'm thrilled to be back teaching 4th grade this year! 
 
The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. 
- Peggy O'Mara
 

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5/29

Important Dates:
5/29 Memorial Day: No school!
5/31 4th Grade Awards at 9:00am 
*Attire: Sunday best
5/31 Class parties from 2:30-3:30pm
6/1 Last day of school/early dismissal!
*Don't forget to send in your class party donation of $5 for Bahama Bucks!

5/22

Important Dates:
5/25 Spelling Test 29
5/26 Reading Rally
5/29 Memorial Day: No school!
5/31 4th Grade Awards at 9:00am
6/1 Last day of school/early dismissal!
*Don't forget to send in your class party donation of $5 for Bahama Bucks!
 

Are you creative?  Do you think of stories, poems, and scripts when you experience life?  Would you just LOVE to publish?

If the answer is yes and you have completed 3rd grade, please join us at Writing Camp!  Sixty seats are available for students who will be enrolled in grades 4-8 during the 2017-18 school year.  Writing books will be provided and students should bring snacks and bottled water to the camp for mid-morning.  Please complete the following form and return it with a check in the amount of $50.00 made out to Tomball ISD to your Reading Specialist or Language Arts teacher no later than May 26th

https://goo.gl/31Y6Ez

5/15

What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We will be analyzing story elements across literary genres. We will also be identifying poetic elements and attempting them in our own writing.
 
Social Studies: We will be finishing our unit on economic growth in Texas.  Our test is this Friday!
 
Important Dates:
5/16 Social Studies Benchmark
5/16 Choir Concert
5/18 Science Benchmark
5/19 Spelling Test 28
5/19 Economics Test
5/19 Last day to turn in library books!
5/22 Author visit!
5/26 Reading Rally
5/29 Memorial Day: No school
5/31 4th Grade Awards at 9:00am
6/1 Last day of school/early dismissal
 

Are you creative?  Do you think of stories, poems, and scripts when you experience life?  Would you just LOVE to publish?

If the answer is yes and you have completed 3rd grade, please join us at Writing Camp!  Sixty seats are available for students who will be enrolled in grades 4-8 during the 2017-18 school year.  Writing books will be provided and students should bring snacks and bottled water to the camp for mid-morning.  Please complete the following form and return it with a check in the amount of $50.00 made out to Tomball ISD to your Reading Specialist or Language Arts teacher no later than May 26th

https://goo.gl/31Y6Ez

5/8

*No spelling test this week
 
Important Dates:
5/8 Math STAAR
5/9 Reading STAAR
5/12 4th Grade Celebration
5/12 Moms & Muffins
5/14 Mother's Day!

5/1

What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We are finishing up our research projects!  We will also be focusing on summarizing, inferencing, and finding proof for our answer choices.
*Please make sure your student is reading for at least 20 minutes each night.  Strengthening their reading stamina is important as we approach STAAR!
 
Social Studies: We will continue to learn about economic growth in Texas.
 
Important Dates:
5/5 Spelling Test 27
5/5 Fun Run
5/8 Math STAAR
5/9 Reading STAAR
 

Are you creative?  Do you think of stories, poems, and scripts when you experience life?  Would you just LOVE to publish?

If the answer is yes and you have completed 3rd grade, please join us at Writing Camp!  Sixty seats are available for students who will be enrolled in grades 4-8 during the 2017-18 school year.  Writing books will be provided and students should bring snacks and bottled water to the camp for mid-morning.  Please complete the following form and return it with a check in the amount of $50.00 made out to Tomball ISD to your Reading Specialist or Language Arts teacher no later than May 26th

https://goo.gl/31Y6Ez

4/24

What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We will work on creating text features for our research papers. We will also be focusing on cause/effect and compare/contrast relationships and finding proof for our answer choices.
*Please make sure your student is reading for at least 20 minutes each night.  Strengthening their reading stamina is important as we approach STAAR!
*The Lemonade War read aloud: https://goo.gl/cYWLNa 
 
Social Studies: We will continue our unit on economics.  We will discuss industries that are important to Texas.
 
Important Dates:
4/28 Spelling Test 26
4/24-4/28 Animal Shelter Drive - Students may bring in items to donate to our local animal shelter this week!
4/29 Fourth grade field trip! - Students should be at school by 7:15am.
 

Are you creative?  Do you think of stories, poems, and scripts when you experience life?  Would you just LOVE to publish?

If the answer is yes and you have completed 3rd grade, please join us at Writing Camp!  Sixty seats are available for students who will be enrolled in grades 4-8 during the 2017-18 school year.  Writing books will be provided and students should bring snacks and bottled water to the camp for mid-morning.  Please complete the following form and return it with a check in the amount of $50.00 made out to Tomball ISD to your Reading Specialist or Language Arts teacher no later than May 26th

https://goo.gl/31Y6Ez

4/17

What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We will draft our research papers and focus on strong topic sentences and supporting details.  We will also be practicing making inferences and summarizing.
*The Lemonade War read aloud: https://goo.gl/cYWLNa 
 
Social Studies: We will begin our new unit on economics.  We will learn about supply, demand, and the free enterprise system in Texas.
 
Important Dates:
4/21 Spelling Test 25
4/21 Field Day!  **Wear your class t-shirt**
4/29 Fourth Grade Field Trip

4/10

What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We will continue gathering information for our research projects.  We will focus on organizing our paragraphs using text structures like sequence, cause & effect, or description.
*The Lemonade War read aloud: https://goo.gl/cYWLNa 
*If you would like to order books from Scholastic Reading Club, place your order by April 13!  Go to https://clubs2.scholastic.com/ and make sure you use our class code: Q838W
 
Social Studies: We will be wrapping up our unit on cattle drives and railroads.  Our test is on Thursday!
 
Important Dates:
4/13 Cattle Drives and Railroads unit test
4/13 Scholastic book orders due!
4/14 No School
4/21 Field Day
4/29 4th Grade Field Trip

4/3

What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We will begin our research projects this week!  
We are starting the "Texas Read One Book" program with the book "The Lemonade War"!  All students in grades PreK-4th will have a calendar that goes home with the reading schedule.  To listen to each chapter read aloud, follow this link: https://goo.gl/cYWLNa.  Students can also participate at home by answering trivia questions found on Mrs. Watson's Edlio page.  All students who participate and bring back their initialed calendars will be recognized at our end of year reading rally and get a reward!  Every Monday in April, we will wear yellow or a lemonade-themed shirt.
 
Social Studies: We will continue to study the Texas frontier and cattle drives.  Our unit test is next week.
 
Important Dates:
4/5 Reading practice assessment
4/6 Math District Benchmark
4/7 Spelling Test 24
4/13 Scholastic book orders due!
*If you would like to order books from Scholastic Reading Club, place your order by April 13!  Go to https://clubs2.scholastic.com/ and make sure you use our class code: Q838W

3/27

What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We will finish up our nonfiction reading unit.  Our test is Friday! We will also be introducing our expository research unit.  
*If you would like to order books from Scholastic Reading Club, place your order by April 13!  Go to https://clubs2.scholastic.com/ and make sure you use our class code: Q838W
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about the Texas frontier and cattle drives. 
 
Important Dates:
3/28 Writing STAAR Test
3/31 Spelling Test 23
3/31 Nonfiction unit test
3/31 3rd Nine Weeks Awards @ 2pm

3/20

What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We will be strengthening our grammar skills as we gear up for the STAAR writing test next week. We will continue to study the structure of essays and how strong writers support their thesis statements.
*These resources have been posted in the past as an additional resource to prepare for the writing STAAR.  This is a useful tool for extra revising and editing practice!
**No spelling test this week!
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about the Texas frontier and cattle drives.
 
Important Dates:
3/24 Spring Pictures
3/28 Writing STAAR Test
 

District Chess Tournament

All TISD students are eligible to participate in the District Chess Tournament scheduled for Saturday, April 22.  Students do not need to be in a Chess Club to participate.  For a registration form, t-shirt order form and tournament details, please click on this link: https://sites.google.com/a/tomballschools.net/tisd-chess-tournament/

DI Team Donation 
This year's DI Team wants to remind everyone that this is the last week to send in your donations for the animals at TGR Exotic Wildlife Park.  The animals love cereal boxes, snack boxes and kleenex boxes (please do not crush), old blankets, old spices (not spicy) and perfumes, old balls, baby toys that can be washed in a dishwasher, left over party goods (not plastic), paper towel and toilet paper rolls, and paper cups.   

Revising and Editing Practice

Here is the link to another great resource for additional revising and editing practice.  It includes many skills that will be on the writing STAAR coming up!  The STAAR writing test is March 28th.
 

3/6

What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We are strengthening our grammar skills as we gear up for the STAAR writing test. We will continue to study the structure of essays and how strong writers support their thesis statements.
**Towards the beginning of this school year, I emailed all parents a revising and editing practice packet for students to work on at home.  This is a very useful resource that covers a lot of the skills that will be on the writing STAAR.  If you need me to resend this, please let me know.
Homework: READ!  Reading each night will improve your student's fluency, as well as give them more exposure to proper grammar and sentence structure. 
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about the Texas frontier.
 
Important Dates:
3/10 Spelling Test 22
3/13-3/17 SPRING BREAK
3/20 No School
 

GT Testing (1st-4th Grades)

The nomination window is now open until March 10, 2017 to nominate your student for Gifted and Talented testing.  This nomination window is specifically for 1st-4th grade students.  Students can be tested no more than once a year, so students tested this past fall are not eligible to test at this time.  Visit Mrs. French’s Teacher Website for more information and a Letter for Permission to Test in both English & Spanish.​

2/27

What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We will be reviewing grammar skills and the structure of an essay, including thesis statement, topic sentences, supporting details, and conclusion.  We will also be completing our nonfiction book reports.
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about the Texas frontier. 
 
Important Dates:
3/27-3/3 Book Fair
3/2 Literacy Night
3/3 Spelling Test 21
 

Literacy Night!

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!

 

GT Testing (1st-4th Grades)

The nomination window is now open until March 10, 2017 to nominate your student for Gifted and Talented testing.  This nomination window is specifically for 1st-4th grade students.  Students can be tested no more than once a year, so students tested this past fall are not eligible to test at this time.  Visit Mrs. French’s Teacher Website for more information and a Letter for Permission to Test in both English & Spanish.

2/21

What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We will continue to work on our nonfiction book report.  Make sure you bring in a cereal box if you haven't already done so!  We will be publishing our essays on our favorite activity.  There will be a strong focus on grammar and the structure of an essay.
**No spelling this week**
 
Social Studies: We will take our Civil War unit test on Wednesday!  We will also begin our unit on the Texas frontier and cattle ranches. 
 
Important Dates:
2/22 Civil War Test
2/27-3/3 Book Fair
3/2 Family Literacy Night
 

Literacy Night!

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!