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11/10/2019

Important Dates:
11/11 - 11/20  Food drive
11/14  Donuts with Grownups... see you at 7:15!
11/25 - 11/29  Thanksgiving break/no school
 
Language Arts:
We are studying elements of poetry in reading and writing this week. Students will use what they learn from reading poetry to help create their own poems.
 
Social Studies:
Students will begin learning about how unrest in Texas colonies led to rebellion and the Texas Revolution. 

11/3/2019

Important Dates:
11/11 - 11/20  Food drive
11/14  Donuts with Grownups
 
Language Arts:
In reading, we are finishing up our study of drama/plays and will take our unit assessment.  In reading and writing, we will move into poetry this week.
 
Social Studies:
Students are studying colonization of Texas. We will look at famous empresarios, such as Stephen F. Austin, and their effect on Texas.

Important Dates:
10/21 - 10/25  Book fair week!
10/24  Family Night
11/1  Fall makeup pictures
11/14  Donuts with Grownups
 
Red Ribbon Dates
10/25  Celebrate Red Ribbon Week! Wear red.
10/28  We are a drug free team! Wear your favorite sports shirt.
10/29  Protect your brain! Wear a crazy hat.
10/30  Keep your power and stay drug free! Wear a superhero shirt.
10/31  Drug & bully free adventures await! Wear your future career outfit.
 
Language Arts:
In reading, we are studying drama (plays) and how to read a script. Students are learning play-specific vocabulary. In writing, we are practicing correspondence (letter-writing) and understanding the purpose behind the letter. Students are writing letters to express gratitude and letters to make a request.
 
Social Studies:
Students are studying European explorers that affected Texas settlement.

10/7/2019

Important Dates:
10/11  Half day, early dismissal at 12:50
10/14  No school for students
10/21 - 10/25  Book fair week!
 
Language Arts:
In reading, we are beginning to look at historical fiction and how the setting affects the story. Setting is much more than the character's location. The time period and historical events surrounding the story are part of the setting. 
 
In writing, we are working on a story about a time that we had to make a difficult decision. Students are focusing on their internal conflict.
 
Social Studies:
Students are finishing up their study of Native Americans in Texas and how they adapted to their environment.

9/30

Happy fall!
 
Language Arts:
In reading, we will begin our study of historical fiction later this week. Students will be looking at books that contain fictional characters but are set in a true historical period or event. 
 
In writing, we are beginning a new story that focuses on internal conflict. Students are thinking about a time they had to make a hard decision and how it affected their thoughts and feelings.
 
Social Studies:
Students are learning about Native American tribes in Texas and their different lifestyles.

9/15/19

Important Dates:
9/17  Unit 1 assessment over traditional literature
9/20  Picture day! 
9/23 -  9/27  PTO Penny Wars
 
Language Arts:
In reading, we will finish up our study of traditional literature with a unit test on Tuesday. Students do not need to study for reading test. They can constantly prepare for reading assessments by reading any book at home! 
 
In writing, we are continuing to look at some of Patricia Polacco's personal narratives, like Thank You, Mr. Falker and Junkyard Wonders, to see how we can improve our own writing.
 
Social Studies:
Students are reviewing the information they learned over the 4 geographical regions of Texas. We will complete a review in class, play some games, and take our assessment on Thursday. Their review will come home with them on Tuesday. 

9/10/19

Language Arts:
In reading, we are focusing on finding the theme/moral when reading traditional literature such as folk tales and legends. In writing, students are thinking about what makes a strong story as they write a personal narrative. We are looking at some of the writing skills that Patricia Polacco used when she wrote My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother to help us make better decisions as writers.
 
Social Studies:
Students are learning about the four geographical regions of Texas.

9/3/2019

Important Dates:
9/5  Parent Orientation at 5:30... See you there!
 
Language Arts:
In reading, we are focusing on finding the theme/moral when reading traditional literature such as folk tales and legends. In writing, students are thinking about what makes a strong story and beginning to plan out their first personal narrative.
 
Social Studies:
Students are learning about the 5 themes of geography and will begin discussing the four geographical regions of Texas.