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Conference/Planning Daily from 11:15-11:50
 
Email- kimberlylambright@tomballisd.net
 
Phone: 281-357-3134 x 3064
 
 

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Class photos will be taken Thursday, Feb. 21!  Please send your envelope with payment or the online code tomorrow if you have not already done so.  Individual photos will also be taken.

Feb 19 - Feb 22

Spelling:
Students have been given their first word-sort, and have written them in their planners.  These words all have a spelling rule to help build new words.  Student word sorts were assigned based on individual needs in spelling.  Not all students have the same words.
 
We will be working with this list for the next week. No test over these words, but after a bit more exposure we will assess their knowledge and application of the spelling rule to build new words.  I will let you know when we will assess.
 
Reading:
Text features in sequential structure; making inferences, and recognize text can be organized by cause and effect text structure.
 
Writing
We will analyze the expository structure and draft an essay about our talents.
 
Grammar:
We are studying comparative words that have the suffix -er or more, -est or most:  Examples: taller, more beautiful; biggest, most interesting
 
Social Studies:
We will continue to study the annexation of Texas into the United States.

STAAR Field Test

Decker Prairie Elementary is the lucky winner of a STAAR writing field test! Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12th,  4th graders will participate in a STAAR field test. While this is not the official STAAR test, the campus will have to treat this day as if it is the real test. The campus will be closed, and parents will not be able to eat lunch with their students regardless of their grade level. 

Feb 11 - Feb 14

Spelling:
Spelling inventories are completed, and students will resume working with spelling study on Wednesday! More information to come...
 
Reading:
Text features in sequential structure; making inferences, and recognize text can be organized by compare and contrast text structure
 
Writing
We will analyze expository structure and draft an essay about our talents.
 
Grammar:
We are studying comparative words that have the suffix -er or more, -est or most:  Examples: taller, more beautiful; biggest, most interesting
 
Social Studies:
We will continue to study the annexation of Texas into the United States.

Feb 4 - Feb 8

Spelling:
As mentioned last week, please note that there will be no spelling tests until further notice. The district is having us transition to Words Their Way, which is more individualized for your student instead of a one-size-fits-all approach. Information went home in the Wednesday folder last week!
 
Reading:
We will begin looking at the different nonfiction genres, and the author's purpose for writing.
 
Please remember to help your student find an example of nonfiction around the house or while you are out an about!  It is everywhere and does not need to be from a book.  You can send in the original or send me a photo using the email address on this page.  (We must be able to read the photo to help us with our activity on Friday!)
 
Writing
We will plan for our new essay and practice dictionary skills. Students will review portions of the writing benchmark during taken last week.
 
Grammar:
We are studying how to write dialogue.
 
Social Studies:
We are learning about the many capitals of the Republic of Texas and why Texas was annexed by the United States.  Our Republic of Texas assessment will be next week. Study guide came home yesterday.

January 28 - February 1

 
Spelling:
As mentioned last week, please note that there will be no spelling tests until further notice. The district is having us transition to Words Their Way, which is more individualized for your student instead of a one-size-fits-all approach. Look for more information in the Wednesday folder this week!
 
Reading:
We will assess our understanding of literary nonfiction, an informational text that is written like a story and usually follows a timeline.
 
Writing: 
We will plan for our new essay and practice dictionary skills. Students will take a writing benchmark during their normal class time this week.
 
Grammar:
We are studying how to write dialogue.
 
Social Studies:
We are learning about the many capitals of the Republic of Texas and why Texas was annexed by the United States.  Our Republic of Texas assessment will be next week.  Look for a study guide to come home.

January 22-25

Please note: There will be no spelling tests until further notice. The district is having us transition to Words Their Way. This will be individualized for your student instead of a one size fits all approach. I will let you know when your student will begin, but I am thinking it will be at least 2 more weeks to set up and complete spelling inventories for each student. 
 
This week: 
Reading - We will continue to analyze literary nonfiction - an informational text that is written like a story and usually follows a timeline.
 
Writing - revising and editing our own work and the work of others
 
Social Studies - The Republic of Texas - Successes and Challenges, Leadership of the Republic
 
Grammar - Commas in a series to separate a list of three or more actions by a subject
 
Spelling - no spelling until further notice

Several parents have asked for ways to help their child grow as a reader.  The best thing for them is to practice!  However, do they truly practice if there is no accountability?  I have added two new links in my "links" section that can be used as a wonderful resource:
  • 12 Comprehension Strategies
  • Open-Ended Questions

January 9-11

So glad to see everyone in 2019!  There are no Wednesday folders this week.
 
Please work with your student on reading stamina, by providing a quiet place for them to read at least 30 minutes each evening. Have your student summarize what they have read and ask LOTS of "why" questions. (Remember when they were 3 and 4 years old? Now it is your turn!)  Make them show you in the book proof for their answers. 
 
Examples: 
  • Why did the character feel ___________?
  • Why did the character do ___________?
  • Did the character change? How do you know?
  • What would happen if…?
  • What caused…?
  • What might…?
  • How would you feel…?
  • Why do you think…?
  • Why is…?
  • Who is telling the story?  How do you know?
 
Reading: Students will begin working with literary nonfiction text to; recognize the sequential/chronological text structure, organize the text using a timeline, find the main ideas of each major time period and summarize the text. 
 
Writing: Revising and editing- continuing to improve our essay writing
 
Social Studies: Begin Texas as a Republic Unit
 
Spelling: No spelling test this week

December 17-21

This week:
 
Reading: Readers Analyze Poetry; Poetry Unit Assessment - Thursday, December 20.
 
Writing: Revising and editing
 
Social StudiesTexas Revolution Unit Assessment - Wednesday, December 19 
 
Spelling: No spelling test this week

December 10-14

This Week:
 
Reading: Readers Analyze Poetry (structure, figurative language, and meaning). 
 
Writing: Breathing Life into Expository Writing: central idea, topic sentences, supporting details, leads, and conclusions
 
Grammar: possessives, plural possessives and how to use apostrophes
 
Social Studies: Texas Revolution - Battle of Goliad Masacre, Runaway Scrape, Battle of San Jacinto, Santa Anna captured, Treaty of Velasco
 
Spelling Test on Friday, December 10 Lesson 17
 
Lesson 17
 
glance
judge
damaged
package
twice
stage
carriage
since
practice
marriage
baggage
office
message
bridge
chance
notice
ridge
manage
palace
bandage

December 3-7

This Week:
Reading: Readers Analyze Dramatic Literature Through Story Elements - theme, infer, summary. Friday, December 7 Unit 6 Drama Assessment
 
Writing: Breathing Life into Expository Writing: central idea, topic sentences, supporting details, leads, and conclusions
 
Grammar: possessives and apostrophes
 
Social Studies: Texas Revolution - Battle of Goliad Masacre, Runaway Scrape, Battle of San Jacinto, Santa Anna captured, Treaty of Velasco
 
Spelling Test on Friday, December 7 - Contractions 
 
Contractions
 
how'd
we're
they've
it's
they’ll
wouldn't
haven't
we’ll
he’d
you’re
should've
she’s
hasn't
you'll
isn't
I've
won't
could've
hadn't
weren't