Week of Jan. 13

Important Dates:

1/15 Wed: Report Cards Sent Home
1/15 Wed: Texas Reads One T-shirt orders due. https://bluewaveapparel.com/TomballReads
1/17 Fri: Science Test
Next Week:
1/20 Mon: Staff Development/Student Holiday (no school)
Important Information:
  • Please read and practice math daily. I provide ideas, including interactive computer games, that you can do with your child at home under each subject.
  • Please remind your child to wash hands and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. I want my kids to stay healthy!
  • Please send jackets to school. The weather changes daily.
What We Are Doing This Week
Writing: We will begin writing informational texts. We will write about someone one we know well.
Vocabulary: Informational text, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, fact
Things you can do at home: 
  • Ask your child who he or she is writing about.
  • Discuss what he or she knows about this person and help your child elaborate on what he or she knows.
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.
Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will focus on biographies. 
  • We will learn about characteristics of biographies, including titles, photographs/illustrations, captions, and chronological order of the person's life. 
  • We will review facts and opinions.
  • We will learn about cause and effect.
Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, chronological order, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact
Things you can do at home:
Math:  We will continue learning about Place Value to 1,200! We will review placing numbers on number lines and learn how to position numbers on open number lines. We will also compare and order numbers.
Vocabulary: base ten, numeral, ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, digit, compose, decompose, standard form, word form, expanded form, generate, whole number, place value, compare, greater than, less than, equal to (=), greater than ( >), less than (<), order, position, open number line, even, odd, reasonable, number line, greatest to least, least to greatest, increase, decrease, comparison, fewer, benchmark numbers, midpoint, value
Things you can do at home:
Science: We will continue learning about natural versus man-made resources. We will learn about taking care of our natural resources through the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  Test on Friday.
Vocabulary:  natural resources, conservation, man-made resources, fossil fuels, timber, reduce, recycle, reuse, deplete, limited, renewable, nonrenewable
Things you can do at home:
  • Make a web to show man-made products that can be made out of natural resources. Ex: Draw a circle and write fossil fuels in the middle. Then, around the circle, have your child write and draw pictures (or cut pictures from a magazine) to show what man-made products can be made from fossil fuels (electricity, gasoline, jet fuel, cooking on a gas stove, etc.). Do the same for animals, plants, and rocks/minerals.
  • Collect natural and man-made resources and have your child sort them into categories. 
  • Go to a park:
    • Go on a scavenger hunt for natural and man-made resources. 
    • Take pictures of natural and man-made resources and make a collage. 
  • Discuss the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. 
  • Practice Recycling at home. 
  • Read PebbleGo Books about Natural Resources (your child should know the user name and password.)
Social Studies: We will read biographies of important people that have exemplified good citizenship.
Vocabulary: significance, influence, contribution, historical figures, justice, represent, independence
Things you can do at home:
  • Use MyOn to research people such as, Paul Revere, Abigail Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, etc. 
  • Visit downtown Tomball and learn about Tomball's history. 
  • Discuss ways to be a good citizen. 
  • Practice being good citizens in public and at home.