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Upcoming STAAR Field Test

Decker Prairie Elementary is the lucky winner of a STAAR writing field test! Next Tuesday, 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 come eat lunch with their students on February 12th regardless of their grade level. 

2/4/2019

Spelling:
Spelling inventories are completed, and students will resume working with spelling study next week! More information to come...
 
Reading:
We are studying fact & opinion and author's purpose within nonfiction texts. 
 
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. Examples: taller, more beautiful
 
Social Studies:
We are finishing up our study of the Republic of Texas and will take our assessment on Friday. 

1/27/2019

 
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.

1/22/2019

Career Day:
If you are interested in presenting at our upcoming career day, please make sure you have turned in your paperwork or emailed Jody Luedde at jodyluedde@tomballisd.net as soon as possible!
 
Spelling:
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. I will let you know when your student will begin, but it could be at least 2 more weeks before everything is set up and ready to go.
 
Reading:
We will continue to analyze literary nonfiction, an informational text that is written like a story and usually follows a timeline.
 
Writing
We are focusing on revising and editing our own work and the work of others.
 
Grammar:
We are studying the use of commas in a list. We will analyze author's sentences, notice when to use commas, and create sentences of our own. 
 
Social Studies:
We are learning about the problems, successes, and leaders of the Republic of Texas.

1/14/2019

Important Dates:
1/18 4th grade awards ceremony at 2:00
 
Reading:
We are studying biographies and noticing their narrative elements.
 
Writing: 
We are focusing on parts of an essay and improving the quality of our writing.
 
Grammar:
We are studying the use of commas in a list. We will analyze author's sentences, notice when to use commas, and create sentences of our own. 
 
Social Studies:
We are learning about the problems and successes that the early Republic of Texas experienced.

12/10/2018

Important Dates:
12/12  Social Studies benchmark
12/13 4th grade program at 6:30
No spelling test this week!
 
 
Reading:
We will begin our unit on analyzing and understanding poetry. Students will understand the difference between a free verse and lyrical poem, as well as understand how and why poets use sensory language.
 
Writing
We will focus on revision and editing of essays.
 
Grammar:
Students will understand the difference between plural and possessive words and where to place the apostrophe.
 
Social Studies:
We will take our social studies benchmark on Wednesday. We will wrap up our discussion of the Texas Revolution and take our test NEXT week.

11/27/2018

 
Reading: Readers Analyze Dramatic Literature Through Story Elements - a play is a story with a specific structure: characters, setting, stage directions, scenes
 
Writing: Breathing Life into Expository Writing: central idea, topic sentences, supporting details, leads, and conclusions
 
Grammar: possessives and apostrophes
 
Social Studies: Texas Revolution - Santa Anna, Battle of Gonzales, Battle of Goliad, Battle of the Alamo
 
Spelling Test on Friday, November 30 - List 32

11/05/2018

Important Dates:
 
11/5  Food drive begins
11/5 - 11/9  Book Fair week!
11/9  Dads with Donuts at 7:30
 
Reading:
We are working on identifying the theme in stories and supporting the theme with text evidence. Students will take a unit 4 reading assessment this week and justify their answers with evidence.
 
Writing
We will continue our unit on expository writing. We will revise and publish our first major essay. Later in the week, we will talk about how writers can insert small narratives into an expository paper. 
 
 
Grammar:
We will begin discussing complex sentences with a subordinating conjunction, such as sentences that start with the word "when" or "if."
 
Social Studies:
We will discuss American settlers moving to Texas with a focus on Stephen F. Austin, the Old 300, and the Law of April 6, 1830.

10/28/2018

Important Dates:
11/2  Make up day for fall pictures
11/5  Food drive begins
11/5 - 11/9  Book Fair week!
11/9  Dads with Donuts at 7:30
 
Reading:
We are working on analyzing the author's craft, including identifying theme, how word choice affects the reader, understanding sensory language/figurative language to gain details, and how flashbacks affect the story.
 
Writing
We will continue our unit on expository writing. We will create strong central idea statements (thesis statements) and provide supporting details to strengthen our paper. 
 
Grammar:
We will finish up our discussion of compound sentences that use the conjunctions but, and, or, and so. We will begin discussing complex sentences with a subordinating conjunction, such as sentences that start with the word "when."
 
Social Studies:
We will discuss American settlers moving to Texas with a focus on Stephen F. Austin and the Old 300.

Red Ribbon Week

This year's Red Ribbon Week theme is Life's YOUR Journey, Travel Drug Free.
 
This year's dress up days are as follows:
Monday 10/22 - Red Ribbon Week Kick-off! Getting Ready for our journey... wear RED.
Tuesday 10/23- Drugs and Bullying is Tacky... dress like a tacky tourist.
Wednesday 10/24- Give Drugs and Bullying the Boot... wear western attire.
Thursday 10/25- Ride the Waves Drug and Bully Free Aloha... wear a Hawaiian shirt.
Friday 10/26- Drugs and Bullying Can Take a Hike... hike to your favorite vacation spot and wear a destination t-shirt!

10/20/2018

Important Dates:
10/26  Exploration & Colonization Assessment
10/26  Awards celebration at 2:00
 
Reading:
We are analyzing the theme, or moral, hidden inside of stories.
 
Writing:
We are studying parts of expository writing. We will focus on how expository writing is organized.
 
Social Studies:
Students will come home with a review sheet on Monday. We will finish our discussion of European colonization of Texas and take an assessment on Friday.

9/30/18

Important Dates:
 
10/03 Native Americans Assessment
10/05 Early release at 12:50
10/08 Student holiday, no school
 
 
Reading:
We are analyzing characters deeply. We will look at their thoughts, feelings, and actions to make inferences and think about how they change over time.
 
Writing:
We are finishing up and publishing a personal narrative. Students will focus on reading their own writing carefully and revising it based on the story elements we have learned in reading. We will also look at combining sentences using conjunctions.
 
 
Social Studies:
We have been learning about Native Americans and how their lifestyle was affected by their environment. We will review in class on Monday and Tuesday for our assessment on Wednesday. Parents, your student will come home with a review sheet on Monday!