Hi Amazing Clayton Families! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break. Today we shared some highlights from our Spring Breaks and from what I heard, it sound like y'all had some really fun and exciting trips! I definitely enjoyed spending time with my little ones and had lots of Austin adventures outside with the beautiful weather!
We had a great first day back and are diving right back into our expository writing and Texas Revolution units. Here's a look at what we will be working on the next few weeks:
Important upcoming dates:
Friday, March 30th - No School
Monday, April 9th - next AR assembly
Tuesday, April 10th - Writing STAAR test
Saturday, April 14th - Fun Run and Movie Night
With the Writing STAAR right around the corner, I will be sending an email as it gets closer with any information needed for that day. Please don't hesitate to email me if y'all have any questions prior to that. Thank y'all so much for all your help in support!
Hello Amazing Cardinal Families! January has been such a busy month, and your kids have been working incredibly hard! In writing, we are on Day 14 of our Grammar "Boot Camp". I have seen so much growth from our Pretest. In particular, their understanding of capitalization and punctuation in addresses, as well as editing sentences and being able to catch homophone and spelling mistakes. We spent a couple weeks practicing our dictionary skills and understanding how to use the guide words to help us locate words.
A couple areas we are going to continue focusing on is understanding parts of speech (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, and articles) and being able to identify them in a sentence, proper punctuation and capitalization when using quotation marks, as well as possessive nouns - understanding the importance of apostrophe placement for singular vs plural possessive nouns (and trying to not confuse them with regular plural nouns).
We just wrapped up writing an expository composition on our favorite time of year. This was a school-wide prompt that each grade level completed. It was great to see the progression of writing from kinder all the way to 5th. Coming up, we are breaking down the writing process and will do bits and pieces at a time, so we can really zoom in on each piece. We are continuing to work on responding to the prompt using specific key words from the prompt to help us write clear topic sentences. Adding on to that, this week we will be talking about stretching out our sentences using adjectives/adverbs to elaborate and add more depth to simple sentences. In small groups, we will be revisiting how to write thoughtful introductions and conclusions.
Texas History is getting really exciting these days as we are learning about Texas in the 1800's. We just read this week about the struggles Moses Austin and his son, Stephen F. Austin, endured in trying to colonize Texas, as well as the difficulties the original "Old 300" colonists went through.. Next week, we will be discussing the Mexican War of Independence, why people wanted to move to Texas, and the reason why colonists living in Texas started to rebel against the Mexican government and Santa Anna.
Some important dates coming up:
Friday, Feb. 9th - Suffix spelling test, Spring Conference Forms to be completed (parent and student portion) via Google Docs
Wednesday, Feb. 14th - Author visit - John David Anderson, as well as Valentine's activities in class
Friday, Feb. 16th - Clayton Family Dance Night and School Auction
Monday, Feb. 19th - Spring Student-led Conferences - please make sure you signed up for a group time slot. I am looking forward to seeing everyone, and I know the students are excited to share what they've been working on so far this semester!
- electric pencil sharpener
- boxes of sharpened pencils
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Hi Clayton Families,
I hope everyone had a restful and fun holiday break! I know mine was perfect - we stayed in Buda and were able to see a lot of family and just relax. It has been so fun to hear all about your holiday breaks from the kids.
Although it was a short week, we jumped right back in to the swing of things this week. Here's what we're working on in each subject area:
-Spelling Focus next week - prefixes. Test will be on Friday, Jan. 12th.
-Grammar - We are starting a Grammar Bootcamp on Monday and it will last for 21 days. Essentially, it will be a 5 question warm-up each day that does a spiral review of different grammatical skills (editing addresses and paragraphs, conjunctions, comma placement, proper nouns, parts of speech, prefixes/suffixes, homophones, etc.). Today the students took a pretest for me to see where they're at and how I can best help them in these areas.
Writing - We started working on an expository prompt this week. We focused on how to respond appropriately to prompt questions, being very specific and having a clear central idea. Next week we will look at main Ideas that support the central idea, making sure they are clear and do not overlap in content. We will also fill in the Pillar, or Magic I, graphic organizer and write our rough drafts.
This week we reviewed Spain and France and why LaSalle's expedition motivated Spain to take a stronger interest in Texas. Next week we will begin learning about the first mission in Texas.
Hope y'all have an amazing weekend!
Dear Clayton Families,
These last 2 weeks have been such a whirlwind in 4th grade! We had an amazing field trip to Goliad! A BIG thank you to the volunteers who helped chaperone the field trip. I appreciate y'all making the trek out there and helping with the groups.
In writing, we survived the Writing Benchmark! It was a long 4 hour test, but your children were troopers and did great.
In social studies, we wrapped up our Texas Native Americans unit. The students presented their poster projects this week, and I was very impressed with knowledge they had gained for their assigned tribe. They presented the information with such confidence and were able to learn about and take notes on many of the other tribes in Texas.
Here's what's coming up after the break:
I hope y'all have a relaxing break and a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Hello wonderful Clayton families! We have been busy busy Cardinals these last couple weeks. In writing, we've been looking at Expository texts and identifying key parts, such as: introduction (lead, central idea, and topic sentence), body paragraphs (main idea sentences), and conclusion (closing sentence). I also have had the students practice drawing the expository graphic organizer in their Writer's Notes journal just for practice (we call it the Pillar or the Magic I ). In Texas History, we started our in-class group Native American Tribes of Texas project. This week, our focus was on researching the tribes.
Coming up next week:
- continue practicing Complex and Compound sentences (conjunctions - FANBOYS and AAAWWUBBIS)
- Important note: We are going to take a break from spelling tests for the next 2 weeks because of Goliad field trip next week, and Writing benchmark the following week. Spelling Lists will be sent home the week of Nov. 27th, with the test being on Dec. 1st.
- writing an expository essay; the prompt is: Explain the work you want to do when you grow up
- we will practice brainstorming ideas, creating thoughtful lead and topic sentences, filling in the Pillar/ Magic I graphic organizer with main idea sentences and supporting details (key words and examples), as well as creating a rough draft.
- Working on the Native American Tribes of Texas project - focus on creating a visually appealing and informative poster and preparing to present to the class
- Learning background history of Goliad
Wednesday, Nov. 8th - Veteran's Day assembly for students, they can wear red, white, or blue
Thursday, Nov. 9th - Family Tree Project Part 1 is Due
Friday, Nov. 10th - GOLIAD Field trip (information sent home in Cardinal folder today)
Tuesday, Nov. 14th - Writing Benchmark
I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!
Dear Clayton Families,
I truly enjoyed getting to meet with everyone at the open house conferences on Monday. Thank you so much for taking the time to come and see how hard your children are working each and every day.
Your fourth graders have been working EXTREMELY hard these last couple weeks on the Narrative writing process. They are in the final stage and have begun publishing their narratives. This past week, I've had 1-1 writing conferences with them, and all I can say is WOW! I am so impressed with their creativity and the thoughtful details they are including. We've really been focusing on "Showing vs Telling," trying to get them to be more descriptive and thinking of incorporating their character's 5 senses as they write. I can't wait for them to share their published piece with you!
In social studies, we had our Constitution week two weeks ago where we focused on the American Revolution, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, as well as the 3 branches of government. With all of that, we also got to watch lots of School House Rock videos, which they loved!
Here's what we have coming up in the next couple weeks for writing and social studies...
- Finish publishing narratives
- Nature writing outside
- Types of sentences
- Introduction to Expository writing
- Compound subjects and predicates
- Expository graphic organizer (the pillar)
- Compound sentences (Conjunctions - FANBOYS, AAAWWWUBBIS)
- and of course more School House Rocks "Conjunction Junction..." =)
- Paleoamerican Indians
- Archaeologists and excavating
- Archaic Indians
- Family Tree Project (Part 1 due Thurs. Nov. 9th)
Important Dates Coming up:
Saturday, Oct. 14 (TOMORROW) - Clayton Fall Festival (3-5)
Thursday, Oct. 19 - Choir concert 6:30-7:30
Oct. 23-27 - BOOK FAIR!!!
Thursday, Nov. 9 - Family Tree part 1 due
Friday, Nov. 10 - GOLIAD Field trip (more information to come)
Tuesday, Nov. 14 - Writing Benchmark
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Friday Clayton Families!
Hope y'all have had as an amazing week as we've had here in 4th grade! We have been busy busy in writing and social studies. Here's a glimpse of our week this week...
Here's what's coming up next week...
Just today I sent an e-mail out in regards to fall conferences coming up on October 9th.. Please click on the link to sign up for a time. Also, parent conference forms need to be sent back in by Monday, Sept. 25th so I can start compiling the official fall conference form.
I think that's all for now! Hope you all have an amazing weekend!
Hi Clayton Cardinal Families,
It was so great seeing many of you at Back to School Night Thursday night. In case you weren't able to make it, I am going to attach the S'More link at the end of this post so you have access to it whenever you need it.
Last week we read a story called, Armadillo from Amarillo, a story about an armadillo named Sasparillo who travels all over Texas to explore where he's from. All the while, he sends postcards from a variety of places in Texas to his cousin, Brillo. Like Sasparillo, we have been exploring the different regions of Texas and using Chrome books to explore different cities in Texas. This week, the students will be creating their own postcards to Brillo based on their research.
Also in writing workshop, we have been talking about Nouns, (singluar, plural, common, proper, concrete, abstract, and compound). This week, we will focus on Verbs, as well as reviewing a few homophones for our upcoming spelling test this Friday. The spelling test will consist of 8 homophones and then 7 words from the 4th grade non-negotiable word list from the AISD website (lists will be come home on Monday). The test will have 8 multiple choice questions, 1 sentence using a spelling word, and then 6 spelling.
The students will have the opportunity to participate in Courage to Stand this week, and they are all excited about it! It's such an amazing program, so make sure you are talking to them every night about what they did that day in Courage to Stand.
A few important dates:
Monday, Sept. 11-Thursday, Sept. 14 - Courage to Stand
Thursday, Sept. 14 - PICTURE DAY!!!
Friday, Sept. 15 - Spelling Test
Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather and having a great weekend!
Hello Cardinal Families,
My name is Casey Ebert and I am a 4th grade teacher at Clayton Elementary. This website will be used to provide important information and updates to my families. Hopefully you can get a look into what goes on in our classroom!