All About Mrs. Battista



Week of Oct. 25th

Here's what we are learning this week!
Drama!  We are being expressive and fluent as we read our dramatic texts.  Our knowledge will be put to the test as we answer questions and think critically about the plays.  We have been using the elements of drama to help us better understand the characters, plot, and setting of the play.  On Thursday, we will complete a grade over drama.
At the beginning of the week we hope to complete our composition that describes our fabulous pumpkins that have gone missing!  Hopefully our details will lead us to find the correct gourd.  Next, we will decide which piece of candy is our favorite and explain to our reader why!
Social Studies:
After discussing the importance of the buffalo to Native American tribes, we'll be learning some vocabulary to help us understand more about their way of life.  The terms and a study stack will be in Schoology to help prepare for a quiz this week.  Following the quiz, our research projects on a Native American tribe begin!

Week of Oct. 18th

Here's what we are learning this week!
reading- drama elements (stage directions, cast, setting, props, narrator, act, script, scene, dialogue, and theater)  We will using these elements to help us read a drama, as well as, study characters and the plot of the play.
writing- We will finish up our descriptive writing about our "lost" pumpkins, and begin working on opinion writing.  (We will be deciding what our favorite candy is and explain why it is our favorite.)  Thanks to those who sent in Halloween candy, I think I have plenty to complete this writing activity!
social studies- We have started to learn about the Native American groups that live in/lived in Texas.  This week students will be choosing a tribe/group, to research.  All of the research will be completed in class over the next week or two.  Once the research is completed students will create a paper bag book. (This will all be done in class.)
Don't forget our library day is every Friday, and homework is always due every Thursday!

Week of Sept. 27th

Here's what we're up to next week.  
Reading:  We are nearing the end of our realistic fiction unit.  A test will be on Monday.  We'll spend some time going over concepts that we're missing, as well as focus a bit on summary and theme.  
Remember that reading homework is due Thursday.  I will be sending a new homework on Thursday, but it'll be due on MONDAY to help us prepare for our final realistic assessment of the nine weeks, which is scheduled for October 4.  On October 6, we'll be taking a STAAR pre-assessment for informational purposes.  As you can see, we have many big things coming up!
* A note about homework....please feel free to support your child on homework assignments.  They need to do it independently, but DO check it and go over what they don't understand.  They can bring it to me and we can chat, too. 
Writing:  Personal narratives are taking a back seat until next nine weeks so we can focus more on grammar.  We've been talking about complete subjects and fragments, but we're adding on to that this week.  We will be writing compound sentences by correcting run-on sentences with conjunctions. 
Social Studies:
Texas Landmarks!

Week of Sept. 13th-17th

Howdy Ho!  It's Tumbleweed Tonya, your friendly tour guide, here to tell ya all about what's going down next week.  
We are beginning a study of the genre of realistic fiction.  One important aspect that we'll spend a good amount of time on is the elements of plot structure, such as setting, problem, and resolution.  
Writing:  As we gather ideas for writing, we'll also be continuing to work on sentence structure, identifying subjects and predicates, and differentiating between good sentences and fragments.  
Social Studies:  
We'll be wrapping up our tour of the regions, writing a postcard, and reviewing for a test next week.  
Important Notes:
*Homework went home Friday and is due Thursday.  I will post it under the homework tab incase you need to print another copy.
Homework includes 20 minutes of daily reading.  
*It's Digital Citizenship Week!. See the Wildcat Wednesday Tales for details!
*Thursday night is Parent Orientation Night.  We have sent out the presentation in case you're not able to make it.  
*Fridays are library days!

Week of August 30th


Week 2 is done and we were BUSY!  Fourth grade is a year heavy in deepening understanding and increasing independence.  As time goes on, I try to get the students used to a faster pace so we can fit it all in, which is very difficult.  Your child probably comes home and says how quickly the days go by.  
Often you'll see topics that were supposed to get completed one week get pushed to the next.  It happens!  We do all we can in the 2 hours that we have together.  
As we finish our first read aloud, we are building the habits of thinking and recording in our reader's notebooks.  We will continue that with our second chapter book this coming week and also with their own independent reading.  We will be focusing on character development - noticing how our characters are feeling, changing and interacting and using text evidence to explain and support our own thinking.  We'll also be examining character traits, and citing examples from our books to uphold our inferences.  This is hard work!
I will continue to get independent reading levels and we'll also be taking the Star Renaissance Assessment on the computer this week. 
Our goal is to publish our autobiographies and review the steps of the writing process.  We will have a test (major grade) this week on the process.  They have study pages in their notebooks, and it will be open book.  Afterwards, we'll be collecting ideas in our writer's notebooks for future pieces.  Some time will also be spent on sentence structure. 
Social Studies:  
Poor old social studies gets the short end of the stick, since so much time is spent on the other content areas.  You'll most commonly see ideas roll over here.  We didn't quite get in all of the plans from last week, so we'll continue those this week.  
Other Notes:
  • Wednesday folders come home each week.  Please sign the conduct sheet, even if your child has all 3's.  They get Cat Cash if they return their folder on Thursday and more if it's signed.  
  • Library check out will start after Labor Day.  I do not know our schedule yet.  
  • Expect homework to start after Labor Day. 
  • Remind your child about good health and hygiene.  We wash hands as much as possible to prevent others from getting sick.  

Week 2



We made it through the first week, and it was a great one!  I am truly enjoying getting to know each and every one of our students.  
  Each week I will post what we're working on here.  It will also be written on your child's planner.  We are jumping in!  
We are launching our Reader's Workshop, discussing how we reflect on our reading lives, stay focused, and choose good books to read.  
We are reviewing the steps of the writing process as we work on an autobiography.  This will be our first writing grade.  There will be a test on the writing process next week.  They'll need to know what it is, the steps, and what writers do in each step.  They will have study materials in their writer's notebook.  
Social Studies:
We are reviewing some map skills, the continents and oceans, and then zooming in towards Texas, which is where we will spend our time.  
We'll continue to work on procedures and expectations of our classrooms, as well as get to know each other.  
*If your child has any changes to transportation, please send a note with a signature.  I know it's been a bumpy week in that department:/.  
It's going to be a great week!