Parent Update ~ week of September 11th

Even though this has been a short week, we have been busy. We wish all of you a safe weekend ahead as we wait and see what happens with Hurricane Irma. 

Reading – The formative assessment for Tarantula Scientist was given back to the students yesterday for parent signature. I created an example to show the students what the expectation was for them to receive full points for each question. Please be sure that you sign and return this. We are reading a new story called The Boy Who Drew Birds. We will be working on comparing and contrasting the two books and the two scientists. We have started talking about character traits and will be moving into cause and effect next week. Be sure that your child is reading for 30 minutes for five out of seven nights every week.

Spelling – The students took their spelling test early since there’s no school tomorrow. They were given their spelling homework and reading log today and need to keep up with the homework as listed on the spelling page.

Social Studies – We are reading chapter 2 and learning about the different regions of the United States. The students are working in partners to complete comprehension questions that show their understanding of the chapter.

Math- Students took the mid-module assessment today in class. Those scores will be coming home early next week so be sure to ask your child about their grade when they receive those back. Next week we will focus on wrapping up module 1 with addition and subtraction. We will be using the standard alogrithm as well as using tape diagrams to solve word problems. 

Science- As STEM Fair approaches we will do a class experiment in which I will model how to work through the scientific process. We may start this next week (depending on what happens with the weather and our school schedule). 

Reminders: School is closed tomorrow and the county will notify you regarding any further decisions for next week. 

Saving Fred!

Students worked together in groups to save Fred! I was so proud of how well they communicated and shared ideas in order to carry out a task. They learned the importance of teamwork and how scientists have to record their steps in order to solve a problem.


Welcome to 4th Grade

We’re so excited to get to know all of our new students this year! Your child has two teachers this year. Ms. Browning is the STEM (math & science) teacher and Mrs. Horsburgh is the humanities (reading, writing & social studies) teacher. The students will switch classes after their specials each day.

We have been specializing together for four years and through this experience have found that we both have the same expectations and teaching styles which provides the best opportunities for our students. They will often see the same content topics presented in both classes in different subject areas.

When you have a change in transportation, you only need to email the homeroom teacher. If there are any questions that concern both teachers, please be sure to include both of us on your emails.

We are excited to have you on the Prowler team at Odessa Elementary! Thank you for all the supplies you bring in to provide your child with needed materials as we start a new year. If you need a copy of the 4th grade supply list, click here.