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Welcome to Mrs. Burns' 4th Grade Class!

I am so excited to be teaching 4th grade this year at Anahuac Elementary! We are going to have a great year learning lots of Math and Social Studies (Texas History). I am most excited about meeting my students.

A little about myself...I have been in education for 16 years. I spent 6 years teaching 6th grade and 4 years in administration. At this point, I stopped teaching to stay home with my children. I am a mother to two sets of twins. They are about to turn 11 and 13! I returned to teaching 6 years ago and taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade math before moving to this area. I grew up in a small community and attended school my entire life at Corrigan-Camden ISD. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1993 with my Bachelors in Education and in 2000 with my Masters in Education.

I hope your child is ready for an exciting 4th grade year!

Mrs. Burns
 

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Week of May 15-19, 2017

TEN MORE DAYS and my sweet students will be done with 4th Grade!  Wow!
 
Math - This week we are stepping up to 5th grade.  We will continue refining our skills when it comes to simplifying fractions.  We will also learn how to multiply and divide fractions and to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators. 
 
NO MORE MATH HOMEWORK!
 
Social Studies - We will continue our literature unit on Number the Stars.
 
Upcoming Events:
 
Wednesday, May 17th - Field Day - 4th Grade Events will begin after lunch and continue until approximately 2:30.  WEAR FIELD DAY SHIRT IF YOU PURCHASED ONE.  Also, sunscreen and a couple of bottles of water would be a great idea along with a hat and sunglasses.
 
Friday, May 19th - AISD Spirit Shirt
 
Thursday, May 25th - 4th Grade Awards - Cafeteria at 1:30 - Catch Orange Day (wear orange) or College Shirt Day
 
Enjoy your week!
 
Cherie Burns
 
Friday, May 26th - LAST DAY!  Summer Birthday Celebrations

May 1-5, 2017

It's MAY!!!  So hard to believe!
 
We are SO busy in Math.  So far we've spent the last two weeks reviewing TEKS 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 and 4.5.  This coming week we will review 4.6 A, B, C and D, 4.7 C, D and E, 4.8 A, B and C, 4.9 A and B, and 4.10 A, B and E.  After reviewing each day, students will show mastery of each TEKS by passing off on Mastery Quizzes.  Students earn stickers for each TEKS they master and they are tracking their data as we go.  Ask them how they are doing!  Ask them what TEKS they are weak on and which they are great at.  They can tell you!  So proud of them all!
 
Math Homework - assigned Monday - due Thursday.
 
Week ahead and upcoming events:
 
Tuesday - Camo for Cans and Tutorials
Wednesday - AES Spirit Shirt
Thursday - Tutorials
Friday - AISD Spirit Shirt
 
May 8th - MATH STAAR TEST
May 9th - READING STAAR TEST
May 11th - 4th Grade Field Trip to Wildlife Refuge
May 17th -  Field Day - 4th grade is scheduled from 12:15-2:45
May 25th - 4th Grade Awards at 1:30
May 26th - Last day of school 
 
Have a fabulous week!
 
Cherie Burns

Week of April 24-27

Whew.......we are flying in my 4th Grade Math class!  The majority of my students worked SO HARD this past week reviewing TEKS 4.2 A-H, 4.3 A-G and multi-step problem solving.  I am so proud of them!!!
 
Math - This week we will continuing reviewing.  We will focus on 4.4A-H and 4.5 A, B and D as well as multi-step problem solving.  We are reviewing together each day and students are completing mastery quizzes over each TEKS.  If they do not master the TEKS on the first try then they are allowed to quiz a second time.  I am recording the highest of the two TEKS.  When they master a TEKS they are putting stickers up on our class charts and they are also graphing their data as they quiz over each TEKS.  Ask them about how they are doing!  They are excited about their progress and I bet they can tell you EXACTLY which TEKS they are weak on and which they are strong on!  So dang proud of them!!!
 
Social Studies - finish up early 20th century and begin literature study over Number the Stars.
 
Math Homework - assigned Monday and due Thursday.  
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
Mrs. Burns

Week of April 18-21

So hard to believe we are so close to the end of 4th grade!
 
Math - we have completed all of our units in Math.  We will spend the next three weeks (13 days total) reviewing each of the TEKS.  Students will complete mastery quizzes and will graph their data in order to see their strengths and weaknesses.  I will be working with small groups of students as much as possible trying to fine tune those areas they are still weak in.  We will spend two days a week working on Think Through Math as well.  
 
Math Homework - Homework will be assigned Tuesday and is due Thursday. Keep in mind it's a short week - only two nights to complete homework this week!
 
Social Studies - we will wrap up of Early 20th Century unit this week with an open notes test.  We will then move on to a book study covering the Holocaust and World War II.  We will be reading and studying Number the Stars by Lois Lowry over the next three weeks.
 
Our STAAR tests are rapidly approaching.  Students will take the official STAAR Math test on Monday, May 8th and the official STAAR Reading test on Tuesday, May 9th.  Mark your calendars!
 
Events for the week and upcoming events:
 
Monday - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday - Camo for  Cans and Tutorials
Wednesday - AES Spirit Shirt
Thursday - Tutorials
Friday - AISD Spirit Shirt - 4th Grade Awards Ceremony at 2:00 in AV Room
 
Monday, April 24th - No Collar for a Dollar
Tuesday, April 25th - Camo for Cans and Tutorials
Wednesday, April 26th - AES Spirit Shirt
Thursday, April 27th - Tutorials
Friday, April 28th - NO SCHOOL - YPS
 
Tuesday, May 2nd - Camo for Cans
 
Monday, May 8th - STAAR Math
Tuesday, May 9th - STAAR Reading
Thursday, May 11th - 4th Grade Field Trip to Anahuac Wildlife Refuge/Lunch at Ft. Anahuac Park
Wednesday, May 17th - Field Day
Thursday, May 25th - 4th Grade End of Year Awards at 2:00
 
Have a wonderful long Easter weekend and a great week next week!
 
Cherie Burns

Week of April 10-13, 2017

Math - we will review Measurement on Monday and take our unit quiz on Tuesday.  We will review the quiz on Wednesday.  Measurement is our last unit o the year for 4th grade math.  The remainder of the year will be spent reviewing all TEKS.
 
Math Homework - assigned Monday and due Thursday.
 
Social Studies - we will continue our study of the early 20th century, including World War I,  World War II, the Roaring Twenties, The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl and The Holocaust.
 
Events for the Week:
 
Tuesday - Camo for Cans and Tutorials
Wednesday - AES Spirit Shirts
Thursday - NO TUTORIALS - Easter Party at 2:00
Friday - Holiday - NO SCHOOL
Monday, April 17 - NO SCHOOL
 
Have a wonderful week!

Cherie Burns

Week of April 3-7, 2017

Say it ain't so!  This year is nearly over!
 
Math - We will continue working on measurement this week.  Students will work in both the customary and metric system, specifically on identifying which units to use, converting between units and problem solving.  We will work hard all week, review on Friday and the following Monday for a bit.  Our unit test will be Monday, April 10.  The remainder of the year after that will focus on reviewing all TEKS.  Review will be as individualized as possible to give each student the review/repetition/practice they need on the TEKS they are weak on. 
 
I was so happy overall with how my students performed on the practice Math STAAR test last week!.  They did an awesome job!  We spent this past Friday going over the test and students received their grades.  This week I plan to meet with each student individually to discuss their performance, their strong areas and weak areas and set goals for the remainder of the year.
 
Social Studies - We begin a new unit this week - a Changing Texas.  We will touch on World War I, World War II, the Great Depression, the Holocaust and the Dust Bowl
 
This week:
 
Tuesday and Thursday -  Tutorials
Tuesday - 4:30 - NEHS Induction
Wednesday - AES Spirit Shirts
Friday - AISD Spirit  Shirts
 
Have a great week!
 
Mrs. Burns
 

March 27-31, 2017

We have a week of testing ahead of us in 4th grade.  It's important to make sure your child gets plenty of sleep each night and eats a good breakfast each morning.
 
Math - Monday we will review the majority of what we have learned this year.  We will also work on the customary and metric systems of measurement perfect our problem solving with measurement skills.  Students will take their Math STAAR Practice test on Wednesday.
 
There will be NO Math Homework this week.  
 
Weekly Schedule:
 
Monday - Regular school day
Tuesday - STAAR Writing Test (official)
Wednesday - STAAR Math Practice Test - Wear AES Spirit Shirts
Thursday - STAAR Reading Practice Test - Wear College T-Shirts
Friday - Regular school day - Wear AISD Spirit Shirts
 
Enjoy your weekend!  Be sure those kiddos play and have fun and then.........get plenty of sleep Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights!
 
Mrs. Burns

Week of March 6-10, 2017

I cannot believe we only have one more week until spring break!  This school year is passing us by at lightening speed!
 
Math - This week we will begin our study of Geometry - parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines, line segments, rays, angles and triangles, and two dimensional figures.  We will also review perimeter and area.  Students will work in Math Workshop Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and will cover TEKS 4.6 A, B, C, and D.  I will work with students in small groups on problem solving with Geometry.  
 
MATH HOMEWORK - homework will be assigned Monday and will be due THURSDAY.  We are having quite the time getting homework out of some of our students lately.  I realize it's beginning to look and feel like spring and baseball is in the air, but school is still going on and schoolwork, including homework needs to be top priority.  Please ensure your child is completing and turning in their homework each week.  Take a minute and look over their homework, check it for accuracy and completeness.
 
Social Studies - we continue our study of the Texas Frontier as we learn about the Railroad Boom and the Oil Boom.  Students will continue pushing their cattle along the Goodnight-Loving Trail in hopes of getting them to market in less than three weeks so they can sell them for a fair price.  Ask your child about their experiences on the cattle drive!
 
Tuesday and Thursday - Tutorials
Wednesday - AES Spirit Shirt Day
Friday - AISD Spirit Shirt Day
 
Spring Break - Week of March 13-17
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
Mrs. Burns
 

Week of February 27-March 3, 2017

Time is FLYING by!  
 
Math - This week we will be learning about Perimeter and Area (4.5 C and D). Students will practice calculating the distance around figures and objects using both the standard way (add up all the sides) and they will also learn the formulas for calculating area and perimeter of squares and rectangles.  We will introduce our unit on Monday with important vocabulary and anchor notes in our Math Notebook.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will work in Math Workshop.
 
Math Homework - assigned on Monday and is due Thursday morning.  I'm not sure what has gotten in to some of my students lately but, I had a record number of students NOT turn in homework this past week.  I expect students to complete their homework as assigned and turn it in on time.  They have to be responsible for getting that done and parents have to be responsible for making sure they get it done.  Our homework this week will focus on perimeter and area.
 
Social Studies - We are also opening a new unit in Social Studies this week. Our next unit is The Texas Frontier.  Students will learn about Indian Wars, the Texas Range, the Cattle Boom, the Railroad Boom, and the Oil Boom (Spindletop).  They will learn about lots of important people from this time period in Texas history.  Students will also become a cowhand and participate in a cattle drive.  They will be responsible for keeping a Cowboy Account Book and driving their cattle to the market in a record amount of time.  Students will also create a unique brand for their cattle.  
 
Field Trip - FRIDAY is our field trip to the San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas.  ALL permission slips, money and behavior contracts are due no later than Wednesday to ensure your child is able to attend our trip.  Late forms and money may not be accepted.  Be certain you have discussed the Behavior Contract with your child.  I expect absolutely nothing less than their best on our field trip, just as I do every day we are at school.  
 
Tuesday - Tutorials
Wednesday AES Spirit Shirt Day
Thursday - Tutorials
Friday - FIELD TRIP - Buses will pull out at 8:10.  Please be sure your child is on time and has eaten a good breakfast.  Also, do not forget to send them with a sack lunch and a couple of bottles of water (all disposable please.)
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
Mrs. Burns
 

Week of February 13-17, 2017

Whew!  This week is off and rolling!
 
Math - we are continuing to work with fractions.  This week we are focusing on benchmark fractions, fractions on number lines, improper fractions, and mixed numbers.  We are also working on problem solving with fractions.  We will be working in Math Workshop 3-4 days this week so students will have lots of activities to complete with fraction concepts.  We will also be reviewing what we've learned about fractions so far.
 
Homework was passed out on Monday and is due Thursday morning.  Please take time to look over your child's homework.  It is so important that they be able to explain what they are learning to a significant other in their life.....and it helps them get a better grade on their homework.
 
Social Studies - we are continuing with our study of Texas in the Civil War and Reconstruction.  Students will also finish up the last little bit of their Texas Hero Projects.
 
I hope everyone has a fabulous week!  
 
Cherie Burns

Week of February 6 - 10, 2017

Math - This week we continue our unit on Fractions.  We will review equivalent fractions and comparing fractions.  We will work on adding and subtracting fractions and problem solving with addition and subtraction of fractions. Students will work in Math Workshop Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to reinforce TEKS 4.3 A, B, C, D and E. We will wrap up the week with an introductory mini lesson on benchmark fractions.  We will also finish up any incomplete station work and work in Think Through Math.
 
Homework is assigned on Monday and is due on Thursday, February 9th.
 
Social Studies - This week we continue our study of Texas in the Civil War. We will review "New Life in a Frontier State" and "Texas in the  Civil War," including slavery in Texas and comparing/contrasting the economies of the North versus the South.  We will end our week by finishing up our Texas Hero projects.
 
We have a very busy week, as usual!
 
Have a great week!
 
Cherie Burns 

Week of January 30-February 3, 2017

We have a busy week!
 
Math - We begin our next unit covering Fractions.  Students will be working in Math Workshop all work learning about vocabulary, representing fractions, decomposing fractions, equivalent fractions and comparing fractions.  Homework will assigned Monday and is due THURSDAY.  
 
Social Studies - Students will be creating their Texas Hero Projects in class and we will also continue with Unit 8 Texas in the Civil War.  We will learn about life in a new frontier and slavery in Texas.
 
Tuesday - Tutorials
Wednesday - AES Spirit Shirts
Thursday - NO TUTORIALS - Family Reading Night 4:30-6:00
Friday - 100th Day of School - dress 100 or wear something representing 100.  Bring snack mix items!  (Note going home about snack mix for my homeroom only on Monday.)
 
Have a great week!
 
Cherie Burns

Week of January 23-27, 2017

We have a busy week ahead of us as we wrap up another unit in Math and begin on a Social Studies project.
 
Math - This week we focus on problem solving with Data Analysis and Financial Literacy.  We will work hard on problem solving on Monday and Tuesday.  We will take our unit test on Wednesday, review the test on Thursday and retest on Friday (for those requiring a retest).  
 
Math Homework will be assigned on Monday and will be due on Thursday.  Please be certain your child is completing their homework each week.
 
Social Studies - Students will work on their Heroes of Texas Enrichment Project in class on Monday, Thursday (as time allows) and Friday.  Students are responsible for researching their Texas Hero and creating a project (a Texas Hero Card, a comic strip or a brochure.)  All work will be completed in class and is due at the end of class on Friday, February 3rd.  
 
Events for the week:  NO TUTORIALS THIS WEEK - CANCELED DUE TO UIL COMPETITION
 
Tuesday - Anahuac Elementary hosts UIL Competition for 2nd-4th Grade
Wednesday - AES Spirit Shirt Day
Thursday - Anahuac Elementary hosts UIL Competition for 2nd-4th Grade
Friday - AISD Spirit Shirt Day
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
Mrs. Burns

January 17-20, 2017

Math - This week we begin Financial Literacy.  We will learn about fixed and variable expenses, profit, sharing, saving, spending and financial institutions.  Math homework will be assigned on Tuesday and is due on Thursday, January 19th.
 
Social Studies - This week we wrap up our study of The Republic of Texas and Statehood.  We will review on Wednesday and test on Thursday.  Be sure your child studies their review sheet Wednesday night.
 
Wednesday - AES Spirit Shirt Day
Friday - AISD Spirit Shirt Day
 
Have an awesome week!
 
Mrs. Burns

Week of January 9 - 13, 2017

Math - This week we begin a new unit:  Data Analysis.  Students will learn about frequency tables, dot plots, stem and leaf plots and outliers.  They will learn to collect data and create dot plots and stem and leaf plots to represent that data.  We will also work on problem solving with data analysis.
 
Homework - Math homework will be assigned Monday and is due THURSDAY morning.  
 
Social Studies - We will continue our study of Texas making the transition from a republic to a state in the United States of America.  Students will learn about the different cultures that came to settle in Texas, the Mexican-American War and the challenges Texas faced as a brand new state.  We will end our week with an Open Notes Quiz.  
 
Events for the week:
Tuesday - Tutorials for those invited to stay
Wednesday - AES Spirit Shirt Day
Thursday - MATH HOMEWORK IS DUE - Tutorials for those invited to stay
Friday - AISD Spirit Shirt Day - 4th Grade Awards Ceremony at 2:00 in the AV Room
 
Have a wonderful week!