Sunday, December 13, 2015

Winter Break

One more week until our winter break!
We will be finishing our narrative assessment. Students chose between a personal or creative narrative. They have reflected on their writing goals and aim to improve their grades by incorporating the standards from this 9 weeks.

Students will have completed their DRA assessments to see if they are on grade level. DRA 40 is the goal this marking period.

Wednesday is the Explorers unit test. Mrs. Tansill has provided a graphic organizer and questions for the students to complete. If they study this information, they'll be prepared!
Thursday is our holiday party. A big thank you to Mrs. Brock for helping to coordinate this. Thank you to all for sending in the supplies needed for our celebration.

Here are some pictures of the students singing along with the Sprayberry orchestra.

Happy Holidays to you and your families!!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Nov 13th

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner?This is a perfect time to be thinking about the Native Americans of the past. Students have researched more about a tribe that interests them and are incorporating information into their opinion writing. So far they have developed their organizer for seed topics and produced the introduction paragraph. Because this is an assessment there is very little assistance I am able to give. It's time for students to show what they have learned about the fourth grade writing standards. I have strongly suggested resources that would be beneficial to use- writing journal, past writing assessment feedback/rubrics, and their writing goal sheet. This is one of the two primary writing grades for this quarter. Please remind your child to do their best and have fun with this assignment!

There are a few grammar standards we have been applying- idioms, homophones, possessive nouns (singular and plural), and spelling rules. There will be a reading comprehension test this Tuesday which will include these standards along with comprehension and vocabulary. If they apply what's been taught over the last few weeks, they should be successful.

       Wednesday - Family Thanksgiving Lunch
All other days will be sack lunches and we will eat in our classroom.
       No spelling homework!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break.

Saturday, November 7, 2015


This week we in grammar the students continued to worked on prepositional phrases. Although we took our test, prepositional phrases will be visited again as all grammar rules are applied through out the year.

The students will begin researching about a specific Native American tribe as they collect data to support their opinion writing assessment. They will travel back in time and decide which tribe would best suit them . I know they love to research on the computers. This assignment will take at least a week to gather information and organize their opinion ideas.

Reading texts to identify character traits has led to many interesting conversations. Students have learned new vocabulary such as gullible, obnoxious, ambitious, rowdy, generous and much more. We want to increase our vocabulary and steer away from words such as nice, kind, happy, or mean.

In science, Mrs. Tansill has been teaching force and motion. The content is not straight forward and students will need to apply close reading strategies to assist in comprehension. Please be sure your child is bringing home their journal to reread the passages. There is a test on Thursday!

Our fourth grade students created place mats and cards for Sandy Plains Church in observance of Veterans Day. They were very excited to be given this opportunity.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

It's November !

This past week we had wonderful discussions where students presented their opinions about "the driving age being raised from 16 years old to 18 years old" . Another topic was based on a youtube video, "should cell phones be allowed at school?" Students were very enthusiastic about these views. We will continue to strengthen our writing as students choose from a menu of topics and present their own opinion with enough supporting reasons.

Our reading is mostly focused on character traits, setting, and main idea. Other elements we continue to review- plot, theme, and author's purpose. As we read short paragraphs, students will identify characteristic traits and support with text evidence.

            HW for Wednesday- Study for prepositional phrase quiz
            preposition  + noun/ pronoun =  prepositional phrase

           Thursday- Prepositional phrase quiz
            Friday- Characteristic traits quiz,  Spelling test

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Oct. 18-23

 Congratulations to our Principal's and A-B Honor Roll students!

I enjoyed meeting with you and discussing your child's awesome growth this first quarter. What a fabulous start to our year in fourth grade!

The students really enjoyed creating questions and board games for the Native Americans. They will use them this coming week as a way to review the information for their test.

We will begin our opinion writing unit. Students will learn how to clearly state their opinion and support it with enough ideas related to the topic.

Spelling homework will resume this week!
Tuesday - Native American Test
Thursday- Reading Comprehension Test
Friday- Spelling Test

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Conference Week Oct.19

I am so looking forward to meeting with you to discuss the wonderful progress that your child has made in just 9 weeks!! Please remember that your child is to attend their student led conference.

We have begun our unit study on Native Americans. As the students learn about these tribes, they will keep in mind their opinion writing topic. So in ELA we will begin practicing how to develop opinion statements. After learning about elements for opinion writing, they will decide which tribe they would liked to have been a part of. 


  • School dismissal is 12:20. 
  • The Book Fair will be open at 7:15- 4:00. 
  • Bus Driver Appreciation- If your child has made a card for their driver, it should be turned into the front office Monday!

I've finally learned how to add website links to my blog. Or at least I think I have! These are sites I have introduced during Daily 5 for students to build their grammar comprehension. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

October 11,2015

Hooray, our informational writing on severe weather storms are completed. It's absolutely amazing to observe the students' growth in writing since August!! The second nine weeks requires a narrative and opinion presentation. But we will take a little breather before we get started on those.

Our reading focus is determining the theme of a story or passage. The students have been working in small groups to read and discuss the decision on which theme the author is conveying. Their supporting text evidence changed some partners' minds. Yay for text evidence!

Hopefully you have seen papers on homophones. We have discussed homophones in our past spelling tests, weekly daily language and now in our GUMS  book. The students will have two more days of practicing in class before our quiz on THURSDAY. Please remind your child that they should be keeping tests and quizzes to help study , in all subjects. One observation of mine is that  students can write the homophones but have difficulty with identifying them correctly in the text or in their own writing. Ask your child the strategy he/she should be using to check accuracy.

Image result for fall festival clip art Please join us Friday 5-8pm for our PTA's 

Conference Week- Oct. 19-23.  Your reminder  will be written in the agenda.

Thank you for emailing me with your questions and concerns. Your communication is extremely important for our team (Students, Parents, Teachers) .

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October 2

This week the students worked diligently on their informational writing assessment. They  developed their introduction, revised the body, and worked on their final presentation. Next, they will develop their closing paragraph.
They studied images of severe weather and wrote words that these images evoked, feelings and thoughts. There was wonderful conversation. They used this vocabulary when revising their writing.

Our focus in reading has been identifying text evidence that supports author's purpose (to inform).
Students continue to apply close reading think marks to improve comprehension. We have also been underlining context clues in text that help to understand vocabulary.
Please be sure to sign your child's context clue practice sheet page 49-50. Students are to review this over the weekend to prepare for our quiz.

Congratulations to our class leader for October- Coleman Underwood
He is also our class SLT representative !!

Reminders:   Monday- Quiz on context clues
                     Tuesday- Reading Comprehension Test
                     Friday-  Spelling Test
Conference Week- Oct.19-23

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sept. 28- Oct. 2

I sure hope everyone has enjoyed the fall break and are re-energized!

We will be continuing our informational writing assessment. Students have been researching and collecting information about severe weather disasters. They have developed 3 paragraphs to support their topic. Our next step is to develop an introduction and a conclusion  paragraph. They have worked on composing an introduction sentence for each subtopic paragraph. Each subtopic is a "seed" for their "watermelon" weather disaster topic.
Before writing their final presentation , they will revisit their writing goals from our previous assessment.

SLT reminder :
 If your child is running for our class representative position , please remember that starting Monday, Sept. 28th posters may be placed in our classroom.
 Speeches will be presented to our class on Thursday , Oct.1 and Friday, Oct. 2.

Reflections reminder:
If your child is interested in participating in the PTA's Reflection Contest , they can  pick up a packet for further information on the categories, rules and entry forms. Don’t delay-projects are due by October 14th. 
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Sunday, September 13, 2015


We continue to be very busy building our close reading strategies and developing writing. This week , the students compared their pre and post narrative writing scores. They developed goals for their future assessment.

The classes are now moving on to informational writing. The students have chosen a natural disaster to research and write about. They will be reading and collecting data from websites and books. This will be about a two week process.

Post it notes were the greatest invention! How do students close read using think marks in books? They write them on post it notes. The students partner read, or in guided reading groups, our leveled science books about weather. They discussed vocabulary, text evidence to support the main idea and cause and effect.

Reminders-   Tuesday, 9/15 –      Picture Day!
                                    Munch and Mingles
                                    Stevi B’s Night
                       Friday, 9/18 -   Reading comprehension test
                                                 Spelling Test
Students, Be Proactive and Be Responsible- Come to class prepared!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Aug.31- Sept. 4

I'm sure that the most exciting event this week was meeting our second grade buddies. Our class is partnered with Ms. Burdett's class and Mrs. Tansill's is partnered with Mr. Williams. 

Most students have completed their post narrative writing seed story. I will be meeting with each student to compare their pre and post scores. Every student will develop a goal/ focus they wish to improve upon . Most of these standards apply to all writing genres and their independent goal will be applicable to the upcoming informational writing assessment.
PIE, sounds delicious!Unfortunately this is not a dessert. This acronym relates to the author's purpose. As our reading is focused on informational text and locating evidence, we will transition on to informational writing. Students will learn how authors support their topic with subtopics and facts/evidence/details. Then apply these elements in their own writing.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1, 2015

Correction !!      Wednesday, September 9th at 7:30 A.M. in room 211 is where the parent information meeting will be held for all those interested in knowing more about qualifying for the ALP program.

New reading homework:
To support your child's reading fluency and comprehension  your child will be bringing home a leveled reading passage today. Their task for tonight is to do a cold read and use " think marks" from close reading book mark. This is the yellow book mark that your child will have.

Wednesday's homework is to reread the passage and answer the questions. They must highlight the text evidence that supports their answer. Written responses must be in complete sentences.

You don't need to worry about explaining this, we have been learning and applying this in class. 

Reading assessment this Friday!!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

August 24-28

The students had a blast at the Fire Safety Village where they learned about fire safety,water safety, electrical safety , and personal safety.As you can see, they were very active participants!


This week the students learned about Close Reading and using "Think Marks" as a strategy to understand a text. They were grouped by interest and reading level. We will continue next week with reading about landforms as I haven't met with all the students.

We have written hooks and introductions to our narrative stories.The next step is to include smooth transitions into our supporting paragraphs. Students will have lists of transition words and phrases  to strengthen  their vocabulary.

Leader of the Month- Congratulations to Gray Pruitt for being elected our classroom leader!
This month is Be Proactive. 

This coming week-  
Tuesday: Please remember to come into the media center to get your Parent Vue login information. There was a green information sent home on Thursday.
Wednesday- ALP parent meeting at 7:30 in room 211

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Today I will be sending home your child's grammar quiz and retake. All students that  scored below 90% retook the quiz after reviewing the first to understand the mistakes that were made. These two grades were averaged so please read the grade next to the word "total" which tells you their final grade.
Because this was their first quiz in my class, I allowed for retakes but this will not always be the case.
If you have any questions, please email me.
Have a great day!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

August 17 -21

This week we continued to focus on understanding the plot of a story. The concept can be confusing because the students want to retell rather than focus on specific events. The students partner read passages and used a variety of organizers to model their understanding.Working together and discussing helps them to build upon ideas, together is better! I am proud of their progress with this difficult standard.


Watermelon story or seed story?? What a strange question. The class is learning how to narrow a broad topic to give their writing more purpose. They have a moment circle map to complete this weekend which they will use for their individual writing topic.We will begin with developing a strong hook ( Question, Quotation, Dialogue, Dramatic effect and Funnel) to lead their introduction paragraph.

What does it say? What does it mean? Students will be reading to understand a text through close reading strategies. Many students have been introduced to these strategies but have forgotten how to apply them effectively. This coming week, we will be modeling them daily when reading about certain landforms in the United States.

First in Math is a fantastic resource for your child to build their math skills. Students have their log in information in the front of their agenda.

Please consider joining our Foundation,if you haven't already.

This coming week:
  Thursday- Spelling homework is due. Spelling test given.
                     Media center- Online encyclopedia lesson to support our social studies  focus.
  Friday- Field trip to the Fire Safety Village! Remember to pack a sack lunch in paper or plastic, no     lunch bags/boxes.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

August 10-14

We have accomplished so much this past week. Students are completing graphic organizers to record evidence for plot in a text. It's not an easy concept when there are so many elements but I must say that they are quickly improving on identifying the rising actions, climax, and falling actions. They have mastered identifying the problem and solution which is a more straight forward element.
During our reading block, students will complete plot organizers to practice and apply their learning. You will notice corrections in colored pencils. This will help them when they review their work at home.

As far as writing is concerned, we will focus on  developing strong introductions to our narrative writing.This will include narrowing an idea for a story to be more specific . In other words, narrow their focus and give purpose to their writing.

The class has reviewed common and proper nouns.Now, we'll more towards abstract and concrete nouns. There will be a grade taken on Thursday and I will have a reminder in their agendas.

Grades: Grades will always be posted by Monday. So, check tomorrow for your child's spelling grade.

Weekly reflection: Please read and discuss your child's weekly reflection sheet. I would appreciate you completing the parent comment section to keep the door to communication open.
**I will begin sending these home every other week beginning with this Friday. Due Fridays being extremely busy and  my time constraints. Thank you for understanding!

Fire Safety Village:Tomorrow I will be sending home a waiver for your child to participate at the Fire Safety Village on Friday, August 28. I do need this waiver signed and returned by Friday, August 21 because they will be visiting on this day and need to collect them.

Thank you for your support!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

First Week

What an awesome class we have!The students are working well to collaborate in groups and with partners. I have seen some outstanding leadership from our returning gators by helping our new students to Addison get settled in to rules and routines.

As we read over the next few weeks , we will be focused on the plot of a text. We will find evidence of rising actions that lead to the climax and falling actions that lead to resolution of the problem.

Students wrote their narrative pre-assessment about a hero in their life. I will be meeting during our reading blocks with the students according to the elements in writing that they need to improve upon.
By this I mean lessons focused on hooks, beginning,middle, and ending, closing statements, sentence structure, ideas, organization and so on. This of course, will be on going through out the year since most of these elements are included in informational and opinion writing as well.

Maps and globes from our socials studies content were touched upon. Students worked in pairs to complete a Venn diagram to compare how maps are different to globes. I heard some wonderful discussions during their observations. The Venn diagram will be their resource for an informational writing piece down the road. Our classes began to switch on Thursday. My students will be learning more of the social studies standards, along with math, with Mrs. Tansill. I will be connecting these standards within my reading and writing lessons.

Did your child tell you about going to the science lab?! We had our introductory lesson on Mrs. Knobbe's expectations and rules.

Homework :   Assignments are written in your child's agenda daily. We will begin spelling this coming week. Students are to read 20 minutes a night and record the title and pages read on the
monthly calendar page. Please initial the agenda nightly. You may write changes in dismissal or any notes for me in the agenda.

Open House:     Thursday, August 13th at 5:00-6:00 for both Mrs. Tansill and myself.
                            6:00-6:30 PTA/Foundation Meeting
                            6:30-7:30 session for those that were attending the Target Orientation
  We hope that you are able to attend and learn more about your child's classroom,    standards,expectations and for us to answer any questions you may have!

Monday, August 3, 2015

First Day

      It was a fabulous first day in fourth grade! 
The students worked in groups to collaborate what
it means to BE Respectful, BE Responsible, Be Safe and Be Helpful. They rotated around to all charts and worked as teams.

They also tossed a snowball." What ? "you say. Each student wrote a sentence about how they are unique, special, different or just something they wanted to share. Then tossed their snowball. Everyone picked up a snowball and one at a time read aloud. We guessed who it could be. I really enjoyed learning a little something special about my students through this activity.

Please read and complete the Cobb County folder that was sent home today in your child's Gator notebook. This is their "homework" and communication notebook.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Welcome Back

Meet and Greet was so exciting for me! It was great to see some familiar faces and new faces. I am looking forward to an awesome 
year collaborating with you and your child.

Here is our "tentative"class schedule. Please note the change in lunch time. This was necessary to change so the students could have time for recess! 

This week we will be settling into our routine and expectations for the year. Please check your child's agenda for important communication.

If you have any questions or concerns please send me an email at