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!

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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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!!

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.

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