Week of April 23rd

Well testing is now finally behind us and we are free to continue our learning and enjoying the remaining time that we have left in Fourth Grade. Last week we complete our poetry anthology and sent it off to the publisher. Now we are just waiting on those books to come back to us! The kids did some excellent work int he garden last week on Thursday and Friday! We also enjoyed our pizza party for winning the Grade level competition for BoxTops.

I want to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you that donated snacks during testing! It definitely made taking the tests easier knowing that they had some wonderful snacks afterwards.

This week will be a busy one for learning! We will be wrapping up our New Nation and Government and beginning our journey west into Westward Expansion. In Science we will be wrapping up our study of the moon and its phases this week. The kids are cruising right along in our final novel study too. We will also be having a guidance lesson with Mrs. Ruddell on Thursday. If your child is wanting to audition for the News Team for next year their application deadline is rapidly approaching and the deadline is this Wednesday.

To continue our study of poetry for the month, students will be having a poetry slam on Friday. Today a “PRESENT A POEM” sheet was sent home with your child. please read over it with them and help them to memorize and recite their poem. Also make sure that you sign off on the bottom portion of the sheet that your child will be turning in to me. The kids are pretty pumped up about the activity and I can’t wait to hear their poems.

Next week is the beginning of PENNY WARS fundraiser for RELAY FOR LIFE. This is such a fun and great way to raise awareness and money for Relay For Life. If you have any loose pennies or silver coins that you would like to donate please send them in for your child to participate in the fundraiser that will be running from MONDAY, APRIL 30TH THROUGH FRIDAY, MAY 4TH. Our class goal is to collect the most pennies in the entire fourth grade and using silver coins to place on the other classes. Below is information provided from the Relay For Life Team:


Ford’s Relay for Life “Penny War” begins on Monday, April 30.  This is a great way for all students to get involved!  We will be competing with the other classrooms on our grade level to collect the most pennies.  Students can bring pennies or even silver coins to help their class win.  Please send in coins with your students this week to help support a great cause.

Next week  on Tuesday is the Evening in the Garden Event. See below for details provided by Mr. Hurley about the event.

Evening in the Garden – Tuesday, May 1 6:00-8:00

(Rain date May 3)

Performance Schedule

6:30 – Knd/1st grade performs

7:00 – 2nd/3rd grade performs

7:30 – 4th/5th grade performs

7:40 – Finale for ALL grades

Please plan to park at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church one hour before your performance time.

For the best seating BRING A BLANKET



Units of Study:

Math: We will be continue our study of geometry this week. Students have been working on the Geometry math menu in class and is due this Friday. Students will have a SWYK over geometry on Friday this week. Homework will be the spiral math skills worksheet and will be due on Friday.

Reading & ELA: Students will continue their novel study on “The Tale of Despereaux” or “The BFG”. This week we will go back to working with vocabulary. This week we are working on Unit 13 and the SWYK will be on Friday. We will also be continuing our study of poetry through next Monday. Poetry Portfolios are due next Monday as well. This week for homework, students will need to be studying their vocab along with completing ReadTheory passages and memorizing their poem for the poetry slam on Friday.

Science: This week we will wrap up our study on the Earth and Moon and then begin our study of the planets and stars. Friday we will be doing a lab on the phases of the moon.

Social Studies: On Monday and Tuesday we will wrap up our study of the New Nation and branches of Government. Wednesday through the rest of the week we will be learning about Westward Expansion. Please make sure that your child is working on their Final At Home Social Studies Project on Westward Expansion. Their project is due on this upcoming MONDAY, APRIL 30TH. 

Week of April 16th

I am glad to say that I am very proud at all the kids’ persistence and hard work during testing last week. They were troopers with the long waits and the lengthy tests. I am very impressed with all of the poems that everyone made over the course of the week! We are well into the publishing process for our book and I can’t wait to see the final product.

Tomorrow is the last day of testing and then we will finally be back to a normal schedule on Wednesday. Student’s will not have homework this week (except to continue their 30 minutes of nightly reading), but are able to practice their skills and work on their poetry if they wish! On Wednesday we will be celebrating our Box Top Competition win with a Pizza party from PTA and movie during lunchtime in the classroom! Tomorrow your child will be bringing home their final AT HOME PROJECT. Students will be creating a project about Westward Expansion, which is a topic that we will begin studying in the next few weeks in Social Studies. The final project will be due on MONDAY, APRIL 30TH. Please watch for the Project Sheet that will be coming home with your child tomorrow.

Important Dates and Information:

Our publishing date for our Poetry anthology is rapidly approaching! If you haven’t already PLEASE FILL OUT THE PUBLISHING ORDER FORM and return it with your child by TUESDAY, APRIL 17TH. Even if you are not purchasing a book I still need the form, checking off that you will not be purchasing and your signature at the bottom of the form. This is a requirement from the publishing company.

This SATURDAY is the community work day at the school from 8 to noon.

Scholastic book orders are due Friday, order either online or send in your child’s order and payment by FRIDAY, APRIL 20TH. This is one of the last 2 Scholastic Book Orders for the school year!

Units of Study:

Math: Students will be working on some review tasks covering all the wonderful things that we have learned in math this year. We will be focusing on geometry this week. Have your child continue to work on Prodigy.

Reading & ELA: We will continue with our study of poetry for the rest of the month. We will be publishing our poem anthology and sending it out to the publishers by Thursday this week. Students will also begin their final novel study starting on Wednesday. They will be completing a novel study workbook that accompanies the novel.  Please have your child continue reading for their 30 minutes nightly and working on TAPPS SHEETS.

Science:  This week we will be focusing our studies on the Earth and Moon’s relationship. Students will be learning about rotation, revolution, orbits and what causes the seasons on Earth.

Social Studies: We will continue our study of the New Nation on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday we will be talking about Government of the New Nation. Students may begin working and researching for their Westward Expansion Project. We will begin Westward expansion next week.


Week of April 9th

I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable spring break. Its hard to believe that there’s only about a month and a half left of this school year! This week students will begin their Milestone Testing and will continue into next week. This week is the ELA portion of Milestones and we will take it on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Next week on Monday and Tuesday students will be taking the Math portion of Milestones. Please make sure that your child is at school by 7:45 or 7:50 at the latest so that they can get settled in before testing. If you’re able to help out, I also sent out a Sign Up Genius for snacks for the kids during testing. Below is the link in case you didn’t get the email.

Link for Sign Up Genius for Snacks during Testing

If you have not yet sent in your child’s signed report card envelope please make sure to send it in by the end of this week. Along with that envelope, I also need a self addressed envelope with 2 stamps to be sent in so that you will receive your child’s final report card in the mail.

I am also very excited to introduce some projects to the kids these next two weeks to get them excited with our final units of study for this year! We will be creating a poetry anthology that will be published and made into an actual book. The kids and I have been talking about this project since December and I know how excited they will be to complete this author activity! The finalized book will also be available for purchase to you towards the end of the month and more information will be coming home with your child in the upcoming weeks! Then for a final at home project students will be working on a Westward Expansion themed project. More information will be coming home in the next two weeks as well. After Testing we will be starting our final Novel Studies too!

Scholastic Book Orders will be coming home this week and this will be one of the final book orders for the school year! I am asking that you submit your order online or send in your money and order form to me by next Friday, April 20th.

Units of Study:

Reading: With testing this week we will be working with some  paired texts and finishing up our American Revolution Novel Study. We will be reviewing skills that we have learned this year during our reading time as well. Our poetry unit will also be introduced this week too.

Language Arts / Writing: This week we will be focusing different types of poetry and focusing on how it is written and the author’s purpose when writing poetry. Students will not have vocabulary this week or next due to testing. Students will be able to come home and work on their poems for publishing our class anthology as homework. If your child has a tablet or Ipad please have them bring it in the next two weeks while we are working on our Poetry Project!

Math: We will be continuing our geometry unit and reviewing for the math portion of testing next week. Please have your child work on the Milestone Practice that I have assigned to them on PROGIDY to help remind and prepare them for testing.

Social Studies: We will begin working on our next unit about the New Nation and Constitution.

Science: We will be continuing our study of the Earth and Moon. Students will be learning about what causes the seasons and the phases of the moon in the next few weeks.


Week of March 26th

Only this week before Spring Break and boy do we have a busy week of learning! I can definitely tell that the kids are excited for their upcoming break and they have been trying their hardest to contain that excitement. In academic news we worked hard on our measurement unit last week and with line plots. We wrapped up our light and sound unit with some fun science investigations. Students also did a wonderful job on writing their “Silver Pen” competition writing prompts.

A letter about upcoming testing went home with your student on Tuesday. I’ll be sending home a “Spring Break Tic-Tac-Toe Board” with your child this week. It is for activities to help them review their skills for testing. Please initial in each box that your child completes. If they complete the board they will receive some incentives. This is optional but would be a great activity to keep your child on board with their learning over the break.

I will be sending out a sign up genius for Milestones snacks either this week or next. Testing begins the Tuesday after Spring Break. Please make sure that your are able to get your student here to school before or by 7:45 during testing.

Units of Study for this week:

Reading: We will be continuing our context clues review and working with paired texts. Students are able to work on their paired texts and article a day assignments at home on Readworks. Please make sure that your child is reading nightly and working on their 25 Book Challenge for this quarter. Students are also reviewing nonfiction text structures as well this week. The scholastic magazine will be due on Friday along with the close reading questions.

Math: Our focus will be on all things geometry. Students will be working with Prodigy for Milestones practice and review for homework this week. To ensure their success please have them working on it for at least 15-20 minutes.

Writing and Language Arts: This week students are working with Vocabulary unit 12 with a SWYK on Friday. They should be working and studying those words nightly. We are also working with written responses to texts.

Science: We will be introducing our next unit in science on the Earth and Moon.

Social Studies: Students are wrapping up the American Revolution with a SWYK on Thursday. Students were given a study guide that will be EXTREMELY helpful for their SWYK on Thursday.


Week of March 19th

We have entered the final stretch of Fourth Grade and the countdown begins until 5th Grade!  I cannot believe that we are almost finished with this year, it has really flown by quickly!  Report cards will come home on Wednesday Please make sure that you sign the envelope and return it with an addressed envelope with 2 postage stamps on it for the 4th quarter report card to be sent home in.  This Wednesday will also be the third nine weeks reading celebration.  Students who made the goal had their invitation stapled in their agenda today. Tomorrow is Class/Spring Picture day, if you wish to purchase the picture please make sure to send in your child’s order form tomorrow. This week is also the Gimme 5 Campaign, if you wish to donate please send in your donation in the Gimme 5 envelope. It is also spirit week for the campaign, the schedule is as follows:

Monday- Silly Sock Day

Tuesday – Twin Day

Wednesday – Crazy Hair Day

Thursday – Pajama Day

Friday – Favorite sports team

In case your student didn’t get the book they wanted or were unable to participate in the book fair, book orders for March were sent home today. Book orders are due this Friday in hopes that we can get your order in before Spring Break.

The next two and half weeks of school will be very busy academically in preparation for Milestones.  We will be working extremely hard and diligently to finish all our math standards and to prepare for the the reading/writing portion of the Milestones.  Students will have an optional bingo assignment over Spring Break.  More information will be available in the coming weeks.


New Units of Study this week:

Math – We will be spending a little time on line plots and interpreting data on graphs. We will also begin our unit our measurement.  We will focus on length, capacity, elapsed time and mass. We will also focus on writing constructed response math answers.  Homework will be working on Prodigy. I have already set up Prodigy for students to be doing a Milestones Prep/Review program. To complete the Review and to be ready for Milestones, students should be on Prodigy for a minimum of 15 minutes a night.

Writing – Wednesday this week the final hand written copy of the Twisted Fairy Tale writing prompt is due. We will also continue with  our paired text unit.  Students will be working on Readworks to complete this assignment.  If they have a tablet or iPad, please send it in.

Reading – We will be focusing on the 5 types of context clues and nonfiction text structure this week. There will be a quick assessment on nonfiction text structures on Friday too.  Students will not have a Scholastic or Studies Weekly this week. Please have the students read nightly and complete their 2 ReadTheorys nightly. Vocabulary Unit 11 is our unit to be working on this week. Students will have a SWYK on Friday.

Social Studies – We will continue our work with the American Revolution. Kids will have a SWYK on the people of the American Revolution on Friday.

Science – We will be conducting investigations with sound this week. The kids are really excited for the different investigations we will be doing this week. If you have any of the following items that you wouldn’t mind donating to the class for the investigations, it would be greatly appreciated:

paper cups, plastic disposable cups, string, elastic cord, ribbon, twine, yarn

Week of March 12th

Last week was yet another busy one for students and myself. We previewed the book fair on Friday afternoon.  I am sure the kids came home with a great wish list of books!

The end of the quarter is on Wednesday. Students are working hard to get all of their work turned in for the end of the quarter. Report cards will go home next week.  The reading goal for the 25 Book Challenge for this quarter is the equivalence to 6 books.  Please check with your child to see how many organizers they have turned in. If your child has not met the goal yet, there was a green sheet stapled in their agenda last Friday with their current progress.  Organizers for the 3rd quarter need to be turned in by this Friday, March 16th. It is hard to believe we are entering the fourth quarter!

We also have early release on Wednesday.  Students will also have a guidance lesson on Tuesday.

New Units of Study this week:

Math – We are now working with decimals and there will be a quick show what you know on Friday. Students will be completing a review sheet in class, for them to study with on Thursday. Homework will continue to be the spiral math homework.

Reading – We are about halfway done with our Novel study and will be continuing with it this week as well. We are going to be working on Unit 10 Vocabulary and there will be a SWYK on Friday.  We are also working on a Scholastic Magazine and its close reading questions which will be due on Friday as well.

Writing – We will begin to work on paired texts using Readworks. Students will have a paired text to complete online this week that will be due on Friday.

Science – We are beginning our light unit this week. Students will have a SWYK over light and sound on Friday. There will be a review sheet sent how with your child on Thursday. Please make sure to study with your child and remind them to take home their science INB to study nightly.

Next week I am hoping to have the kids do some investigations with light and sound. If you are able to donate any of the following supplies to help the kids with their SCIENCE INVESTIGATIONS, it would be most appreciated:

  • disposable plastic cups, styrofoam cups, disposable paper cups
  • string – fishing line, twine, ribbon, yarn
  • small paperclips
  • rubber bands

Social Studies – We are moving right along with our study of the American Revolution. Students will be receiving a study guide on THURSDAY for an upcoming quiz over the famous people of the American Revolution. The quiz will be next week on FRIDAY MARCH 23rd.

Week of March 5th

Last week was a rainy week, but an excellent one for learning and learning experiences. We had a STEM Tour, which went fantastic. I was amazed at all of the possible ideas that the kids have on their upcoming PBL Project. We also had a recorded Skype session with Henry Winkler  and listened to him detail how he writes his children novels. The experience was a very inspirational one, so much in fact that many of the students in class have sought out different writing competitions to work on.  We also had a guidance lesson this week, where students had a chance to learn about themselves and a plethora of possible career choices that interest or suit their personalities.

In academic news, all of the kids passed their last week’s vocabulary SWYK and I am so very proud of them. This week we are shooting for everyone to score 80% or higher on their vocabulary SWYK.

A few reminders about upcoming events:

  • Friday March 9th – Bingo Night
  • Mother’s Day Cake forms due by March 16th
  • Book Fair starts this week on Friday and runs into next week.
  • Early Release on Wednesday March 14th

New Units of Study this week:

Math – We will begin to wrap up our study on fractions. We will be focusing on multiplying fractions by a whole number. There will be a SWYK on Friday, over some of our fraction concepts.  Homework this week will be the spiral math packet.  It is due on Friday.

Writing – We are currently going to be working on a Narrative Writing Prompt that the students will be working on here at school and also allowed to work on it at home as well. In addition to that we will be working on refining the RACES strategy for upcoming testing and working on constructed responses online with Readworks, NewsELA and Readtheory. Students will also be working with Vocabulary Unit 9 for this week with a SWYK on Friday.

Reading:  We will be continuing our novel study that integrates social studies and the kids are doing great with it!   We will focus on symbolism, comprehension strategies, character comparison and point of view.  Students will work on a scholastic magazine and it will be due on Friday along with close reading questions and other activities. We will take an online Readworks SWYK on Friday.

Science:   We will continue our unit on Sound and Light.

Social Studies – We are plugging along with the Revolutionary War. There will be a SWYK tentatively for next week, depending on how far we get this week and next.

Week of February 26th

I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable break! I hope that the kids are ready to tackle the rest of this busy 4th grade year.  We have a lot of academic ground to cover before the Milestones come in April.  Just a reminder that the Milestones will be taken on the computer this year.  Along with typing practice, we will also practice some of the tools that are available to the students when taking the milestones. Students will have typing for homework some nights to help them with their skills.

New academic units this week:

Math – The focus thus week will be on ordering and comparing fractions.  Students will have a SWYK on Friday.  Homework will be the spiral homework sheets and are due on Friday.

Reading – We will be working with theme and reviewing literary elements.  Students will also work on Vocabulary unit 8 and the Studies Weekly Newspaper.  Both will be due on Friday.

Writing / Language Arts – This week we will be wrapping up our unit on Figurative Language.  Students will be also wrapping up their compare and contrast writing and we will be beginning our next narrative piece.

Science – We will continue working on our unit on sound and light.  Students will take a SWYK next week over sound and light.

Social Studies  – We will be working on the battles and important people of the Revolutionary War. We will also be continuing our novel study during reading and social studies too.

Week of February 12th

I am so amazed at all the wonderful Simple Machine Projects that the kids have created! We will finish presenting the projects this week. Next week is February Winter Break, so we will be working very hard to complete all of our work and learning before going on Break.  In academic news, we completed our unit on equivalent fractions.  Students caught on quickly and have been whizzing through the Conceptua lessons!  We wrapped up our unit on Simple Machines.  We have been continuing to work with our exploration of the American Revolution and acting out some plays as we go. We also started our novel study that connects with Social Studies and the kids are LOVING it!

We have had quite a few students out these last few weeks.  Please do not worry about their school work, I will get them caught up when they return.  The important thing is for them to rest up and get healthy and return to school when they are ready.

This week will be full of activities! On Monday, we will have a STEM lesson with a glass harpist. On Tuesday we will be working with Mrs. Horne on a PBL activity as well.  Then on Wednesday, not only is it Valentine’s Day but, we will also Skype with an astronaut. Finally on Thursday we will have a Guidance lesson with Mrs. Ruddell. It should be a great week! Scholastic Book Orders are due this Friday, February 16th.

We will be celebrating Valentines Day on Wednesday. Class will be a normal day we will pass out valentines towards the end of the day. If your child wishes to participate please send a Valentine for all students in our class.  They should also decorate a box to put their Valentines in. If they do not want to decorate a box they may bring in a bag to keep all the goodies they receive in as well.

New Units of Study this Week:

Math:  This week we will work on comparing and ordering fractions.  We will be using Conceptua throughout this unit.  Homework will be worksheets and any Conceptua they did not finish in class. I am also asking that the kids practice their math skills on Prodigy for the nights that they do not receive a worksheet, to reinforce the day’s math lesson.

Reading:  We will be continuing our study of Greek Mythology. Students will also be working on our Novel study in reading and in social studies as well. Students will have a Spelling Test on Friday.  They will also be working on Scholastic Magazine and it’s close reading and Quiz Whiz questions. The magazine and questions will be due Friday.

Writing:  We will wrap up our compare and contrast constructed responses. We will also be focusing on Figurative Language this week too.

Science:  We will begin our unit on Light and Sound.  Students will be given a learning contract to work on.

Social Studies:  We will continue learning about the Revolution. We will be focusing on the battles and important people of the American Revolution. We will also be bringing in some geography and world culture with a quick unit on the Winter Olympics.

Week of February 5th

Last week we had a great field trip on Tuesday. Everyone enjoyed participating and I got wonderful videos of the kids acting in many of the events leading, during, and after the American Revolution.  In academic news, we began to talk about equivalent fractions and had a SWYK on the causes leading up to the Revolutionary War. I cannot wait to see all of the Simple Machine projects on Monday!

With all of the illnesses that are going around right now, we are currently running low on clorox wipes in the classroom. If anyone can donate, it would be greatly appreciated!

New Units this Week:

Math:  This week we will continue to work on equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions.  We will be using Conceptua to work on this unit.  IF students have a device, please send them in.  We will be using them daily.  Iphones/Ipods do not work with Conceptua.  Homework will be two nights of Prodigy ( I have assigned fraction practice that correlates with our learning in class) and three worksheets that will be due on Friday.

Writing:  We will begin to write our compare and contrast constructed responses on the fairy tales that we have worked with during reading.

Reading:  We will be working with Greek mythology for the next two weeks. We will also be starting a novel study that will correlate with our learning in Social Studies.  Students will also work on a US Studies Weekly Newspaper this week. There will be a SWYK on   Vocabulary Unit 7 on Friday.

Science:  We will spend the week investigating and experimenting with Force and Motion and Simple Machines.  Simple Machines projects are due Monday.  We will present in class throughout the week.

Social Studies:  Students will be working on studying the battles of the Revolutionary War and famous figures of the war. We will be starting a novel study that will work alongside our study of the war as well.