Mrs. Mawn's Message

What's going on in Mrs. Mawn's 4th grade class.

February 11, 2019


Can you believe it is almost time for a winter break!!!

Proverb of the week…”Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”


Calendar of events:

Tues., Feb. 12th: Progress Reports go home. Please sign and return your child’s progress report on Wed.

Thurs., Feb. 14th: The students may bring in Valentine’s for the class and bring in a box or bag decorated at home to collect their Valentine’s in. I sent home a class list last week, but I am attaching a copy here in case you need it. Valentine’s letter-1p7ji4g

Fri., Feb. 15th: STEM Expo. Parents are invited to come to our classroom at 9:30 to see what the students have been working on in the STEM lab this quarter. The students will have a demonstration for parents. The expo will end at 10:30. The students will then be participating in an IBM STEM activity later in the day. Our lunch schedule is different this day, so this is probably not the best day to come for a lunch visit.

Fri., Feb. 15th: There will be a Wordly Wise lesson 9 Vocab. and Sp. test this day.

Feb. 18 – Feb. 22: Winter break – no school


This week’s curriculum:

Mrs. Mawn’s Math: The students have been practicing multiplying a fraction by a whole number and will be assessed on this skill Tues. The rest of the week will be devoted to learning about fractional line plots and fractions on a number line.

Reading: We are continuing our novel study of The Sign of the Beaver . While reading this novel together we are delving deep into actions being the determining factor in a character’s traits. We will also begin looking at the Theme of the book so far.

Lang. Arts: The students are supposed to be finishing up their research on their historical figure and should have 3 subtopics with facts determined and filled in on their organizers. Before the end of the week, the students will be taking those facts and turning them into detailed sentences to get them closer toward an informational paper.

Science: At the end of last week we began a new science unit on the water cycle. The students will take a quiz on Tuesday so that we can begin to talk about weather and how the water cycle affects weather.

I hope you all have a relaxing winter break!

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4th Grade Milestones Schedule



Please mark your calendar as you are making appointments/plans –

This year the EOG Milestone Test given to grades 3-5 will be taken entirely on laptops over a period of weeks.

4th  grade will take the EOG Milestone Test on the following days:

Monday, April 29th

Tuesday, April 30th

Wednesday, May 1st

Monday, May 6th

Tuesday, May 7th

Testing will begin promptly at 8:00am each day.

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Feb. 4, 2019


Proverb of the week…”A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

The Westward Expansion Test is tomorrow. I gave the students the study guide on Monday of last week. We checked all but 3 questions on Friday, and reviewed the last 3 questions today. If your child studies the study guide and knows that material well he/she should do well on the test.

Next Friday, Feb. 15th is STEM Expo Day. The 4th grade students will be offering a STEM demonstration to parents at 9:30-10:15 in our classroom (k-10). I welcome you all to come and see what your students are learning in the STEM lab. The students will be immersed in STEM activities all day on this day. I would like to thank the Kincaid Foundation for supporting and sponsoring this event.

I’m going to keep it short and sweet this week. Have a great week!

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January 28, 2019


Here comes the snow…(or something like that)!

Many of you may be aware that school is closed on Tues. (1/29) due to the Governor’s closing of state offices and the potential for unsafe travel conditions on Tues. Please plan accordingly. Nothing has been said about Wed., but the district plans to make a decision on Tues. (1/29)  by 5:00PM.

This change in the schedule necessitates some flexibility with this week’s schedule. Here is what I know as of this moment…

Wed, Jan. 30th: Target Day

Thurs., Jan. 31st: Oregon Trail Day (all day)

Fri., Feb. 1st: We will have our Wordly Wise lesson 8 vocabulary test and our spelling test on Fri. The students should practice these words and be ready for Friday. 

We will have the Westward Expansion S.S. test next week. I don’t know what day yet (given the schedule), but I am sending home the study guide today and having the students star the items that should be answered for class on Thursday. They will not be able to do the entire study guide by then, but they should do the required/starred elements. I will have a better idea of the test date  by this Friday.

Please stayed tuned for potential changes/cancellations for Wednesday. I will update the blog as needed.

Proverb of the week…”A watched pot never boils” 

(But does a spoon under the pillow and PJs worn inside out bring snow???)

Have a great week!

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Kindness Week


Kindness Challenge

As part of our “No Place for Hate” program, we are looking forward to participating in the Kindness Challenge from January 28th– February 1st.

The students will work together as a class to complete activities to show kindness such as, asking a new friend to play, helping someone, writing a thank you note, or performing a kind act of their own design. Teachers will have daily discussions, read stories, and watch short video clips about showing kindness, inclusion, and respect.

Additionally, we will show kindness in our community by hosting a toiletries drive to benefit The Center for Children and Young Adults AND SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center. With the help of our Student Council, we will be collecting items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc. These items will go to children in our community.  A flyer with more information will come home about this.

We will also have some fun by dressing up to the following themes each day.

Monday (1/28)-Hats off to kindness (wear hats)

Tuesday (1/29)-Being kind is groovy (wear 70’s clothes)

Wednesday (1/30)-Kindness Rocks (wear rock star clothes)

Thursday (1/31)-Cougars are Kind (wear Cougar Pride or school colors)

Friday (2/1)-Cheer for Kindness (wear sports clothes)

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January 22, 2019


This week’s words of wisdom are… “Actions speak louder than words”

Curriculum this week:

Mrs. Mawn’s math: This week began with a review of identifying fractions on a number line, equivalent fractions, and comparing and ordering fractions. Those skills will be on a test this Thursday, Jan. 24th. The student were given a review sheet for homework and were reminded to take their math notebooks home to help them study.

Reading: This week we are looking at how a character’s perspective can be written in various points of view. The students will synthesize scenarios to determine the characters’ perspectives and then they will write about those perspectives in certain points of view.

Lang. Arts: The students will begin informational writing and will focus primarily on one paragraph this week. This will lead to a full 5 paragraph informational paper in the weeks to come.

Social studies: This week we continue to learn about westward expansion. Our primary focus this week will be on the Indian Removal Act, The Alamo, and The Trail of Tears.

Have a great week!

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January 14, 2019


This week’s words of wisdom are… “Knowledge is power.” 

Since we are studying proverbs and adages I thought I would begin my blog with a proverb each week for the rest of the year. I would love for you to share the words of wisdom with your child and discuss what the proverb means each week.


Tuesday, Jan. 14th: Chick-fil-a night

Wednesday, Jan. 15th: Target starts back for this semester. Make sure to bring your Target supplies.

Friday, Jan. 17th: Wordly Wise lesson 7  vocabulary test and spelling test. 2nd quarter AR party for those who qualified.


Beginning this quarter the students should increase the level of the books they are reading. If they are looking at AR book levels, the students should be reading books at or above a 4.5. If the book is measured by its Fountas & Pinnell level (a-z level), they should be reading at or above a Q.  AR tests are not required, but if a student wants to make the end of the quarter reading celebration he/she needs to be reading books at the above stated levels and must either take AR tests and/or complete book report letters on at least 5 books (with a passing score of 70% or higher).


Curriculum this week: 

Mrs. Mawn’s math: This week we are using our knowledge of equivalent fractions and how fractions work in order to compare and order fractions with like and unlike denominators.

Reading: The students will be learning how to use the RACE strategy to extend their answers to questions about the texts they are reading.

Lang. Arts: This week we are finishing up figurative language (Similes, Metaphors, Idioms, and Proverbs & Adages), and we are reviewing what makes a sentence complete, a fragment, or a run-on.

Social Studies: This week we are discussing the War of 1812.

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January 7, 2019


Happy New Year!!!

I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable winter break. I am looking forward to a great second semester with your children.

2nd quarter Report cards will go home with students this Friday. Look at the report card and keep it at home with you. Please sign the envelope on the line for 2nd quarter and return it to school on Monday (please DO NOT seal the envelope, they are reused).


Curriculum this week:

Math: This week we are doing some pretesting for the 3rd quarter, and then we will begin fractions. Almost all of 3rd quarter is devoted to fractions (and decimals). This week we will learn about equivalent fractions.

Reading: This week we are discussing Point of View. Today we talked/reviewed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person point of view (POV), and tomorrow I will introduce them to 3rd person limited and 3rd person omniscient POV.

Lang. Arts: We are discussing types of figurative language. The students will review similes, metaphors, and idioms, and they will be introduced to adages and proverbs. Students sometimes struggle with adages and proverbs because they aren’t exposed to them as much as older generations. I encourage you to try to find opportunities to include some of the proverbial sayings (“actions speak louder than words”, “all good things must come to an end”, “a watched pot never boils”, etc.) in your conversations and discuss what they mean. Here is a link to a website that you can use to help you (I am considering this website as a resource for parents).

Social Studies: We will begin 3rd quarter with a social studies unit on Westward Expansion. This week will focus primarily on the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark.


Have a great week!


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Thank you!!!


I want to thank all of my students and parents for such a wonderful class gift(s). You were all so very generous! Teaching your children is my pleasure, and I consider myself incredibly lucky to have each and every one of them in my class. We’ve become a family and they each have a special place in my heart, not just this year, but forever. Thank you for sharing them with me.

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December 17, 2018


Whether you just celebrated Hanukkah or will be celebrating Christmas or just enjoying the holiday from the usual schedule, I wish you all the happiest and merriest holiday season!

The schedule this week is very hectic and is different every day. Please don’t make this the week to come have lunch (not that we don’t want you, but we eat at a different time each day).

Schedule of events this week:

Wednesday, Dec. 19th: We will have our Division Test over all division strategies/methods.

Wednesday, Dec. 19th: Winter Holiday Party – I offer my many thanks to those parents who are volunteering in some way to make this party possible.

Thursday, Dec. 20th: ***We will have our lesson 6 spelling test and Wordly Wise Vocab. Test. This is different than usual, so please remind your child to study on Wed.

Thursday, Dec. 20th: Early Release – Please send in a note if your child will need a dismissal change for this day. ASP will be available.

Friday, Dec. 21st: Early Release. This day is also our Dojo Day in which the students will be able to cash in their dojo points for a movie of their choice (out of 5) and popcorn and soda. This day will also be the sing along.

Have a great week!



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