October 25

Week of November 23, 2017

Parents, I truly enjoyed meeting with you all last week at conferences.  I firmly believe that you, I, and the students are a team and that together we will have a positive and productive school year.

In an effort to broaden the students’ vocabulary, I am having the students define and study their spelling words.  Each week they will have both a spelling and vocabulary test.  We will go over the correct definitions in class and the students will have a vocabulary homework assignment that includes the definitions I will be using.


We started our guided reading rotations this week, and I will be meeting with each group at least twice a week.  During our rotations the students are receiving small group/independent instruction from me,  learning to read independently for an extended amount of time, they are also writing in various ways to respond to what they have read, and they are practicing reading and language arts skills on Front Row which is and online program.

This week we are working on multiplicative comparisons in equations and word problems.  We have learned to write equations using symbols to represent the unknown.

Multiplicative Comparisons

Multiplicative comparisons using number sentences

Multiplicative comparisons using bar models



March 27

Week of March 27, 2017

March Madness:  We are going to continue to focus on reviewing Math and language arts  skills in preparation for the Georgia Milestones.  This review will take place during our normal social studies and science times.  Therefore social studies and science will be suspended until after the test.  Please encourage your child to review math skills nightly on IXL, and continue reading on MYon for at least an hour each week.

Here is a website your children can use for practice.  They are only allowed to answer 3 questions in each section, but there are many sections. Just click “More free practice” to get back to the list of topics.



March 12

Week of March 13

Check out this great Competition for Cobb County Students.

Flyer:  http://www.cobbk12.org/kidtalk/KiDtalkFlyers17.pdf

Website:  http://www.kidtalkcobb.com/

 March Madness: For the month of March we are going to focus on reviewing Math and language arts  skills in preparation for the Georgia Milestones.  This review will take place during our normal social studies and science times.  Therefore social studies and science will be suspended until after the test.  Please encourage your child to review math skills nightly on IXL, and continue reading on MYon for at least an hour each week.

Reading: This week in reading we will be completing our novel studies! The students have loved reading their novels and are making some great connections between the books they are reading and their own lives! We will continue working on reviewing skills for the Milestone this week. One huge topic is main idea and details. Here is a great resource on main ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjjYRI3QCTs


January 8

Week of January 9, 2017


I’m wishing all of our parents and students a wonderful new year full of joy, happiness, good health, and success.  Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity this holiday season.  Your gifts and gestures were truly heartfelt and greatly appreciated.

It’s hard to believe that we are in the second half of our school year together!  These next two quarters will be spent strengthening skills in math computation and problem solving, reading comprehension and response to literature, and writing.  We will also be preparing students to become more independent learners through time management and accountability.  As a fourth grade team we will be making some changes to facilitate this independence.  Please be on the lookout for more detailed information in the Thursday folder.  With your continued support, I am confident that our students will soar to new heights this year.

Social Studies:

  • French and Indian War
  • Causes of the American Revolution
  • Revolutionary Battles


  • What causes day and night
  • Planets


  • State Research
  • Comparing/Contrasting


  • Irregular Verbs
  • Subject Verb Agreement


  • Novel Studies
  • Literature Circles

Read to Succeed!

It’s that time of the year again!  The Six Flags Read to Succeed program officially began January 5, 2017.  Your child has an opportunity to earn a FREE Six Flags ticket simply by reading for 360 minutes (6 hours) and logging their time read.  The children can read anything as long as it is not reading for homework or a class assignment: books, newspapers, magazines, comic books, or ebooks are all acceptable.  Why not use this opportunity to take advantage of the Foundation’s gift of MyON to get your child reading.  Every child in the school has access to MyON, as long as you have an internet connection, and should have their username and password for the site.

The reading log and a parent letter explaining the program were sent home in January 5th’s Thursday folder.  I’ve also included copies in this post just in case.  All reading logs are due to me by February 17, 2017.  A little extra time reading daily will quickly add up to the 360 minutes needed to earn the FREE Six Flags ticket.  Let’s get to reading!  Enjoy!

read-to-succeed-reading-log     read-to-succeed-parent-letter-2

IXL is here!

Our school has created an IXL account for each student. IXL provides an immersive learning experience with an unmatched breadth and depth of standards-aligned content. With IXL, every lesson taught will be reinforced by interactive questions, vivid visuals, and step-by-step explanations—all to engage and inspire our children!

Your child can start using IXL immediately! Be sure to have them sign in every time they practice so they can receive personalized content.  Your child’s IXL account offers unlimited access to IXL. This is a great website that we use in class and it is being presented to you, full access, no charge. Please encourage your child to use it.

As always, thank you very much for your support.

Log-in Information

username: [email protected]

password: math


November 8

Week of November 7, 2016


food-driveFOOD DRIVE IS NOVEMBER 10-17   http://www.cobblearning.net/counselor/2016/11/03/food-drive/

Beginning November 10th, please send any food items that you would like to donate to school with your child.  There will be collection barrels located outside the main office.  Thank you for your generosity!  If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Weber at 678-842-5814, ext. 230.



Dates:                   November 15th – November 17th

Location:              Media Center

Hours:                   8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday


Shop online at:  http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/default.aspx?f=3638464

Online shopping is available until Saturday, November 19th.


Family and Friends Lunch is next Thursday, November 17, from 11:00-11:40.  Please join us.  The cost is $3.50 per person for all guests, including children. This event is cash only, no debit or credit cards. Tickets will be sold at the door to the cafeteria, not at the food line. Your student’s account may also be used for purchase. This would also be a great time to visit the Book Fair in the Media Center!

Topics of the Week:

Spelling: sort 14

Math: Division

Science: Roller Coaster Project and Light

Reading: Paired Texts and Summarizing

Web Sites:

Spelling:  Sort 14

Math: Division Models

Science: Roller Coasters

Grammar: Helping Verbs


Reading: Visit MyON User Name: Student number and Password is read

Language Arts:  Complete final drafts of persuasive writing pieces. Independent persuasive writing prompt.



October 30

Week of October 31, 2016


                                                     Parents please encourage your children to wear pink on Monday and bring a dollar to support Relay for Life .



Spelling: Don’t forget to complete spelling activities nightly.  Students are to complete one choice board activity nightly.

Math: Students will be given a nightly math practice to reinforce the skill taught in class. STUDY your multiplication facts.   Make sure you are practicing for 10 minutes a night with flash cards, websites or apps.  .

Reading: Students are expected to read nightly for 30 minutes and turn in a reading response log on Friday.

Language Arts: Opinion Writing

Five Paragraph Essay Model

Topics of the Week:

Spelling:sort 13

Math: Multiplication

We have a multiplication assessment next Friday

Social Studies:

European Explorers group

European Explorers

Marco Polo

Juan Ponce de Leon

John Cabot

Henry Hudson

Christopher Columbus

Vasco Nunez de Balboa

Jacques Cartier


Reading: Independent Novel Studies/summaries and paired texts

Web Sites:

Spelling:  Sort 13

Math: Area Models with Learn Zillion, Multiplication Practice

Social Studies: Explorers

Reading: Visit MyON User Name: Student number and Password is read


August 28

Week of August 29, 2016

PVUE  (parent vue)

Do you need your PVUE account information? You can come to the front office, during school hours, to obtain your account information. Please be prepared to show ID to receive your login information.

Back to Football Friday

LET”S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!!!  We are excited for our 8th annual Back to Football Friday!!!  This event is successful because of our wonderful parent volunteers!!!  Wear your favorite NFL gear and come spend some time with the Davis Dad’s and the students at Nickajack.  Thank you for all you do, we really appreciate all of our volunteers! Any questions please email Ms. Hill, [email protected]!

Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0944aeaf2cabf58-back


Don’t forget to Back the Jack!  Your support helps your children. Our Foundation fundraising goal for the 2016-2017 school year is $72,000. This year’s Back The Jack (BTJ) Campaign will kickoff on August 22nd and conclude on September 16th. Please make your donation as early in the campaign as you can – no need to wait til the last week! This year, we are raising funds to upgrade our Media Center into a new “Learning Commons” resource center, and iPad Carts. This is very exciting! We will also be earmarking funds for student reading, math and enrichment programs, as well as teacher grants! Please donate and help us reach our goal!

Topics of the Week:

Spelling: sort 5

Math: Subtraction real world application

Science: Weather forecasting: clouds, weather instruments and reading a weather map

Social Studies: Economics

Language Arts: Personal Narrative; compound sentences

Reading: How to read informational text and Novel Studies

Web Sites:

Spelling: sort 5

Math: Subtraction practice

Science: Weather map

Social Studies: Economics

Language Arts :Narrative Powerpoint;


Spelling: Don’t forget to complete spelling activities nightly.  Students are to complete one choice board activity nightly.

Math: Students will be given a nightly math practice assignment to reinforce the skills taught in class.

Reading: Students are expected to read nightly for 30 minutes and turn in a reading response log on Friday.

August 21

Week of August 22

Don’t forget to Back the Jack!  Your support helps your children. It will allow us to purchase more iPad carts and supports educational programs.


  • paper towels
  • class snacks *we have peanut, soy, milk, and egg allergies*


Topics of the Week:

Spelling: sort 4

Math: Addition real world application

Reading: Using illustrations to understand text. Making text connections.

Social Studies: Using map tools

Language Arts: Identifying simple and complete subjects and predicates

Web Sites:

Spelling: Spelling City Sort 4

Language Arts: Subjects and Predicates

Math Addition Practice

Science: Water Cycle Review

Social Studies: Map Skills Practice

Reading: Making Connections (5)

Reading: Visit MyON User Name: Student number and Password is read

August 9

Welcome back to school.  I hope you all had an enjoyable and restful summer with your families.  I am looking forward to an amazing new year full of excitement and rigor.  We are off to a wonderful start and children are transitioning well into the new expectations fourth grade has to offer.  Please use this blog as a resource to gain knowledge about what we are learning in the classroom as well as any other pertinent information.

Open House for 4th grade is this Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 6 p.m. I would love to see all of the parents on Thursday night!

There will also be a Chick-fil-a Spirit Night Tuesday night at the South Cobb Chick-fil-a from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Topics of the Week:

Spelling: Sort 2Sort 2


Monday-Students complete weekly sort (this will be a handout I give to students until we get our spelling books)

Tuesday-Thursday-Students are to choose 1 activity each of these nights to complete from their Tic Tac Toe spelling boards (located in their spelling notebooks)  All work is to be done in the actual notebook with the name of the assignment and the date.

Math: Place Value

Science: States of Matter

Social Studies: Parts of a map

Physical Features of the United States:

Language Arts: Informational Writing/Generating Ideas for Writing

Strategy:  Think of a person or place that matters to you and list small moments with that person or in that place.



  • being chased by dogs                                            
  • jumping off the barn
  • skating across Long Island Sound            

Reading: How to be a reflective reader

  • Use the Five Finger Rule for choosing book
  • Practice building stamina by reading for longer periods of time
  • Think about reading…
    • before you read the text (take a picture walk, make predictions, ask questions)
    • during the reading of the text (What do you wonder about the characters, plot, or information?  Which words are new or confusing to you?)
    • after you have read the text (What did you learn from the text?  How did you feel about what was said in the text?  What type of connections can you make to the text?  What questions do you still have about the text?

Web Sites:

Spelling: Spelling City Sort 2

Math: Converting between place value

Science: Water Cycle Activity

Language Arts: Kinds of Sentences,  Subjects, and  Predicates

Reading: MyOn website


May 12

Week of May 16, 2016

Summer Reading Programs

The end of the year is almost here! That means it is time to get our students ready for the summer reading program!  There are 3 ways our students can participate in the summer reading program:


  1. Once again, CCSD Library Media department has teamed up with Scholastic, Marietta City Schools, Smyrna Public Library and Cobb County Public Libraries for our summer reading program: Be A Reading SuperHero.
  2. myOn (On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! for younger students and Get in the Game, Read! for older students) is also running a summer reading program that our students can participate in just by reading ebooks in myON.  Students are strongly encouraged to participate in both programs – time spent reading in myON may be logged into the Scholastic site.
  3. Cobb County Public Libraries and Smyrna Public Library will support the Scholastic program; have daily activities at their sites and award prizes. CCSD/Scholastic summer reading program:  5/9 – 9/2myOn summer reading program: 5/23 – 9/2 


    Student Summer Reading Resources:

    Recommended reading lists – coming soon!

    myON – ebooks – login: student ID, read

    Cobb Digital Library – login: student ID, read

    • Ebooks
    • Audiobooks
    • Tumblebooks – ebooks
    • Databases: Trueflix, Freedomflix, Scienceflix, PebbleGo, DK Find Out!, online encyclopedias, etc.
    • Links to: National Geographic website


    Cobb County Public Library

    • Free books, both print and electronic (with library card)
    • Checkout up to 50 books!
    • Print books will be delivered to library nearest you


    Newsela.com (https://newsela.com/)  – grades 3-5, free current event articles for students.


    Lit2Go (http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/)  – free online collection of stories and poems in audiobook format.  Most are classics or those that are in the public domain.  Students can choose their grade level (K-12) to find an appropriate list of books (search under Readability).