Week of 11/12 – 11/16/18

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Well, we’ve made it!  Only 5 short days until our Thanksgiving Break.  I hope everyone has a chance to spend some time with family and friends next week, as well as get some rest.  I’m extremely thankful to have such a great group of students this year.  I have really enjoyed getting to know each and everyone of them, as well as seeing how much they’ve grown so far this school year.  I look forward to seeing them continuing to grow.  We have also been very blessed to have Melissa Kohlhagen with us this quarter.  She is a student at KSU and I’m sure she will be an excellent teacher.  Unfortunately, this is her last week with us.  She will truly be missed.  Oh well, that’s enough sappiness, let’s move on to what we have coming up this week.

Math – We are extremely fortunate to have Miss Melissa teaching us a lesson this week. Miss Melissa will be teaching us how to multiply 2 digits by 2 digits.  We have been working hard to learn a variety of ways to multiply up to 4 digits by 1 digit and we are making huge progress.  Please continue working with your students on memorizing their multiplication facts.  This will become imperative as we move further and further into our units of multiplication and division. We will be having a test on up to 1 by 4 digit multiplication this week.

Reading – we will be continuing to work on finding the main idea and summarizing non-fiction texts.  We will also be continuing to determine the text structure of non-fiction texts.  There are five different text structures.  They are:  1) description, 2) cause and effect, 3) problem and solution, 4) compare and contrast, and finally 5) sequence.  The students will be expected to read various passages and decide what the text structure is.  Typically, when determining the text structure of a description passage, the author is providing information about the topic.  For cause and effect, the author is giving reasons (causes) and outcomes (effects) for a certain topic.  For problem and solution, the author will give information on a topic, such as air pollution, and then provide several solutions on how to fix the topic.  For compare and contrast, the author will take two topics and write about how they are the same and how they are different.  Finally, for the text structure of sequence, the author uses dates and such to tell the information in a certain, logical order.

Writing – we will be continuing to work on our opinion pieces.  This week, we will be focusing on writing strong leads, as well as making sure our reasons support our opinions and that we even consider mentioning opposing views and why those views are wrong.  This helps to make your reasons even stronger.

Spelling – we will be receiving our contract for unit seven this week.  The contract will not be due until the Friday after Thanksgiving Break (11/30/18).  I’m including the list and contract here, in case your student doesn’t happen to bring it home or in case your student loses his/her contract between now and then.  

Grammar – this week, we will be using the mentor text  In November, by Cynthia Rylant.  The grammar focus for this week is metaphors.  We’ve covered similes and metaphors previously, but this week, our focus is only metaphors.  Metaphors are similar to similes, but unlike similes, we do not use “like” or “as” to compare the two objects.  Some examples of metaphors would be:  1) you’re the apple of my eye, 2) you were a star in the performance this week.  We will be taking our “Invitation to Edit” on Friday.

Science – we will be continuing to work on Ecosystems.  We will also have the opportunity to do some stop motion videos and possibly some green screen videos to share our newly gained knowledge of ecosystems.  It should be lots of fun and hopefully, Ms. Dean, our STEAM coordinator, will be hand to help out with using this brand new technology.


Original Works

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Good afternoon.  Mrs. Hardesty just sent a reminder that if you would like to order your child’s Original Works art work, the orders were due today, but she has extended it until tomorrow.  If you would like to order the Original Works art work, please be sure to return the envelope by tomorrow.

Week of 11/5-11/9/18

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We have two weeks until Thanksgiving Break.  We had a very busy week last week, with the field trips, Mystery Readers, Ms. Melissa’s great lesson on moon phases and all.  Thank you for your patience and understanding when the field trip to South Cobb fell through.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to attend it later.  I was really looking forward to attending.  Oh well, no reason to focus on the past that can’t be changed, let’s move on to what we’re covering this week.

Math – This week in math, we will be working on multiplying multi-digits by 1 digit using base-ten blocks, as well as the traditional algorithm.  Please be sure to check out the videos that have been posted here on the blog.  If you go to the top of the blog, you should see a tab that says “Math How To” videos, you’ll need to scroll down toward the bottom and you will find all the Cobb County videos.  Under the heading of  multiplication, you will see various other videos that I have found and use in my classroom.  If you have any questions or would like to come in to learn how to help your child with these various strategies, please let me know.  Please understand that these are strategies that I must teach, because the county says I have to.  However, after I have taught the strategies, the students will have a choice in the strategy that they use on a regular basis.

Reading – This week, we will be discussing the various text structures of informational text.  These text structures include description, compare/contrast, sequence, problem and solution, and cause and effect.  We will be watching a Flocabulary video that will hopefully help the students understand the various text structures.  

Writing – We will be continuing our unit on opinion writing.  This week, we will be focusing on writing good, strong leads, as well as reasons to support their opinion.  The students will have an opportunity to “rehearse” their writing with their writing partner prior to writing.  I’m looking forward to seeing/reading what the students come up with.

Spelling – This week, we will continue with Sort #6.  We will be taking our test on Friday, 11/9/18.  Please be sure you are completing your contract and turning it in on Friday.

Grammar – Due to the crazy week we had last week, we weren’t able to get to our mentor sentence.  Therefore, we will be working with the mentor text from Water Dance by Thomas Locker.  This week’s focus will be exactly what it was last week.  We will be working on personification.  Personification is when someone gives personal characteristics to in animate objects.  An example of personification would be “Clouds dance across the sky.”  The personification is that clouds can’t dance, but people do.

Science – this week, Mrs. Homer will be teaching Science.  We will be focusing on Ecosystems.  We have some really cool activities planned.  Please be sure to talk to your students about what we’re covering.




Tuesday, 11/6/18 – Teacher Workday – No school for Students
Friday, 11/9/18 – PTSA Movie Night
Wednesday, 11/15/18 – Chick-fil-A Night
Monday, 11/19 – Friday, 11/23 – Thanksgiving Break – No School
Monday, 12/17/18 – Holiday Character Dress-up Day
Tuesday, 12/18/18 – Candy Cane Day
Wednesday, 12/19/18 – Fourth Grade Holiday Party/Holiday Hat Day
Thursday, 12/20/18 – Early Release (12:30 p.m.)/Ugly Sweater Day
Friday, 12/21/18 – Early Release (12:30 p.m.)/Holiday Sing-a-long/Holiday PJ Day

Week of 10/29-11/2

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My apologies for not updating the blog last week.  I had updated it, but apparently I didn’t schedule it to post.  So sorry!  Well, no need to focus on the past or what can’t be unchanged. We’ll just move on to this week.  This is going to be a crazy week with two field trips, but we’ll make it through just fine.  Here’s what we’ve got happening this week.

Math – this week, we will really begin to get into multiplication and division.  This week, we will be focusing on multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000.  We will also be working on rounding products, and multiplying multi-digits by 1 digit using a hands-on approach.  Please be sure to check out the Unit 2 videos from the county, as well as some of the videos that I have uncovered over the years and that I use in the class with the students.

Reading – This week, we will be focusing on the ELA standard RI 2 (Main Idea and Summarizing).  We would also love it if you were able to be a mystery reader on Wednesday.  If you would like to read to our class either in person or via Skype, we can make that happen.  We already have one special guest scheduled at 10:30, but I’m sure the students would love it if you were able to either come in and read a book of your choice or if you could read to us via skype.  Just let me know if you’re interested.  I’ll also be sending an email later today.

Writing – we will be working on writing an opinion piece.  We’ve started working on ways to come up with ideas for our opinion pieces.  This week, we will continue with “brain dumps” in which we create a story map and list out all of our “favorites.”  This week, we will also be participating in a “brain dump” on “I want…” and “take a stand.”  Hopefully by completing these “brain dumps,” the students will begin to get more excited about their writing.  We will also be working on setting goals for our writing.

Grammar – this week, the mentor sentence comes from the book Cloud Dance by Thomas Locker.  The focus for this mentor sentence is personification.  Personification is when in animate objects are given human characteristics.  For example, “The table jumped up and bit my leg.”  A table doesn’t have teeth, but when I write “the table jumped up and bit my leg,” helps me to understand that I bumped my leg.

Spelling – We will be having our next spelling test on Friday, 11/9/18.  Your student should be receiving their spelling lists on Monday.  If for some reason, your child didn’t receive his or hers, you may download it here.  

Social Studies – this week, we will be reviewing for our upcoming Social Studies test, which will be Friday.  Your child should have brought home a study guide on Friday, but just in case they haven’t, please feel free to download a completed on the Social Studies page.

Science – this week, on Wednesday, we have a great opportunity for Ms. Melissa, our student teacher to create and lead a science lesson for us.  We will be doing a really cool Science activity on the various moon phases.




10/29 – 11/2 – Scholastic Book Fair in the media center
Monday, 10/29 – most of the students will be going to the Cobb Youth Museum
Tuesday, 10/30 – Mrs. Homer’s Heroes, plus a few more will be going on the Cobb Youth Museum field trip
Wednesday, 10/31 – Mystery Readers – please see Mrs. Poulos’ email
Thursday, 11/1 – Field Trip to see Willy Wonka on stage at South Cobb High School  – We are leaving at 7:50 on Thursday morning, so please be sure your student rides the bus or gets to school early.
Friday, 11/2 – Cherrydale Glow Party for qualifying orders
Tuesday, 11/6 – Teacher Work Day/Election Day – No school for Students
Friday, 11/9 – PTSA Movie Night – flyer sent home last week.
Monday, 11/19 – Friday, 11/23 – Thanksgiving Break – no school for students/teachers

Week of 10/15 – 10/19/18

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Well, well, well conference week is here.  If you have not returned your fall conference form, please do so ASAP.  I have tried to email everyone that has not responded.  I hope to see everyone here this week.  Here are a few reminders from the administrators:  1) This week is early release.  We release at 12:30.  Please be sure your students know how they are to get home.  2) There are no visitors during lunch this week, due to early release. 3) When we do have visitors for lunch, outside food (such as McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, etc.) is not allowed – this is a CCSD policy, not just a school policy.  Also, this week, on Friday, your students have a chance to be someone’s super hero.  For $1.00, your child can wear a cape and help support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).  Mrs. Homer and I will be the dynamic duo in our capes.  That’s enough about reminders, let’s get on with what we’re covering this week.

Math – we will begin our unit on multiplication and division.  Please continue to work with your students on addition and subtraction of larger numbers.  We took the CCSD mandated touchstone on the first quarter standards and we still have some gaps that we’ll need to work on together.  The main focus of this week will be on factors and multiples.  Factors are numbers that divide whole numbers evenly.  Factors are also numbers that is multiplied by another number.  A multiple of a number is the product and any whole number.  For example:  15 is a multiple of 5 because 3 X 5 = 15.

Reading – we will be working with informational reading beginning this week.  We will start with looking for main ideas and details in informational text.  We will be using a process called “Boxes and Bullets” to help us find the details that support the main idea.  The idea behind “Boxes and Bullets” is to write the main idea of the passage in the box and then list the details that support the main idea by using bullet points beneath.  Below, you will find an example of a boxes and bullets template, to help you get a better understanding.









Writing – We will write our first 45 minute narrative piece for our portfolios.  The students will have 45 minutes to brainstorm, draft, revise/edit, and publish a piece of writing.  This is different from what we’ve done this year, because we’ve been taking our time each day to focus on certain parts of the writing, but now it’s time to show what they’ve learned.  As you come in for conferences, I hope you will take the opportunity to read “the writing on the wall” so to speak.  The students have worked very hard to get a narrative “masterpiece” written and on the wall for your enjoyment as you wait for conferences.  After we complete our 45 minute writing piece, we will begin working on opinion pieces.  We will start out by generating a list of topics that we can write about.  Then, from that list, we will begin to pick and choose topics that we can write about.

Spelling – This week, the students will receive their sort 5 spelling contracts.  If for some reason, your student doesn’t bring home his/her contract, you can download it here. 

Grammar – This week, our mentor sentence comes from the book, The Spider and the Fly.  This week’s grammar focus is on similes.  Similes are part of the figurative language “umbrella” in which you compare two things using like or as.  For example, the light from the room was as bright as the sun. Or, his trumpet gleamed like a polished bell.  The students will be given a part of a sentence and then they will be expected to add a simile to finish out the sentence.  For example, the students might get “you’re as funny as…” or “you are wise like” and the students would need to complete the sentence and use either like or as to compare the noun in the sentence to something else.

Social Studies – we will not be covering any specific standards in Social Studies this week, due to early release for conferences.




Monday – Friday, 10/15-19/18 – Conference Week – 12:30 dismissal
Friday, 10/19/18 – Super hero Day – Bring $1 and wear a cape for CHOA
Monday – Friday 10/22-10/26 – Red Ribbon Week
Monday & Tuesday, 10/29 &10/30 – Cobb Youth Museum Field Trips
Wednesday, 10/31/18 – Mystery Reader – Please check your email for further details.
Thursday, 11/1 – Field trip to South Cobb High School to see Willy Wonka
Tuesday, 11/6 – Teacher Workday/Election Day – No school for students

Week of 10/8-10/12/18

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A super “Thank you!” goes out to Mrs. Allison Edwards, our assistant principal, for being our “queen” on Friday.  We had a great time having you visit our class.  We think the students really understand how the colonist felt during the reign of King George III, prior to the American Revolution.  As you may know, King George III placed several taxes on the colonists that were unfair and then, the colonists revolted, which is what started the American Revolution.  While Mrs. Edwards, aka Queen Edwards, was in the room, “parliament” would read the “tax” and the students, aka colonists, had to pay their taxes with skittles.  The students were outraged, much like the colonists.  We had several funny quotes from the kids.  Please be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this entry to see a short video that we took in class.  Well, that’s enough about last week, let’s move on to what we’ve got coming up this week.

If you have not already done so, please return the conference forms that were sent home last week.  Thank you to those who have already returned their forms.  If you aren’t able to meet at the time scheduled, please let me know so that I can make other arrangements.  I really would like to meet with each and everyone of you.

Math – We will be finishing our county mandated touchstone test and then we will continue working on finding the perimeter of various shapes using a new “game” called Bloxels.  With Bloxels, the students will have an opportunity to create a character with various colored blocks.  Once the students have created their character, they can upload the character into the Bloxels app and begin creating their own video game. It’s really cool.  Hopefully, the students will enjoy creating their characters and playing the games.

Reading – This week, we will be focusing on Point of View.  The Point of View or the perspective, is who is telling the story.  For example, with first person point of view, the narrator is generally a character in the story, if not the main character and they are telling the story from their perspective.  There is also third person point of view, which is when the character or the narrator is not necessarily a character in the story, but is telling the story by looking in on what is happening.  We will be working with our independent reading books, as well as reading various passages to determine the point of view.  As your students read at night, please be sure to ask them what the point of view of the book is.

Writing – The students have been working very hard to create their first “masterpiece” and I hope that you will take the time to read them when you come in for conferences next week.  They are very creative.  This week we will be writing another “narrative masterpiece,” but this time, we will be using Bloxels again to work on character creation, as well as the setting.  The students will have a chance to create their settings and really get the reader into the world of their story.  Hopefully, by taking the time to create their characters and the setting with Bloxels, they will enjoy writing even more.

Spelling – We will be taking the Sort 4 Spelling test on Friday.  Please be sure that the students are working on their contracts and studying their spelling words.  If you need another copy of the spelling list, you can download it below.  

Language Arts – This week, we will be focusing on the story How Spider Got a Thin Waist by Anansi.  The grammar focus will be on compound predicates.  Much like a compound word, a compound predicate is when there are two or more verbs or verb phrases that share the same subject and are joined with a conjunction.  Examples of compound predicates are:  “Adam lives in Bangor and speaks Welsh,” or “The telegram was late but contained exciting news.”

Social Studies – we will be continuing with our study on the American Revolution.  This week’s focus will be on the influence of key individuals and groups during the American Revolution.  We will also be having our monthly guidance lesson with our counselor, Mrs. Whitton on Tuesday.




We have a lot going on this week.   Please be sure you stay up to date by checking your students’ agenda each day.  Here are our upcoming events.

Thursday, 10/11/18 – Early Release Day – 12:30 dismissal
Monday – Friday, 10/15-18/18 – Conference Week – 12:30 dismissal
Tuesday, 10/16/18 – Fall Picture Retakes (if you’ve already purchased your pictures, you will need to return that set to get another set).
Monday – Friday, 10/22-26/18 – Red Ribbon Week
Monday, 10/22/18 – Special Guest coming to Media Center
Friday, 10/26/18 – Fall Book Fair Kick-off and Red Ribbon Week Assembly
Monday, 10/29 – Field trip to Cobb County Youth Museum for most of class.
Tuesday, 10/30 – Field trip to Cobb County Youth Museum for rest of class.
Thursday, 11/1 – Field Trip to see Willy Wonka at South Cobb High School

BYOD and 2 liter bottles

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Good evening parents!  I apologize, but we weren’t able to use our devices today in class, because we had to redo somethings that had not been done correctly to begin with.  Tomorrow, Thursday, 10/4/18, if your child has a device that he/she can bring to school, please have them do so.  We will be answering some comprehension questions from our guided reading books on the devices.

Also, if you happen to have any empty, clean two liter soda bottles at home, please send them in.  Mrs. Ucciferri is working on a STEM project with the students called Mission to Mars, and we need to use the bottles to make rockets.  Thank you in advance for your continued support and cooperation.

October 1 – 5, 2018

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Welcome back!  I hope everyone enjoyed their fall break.  I know I enjoyed my time, getting some rest and being able to relax and not be on a specific schedule.  Well, we are quickly coming to the close to the first quarter of the year.  We have this week and next left.  I have a feeling it’s going to be a very busy two weeks.  We will have conferences coming up very soon.  I generally have one late day for conferences, so if you need a later conference time (5:00 or so), please email me so that I can make arrangements to put you on the schedule first.  Please be looking for the fall conference confirmation form to be coming home this week.  Well, that’s enough about what’s to come, let’s get on with what we’ll be covering this week.

If you happen to have any empty 2 ltr. bottles, if you would send them to school for the STEM lab, we would be very grateful.  Mrs. Ucciferri has requested clean, empty 2 ltr. bottles to make rockets for the “Mission to Mars” activity that she has planned in the STEM lab.  Thank you in advance.

Math – This week, we will be working on measuring the perimeter of various shapes.  In order to determine the perimeter, the students will be expected to add all the sides of the shape.  For example, if the shape happens to be a hexagon, and one side measures 6 inches, then we would add 6″ + 6″ + 6″ + 6″ + 6″ + 6″ to get a grand total of 36″.  We will be looking at various shapes, but fortunately, it’s just remembering to add all the sides together.  Here’s a quick formula that I’ll be teaching:  P=s + s + s.  Just like the example above, perimeter is the addition of all the sides, no matter how many sides the shape contains.  This week, we will also be “showing” what we’ve learned by taking the touchstone test.  The touchstones are a county mandated test that we must give.  These are similar and a good indication of what the students will be tested on in the spring with the GA Milestones.  Please encourage your students to work hard, read all the directions, since I can’t read them to them, and do their best.  

Reading – we are going to be working on paired text using some texts from Read Works (www.readworks.org) related to our social studies standards of the American Revolution.  I’m working on getting this passage loaded into an Office 365 Notebook, so that we don’t have to use so much paper to print them out, so I’m asking that if you agreed to allow your child to bring their device that they bring it (beginning on Tuesday).  We will also be taking the county mandated touchstone for the first quarter on Monday.  Again, this is county mandated, and the students have been taught everything that should be on the test.  Please encourage them to do their best, and use the “UNWRAP” strategies that we’ve been talking about recently.  I’m going to include a copy of the “UNWRAP” strategy that we’ve been using below.









Spelling – This week, we will pick up with Sort #4.  I’m attaching a copy of the sort, as well as the contract below, in case your child doesn’t happen to bring them home this week.  Our test will be Friday, 10/12/18.

Grammar – This week, we will be continuing to work with conjunctions, but this time with compound sentences.  We will be revisiting our mentor text, The Memory String, and we will be working on using the conjunctions we learned last week to learn to write longer, more extensive sentences such as compound sentences.  Compound sentences are when there are two independent clauses that is combined into one nice long sentence, using a conjunction..  This week, the students will be expected to tell if a sentence is a simple sentence – meaning it has one subject and one predicate and expresses only 1 complete thought, or if it’s a compound sentence – meaning that it has two or more subjects and predicates and the two clauses could be separated into two different simple sentences.  For example:  Back then, some people couldn’t read, so a string like this was they’re way of remembering.

Social Studies – This week we will begin our study on the causes of the American Revolution and several of the key leaders related to the American Revolution.  We will even have a special guest this week, “Queen Edwards” will be coming to help out with a special project on Friday.  Please understand that what we’re doing in class is just a way to get the students to understand how the colonists felt during the time of the stamp act and the various other causes of the revolution.

Question of the week – for a “No Homework pass” – What does Mrs. Uccefferi need?



ELA Touchstone – Monday, 10/1/18
End of first nine weeks is Wednesday, 10/10/18
Conference forms to come home – Friday, 10/5/18
Conference Week Forms due back – Monday, 10/8/18
Guidance with Ms. Whitton – Tuesday, 10/9/18
Early Release Day – Thursday, 10/11/18 – 12:30 Dismissal

Conference week – Monday – Friday, 10/15-10/19/18
Early Dismissal during Conference Week 12:30 dismissal
Field trip to Cobb Youth Museum 10/29 or 10/30
Field trip to see Willy Wonka at South Cobb High School 11/1
Election Day – Teacher Workday – No School for Students – 11/6/18


September 24 – 28, 2018

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Happy Fall Break everyone!  I hope you all are enjoying your 9 days off!  Please be careful!  Enjoy and relax!  Only two (2) more weeks left in this quarter of school!  Be sure to read a good book and work on Xtra Math (www.xtramath.org), if you’re bored!  If you’re traveling, I hope you have safe travels and we look forward to hearing about your trip when we return!