Week of 11/11-11/15/19

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Thank you to all the veterans out there!  We appreciate your service!  Hopefully, we will see you for the Veteran’s Day celebration, if you received an invitation.  Please remember that your student needs to come down and check-in with the teacher prior to reporting to the cafeteria for the celebration. 

Also, on Friday, 11/15/19 our PTSA will be hosting a Sock Hop in the Cafeteria.  The first hour will be a sensory friendly hour.  If you have a student who would like to come, but has some difficulty with being overstimulated, this would be the perfect opportunity for you and your child.  If you did not receive the flyer that was sent home with your student on Monday, 11/4, you can download another copy of the flyer below.  You can also purchase your Sock Hop tickets here. If you are interested in helping out by volunteering, please click here.  If you are interested in sending in some requested donations, please click here.

We had such a great time at our Day of Awesomeness!  Thank you to all who sent out emails to help us meet our donation goal!  It’s so hard to believe that we are only two (2) shorts weeks from Thanksgiving Break.  We have this week and next week, then we’re off for an entire week.  We have lots of things going on this week and next.  If you have not returned your child’s permission slip for our field trip to the Cobb County Youth Museum, please return them ASAP.  The cost of the field trip is $20 and we go on Wednesday, 11/20/19.  This will be a great culminating activity to our unit on the American Revolution and the New Nation.  Thank you for everyone who helped their student study for the summative assessment on the American Revolution.  We had some really amazing scores!  Hopefully you saw the amazing scores in your child’s graded paper folder this week.  If your child didn’t do an amazing job, we always place a copy of the study guide on the blog, under the tab for that subject.  Well, on to what we’re covering this week.

Grammar – This week, we will be using the mentor text Tikki Tikki Tembo.  You can watch the video here.  Our grammar focus this week will be on compound sentences.  This week we are learning that just because there is a conjunction in the sentence, it doesn’t mean that it’s a compound sentence.  A compound sentence does contain a conjunction, but it also contains two independent clauses that are combined with a comma and a conjunction.  It will be tricky, so students will really want to pay attention to the lessons.

Writing – This week, we continue working on our opinion essays.  Our focus this week will be on writing a good lead, taking into account our audiences – are the reasons good for our audience, thinking about and adding an opposing opinion to our essays, and finally, including an example for each of our reasons.  This is a rather difficult task this week, but hopefully we’ll get a good grip on it and be ready in case they throw us an opinion piece on the GA Milestones in the spring.

Reading – we will be continuing to work on finding the main idea and supporting it with detail from the text.  Along with determining the main idea, we will work on summarizing the information into concise little five sentence paragraphs.  Please encourage your students to give you a summary of what they read each day.  A summary for a fictional text is a little different from that of a nonfiction text.  A summary for a fictional text should provide the following information:  Somebody (main character), Wanted (what the character wanted), But (what was the problem), So (how did they solve the problem), Then (what was the resolution of the story).  For nonfictional text, the main idea usually comes from the title or the subheadings and then you can support your answer with details from the text.

Social Studies – this week, we are continuing our study on “The New Nation.”  We have worked our way through the birth of our country, by declaring and gaining our independence from England, now we have to focus on how are we going to run this new country.  The students already know that George Washington was our first president, but what about all the others?  The students will be participating in a “webquest” in which they use the internet to find out new information about the founding fathers. We attempted to start it on Thursday of last week, but the websites weren’t cooperating, so we’ll try it again this week.  We will also be comparing and contrasting a work of art related to the “Birth of the Nation.”  It should be an interesting, eye opening experience.  Be sure to ask your student who their “Founding Father” was, based on the quiz we took at the beginning of the webquest.

Math – we are moving from 1 digit by 2, 3, and 4 digit multiplication into 2 by 2 digit multiplication.  This week, you will have homework.  On either Tuesday or Wednesday, your child will be bringing home a worksheet that he/she will use to teach you how to multiply using the area (block) method.  Please allow him/her to teach you how to do it and then actually do the worksheet and let them check it to see if you’re correct.  The one doing the talking is the one doing the learning, so we’re hoping that this will help them get a better grasp of area model multiplication.  We will also be teaching the students the traditional algorithm (the way we learned), but the students will be able to choose their preferred method in the end.  This task will be a learning curve for you as a parent, but please bear with us and let your student choose his/her preferred method to solve the multiplication problems.

Monday – 11/11/19 – Veteran’s Day Celebration at 7:50 in the cafeteria.
Friday, 11/15/19 – PTSA’s Sock Hop – please see the links below for more information and donation requests.
Wednesday, 11/20/19 – Field trip to Cobb Youth Museum from 11:00 – 2:00
Wednesday, 11/20/19 – Second Quarter 4 1/2 Week Progress Report sent home
Friday, 11/22/19 – Cobb Watershed (inhouse) field trip
Monday, 11/25 – Friday, 11/29/ 19 – Thanksgiving Holidays – No school for students or staff
Friday, 12/6/19 – Dinner with Santa – Information to come home soon
Thursday, 12/19/19 – Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal – Fourth Grade Holiday Party
Friday, 12/20/19 – Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal
Monday, 12/23/19 – Friday, 1/3/20 – Winter Holiday Break – No school for students.  Staff will report on 1/2/20.



Week of 11/4 – 11/8

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BRRRRRR!  I don’t know how we skipped fall!  I also don’t know how we’re already into November!  This year is flying by!  I’m going to be so sad when this year comes to an end.  We have so enjoyed working with these students this year!  They continue to blow our socks off each and every day with how hard they are working and how much they are improving!  It’s amazing!  They are such a blessing to us!  Thank you for all you do to raise such amazing kids!  This is going to be a very strange, but busy week!  We have a lot of changes this week, so please be aware!  If you think your student would benefit from knowing about the changes this week prior to Monday, please let them know.  We talked about our crazy week on Friday before we left, but I’m sure several have forgotten.  This week, Monday is our only “normal day.”  Tuesday, the students are off from school, due to “Election Day.”  I don’t believe the county has any elections going on, but some of the cities do.  Please be sure to check your polling place and get out there and vote!  Wednesday, we will not have specials, due to various grade levels having what we call “Super Specials.”  Our “Super Specials” day will be Friday, 11/8/19.  Thursday is our redo day of “Day of Awesomeness,” and Friday is our “Super Specials” day.  Wow!  That’s a lot!  Well, let me move on to what you and your child can expect in each subject this week.

Grammar – This week we will not be working on mentor sentences, due to the fact that we would only have 1 day of working on the skill.

Writing – This week we will use what we’ve already learned about writing opinion essays and we will have a choice of what we write on.  The choices for the opinion prompts are:  “School Food” – This is where the students can pick one thing they would change about the school menu and explain why they would change it, “Someday!” – this is where the students can pick being either a race car driver, an astronaut, or president of a country and explain which one they would be and why, or finally “Seasons” – this is where they can pick their favorite season and explain why it’s the best.

Reading – we will be continuing to work on finding the main idea of the passages/stories.  The students have been working hard to determine the main ideas.  They have learned that sometime the main idea comes from just the title of the story, but that they may also have main ideas from different subheadings, as well.  The students will begin to write summaries based on main ideas and details from the passages.

Math – we will continue working on strategies to solve multiplication problems of up to 4 digits by 1 digit and 2 digits by 2 digits.  Please understand that we will be teaching the “box method,” which is also known as the area model, and the traditional algorithm.  The traditional algorithm is the same way we learned.  This week, we will also be asking your students to “teach” you how to use the area model for homework.  Please let your student teach you how to multiply using the area model and do the problem(s) they ask you to do.  It will be a little difficult in the beginning, but it will make sense.  It’s a lot like the FOIL model that we used to use.  The kids will get a huge kick out of “giving you homework” to do.  There are some videos on the Math “How to” tab.  Please feel free to watch them.

Social Studies – we have finished our unit on the American Revolution and will be taking our summative test on Wednesday, 11/6.  The students used the Social Studies text books in class last Wednesday to find the answers to the study guide questions, then we went over all the questions together and the students should have written them down on the study guide.  Please help your student study for this test.  We are going to play Kahoot! on Monday to review.  If for some reason your child doesn’t have a copy of the study guide, you can find one on the Social Studies tab on this blog.  We have talked to the students and tried to explain that the questions will not be in the same order that they were for the study guide.  Please encourage your students to study, but not memorize the answers in the order they are in.

Tuesday, 11/5 – No School for students – Election Day
Wednesday, 11/6 – Summative Assessment on the American Revolution – study guide sent home on 10/30/19.
Thursday, 11/7 – Day of Awesomeness – 8:05-9:35 am
Friday, 11/8 – Super Specials from 8:05 – 9:35 am.
Monday, 11/11 – Veteran’s Day Breakfast and Program – 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday , 11/13 – End of 2nd quarter 4 1/2 week period
Friday, 11/15 – PTSA’s Sock Hop
Wednesday, 11/20 – Cobb County Youth Museum Field Trip and Progress Reports sent home
Friday, 11/22 – Cobb Watershed Program (In-house field trip)
Monday, 11/25 – Friday, 11/29 – Thanksgiving break – no school for students/staff
Friday, 12/6 – Dinner with Santa
Thursday, 12/19 – Early Release at 12:30 pm and Fourth grade Holiday Party
Friday, 12/20 – Early Release at 12:30 pm.

Week of 10/28 – 11/1/19

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Finally!  We have some cooler, fall like weather!  I didn’t think we were ever going to have Autumn.  I hope everyone is beginning to enjoy this weather and that the pollen hasn’t caused too much havoc on your sinuses!  I know several children, including my own personal, have had some issues with the pollen lately.  Ugh!  If it’s not one thing, it’s another.  With the cooler weather here, please be sure your students are dressed appropraitely for the weather and that their names are in their jackets.  Mrs. Homer and I will continue to go outside for recess, whenever possible, as long as we’re in the “okay temperature” range.  We are not allowed go out, if the temperature is less than 40 degrees.  We’ve also been told that students are not allowed to walk back out to the playground to get any “forgotten” items.  We remind the students prior to coming in to get their jackets and sweatshirts, but they don’t always remember to do so, so please make sure their names are in their jackets and sweatshirts, in case they wind up in Lost and Found.  Please be sure to check lost and found regularly if your child is missing an item.  Right before winter break, the custodians will put the lost and found items on a table in the main hallway.  If things are not “found” by their owners, many times, they become donations to MUST Ministries or Goodwill.  With all of that out of the way, let’s move on to what we have going on in our class this week. Don’t forget to be sure and read all the way through to the end to participate in the “Weekly Mystery Question.”  No one participated last week.  🙁

Grammar – this week, our mentor sentence comes from the book, How Spider Got a Thin Waist, by Anansi.  We will be covering two skills this week.  The first skill is finding the “adjectives” in the sentence.  As a reminder, adjectives are words that describe a noun.  For example:  He took a long rope and tied it around his waist  Long would be the adjective.  Another example might be:  Mrs Homer brushed her curly hair and tied it up into a bun.  The adjective in this sentence would be curly, because curly is describing Mrs. Homer’s hair.  The second skill of the week is identifying “simple predicates” in a sentence.  A predicate is what the subject (noun) is doing.  For example:  He wrinkled his nose and sniffed the wind.  In this sentence, wrinkled and sniffed would be the simple predicates.  Wrinkled and sniffed are the verbs, or action words.

Writing – we will be continuing to work on our opinion essays.  This time, we are not writing “stories,” but more like essays to tell people about something we want or our favorites.  As part of our learning process of how we write opinion essays, we will be focusing on writing strong opinions, then supporting our opinions with reasons, and doing a “Free Write” Friday, where the students will be able to choose a prompt and write about that prompt in their writing notebook.  The prompt that your child chooses may or may not become a “finished” writing piece.  Also, as we’re working on our various pieces, we will begin typing some, so if you’re interested in reading what your child is writing about, you can always have them log-in to Office 365 and pull up their writing.

Reading – this week, we will begin to discussing non-fiction text features.  There are several text features that help us to read and understand non-fiction.  These text features include bolded words, headings, italicized print, maps, sidebars, captions, illustrations, keywords, pronunciations, and subheadings.  When we are reading, it’s super important that we notice and read these words.  Many times, the main idea will come from these non-fiction text features.  We will be adding to our interactive reading journals, so that we have a resource to refer back to.

Social Studies – The students will be receiving their study guide for our upcoming summative assessment on the American Revolution.  The test will be on Wednesday, 11/6/19.  I will get a completed copy posted to the “Social Studies” tab as soon as possible.  Please have your student study, but not memorize, because the test will have the same questions, however, it will not be in the same order.  We will also be playing some games to help us prepare for the test.

Math – we will be continuing to work on factors and multiples as we begin to focus on multiplying and illustrating how we multiply larger numbers.  Please be sure to check out the “Math” tab of the blog to watch some videos on how to multiply larger numbers.  Please understand that our standards state that we must “teach a variety of ways” to multiply larger numbers, but once we teach those strategies, the students can choose their own preferred strategy.  The main reason behind teaching a variety of strategies is to be able to explain their thinking.  As I mentioned at conferences, you will probably think we have lost our minds by the strategies that we teach, but really it’s what we do (the algorithm), it just looks a little differently, so that the students can begin to understand the concept behind it.

We have several upcoming events in the very near future.  Please be sure you are checking your child’s agenda daily for important information and/or daily changes to these events.

Thursday, 10/31/19 – Mystery Readers -if you’re interested, please let us know, so we can get you on the schedule.
Tuesday, 11/5/19 – Election Day – No school for Students – Teacher Workday
Monday, 11/11/19 – Veteran’s day – Veteran’s Day presentation for family members who may have served in the military.
Wednesday, 11/13/19 – End of 2nd quarter’s 4 1/2 weeks
Friday, 11/15/19 – PTSA Sock Hop – time TBD
Wednesday, 11/20/19 – Field Trip to Cobb Youth Museum 11:00 – 2:00
Wednesday, 11/20/19 – Progress Reports go home
Friday, 11/22/19 – Cobb Watershed Presentation
Monday, 11/25-Friday, 11/29 – Thanksgiving Break – no school for students/staff
Friday, 12/6/19 – PTSA’s annual Dinner with Santa
Thursday, 12/19/19 – Fourth Grade’s Winter Holidays Party – TBD/Early Release Day at 12:30
Friday, 12/20/19 – Early Release Day at 12:30
Monday, 12/23 – Friday, 1/3/19 – Winter Holiday Break – No School

Now, for this weeks’ mystery question:  “What is a predicate?”  If you find the answer in the blog and write it on a sheet of paper, you will receive a “Pitner” dollar worth $5.  However, you must write the answer down on a piece of paper and stick it in the black “turn in” basket on top of the sharing cubbies.  Make sure your name is on the paper, so we know who to give the dollar to.

Week of 10/21-10/25/19

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It’s Red Ribbon Week.  There is a “red” paper in your child’s “Friday”/”Graded Paper Folder” that gives you all the information that you need for the things we have going on throughout the week.  You can always download another copy here.

Thank you to everyone who took time out of their super busy schedules to meet with us for your child’s conference.  I know it was difficult to take off from work and such to meet with two crazy teachers, but we do appreciate you taking off the time and coming to meet with us.  We have really enjoyed working with your students and look forward to how they continue to grow and mature throughout this year.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us for anything at all.  Please be sure you are signing your child’s agenda and graded paper folder each week.  We don’t generally mark the backs of the folders, which is a good thing, but occasionally we do, so this is the best way to keep you up to date and informed about what’s going on in the classroom.  Well, without further ado, let’s move on to the next quarter.

Writing – due to a crazy busy schedule last week, we didn’t get to half the stuff we wanted to.  Therefore, we will still be working on opinion writings.  This week, we will be working with creating some ideas of their wants and favorites.  We will also be working on getting a pre-assessment completed.

Grammar – This week for grammar, we will be working on simple vs. compound sentences.  Last week, we worked on conjunctions, and that’s what we use when we want to combine two simple sentences into a compound sentence, so hopefully this week won’t be too difficult of a task..  A compound sentence is when you take two simple sentences and combine them with a comma and a conjunction.  For example, “Fat tears streamed down Laura’s face, and Jane took a step toward her.”  The students will also be expected to find the errors in the sentence and rewrite the sentence correctly.  This week, the students will be revisiting capitalizing proper nouns, as well as the beginning of a sentence.

Reading – This week, we will be continuing to work on finding the main idea.  One way we are going to begin working on finding the main idea is by putting words into categories and then giving the categories names.  Another way we will introduce main ideas is by learning how to find the main idea through a “foldable” that we will glue into our reading journals.  The students will be able to refer back to their journals until it becomes second nature.

Social Studies – we will be getting back into The American Revolution this week.  Due to the early release schedule, we decided to just postpone working on the American Revolution and we worked on our STEAM Projects. The students did a great job of presenting an interactive model in which they taught the various phases of the moon.  This week, we will be focusing on the important events and key people related to the American Revolution.  It’s my hope to have our special guest come in either this week or next.  If you students come home very upset that their skittles were taken, it was for a good cause and hopefully your students will be able to tell you how the colonist felt while they were undergoing the changes to become free from England.

Math – We will be continuing to work on factors and multiples. We have worked really hard to get the 0’s, 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s down.  We will begin focusing on the 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, this week.  We may even learn a new figure trick or two to help us learn some of the higher numbers.  The students will be able to use their journals to help them in the beginning, but when it comes time for the tests and such, they will not be able to use the notebooks.



Monday, 10/21/19 – Author visit in the Learning Commons
Monday, 10/21 – 10/25/19 – Red Ribbon Week and Canned Food Drive
Friday, 10/25/19 – Day of Awesomeness

Thursday, 10/31/19 – Mystery Readers
Tuesday, 11/5/19 – No school for students – Teacher Workday

Mystery Prize Question – beginning this week, if your student comes to school and can answer the special question from the blog, they’ll earn a Pitner dollar.  So, here’s this week’s question:  “What is a compound sentence?”  If your student writes down the definition of a compound sentence from the “grammar” section, I’ll give them a dollar.  Good luck!

Week of 10/14-10/18/19

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It’s so hard to believe that the end of the first quarter is upon us!  Where on Earth is the time going?  I don’t remember a time when the school year has flown by so quickly!  I guess what they say about “Time flies when you’re having fun” is true!  We have so loved having your kids this year!  We are looking forward to continuing to see them grow both physically and academically!  They have all made so many gains so far, I can only imagine how far they will continue to improve.  With that being said, let’s move on to what we’ve got going on this week.  It’s an early release week, due to parent conferences.  Dismissal will begin promptly at 12:30 each day (Monday – Friday).  We are so excited to meet with each and everyone of you to tell you about your child’s successes.

Grammar – This week, we will be using the mentor text Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts.  This such a heartwarming story.  If you would like to listen to the story, you can watch it via YouTube using this link.   This week’s focus is on conjunctions.  We have been discussing the acronym “FANBOYS” to help us remember the conjunctions.  The “F” stands for “for,” the “A” stands for “and,” the “N” stands for “nor,” the “B” stands for “but,” the “O” stands for “or,” “Y” stands for “yet,” and finally “S” stands for “so.”  We will be taking our invitation to edit quiz on Friday.  Please help your student learn to identify these conjunctions.

Writing – This week we will begin our unit on Opinion Writing.  With opinion writing, we aren’t necessarily trying to persuade someone to do something, we can just be stating an opinion about something.  We will be discussing two ways authors come up with opinion essay ideas.  These two ways include “Favorites” and “Wants.”  Please talk with your students about some of their favorites – i.e. favorite foods, restaurants, vacations, etc. as well as their wants – i.e. a Nintendo Switch, a PS4, a specific dessert, etc.  We will be creating some graphic organizers, as well as writing a pre-assessment essay.

Reading – this week, we will begin working on determining the main idea of a text and using supporting details.  We will be using an ice cream cone as our graphic organizer. The main idea is the “most important thought” from the text.  This is a very difficult task for many students.  The students will be expected to determine the main idea, then support their thinking with the supporting details.

Math – this week, we will begin working on our multiplication skills – we will begin with talking about factors and mulitples.  Many of the students already know that products are the answers to multiplication problems, but now that we are in fourth grade, we will call products multiples.  There are several “multiples” for the factors.  For example, the multiples of three (3) are 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, etc.  We will be focusing on the first 5 multiples of each number.  Hopefully, by the end of lessons, we hope that students will understand that to find the multiples, they will be multiplying the number by 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 to get the multiples.  As we get into these new tasks, please feel free to check out the videos on the “Math How to” tab of the blog.  I’ll be adding new videos from time to time to help with these new skills.


Week of 10/7-10/11/19

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My apologies for the delay in the post this week.  It was a very busy weekend.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the wonderful fall weather.  If you were able to make it to the Fall Festival, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  I hate that I missed many of you, but I was there for the first half of the day and had to leave, due to other commitments.  This is going to be a very busy week as well.  Especially with this being the last day of the first quarter.  We have a lot to cover and a very short time to do so.  So, without further ado, let’s move on to our week.

Grammar – This week, our grammar focus is on personification – this is when in animate objects are given humanistic characteristics.  An example of this would be “An orange ball of a sun dipped down behind the orchard, painting the sky pink and red behind it.”  Well, the sun doesn’t actually “dip” nor does it “paint.”  These are both humanistic characteristics given to the sun.  Another example might be, “I smacked the table when it jumped up and bit me.”  Well, we both know that tables don’t have teeth, therefore it can’t “bite” anything. 

Writing – This week we will continue working on fictional narratives.  We have just begun this unit, and due to circumstances out of our control, we’ll be putting this unit on hold after this week and moving on to opinion writing, beginning next week.  We will be talking about what makes a fictional narrative a fictional narrative, as well as beginning to focus on characters and settings of our fictional narratives.  Never fear, we will be coming back to all of this at the end of the year, during the fourth quarter, so this will give us a quick jump start on “coming attractions.”

Reading – This week, we will be continuing to focus on theme, as well as point of view.  The students seemed to understand the various points of view, but some are having a hard time providing evidence from the passages to support their thoughts.  The students understand that when it’s first person, the narrator uses the words I, me, we, us, our, etc. and that when the narrator is speaking in third person, the narrator will call the characters by name, use words such as he/she, them/they, etc.  However, when it comes time for the students to support their thinking, they are not going back into the text to find specific text to “lift” from the page and put into their answer.  We will continue working with this during this week.

Science – This week, we are going to be participating in a STEAM Challenge.  We have been working on the STEAM challenge all during the quarter, but now it’s time for us to actually create something.  We will be creating a moon in a box within groups in our classroom.  The students will need to go through all the design engineering process steps to create their “moon in a box” and then present it to the class.

Math – this week will be continuing to work on calculating the perimeter of rectilinear shapes.  All this means is that we will use the formula of P = s+s+s+s.  The students will need to add up all the sides of the shape.  We started working with irregular shapes last week, but many of us became frustrated with the concept, so we will go back and work on that concept as well.  We will also be taking the Cobb County mandated Math Touchstone.  We will use this data to help us “regroup” and focus on skills that were taught, but did not get mastered.  Please understand that the Touchstone score may have been put into Synergy, but will be taken out as this is not a test that is a grade.  It’s just an assessment to help us know what we need to go back and reteach or extend.

We have a lot of upcoming events this week.  It’s going to be a very busy two weeks or so.


Monday, 10/7/19 – Math Touchstone
Tuesday, 10/8/19 – Field Trip to Cobb County Safety Village
Wednesday, 10/9/19 – ELA Touchstone (again, not for a grade)
Thursday, 10/10/19 – Early Release Day – Dismissal at 12:30
Friday, 10/11/19 – Last day of first quarter
Monday – Friday, 10/14-10/17/19 – Conference Week – 12:30 Dismissal Daily
Monday, 10/14/19 – First day of second quarter
Tuesday, 10/15/19 – Learning Commons for a lesson
Wednesday, 10/16/19 – Guidance with Ms. Perry


Week of 9/30-10/4/19

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I hope everyone had a great week off!  I know I really enjoyed spending time with my family up in Pigeon Forge, TN.  It was a great week of rest and relaxation, as well as a chance to do some things we’ve never done before.  Well, now that our break is over, I guess it’s time to let you know what we have on our agendas this week.  It’s going to be a very busy week.  We have several “extra” things going on this week.   Monday begins “Hispanic Heritage Month” and we will be introducing this in class, but please be on the lookout for a “Bingo” board to come home related to this. If you would like to get a “jump start” on the bingo board, please feel free to download it below. 

Friday, October 4th, we will be participating in “Cape Day” to help support Children’s Health Care of Atlanta (CHOA).  Bring $1.00 and wear a cape to school!

Saturday, 10/5/19 is our annual Fall Festival.  Please find additional information here.

Also, if your child is interested in participating in the Pitner Creativity Challenges, please feel free to download the PDF below.

Grammar – This week, we will be working with the mentor text When Lightning Comes in a Jar by Patricia Polacco.  The focus for this week’s mentor sentence will be on using vivid verbs.  What this means is using verbs to help the reader draw a picture in their minds about what they are reading.  Some examples of vivid verbs are “squealed” rather than “said” or “leap” rather than “jump.”

Writing – we will begin working on fictional narrative writing.  This is similar to the personal narratives that we just finished writing.  The only difference between personal narratives and fictional narratives is that personal narratives are true stories about your personal life and fictional narratives are narratives that can be made up about anything.  It can be completely fictional.

Reading – this week we will begin working on point of view (POV).  The point of view for books and stories are from the view of the narrator.  When the narrator speaks in first person, they use words such as “I,” “me,” “we,” “us,” etc.  If the narrator is speaking in third person, they use words such as “he,” “she,” “they,” “them,” etc.  The point of view is either the narrator is either right there, seeing the scene unfold, or the narrator is looking through a window, so to speak.  The narrator will be looking “through” a window and describing what they see, rather than actually being there.

Social Studies – we are moving from our study on planets and our solar system to social studies and we will be talking about the American Revolution, including the causes, the major battles, as well as the key people related to the American Revolution.  This week, we will also hopefully have a special guest, “Queen Edwards.”  Please know that what goes on with “Queen Edwards” is similar to what the colonists dealt with during the American Revolution by the taxes handed down from King George.  The students will get very upset, but that’s expected.  We want them to really understand what it was like for the colonists and to help them understand why the colonists wanted to break away from the monarchy.

Math – this week, we will continue using our addition and subtraction skills to calculate perimeter.  If you recall, to find the perimeter of a rectangle there is a formula. The formula is P = s + s + s +s.  Therefore, the students will need to add the sides of the rectangles or squares.  We will also be taking a common summative assessment, as well as the CCSD touchstone.


Monday, 9/30/19 – Hispanic Heritage Month begins.  Please see the Bingo board that should be coming home with your child tomorrow.
Tuesday, 10/1/19 – Firemen visit from The Cobb Safety Village
Wednesday, 10/2/19 – Conference Letters coming home – please sign and return asap.
Friday, 10/4/19 – Cape Day to support CHOA for $1.00
Friday, 10/4/19 – Zoo Phonics Parade for Kindergarten – 8:00 a.m.
Friday, 10/4/19 – Visit from WellStar Education – Temper Tamers (in house)
Saturday, 10/5/19 – Pitner’s Fall Festival 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Chili Cook-off 11:30 – 12:00
Tuesday, 10/8/19 – Field Trip to Cobb Safety Village
Thursday, 10/10/19 – Early Release Day – Dismissal at 12:30
Friday, 10/11/19 – End of the first quarter
Monday, 10/14 – Friday, 10/18/19 – Conference Week – report cards will go home during the conference.

Week of 9/16-9/20/19

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Wow!  It’s so hard to believe that we’ve been in school for almost 6 full weeks now!  Just 5 busy days until we’re off on our first week long break of the year.  Hopefully, this week will be a little calmer than last week was.  Whew!  Who knew a slight change in our schedule would make for such a strange week?  Well, hopefully, we’ll be back on a normal schedule this week and it will fly!  Thank you to all who have come out to support the Fall Book Fair.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to pop in, you can continue to come in until Thursday of this week.  The book fair will be closing at 12:00 noon on Thursday.  Please feel free to click the link in the post below to order books.  Also, thank you for all you did for sending out the fundraiser donation links!  We greatly appreciate it!  Please let us know your thoughts on how you think it worked.  Just a quick reminder to be sure and have everything turned in no later than this Friday, 9/20/19!  Don’t forget about our “Awesome 80’s” dress up day on Friday!  Pull out those scrunchies, big bows, and neon to wear to school on 9/20/19!

Grammar – Due to a change in the schedule last week, we will still be working on the mentor text Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, where we are focusing on showing possession.  Remember, when we’re showing something that belongs to one (1) person or thing, we write an apostrophe and add an s to the end of the noun.  If we are talking about something that belongs to more than one (1) person, we just need to add an apostrophe to the end of the word.  We will also be reviewing adjectives.  Remember, adjectives are words that describe the noun.  For example, Mrs. Poulos wore a blue shirt to school today.  The word, “blue” describes which shirt Mrs. Poulos wore.

Writing – This week we will be publishing our final draft on our personal narrative, using Microsoft Word and placing into our Fascinating Fourth Graders Class Notebook.  If you haven’t used Office 365, it’s a great way to do work and access your account from any computer.  Your children will have access to pull up their Office 365 account from any computer or device.  We will be spending lots of time learning how to log-in and upload to the notebook.  Please ask your children to share their writing with you.

Reading – We are continuing our unit on determining the Theme (lesson/moral) that the author is trying to convey with the story.  For example, the theme for this week’s mentor sentence text, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, was to be kind, even if someone isn’t kind to you.  Also, some of the students mentioned, “Lend a helping hand,” “Be Yourself,” “Friendship,” “Care for others,” and “Stand up for yourself.”  With theme, there is not always one right or wrong answer.  We are working toward students determining the theme and then supporting their thinking by using examples from the story.  In your students’ nightly reading, please consider asking them some questions related to the theme.  Even if you have not read the book, your child should be able to tell you what they think the theme is and then have them show or explain to you what made them come up with that idea.

Science – this week, we will be discussing the planets in our solar system and the constellations in our night skies.  We have a special treat this week.  We will have the CCSD star lab coming to Pitner.  Our very own Mrs. Homer has been trained on the Star Lab and we will get the unique opportunity to venture in there and find out where all the various constellations are located in the night sky.  This is one of our favorite things during the entire school year!  We will be testing on planets and the moon on Friday, 9/20.  A study guide should have come home in your child’s graded paper folder on Friday, 9/13.

Math – we are continuing with our unit on addition and subtraction.  The students are doing a great job of regrouping the zeros, when there are no other “units” to regroup.   We are still having some difficulty with the subtraction of larger numbers.  Please continue to encourage your students to work on Xtra Math (www.xtramath.org) at home. I know they love Prodigy, but having those addition, subtraction, and multiplication math facts down will help tremendously as well.  Please be sure to check out the “Math How-To” page for videos that might be helpful in helping your child with this daunting task.


Friday, 9/20/19 – 80’s Dress-up Day!  Wear your favorite 80’s outfit
Monday, 9/23-Friday, 9/27 – Fall Break – No school for students or Staff
Monday, 9/30/19 – Hispanic Heritage Month begins
Friday, 10/4/19 – CHOA Cape Day – Bring $1.00 and wear your favorite cape!  See information link in the blog post below.
Friday, 10/4/19 – Well Star Visit at 12:30 p.m. – Temper Tamers
Saturday, 10/5/19 – Pitner’s Fall Festival
Thursday, 10/10/19 – Early Release – 12:30 dismissal – please know how your child is going home.
Monday, 10/14/19 – Friday, 10/18/19 – Early Release due to Conference week – 12:30 dismissal

Week of 9/9-9/13/19

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We are 10 quick days from our first “break” of the school year.  We have had a great start to the school year!  Students are working hard on learning how to round, all about the moon, adjectives, correct capitalization of proper nouns, as well as several other things.  This week is no different!  We have a very busy couple of weeks these next two.  Please be sure to check back each week for any and all updates.  Here’s what we are working on this week.  On Friday of this week, we’re asking that your students support their favorite college team.  Mrs. Homer and I will have on our college attire.  If your student doesn’t have any of their college attire, that’s okay.  This is not mandatory, just something “fun” to look forward to at the end of the week.

On Thursday, 9/12/19, our Scholastic Book Fair “Arctic Adventure” will begin.  It will run from Thursday, 9/12/19 through Thursday 9/19/19 from 7:15 – 2:45 each day.  Please consider coming and purchasing some books from the media center.  If you aren’t able to attend the book fair, but would like to purchase a book or two, please feel free to use the following link:  Pitner’s Scholastic Fall Book Fair 2019

Grammar – This week’s mentor sentence will come from the book Spaghettin in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy.  We are focusing on punctuating possessives correctly.  When we show possession, we use an apostrophe and a s, or if it the word is already plural, we would just add the apostrophe at the end of the word.  For example, “Have you seen the boy’s backpack?”  Here, we add the apostrophe and the s, because are talking about one boy.  However, if we were talking about more than one boy, we would write “Have you seen the boys’ backpacks?”  Here, we would just add the apostrophe at the end of boys, because we are talking about more than one boy.  We will also need to identify the adjective in the sentence.  An adjective is a word that describes a noun.  For example, Mrs. Poulos wore her red Braves shirt on Sunday.  The words red and Braves would be adjectives that are used to describe the shirt that Mrs. Poulos was wearing.  We will have our “invitation to edit” quiz on Friday, where the students will be expected to identify the adjective in the mentor sentence, then choose the word that correctly fills in the blank (these will be the words that show possession).

Writing – we are continuing to work on our personal narrative. This week, we will finish working on adding sensory details by having a “tasting” session.  Then we will begin working with paragraphs and knowing when to start a new paragraph, how to write a good ending to their story, as well as beginning to edit and publish their writing.  We hope you’ll come by within the next week or so to see their published pieces.

Reading – we are continuing to work on determining the theme of the story, or poem.  This can be a rather difficult task, because it’s generally implied and the author doesn’t come out and tell you what the “lesson” is that they are trying to “teach.”  To determine the theme, you have to infer by using your background knowledge and what you’re reading on the page.  There can be several “themes” within stories/books/poems.  For example, one theme in the story, The Three Little Pigs, someone might say, “the theme of this story is to preserve,” or “hard work pays off.”  The first two pigs didn’t work as hard as the third pig, and they hurried through building their houses.  Well, look what happened to them, they got eaten.  However, the third little pig put forth lots and lots of time and effort to build his house of bricks, and he was able to survive the wolf.  The author didn’t come out and say “the theme of the story of the three little pigs is ‘to persevere,'” but we know by “reading between the lines” and using our background knowledge that his hard work paid off.  We will continue working on determining the theme this week and next.

Science – we will be continuing our unit on the moon and beginning to discuss the planets and stars in our solar system.  We will be continuing to integrate some “STEAM” activities within our unit.  We will be including some information about distances and having the students write some word problems using various distances during Math.

Math – This week, we will begin working on adding and subtracting with larger numbers.  We are going to try something new this year with regrouping.  As you now, there can only be one (1) digit per column in place value.  Therefore, when we have a double digit sum, we would need to “regroup” the extra digit to the next place.  Well, Mrs. Homer and I talked about it and we thought it would be helpful to have the students “regroup” any zeroes (0) to the next place, so that when we get to the point where we have to regroup digits, the students will be in the habit of regrouping.  I know this sounds “different” than the way we learned, but not everyone learns in the same way, or in the same amount of time, so we will be continuing our math groups and working to begin “regrouping” the zeroes, to help us remember to regroup larger digits. 

Monday, 9/9/19 – Step it up Kids Fundraiser Kick-off
Thursday, 9/12/19 – First day of the Fall Book Fair.
Thursday, 9/12/19 – Curriculum Night – come learn about our Literacy and STEAM initiatives

Friday, 9/13 – College Day – wear your favorite college attire!
Wednesday, 9/18 – Friday, 9/20 – the Star Lab will be at Pitner – this is an in school field trip, where we get to go climb into an “igloo” and see the various constellations.
Friday, 9/20 – 80’s Dress-up Day – Wear your best 1980’s outfit!  Bring on the NEON!
Monday, 9/23-Friday, 9/27 – Fall Break – No school for students/teachers
Tuesday, 10/1/19 – Fire Safety Visit from Cobb County Safety Village
Friday, 10/4/19Cape Day for CHOA
Tuesday, 10/8/19 – Field Trip to Cobb County Safety Village
Thursday, 10/10/19 – Early Release – Dismissal begins at 12:30 p.m.


Week of September 2 – 6, 2019

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We hope everyone has a great three day weekend and that you have a chance to rest, relax, and spend some time with your family. It’s only about three weeks until we have another break.  We have a lot to cover in a very short period of time.  If you would like to order a class t-shirt, please remember that shirt orders and money are due no later than this Friday, 9/6/19.  This will be our only t-shirt order this year, so if your child wants one, I request that you send in the money and form no later than Friday.  If you aren’t sure if you have purchased a shirt or not, please email either myself (www.robin.poulos@cobbk12.org) or Mrs. Homer (www.tracey.homer@cobbk12.org).  Thank you to everyone who sent in their students’ folders last week.  It was nice to see the change in just a short week.  We had a great time watching Gutsy the Fox at our PBIS kick-off on Friday.  Please be sure you check out Mrs. Homer’s blog for some great pictures and videos from the kick-off.  Also, please feel free to check out their website at www.gutsyfox.com 

Here’s what we have on our agenda for this week:

Writing – We will be continuing to work on our personal narratives.  We will be focusing on our senses and how they can help us add more details to our stories.

Reading – We will begin working on the “Theme” of our books.  In order to understand how to determine a theme of a story or book, the students first need to understand the story elements.  We will be using the mentor text Chrysanthemum to help them identify the characters, setting, problem, and solution.  Once the students have a solid foundation of the story elements, we will move on to summarizing, finding the main idea, and topics related to their readings.  After we have this foundation we will be moving on to determining the theme of the story.

Grammar/ELA – This week, our mentor text is a book called Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun.  The focus will be on showing possession and/or ownership in our writing by adding an apostrophe and an s or just an apostrophe at the end of the word (if the word ends in an s).

Math – We will be finishing up place value and rounding by taking some formative assessments.  Then, we will move into addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers with regrouping.


Monday, 9/2/19 – Labor Day – Enjoy your “Last Day of Summer” – No school for students/staff
Friday, 9/6/19 – First quarter progress reports to go home
Thursday, 9/12/19 – Curriculum Night – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, 9/12 – Thursday 9/19/19 – Fall Book Fair (in the media center)
Friday, 9/13/19 – College Kick-off Day – Wear your favorite college attire
Friday, 9/20/19 – 80’s Day – Wear your favorite 80’s outfit
Monday, 9/23 – Friday, 9/27/19 – Fall Break – No school for students/staff
Monday, 9/30/19 – Hispanic Heritage Month begins
Friday, 10/4/19 – Visit from WellStar – Temper Tamers
Saturday, 10/5/19 – Fall Festival at Pitner – more details to come