Week of November 12th

We are cruising through 4th grade, learning and growing constantly!  I’m amazed at how much the students are learning each day and growing in the process.


11/12 – Cherrydale Fundraiser Pick up – 2:30pm-6:00pm

11/15 – Special Thanksgiving Book and Craftivity with Mrs. Edie

11/16 – Culminating Movie as we finish our book, Indian in the Cupboard.

11/19-11/23 – Thanksgiving Break – No School

11/26 – Special Visit from Cobb County Water


Math: We are working toward using the standard algorithm in multiplication with 2×1, 3×1 and 4×1 digit multiplication.

Reading: We are working on main idea as a class and non-fiction skills and strategies in guided reading groups.  We are working on summarizing our text.

Writing: We are finishing up our opinion pieces on what makes a good friend and will complete a persuasive writing on turkeys for Thanksgiving.

Grammar: We are working on homophones this week: It’s & Its, Two, Too & To and Whether & Weather.

Spelling: Sort 7 is due on Friday, our test day.

Science: We are beginning a unit on Ecosystems.

Week of November 5th

Thank you to our Mystery Readers last week, Mrs. Lanier and Mrs. Reimers!  We really enjoyed having them in our classroom and reading to us.

Reading Challenge for the months of November and December will be to read an additional 6 hours to earn a free pass to Six Flags.  Those that choose to complete this and return it before the December break will participate in the reading celebration.  Those that complete the challenge but do not return it until after December can still earn the ticket only.  The reading log will come home on Monday.


11/6 – No School

11/7 – Art Orders Due

11/19 – 11/23 – Thanksgiving Break


Math – We are working on multiplication of large numbers using the area model and distributive property.

Reading – We are working on non fiction text structure.

Writing – We are working on our opinion piece about what makes a good friend.

Spelling – We are beginning Sort 7 – Spelling Homework Sort7. This is due on 11/16.

Grammar – We are working on the homophones: You’re & Your, Two, Too & To, as well as Its & It’s.

Social Studies – We are diving into life after the war, as a new nation.

Week of October 29th

Here we are, in the final week of October!  We have been very busy learning and growing in 4th grade!  This week, we have a 2 field trips.  We do not have to worry about sack lunches, as we will have the opportunity to eat regular lunch at school for both days.  Please make sure your child wears their red class t-shirt on Tuesday and Thursday with jeans and closed-toe shoes.


10/30 – Field Trip to the Youth Museum

10/31 – Mystery Reader Day

11/1 – Field Trip to Willy Wonka – We are leaving right at 7:50.  Your child must be at school on time to attend this field trip.  October reading logs are due as well as the October reading challenge.


Math –  We are working on the area model of multiplication and will be looking at establishing the distributive property.

Reading –  We are continuing with Non-fiction text structure.

Writing – We are working on opinion writing.

Spelling –  We will have a test over Sort 6 on Friday.

Social Studies – We will have a test over the American Revolution on Friday.  The study guide will come home on Monday.

Week of October 22nd

This week is Red Ribbon Week!  Please look over the flyer to see how you can support your child and our Pitner community with being drug and bully free!



10/22 – Author Visit with Michael White

10/30 – Field Trip to the Youth Museum

10/31 – Mystery Reader Day – Are you interested and available to read to our class?  If so, please send me an email and let me know!  We’d LOVE to have you!

11/1 – Field Trip to Willy Wonka, Reading Challenge (only 3 activities) Due, October Reading Log due

11/6 – No School due to Election Day and Teacher Inservice


Math – Multiplication by 10s, 100s, and 1,000s, properties of multiplication, Representation of larger multiplication facts

Reading – We are beginning a focus on non-fiction text.  Whole group lessons will focus on characteristics of non-fiction text with an emphasis on structure.  Guided Reading will focus on skills and strategies related to non-fiction text.

Writing – We are moving into opinion writing.  We will look at structure and complete a short essay on Spiders.

Grammar – We are back to Mentor Sentences using the text The Memory String.

Spelling – We are working on sort 6: Spelling Homework Sort6.  This will be due on our test date of November 2nd.

Social Studies – We are nearing the end of the Revolution with a focus on the Battle of Saratoga, Benjamin Franklin, the Battle of Yorktown, and the Treaty of Paris.

Week of October 15th

Happy Fall!  It finally feels a little less like summer and a little more like fall!  With the fluctuating weather patterns, you may want to consider sending your child to school with a sweatshirt or light jacket each day.  Our recess time is in the morning, so can often be chilly.

This week is Conference week.  I’m looking forward to meeting with you to discuss the progress your child has made thus far.  Due to conferences, school will dismiss at 12:30pm each day.  If you have alternate dismissal plans, please send a note in writing.


10/15-10/19 – Conference week and Early Release at 12:30; no lunch visitors this week

10/16 – Fall Picture Retakes

10/17 – Fundraiser Ends

10/19 – Cape Day – Bring $1 to wear a cape to benefit CHOA

10/22-10/26 – Red Ribbon Week

10/30 – Field Trip to the Youth Museum

11/1 – Field Trip to see Willy Wonka


Math – We are beginning with factors and multiples as we look at multiplication.  We will also review perimeter of rectilinear figures and take a quiz this week over this material.

Reading – We are finishing up Point of View and will dive deep into perspective this week.

Writing – We are working on our fictional narratives – developing characters through action and dialogue.

Spelling – We will have our spelling test on Friday over Spelling Sort5.

Social Studies – This week in the American Revolution, we are studying John Hancock, Benedict Arnold, the Battle of Saratoga and Benjamin Franklin.

Week of October 8th

Congratulations to Carter for winning the plush cow for the Cherrydale Fundraiser!  Keep those orders coming!  The fundraising helps benefit our school.

I’m looking forward to speaking with you at conferences.  What a pleasure it is to work with your child and I’m so excited to share their progress with you!


10/10 – Practice Lock Down Drill for the Cafeteria

10/11 – Early Release Day at 12:30pm

10/12 – All Permission Slips & Payment are due for our Field Trips at the end of the month.  It is also Spirit Day – Wear your Red class t-shirt…or any red shirt.  We will also have a assembly launching our new behavior incentive plan!

10/15-10/19 – Conference Week and Early Release all week at 12:30pm


Math – We are working on perimeter of rectilinear shapes.

Reading – We are working on Point of View.

Spelling – We have a new sort – Spelling Homework Sort5.  This is due on October 19th, our test day.

Grammar – We are focusing on using commas in a series.

Writing – We are beginning a fictional narrative writing piece.  The personal narratives are already in the hallway, ready for you to read and enjoy!

Social Studies – This week we will focus on Paul Revere, The Declaration of Independence, and the Battle at Lexington and Concord.

Week of October 1st

I hope you had a restful and relaxing Fall Break.  We are almost finished with this first nine weeks and will be starting off the month strong!


10/1 – Book Reports Due, Reading Logs Due

10/2 – Reflections Projects Due

10/10 – End of the Nine Weeks

10/11 – Early Release Day at 12:30

10/12 – Field Trip Forms & Payment Due for Willy Wonka and the Youth Museum

10/15 – 10/19 – Conference Week and Early Release at 12:30 all week


Math – We are continuing to work on word problems and are branching out into multi-step word problems and input/output problem solving.

Reading – We are continuing with a focus on theme as we look closely at 3 texts that support the theme of “Hope Through Obstacles”.  We will look at how different narratives can portray the same theme through various stories and how we support our thinking with evidence.

Writing – We will be looking closely at how to unpack a writing prompt and will begin to break down the language of writing tasks.

Mentor Sentences – The Hope Jar

Spelling – We will have a test on Friday over sort 4 – Spelling Homework Sort4

Social Studies – We are focusing on the First Continental Congress, Patrick Henry and Paul Revere this week.

Health – We are looking at the impact of smoking on our health.


Week of September 17th

We are cruising through September at record speed (at least it feels that way).  We have a full week this week, so please read through our highlights to see what we will be working on.

This week, you received a permission slip for our upcoming field trips to the Cobb Youth Museum and the play “Willy Wonka”.  Please return both the signed permission slips and the $18 as soon as possible.  Thank you!


9/19 – Library Lesson & checkout, Huey Luey’s Spirit Night

9/21 – Dominoes Pizza Fundraiser Due

9/24-9/28 – Fall Break – No School

10/1 – Sandwich Book Report due

10/2 – PTSA Reflections Projects due


Math – We are focusing on solving word problems with addition and subtraction using the algorithm.  We will have a test on Friday (the study guide for this will be our homework as a  nightly practice – please check your child’s work).

Reading – We are finishing up theme this week and most guided reading groups.

Writing – We are finalizing our personal narratives and will celebrate with an author’s share.  We will begin looking at how to address writing prompts.

Spelling – We are beginning sort 4: Spelling Homework Sort4.  This will be due on the test date of Friday, October 5th.

Grammar – We are focusing on subjects and predicates this week.

Social Studies – We are continuing our build up on the road to the Revolutionary War.  This week we will focus on the Townshend Acts, The Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party.

Health – We will also spend some time focusing on healthy choices.



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