❄ Last week of January ❄

Well, we haven’t had any snow days yet. That’s a bummer. BUT, we are having a great time in room #408. πŸ™‚

Time to start typing up our Baby James informational papers. The students will be given a rubric to work off of and a peer may help them edit before they submit their papers online. You may read your child’s paper online if you log into their 365 account and go into our class notebook. Hopefully your child can tell you how to navigate to their submission.

Writing is hard work…

…but it’s easier with a little help. πŸ˜‰

The conversations they must be having while the kids are gone…

James and Zoe are adorable ❀ Reminds Mrs. Homer of Kevin and Pinkie.

The living room, now called the baby garden. Where do they come up with this? πŸ˜‚

Mrs. Poulos had a birthday this wek (Happy Birthday!! πŸŽ‰) so we celebrated with a giant rice krispie treat that Mrs. Homer got to share.

That is a big chunk of yummy goodness. However will we decide how much each person should get?

I know! Let’s have a lesson on equivalent fractions!! (yay, groan, LOL).

Working hard on our state projects in the learning commons with Ms. Stanley.

Filling in our outlines…

making rough drafts for our scripts…

and typing up our research.

Can you find your state on the map?? What is the capital of your state??

January Happenings 13th- 24th

❀ Family Photo with the Baby James sock dolls ❀

Each day the “kids” are tucked in and taken care of. Whether it is to go to specials or when we leave for the day, each one has a buddy or a quiet place to “rest”. 😎

Work time is especially fun when you have someone to do it with. ❀

Getting research completed for the State Project (due February 14th). Watch your emails and Mrs. Poulos’ blog for more information.

We studied Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley in science this week. He was the first known photographer of snow crystals. Most snow flakes/ snow crystals have six sides but I found some frost that looked like different shapes.

After our discussions about snow crystal symmetry, we looked into different shapes to see what lines of symmetry they had.


Back in the swing!

Our first week of 2020 was a success!

Mentor Sentences are going strong. On Monday we read the text and take note of what we see. On Tuesday we go through all of the parts of speech. Wednesday we revise/ edit the sentence. Thursday is write a sentence using the target skill. Friday is the Invitation to Edit Quiz. πŸ™‚

The Baby James Project is happening! πŸ₯°

He is so excited to have some new friends in class! πŸ‘Ά

For the holidays, Mrs. Poulos and Mrs. Homer surprised the kiddos with the Baby James Project. We will discuss skills used for this task in writing, reading, math and life skills.

Picking out the outfits. πŸ‘•

What type of pacifier did they want to choose?

Spelling Bee on Friday morning, we are so proud of our two representatives. 🐝

Way to go A!

Way to go J!

We love you! Great job!!!

SO proud of our little ducks.

Spelling Bee: Most Animated Award, teehee.

Sneaking in a selfie for good luck! ❀

You’ve got this, we will be cheering on from class. ❀

The classroom kids are coming along…

working hard at stuffing, sewing and shaping…

learning gets messy, but that’s ok!!

Stay tuned for our family photo next week.

Welcome to 2020!

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To start out this new year I would like to say thank you. Thank you for all the thoughtful notes and gifts for the holidays. Robin and I are so blessed to work with your children each day. They are truly a gift to us. We hope everyone had a restful break and they are ready to finish out this school year strong. We only have 2 quarters left but they are difficult ones. We will be tackling division, fractions and muti-step word problems. We have informational writing up next with a fun project to kick off the unit. Reading will continue with groups and practice on citing evidence. Science will be fun with weather, light/ sound, force/ motion and habitats/ecosystems. We will also be going on a field trip to Sparkles to reinforce the force & motion unit. We have a couple fun STEAM activities on the docket as well. Social Studies will continue with Westward Expansion and the Civil War.

As you can see, we have lots of work to do, but I know they will be AWESOME!

Here are some pictures from the last week of December:

Playing Kahoot! to study for the science test πŸ™‚

Sharing our art work is fun during free time. 🎨

I found a post on how you can harvest drinking water from FOG. How cool is that?

One of the rotations during our classroom celebration was to make a snowflake. We will be studying Snowflake Bentley to kick off the new year. ❄

Another station was to make little penguin puppets. We will look more into penguins and their habitats in a few weeks. 🐧

Cookie making time! Ugly sweaters was the challenge! πŸ‘š

So much fun!

Baby James was worn out from all the fun activities going on.

The 4th Grade Team wishes you a wonderful holiday season. ❀

December Happenings

❀ Happy Teachers to be blessed with such a great class ❀

Our little ducks made turkeys for their holiday book report

Learning commons with Ms. Stanley. We talked about our upcoming State Project in January and February. Your child should know their state. Please ask them what it is. Email us if they need a reminder.

We made water cycles in a bag. This was a great observation activity to go along with our “water logs” and the filtration STEAM activity.

Working hard taking the 45 minute writing prompt assessment.

Discussions in science led to an impromptu science lab. What happens when we boil ice?

Taking turns observing the process of solid to liquid to gas.

❄ YAY!! It’s STEAM DAY!! ❄

❄ Walking in a winter STEAMland ❄

Our materials for STEAM day

Going through the Engineering design process using the 4 C’s (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity) is super fun!!

πŸ’‘ Make sure we:

  • Ask
  • Imagine
  • Plan
  • Create
  • Improve

Working hard with our groups.

Looking at the materials and deciding what to do next

Using our journals and prior knowledge to work through the ED process.

We are starting to build our ideas!

Teamwork is fun!!

Will it work??

Ravenpuff Table, final filter. Looks great!

Gryffendor filter is working according to plan.

Gryffendor Table decided to redesign for their final filter.

Final preparations before pouring the water in.

Living room group looks really clear!

Nice work!

Back Table is working hard and they are getting cleaner water!

Poulos & Homer have done this before. πŸ˜‰

Not quite ready to drink but it looks SO much better!

The Patriot Force Robotics Team is presenting their project before competition on Saturday, December 14th. They had an idea for competition that actually tied in with the water cycle and water filtration. Seems like a good time to share their findings.

Last activity for STEAM day was watching the afternoon PNN.

❄ I have a student that now lives in the Netherlands. Her mommy took a picture of the ice formations on their car windshield, aren’t they beautiful?? ❄

Happy Thanksgiving! πŸ¦ƒ

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Happy Thanksgiving! We made it to the break. πŸ™‚

When we return we will only have 15 days left in Q2. πŸ™ This year is flying by so fast.

We wish each of you an amazing break. We hope you enjoy time with your family and get some rest. We will be ready to go on December 2nd!

Before we leave, let’s take a look at what we have been doing in room #408:

Our AMAZING Veterans Day Celebration. Thank you to all who have served. We appreciate you! ❀

Working on our Thanksgiving Turkey book reports πŸ¦ƒ

More turkeys…

…even more turkeys…

…turkey work gets messy. Learning gets messy. Chaos is good. πŸ™‚

Practicing our reader’s theater skills for our field trip to the Cobb Youth Museum.

Everyone did a great job reading clearly and using their readers inflection.

Student teachers teaching math problems that they created.

Student teaching: the ones doing the talking are the ones doing the learning.

Great teaching means great engagement from their peers!

Learning to finger knit during Fun Friday…

Knitting is a lost art. Mrs. Homer knits and Mrs. Poulos crochets. We talked about both of these techniques with our discussion of the Revolution.

Watching Liberty Kids while we have lunch in the classroom on Field trip day.

At the Cobb Youth Museum we got to see a puppet show about Benjamin Franklin (Mrs. Homer’s favorite Founding Father)

Room number 1: All about Boston and the events leading up to the Revolution

Room number 2: In the heat of Battle, learning about the war using actors and costumes.

Room number 3: All about the Constitutional Convention and the Declaration of Independence.

PBIS store is open for business! Students can use their Pitner Bucks to purchase items or activities off the menu list. Way to go Patriots! Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Empowered!

WOOOHOOO For the second time, we earned the Art Award πŸ™‚ Way to go Ducks!

Recess time is a great chance to learn about nature. We discovered seed pods on the campus. It was fun to research how they travel, what they grow and what they are made of.

Mrs. Poulos and I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving break. πŸ¦ƒ

❀ Be safe and see you all back on the 2nd. ❀


Padlet Link

Water Cycle Padlet


Month 11, week 2 :)

Day Week of Awesomeness!

Webquest work in the computer lab. Learning all about our Founding Fathers.

More technology. Students earned a BYOD day for filling the popcorn bucket, AGAIN! That is the 4th time this year. Way to be AWESOME!

More BYOD time pictures. Sharing and taking turns makes us happy.

Working on math skills. Watch out parents, your homework is coming. Check the symbaloo for online videos and resources to help you if you get stuck.

Working hard and practicing makes it easier.

Working together is fun too!

Sharing ideas and strategies helps us learn.

Baby James cuteness break. πŸ™‚

Kids in the wild. Random action picture. πŸ™‚

Day of Awesomeness! Way to raise over $12,000 for our school. ❀

4th and 5th grade got to celebrate together.

Axe throwing game was a hit. Mrs. Homer beat Mrs. Poulos, giggle.

❀ Friends ❀

❀Classmates ❀

❀ Duckies ❀

❀ Patriots ❀

Foosball challenge!

❀ Hanging with friends from another class ❀

Merge cube fun during indoor recess

Working together is the name of the game.

Practicing math facts for fluency.

Student teachers for the win!

Hello November!

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What a busy week in #408. We had so many fun activities and lots of learning was going on. Please let us know if you ever have any questions about what we are learning or would like to come in as a mystery reader. We would love to have you!

Morning routine is completed so students can get on the tablets and play Prodigy.

Learning Commons lesson on plagiarism.

Ms. Stanley read us a story while we picked out the important details about original work vs. plagiarized work.

Love the engagement in Ms. Stanley’s lesson! Way to go ducks!

Student teachers sharing their quick prompt on 10/31

Story choices were abundant!

We enhanced things a bit with some art as well.

Using text features (like illustrations) also helps with our writing.

Mystery Reader in the class! Thank you Mr. Stephenson! ❀

What an engaging segment reading in our current book, Out of My Mind.

The supports of our story, the bones of the story, are evident with our mini-book report for October.

Math fluency practice. I loved seeing them work together, encourage each other to finish the task (it was hard!) and share the materials.

Working hard!

Working together!

Sticking with it until the end!

Almost finished!

Queen Edwards came in to help the students demonstrate “Taxation without Representation”.

Our tax collectors did a great job getting the money (skittles) from the colonists.

“Skittles, Skittles in my cup! Tax, them, tax them, fill it up!”

Thank you Queen Edwards, we had fun with our activity!

Red Ribbon Week

Another fantastic week for classroom #408 is in the books. Sit back and enjoy our week in pictures. πŸ™‚

Author Gail Karwoski came to talk to our entire school about writing non-fiction books. The kids enjoyed learning about 1st hand vs. 2nd hand experience, adding action into writing and dialog as well. Very informative!

4th grade is so engaged ❀

Proud to be Drug Free & Bully Free! We enjoyed all of the dress up activities for the week. I think my favorite was the wacky hair day. I wear crazy socks all the time but I had my hair on “up side down” on Thursday. What a hoot.

Dr. Hosey joined us on the playground on Wednesday! Shadow puppets were on the agenda.

Pinkie got a 100% on her history test, the class wanted to send her a picture to congratulate her. How sweet!!

Look at that engagement during mentor sentences. Our class average on the weekly invitation was 92%!! WOW! Compound sentences for the win!

Working on our reading centers rotations…

…independent reading, story skeletons….

…grammar games. All student choice, all week.

One of our student’s shared that their great, great, great,..Grandfather John Witherspoon signed the Declaration of Independence. HOW COOL!

We closed out the week with a fun group activity with Mrs. Westbrook. Some groups were able to connect both ends of the dominoes πŸ™‚

Looking forward to another great week. Please let us know at any time if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Thank you for sharing your children with us. ❀

Conference Week Success!

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Mrs. Poulos and I would like to thank everyone for coming to Conference week 2019! Over the last couple weeks we have met everyone in person to talk about how awesome our class is. 4th grade is hard, the report card is difficult and we are learning LOTS of new information in a short amount of time. Kudos to all of the duckies for taking it in stride. We work each day to be Respectful, Responsible and Empowered and it shows! Thank you for sharing your kids with us each day. ❀

Even though we had a short week, we got lots of learning done. We will continue to work on our multiplication facts and arrays. We will pick back up with the American Revolution and we will be working on opinion essays. Here are a few pictures from last week. Please enjoy! πŸ™‚

Learning Commons lessons with Mrs. Stanley. Students are always allowed to go to the Media Center in the morning before announcements or during reading group rotations if they need to check out a book.

This week, Mrs. Stanley was teaching us how to get pictures put into our documents. We are getting ready for our big state research project on Q3.

This next week is Red Ribbon Week!!

Please remember to:

Monday-Wear Red

Tuesday-Hat day and bring in a canned good item

Wednesday- Wear Neon

Thursday-Crazy hair and crazy sock day

Friday-Team shirt (sports team or 4th grade shirt)

Presentations took place for our Moon in a Box. It was great to see how the students were able to demonstrate what they learned about the 8 moon phases.

Remember to keep looking up each month to see what phase the moon is in. πŸ˜‰

One of our favorite activities after a long week working hard-Flashlight Friday!

Once all work is completed, flashlights are given out in the small classroom and students can read in the dark. πŸ™‚ Definitely a favorite activity. πŸ™‚