Week 7: September 10-14

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I have to start this post with a shout out to ALL of Homer’s Heroes math students. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE of them, in 4th AND 5th grade, increased their Fast Fact Fluency Friday (F4) Score last week. WOOHOO! That is a first in our class and we celebrated with a donuts party. I told the students that when they all get 90% we will have a pizza party. 5th grade is getting pretty close so keep studying those facts!

This week in review:

Testing was a big chunk of this week for the 5th graders and will be for next week as well.

Math- 4th grade is working on addition/ subtraction with regrouping and word problems. 5th grade has been practicing with addition/ subtraction problems that have decimals and require regrouping. They have also continued working on fractions to decimals up to the thousandths.

Reading– Reading Lab rotations were on hold this week for our Out of my Mind quiz and testing. DRAs were given as well as small group work on goals & objectives.

Writing– What a fun week! We started off by looking at introductions only. Just 4-6 sentences to introduce our paper and each section we plan to talk about. Students moved on to working on the body of their paper. We had some students decide to pick up on my writing example, Larry & Gary’s Big Adventure, where they talked about our class pets, Larry & Gary, and what they do when we leave the school each day. I LOVED seeing the excitement and engagement. Kids were asking to keep writing instead of taking a brain break and/orΒ  going to lunch. WOW! My heart is happy.

“Can we keep working instead of taking a break?”

Hard work pays off, way to go kiddos! ❀

Science– We continued our space adventures. We explored the relative size of the planets in relation to each other and to the sun. We shed some light on the fact that the earth rotates around each day and revolves around the sun all year. We started discussing the stars and how they can form patterns (constellations). We have a HUGE surprise planned for them this week!!

Sunset Video Link

Week 6: September 4-7

Happy Labor Day!

I hope you and your family had a nice, relaxing weekend. We took a little trip up to Stone Mountain for a picnic and the laser show.

I had to miss class on Tuesday for an in-service but the class did fantastic while I was gone. The rest of the week flew by.

This week in review:

Math– 4th graders continue to work on place value, rounding and addition with regrouping. 5th grade also went back to Place Value Town and worked with decimals. We had fun matching up decimals, fractions and representational pictures of tenths and hundredths.

Reading– We finished up our Read Aloud book, Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper. The students came up with review questions for an assessment to be given next week.

Writing- Sensory writing, the writing process and the components needed for a narrative we the hot topic for the week. The students worked on Quick Prompts (QPs) to continue our work on writing stamina.

Science– Science is out of this world, literally. Haha. We started our space unit this week. Students worked through a vocabulary self assessment and preliminary planet information.



Week 5: August 27-31

I love this picture. It reminds me of the following quote:

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This week in review:

Math– Lots of work going on! We had discussions about digits, their values and places in the number. We went on the rounding roller coaster again and reviewed our addition and subtraction skills. Making sure we use the same steps keeps us consistent with finding the right answers.

Working together and working independent, student choice.

Student teachers love to come to the board to show what they know for their classmates.

Different strategies help us learn and grow!

Reading-More work in the Reading Lab. We are learning about Coming to America and what it is like for children that have moved here from different countries. We are talking & making connections about my niece, Bon, and her move here this summer from Vietnam.

Writing-Lots of Quick Prompts (QP’s) this week to work on stamina. We are also trying to type more so that we will be able to work efficiently on the Milestones at the end of the year.

Social Studies-We had our test on map skills, early release and started our new science unit. Woohoo! SCIENCE! πŸ˜‰

Happy Molting day to Larry, our class lobster! We knew that he was getting ready to molt. He stopped eating, started digging and hid in his house. You can see his molt in front of his house.

Week 4: August 20-24

Mrs. Poulos and I are ready for a great week, Are you!?!

This week in review:

Math-Rounding can be fun when you ride on the rounding roller coaster! Students had fun with “zero-four, hit the floor” and “five through nine, climb the vine”. We made up a quick rounding game and made it increasingly difficult by adding more digits.

When the 5th graders came in we played the game that the 4th graders made.

5th grade wanted it to be even harder to we added decimals! Way to go!

Reading– We are continuing to get used to the Reading Lab rotations. We are digging deeper into our read aloud book, Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper.

Writing-We decided to do a fun reading/ writing activity this week. “Better readers make better writers be cause the more you read the better you write and the more you write, the better you read.” We are using our senses to imagine what the setting, the characters and the plot are doing.

One of my most favorite books, The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base

Students were excited to work through the clues to find out who the thief was.

As a class we deciphered the clues and context clues to see “who done it”.

Social Studies-We finished up our map skills unit, had a library lesson scavenger hunt and reviewed for our test.


Week 3: August 13-17

This week in review:

Math- We continued our work in place value town. We discussed that if the number is to the left it increases in value by 10 times and to the right, decreases by 1/10. We also began our Fast Fact Fluency Friday (F4) practice work. We came up with a Jenga game to review. Once a student reaches 90% they are a Multiplication Master and they move on to Division. If the entire class moves on, we will have a pizza party. πŸ™‚

Blue tiles are working on the 3, 6, 9 family

Red tiles practice the 2, 4, 6, 8 family

White tiles are for 0, 1, and 7’s

Once a student completes the equation and has their tiles checked, they can play Jenga!

Reading– We continued to work in the reading lab on independent reading, DRA assessments, San Diego quick assessments and reading Out of My Mind.

Writing– Quick prompt (QP) writing samples were done to get a baseline for writing progress. We also started our work work with the -ock and -ight words. “The more you read the better your write, the more you write, the better you read.”~Homer

Social Studies– Continued our work on map skills and had a fun treasure hunt. The class was divided into 5 teams and they had to find the X. Each Puzzle piece was a part of the Popcorn Party Surprise. πŸ™‚

Clues were hidden around the school. The kids had a real floor plan map of the school and had to use their resources to find their X

Team Work makes the Dream Work

The Treasure Hunt resulted in 5 prizes!

  • popcorn,
  • juice boxes,
  • munchkin donuts,
  • Fun Friday and,
  • a field trip to Mrs. Homer’s classroom to play.



Week 2: August 6th-10th

This week in review:

Math-We worked on our Place Value Town maps and played place value games using dice. We determined what a digit’s value is based on the place in the number.

Reading-We worked on procedures for the Reading Lab and expectations during independent work time. We started our class read aloud, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.

Writing-We discovered the different types of graphic organizers that we can use in writing. We wrote some quick prompts and started building our IANs (Inter-Active Notebooks)

Social Studies-We worked on map skills, map terminology and types of maps. Next week we have a fun activity planned to tie in to their Popcorn Reward Party.

Students also figured out that the hardest part about map work is trying to fold the map back up! πŸ™‚


Week 1: August 1st-3rd

What an amazing week! I spent my time in Mrs. Poulos’ class getting to know our 4th grade friends. We worked on policies, procedures, expectations and Respect.

We worked on our Simply Touch smart boards for engagement activities.

We did SO well with getting compliments that we almost filled our popcorn party jar!! Last year the class had their first party in October. We almost qualified to have our party the first week! Way to go! πŸ™‚

We shared our Me Museums. What a great way to get to know each other. ❀

Welcome Back Homer’s Heroes!

What a great first day so far! Please let us know if you have any questions about class, procedures or how to contact us.

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Homework this week:

“Me Museum” items in a bag. Information is coming home today on what to bring in.

Parents have some paperwork to fill out. Let us know if you have any questions about it. πŸ™‚

❀ Small Group will start on Monday ❀

Sneak~A~Peek is HERE!!

We have missed our little ducks over the summer!! ❀!!

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The time has come for Sneak~A~Peek. If you would like to come by and see me, I will be in Mrs. Poulos’ room, #408, since we are co-teaching again this year. Mrs. Poe will be in my new classroom, #301 if you would like to say hello to her.


Time for a break!

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Retesting is over, field day is done.

Time for the Duckies to hang out in the sun.

4th graders-now 5th, the oldest in school.

Put the controller down and head for the pool.

Some kiddos have moved on to sixth grade,

try curling up with a book in the shade.

Summer is short we’ll be back to school soon,

so challenges start on the 1st day of June.

Ms. Stanley has given a Book BINGO link,

read lots this summer and share what you think.

Mrs. Homer wants you to work on your facts

log on to quantiles for practice in math.

Enjoy your time off, play outside and rest,

I hope this summer is simply the best!

❀ Mrs. Homer

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Mrs. Stanley’s BINGO board

Cobb Library Summer Reading

Summer Math Challenge Quantile

Summer Math Challenge Greg Tang