# 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. π

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. π

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! π

# 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! π

We shared our Me Museums. What a great way to get to know each other. β€

# 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.

tracey.homer@cobbk12.org

Robin.poulos@cobbk12.org

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. π

β€ Small Group will start on Monday β€

# Sneak~A~Peek is HERE!!

We have missed our little ducks over the summer!! β€!!

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!

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!

β€ Mrs. Homer

Mrs. Stanley’s BINGO board

Summer Math Challenge Quantile

Summer Math Challenge Greg Tang

# The Home Stretch

Just as the name suggests, we are almost home free to summer but we need to stretch out our last few weeks. A runner sprints to the end and that’s what we will be doing. We do have some fun activities planned for the end of the year as well. Check with your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

May 2-Kell Orchestra visits Pitner

May 3rd-PNN Field Trip

May 4th- Career Day

May 14th-Field Day 4/5

May 18th- 5th Luau

May 22/23-Early Release Days

Math: Since the testing window has closed, we will continue to work on standards through a variety of methods. We have started our M4 (May Math Multiplication Masters) Bracket. The biggest concern with 4th and 5th grade teachers is fact fluency. PLEASE continue to work on multiplication facts over the summer. We will also have a Bloxels unit before the end of the year. We will be working on perimeter, area, volume, fractions and probability. We may incorporate a writing component as well for our writing class.

Fast Fact Fluency practice with a deck (or 4) of cards.

Chess is an excellent way to keep our minds sharp, 4 player chess is even more fun!

Writing: We are finishing up our Animal Informational papers. We then have a make and share activity. The students will make an item and then do an informational paper about the process. They will also write an opinion or narrative having to do with the topic as well.

Science/ Social Studies: The students voted to have their Solar System unit assessment after testing. They are making a travel presentation/ brochure to convince Mrs. Poulos and I to travel to their location (8 planets, Pluto or the Moon). We also have Career Day and a career unit to get through in the next few weeks. We have also enjoyed Skype in the classroom with students from other states. We just met a 1st grade class in Florida (near Disney World) and our last Skype was with a 4th grade class in California (near Disney Land). We also have a #mysteryskype challenge on Twitter for us to do over the next few weeks.

Our Skype virtual field trip to Monticello. We learned quite a few amazing facts about Thomas Jefferson. He is on two different types of currency, the grounds are know for the tulips growing on the property, there is a calendar clock that TJ made but it had one slight problem… and the Bill of Rights had a rough draft with many edits and revisions (just like how we write). It also happened to be his 275th birthday celebration.

Mystery Letter Skype with our new 1st grade friends in Ms. Miller’s class in Lakeland, Fl.

Peer research for their planet project

Devices, books, desktops and notes have some answers to their questions…

…some books are more fun than others. π

Reading: We have completed our unit in the reading lab for System 44. We will fill our segments with DRA assessments, read aloud of The One and Only Ivan by K.A. Applegate and D.E.A.R time.

# Spring Break has Sprung

Spring Break might cause a bit of spring fever so hopefully everyone is getting some much needed rest and relaxation.

I have put a bunch of grades into the computer. Lots of assignments are missing and that is OK. We have been working on our spiral review so some students are at a different pace. Also, some grade level assessments are in there to work on goals & objectives with grade level standards to get ready for the milestones.

We have been working really hard at reviewing the standards, concepts and strategies we have learned this year for the Milestones. Testing will begin on Tuesday, April 10th and goes until April 20th. Days that are make-up testing days we will be using that time to continue reviewing until the Milestones are complete. After testing, we still have quite a bit of work to do. The kids have voted on projects that they wanted to try and we will also work on goals & objectives.

Pictures from the fly on the wall:

We finished up our Welcome to America Bon, book. The cover will be printed and students can put a note on the back if they so choose.

In science we had been talking about space, stars, the moon and various topics about space-including black holes. On 3/14/18, Stephen Hawking passed away. During previous lessons we also talked about the zero gravity airplane. This picture of Hawking is worth a 1,000 words.

We also discussed space flights and rocket launches, including Elon Musk and his Falcon Heavy rocket. The students loved hearing about Spaceman in the Tesla that now “drives” around in space.

During our moon unit we had make and eat moon phases.

Everyone had fun taking a bite out of the moon.

Mrs. Homer made one, just so the kiddos could see what they needed to do…

…wink, wink. She secretly wanted some Oreos. π

After the moon unit we moved back into Social Studies. We had a Mystery Skype session that Mrs. Poulos set up. The class was in California and each set of students took turns asking geographical questions to narrow down where the other was located. We had a great time and plan on doing it again soon.

Pinkie had a doctor appointment and wanted to come to Pitner and be a surprise reader for the class. π She read her favorite book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

April 22nd is Earth Day and we will be discussing a few things that we could do as students and teachers to help do our part around the school.

Enjoy the rest of your spring break guys. Mr. Rob and I went to Orlando and spent some time in Universal Studios. I’ll tell you all about it when we return. π

Make sure you get plenty of rest during testing weeks, eat a great breakfast and arrive to school on time.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Milestones resources are available on the Georgia Depratment of Education website: gadoe.orgΒ or feel free to contact me after spring break: tracey.homer@cobbk12.org

# “March”ing onward

Another month has come and gone. We are getting closer to daylight savings time and warmer temperatures. It would be nice if the rain slowed down too but I guess that is good news for summer activities.

Our monthly update for each segment is below. The kids are working very hard, not only on their standards, but also on test preparation, goals & objectives. If you ever have specific questions about what we are doing in class, please let me know. I am here to help. π

MATH:

We have been working on all sorts of fractions. The students did not do well at all on the pre-assessment at the beginning of Q3. With the practice we have been doing and the supports they have been introduced to, they have made nice progress. The past month has been consumed by concrete, representational and abstract forms of fractions. We used pie charts, bar charts and squares to color in the shaded part of the whole. We used fraction rods, yummy chocolate bars and cuisenaire rods. We are currently working on the abstract form (numbers) to get our answers.

We began with defining what a fraction is, “shaded part of the whole” and the terms that belong with fractions (numerator, denominator, common and equivalent). We moved into addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators. We tackled greater than, less than and equal to with like denominators. Next, was to do addition, subtraction, <>= with unlike denominators. In order to do that, we had to learn how to convert a fraction pair to have a common denominator. We also filled in a missing numerator or denominator using our conversion rule: “What you do to the bottom, you have to do to the top”. The kids shortened it to “WYDTTB, YHTDTTT”. hahaha

MATH PREVIEW:Β

We will be working on reducing fractions, multiplication of fractions, division of fractions, proper and improper fractions. We will work on area, perimeter, lines of symmetry and volume. Lots to do before testing in April!

WRITING:

For Q3 we have been practicing our informational papers. We are also reviewing the proper writing process procedures (Pre-write, Draft, Revise, Edit, Publish). The students have been incorporating text features in their writing as well. Things like heading, subheading, bold, italics, pictures/ illustrations, captions, maps, etc. are expected in their papers. We had a huge project that we began to wrap up, the Tabloid Paper. Students incorporated 3 topics of truth and spun it into a story that involved either creative writing/fiction or idioms. One of the lessons we go over is how to write a good hook. The purpose is to get someone to stop in their tracks and want to read your paper before anyone else’s paper. We put our Tabloids in the hallway and one 2nd grade class kept continually stopping to look at our work. The teacher decided to invite us to read to her class so they could see what all the fuss was about. Our class was so proud to share with the younger hallway neighbors.

The students moved on to write a “how to” book for my niece Bon in Vietnam. Since she hasn’t seen snow, or made a pizza from scratch, the traditional how to book took on a new meaning. Students wrote about how to make a snowman, a day at the pool (shes never been swimming) or how to make a pizza. Topics were by choice and we will bind them all together as a welcome to America gift when she gets here in spring.

The 4th graders continue working on a special informational paper, the State Fair writing project. The 5th graders are doing a biography on one of the people the have or will be studying this year in Science or Social Studies.

Look how amazing our projects are! π

WRITING PREVIEW:

Once the previous papers are completed, we will get 4th and 5th back on the same page. Both grades will be writing an informational paper on animals, their physical characteristics, habitats, ecosystems and food chains.

SCIENCE:

The end of February brought the solar system to Pitner. We studied the planets, their shape, size, characteristics, their relation to the sun, etc. The class voted on the writing project that was going to go with the unit. Since they were busy with the State Fair project, they decided to do it after testing. Good Choice.

SCIENCE PREVIEW:

After planets we will focus on stars, constellations and the moon. We have a great moon activity coming up with make and eat moon phases. π

We are continuing to do the Read 180/System 44 Lab. We will also continue doing running records for oral reading to gauge fluency. We will also keep reading our read aloud book, Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt. Once we finish the book, the students will take a discussion question quiz based on what we read together over the past few months.

Read Across America Day was amazing! We Skyped my niece in Vietnam. The kids read her a couple bedtime books (since it was 8:30 pm her time) and she even read a book to us in Vietnamese. We also had a Skype session with Mrs. Poulos’ mom and Henry Winkler, the “Fonz”, earlier in the week. We had D.E.A.R time where the students Dropped Everything and Read. Hopefully this momentum will continue through the month of March where we will see if the students read enough to tape Mrs. Bristow to the wall in the gym. Each book read=2 inches of duct tape. Let’s do this! Reading book report forms are available from the homeroom teachers.

Opening slides for our Skype with Fonzi

The actual interview where they answered viewers questions

Selfie with Fonzi

Skyping with Bon. Ms. Perry even got in on the fun!

What a fun day!

We were honored to be invited to the 2nd grade and read our tabloids. Their papers looked so interesting that this class was always stopping in the hallways to see what they said. I hope they liked them.

Dolly is exhausted after a great day of reading.

# Love Makes you Real β€

β€ Thank you all for the sweet treats and cards. You show me lots of love every single day, and I appreciate all of you for making my Valentine’s Day special. β€