Friday, August 25, 2017

Week In Review

Welcome to our Week in Review! Please take the time to check the important calendar dates below and learn more about what we learned in 4th grade this week.

Important Calendar Dates

  • Thursday, August 31st - 4th Grade Curriculum Night
  • Monday, September 4th - NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)
  • Wednesday, September 6th - Late Start...doors will open at 10:50am
  • Thursday, September 14th - JA in a Day
  • Wednesday, September 20th - Bobcat Dash Fundraiser
  • Friday, September 29th - Field Day!

Week in Review

On Monday, August 21st we celebrated Solar Eclipse Day! Students participated in activities throughout the day focusing on the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

We spent the morning learning about Eclipse safety and sharing what we already know about Solar Eclipses. Check out our Padlet of shared learning here:

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In the afternoon students spent time watching the NASA live feed of the Eclipse, working on an online scavenger hunt and completing an online Eclipse Breakout room.

Students got 3 chances to view the Eclipse outside. Here are some photos from our day!

And finally here are some awesome pictures that were taken by a Barretts' parent during totality.


This week we began our math workshop routines. Students completed a pre assessment as well as practiced the structures of math workshop. Topics that were covered this week were...
  • Expanded, Word, and Standard Form of numbers up to 1,000,000.
  • Place Value Relationships
    • Students recognized that in a multi-digit number a number in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. 
  • Comparing Whole Numbers with symbols (<, >, =)
You can view the Family letter for this unit here. This resource will be housed on the "Math" page of the blog if you should need it in the future.


We haven't begun our science and social studies units yet so we've been utilizing this time to wrap up beginning of the year odds and ends. Students have also been using this time to work on their "What Makes a Leader" project. Students have selected a leader in our community to interview. Students will conduct an interview and create a presentation sharing what they learned about "What Makes a Leader". Presentations will take place on September 1st. 


Students began working in our first narrative writing unit. This week was focused on collecting ideas and completing a cold write. A cold write is an opportunity for students to show everything they know about a genre of writing before the unit begins. This helps both me and the student to goal set for the unit. 


Our goal this week in reading has been to build stamina and practice strategies that will help us develop a better understanding of the books that we're reading. Students completed a pre-assessment, learned how to "read intensely", chose "just right books" with the 5 finger trick and how to effectively retell and synthesize. We started our class read aloud, The Tiger Rising and we're practicing these skills with this new text.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Solar Eclipse!

In this blog post you'll find a variety of resources to help you learn more about the eclipse. Some of the resources will ask you to log in. You'll log in through Clever. Need help? Raise your hand and let me know.

Check out these videos that describe the Solar Eclipse. You may not be able to view these on your student Chromebook, but they will be available to view from a home device.

Watch the Flocabulary rap here -
Watch the PBS Solar Eclipse Animation here -

Read more about the Solar Eclipse here. Use the Solar Eclipse Note Taking Guide to write down at least 10 interesting things you've learned about Eclipses.

Live Science | Solar Eclipses for Beginners

Finally, here's a digital escape room. Play this game to try to access the telescope to see the Solar Eclipse. You'll have to click around to unlock clues to move through the game. The clues will help you unlock more. My best time was 15 minutes and 38 seconds, see if you can beat my time!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Week In Review

Welcome to our Week in Review! We do a digital newsletter in 4th grade. Each week you'll get an email to check to blog for updates from our classroom.

Important Calendar Dates

  • Monday, August 21st - Solar Eclipse Day! Please let me know if your child will not be at school this day so that we can plan accordingly.
  • Thursday, August 24th - Picture Day
  • Thursday, August 31st - 4th Grade Curriculum Night
  • Monday, September 4th - NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

Week in Review

On Wednesday we had a great time exploring our new classroom set up. Students spent time writing questions about each new piece of furniture. We used the questions students asked to create expectations for our room.

Students also worked in groups to answer questions about reader's workshop. During this time I worked with small groups to introduce our class library and assist students in book shopping.

We started Thursday by reviewing expectations and practicing our transitions to and from the meeting place. Next we watched a video from Leader in Me about teamwork. The students heard the story of a blind man who worked with his team to reach the top of Mount Everest. We held a class discussion about teamwork and the importance of it in a classroom. Students discussed real life applications for teamwork they have seen in the classroom and around school. After discussing leadership students began thinking of their "Six Word Story". In other words, what six words do we want to be know for. We used these words to decide on a class name and eventually write our class mission.

Take a look at some of the words we came up with from our individual six word challenge.

After much deliberation, we will Mrs. Wood's Woodpeckers!

We wrapped up Thursday with some independent reading time and a class meeting.

Finally, on Friday we had our first of many  4th grade meetings. This year the entire 4th grade will get together once a month to discuss positives and deltas (things to change/improve) that come up during the times we're all together (mainly recess and lunch). Today students did a great job celebrating successes as well as working out some of the concerns at recess. I'm looking forward to seeing the 4th graders synergize together throughout the year.

When we returned back to the classroom we worked together to create a list of technology expectations. Students spent time reviewing safe procedures for using chromebooks and iPads in the classroom.

Students also applied for classroom jobs, explored the blog, went to their first Orchestra class, met with our new assistant principal Mrs. Hellwig and even squeezed in some independent reading time. 

Our first week together was GREAT! I am so excited to work with this group of students this year, I have no doubt that it will be a fantastic year. 

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