Friday, December 16, 2016

Work Over the Break

If you would like for your child to do a bit of work over the break, he/she may complete assignments on Compass Learning.  In Compass Learning, students have math folders set up based on where they are according to their MAP scores.  Students may work on these lessons at their own pace.  We have been working on this in class as part of our morning work each day.  Students know their login and passwords to get into Compass Learning.  Click here to head to the Compass Learning website.

A Peek at the Week After the Break

When we return from the break, we will be busy, busy, busy!  He is an overview of what we will be learning and any upcoming tests/quizzes.

Math:  Students will be learning to multiply a two digit by two digit number.  As always, students will also solve word problems involving multiplication.  Some will be one step problems, while others will require multiple steps.  We will continue our timed multiplication quizzes.  We are up to the 8 facts.  Please make sure students are spending some time studying their 0-8 facts some over the break.  Just 10 minutes a day will be great!  

Quiz: January 5th: 0-8 timed multiplication quiz

Writing:  Students will begin writing information text.  We will begin by narrowing the focus and then writing an effective topic sentence.

Science:  We will continue our student of the seasons. At this point students should be able to explain what causes night and day.

Quiz: January 5th: Day & Night/Seasons Test

Social Studies:  We have completed our study on the French and Indian War.  Students will now begin to explain the major and political factors leading up to the American Revolution.   

Quiz: January 4th: Triangular Trade & French and Indian War

A Huge Thank You!

I would like to take this time to think each of you who sent in a gift for me this holiday season.  I appreciate all of you and enjoy working with your student each day.  I hope you all have a happy holiday season!  Enjoy time with your family and be sure to get plenty of rest!  I will see you all next year!

Friday, December 2, 2016

This Week's Graded Assignments

This week students have two graded assignments.  The first one is a math assignment multiplying 1 digit numbers by 2 and 3 digits and the next one is their Colonization Test. Both of these graded assignments can be found in your child's Google Classroom. Please take a few minutes to check Google Classroom for the assignments.  Grades are also posted in Google Classroom. 

Upcoming Tests/Quizzes

With winter break quickly approaching, we are busy, busy, busy! With that being said, please make sure students are studying class notes and multiplication facts each night.  This will help make preparing for any tests or quizzes much easier.  Below are the tests/quizzes students will take next week.

Math: Multiplying a 1 digit number by 2, 3, or 4 digit number using the standard algorithm, partial products, or the area model method.  Students should also be studying their 8 multiplication facts. A timed test will also be given. - Test Date: Thursday, December 8th 

Social Studies:  We have been studying the Triangular Trade and Slavery in the Colonies.  Students will begin working on a small in class project where they will have to demonstrate their understanding of the Triangular Trade.  Project Due Date: Wednesday, December 7th

Science:  Planets Quiz.  Wednesday, December 7th

Reading:  We have been studying text features.  Examples of text features include: table of contents, illustrations, maps, diagrams, captions, bold words, etc.  Test Date: Tuesday, December 6th

Field Trip to the Challenger Space Center

We will be taking a field trip to the Challenger Space Center on December 13th.  This trip will tie in nicely with our astronomy unit of study.  Students will take a moon walk, participate in a flight simulation, and explore space during this trip.  We encourage students to be in uniform dress.  We will leave at 8:30 and return no later than 2:00.  Students will need to bring a bag lunch.  

As always, I will need 2 chaperones for this trip. I already have one (Mrs. Stalcup), so I will need one more.  I will take the first parent who responds to me via email about serving as a chaperone.  

The cost of the trip is $40.00.  If you have not paid your next deposit for this year's field trips, please do so on Parent Portal.  Permission slips will be in your child's green folder.  You may fill it out and send it in by December 12th.  Don't forget to fill out the back! 

Service Learning Project December 5th - 9th

Lake Carolina is excited to join Spring Valley High School's Winter Days Service Learning Project. Next week, we will be collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items to donate to local food banks.  To add excitement to our food drive, we are having Spirit Week.  Each day, if a student brings in at least one food item, he or she can dress up in that day's theme!  

Marvel Monday - Wear a super hero shirt or cape!
Top Hat Tuesday - Wear a hat!
Wacky Tacky Wednesday - Dress in a tacky way!
Throwback Thursday - Dress from a past decade!
Freaky Hair Friday - Do something crazy to your hair!

We hope to collect a lot of items to help those less fortunate.  The class that collects the most food items will get to participate in a mannequin challenge at recess!  Our class has already said they want to win this challenge!  So, please help up win this challenge by donating as many can goods as you can! The winning class will be filmed and the video will be shared on the morning show and the school's blog!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Introducing the Solar System

Today we began our unit of study on the solar system.  We began by watching a Brainpop video on the Solar System.  The students then created a Padlet to show what they learned from the video.  They had to include an image that represented their new learning.
Scroll through the Padlet see all the cool things students learned about the solar system from this short video.

Made with Padlet

Friday, November 11, 2016

Upcoming Tests/Quizzes

Science:  Students will have a quiz on severe weather, Tuesday, November 15th.  Students should be studying notes and any videos in their Science Google Classroom. 

We are almost finished with our weather unit of study.  Students will be given study buddies so they can begin preparing for this test. This is a big test, so students should be studying their notes, any presentations, and videos that are in their Science Google Classroom.  The test will be Monday, November 21st.  

Reading:  We have been studying text structures and features. Students will be tested on this Friday, November 18th.  ALERT students will be allowed to come in as soon as they get to school to complete there test before leaving for ALERT.

Math:  There will be a  quiz on area and perimeter Wednesday, November 16th.  Students will also take their 0-6 timed multiplication quiz on Thursday, November 17th.  

Please encourage your child to study everyday!  We will be doing lots of review in class.

Google Classroom Assignments

Please be sure to have students to check all of his/her Google Classroom classes to make sure all assignments are complete.  Most of the assignments are designed to give students practice on those things we are studying in class.  If your child has assignments that are not complete, please encourage him/her to take some time over the weekend to work on them.  This will also help prepare for some of the upcoming tests/quizzes.


Today, ALERT students were given their assignments they missed while they were on their field trip.  These assignments will need to be completed this weekend.  Most of the students began working on their assignments in class today if they had any free time. Below is a list of the assignments they should be working on.

Math: Area & Perimeter worksheet

Reading: Read Middle Colonies article and complete graphic organizer.

Science:  Hurricanes - this can be found in their Science Google Classroom.  This counts as a classwork grade.
Social Studies:  Take notes on New France - Note page should be glued in social studies journal and the New France presentation can be found in the Social Studies Google Classroom.

I have gone over all of these assignments with the students and they should know exactly what to do!  

Green Folders

Inside your child's folder you will find one graded assignment - Columbian Exchange Quiz.  The Fronts & Pressure System quiz has been graded and you can view it in your child's Science Google Classroom.

You will also find an Impact Aid Program Survey.  This is very important!  Please sign and return it in your child's green folder Monday morning.  

Finally, we are inviting all Grandparents to join us for breakfast on November 22nd.  If your child's grandparents will be coming in, please fill out the yellow form and return it as well.

Colonial Day

We are in the process of planning a "Colonial Day" for Tuesday, November 22nd to enhance our study of the Colonial period.  To make this day successful, we will need your help!  If you would like to send in a donation of $1.00 to help us purchase supplies for Colonial crafts, we would greatly appreciate it!  

Our class is responsible for providing the following items for Colonial Day:  

-plates/forks (200) - Mrs. Davis
-small cups (8oz/200 count)
-napkins (200) - Mrs. Roberts, Mrs. Wessels, Mrs. McAllister
-2 pies (apple/pumpkin) - Mrs. Robeson
-1 bag of Clementine oranges
I have included the names of those parents who have already volunteered to send in certain items.

As you can see, we are still in need of cups, plates, forks, 1 more pie, and Clementine oranges. You may begin sending in your supplies next week.

**Don't forget students may also dress up like a Colonial child or a Native American!

Thank you to all of you who have volunteered to help with this event!  

Student Council Representatives

Congratulations to Justin Smith and Kailey Mix for selected by their peers to serve as student council representatives for our class!  I know they will represent our class well!  

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Upcoming Tests/Quizzes

Wednesday, November 9th - Students will have a quiz on fronts and pressure systems.  This quiz will come directly from class notes that can be found in students' science journal.  

Thursday, November 10th - There will be a quiz on Columbian Exchange.  This past Friday, students took notes in their social studies interactive journal.  The quiz will come from these notes. ALERT students should have been given their note pages on Friday when they returned from ALERT.  The Columbian Exchange presentation they will need to use to complete the note pages can be found in the Social Studies Google Classroom.

November 17th - Students will take their next timed multiplication quiz.  It will be on 0-6. There are websites posted in the Math Google Classroom students may use to practice.

LCEU Parent University

LCEU is hosting its first Parent University! Sessions will be offered on how to best help your child at home with reading, writing, math, and homework.  This event will be held November 29th.  Click here to learn more about the sessions that are being offered and how you can secure your spot today!

No School - November 8th

Just a reminder - November 8th is Election Day.  No school

LCEU Book Swap

Just in time for Thanksgiving Break! Exchange up to 10 gently used chapter books and select "new" titles.  Drop off now through November 18th at the Media Center.  The Book Swap will be on Monday, November 21st from 12-2:30 pm.

If you have any gently used picture books you no longer read, the media center is collecting those for the R2 Ready to Read program.  Those books will be distributed to young students in the district.  The media center will be collecting picture books all year.  There will be another book swap in May.

Green Folders

This week in your child's green folder you will find information on our upcoming Colonial Day, spirit wear, and graded papers.  Please take a few minutes to look over these items and to go over your child's graded papers with him/her.  Just a reminder...Students took the Explorers test in Google Forms.  You can find your child's grade in his/her Social Studies Google Classroom.  

You will also find a reminder about fall pictures. If you will not be purchasing your child's pictures, don't forget to return them in the green folder.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Report Cards

You should have found your child's report card in his/her green folder. Please be sure to celebrate successes and set new goals for the upcoming nine weeks.  You may keep your child's report card and test scores found in the cover at home.  Don't forget to sign and return the cover in your child's green folder on Monday.

Upcoming Tests/Quizzes

Students will take their second explorers test on Tuesday, November 1st.  Study buddies were placed in the Social Studies Google Classroom last week.  

We will have our Metric Unit Conversion Test on Wednesday, November 2nd.  Students were given a review sheet in class on Friday.  We also completed all of the problems in class together. ALERT students were given their review sheet when they came back to class and were instructed to complete it over the weekend so we could go over it in class on Monday.

Students will have their 0-5 timed multiplication test, Thursday, November 3rd.  There are websites in our Math Google Classroom students may use at home to help them study.  Just a reminder, there will be 40 problems and students will have two minutes to complete the timed test.

4th Grade Performance

Just a reminder that our 4th grade performance will be held this Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30. Please be sure to check with your child to see what kind of costume he/she will need for this performance.  If you have any questions, you may contact our music teacher, Gray Hansberry, at

Brattonville Field Trip

Be sure to head over to our Photo Gallery to check out our Brattonville Field Trip!

Colonial Day

On November 22nd we will have Colonial Day.  This will tie in with our Colonial Times unit of study. Students will be required to dress up as if they were living during this time period.  Below are some images to give you an idea of what this looked like. We will also need several parent volunteers for this event. Please be on the look out for more information about this event as we get closer to the date.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Types of Clouds Video Presentations

After studying the different types of clouds I wanted students to show off what they learned in a very creative way. Their task was to create a video!  Students were placed in groups and they had to write a script for their video.  After that they practiced their script they recorded their video using a green screen.  I was very impressed with their work.  I can't wait for their next green screen video.  A special thank you to our technology coach, Angela Black, for helping us with this task!

Andrea, Evan, Claire, and Eli - Claire and Eli are camera shy!

Nathan, Tyler, Brett, and Abby

Imani, Jackson, Abigail, and Mitchell

Arianna, Keanu, Nate

Kailey, Gabby, Kendall, and Justin

Don't you think they all did a great job?!  I'm already planning our next video!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Online Games to Help Students Review for Math Test

With our Unit 1 math test coming up, I wanted to provide the students with some online games they can practice at home to help them prepare the test.  Below are links for rounding, writing and comparing numbers, and subtracting numbers with regrouping.  Happy Studying! -Rounding Numbers

Fruit Splat - Expanded Form - Comparing Numbers

Internet 4 Classrooms - Subtracting Multi-Digit Numbers

Funbrain - Rounding Numbers

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Explorers Unit of Study

This week in social studies we will begin our unit of study on explorers.  I will be doing something a little different with the students.  This will be a blended learning unit.  Blended learning is when a student learns at least in part through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace.  I will provide students with a list of assignments they must complete.  Some of these assignments will be videos that I have created to delivery the content to the students.  Other assignments will be activities to enhance the instruction.  Students will be able to complete these activities at their own pace.  This week students will learn about Leif Eriksson, Christopher Columbus, and Ferdinand Magellan.   Please ask your child to share this assignment with this week!  It will be in their social studies Google Classroom.

Math Test

We have just completed our first unit in math.  Students will be tested on Thursday, October 6th.  Students were given their "study buddy" last week.  If you find that your child is struggling with some of the skills on the study buddy, please let me know.  We will be reviewing this week for this assessment.  The following skills will be covered:  comparing and ordering numbers, rounding, writing numbers in expanded and word form, adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers, and word problems.

Multiplication Timed Test

Students will have their first timed multiplication test this week! Students should be studying their 0-3 facts.  If you have not purchased flash cards for your child, students can make their own using index cards.   Below are several websites students may use at home to practice their facts.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Native American Projects

I am so proud of the students and how well they did on their Native American projects.  They went beyond my expectations!  Thank you for providing the supplies the students needed to complete their projects. Your child's grade was sent home in Friday Folders.  Check out their amazing work below!

Multiplication Time!

Learning multiplication facts is a very important part of math! Multiplication facts are important because they form the building blocks for higher-level math concepts.  When students master his/her facts, these concepts will be significantly easier and the student will be better equipped to solve higher level math concepts faster.  If students spend a lot of time doing the basic facts, he/she is more likely to be confused with the processes and get lost in their calculations.

For that reason, we will begin working on fluently learning our multiplication facts.  We will spend a lot of time practicing these facts in class, online, and through various classroom activities.  I am asking that you please purchase a set of multiplication flash cards for your child to bring to class each day.  If at all possible, I would like for students to have their cards no later than Wednesday, September 28th.  They will use these cards in class and at home.  

Beginning in October students will have a timed multiplication test every Thursday.  Their first timed test will be Thursday, October 6th.  This test will include facts 0-3.  

Below are a few websites your child may use at home.  I will continue to add to this list.