Classroom Update

April 8, 2016

Hi Everyone!

The background of this newsletter feels like wishful thinking, flowering buds....eventually, spring will come! Here are updates and reminder of things to come.

Other 4th Grade News

Social Studies

Our class just started a unit called The South and West. We start with the south and discuss geography, history, and resources. Many of the kids had connecting stories to this region as several have traveled there at some point. Watch for more info to come home!

Forward Exam

Students finished the Social Studies and Science sections of the Forward Exam this week. Each test has two sections and takes approximately 30 minutes each. We tested on one section per day. Math and Reading will be assessed in early May.

Trying New Things

As some of you know, I am currently working on my Library Media Specialist license. I am in a class called Digital Tools and Technology right now and I'm always learning new things to use in my classroom. This wonderful class has become by "guinea pigs" in many ways! :) So far, all new things I've tried have been successful! We tried a new program yesterday called Plickers. Plickers is a program (free) used to check for understanding as a formative assessment. Each student was given a sheet with a QR type code on it that is specific to him/her. They turn their sheet a certain direction to indicate how they are answering a question. I then use my phone to scan the room and it reads student answers based on how the scan reads their sheet. It then let's me know how each individual child answered and then allows me to identify who needs extra support or reteaching. It's been fun and the kids love it! They were begging to use it today, so we used it take lunch count. Ask your child to tell you more!

Dates to Remember

April 13 PBIS Assembly on Honesty

April 21 Early Release

April 26 Family Literacy Night & Swallow Showcase

May 12 Tentative date for State Fair

May 19 Early Release


As always, please feel free to contact me anytime you have question or comment.

Have a nice, relaxing weekend!