Working with Concepts of Angles and Angle Measures

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The last week of math has focused on learning that geometric shapes are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint. Students have studied points, rays, lines and the concepts of perpendicular and parallel. If any of that feels a new or confusing, quiz your kid. They have been quick to grasp some challenging content and it is exciting to see what they have learned in such a short period of time.

The Photobomb

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It took 40 instructional days before students in Room D4 figured out that seeing my camera out didn’t mean I was texting, it meant I was taking pictures. Consequently, getting students to look and behave naturally is just about impossible. Instead, the class has been taken over by the photobomb! Take a look for yourself.

There is learning in those pictures, however. We are working on metric conversions of meters, grams, and liters as well as applying the standard algorithm to conversion situations.IMG_8353 IMG_8356 IMG_8357

Room D4’s First Brown Bag Lunch

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Families gathered for our first Brown Bag Lunch that included a short look at word study. Parents ate lunch with their kids and then did a word sort with the suffixes –able and –ible. This was followed by a description of morphology and then a chance to see how they could help their scholars at home. It was a terrific day and I am glad so many chose to attend—including three grandparents!!

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Super Annotators

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Check out the super annotators in our classroom!IMG_8198 IMG_8199

25 Days of Instruction

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We finished our 25th day of school and we can point to a number of successes. Students continue to work with the Open Up the Textbooks (OUT) developed by Nevada educators to ensure that children are working with complex reading materials and the Nevada Academic Content Standards. Currently, we are reading Spirit Cave Mummy about the discovery in Fallon and I would encourage you to look over what your child is reading. This is not easy content and they are doing a masterful job with it! You can download the OUT here.




We spent the first 20 days of school focusing on place value. This work has allowed us to move to addition and subtraction using the standard algorithm. Soon we will move onto measurement and all of these mathematical experiences will ensure greater success for all of the students.

Naturally we continue to do a lot of student choice reading—some students even doing it on our visit to Marvin Picollo—and of course, we like to have fun!

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A Visit from the Superintendent and More

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On Tuesday the Superintendent of Schools, Traci Davis, visited the classroom and got to see the students involved in Word Study. It was an unplanned visit—or at least I did not know about it—and it was great to see the kids engage Ms. Davis and be able to outline classroom goals and procedures without any advanced preparation on my part.

We finished our first OUT and students are currently working on their culminating assignment, which involves writing a poem—a poem with a lot of evidence from some really complex text. When they are done, I’ll be posting in our hallway and I encourage you to take a look. Based on the drafts I’ve seen, the work is outstanding and it demonstrates the amazing aptitude of your children.

Putting together our “fact” triangles. IMG_7909 Gathering evidence from our OUT to complete our poems. IMG_7905 Learning research skills in our library.IMG_7893 The Jog-A-Thon AssemblyIMG_7892 Measure of Academic Progress Testing. IMG_7887

Welcome to Room D4

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If you chance upon this site before August 1st, please take some time to look around and review the menu items. This website will serve as a portal for my students and parents as well as a place for other classroom teachers to find good ideas. If you are using something that you think would help my community and me, please consider sharing and I’ll make sure to post.

This site will also serve as my classroom blog so others can see the great things my 4th graders will be doing this academic year. I will keep observers current on how students are working with the Nevada Academic Content Standards; with their emphasis on complex text, evidence based responses, rich content, Nevada history, careful observations in art, inquiry and project based science experiences, and 21st Century learning skills.

Many of the resources we will use are already posted at www.63000resources.com and as new resources are developed, they will migrate to this site.

I am enormously excited about the return to the classroom and I look forward to August 10th—the first day of school!