Mrs. Terry’s Blog


Week of March 18



This week in 4T, we read chapters 9-11 in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The White Witch’s power is weakening in these chapters. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, the students will be self- and then peer-editing their fantasy drafts. […]

Week of March 11



This week in 4T, we are reading chapters 5-8 in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All 4 siblings reach Narnia and the children learn the significance of this. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we continue practicing finding and using […]

Week of March 4



This week in 4T, we begin studying the book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Four children are sent to the countryside to avoid the air raids in London in 1940. The youngest, Lucy, discovers a passageway to a mythical land called Narnia. Vocabulary (part of speech and definition) and ABC order spelling are […]

Week of February 25



This week in 4T, we are reading “Me and Uncle Romie,” a realistic fiction story about a North Carolina boy who spends the summer with his aunt and artist uncle in Harlem. Our regular spelling and reading work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we continue our study […]

Week of February 19



This week in 4T, we are reading the informational text “Coming Distractions: Questioning Movies.” Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we are practicing identifying and using adjectives. In math, we are working on graph relationships, angle measures, tessellations and sales tax. We […]

Week of February 11



This week in 4T, we are reading the story “Invasion from Mars.” This play is an excerpt from Orson Wells’ War of the Worlds. Our regular work patterns apply this week and both the spelling and reading tests will be on Friday. In language, we begin our study of adjectives. Please note the African American […]

Week of February 4



This week in 4T, we read the tall tale “Stormalong” in our text. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we are wrapping up our study of subjects and predicates with a quiz on Thursday. Please note the final copy of the African […]

Week of January 28



This week in 4T, we are reading “The Power of W.O.W!” In this story, a group of students organize a fundraiser to save their bookmobile program. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we continue reviewing subjects and predicates and the drafts of […]

Week of January 22



This week in 4T, we read “My Librarian is a Camel.” This nonfiction story tells about how remote areas around the world receive library services. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we continue our work with subjects and predicates. I have also […]

Week of January 14



This week in 4T, we read the story, “My Brother Martin.” This is written from the perspective of Dr King’s sister and highlights some childhood experiences. Our regular spelling and reading work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we continue practicing using and finding subjects and predicates, and […]

Week of January 7



This week in 4T, we are reading “Because of Winn-Dixie” in our reading text. Please note the spelling list is the student’s Reader’s Notebook workbook. Our new work pattern will be ABC order and RN comprehension pages due Tuesday, reread the story and RN spelling page due Wednesday, RN spelling page and sometimes other skills […]

Week of December 17



This week in 4T, we are performing our play, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Performance times are Monday and Tuesday at 10:30 and 2:15 and Wednesday and Thursday 9:15 and 10:00. We sure hope you can make a show or two! Along with holiday stations, this will constitute our reading and language work for the week. […]

Week of December 10



This week in 4T, we finish reading A Christmas Carol. We learn how changes in Scrooge affect the future. We will not have a reading test this week (since Stave 5 is so short), but our regular work patterns apply and the spelling test will be on Friday. In language, we are reviewing verbs and […]

Week of December 3



This week in 4T, we read Stave 4 in “A Christmas Carol.” The ghost of Christmas yet to come shows Scrooge his bleak future. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we are wrapping up our study of verbs with a quiz on […]

Week of November 26



This week in 4T, we read Stave 3 in “A Christmas Carol.” The ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge the current Christmas celebrations of people he knows and some he doesn’t. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we are reviewing verbs this […]

Week of November 5



This week in 4T, we begin reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Since we are reading the original version, all reading will be done in class- we will actually listen to the book on CD and I will frequently pause it so we can discuss what is happening. Our regular reading and spelling work […]

Week of October 29



This week in 4T, the students are reading 3 different Greek myths- King Midas, Icarus, and Perseus. The students are each reading only 1 of the stories and will be working in smaller groups. The spelling list comes from the Reader’s Notebook and this week’s homework will be in the planner. The reading test on […]

Week of October 22



This week in 4T, we are learning about the poetry of James Whitcomb Riley. The students will compare and contrast “Little Orphant Annie” and “When the Frost is on the Punkin.” Then, the students will write and illustrate their own stanza that could be part of “Little Orphant Annie.” It needs to match the theme […]

Week of October 15



This week in 4T, we finish our How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World unit. On Tuesday, we make apple pies! Thank you to all who volunteered by sending in supplies and those that can meet us in the church basement on Tuesday at 1:15 to make the pies. Our regular reading and spelling […]

Week of October 8



This short week in 4T, we begin our How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World unit. This week we will “visit” Italy, France, Sri Lanka, England and Jamaica. This is a 2 week unit so reading and spelling work will be spread out through next Thursday and both of the tests will […]

Week of October 1



This week in 4T, we are reading the book Sarah, Plain and Tall.  Sarah, from the coast of Maine, answers a newspaper ad to be a wife and mother to the Witting family on the plains around 100 years ago. There are no vocabulary definitions this week, but our regular work patterns apply and both […]

Week of September 24



This week in 4T, we are wrapping up our study of Shiloh. The students, as an end of book test, will complete a scene mural with descriptions and pictures that outline the important events of the story. There will be no written reading test, but the regular spelling work pattern applies this week and the […]

Week of September 17



This week in 4T, we will finish reading the book Shiloh. We learn how Marty never gives up and finds a way to keep Shiloh. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we begin our study of nouns, and we will edit the […]

Week of September 10



This week in 4T, we are reading chapters 8-11 in Shiloh. Marty’s secret is discovered and his choice to hide Shiloh has a very serious consequence. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, students are being tested on the 4 types of sentences […]

Week of September 4



This week in 4T, we are reading chapters 4-7 of Shiloh. Marty decides to hide and keep Shiloh after he runs away again. Our regular work patterns apply this week and both the reading and spelling tests will be on Friday. Please note the students have an extra credit opportunity- see the Hounds page in […]

Week of August 27



This week in 4T, we begin reading the Newbery Award winning book Shiloh. Marty, an 11 year old from rural West Virginia, finds a dog he thinks has been mistreated by his owner, Judd Travers. Each week, we will read and discuss 3-4 chapters. Due to the short week, we will not have reading or […]

Week of August 20



This week in 4T, we are working on a group project for the book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Students, in groups of 3, are reading a chapter, outlining the story elements on a poster and presenting their chapter to the class on Friday. We will not have a reading test this week, but […]

First Day of School



Our first day of school was fantastic! Your children followed directions, organized their materials easily and cooperated with our hectic schedule consistently.  I am so proud of them! The first day can be so tiring having to sit, listen and follow steps almost all day long, but the class was great. Please look for a […]