Mrs. Terry’s Blog


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 […]

Week of May 21



This week in 4T, we are reading the story “Jose, Born to Dance.”  Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we continue our study of pronouns. Please note the Poetry Collection is due on Wednesday. In math, we are practicing adding and subtracting […]

Week of May 14



This week in 4T, we are reading the story “Dear Mr. Winston” from our textbook. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we begin our study of pronouns, and the students will also have class time to work on completing their Poetry Collections. […]

Week of May 7



This week in 4T, we are reading the story “Me and Uncle Romey.” Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we are wrapping up our lesson on adverbs and learning about the last 2 forms of poetry, concrete and clerihew.  Please note the […]

Week of April 30



This week in 4T, we are reading “Coming Distractions- Questioning Movies” from our textbook. This informational text gives examples of movie-making tricks of the trade and how they affect our movie watching experience. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we are learning […]

Week of April 23



This week in 4T, we are finishing our last 3 ISTEP tests for the year! Phew!! In reading, we are reading a few Greek myths. All of our activities will be completed in class and there is no reading test this week. In language, we are reviewing adjectives for the quiz on Thursday. We are […]

Week of April 16



This week in 4T begins the second round of ISTEP testing. These multiple choice tests will be taken on laptops in our classroom each morning at 10:15 for the next 8 mornings. Due to the added stress of testing, we will not have a spelling unit this week, and our reading unit will be worked […]

Week of April 9



This week in 4T, we are reading the story “Invasion from Mars” in our text. This is modeled after the War of the Worlds broadcast and is written as a news report. Our regular spelling and reading work patterns apply this week and please note the spelling list for this week (and all weeks we […]

Social Studies test review game on Kahoot



Fourth grade parents, here is the link for the review game for tomorrow’s test in case you would like your child to play it as a review at home! https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/5fbe91f1-3d10-4efa-9a85-6bde7c635b60

Week of March 26



This week in 4T, we wrap up our study of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The students will not have a whole book test, but they will create a coat of arms as a new ruler of Narnia. We will complete this in class. Our spelling test will be on Thursday. In language, […]

Week of March 12



This week in 4T, we read chapters 12-14 in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The students will learn why we read this book during Lent and I encourage you to ask your children (at the end of the week) how Aslan and Jesus are similar. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply […]

Week of March 5



This week in 4T we are reading chapters 9-11 in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They will have their normal schedule of spelling and reading test on Friday. In language arts, the students continue to practice subjects and predicates. In math we are working with decimal place value, classifying quadrilaterals, estimating multiplication and […]

Week of February 26



This week in 4T is ISTEP week. Our class will test from Tuesday to Friday. Students should be eating a good breakfast the morning of each test and getting a good night’s sleep the night before. We are taking a break from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe this week and are having the […]

Week of February 20



This week in 4T, we are reading chapters 5-8 in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. With Monday being a holiday, our homework order is amended this week (so please see the planner) but both the spelling and reading tests will be on Friday. In language, the students continue to practice subjects and predicates. […]

Week of February 12



This week in 4T, we begin reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Since the class was asked to purchase the book, we will read in school and for homework throughout the next several weeks. For reading, the students will finish vocabulary (definitions and part of speech) for homework due Tuesday, have review questions […]

Week of January 29



This week in 4T is Catholic Schools Week! Look for fun dress up opportunities and special projects happening each day all week long. In reading, we are reading the story “The Power of W.O.W.” This play is about how a group of children work together to save the community “Words on Wheels” program. Our regular […]

Week of January 22



This week in 4T, we are reading the story “My Librarian is a Camel” from our text. This informational text explains how books are brought to children around the world. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests are on Friday. In language, we are learning about subjects and predicates. […]

Week of January 16



This week in 4T, we are reading the story “My Brother Martin.” This story is written by Dr King’s sister and talks about their childhood in Georgia. Our regular work patterns apply this week and both tests are on Friday. In language, we are beginning our study of subjects and predicates this week. Friday is […]

Week of January 8



This week in 4T, we are reading the story “Because of Winn-Dixie” from our reading textbook. Our reading work pattern when we use our textbook- Reader’s Notebook reading comprehension pages due Tuesday, reread the story at home for Wednesday, and vocabulary review page due on Friday. Both the spelling and reading tests will be on […]

Week of December 18



This week in 4T is Christmas play performance week! See the calendar below for play times this Monday through Thursday. Remember all people coming to watch the play must check in at the office to receive an ID badge- Mrs Wiginton will scan your drivers license. In reading, the students are working through 4 holiday […]

Week of December 11



This week in 4T, we finish reading A Christmas Carol. We learn if the 3 spirits are able to change Scrooge! We will have no reading test this week, but our regular spelling work pattern applies and that test will be on Friday. In language, we are wrapping up our review of verbs and turning […]

Week of December 4



This week in 4T, we are reading Stave 4 in A Christmas Carol. Scrooge meets the Ghost of Christmas Future who shows him a very scary future. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we are continuing to work with verbs, and the […]

Week of November 27



This week in 4T, we read Stave 3 in A Christmas Carol. Scrooge meets the Ghost of Christmas Present and learns how people of all types, including those closest to him, celebrate the holiday. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we continue […]

Week of November 20



This week in 4T, we look at our Christmas play- The Christmas Camel! I am handing out scripts and assigning roles this short week. This play introduction and finishing the first part of the Spirit triglyph will be our reading for the week. In language, the students will edit their turkey plans with the final […]

Week of November 14



This week in 4T begins the second trimester! Since it is a short week, while we will read Stave 2 in A Christmas Carol and have a spelling list, we will not have tests in either reading or spelling. I will meet with each student to set a new AR reading level and goal based […]

Week of November 6



This week in 4T, I want to address a concern. On Friday, when coming inside from lunch recess, our fourth graders chose not to listen to Mrs. Halloran after several attempts to quiet and calm them down, and began pushing so hard in line they pushed one of their classmates down to the ground. When […]

Week of October 30



This week in 4T are our saint oral presentations! All reports will begin at 9:45 am in our classroom- please arrive a bit early since it takes time to print out all of the guest badges. In reading, we are working in 3 smaller groups reading Greek myths. Since our spelling list is from our […]

Week of October 23



This week in 4T, we are reading works from the Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley. Our class will be comparing “Little Orphant Annie” and “When the Frost is on the Punkin” and then students with partners will write a goblin stanza matching the theme and rhyming pattern of “Little Orphant Annie.” Our regular spelling work […]

Week of October 16



This week in 4T, we wrap up our study of How to make an Apple Pie and See the World. We will be traveling to our last destination on Monday- Vermont. On Tuesday, we will celebrate our successful world-traveling-ingredient-collecting trip by making apple pies in the church basement! Our fun begins at 1:15. Thank you […]

Week of October 9



This week in 4T, we are studying the book How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. Please note we will be studying this book over the next 2 weeks so we will have no tests this Friday! Next Tuesday (October 17) is our apple pie making day. Our class really appreciates your […]

Week of October 2



This week in 4T, we are reading the historical fiction book Sarah, Plain and Tall. Our regular spelling work pattern applies this week and the reading and spelling tests will be on Friday. In language, we continue practicing using and finding nouns. I am also introducing our October piece of writing- the Great Pumpkin letter. […]

Week of September 18



This week in 4T, we finish reading Shiloh. We learn how the story of Marty and Shiloh ends. Our regular reading and spelling work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we are learning about nouns and editing, in class, the personal narratives. The final draft is due Friday, […]

Week of September 11



This week in 4T, we read chapters 8-11 in Shiloh. Marty’s secret is discovered in these chapters and the consequence of his lies is serious. Our regular spelling and reading work patterns apply this week and both tests will be on Friday. In language, we are wrapping up our practice of the 4 types of […]

Week of September 5



This week in 4T is only 3 days long! We will read chapters 4-7 in Shiloh and complete homework and classwork, but we will not have reading or spelling tests this week. Please note students were given an extra credit opportunity in reading. They may research facts and draw a picture of a hound and […]

Week of August 28



This week in 4T, we begin reading the book Shiloh. A West Virginia boy, Marty, finds a dog he suspects is being mistreated. Each week, we will read 3-4 chapters, discuss them in class, practice vocabulary and comprehension, and test on Fridays. On Mondays, we will begin vocabulary (writing down definitions and parts of speech […]

Week of August 21



This week in 4T, we are reading the book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Students have been put into 3 or 4 person groups and have been assigned a chapter. Groups are reading the chapters, making a poster outlining the story elements (characters. setting, problem and solution) and presenting the poster to the class. […]