Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Winter Fun!!

Our Winter Party today brought comments like, 'Best ever!", "What a blast!", This is fun!" The hot cocoa bar and refreshments were a big hit. We had s'mores, white-chocolate dipped oreos with strawberries and drizzled chocolate, bite-sized muffins, candy canes and goody bags filled with fun.

Students enjoyed creating an ornament and watching "Santa Paws". Many were wearing their pj's and furry robes - even slippers! Here are a few snaps of us today...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Packing for Monmouth Beach

What a generous group! Our students made very thoughtful choices for the Monmouth Beach students. As you can see in the photos, we sent toys, games, fuzzy blankets, books, crayons and markers, and other wonderful items that our students wanted to donate to Monmouth students. Our coins from the coin jar were added to the cash and gift card total from our school. Thank you, students and parents!
The truck from Monmouth is expected on Monday.  Volunteers sorted all the donations so that loading is ready to begin right away. We send our good wishes to the northern students and their families along with our heartfelt hope that they will enjoy the materials.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Spelling Bee is on the Way in January

Dear Parents,
After the winter break we will be having our Spelling Bee. The list of words is located on the link below. Study all of the words for grade 4 please. Thanks...I will notify you the date we will have the spelling bee in class. All the students will particpate in the class spelling bee. The class winner will continue on to the school spelling bee.


Melissa Featured in Hometown News

Melissa is in our 4th Grade class. Her dad, Mr. Lammers, was nice enough to donate his apps for our iPads here in class. He presented them to both our class and Mrs. Donovan's class. We use our iPads every day. Math Tutor App is popular and some of our students are using it at home too. Information to download his apps are in the article below. We appreciate the Lammer family supporting us!

By Meagan McGone mmcgone@hometownnewsol.com
BREVARD -- Indialantic resident Jeff Lammers has a daughter who is in the fourth grade. And, like many other students, she sometimes has trouble paying attention to lectures in class. "She's a tactile person and learns from doing, more than listening," Mr. Lammers said. Knowing that children are often drawn to the interactive components of technology, Mr. Lammers searched Apple's App Store for educational apps that could help her. "None (of the apps) actually taught the skills she missed in class," he said. "It seemed amazing to me that most, if not all, early app developers just throw together quizzes and games to make apps with no thought to their effectiveness as real teaching tools." Mr. Lammers, a mechanical engineer, author and previously successful app launcher, saw the lack of beneficial educational apps as a great opportunity. "I felt that if there were grade- and subject-specific apps that could teach, and re-teach, the subjects that my daughter was learning in school, then she and other children could learn the subject at their own pace, in their own way," he said. Mr. Lammers gathered an experienced "dream team," consisting of a tech-savvy teacher, an app programmer, a graphic designer and himself as the lead designer. This year, they launched AppTutor, an interactive educational tool to teach, coach and cover the curriculums that are found in schools, under the publishing name of PadStar. Currently, there are three AppTutor apps that can be found in the App Store: kindergarten- to third-grade addition, second- to fifth-grade multiplication, and place value and rounding for second- to fifth-grade. "We sincerely believe that any student using the correct grade-level AppTutor app could go through the app in just a few hours and have a mastered understanding of that particular subject," Mr. Lammers said. He said ultimately, he would like to see tools like AppTutor creating reform in the classroom. "(America's educational system) is a very complicated system of information and politics, and I certainly don't claim to grasp all the variables," he said. "The one aspect I do understand is that a publisher like PadStar can take all the information in a $100 textbook and make it come to life for a fraction of the cost."
To download the app, visit Apple's App Store on a compatible device and search "AppTutor."

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Celebrating Science Achievement

We had a great time celebrating our Science Fair participants at a celebration lunch. Pizza was delivered and students enjoyed cookies, chips and juice. Both of our classes had a total of 26 students enter the fair. We appreciate your support and we know the students will be prepared next year when they're required to do a project. Nice job to all of our amazing students.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Rocket Math Star

Guest Blogger

     Proudly, Brooke is our second Rocket Math Star... she has met her multiplication goal and is on her way with the Division Facts. A very motivated math student!!
In her words:
     "I love math because I think division and multiplication are fun. I like to have lessons in math and do problem solving in my workbook. I like to work independently!"
     A special shout out from Brooke to her classmates:
     My Tips for Rocket Math:
  •  Pay Attention
  •  Be Focused
  • Take Your Time

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Snowflake Bentley

We are enjoying our current reading selection about an unusual artist named Snowflake Bentley!  Above is a link to a short film about him.

 Here is the link to the site to make your own snowflakes.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Holiday Help for New Jersey

        At Indialantic Elementary thoughts of helping others in need is a tradition of our holiday. This year the plight of the coastal New Jersey residents, victims of the powerful Hurricane Sandy, is on our minds. There are some similiarities in our communites. Most obvious is the fact that we know hurricanes and the damage they do. Through our teacher community we learned of a school in Monmouth, New Jersey which experienced heavy flooding that destroyed books and materials, along with damage to buildings.
           Our school is adopting Monmouth Beach School to assist in replacing the damaged supplies and library books that are parts of the teachers' collections and not replaced through school district insurance. Other beach schools are joining the effort to restore classroom materials.
           Informtion came out through Mrs. Jones, our Guidance Counselor and our PTO. In our classrroom, room mothers are providing a coin jar for change from the students and anyone who wants to give. Indialantic is always generous, and I know we will join in the effort to help. We have all seen how small donations can grow to accomplish a lot when everyone is involved in some way. Our Room Moms are standing by to work with PTO and help us with our role in the process.

Thankful Children

Please watch to see us tell you what we are thankful for!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rocket Math Star

Guest Blogger is Meghan ! She is the first student to complete Rocket Math Multiplication which happened this week! She is sporting the coveted X for multiplication and her award.
Congratulations, Meghan! 
In her own words:
      "I had to fill up the whole page with math facts like 4x5 or 0x9. Some of the levels were hard and some were easy. I suggest that you don't eat much sugar at lunch because we do Rocket Math right after lunch. If you do eat sugar at lunch, your mind will not go your way!"

Wise words from Meghan. A few others are closing in on the end of multiplication and  everyone is working feverishly to finish their goal correctly in one fast minute!
As for Meghan... she begins Level A in Division Facts tomorrow! Well done!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Thank you for sending in flowers for our flower dissection today. We had a blast cutting them apart to identify the different parts we've been learning about. Please take a minute to watch the videos that we made today in Mrs. Donovan's science class. Thank you to Jane, Cali, Jack and Gwen for helping to make them possible. Nice work of editing everyone!

Video # 1

Video Number #2


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Our Right to Vote

On Tuesday, Election Day, we had fun with a cute book called Duck for President.   We had our own ballots and "voting booth". The students learned about our rights as voting citizens from a Brain Pop lesson. Brain Pop is a website that our PTO provides as a subscription. It is wonderful and simple information for the students in an animated format. Email me if you would like to have the codes for its use. I can share!
I took a quick photo before B. cast her ballot!

We also created our presidential figure and posted our I Voted buttons in our planners. Ask your student for election results in our two classes!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Jog A Thon

                  Here are some cute group photos in our new shirts!! Jog-a-thon was a big hit and so are                   the shirts!
                                                             Hope you like them!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

More Treats Than Tricks Today!

What a spooktacular party!  Thanks to Karen, Jen, and Sandra who organized such fun for our students. A huge round of applause to all of you who sent such decorative and delicious treats to enjoy. We ate, and ate, and ate. Crafts were a big hit and everyone left with a big smile. Here are some photos that I snapped during the party! Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Our Class #1

     We snapped this photo this morning with the iPad and the students asked me to post it on the blog. I was delighted to do that... but I will continue to try for the perfect photo. Lights are a bit too bright here. But, you must agree, what a great looking class we are!
      Speaking of iPads, Fourth Grade received 10 iPads for use by the students. Mrs. Donovan and I share a set of 5 and we agreed to alternate weeks. We use them during the Daily 5 for Work With Words and this week the students are creating homonym presentations using the EduCreation App. They are figuring out how the App works and then creating and recording the information. A fun way to apply the skills we are learning. In the afternoon I have 5 students each day using the Apps on the student iPads for games and projects. By the end of the week, each student has about 45 minutes on the iPad. I expect a lot of growth in the use of this technology as both the students and I develop our skills. (Not to mention how much fun they are!)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Homework for Thursday

Justify (give reasons) why kids should or should not be allowed to vote.

Support with specific details both why kids should vote and why they should not.

Write this on notebook paper and turn it in Thursday morning. Be prepared to share it with the class

Spelling List for Next Week

Next week we are jumping into Unit 4, Selection 4 for a special story that ties in with an upcoming activity. The spelling list for next week is Adelina's Whales.
Here is a copy of the word list. It is on spelling city by the unit and selection.
Unit 4 Less. 4
1. pouch
2. noises
3. flower
4. south
5. cowboy
6. gown
7. mound
8. frown
9. pound
10. voices
11. voyage
12. annoy
13. hound
14. grown
15. grouch
16. howling
17. cough
18. wound
19. thousand
20. tower
21. cookie
22. zoom
23. huge
24. drought
25. downtown

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Red Ribbon Week next week

Indialantic Elementary School
Red Ribbon Week 2012-13

Monday, 10/22 Go for the Gold….Drug-free

Winners go for the Gold! Wear gold today!

Tuesday, 10/23- Team up against Drugs

Do you play on a team? Cheer for a team? Show your team spirit! Wear your favorite team’s jersey or t-shirt today!

Wed., 10/24- Run Your Race drug-free

Wear your favorite sneakers and crazy socks today!

Thurs, 10/25- Winners don’t use drugs

Team USA won the gold! Wear red, white, and blue/patriotic theme to show your support for our team.

Friday, 10/26- Indialantic Elementary is too cool to do drugs

Wear your School shirts and sunglasses today. The Eagles are too cool for drugs at our school!

Monday, October 15, 2012

This Week in Class

Coming Up!
   Topic 3 Math Test - Thursday, October 18
   Report Card Day      Thursday October 18

We're making our salt maps of Florida on Thursday as well. Looking for 2 volunteers to come in and help that afternoon.
We are working on the maps 12-1 pm. Please send an email if you would like to come in.

More story surgery as we continue to learn how to add details and elaboration to our expository essays. It's very dramatic, hopefully memorable, and lots of fun!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Busy Fun!!

Here's a peek at the 321 Summarizing strategy that some of the students mention in today's "Thursday Letter".   It is a great way to reflect on what has just been read in one of the content areas. 

3- Identify 3 important ________________ you learned in the lesson.

2- List 2 __________________from the lesson.
1- State  1 ______________________ from the lesson.

As you can see, the social studies lesson above was about immigration in Florida. The 321 strategy helped the students to sort out the important information.  They will be better able to recall the information and build on it with the next lesson. We will be using the strategy often in our notebooks for the content areas of science and social studies as well as applying in our reading of any non-fiction material.

Coming Up:

Geometry Project due on Monday - October 15

Salt Maps of Florida in class next Friday!  Thank you to the Scott's and Bowden's for sending in salt dough!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

More Science Help from Mrs.D

Students this is another great resource to help you with Science Fair ideas and ways to make your board. Enjoy! Click below to go to this amazing resource.

Monday, October 1, 2012

IPad Lesson to Share with You!

Check out the follow up lesson to Jitter Juice we made using the I-Pads using the app Edu Creations. I hope you enjoy it.Click here to view my lesson

We will be using this app during our Daily 5 Reading to practice the Reading Comprehension Target skills!


Science Fair Website for Reference

Please Visit the Site Below For Ideas and Videos!


Please HELP us make salt dough!

Hi Parents,
Could you please help me? I would like to make salt dough to use during daily 5 for Spelling and then use it again an activity for Social Studies. I would need about 2 cups of dough for each child. If you could make just a few batches that would help me out. So you're not alone I will be joining in on the fun at home. I'm attaching a video so you can see how to make it. Thank you for supporting my CRAZY ideas. I'll give 10 points extra credit in math for measuring if the students help out. I will need the dough on October 9th. Thanks!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Science Fair and Story Surgery Highlights

      Friday Mrs. Donovan began teaching the steps of the Scientific Method to prepare students for the upcoming Science Fair. The information below might give students some ideas of projects that might interest them. The projects aren't mandatory in 4th grade. However, I highly encourage all of my students to do one for extra credit. They don't have to be entered into the Science Fair to be judged, that decision can be made by the students. To prepare students to do a project Mrs. Donovan will do a class project in class and display our data on a full size board. There is a link on the school site to the  Science Fair packet with all of the information to explain each step in the process with deadlines to help the student stay on track and avoid the last minute rush!

Also a great site for ideas is:

From our lesson today in class:
The Happy Scientist (Science Fair Info.)

The life size essay!
Another buzz around the room this week is the notorious "Story Surgery".  We had fun learning how to elaborate and create deeper meaning and greater interest within the expository essay. A friend supplied the medical accessories and a fun activity emerged to drive home the learning.