Week of September 15

Wow! We survived our first full week! The students have been working hard and wowing me with what they are capable of.

This week in Reading Workshop we have continued to work on finding books that are “Just Right,” reading intensely, finding the flow of the book and putting ourselves in the main characters shoes. Reading the story as if we are the main character and visualizing what is happening by making movies in our minds. Children took turns acting out the ‘bus’ scene from our class read aloud, “The Tiger Rising.” Ask your child about that scene.

In Math we have just finished our first topic. In Topic 1 students worked with numbers through millions. We compared numbers, rounded numbers, wrote numbers using expanded and word form and worked with place value. Students took their Topic 1 test on Friday. In 4th grade we have a 3 day test cycle, on day 1 students take an online practice test (if they score 85% or higher they are excused from the “real” test). On the 2nd day, we review each type of problem on the test as a whole class, then students receive review pages (paper) to work on to review the skills that are tested. Students are also pulled into small groups to reteach skills that they struggled with. On the third day we take the ‘real’ test. Those that are not taking the real test do math enrichment activities.

In Writing Workshop this week we thought up ideas for realistic fiction stories that we could write. Students spent 2 sessions generating ideas for stories that they could write. Then students selected one idea that they wanted to write about. Students needed to make sure that their story had a problem in it. Students then spent time developing their main character by thinking about what the character looks like, acts like, how other people treat/see the character and thinking about what internal traits fit the character (shy, funny, loyal). Last, we started to write our ‘problem scene.’ Students focused on “showing not telling” the problem. Next week we will be using a story arc to write our stories scene by scene. Our child also began writing his/her own weekly blog! You can read your child’s blog weekly at Kid Blog


In Science we have continued to learn about what makes day and night (the rotation of the earth), and what causes the phases of the moon (the moon orbiting the earth). We also created a Venn diagram to compare similarities and differences between the earth, moon and sun. Next week we will be using our Venn to write a paragraph comparing the earth moon and sun.

Enjoy this last fabulous weekend of summer! Maybe I will see you at the Irish Music Fest!

Also, if your child participates in a sport, I would love to have you send me a game schedule so that I can come watch a game or two. Thank you!

Week of September 5th

*My auto update did not work this weekend, I just realized this did not publish. Updates will normally be published on Friday*

Thank you for taking the time to read our classroom blog. Every week This blog will tell about our learning for the week, give important information, share pictures and maybe video, and list upcoming events. Please remember to subscribe to this blog (scroll down on the right hand side bar), and you will receive an email when the blog is updated. I will send an email with the blog link the next two weeks, after that you will need to be subscribed to receive the email updates.

We have had a busy 4 days! We began your curriculum, we set up our iPads, and we have taken some baseline assessments!

in Reading Workshop our first reading unit is: Interpreting Characters in Fiction, by talking about how we need to read intensely. We learned how to slow down and notice everything in the we are reading. We Learned that good readers make movies in their minds, noticing when the movie get blurry, and analyze why the author uses certain words or phrases in the story. We also discussed having sympathy or empathy for our characters to help us better understand them. Students too a pre-assessment before beginning the unit and students spent some time evaluating themselves by looking at the rubric of skills they will be learning with this unit, so that they can see where they started and at the end of the unit we will repeat the process to see what they have learned. We will be beginning the tri-annual reading assessments next week. These assessments allow me to get to know your child as a reader and help guide them toward “just right” books. The assessments also help me individualize reading instruction for each student.

In Math our first unit is all about place value. This is the math curriculum that was rolled out last year. This first unit is short and mostly review of third grade skills, just extending those skills to larger numbers. This year our math Homework (Practice Buddy) and a Quick Check are on the iPads every day. The benefit of doing it this way is immediate feedback for your child. Often students will complete the paper homework, getting many problems incorrect and not know they are practicing it incorrectly until the next day or even later when the teacher grades it. By that time, it is too late. Practice Buddy on the iPad tells them immediately if they are correct or not, and gives help. We will go over all the help options available to them in class. Often your child will be able to complete most of the homework in class. Math homework will be written in their planner. Please review the Homework and Quick Check with your child, check to see if it is complete, and review what they are learning. Your child can show you how to go on to the program and see what we are working on. I will post a short video this week, going over the steps for logging on to see their work.

I am aware that there have been some issues with logging on at home. Rest assured, SL Tech Team realizes there have been some issues with their new filter and not being able to get into programs at home. They are working on resolving these issues, and promise it should be fixed by Tuesday! Thank you for taking the time to check over your child’s work each night and signing their planners!

Our first science unit is A View from the Earth,  we are studying the sun, moon, and Earth. Your child has been asked to go out and observe the moon the next few days, for most of this week the moon (waning gibbous) will be visible in the morning before school and on the way to school. The observation sheet is due Friday, September 15.

Our first Chicago fundraiser began on Friday, Wesco Popcorn buckets! Please try to sell all 5 buckets and return the $60 to school as soon as possible. The fundraiser will continue for a few weeks. We have more buckets available to sell, as your child sells five we can give them more! Remember selling 15 buckets covers the cost of the trip! Buckets are $12 each and good to use at many Wesco stores (see the side of the bucket) immediately until December 2018. Please be sure to return any unsold buckets and lids.

I have noticed a few students do not have headphones/earbuds yet. We will need these by Wednesday for a diagnostic assessment we are taking.

A huge thank you to all who donated Oreos! We are all set and will be doing our moon phase lab soon!



First Week of School!

Wow! Our first week is complete! Even though it was only three days, we have sure accomplished a lot! I have really enjoyed getting to our class!  What an amazing group of awesome people!

This week students presented their “All Abot Me” bags to help us learn a little bit more about each other.  We also wrote our own Classroom Constitution or our rules for our classroom.  We did some activities to help us think about what we wanted our classroom to be like, and what we wanted our school year to be like, then we wrote a Class constitution together and we ALL signed it! We also created a class mission. Our mission is: We are here to lear, have fun and make friends.

We also read a few picture books and talked about the theme of the story (the author’s message, lesson or the moral of the story).  We then worked on making our theme/message fit on a bumper sticker (short and sweet and to the point).  All of the books centered around the theme of stepping up to bullies and being nice to everyone.  Once again, we are a “Be NICE” school, we will be learning more about this throughout the year.

We also talked about how each one of us is important, each one of us matters! We learned that each of us has Multiple Intelligences and we are all smart in our own way. Students then wrote about a way they are smart and why the world needs them.

We have been learning many new routines and procedures this week, we will continue to work on them in the weeks to come. Help your child to be successful by looking at your child’s planner every night and also initialing your child’s planner every night. By initialing the planner you are saying that they completed their homework.  For the next few weeks please help them in filling out the Reading Log. This is found at the very front of the planner. It should be filled out completely each night that reading is assigned. Hopefully soon, they will be able to complete this on their own.

Enjoy the long weekend! Remember, no school on Monday!


Welcome to 4th Grade!

Hello! Welcome to Mrs. Lannon’s Classroom Blog!

I am so excited to welcome you to 4th grade! This blog is where I will update you on our classroom activities throughout the school year. Please subscribe to this blog by putting in your email address on the right hand side where it says, “Subscribe to blog.” This way you will be notified whenever I update the blog.

I can’t wait to meet ALL of you on the first day of school! This year, our first day is a HALF day of school from 8:45am – 12:00pm. I will meet you outside of the South doors (near the swings). I will have a sign with my name on it! You can’t miss me, I have long, dark, curly hair!

FYI ~ We do have a nut allergy in our classroom. Please make sure that your child’s snacks do not contain nuts. Thank you.

Here is the supply list if you have misplaced yours:
4th Grade
Necessary Supplies:
• 1 hardcover composition notebooks ( 9 ¾ x 7 ½” – at least 80
• small headphones or earbuds in a a Ziploc baggie (to be kept at
• a large box of Kleenex (to be shared with class)
• GIRLS – Gallon size freezer bags
• BOYS – Clorox Wipes
• 2 pencil boxes (approximately 8inx5in)
The following must fit inside of the two pencil boxes above, due to limited storage space:
• 24 sharpened pencils
• a pair of scissors
• 1 large glue stick
• a small enclosed pencil sharpener
• a package of 12 colored pencils
• a package of 24 crayons
• a highlighter
• small sticky notes (square, light-colored, plain)
• a stylus to write on your iPad with (stylus and headphones must stay at school)

Optional (Nice to have):mini-stapler, markers, mini-scotch tape and erasers)

Since we no longer have traditional desks (we will have student tables with small storage areas underneath) – Please do NOT bring in binders and folders – all necessary folders will be provided.

STEM is also asking for quart size Ziploc bags.

There will be an Open House on Wednesday, August 23 from 6-7pm.

Enjoy your last weeks of summer! I can’t wait to meet you!


Mrs. Lannon

Parents from last year, you can unsubscribe from these updates through the email update you received! Give your 5th grader a big hug from me, tell them good luck and I hope that they come visit me soon!

Good Bye Elementary School!

I can’t believe what a whirlwind this year has been! Thank you so much for allowing me to be  a part of your child’s education! Each one of these students will always hold a special place in my heart! It has been my pleasure to be their teacher! The growth they have all made is amazing! I know that they will have a spectacular year in 5th grade!

I want to thank the parents that donated items for our end of year raffle!  Each child that had raffle tickest was able to take at least two prizes home.

I would also like to thank my students and their families for the wonderful end of year gifts! I will miss you all!


Mrs. Lannon

Please enjoy our 3 Words video.

May 19, 2017

In Reading Workshop this week we continued talking about “Literary Elements” or little tricks that some authors may use.  We discussed and found examples of Allusion, Poetic Justice and Similie and Metaphor. Being able to recognize and talk about “Author’s Craft” is an important 4th grade skill.

In writing students completed their Literary Essays. Students learned how to use Google Docs to put their essays together and then shared them with me using Google Drive. Students also wrote an On Demand Literary Essay using the story “A Bad Case of Stripes.”

In math we finished our unit on geometry by learning how to classify triangles by their sides and angles. Students also learned how to name quadrilaterals, and how to identify line symmetry and draw in lines of symmetry. Our Final math test for this Topic will be on Monday. Review sheets will be coming home tonight.

In social studies we wrapped up Market Day by doing a final accounting of our expenses and profits and found our net profit. Students then chose how much of their profit they wanted to donate to Save the Catwalk. Our class donated $135.25! I believe the 4th grade as a whole donated $410.

This week we took the English Language Arts and Science M-STEP Tests. On Tuesday and Thursday we will take the Math M-STEP Test. Please be sure that your child has an early bedtime, a good breakfast and comes with a healthy snack on those two days. Ipads and headphones are a definite must have for Tuesday and Wednesday!

Important Dates

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23-24 MSTEP Testing

Thursday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 30 – Discovery Testing

Thursday, June 1 – Chicago Trip 6:45 AM-9:00 PM

Friday, June 2 – Bocce Ball Day

Wednesday, June 7 – 4th Grade Celebration Night – 6:30 PM

Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9 – 1/2 Days

May 5, 2017

In Reading Workshop this week we started to talk about “Literary Elements” or little tricks that some authors may use.  We discussed and found examples of flashbacks, foreshadowing, and personification. Being able to recognize and talk about “Author’s Craft” is an important 4th grade skill.

In writing we continued to work on our Literary Essays. Students wrote introductions and conclusions and then began putting their essays together in Google Docs.

In math we started our unit on geometry by reviewing lines, points, line segments, rays and angles. Students measured angles with protractors and figured out problems with angles.  Next week we will be composing (adding smaller angles together to create a larger angle) and decomposing angles (subtracting angles to find a smaller angle). We will have our Topic 15 practice test on Tuesday and the Final test on Thursday.

In social studies we learned about positive and negative incentives that are used in the world,  we played a game to help us learn about profit, revenue and expenses.  Market Day is coming up fast, Friday, May 12!

Important Dates

Tuesday, May 9 – Front Porch “Cool School” Night for Holmes

Friday, May 12 – Visit SL Intermediate School and Market Day

Tuesday through Thursday May 16-18 AND May 23-24 MSTEP Testing

Thursday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 30 – Discovery testing

Thursday, June 1 – Chicago Trip 6:45 AM-9:00 PM

Friday, June 2 – Bocce Ball Day

Wednesday, June 7 – 4th Grade Celebration Night – 6:30 PM

Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9 – 1/2 Days

Check out our Market Day Commercials!

April 14

We have had a great week coming back from break and getting right on to the swing of things. There is a lot going on the next two months so please note the important dates at the end of this post.

This week in Reading we have continued to work on reading Historical Fiction. We worked on finding themes that connected to the whole story and revising our theme to fit as we read on and learn more. We also discussed how when reading Historical Fiction we can search out actually images from that era to help us visualize the place and character’s perspectives. When we look at an image we look at the big picture and the little details, we talk about what part of the story it fits with and we ask how does it fit with, change or add to what we were already thinking.

We have started a new unit in Writing Workshop. Students will be learning how to write a 5 paragraph Literary Essay. Students have a short story that they are reading closely (finding little details) to help them understand the characters traits, motivations, struggles and relationships. They will be using these observations to create a thesis for their Literary Essay.

In Math we have finished up Topic 12: Decimals. Students will be taking the Final test for this topic on Monday. They have a practice test coming home with them tonight that they should review to be prepared.Our next Topic is Equivalent Units of Measurement both Customary (U.S.) and Metric (the rest of the World).

We have begun our Economics Unit in Social Studies. This unit culminates with our 4th Grade Market Day. Information about Market Day went home prior to SPring Break. Students will need to have a completed product plan turned in by Monday. Please help your child figure costs to make 12-15 of his/her chosen item and the cost of 1 item. They should also price their item between $1 and $2. The date of Market Day has been pushed back to May 12. We have discussed that nothing is “free” at somme point in time, someone had to purchase it.

Important Dates:

Monday, April 17 – Orange Out

Tuesday, April 18 – Talent Show 7PM at the Middle School auditorium

Fruday, April 21 – Swimming (we are swimming prior to the movie)

Friday, April 21 – “Born in China” movie field trip (cold lunch needed) more info to come on 4/17

Friday, April 28 – Swimming and Hawaiian Day

Monday, May 1 – GVSU Science field trip (cold lunch needed) more info to come

Friday, May 5 – Crazy Hair Day for $1

Friday, May 12 – Visit SL Intermediate School and Market Day

Tuesday through Thursday May 16-18 AND May 23-25 MSTEP Testing

Thursday, June 1 – Chicago Trip

Friday, June 2 – Bocce Ball Day

Wednesday, June 7 – 4th Grade Celebration Night – 6:30 PM

Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9 – 1/2 Days

We had a great time at Link-Up and swimming at the Aquatic Center! I have attached some pictures.



It certainly seems like March has flown by! We have a quick 4 days next week and then, Spring Break! Next week we will be working hard to get some things completed before break.

This week in Reading Workshop we have been working on reading Historical Fiction. The class was divided in to book club groups and each group is reading a different historical fiction novel. Students have been keeping timelines of the history of the time period and of the main character’s history. We have discussed how a character’s perspective is shaped by not only the time period that they live in, but also by their role and their age. The have also learned to look for symbolism in the small details.

Students are continuing to work on ‘publishing’ the final drafts of their informational books that are about the American Revolution. We are planning to share these with our classmates on Thursday.

This week in math we worked on creating line plots from data, interpreting line plots and using line plots to answer questions about data. Students will be taking the line plot final test on Tuesday. We will then begin our unit on decimal numbers.

In Social Studies we are continuing to learn about our federal government. We have discussed the Separation of Powers and the system of Checks and Balances, next week we will be learning about the Bill of Rights. Also we will be sending home information pertaining to our Market Day pproject that is part of our Economics unit.

As a part of our Read-A-Thon today, we had a great assembly with Poet and Puppeteer, Kevin Kammeraad. we rehearsed and performed some Reader’s Theatres and we spent a lot of time reading everything from poetry to non-fiction! We also had the opportunity to plant a little surprise in the greenhouse!


Important Dates: 

Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 9 – Spring Break

Wednesday, April 12 – Link Up Concert

Tuesday, April 18 – Talent Show

Thursday, May 5 – Market Day



Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I love seeing all the green today! We had a little fun after recess today and did a St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt using the QR Code reader on the iPads to learn more about St. Patrick’s Day!

This week in Reading Workshop we have started our Historical Fiction unit (please see the email I sent this morning). Students will be working in book clubs reading carefully selcted Historical fiction novels. As we work on the skills need to read Historical fiction we will be reading Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars. This story is set in Copenhagen, Denmark during World War II. This week we began by learning taht when reading idtorical fiction it is imperative to pay attention to the who, what, where, when of the story right from the beginning. Students also learned about being aware of when the author uses flashbacks. Students also read The Yellow Star, the Legend of King Christian X.  We used this story to build a little background information for the novel and to talk about foreshadowing. Your child may express an interest in reading non-fiction books that tell about historical events that correspond with their book club books (Westward Expansion, Civil Rights, Dust Bowl, World War II). I will have some titles on Epic! for them to read.

In Writing we are continuing to revise and edit our final drafts of our informational books about events leading up to the American Revolution. Students have been working to add in text features and to create a glossary for their books.

In Math this week we finished a mini-unit of mutiplying fractions. Our next unit will be on Line Plots. Students will be using data to create line plots, interpret line plots and solve problems using line plots. We will be testing for this unit the last two days before Spring Break.


Important Dates: 

Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 9 – Spring Break

Wednesday, April 12 – Link Up Concert

Tuesday, April 18 – Talent Show