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

February 24, 2017

I hope everyone has been enjoying the warm weather! I hear it is going to get cold out again! Please remember to make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. They can be outside for recess for up to 30 minutes on some days. The weather changes quickly and many students have been coming to school with out jackets!

Last week in Reading we had a blast re-enacting the Second Continental Congress! This week in reading we are continuing to learn how to research. Students have been working on researching a new topic to add to their informational books they are writing. We have learned that it helps to read an easy text about a subject so that you can gain some background knowledge before you read a harder text about the subject. We also learned how to tackle complex words, you don’t know a word just by knowing its definition. You really know a word when you can give an example of it, explain how it goes and tell about different kinds of it. we practiced using the word boycott. Students read 3 different passages about the American Revolution that had the word boycott. Students came up with a definition, gave examples of different kinds of boycotts and explained how boycotts tend to go.

In writing the students are continuing to draft their All About books. students focused on writing an essay that explains why the topic they are researcing was an important event in the American Revolution. Then students selected a new subject to write a 4th chapter about, some are writing about the role of women in the American Revolution, or comparing soldiers in the Continental Army to soldiers in the British Army. They are researching and wikk be drafting this next section on Monday.

This week in math we have been working on adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators. The math has been relatively easy so we have added the challenge of reducing fractions to their simplest forms. I have noticed that many students do not read word problems carefully and make careless mistakes vecause of this.

In Social Studies we are finishing up our Black History month studies. Each student is creating a “quilt square” on paper that depicts a famous person and event from both slavery and civil rights.  Our next Social Studies unit begins next week. We will be studying the government of the U.S. Starting with the Constitution and the Preamble to the Constitution.

Important Dates

Thursday, Friday, and Monday, March 9, 10, and 13 – Parent Teacher Conferences (March 9 and 10 are half days)

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

February 10

I hope everyone enjoyed their Mid-Winter Break! We spent the weekend in Jackson for MAHA District hockey playoffs! Clayton’s team ended up losing in the semi-final game so we were able to make it home just in time for the Super Bowl!

This week in reading students are continuing to read non fiction and historical fiction accounts of their American Revolution focus topic. Students have learned that it is important to pay attention to the details that make history come alive and make it memorable. We learned that you read narrative non-fiction (written as a story) differently than your read expository non-fiction. Good readers are aware of when the text changes and adjust their reading and note taking styles accordingly.

In Writing Workshop we learned how to add details to our drafts to make what we had already written come alive and be memorable. We also practiced teaching about our focus topic. We learned that teaching about your topic to a real audience helps prepare you to write about your topic, being able to anticipate and answer questions your reader may have. Next week we will be adding in a first person story from our focus topic.

The week in Math we have been working on finding equivalent fractions. Students began by using fraction bars and number lines to find equivalent fractions and then learned how to use multiplication and division to find and generate equivalent fractions. (Wow! Knowing those basic multiplication and Division facts really pays off here!)

This wee we began our Social Studies Units for the year. We have started with a Black History Month study. Students began by learning about slavery through read aloud books and videos, we discussed abolitionists, the underground railroad, Harriet Tubman and many others. We will be moving on to The Civil Rights movement next week.

Growth Mindset: Last week we completed a growth mindset activity with Mrs. Smits. Students had to create a structure to protect something. They did not know what the object was to start. They later learned it was a potato chip, and Mrs. Smits dropped a book on their structure. They then had time to rebuild and retry. This week we tried another challenging activity. I showed the students a sample of a paper structure that I had created. They were then tasked with recreating it on their own only using a notecard and scissors. They could look at the structure, but not touch it. We had many failures that encouragd us to not give up and to try a new approach. It was interesting to see all the different ways students tackled the problem and their levels of perserverance.

Important Dates

Friday, February 10 – Chaperone lottery and the notes will come home

Friday, February 17 – Holmes Parents Club Bingo Night 5:30-8:00PM