Monday, November 27, 2017

Finally Starting our Blogs!

Check out the video for an introduction to blogging!  This week, we will be choosing our blog themes, creating our All About Me pages, and creating our avatars.  Students will also learn about blogging etiquette and the difference between a page and a post.  Next week we will learn to comment.  Be sure to check out the Student Blogging Challenge website to learn more about our blogging journey!  

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Fun with 3D Pens

Hi All!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow and Tuesday for conferences.  Check out some of the fun we were having with 3D Pens during Genius Hour on Friday afternoon!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Hi All!

Just a reminder that parent/teacher conferences are next Monday and Tuesday, November 20th and 21st.  If you would like to sign up for a conference, please visit the MBS homepage and click on the link!

Parent input forms for conferences went home last week in Friday folders.  Please send them back to school by this Friday, November 17th. 

Let me know if you have any questions!

-Mrs. Carney

Friday, November 10, 2017

It's Friday!

Dear Families,

Happy Friday!  Burrr….the cold weather is here!  Please remember to send your child to school with jackets, pants, hats, and mittens.  This will help make recess more enjoyable for them.  Here are some things happening in our classroom:

Math- We finished unit 2 and took our assessment this week.  Math tests will be coming home on Monday.  Next week we will begin unit 3 with a focus on fractions and decimals.

Writing- Over the last few days we worked on our On Demand Narrative Assessment for Trimester 1.  Students worked hard to show all that they have learned about narrative writing.  Next week we will choose one of our personal narratives to publish and share with you at conferences.    

Reading- We are still focusing on literary elements, but have focused specifically on identifying theme. We also started a new read aloud, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.  Our literary genre will continue through December.

Science- Our science time was cut short this week with all of the end of trimester assessments, but we did manage to squeeze in an experiment.  We have been learning about Force and Motion concepts and wondered if the weight of our hot wheels car would affect the speed the car would travel.  We collected weights of different cars and then experimented with them.  We will look at our data and draw conclusions from our experiment next week.    

Important Upcoming Dates-

Picture Re-takes- If your child had their school pictures retaken, they should be in next week.

Field Trip- Our field trip to the Flynn Theater will be next Wednesday, November 15th. We will be leaving around 9:00 and returning to school by 11:30.

Book Orders- Online book ordering is always open, please just send me an email when you place your order.  There are directions on how to order on the Book Order page above.  

Conferences- November 20-21st
Please go to the MBS homepage to sign up for a conference if you haven’t already scheduled.  Conference input forms went home today with students.  This will give you an opportunity to share any concerns or questions you might have which will help me make the best use of our time together.  Please take a look at them and send them back to school by next Friday, November 17th.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email or call.  Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Carney  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Class Goal

We met our class goal and will be celebrating with pjs and a movie tomorrow afternoon after our Red Ribbon Week presentation from Officer Melon.  We will be watching either Dolphin Tale or LEGO Batman, as those were the top two choices.  Please let me know if you have a problem with either of these movies. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017


Dear Families,

Happy weekend!  I hope you had a chance to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.  Here are some things that are happening in our classroom:

Math- We have started unit 2 in math with a focus on multiplication and geometry.  We have been learning about factors, multiples, and prime and composite numbers.  Unit 1 math tests were suppose to go home Friday, but we left them in mailboxes.  Please keep an eye out for them to come home on Monday.

Writing- Students have been so busy writing personal narratives.  We have discussed the difference between watermelon and seed stories and have been focusing our writing on a small moment.  Students have worked hard to use the “show don’t tell” strategy which includes using the 5 senses to make the reader feel like they are there experiencing the moment.  We have also learned about adding dialogue and speaker tags to our writing.  Next week we will practice hooks/leads and strong endings.  

Reading- We have been discussing literary elements with a focus on characters, character traits, setting, plot, problem and solution.  We also finished our read aloud, Frindle. Next week we will learn about theme, and then go back and examine our characters a little deeper.  

Genius Hour- We spent a few genius hour blocks learning about online coding using the programs, Scratch and Hour of Code.  Students loved the opportunity to write their own codes and create games.  

Friday, we started making our monster bots!  Students had to use a battery, a motor, and two wires to make a circuit.  Once they were able to connect their circuit and make their motor work, they had to draw and label their circuit in their genius hour notebook.  They also had to draw and label their decorating plan for their monsterbot and include a list of materials.  We will continue with our monster bots this week.     

Picture Re-takes- Picture re-takes will be October 24th

Monster Mash- The MBS Monster Mash will be Friday, October 27th.  Please check out the MBS homepage for more details.

Field Trip- Our field trip to the Flynn Theater will be November 15th.  Permission slips are due by the end of this week. Extra copies went home Friday for those students who needed one.  

Book Orders- Online book ordering is always open, please just send me an email when you place your order.  There are directions on how to order on the Book Order page above.  Please email with any questions.  

Please don’t hesitate to email or call with any questions.  Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Carney  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Class Goal

We met our class goal today by filling our fish bowl to the top with tokens!  Everyone has worked so hard to be safe, respectful, and responsible both inside and outside the classroom to help earn tokens.  Yesterday, the class earned 25 tokens in PE!  Mrs. Eastman gave us a HUGE compliment on how cooperative and respectful everyone was.

We will be celebrating tomorrow with electronic day.  Your child may bring in an electronic from home to use for the last part of our day.  If you do not want your child to bring in a device from home, we will have chromebooks available in the classroom to use.  Please remind your child that the games and/or music from their personal devices need to be school appropriate.