Week February 10

Hello 4A Friends!

We had a productive and exciting week last week! Monday morning chapel was a blast as students competed in the edible car race. Two students from our class were recognized with ribbons for their  successful inventions. Congrats to Ava Downer and Jay Slavin! On Friday morning K-4 got to travel to the Fox Theatre to watch a production of Miss Nelson Has a Field Day. It was performed by the Dallas Children’s Theatre. Reading the book in class prior to the field trip was great way to see the book come to life! STEM night also took place on Friday evening. We had several 4A scientists recognized. Congratulations to: Cecilia Kramer (2nd place) Do Cats Have Unique Paw Prints?, Max Puntenney (3rd place) Tooth Decay, and Aleks Wolert (Honorable Mention) Swimming Out of the Fog. Great job to everyone for their hard work on Science Fair!

The coming week...


  • Math-A-Thon money due! 
  • Fee Dress Day, $2
  • Wed – Fri. Mrs. Bly will be subbing for our class. I will be traveling to Arkansas to visit my daughter


  • Bring in your Valentine box/bag for Friday


  • Valentines Day- 4A and 4B will be exchanging valentines.
  • Relaxed Dress

Rodeo break – No school February 17 – February 21

Spelling: (words with ex)

  1. except
  2. example
  3. exciting
  4. exactly
  5. extend
  6. expect
  7. excuse
  8. explain
  9. express
  10. exert
  11. exercise
  12. exhausted
  13. excellent
  14. expensive
  15. extremely

Math- This week we will be adding and subtracting fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals.


  • Students will synthesize information from two texts about space rocks, their destructive potential, and what can be done to protect Earth from being hit by one
  • We will be looking closely at a poem called Early Explorers. Students will work on the skills: fluency, author’s purpose, making connections
  • Expository paragraph writing

Social Studies- We will continue our study of the Southeast Region.

Have a wonderful week!




Week February 3

Greetings 4A!

First, I must thank our students for all the thought and energy they put into planning my birthday. You can imagine my surprise when I entered a dark room with a unison shout of “Surprise!” from the class. The walls were adorned with bright colored posters and banners, balloons were scattered all around, and party poppers were blasted in every direction. The flowers, handmade cards, cupcakes, candies, and cookies were an added treat. They really made my day!

The week ahead:

Monday: The Edible Car Race will take place in the Student Center at 8:05


  • K-4 will attend performance of Miss Nelson Has a Field Day at the Fox Theatre. We will be taking a bus to the event. We will leave school at 9:00 and return by 11:45. **Students should wear a red shirt and khaki bottoms**
  • STEM Night takes place in the Student Center starting at 5:30pm. I hope to see you there!

Spelling (words with the /s/ sound)

  1. silent
  2. suit
  3. special
  4. sorry
  5. notice
  6. ceiling
  7. promise
  8. sudden
  9. cereal
  10. select
  11. circus
  12. office
  13. sentence
  14. balance
  15. celebrate

Math: Our math focus points for this week include: comparing and ordering fractions and justifying their order through reasoning about fraction equivalencies and relationships, representing fractions on a number line, and comparing fractions to landmarks 0, 1/2, 1, and 2.

Reading: This week we will be reading the nonfiction text “Frozen Dreams”. This text is about an Arctic explorer, who helped discover the North Pole. Students will learn about his achievements, and why he was long denied recognition of his discoveries. Our focus skills will include: critical thinking, identifying author’s purpose, making inferences, and finding the main idea.

Social Studies: Students will learn about the early history of the Southeast Region.

ELA: We are wrapping up our poetry unit this week. The students had fun creating their own poetry books which include a variety of 10 types of poems. We will begin expository writing over the next several weeks.

Have a wonderful week!

Week January 27th

Hello 4A Friends!

A big BRAVO to our Into the Woods participants! Our students put their heart and soul into this show, and I am so proud of all their hard work!

The week ahead:

Monday – Math-a-thon kick-off!  (packets get sent home Friday)

Tuesday– Bev Bly sub

Spelling (Words with the /k/ sound)

  1. junk
  2. socket
  3. carpet
  4. kangaroo
  5. corner
  6. picnic
  7. ticket
  8. candle
  9. bucket
  10. creaky
  11. attack
  12. plastic
  13. racket
  14. attic
  15. hockey

Math – This week we continue our work on fractions and decimals. Students will represent and notate fractions greater than one, and develop arguments about the relative size of two fractions.

ELA–  Students are publishing their own poetry books, including 10 varieties of poems. This week we will be working on lantern, limerick, and quatrain poems. We also continue to develop our descriptive writing through modeling of mentor sentences.

Social Studies – We are beginning our study of the Southeast Region this week with a focus on its geography and early history. Reminder:Northeast Region test on Friday January 31st.

Valentines Day- We will have a valentine exchange on Friday February 14th. This will also include the other 4th grade class. I am including a list of names for both classes in this weeks’. Students should bring in some sort of mailbox/bag to collect their valentines. We will not be making these at school. Your child is welcome to bring in one from a previous year, make a new one, or just label a lunch bag with their name. Please wait until Thursday the 13th to send it in, due to lack of classroom space.

Have a fantastic week!


Whew!  4th graders worked very hard on their project boards this week; I can’t wait to see them all on display in the Student Center.   Mrs. Hawes came in to assist students on their chrome books this morning and I told the students I’m available at lunch if they want to come in.  I’m not usually available during Friday’s lunchtime, but 3rd grades are on a field trip today.   I did not know play students are leaving at noon today, but it works out that they can take their boards home to put on some finishing touches.


Have a wonderful weekend.



It’s time to put our boards together!
Please have your student bring in any materials they want to use to put on their science boards for tomorrow’s science class.  (Science boards have a black background).

Some students have expressed that they would like their graphs/data in color and will print their information at home.  If students want to print their information at home, that is fine.  I will have available to them:

boards, glue, construction/colored paper,  and some letters (not full sets).


We will be presenting our boards next week to our peers.  Please contact me if you have any questions:



Week January 20th

Hello 4A Friends!

I hope you all enjoy the upcoming 3 day weekend. It was wonderful meeting with many of you this week during parent teacher conferences. Thank you for all your support!

The week ahead…

Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school

Friday-Sunday: Into the Woods performances. Please purchase your ticket soon! You don’t want to miss it. I plan on going Friday night!

Spelling words (#19, Words with the /j/ Sound)

  1. bridge
  2. jazz
  3. image
  4. luggage
  5. jumble
  6. range
  7. message
  8. jockey
  9. manage
  10. gentle
  11. plunge
  12. cabbage
  13. lodge
  14. garbage
  15. dangerous

Math – This week we will continue finding fractional parts of rectangles. We will also be reading and writing tenths and hundredths, representing tenths and hundredths as parts of an area, and identifying equivalent fractions and explaining why they are equivalent.

Language Arts – Our poetry unit continues! This past week we learned about the structural elements of the following poems: acrostic, syllable cinquains, and word cinquains. This week we will be reading, analyzing, and creating concrete, couplet, diamonte, and haiku poetry.

Social Studies – We will have a Northeast Region test on January 31st. Students have been given a study guide, and can access it in Google Classroom, or their Google drive. This week we will start exploring the Southeast Region of the United States.

A few more notes…

Please put the following field trips on your calendar:

  • Cooper Environmental Center, Friday March 20th from 9:15-3:30
  • Playformance, Tuesday May 12th from 9:00-11:30 (end of year party)

Lastly, this week I gave students a log-in for a fun learning resource. The website is called freckle.com and it was created by Renaissance. Students have access to differentiated learning in math, language arts, science, and social studies. The students all know how to log-in, and are welcome to do so from home if they have the inclination. My class code is BAESEW. From there, they only need to enter their names, and it will take them to their page. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Make (not have) a great week!



Week January 13th


Greetings 4A!

I look forward to seeing you all during parent teacher conferences this week. There are many spots still available if you have not chosen a time yet. Wednesday is a half day and students will be dismissed at 12:00.

Spelling words (homophones)- words are also posted on Spellingcity.com

  1. close
  2. sight
  3. poor
  4. peek
  5. groan
  6. waste
  7. clothes
  8. miner
  9. pour
  10. site
  11. peak
  12. waist
  13. grown
  14. pore
  15. minor

Math- This week we will finish up on Unit 5: Large Numbers and Landmarks, and begin Unit 6: Fractions and Decimal Grids. In this first week of fractions we will be focusing on finding fractional parts of a rectangle, interpreting the meaning of the numerator and denominator of a fraction, and identifying equivalent fractions and explaining why they are equivalent.

Social Studies – This week we continue our study of the Northeast Region of the United States.

Language Arts- This week we will begin a unit on poetry. Students will be learning how to identify and create different types of poetry based on structure. Students will also be incorporating what they learned about figurative language into their own poems. We will also be analyzing the poem, “Snail at Moonrise” found in this month’s StoryWorks magazine.

Have a wonderful week!


Student Data is due tomorrow, January 8.  In conferencing with students on Monday, I was so impressed by some of the data that had been collected.  We are in the process of typing all of our information up, and we will be graphing our data in class next week.

Coming up:

Completed by:   January 15 – data analysis

January 22 and 24 – putting boards together (look for information to come home regarding what students will need to bring to class)


                               Week of January 27 – Student Presentations!!!!!   Woot!


Happy New Year!

Dear 4A Families,

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a restful break. I always relish this time of year, spending time with loved ones, and looking toward the future with hope. Here is one of my favorite poems (reminders) that is posted in our classroom.


A Beautiful New Day

This is the beginning of a new day. 

God has given me this day to use as I will. 

I can waste it or use it for good, 

but what I do today is important 

because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. 

When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, 

leaving in its place something that I have traded for it. 

I want it to be gain and not loss; good and not evil; 

success and not failure; in order that I shall not 

regret the price I have paid for it. 



Parent Teacher Conferences – Hopefully you all received the sign up genius I sent out for P/T conferences. If you didn’t, please use this link to sign up. I have times open on Wednesday – Friday 1/15- 1/17. I am more than happy to meet with you the following week if one of these times does not work for you. Please let me know.

Lastly I would like to thank each of you for the generous Christmas gift card and bottle of wine. We had a wonderful holiday celebration and enjoyed making gingerbread (graham cracker) houses. Thank you to our homeroom parents for bringing in all the supplies and helping with set up!


2020, here we come!


Joanna Baese


Spelling for week January 6 (irregular plurals)

  1. leaves
  2. calves
  3. lives (from singular life)
  4. oxen
  5. wives
  6. halves
  7. mice
  8. wolves
  9. thieves
  10. loaves
  11. geese
  12. knives
  13. shelves
  14. scarves
  15. themselves


Merry Christmas! Week December 16

Greeting 4A Families!

It’s hard to believe that we are in our last week of school before Christmas break! Friday’s music performance was fun and festive, and our class looked smashing in their party attire. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season while taking time to savor the moments with your 4th grader; these young ones are at such a special point in their lives.

The week ahead:

Wednesday- At 10:15 we will be making gingerbread houses with 4B. At the end of the day our class will play some games, watch a holiday movie, and share a treat.


  • Las Posadas 10:30
  • Early Dismissal 12:00
  • No aftercare

Math- We are on our last lesson in this geometry unit. Once complete, we move on to Unit 5: Large Numbers and Landmarks. Our first investigation will focus on extending knowledge of the number system to one million. Students will be identifying, describing, and comparing addition strategies, and using clear and concise notation to record them.

Language Arts- We will continue writing our stories about getting stuck in a snow globe. Some students have chosen to publish their stories in Google documents. I love their drive to use technology! We took some pretty funny pictures to go along with our snow globes. The students can bring those home at the end of the week.

Reading- We will not be going to the library this Monday, since we will be gone for break when books would be due. If your student has books out, they will need to give them to me by Wednesday, and I will return them to the library.

This week we will be reading the article, “The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius” from our StoryWorks publication. Students will learn about the volcanic eruption that destroyed the city of Pompeii, and what life was like in ancient Rome.

Social Studies- Our Southwest Region test is this Monday. We began learning and taking notes on the Northeast Region last week. We will continue our study of this region this week, and upon our return to school in January.

Spelling– words for this week have been posted on Spellingcity. I will also start posting them on the blog each week.

  1. person
  2. sure
  3. touch
  4. tropical
  5. young
  6. island
  7. built
  8. against
  9. different
  10. palm
  11. awhile
  12. answer
  13. mountain
  14. remember
  15. camera

Merry Christmas!


Joanna Baese