Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Big Thank You!

This is the photo we recieved from the students that got our delivery in New Jersey. What a great opportuinty to help others. Thank you for sending in items to fill the truck.

Beautiful Video of the Power of a Yellow Lab!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Math App and Article

Melissa is in Mrs. Whitner's 4th Grade. Mr. Lammers was nice enough to donate his apps for our IPads here in class and present them to both of our classes. Information to download his apps are in the article below. We appreciate the Lammer family supporting us!

By Meagan McGone
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."

Spelling Bee List

Dear Parents,
After the winter break we will be having our Spelling Bee. The list of words are located on the link below. Study all of the words for grades 4 please. Thanks...I will notify you the date we will have the spelling bee in class.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Free Rice Game Please Help Us!

Dear Parents, Please take a minute to watch the videos below. Our class will be using the website FREE RICE to improve not only our vocabulary but feed the hungry.

Summarizing Strategies

We did a fun lesson on SUMMARIZING in class. We made a video to share!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

5 Elements of a Story Rap Song!

This week we've been focused on learning the 5 elements of every story. I wanted to post the rap song from our lesson today. Practice it so you can perform it for extra credit with your classmates. I'm offering 5 tickets to students who are willing to perform it for us. This can be in a group or by yourself.

Don't forget that I also expect to see all 5 of the elements mentioned in your your own narrative stories. Have fun!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Science Fair Lunch Celebration

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.

Today's Math Topic 7 SSHHHHHHH!

Yes, we're writing on our desks. It all cleaned up just fine, and we had fun while we were at it. Here is a short video the kids wanted to share. Math Topic 6 tests will be sent home next week in the Monday folders and uploaded in Edline later this week.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Eagles Basketball Game!

Thank you for your support last night as we took on Gemini Elementary in the basketball. It was great to see the students there cheering us on.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday News

        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 wotk with PTO and help us with our role in the process.

Holiday Class Party
Mrs. Donovan’s class will be pairing with Mrs. Whitner’s class to make penguin cookies and have a hot cocoa bar with a movie following in both rooms. If you would like to send in the hot cocoa and/or any bar items, please email me at and let me know.  Mrs. Donovan will take care of the penguin cookies.
Items we would need:
Hot cocoa mix

Monday, November 26, 2012

Congratulations to another Rocket Math Star!

Congratulations to Hagen!
She worked hard and passed the last level of Multiplication Rocket Math.

Monday, November 19, 2012

We're Blasting Off With Math Facts!

Congratulations to Danny! He made it to the top...Way to go!
He is also the artist who added bling to our X necklace.

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Another Rocket Math Champ!
Here's what Cassie has to say about Rocket Math!
Rocket Math is a great way to learn multiplication. It was really fun and I enjoyed doing all of the multiplication facts. I don't really know what else to say! (Giggle)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Science Plant Lab Videos

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. Thank you to Jane, Cali, Jack and Gwen for helping to make them possible. Nice work of editing everyone!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Science You Tube Video

Spelling City Update

Friday, November 9, 2012


Our newest member of the Rocket Math Club to finish all of his multiplication facts.
Our guest blogger will now tell you about Rocket Math:
I like how you get to practice your multiplication. I can actually see how much I know too. I felt extraordinary wearing my X all day and to actually finish it! Good luck to my friends I hope you get the X too.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Multiplication Fun!

Visit for math practice at home. Please go on this site and log in 20 minutes this week and write it in your planner with a parent signature. Learning multiplication facts can be fun with the games on this site. My favorite is the Dirty Diaper Derby.

More Duck for President Plays!

Election Day Plays!

Reader's Theatre Duck for President!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Duck for President!

We had a fun filled day celebrating Election Day! We had a mock vote and did a play to go with the story Duck for President!
Here are some of the highlights along with some photos!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Rocket Math Super Star!


I asked Raahil to be our guest blogger and tell you a bit more about Rocket Math.

Rocket math is fun and challenging because you get timed for 1 minute and you have to finish a certain amount of  multiplication problems. My goal was 54 and I had to get 54 questions right to pass but if I didn't I would have to do that level again and again until I passed. I was the first one to finish all levels from A to W.

Guest Blogger
Raahil Imami

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fall Party Fun Video!

Thank you to Mrs. Beckstein for planning our party today. It was jam packed full of SPOOKTACULAR FUN! I love the owl and coffee gift basket that was given to me by our class too. I look forward to brewing some coffee after a long day of having fun with the kiddos.

Please watch the video created by Cali and Jackson today after the party!

Spooky Fun in Our Class

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

We Made Cinnamon Buns!

Last week we made SYNONYM BUNS and ate yummy CINNAMON BUNS. I bought them just out of the oven at Panera before school. Enjoy the pictures!

No School Tomorrow!

School has been cancelled for tomorrow.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall Party News!

Our Fall party is coming up soon. Mark your calendars for Friday, October 26th  from 11:50-12:50. Our room parent has placed envelopes inside your child’s planner. If you can contribute to food and crafts for the party she has included an envelope. You can return it to school and I’ll be sure she gets it in time to purchase all of the party items. This is strictly a donation and just give what you can or disregard it if you can’t donate at this time. All of the children will be included in the SPOOKTACULAR party. Parents are invited so I hope you can attend.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Homework Due Thursday, October 25th

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.

Wednesday, October 17, 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!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Survey Says!

Parents please take a moment to take the quick survey that I made. It's done through Survey Monkey so I only see the results not who answered each question. I promise! Thanks for your feedback.

Our Busy Class

Here's a peek at the 321 Summarizing strategy that some of the students mention in the "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! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Teacher of the Year!

I was honored yesterday at our faculty meeting as Teacher of the Year! I was thrilled to be selected by the staff here at Indialantic Elementary. What an honor especially since I'm surrounding by the most amazing and professional teachers that I've ever worked with. Mrs. Fry came in to take some photos to be placed in a video for the school board and I wanted to share them with you. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Class News!

Spelling tests will be due on Thursday this week since there is no school on Friday. The math extra credit project that was due on October 12th has been extended to Monday, October 15th. We will have a math test on Topic 3 on Thursday of next week if you want to review over the weekend.

Box tops are due by October 18th so if you have some at home please send them in so our class can win.

Next week I'm doing a lesson on synonyms. The students are making SYNONYM BUNS with words for a fun hands on way to remember them and use them in their writing. I would like to serve them cinnamon buns too just to make it fun for them. If you are willing to make some nice warm cinnamon buns please let me know.

Mr. S will be teaching for me on Thursday. My daughter qualified for the county swim meet competition for Mel High and I will be at the meet with her all day on Thursday. Keep your fingers crossed for her. It's her first big meet and she just began swimming competitively this year. I'm such a proud mommy and very embarrassing when I cheer her on! She thought she was safe since I would normally be at work. Deep down I know she really wants me there.

October 31st we will dress like scarecrows. Students may wear jeans, plaid shirts, and boots. This will be a fun way to celebrate Fall. Our class celebration will be on October 26th at 12:00. Our room parent will be contacting parents to help out with supplies and food very soon.

Just had to post!

It was Madeline's birthday today and it looks as though she has the caught the OWL lovin' bug too.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Dress Up Day Tomorrow!

I've asked students to dress up for our presentation tomorrow for PTSO. We hope you can make it to our TECH PRESENTATION at 9:15 in the cafeteria.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Technology Showcase this Tuesday, October 9th at 9:15

The students will be presenting our new IPADS at the PTSO meeting on Tuesday, October 9th in the cafeteria. I was asked to speak to the PTSO about how we are using the new IPADS in our 4th grade classrooms. After thinking about it I decided that the better way to present this was to bring the class along to show our parents first hand the new and exciting things they are able to do now. Each student selected an app to demonstrate so if your free to drop in we would love for you to stop by. I'm turning the tables and having them do the teaching. Maybe I can have a cup of coffee and learn a thing or two from them. This would be a great way to support our PTSO and see what your kids are doing in our classroom. I hope you can make it.

Tuesday 10/9
PTO Meeting-9:15am

Cloisters Garage Sale!

Just a reminder that tomorrow morning is the Cloister's garage sale beginning at 8:00 a.m. I go every year to replenish books for our class library. This is the perfect way to add some great literature for little money. If you see some of your child's favorite books will you please think of our class and maybe purchase a few extras? I would really appreciate it and it benefits our classroom in countless ways for years to come. Have a happy weekend!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Science Homework Due October 9th

Science Fair Research Homework Due October 9th

I’m working with students in class in creating a class project to take them through the steps of the scientific method. As homework this week I’m requiring students to research the parts of a lima bean plant, how plants grow in soil, and how plants grow in water (hydroponics). They can copy diagrams and take notes, as well as print information at home to bring to class. Many of the students have amazing background knowledge in the area of plants and germination already. Students will share the data in class next week and I’ll show them how to summarize the information they gather. Students should bring the information they collect to class to share on October 9th. Our class project should be complete by October 18th. This should give them plenty of time to move forward with projects of their own if they choose to do a project. Remember their projects are not due until the first week of December.

Science Fair Information!

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.
Science Fair

Monday, October 1, 2012

First Day Jitters Video Made by Our Class

Check out the follow up lesson we made using the I-Pads using the app Edu Creations. I hope you enjoy it.

Click here to view my lesson


Science Fair Information Packet

Parents please use the information contained in the Science Fair Packet for reference. Everything you need to know is included as well as a suggested timeline. Click on the link below to go to the page. The Science Fair booklet is on the bottom of the page.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Science Fair Website for Reference

Please Visit the Site Below For Ideas and Videos!

Please HELP us! Make some 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. My own kids love making it so your 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!

Friday, September 28, 2012


Our school Science Fair is December 6th. Projects are due in class by December 4th so we can share them before they go on display. Please encourage your child to participate if they express interest.

The IPads Have Arrived!

Thanks to the generous contributions made by our PTSO 10 IPads were purchased for the 4th grade students to share. As you can see we jumped in already to do some fun math with the SUSHI MONSTER app. Thank you for supporting us PTSO!

Science Fair Fun Begins!

     Today I 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 we will do a class project in class and display our data on a full size board. Next week there should be a link on the school site to our Science Fair packet with all of the information to explain each step in the process with deadlines.

Also a great site for ideas is:

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

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lunch Bunch Winners!

The students pictured were invited to a special lunch in our classroom for doing the extra credit Place Value project from September. I treated all of them to ice cream and some fun music. Congratulations!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Story Surgery!

Our class enjoyed operating on our essays today. We performed our surgery and I can happily say each story survived. The students all learned how to elaborate and add mini-stories to make their writing POP!
Congratulations to all of our surgeons.

Zoe is sharpening her skills!

Rosamaria working hard!

Would you want them to operate on you?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Toys In Space LIVE Photos

Class participation! Interacting with NASA instructor.

     Using film of real astronauts, our NASA teacher- Mr. Witherspoon- demonstrated science in space as part of our videoconference on Friday. Jumping in the shuttle cabin contrasted first hand with a student jumping rope in our classroom.

         Thinking like a scientist!  Making sure that the science notebook includes the notes on the videoconference.