Math Benchmark Test

Dear Students,

Today you will be taking a math benchmark test that will cover ALL fourth grade skills that will be taught this year.  This will allow me to better plan my instruction for Math.  I do NOT expect you to know how to do all of these problems.  Try your best, but don’t get frustrated if you don’t know how to do a problem.

Please click on the link below and then enter your first and last name.



Goals are an important part of our classroom community.  We begin our year by stating our hopes and dreams for our 3rd grade year.  Those hopes and dreams lead to goals in many social, academic, and behavioral areas.  Recently we have been working to set our Accelerated Reader points goals.  My goal is for all my students to become readers who love to read and constantly seek out new information.  I am already seeing that goal being met by many of my students.  Another goal I have for my students is a fluent mastery of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.

As you know, reaching a goal, no matter how big or small, is a reason for celebration!  I would like to congratulate two of my students for reaching a personal goal.  Abby has met her AR goal for the 1st nine weeks.  Markell has mastered his addition facts and is now working on subtraction.  I know many more of my students are on their way to meeting their personal goals.  Watch here to see who is next!

Way to go Abby and Markell!

Leave us a comment and offer your encouragement as we work towards our goals.

“Where’s the Setting?” – Inference Station

Read the paragraph below. Answer the two questions in complete sentences at the end of the post in your comment. Label your answers “Question 1” and “Question 2”.

Sam was looking out of his window and all that he could see was water all around him. He was ready to be back on land where he wouldn’t feel the constant rocking back and forth that made him feel sick. The only thing that he had to eat for days was fish because that was the only thing that he could catch.

Question 1: Where is Sam?

Question 2: What evidence did you find that helped you make an inference about the setting of the story?

An Amazing 1st week

The first week of school is filled with anxiety, excitement, fun, and learning.  Our first week was no exception!  We had fun learning about each other through games and Morning Meeting shares.  We are learning new procedures and routines and settling in for a great 3rd grade year.  The classroom is coming alive with student work.  I am so excited for the upcoming year!  Take a look at our video and see just what we have been up to!

 What was your favorite part of the 1st week?  Leave us a comment.


Growing Our Hopes and Dreams


As part of Responsive Classrooms, the students of 3-04 created a display for their 3rd grade Hopes and Dreams!  The boys and girls learned how to use Taxgedo as part of this lesson.  They used pictures of things in nature as their inspiration for our theme of    “Growing Our Hopes and Dreams”.

Leave us some words of encouragement!  We have some big goals to achieve this year and we can’t do it without your help.

Going Green – But How??

  We have all heard the buzz words “Going Green”, ” Environmentally Conscious”, “Conservation”.  Sure they are great words, but what do they mean, and how can little ole me help SAVE the Planet?  I am just one person; I can’t make a difference, can I? YES I can.

Here is a short list of little things that make a BIG difference:

1.  Water your lawn early in the morning, or in the late evening.

2.  Turn off lights and electronic devices when you are not using them.

3.  Plant trees and flowers in your yard and community.

4. Lower your thermostat just a few degrees.

5.  Take short showers or a bath to save water.

6.  Wash clothes in cold water and hang them up to dry to use less energy.

7.  Walk or ride your bike to work!  If this isn’t an option for you, get an office carpool together.  It will save you money and help save the planet!  Win-Win!

So, now that we all know a few things we can do to “Go Green” or become “Environmentally Conscious”, I want to hear from you!

What do you do that helps Mother Earth?


Registration is now open for “GOT TECH 2012″, the summer technology camp for students who will be entering grades 4-8 in the fall of 2012.  This year’s theme is “Going Green”!  Students who attend the camp will take a field trip to one of Memphis’ area nature centers.  On this field trip, students will view the world through the “lens” of Going Green.  The photos and videos collected on the trip will be used to complete various projects throughout the week.

The hands-on GOT TECH 2012 experiences include:

* Animation

* Cartooning

* Blogging

* Field Trip

* Word Clouds

* Video Production

* Digital Photography

* eBook Creation


This camp is FREE for students who attend Memphis City and Shelby County schools.  Dates are June 4-8, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the campuses of Hamilton Middle School, Hickory Ridge Middle School, Kate Bond Middle School and Riverwood Elementary School.


Additional information and online registration can be found at: or visit the Memphis City School’s GOT TECH website for more information.