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Teacher Talk by Kim Jones

Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 8:43 am

Students in the fourth grade at Elsberry Schools are very lucky to have three qualified teachers who put their heart and soul into making their school experience the best they can. The three classrooms are led by Terri Mudd, Sherrill Jones and Krista Garland.

In Mrs. Mudd’s room, along with the other classes, students are embracing the 7 Habits by taking on leadership roles at school. They will have these roles until the end of the school year. All leaders’ names are posted on the leadership bulletin board in the elementary hallway.

Each fourth grade class held class meetings where students brainstormed possible leadership jobs within the school. Students will fill out applications for jobs they are interested in. Once selected they devote their free time to take on their new duties. Some of the jobs are library aide, watchdog leader, morning gathering D.J., Skype leaders, and lunchroom leaders. All students will have a leadership role and several students have already started their leadership job. Raul Barragan loves his job as a library aide and says, “I like helping Mrs. Rountree and keeping the library clean and organized.” Austin Elick is a Skype leader. He Skypes with a neighboring school about the 7 Habits. Austin states, “I like being a Skype leader and I am the secretary. I write down all of our ideas to share with the fifth grade from Louisiana.”

Eagle Days is approaching. All fourth graders will see an eagle up close and learn about the inspiring story of our National Symbol. This is always a favorite fourth grade field trip.

Fourth grade has been a blast this year with new faces and new projects in all the classes! The students are learning their multiplication facts and are getting ready for division in Math. They have read some very interesting stories that include many facts and details about different characters. The latest story, So You Want to Be President, explains what it takes to be president. It describes how our past presidents stayed true to themselves and their unique personalities while in office. In Social Studies, all three classes will continue to use our Missouri Studies Weekly. It is a newspaper that covers at least 80% of the Missouri fourth grade Social Studies Standards. Our Missouri Studies Weeklies have been a major hit in our classroom. Each issue of Missouri Studies Weekly is filled with lessons, activities, and stories that bring Missouri history to life for our fourth-graders. For the holiday season we decorated ornaments made out of cookie dough and had a wonderful Holiday party. The students brought in gifts to exchange with each other. They also watched a movie and played a few games.

Students enjoyed their field trip in the fall to the Old Threshers. They were able to use the 7 habits while learning about the old fashion art of threshing.

Mrs. Jones has a lot in store for the new year, as well as the other teachers, as they will teach their students with fun filled and action packed learning to get the point across. The year 2013 has a lot in store for fourth graders. I am sure the students can’t wait to get back into learning after the holiday break for adventures!


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