Big Elm Elementary Bobcat

200 Tetrick Road

Shinnston, WV 26431


 Fax:  304-592-3255


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"Learning is Magical in 4th Grade!"

Mrs. Powell's 4th Grade Classroom


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Planning Schedule (9:30-10:15am):
Mondays - Music
Tuesdays - Gym
Wednesdays - Library
Thursday - Computer
Friday - Art

Mrs. Powell's Class will need their gym shoes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays!!

If you would like to donate to our class, the following items are much appreciated.  Thank you for all your help with the donations!:

None needed at this time

Daily Homework (1/19/18):

Math:  Review basic multiplication and DIVISION facts DAILY!!!

Reading: none 

Spelling/Writing: Study Lesson 16 Spelling Words.  Test will be Thursday, January 25.

Social Studies: none

Science: none

ATTENTION GIFTED STUDENTS!!: Gifted is on WEDNESDAYS!  If there is a 2-hr delay, students will still go.  If there is a 3-hr delay, students will NOT go.  

*****Parents-Please check your child's homework folder on a daily basis. Please make sure that when you are signing your child's agenda that they DO have their homework completed and they have studied for a quiz/test. Your signature assures me that your child is ready!!!!!!!!

         What We're Currently Working -  1/22 - 1/26

Lesson 16 Words (page 196): risky, track, topic, blank, question, pocket, monkey, junk, equal, ache, public, attack, struck, earthquake, picnic, banker, electric, blanket, mistake, stomach

challenge: request, skeleton, peculiar, attic, reckless

*Bonus words will be from the story we are reading or what we are working on throughout the week in another subject. 

object pronouns and transition words/sentences in writing.  

Students are working on informational essays and best ways to research/gather information.  



*If possible, students can go on and to practice math problems throughout the year.  

Reading Novel - finish Stone Fox novel and discuss Martin Luther King Jr. short story

We will being doing weekly comprehension packs for this novel.

Reading Skills - Continuing with Fact and Opinion

Review skill - Summarizing/sequencing 
     Social Studies

Colonies/Causes of Revolutionary War

longitude/latitude Pirate Game -


Physical Science - Mixtures and solutions/types of matter

Play Snow

2 cups baking soda

1/2 cup of conditioner

Mix the two together.

Classroom Ice Cream

-2 quart-size recloseable bags 

-light brown sugar

-measuring cups and spoons

-large empty container with strong lide


-rock salt

-vanilla extract

-flavored coffee creamer 

Fill the container 1/2 way with ice.  Add about 6 tablespoons of rock salt to the ice.  Then seal and shake it a few times to mix it up.  Then, in a baggie, put 1/2 a cup of coffee creamer, 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (for flavor).  Seal the bag tightly and get out as much of the air as possible.  Put it in another baggie and get the air out again.  Put the bags into the ice container and put the lid on it.  Shake it for 15-20 minutes (might want to do this over a sink because it will "sweat" and leak some).  After 15-20 minutes remove the baggies and open them.  It should look like creamy ice cream at this point.  Enjoy! 

            Health Gym is on Mon., Tues., and Wednesday.


What to watch for… 
  •   Agendas nightly with homework assignments!  Please SIGN the agendas EVERYDAY!!! 




Kadee - 1st

Sadie - 7th

Malinda - 17th

Shyanne - 22nd

Emily - 28th


Sites to try:

Other Great Websites:,, (this is the resources/recycling game we played in class)

Important Dates

February 2 - 2hr early dismissal

March 6 - 2hr early dismissal

March 22 - 3hr delay (because of P/T conferences)

March 22 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (3-6pm)

March 30 - April 3 - No School (Spring Break)

April 9 - 2hr early dismissal 

April 27 - 2hr early dismissal

May 8 - No School (Election Day)

May 18 - 2hr early dismissal

May 24 - tentative last day for students

           Character Traits-By Month                               Student of the Month

               September - Fairness                                            Gracie A.     


               October - Responsibility                                         Kadee K.

         Novemeber/December- Citizenship                             Jack S. 


             January - Trustworthiness                                        Max M.

                   February - Caring                                               

               March - Respectfulness                                            

                   April - Key Holder                                                   

                 May- Most Improved                                           


                *Leader of the Pack:                                             Jaxson P.