Sunday, October 4, 2015

Shout Out to Our October Birthday!

Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday Dear October Birthday! Happy Birthday to You!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Shout Out to Our September Birthday!

Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday Dear September Birthday! Happy Birthday to You!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Survey About Your Child

If you have not completed the survey about your child please take a moment and do this for me. Thank you. I looked forward to learning about your child from you.

Link to Survey:

Shout Out to Our August Birthdays!

Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday dear August Birthdays! Happy Birthday to You!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Parent Contact Survey

Please take a moment and complete a short contact survey. This will help me know what is the best way to communicate with you. Here is the link for the survey: This can be completed at "Meet the Teacher Night" if you are unable to complete it before then.  Thanks :)

Meet the Teacher Night

Meet the Teacher Night is Thursday, August 20 from 6-7 pm.  Here is a sneak peak of our classroom. It is a work in progress but will be ready for the 20th.

Hope to see you then!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Using Your Math MInd!

I hope you are exercising your math mind this summer. I thought of you all as I was helping my husband put our new treadmill together. He asked me for the larger of the two Allen wrenches. I had to decide if 5/16 or 6/32 was larger. Hop over to Kidblog and share one way you have used your math mind this summer. 

Then on this lovely rainy evening checkout the "Fight the Summer Slide" competition that I set up for our class on Sumdog. It runs until July 4. 

Happy Summer,
Mrs. Sunderman

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Happy Summer Time!

Make sure you log onto Kidblog. I have posted about 4 Iowa Children's Choice Award Nominees and am getting ready to post about a 5th one sometime today! 

Also log into Sumdog and take part in the competition I created for our class. It is called "Fight the Summer Slide". It begins today and ends on July 4.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Avoiding the Summer Slide

The summer slide is when students loose part of their learning over the summer because they are not using it! Here are some ways to try to avoid the summer slide:

1. Complete Mrs. S's summer reading challenge. Notes explaining this will go home on 5/21/15.
2. Visit your public library.
3. Participate in the public library's summer reading program.
4. Swap books with a buddy.
5. Read a book and blog about it on Kidblog.
6. Find at least 5 books off the summer reading list and read them!

1. Play Sumdog. Your account should be active over the summer, if not ask your parents to set up a new one:
2. Participate in the Ten Marks summer program:
3. Play math games on Cool Math.
4. One day a week challenge yourself to complete 5 multiplication problems and 5 division problems. Choose ones appropriate for 4th graders.
5. Have your parents sign up for a free Khan Academy account. Challenge yourself to watch 1 video a week reviewing a math skill you know how to do and 1 video a week for a skill you want to learn.

Book Swap!

I am so excited about our Book Swap and Summer Reading Challenge! Please note if you child comes home with a book that looks like it came from our classroom, it may have. I will write discontinued on them, so you know they are suppose to have them. I have pulled a few duplicates out of the classroom library and added them to the book swap books.  Thank you to everyone who donated books!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book Swap Day!

Students brought home a green note explaining how our book swap day will work. They may begin bringing their books this Friday. If they are not sure if their book choice will work well for 4th grades, I will be happy to look at it and let them know.  

At our "Book Swap Day" we will be kicking off our summer reading challenge. A note will be sent home on the 21st explaining the challenge!

Ten Marks Summer Math

Ten Marks is an online math program that we have been using in 4th grade. They are offering a free summer math programs to help students maintain their math knowledge. A blue note was sent home explaining how to get started.  Call or e-mail me if you have any questions: 542-4510 or

Happenings for the Week of April 27-May1st

Check out the following link to see our schedule: 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"Monday Literature and Lunch Club" Meets

"The Monday Literature and Lunch Club" met today to discuss the next portion of our book. We wondered if Winnie will drink from the spring. We also wondered if we would drink from the spring! We will meet next Monday to discuss the next portion of our book.

The Third Meeting of "The Wednesday Literature and Lunch Club"

The "Wednesday Literature and Lunch Club" met for the third time. We discussed how Shiloh got attacked by another dog and Marty's Dad said he would have to return Shiloh if he heals. We will meet again next week on Friday to discuss the next portion of our book.

Schedule and Events for the Week of April 7-10

Click on the following link to see our schedule, homework, and any special events for the week of April 7-10: 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Second Meeting of the Tuesday Literature and Lunch Club

The Tuesday Literature and Lunch Club held their second meeting today. We discussed the differences between Katie and Emma's houses. Ask your child which house they would prefer and why!

Happy "April" Birthdays!

First Meeting of "The Thursday Literature and Lunch Club"!

"The Thursday Literature and Lunch Club" held its first meeting on Thursday, April 2. They are reading The Littles by John Peterson. They were to have read pages 7-21 for today's meeting. Ask your child to share what happened with you in this part!

Wednesday Literature and Lunch Club Meeting Number 2

The Wednesday Literature and Lunch Club met on Thursday, April 2 because of our field trip on Wednesday. We discussed our assigned pages and agreed how much we should read before we meet again on Wednesday, April 8. Ask your child if they think Marty was right or wrong to lie to Judd.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

First Meeting of "The Tuesday Literature and Lunch Club"!

The first meeting of "The Tuesday Literature and Lunch Club" took place on Tuesday, March 31. They are reading the book Katie Kazoo Switcheroo: Who's Afraid of 4th Grade? For today's meeting they were to have read pages 1-36. Ask your child to bring their book home so you can read along and discuss it with them!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

First Meeting of "The Monday Literature and Lunch Club"!

"The Monday Literature and Lunch Club" met for the first time on Monday, March 30. They are reading the book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit. For today's meeting they were to have read pages 1-30. Ask your child to describe this part of the story! Better yet ask them to bring their book home each night so you can read along with them and discuss the story together!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"The Test Fairy" Strikes Again!

Checkout her message and the treats she left for 4S students!

First Meeting of "The Wednesday Literature and Lunch Club"!

The first meeting of "The Wednesday Literature and Lunch Club" was held on Wednesday, March 25. This group is reading Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. For today's meeting the were to have read pages 1-26. Reading along and discuss Marty's adventure with your child!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Another Visit from "The Test Fairy"

Checkout what she left for us today! 


Field trip permission slips are due tomorrow, March 25.

Please ask your child to show you the note they received about field day t-shirts. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail or call me.

The last day to bring cereal boxes has changed. Sorry for the late notice. It is now tomorrow, March 25.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Test Fairy Visits 4S

Mrs. Sunderman's fourth graders had a visit from "The Test Fairy" today.  She left them a message on the whiteboard and some treats to go along with it! Check out the results of her visit below:

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Introducing "Literature and Lunch Clubs"

What's better then eating lunch with your friends? Why eating lunch with your friends and discussing a good book, of course! Mrs. Sunderman's 4th Graders will be starting "Literature and Lunch Clubs" on March 25. Each day, Monday through Thursday, a club will meet, enjoy lunch in the classroom, and discuss a good book! 

On Friday, March 20th the clubs chose their books and received their first assignment. As a group the club decided how many pages to read by their first meeting and each club member was given a role to complete for the first meeting. Feel free to listen to your child read their book and help them complete their role before their first meeting. In order to attend the meeting the students must have read the agreed upon pages and have completed their role. When the groups finish reading their books, they will take an AR test over them to help them work toward meeting their AR goals.

The roles are:

Discussion Leader: The discussion leader writes questions about the section they read to share with the group.
Summarizer: The summarizer writes a summary of the section they just read and shares it with the group.
Word Wizard: The word wizard is to search for and share unknown, but interesting words from section they just read with the group.
Illustrator: The illustrator is to draw a picture of something from the section of the book they just read and share with group.
Real-Life Connector: The real-life connector is to record how two events in the section they just read remind them of something in their life or of something in the life of someone they know.
Story Connector: The story connector is to record how two events in the sections they just read remind them of something in another story they have read.

I am so excited to begin! Check back often for updates!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Adopt-A-Class Sponsor Visit

Mrs. Sunderman's Adopt-A-Class Sponsor is Lisle Corporation. Ann Wilson from Lisle Corporation visited us for Saint Patrick's day. She brought different examples of packaging that they use at Lisles. She also brought our class some fun puzzle pages to enjoy and delicious shamrock shaped sugar cookies. We are looking forward to touring Lisle Corporation and Ez Way in May!