Fourth Grade Webpage!!!!!

This webpage was created to help keep parents and students informed about our classroom. Please check back often for class updates and special projects we will be working on.

about me

   This is my 13th year of teaching for OPS! I received my teaching degree from UNO with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. I also have my Master's Degree in Reading from UNO. My first three years of teaching were spent in a second grade classroom at Conestoga Elementary. At the end of my third year I found out I was being moved to Picotte and to the FOURTH GRADE!!!! I was soooooo nervous to be teaching an intermediate grade. I thought "those big kids" were going to be so scary! My fears were quickly wiped away and I immediately fell in love with "those big kids" and could not see myself ever teaching any other grade level!!!

     I have two, beautiful daughters Amanda and Abbey. Amanda is ten years old, loves to dance and sing, and is currently in the fifth grade at Buffett. I can't believe she is in middle school!!! She is the jokester of the family and loves to make us laugh and keep us on our toes. She has started Team competition at dance this year and is very excited. Abbey is six and is in first grade, at Picotte. She is very excited to be at mommy's school and not have to share it anymore with her big sister!!!!.  She loves ANYTHING to do with the color pink, sparkels, or princesses. She is in charge of our happily ever afters and making sure we check all of our apples before eating them for magic spells. 
I  am having a very hard time adjusting to a middle school and first grade as it means both my babies are growing up..sniffle, sniffle :)

Besides teaching and spending time with my family, I also enjoy:

1. Reading! I love Harry Potter (yes I bawled my eyes out after finishing the series), Series of Unfortunate Events (unfortunately I have to admit Count Olaf is my favorite character) and Eragon. My new absolute favorite book is Twilight..I know they hype and I was a HUGE skeptic until a parent last year convinced me to read it and all I have to saw is WOW.

2. Singing! Though I am not the next American Idol, far from it, but my IPOD doesn't seem to mind.

3. Shopping! If there is a shoe store or a sale, bet on it that I will be there.

4. Traveling! This summer I took it easy and just stayed around Omaha, but we are planning a family vacation to Disney World very soon!!!

5. Collecting! A little secret between us...I collect shoes. I also love this webpage and my classroom might show you!!

This school year promises to be a very exciting and rewarding one. I look forward to working with you and your child. If you need to contact me please feel free to email me at or call me at 496-8401.


Our classroom uses the research based Sitton Spelling program.  The Sitton Spelling philosophy is that words aren't really "mastered" until they are spelled correctly in everyday writing.  Many students can memorize words for a "Friday Test," but if there is no transfer to student writing, what's the point?  Fourth graders are responsible to learn "core words" from the list of 1200 words most used in everyday writing.  Words are arranged on the list in the order of frequency of use in everyday writing, and fourth graders should be responsible for knowing 1-500.  In addition, words on the "No Excuses" (Priority Word List) are words that should have 100% mastery for fourth graders.

We will teach spelling lessons and strategies such as spelling rules, phonics, word patterns etc.  Students will have classroom assignments to practice their spelling skills in context. Visual skills are developed and practiced such as proofreading.  Each week for homework, students will work on five of the words on their "personal list" that need to be learned.  Students will add words to this personal list as the words are spelled incorrectly in their everyday work.  Parents can help by becoming their child's personal spelling editor and assisting with spelling.  While the core word list may look easy, remember that these words are the words that might be misspelled or used incorrectly in everyday written work.

Students are assessed using their everyday writing. Random checks will be made to classroom assignments could be graded for spelling - science, social studies, language arts, math.  In addition, a "cloze story" test is given in which students listen to a passage read by the teacher and fill in the missing words in the story.  These words come from the core word and priority word lists.   Sentence dictation tests are also given.  The teacher reads four sentences, and the students write the sentences including using the correct punctuation.  Again, nearly every word in the sentence dictation comes from the core word or "no excuses" priority word list.


We just got done taking our Unit 1 Cloze Test and sentence dictation test. New words were added to your child's individual word list. Please make sure they are bringing their word lists home and studying them. Word lists will be written on the back of the Cloze Tests. Remember tests are not given weekly, units can take two to three weeks to complete so study those word lists!  Students should be able to take the tests without warning and they should be spelling the words on their list correctly in their daily writing.


Click on the letter below to print out a cursive practice sheet

Aa   Bb   Cc   Dd   Ee   Ff   Gg  

Hh   Ii     Jj    Kk   Ll    Mm Nn 

Oo  Pp   Qq   Rr    Ss   Tt   Uu  

Vv   Ww   Xx  Yy   Zz