What are you doing to stay active?

Hi Class!

What are you guys doing to stay active? Over here we are doing A LOT of bike riding. You probably don’t know what PEGS are (your parents will) but they are the wheel extensions on the front and back of Parker’s bike that I am borrowing for the time being. I really need my own bike!! We are keeping busy! We are taking walks and scooter rides, and doing some chalk talk! On the rainy days, we are bouncing on Ryder’s trampoline and doing jumping jacks and push ups inside! It’s important for your mind and body to stay active. I am missing you all SO much! Can’t wait to touch base with you soon:)

Hi Class!

Hi Students and Parents!

I hope that everyone is doing well! I am reaching out to tell you how much I miss each and every one of you!
I’m missing our 4th grade family and can’t wait until we can be back together! In the meantime, keep smiling, help your family, keep reading, writing and practicing math (you have all grown SO much) AND practice those basketball shots – I am practicing my knockout skills for recess:)

So here is what I am missing about each of you..

Tim – that smile lights up our classroom! I can just see it now!
Alexis – sharing your sweet stories with me!
Kyle – laughing aloud at something you are reading!
Jason – my oragami wizard…can you create me a bookmark?
Brielle – your bubbling energy! and that laugh:)
Aiden – chatting about our sneakers:)
Connor – your unbelievable wealth of sports knowledge and of course you carrying your basketball everywhere!
Kieran – your insight during our read alouds – always pushing our thinking!and of course making me laugh!
June – your artistic talent!
Gavin – your big heart and helping nature!
Erin – your grit during any school assignment!
Emma M – your smile and giggle:) …I can just hear it now!
Emma N – your kind letters that you leave on my desk:)
Mossy – chatting with you about everything and anything!
Mason – blowing my mind during our math lessons!
Jasmine – your helping and calm nature!
Heily – your true and honest self!!
Alyssa – your off the hook b-ball skills! I’m coming for you at knockout 😉
Mikey – watching you create your graphic novel – keep working on it! Can’t wait to read it!
Adelina – our heart to heart chats and your delicious looking snacks! Yum!
Maddie – your sense of humor:).. you make me laugh more than you know!
Miklos – when you share your knowledge with the class and your adult-like sense of humor:)

The district has decided to start our distance learning on March 30, 2020. At that point, google classrooms will be accessed with specific lessons, assignments, etc. for 4th grade. More on that to come…

However, I know that lots of parents and kids are reaching out to see what you can do before then. I love that Mamba Mentality! I am going to list some resources below. These are not “assigned” but are there if some of you are eager to get going!

Reading and Math Sites that I can see how your child is doing…

1.) Go to our Dreambox link – Spend some time working on lessons!
2.) Go to Raz-Kids – I created a username for each of you. This is a great website where you will first listen to a book, then read the book and finally answer comprehension questions. Each of you have an account and it is customized to your F & P level. The Raz-Kids level will appear higher, but don’t worry I checked the correlation. Type in “rcoatti” and our classroom will appear. Each of you has a password. Please have mom or dad (or you) email me for your password. [email protected]

Other Sites that include Educational Games:

Interactive Sites for Education – a variety of sites with games and activities for all subjects
Math Playground – choose appropriate grade – tons of games covering lots of math topics
4th Grade Math Review – old but a review of different 4th grade math topics
Cyberchase – Quests, Games, Videos and More to Develop Strong Math and Problem-Solving Skills

Sites for some Online Reading:

Story Online – Actors and actresses reading aloud their favorite books
Kids Guinness World Records
Weird But True
The Curiosity Workshop

Thinking of all of you!
Mrs. Coatti


Eunoia is the shortest English word containing all five vowels. It comes from the Greek word εὔνοια, meaning “well mind” or “beautiful thinking.”


What is unusual about this paragraph?

A Most Unusual Paragraph

     This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching.

Initial Sentences – Category: Charlotte’s Web

W. a. C. a. t. m. c.
C. u. t. w. S. P. t. d. W.

School Scattergories

Scattergories/Scattergories Junior is a fun trivia game that you can play solo or with friends and family. This game keeps the brain active and engaged, while increasing your fluency, flexibility and originality. There are several full versions of the game that are available online or through apps.  Today we will play in school with the following rules.

Objective: As quickly as possible, fill out a category list with answers that begin with the same letter that is chosen for that round.

How to Score Points:

1 point = a word that does not start with that round’s letter
2 points = a word that start’s with that round’s letter
4 points = double letters that start with that round’s letter (ex: bubble bath)
5 points = a word that no one else has

Roll the online diceScattergories Dice

Challenge: Play online Swellgarfo Scattergories List

Smart Mouth

It’s race to make the best word in 60 seconds! Students slide the “Letter Getter” to reveal two letter tiles. The first letter must start the word and the next letter must be the last letter of the word. The player who calls out the first word that meets the criteria wins the tiles. Once all tiles are gone, the player with the most tiles wins the title of “Smart Mouth.”

You can have fun anywhere any time using this online letter generator tool – Random Letter Sequence.

Make your own rules:
1. Play different word lengths.
2. Play categories.
3. Play teams.
4. Try in a different language…yikes!
Have fun stretching your vocabulary!

You Matter!

Dr. Maya Angelou wrote about this book, “The reader is shown that it is a blessing to be a blessing.” When you want to help others, you may never know or see the people that benefit.

Let’s let others know they matter too. We will create origami hearts with the words “YOU MATTER” inside. Leave it in a place for someone to find, and they will discover that you are grateful for him/her.

Heart Origami Challenge

If you have not entered the Origami Challenge, this video might encourage you to start – Engineering with Origami.


Do you have the grit to solve today’s problem, The 1-10 Card Investigation.

What I love about this investigation…

  1. Do you know how to put numbers in order?
  2. Do you need an answer key?
  3. Does everyone need to solve it the same way?
  4. How will you tackle the task?

Don’t give up.  GRIT is the key to your success.


  • Use the cards 1-5 to get a grasp on the task.
  • Use all the cards A-k and try the same task.
  • Vary the task.  Place two cards at the bottom of the pile after each flip.
  • You don’t need playing cards.  Create cards with index cards.  Use numbers 1-20.