Meet the Teacher
Welcome to 4th Grade! I'm so happy to be your teacher this year. Let me tell you more about who I am. I live in Centreville. I have been married to Mr. Tommy Worrell for 21 years. We have 3 children: Heather, Clay, and Sam. I go to church at Calvary Baptist Church where I teach Sunday School and I am the Children's Director there as well. I do have a favorite TV show.... The Andy Griffith Show! I also love to yell, "Roll Tide"!!!
I am entering my 12th year teaching. I don't really have a favorite subject. I love numbers! I love history! I love a good book (there are many)! I love animals, dirt, and building with my hands!
I look forward to teaching all the exciting things in Math, Reading, Science, History, and MORE this year! It is going to be a GREAT year!!
What's Happening In 4th Grade?
My school implements a research based program called Making Meaning to teach comprehension and vocabulary. Each comprehension lesson features a nonfiction or fiction piece to teach comprehension strategies to students. These lessons are designed to help all students increase and gain confidence in reading various texts for understanding. Each vocabulary lesson involves expanding students knowledge on specific words needed to communicate effectively and succeed academically.
You will find the stories, comprehension strategies, and vocabulary words featured each week on your child's weekly newsletter that they receive every Monday.
Don't forget our AR program. Each child is tested on our AR program called STAR. This assessment will identify each child's reading level. Students may then check out books on their level. Those books students check from our library are assigned points. Students may AR test on those books to gain points until their goal has been reached!
We will continue working in Unit 3 using distributive property and open area models to solve multiplication problems. This unit will also teach students to use multiples, equal groups, and related multiplication problems to solve division problems. Math fluency folders have been designed for each student based on their needs. Students work in math fluency folders daily. Our Every Day Counts board will have students drawing quadrilaterals, adding money, finding place value, writing fractions as well as their equivalent decimal, solving equations, and rounding numbers.
Our Animals Unit is here!!! Our students are working in cooperative groups and we are building habitats for each animal. We will soon be getting African Dwarf Frogs, Fiddler Crabs, and Millipedes. We will study these animals' behaviors and body structures. We are very fortunate to receive our science kits from our state funded AMSTI program. This program trains teachers to inquiry based learning and provides materials, professional development, and lessons needed to become successful in Science.
4th grade uses a program called, Alabama Studies Weekly to engage and interest the students in Alabama History. These weeklies are layed out in a newspaper format. Students learn content specific vocabulary as well as content standards needed to understand our state's history.
Spelling words come from the program called Harcourt Storytown. You will find the spelling goal and list of words inside your child's take home binder each Monday. Words are practiced in class during our Daily 5 reading center time, Word Work. Students are also encouraged to study these words at home as well.