Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welcome to Open House! Ms. Naylor and I are so glad you could join us. Please take time to look around and let me know if you have any questions! Don't forget to sign up for Remind & have a great evening.

Monday, June 16, 2014

School's Out For Summer

Today was a teacher workday! It was wonderful and terrible all at the same time. I will miss my class very much. They were amazing, smart, and talented. They were funny, sweet, and sincere. I am excited for summer, yet already counting down the days until I meet my new classroom of students.

My hope for next year is to expand this blog into an informative, interactive learning experience for my students. I appreciate all of the hard work my students did to get this blog started. We have all learned a lot and I can't wait to see what happens next.

For now, follow McLeansville Elementary School on Twitter @MESBobcats!

Have a happy & safe summer!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June 3, 2014~ We survived EOGs!

The children did a phenomenal job at testing today! All 80 of our students made us VERY proud! Only wonderful students can make 4 tired teachers smile this much!!!!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Because of Winn-Dixie Chapter 15 & 16

Click the links below to hear the chapters we read in class today!

Chapter 15
Chapter 16

What do you think Miss Franny and Winn-Dixie had in common? Answer in the comments below!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Because of Winn-Dixie Chapters 7 & 8

What was Winn-Dixie's talent? Why did Otis decide to let Opal work at the pet store? Answer one of these questions below in the comments. Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Measure, measure, measure!!!!

Click the link below to take your Unit 7 Math Quiz.  Come back to make some graphs!

Unit 7 Math Quiz- Measurement

Use the data on the board to create a bar graph (question 7). For Number 8, please use the data on the board to create a graph of your choice. Raise your hand and ask for help if you need it!

Graph Maker

Monday, May 12, 2014

Bobcat Word of the Week- May 12th

This week our word of the week is measure! How can you use measure in a sentence that makes sense and helps us understand the definition? Please post your sentences in the comments below!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Assessments, Assessments, & more assessments!

Boys and girls today is a wonderful day to show off your great reading skills. Please submit your answers using the form below. When you are finished you may take your spelling test and then enjoy some free time in the computer lab. Please see me if you have any questions.

Unit 7 Post Assessment for ELA

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Painted Ladies

Three of our six caterpillars donated to our class by the teacher supply warehouse have emerged into beautiful butterflies! What a neat experience that was!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Where do you TRUDGE?

Boys and girls, I challenge you today to use TRUDGE in a good sentence complete with proper grammar and conventions. Publish your sentences in the comments below!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

This week our class used non-fiction text about the life cycle of a butterfly to help refine our Speaking and Listening Skills. To show off all the cool things we learned, the children made paper slide videos to explain the steps in the life cycle. Watch the videos below to see how well they did!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

We had a lovely day at the Timberlake Earth Sanctuary. Everyone in our class enjoyed themselves and were wonderfully reflective, peaceful, and at one with Mother Nature. This experience is like no other. If you are interested in more information about visiting the Sanctuary please see this link:

Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

On their website you can find out more information about future programs and summer camps. Here is a glimpse of the beauty your child experienced today. Please ask your child about their day!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Poetry is in the Air!

Our class is blooming with great poetry! See the comments below for some wonderful examples.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Friday, March 21st

Dear Class,

Here are your Computer Lab Assignments for this busy, beautiful day:

First, please complete your Spelling Test for today! Don't forget to put your name on it before you print!

Next,  please watch the Area Video. You should be able to find it in your assignments. You can stop watching at 3 minutes and 40 seconds.

Finally, please enjoy some time on Sumdog or Reading Eggs.

Have a great computer lab time!


Mrs. Cottle

Friday, March 7, 2014

Time to show what you know!

Today's computer lab assignments:

Complete your spelling test: & don't forget to print your results.

Complete your nonfiction text quiz:
Nonfiction text quiz: Gasping for Air

Enjoy some time in the National Contest on or at!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Word of the week: scurry


  1. 1.
    (of a person or small animal) move hurriedly with short quick steps.
    "pedestrians scurried for cover"


  1. 1.
    a situation of hurried and confused movement.
    "I was in such a scurry"
    Please comment below with your sentence using the word of the week. Please remember to use your best writing mechanics. Capitals and punctuation are a must!

    Please comment below with a sentence that uses the word of the week properly!

    Don't forget to sign your name.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Rain, Snow, or Ice?

While Mother Nature decides the Matter that will fall from the sky today, you can take your States of Matter Quiz!

Don't forget to submit your name!

Click here for: States of Matter Quiz

Friday, February 28, 2014

Word of the Week: Mesmerize

Our word of the week is "mesmerize". Please use mesmerize in a sentence. Make sure to sign your name!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Who is your hero? Why did you chose this person as your hero? Use your best writing and spelling. Once you have commented, please choose someone to answer next!
photo credit: JD Hancock via photopin cc

Monday, February 24, 2014

Jump Rope for Heart

Today we participated in Jump Rope for Heart! It was an awesome experience and the children did great! Tashiana won our "Last Jumper Standing Competition" and Holy and I both jumped over 100 jumps in the "Long Rope Competition". Please ask your child about their experience with Jump Rope for Heart to find out more about this awesome event.

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause you can also check out this link: Jump Rope for Heart

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Is there really a normal?

Wow! What a whirlwind last week was! We were hoping for a full week of school, but Mother Nature had her own idea! Due to the craziness of winter, we are continuing on our journey learning about Informational text and also about Fractions.

Here are some resources that can help your child with both:

IXL Math Fraction Review

Comparing Fractions with Like Denominators

Read, Write, Think Parent Resources

If you are interested in some ways to help out in our school community today, please check out these links:


Support Your Student with Jump Rope For Heart

Box Tops for Education

Join McLeansville Elementary's Facebook Page

Have a great Saturday!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

What have you learned new today?

This week we are beginning new units in math and in reading. In math, we are going to be learning about fractions. In reading, we are going to begin a 4 week unit on non-fiction literature.

For math we will get started learning about the numerator and denominator of a fraction. Remember, the nUmerator is "up on top" and the Denominator is "down below"! After that, we will quickly move in to understanding that fractions can be represented in many different ways but all mean that we have "part" of a "whole".

In reading, we are going to learn about informational text with a story about the Statue of Liberty. We will look at diagrams, captions, as well as many other features of text. We also will be working on our comprehension and understanding how these features help our learning.

Have you ever seen the Statue of Liberty in person? Do you have pictures or a video we could borrow? If so, please e-mail me or comment on this blog. We would love to hear from you!

I can't wait for this week to begin. Please ask your child what they are learning new each day!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Good morning, families! I know what you are thinking right now. I do. I am a parent. I get it. I know your plans have changed because of our delay this morning, and I know that you are wondering how you are going to make it all work. Trust me. I am there too.

When the children get to school today, we are going to go on with our day like we haven't skipped a beat. We are going to get working right away! This is the time of year for reading assessments & so far, everyone has made great improvements!

Today I also set up your child's Reading Eggs account. Please have them log-on to Their user name is their first and last name together & their password is 1234. They will all be coming home with this information in their agenda. Please let them practice their reading skills as often as possible.

Thank you!

Monday, January 13, 2014

~Crazy Monday~

Boy, today was wild! We started our day greeting our new intern, Ms. Bringman. So far, she is a wonderful addition to our class. She spent the day getting to know the students as well as learning with us.

Then, (we are learning the difference between then and than) we were visted by the brass quartet from the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and also had our bi-weekly time in the Science Lab. There, Mrs. Fulk started an experiment with us about Force and Motion. Please ask your child about it when you have time.

Today on our Bobcat News the names of the students that would be playing in the Student/Staff basketball game were also announced. From our class Holy was selected to play for the Blue Team. I hope that you will be able to make it out on Friday evening to cheer for her and the other students. It is going to be a fantastic time! Doors open at 5:30 and we should be wrapping up by 8:30. Mr. DeLaCruz (Heavenly's dad) will be deejaying for us too! I can't wait to see you there!

I can't wait to see what else this week will bring, but as for now, thank you for reading! We will see you soon!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

What a crazy week!

So this week we returned to school with some crazy, crazy weather. We had a morning delay on 2 days this week as well as 2 substitute teachers, a fire alarm, a new student, and on top of it all, we started taking Read to Achieve tests! Wow! What a lot to deal with for grown-ups and children alike.

I am so glad they are resilient and pulled through. Hopefully, tomorrow, we can get back to a bit of normalcy and then have the weekend to recover.

If you are interested in reading more about Read to Achieve (House Bill 950/S.L. 2012-142 Section 7A) please click here:

Information about Read to Achieve

We will be having a parent meeting on Tuesday January 21st in order to answer all of your questions about how we are implementing this Bill in Guilford County.

Monday, January 6, 2014

....and we're back!

Today was our first day back from winter break. The children were excited and so was I! We all came back tired but ready to learn. Today we started right off with reviewing our PBIS procedures and got right down to work. Have I told you we have a TON to learn?

In reading this week we are reviewing sequencing and using text evidence to support our answers and claims. In math we are also reviewing how to solve word problems and partition shapes. Geometry has been harder for some students that have difficulty with spatial visualization. Here is an example of our math problems of the day today. Feel free to review concepts like this at home when you have a chance!
1.Which term best describes closed plane figures with four sides?

  a. Polygons

  b. Quadrilaterals

  c. Rectangles

  d. Squares

2. Partition a circle into sixths.

3. What fraction of the shape is green? 
Your child has an account on: to practice these and many other math skills. Please have them log-on when you can!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

T minus 12 hours....

There's only about 12 hours left until I get to present this new blog to my students & have them hold me accountable for keeping it updated. I will e-mail it out to their parents and I will share it with my friends and co-workers. I will ask for their help in writing it and try my best to keep track of all we are learning.

I can't imagine the fun this is going to be, or the great learning opportunity that it will create for my students. We can't even imagine the technology our students or their children will be working with in the future...perhaps some of my students will be responsible for creating it, and maybe helping to maintain this blog will spark the interest for them!

Go here :David Gallo's Tech Tips to check out a TED talk on some great technology time savers you can use in the new year.

Let's all get excited about learning together!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Let's get this thing rollin'!

Next week we are going to continue our unit on the solar system. My students are going to have the responsibility of creating a model to represent each of the planets. You giggle, because it sounds pretty old school, but hands on learning still tops the charts as one of the best ways to learn information and retain facts.

I love this picture I found about our journey around the sun. We started this new year off with a beautiful new moon as well and I can't wait to get back to my children who are so excited to continue this stretch of learning about outer space together! 

Here's to traveling 584,336,200 more miles around the sun in 2014!

Time to get started!

After taking the first day of the New Year off for prosperity, today struck me as the right time to get started with this blog! First things first, this is dedicated to my students, their parents, and for my fellow educators. We work hard and deserve some kudos every once in a while and so do our students. Hopefully this blog will highlight some great achievements in the classroom, in the community, and at home. Watch out as we pack a ton of learning into the few days we have left of this school year! Happy reading friends, parents, and students! Remember, on our quest to be lifelong learners:

photo credit: Pratham Books on Flickr