Hello to my 2017-2018 Fourth-Grade Families!

I do not have access to Skyward until Monday, August 7th. Please watch for the message below as an email, as well as a postcard as soon as I’m able to access all of you/receive all of your mailing addresses! I can’t wait to get started!


Dear Adult(s) and Students,


Good Morning! I’m happy to share that I will be your homeroom teacher for the 2017-2018 school year! I wanted to fill you in with a little bit of information before the first day of school.

-According to Mr. Kuffel, he is hopeful that school will still begin on Monday, August 21st, with a one hour early dismissal. We all know that construction can change plans. Our leaders will keep us up-to-date and as informed as they possibly can! They already do such a wonderful job of this!

– You will be receiving postcards in the mail as soon as I’m granted access to Skyward. I think it’s a great way to make your child feel special and to connect before seeing each other. Please note the reminder for the tentative Back to School Night on Thursday, August 17th from 4-6PM on the postcard.

– You can check out my blog at https://www.gcsdstaff.org/shehorn/ to see pictures and read “All About Mrs. Shehorn.” My school blog will be one way to communicate and stay connected to what is happening in the classroom. It is slowly being updated as I continue to prepare for the year.

– Speaking of communication, please check your SPAM/JUNK mail often! IF you find an email from me (or one of the other fourth-grade-teachers), please add us to the “safe list” or mark “not junk” so it will start going to your inbox. We often send mass messages via Skyward. This sometimes results in it going to your SPAM/JUNK folder. We don’t want you to miss important announcements!

– After I meet with my fourth-grade team, I will finalize my “syllabus” to send home. I will try to post it to my blog before school starts, so my students and their adult(s) can have a sneak peek at the information before receiving it during our first week of school. This will contain info on routines, schedules, expectations, my teaching style, etc.

– I will always have your child’s best interest in mind. In the first weeks of school, we will take time to really get to know each other, make our classroom feel like our fourth-grade home, work on routines, etc. It is important to me that our students feel safe and comfortable. I’m on your side and we are a team! Always.

– Lastly, please feel free to email me if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or celebrations! We have a wonderful staff, an excellent leader, great families, a supportive community, and a beautiful school! I cannot wait to start our 2017-2018 school year together!

Lyndsey Shehorn
4th Grade Teacher
Millikin Elementary School
Geneseo, IL 61254

“Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be 12 years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors. Well I won’t do that.” – Walt Disney



First Summer Check In…

Hey NOW fifth graders! (I know the 2017-2018 school year has yet to begin, but you’re totally fifth graders now!)

I have received a few comments and emails asking about my summer, specifically regarding Benton. We have good news! Benton had a great doctor’s appointment! The specialist had Benny participate in an interesting test, in which they had to stick wires all over his head and gather information from his sweet little baby brain.


We were given some great news from the test! Benton does not have a seizure disorder. In fact, they do not think he’ll have any more seizures. They/we can’t exactly prove it, but they think Mr. Benton reacted funny to some of his shots. Some kids get cranky after shots, some get sleepy, and some don’t sleep.

Benton decided he wouldn’t sleep well for two weeks and that he would have some short seizure moments.

Benton has not had an episode in two weeks or more. This makes Mr. Shehorn, Gavin, and me very happy!

It brought a huge smile to my face knowing you were asking about our silly, wild, and unpredictable little guy. Thank you for your kind hearts! You make my teacher heart so happy!

I hope your summer is off to a great start! So far, we have been to some parks, a carnival, had some picnics, played with our new water table, and more! Here are some pictures for you to enjoy! I miss you all and can’t wait to see how much you’ve grown over the summer!

– Mrs. Shehorn


Classroom Progress!

Dear Families,

Good evening! I’m currently at school for round two of setting up! It feels great to finally be in our room! I thought the construction update pictures were so fun. I think it gets everyone so excited for the completed project. It made me think, “How exciting would it be to see your teacher in action?” I posted some images of the current status of our room below. Students, feel free to leave comments on the post! Tell me about yourself! What are you most looking forward to? What questions do you have about fourth grade/your teachers? I can’t wait to read your responses!



“Online Back to School Night”

Dear Adult(s) and Students,

Please click the links below specific headings to access information you would have received on Back to School Night. Paper copies of this will go home with your student once we are in attendance.


Mrs. Shehorn’s 4th Grade Information Sheet

Info Sheet for Parents <—- Click Here


Classroom Community Guidelines Information

Behavior System Letter <—- Click Here

Behavior System Signature Note <—- Click Here


Snack List/Allergy Information/Snack Protocol

Happy Monday, 4th Graders! (A Message from Mrs. Shehorn)

Dear Students,


Greetings! I am so excited to share an update with you! I hope you are adjusting well to having Mrs. Riney as your teacher! I’m sure she’s doing a wonderful job!


Benton Lee Shehorn was born on Friday, April 22nd. He weighed 9lbs and 3.4oz. He was 20in long. Mr. Shehorn, his big brother Gavin, and I are so in love with him already!


Gavin loves being a big brother! He wants to hold Benton as much as he can, has already fed him, has helped with burping him, and more. He loves all the little sounds that Benton makes. Gavin laughs when Benton has a hard time sucking on his paci (pacifier). Benton usually wiggles his face really fast, spits it out, wants it back, and wiggles around for it some more. Gavin can‚Äôt get enough of it! Gavin invites his brother to story time every night. He also LOVES to share his dance moves with Benton. We have watched The Little Mermaid at least forty times since I have been home. Gavin tells Benton, “Watch this Benton! Watch me dance!” while he shows off some of his best moves to the song “Under the Sea.” It’s hilarious!


Benton loves doing what all babies love to do- eat, sleep, poop, burp, and cuddle! He is absolutely adorable! Sometimes I just stare at him (and his big brother) and smile because I think I have the cutest babies in the world! 🙂 All of your adults did this, too!


I hope you are all having fun learning about owls! I so eager to hear about the dissection! Leave me some messages on this post on my blog page and share what you have enjoyed so far. I would love to read them. I am sorry to hear that your field day was cut short due to the weather. Great job to my homeroom for beating a class or two at the Tug-O-War! I heard you were excited to beat a Southwest class. I’m sad I couldn’t be there to cheer you on, but I know Mrs. Riney, Mrs. Johnson, and Mrs. Schnowske were excellent cheerleaders!


I am doing well! I am getting stronger and feeling better each day! It is weird to look down and see my feet. My belly is gone! You have been used to seeing a teacher with a beach ball for a tummy- I look so different! You no longer have to find me a couch to lay on because I can finally walk comfortably. 🙂


I have attached some picture for your viewing pleasure! I can’t wait to hear from you! I miss all of you so much!

– Mrs. Shehorn


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Northeast Regional Resources Research

State Research Link




Video of Cranberry Harvesting

Cranberry Video






Maple Syrup








State Float Pictures

Well done, super state researchers!

The Rock Cycle, Three Types of Rocks, and More!

Rock Cycle Info

(Check on the links below to research The Rock Cycle)





Three Types of Rocks

(Click on the link below to research the three different types of rocks)




Igneous Rocks



Sedimentary Rocks



Metamorphic Rocks


First Day of School!

Dear Adult(s),


Good evening! Today was a wonderful first day! We spent most of the day learning the ropes of fourth grade in our classroom! This morning, students entered the classroom, received a quick, but warm greeting, and were off to their specials.


Once the students returned, they learned about the daily morning routine. We even went outside to practice lining up, entering the school, our classroom, etc. Students acted out their “in-class” morning routine. (Taking attendance, checking their mail, filing papers, turning homework in, etc.) We discussed the importance of my attention getters. (You can ask your student(s): Why is it important for the teacher to be able to get the class’ attention? What variety of ways do I gather their listening ears, frozen bodies, and closed talkers?)


The fourth-graders were introduced to their classroom community jobs and given job descriptions.


We discussed limits in the classroom.


Please ask your student(s) about Positive Pay! They were most excited about this!


We discussed that I understand they are children. Please ask your student to share what I mean by this. They should be able to share what I expect in return for making this a priority in their learning environment.


We worked as a class in writing our community guidelines, or rules. We’ll discuss them tomorrow.


Students were eager to unpack and make themselves at home. This is perhaps the most stressful part of the first day. They have new rules, teachers, expectations, supplies, and more to think about. I emphasized that the first few weeks take some time. We did not finish unpacking and sorting. I stressed that this was acceptable. Please continue giving this reassurance at home tonight. Tomorrow is another opportunity to unpack, organize, and understand. We will practice folder use, filing, categorizing, and more! I do not want them to feel anxious about this. “If Mrs. Shehorn is saying not to worry, then don’t worry!” J


Tonight, they have been asked to share their Apple Chart Reflection paper. IF your student does not have it, we’ll take care of it tomorrow. (He/she will NOT have consequences, as this is new!) If you had a chance to read through the information I provided at Back to School Night, this will sound familiar to you! Students were asked to write AT LEAST 3-5 complete sentences. They will turn this “homework” in tomorrow.


I look forward to tomorrow! I’m already SO impressed with their listening and healthy risk-taking!


Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Also, check the blog out for some pictures of your kiddos!


Thank you for your support, communication, and trust!



The VERY Excited Fourth-Grade Teacher!

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Making Connections to Our Upcoming Field Trip!

Hello fourth-grade smarties!


As you know, we’re taking a field trip on May 9th to the Putnam Museum. We will be participating in Stranger in a Strange Land. This is a total immersion program. You will become part of the immigration process! We will also go to the River, Prairie, and People exhibit, where you will learn about immigrants’ contributions to our local history. We will end the day with a giant screen film about Lewis and Clark!


Below are two links to make fun connections before arriving to the Putnam! Enjoy!

Click the link below to access, Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today.



Click the link below to access records of real passengers, venturing to Ellis Island.


Climate, Hurricane, and Lighthouse Facts

Below are links to complete some more research on hurricanes, climate, and lighthouses in the Southeast. Click on the links to read more! Leave a comment with your top three favorite facts!












Our First Day Together

Dear Adult(s),

I think we had a GREAT first day together! The students were able to learn about me, review expectations/routines, ask questions/express concerns, and share some facts about each other!

We’ll spend tomorrow getting to know each other some more. We may review some science concepts so I can get a better feel of what the students need. There will be no homework over the weekend in social studies or science.

 I also wanted to encourage you to keep your eye open for a weekly newsletter. Once we’re all adjusted, I will send it home to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening in the classroom! Also, please visit our classroom blog often! (https://www.gcsdstaff.org/shehorn/ ) I love to share images of students’ learning, post questions to extend thinking outside the classroom, and even some extra credit! (Please let me know if you do not have Internet access at home so that this is fair.)

I plan on starting a new unit in social studies in the next week or so. I’ll also work with students to complete their learning in the rocks and minerals unit. (We still have plenty of time to spend on this unit.)

The students earned some Positive Pay classroom cash for their hard work, willingness to adapt, and positive attitudes! I couldn’t be happier!

It was hard saying goodbye to my little Gavin this morning, but spending time with my other kids made it feel wonderful to be back!

Students and Adults, I thank you for your warm welcome, kind wishes, and support! I look forward to our school year together!

 Please contact me if you have any questions!


Below are pictures from today- enjoy!


Next Week!

Hello Cool Kids!


Happy Friday! As you know, I will be returning to school next week! I will see you on Thursday for my FIRST day back! I can’t wait to get to know all of you! You have had a few weeks to get to know each other! Please share what you think I should know about our super smart class by leaving a comment below!


Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you soon!

– Mrs. Shehorn

First Day of School

Hello Fourth Grade Smarties!


I hope you had a great first day! I thought about all of you all day! I know Mrs. VanKerrebroeck is doing a wonderful job! Please comment on this post and tell me about your day. What did you learn today? I am excited to see what you can tell me about fourth grade so far! I can’t wait to meet all of you!

-Mrs. Shehorn

He’s Here!

Hello Fun Students!


I know many of you have been waiting for the big announcement!


Gavin Nicholas Shehorn was born on August 5th! He was 8lbs 8oz and 20in long! Mr. Shehorn and I absolutely love and adore him! We are spending lots of time resting up at home and can’t wait until we’re able to come to school to visit! For now, I’d like to share pictures of our cute little boy! Thank you for asking about him! Mr. Shehorn and I are very, very happy!


I miss all of you and I hope to see you soon! Enjoy the pictures below!

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Summer Check In!

Hello cool kids!


I hope you’re enjoying your summer break! What have you done so far? I have taken time to visit friends and family back in my hometown. I also joined a book club with some fellow teachers. I walk at night because it’s a bit too hot to walk during the day (and if you saw me, you’d see that it’s not so easy lately). Mr. Shehorn and I have been getting Mr. Gavin’s room ready and patiently waiting for his arrival. He’ll be here in 3-7 more weeks!

Have you picked up a great book this summer? Go on vacation? Join a class? Tell me all about it! I miss you and can’t wait to see you!

Field Trip Pictures

Here are pictures from today’s fourth grade field trip to the Putnam Museum! Thank you to all the adults who helped chaperone! Thank you to my polite students for setting a great example at the museum! You rock!



iMovie Book Trailer Projects

Wonderful work my almost fifth-graders! You exceeded the expectations! You’ll be given your graded rubric by the end of the week!

Click the links below to access YOUR own movie trailer! I have uploaded the files you saved on your own. Find your file and enjoy!

Elden, Tricia Book Movie Trailer

bowers alison movie book trailer

chavez sanchez ricardo movie book trailer

Desplinter,Calvin Movie book trialer

Doehler,Dominic Book Movie Trailer

Duda, Kobe iMovie book trailer

Evans,Shannon Book Movie Trailer

Fitzpatrick Logan book movie trailer

Henderson Zachary book movie trailor


Mitchum,Makenna Movie Book Trailer

Nelms,Robyn book movie trayler

Poel,Anna book movie trailer

Robinson, Thomas Book Movie Trailor

Schramm Carya

Swan Ian book movie trailer

talbert cadence movie traler

Tindall Teague Movie Trailer

Traphagan Kyle Book Trailer

VanDeWoestyne Nicholas Book Trailer

Wildermuth,Chase Book Trailer

jacocks,natalie imovie book trailer

Griffin Henna’s book trailor

Gradert Sidney’s book trailer

Buechler,Anthony imovie trailer

Today’s Enrichment Time Activity

1) Read “Debate of the Week” passage carefully. Think about your feeling towards one of the topics.

2) Choose a passage that you feel most strongly about and jot down ideas and supporting details for your opinion on a piece of paper.

3) Create a Doceri presentation expressing your standpoint on the passage’s issue. Be neat, be clear, use visuals, etc.

4) Email your project to me! lshehorn@dist228.org

Have fun!

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Celebrating Black History Month

Hello wonderful students! You have a choice to visit the many links below:

Option #1: Visit this site to access the Time for Kids Black History page.


Leave a comment on this post, sharing what your favorite article was and why. What did you learn through the article?


Option #2: Visit this site to access the Scholastic Underground Railroad Journey.


Imagine the year is 1870. You were once a slave who escaped on the Underground Railroad. You have been asked to share the story of your courageous journey and to describe the brave people who helped you along the way. Answer any or all of the questions below.

To help you answer these questions, think about what you’ve learned in this online activity, from the background slideshows to the story of the slave who escaped from Kentucky. If you want to learn even more, read the “Slave Stories.”

Type your answers in the box under each question. When you’re done, you can print out your story to share a hard copy with friends and family.

Question 1 Tell me about your life as a slave. Where did you live? What kinds of work did you do? What were some of the hardest things about your life?

Question 2 Tell me about your escape from the South. Why did you decide to flee? How did you travel? How did you find your way? How did you survive? How did you feel?

Question 3 Tell me about the people you encountered on the Underground Railroad. What kinds of people did you come across? What are some of the different ways that they helped you? How did the abolitionists influence the Underground Railroad?

Question 4 Tell me about when what happened after you reached freedom. Where did you settle? Why did you choose that place? What kind of work did you do? What were some of the challenges you faced? How did you feel starting your new life?

Question 5 Tell me about the time around the Civil War. How did you feel when the southern states seceded? Did you or anyone you know fight in the war? Why? Explain your feelings about Abraham Lincoln. How did you feel when the war was over and slavery was abolished?



Magnetic Observations

Today, the fourth-grade students explored magnets. Students had fun sticking the magnets all over their desk. We then decided to make a lab of it! We had a hypothesis! “We think magnets only stick to iron and steel.” The class conducted an experiment by separating a “bag of goodies.” They made a pile of “objects that will stick” and “objects that won’t stick.” Students tested each object with a magnet and recorded their data. The class found the answer…Magnets stick to IRON and STEEL! Way to go scientists! Enjoy the pictures below!


Measuring Length/Distance in the Metric System

Fourth graders have been very busy learning about measuring length/distance in the Metric System. The students know that the standard for this is the meter. They learned about millimeters, centimeters, meters, and kilometers. They also learned the abbreviations for each! On Thursday and Friday, the class practiced estimating. We learned that a “good estimate” is within a range of ten. Check out the pictures below!

Story Elements Realistic Fiction Book Report

Please click this link to access a GREAT practice link! We used this in class and it will be a great review! http://www.learner.org/interactives/story/cinderella.html

Can you identify:

– setting

– characters

– the protagonist

– the antagonist

– conflict

– climax

– resolution

– plot

– exposition

Also, check out the fun rap songs! They’re catchy and very educational!



Great Teachers!

The students were asked to take their new knowledge and teach it to another other. The class had to teach the meaning of a sentence, the rule of capitalizing and punctuating, the difference between statements, questions, commands, and exclamations. Oh, and one other thing- they had to use great enthusiasm and hand gestures. Enjoy!


Guided Reading!

Dear Adult(s):

4SH has begun guided reading! It takes some practice, but we’ll have it down in no time! Students will have guided reading every other week (my goal). During guided reading week, we will be focusing on skills that will be in our reading basal (the large red story book). I will work with small groups on fluency and comprehension. While I’m reading with one small group, five other groups will be working independently in stations. The stations rotate every thirty minutes. We usually do two rotations a day for three days. The students DO get most guided reading work done in class, however anything that is not done in class is homework. Students are given five days to complete the guided reading work. I usually assign it on Monday, and the work is due on Friday. We began on a Tuesday this week. We spent Tuesday going through expectations and routines of guided reading. We did our first rotation on Wednesday. This means that the guided reading work will actually be due on Tuesday! It certainly doesn’t hurt to do a little bit of it at a time, even at home. The stations change each week, but some do stay the same! Here is an example of their “work plan.”


Guided Reading Work Plan for the Week of:

Draw a check mark on the blank by the work that you have completed. All of the work must be complete/checked off before you turn it in. All work must be in the folder. All guided reading folders must be turned into the Guided Reading Crate by: ______________________________

Guided Reading with Mrs. Shehorn       ______

Vocabulary Enrichment Packet       ______

Spelling Word Story       ______

Independent Reading (I.R.) 3 Reading Responses       ______

Scholastic News (read the cover story, “Who Will Win?” Complete the Compare the Candidates and Before They Were President w.s. Read another other articles in the magazine.)       ______

Study Break (use this station to catch up on some reading, work on any other assignments, free write in your journal, etc.) ______

Teacher Comment(s):




Here are examples of stations that DO NOT/RARELY change…

Independent Reading, or I.R- This is a station in which students enjoy reading and responding. This station encourages students to THINK about the text they are reading. Students must select a book and read it from beginning to end. They know that if they have a hard time with five or more words on the first page, the book is too much of a challenge and must select a different book. Students will record their first book on a log. They will then read until they feel they can respond. They have a folder of questions that they must choose from. Students will write THREE responses total during the guided reading week. The responses are worth 30 points (10 points per response) and will be recorded in their reading average. Students will be encouraged to write five or more sentences to respond! Use neatness, juicy details, and try to be a brave speller.

Guided Reading w/ Mrs. Shehorn– Small groups will read novels, short stories, etc with me. We will discuss the text, complete picture walks, make predictions, draw conclusions, sequence, summarize, and much more! We’ll model expression and practice reading LOUD and PROUD! :0) We’ll focus on vocabulary words that will be seen in the following week’s story!
Here are examples of other stations that students may join.

Spelling Station– Students will work on a spelling activity, project, game, etc. This will help students prepare for the upcoming spelling test!

Vocabulary Enrichment– Students will take current vocabulary words and study them. They will write the word, draw a small icon/picture that he/she may associate with the word, look the word up in the dictionary and find its definition, and put the word in a good sentence.

Scholastic News– Students will keep up with current events, think critically about present issues, and practice working in non-fiction texts! Students may have an assignment that aligns with the article.

Study Break– I sometimes make a study station. This is used as a “catch-up” or study hall. I do not offer this often, but I did do it during the first week because I want to ease the students into this.

State/Capitals Practice/Basic Math Facts– I try to do some cross-curricular activities! I may make a station that will help review skills being taught in the other 4th grade classrooms!
Journaling– Students will work on their writing skills at this station.

Educational Games Station– A station where students may play games that enhance their current learning.

Technology/Research Station– I would like to get students on iPads and computers as much as possible. Students may be given a topic/select a topic of choice to research.

Again, the guided reading work is mostly done IN CLASS. Students are given plenty of time in their station to finish or get a great start on their work. They are not required to work on the guided reading work at home. Students are encouraged to do this if it will help get their work submitted ON TIME.



In other words….you may HAVE to take it home as homework if you won’t have it finished by the due date. If you invest your time wisely, you won’t have to take too much home.

I hope this paints a better picture of how guided reading is going in our classroom! I am already so proud of their hard work! Please let me know if you have any questions.

-Mrs. Shehorn



Friday’s Tic-Tac Taste Lab

We’re back to The Scientific Method! Mrs. Shehorn ran the lab this time and the students were the “guinea kids.” I wondered what Tic-Tac flavor most fourth graders preferred- green apple or orange. My hypothesis, or smart guess was, “I think most fourth graders will like orange because it seems to have a sweeter taste.” The students helped me plan my experiment. Some students were even my assistants! Enjoy the pictures below! You’ll also find the answer!

Lab One: Paper Towel Strength

All fourth grade students participated in their very first lab of the year! We’re currently learning about the scientific method! We are putting our knowledge of the steps to the test by following the procedures to answer the following question:

“What paper towel is the strongest- Viva, Bounty, Sparkle, or Great Value?

The students DO NOT want want to be biased, so the paper towels were labeled, A, B, C, and D! They know that we have to be fair to our science experiment! We placed ten drops of water onto the center of the paper towel. We then placed washers on the center of the paper towel, counting each one until the paper towel ripped! Students then recorded their data! THAT’S WHAT GREAT SCIENTISTS DO! We have to to have PROOF, or FACTS to back it up!

Enjoy the pictures below! We’ll find out what paper towel is the strongest tomorrow! Stay tuned followers! :0)


Science Students….

My science students are a lot of fun and eager to learn! They spent the first day of science class sharing facts about themselves and getting to know me. Enjoy the pictures below!


Classroom Quilt

The fourth graders discussed what a family atmosphere would feel like in our classroom. We know that we are learning in a bully free/no put-down zone! I read a poem that I wrote to the class. It’s titled, Like a Quilt. We discussed the metaphor and then created a craft to better understand this metaphor. Enjoy the pictures below!

First Day!

Wow! Fourth grade had such a busy day today! We took time to practice our morning routine (through acting), made our classroom community guidelines, discussed our behavior system, and even learned about the Positive Pay classroom money! The students are excited to shop at the first school store this month! I am so proud of their hard work. We were able to get started on our binder organization. We are not completely done and that is ok! We can’t do it all in one day! The students learned how I will get their attention. You should ask your student to share this with you- it’s quite fun! :0) The students learned that Mrs. Shehorn is very silly, smart, and caring! The fourth graders even played a game to get to know Mrs. Shehorn! They learned that she expects all students to support one another. We are a no put-down class! We discussed the family atmosphere that we will help create.

Everything went smoothly! We were a little rushed towards the end and that is why I am posting tonight’s assignment. If you do not have it finished tomorrow, I understand! There will be no consequence for not having it done because we had to rush on our way out!

Students are to write a reflection on their day (the apple chart). They must ask their adult to sign the apple chart.

Enjoy the pictures below!


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Summer Greetings!

Hello all my fabulous students! I wanted to check in with you and see how your summer has been going. Leave a comment below and let me know what you have been doing!

I just returned from our vacation to Myrtle Beach, SC. Mr. Shehorn and I had a lot of fun playing in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean! We visited many fun attractions and ate a lot of delicious foods!

We also went on a dolphin tour on jet skis! The dolphins came right up to us!

Guess what my favorite part of our trip was? I’m sure you guessed right…FISHING! Mr. Shehorn and I fished off of a pier called, Pier 14. It was a restaurant, gift shop, and fishing location all in one. Mr. Shehorn and I had a lot of luck- he caught THIRTEEN sharks and I caught SEVEN sharks and SIX Pinfish! I hope you like the pictures below!

I can’t wait to hear about your summer! I miss you all and can’t wait to see you in the fall!


As you can see, I’m a little nervous. It was my first shark!

Mr. Shehorn is proud of his first catch, too!

I thought he was scary, but cute! What do you think?

I hope you have been relaxing, too!

And for the big reveal…

I made a bet with all three science sections. If they all worked hard, completed their dissection project in a timely manner, and made good choices, I would eat an owl pellet. The kids did a great job, and I kept my promise. I had fun getting the students worked up for the big presentation! The students watched me set up my “table” while listening to some smooth restaurant music. I was very animated and hesitant to take a bite out of the pellet. Once I did, the looks on the students’ faces were priceless! Just when I didn’t think I could get any bigger of a reaction out of them, they were almost relieved to learn that they were indeed, EDIBLE owl pellets. Mr. Shehorn and I were up making these gross, but yummy treats last night! (You CAN’T digest bones, hair, and fur silly kids!) Enjoy the slideshow below!


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Picnic Day!

Our scheduled Picnic Day was a success! The weather ended being perfect! Our class enjoyed lunch together! We discussed our favorite memories, funniest moments, hardest tests, new confidence, and greatest achievements. It was a very bittersweet moment. I’m sad that my fourth graders will be moving forward, but so pleased with their progress! I can’t wait for the fifth-grade teachers to be dazzled by them! I have some good eggs! Below are some shots I was able to take before everyone left to play in the sun!

Pictures of Our Millikin Pride!

Today was Spirit Day at Millkin Elementary! Students wore green and/or their Millikin t-shirts to celebrate the unity and pride within our school and school district! Check out the pictures of our fabulous class below!

Mrs. Shehorn's SUPER SMART 4th Graders!








4S Today’s Science Lesson Unit A, Chapter 2, Lesson 1 (pg.A43 Q’s 1-4)

After independently reading the rest of the text in this lesson, please take an iPad and write your response to the four questions on page A43 of the textbook. Remember, the assignment is worth six points! One point for correct answers and one point for COMPLETE sentences! Have fun and do your best!

1. What is one difference among animals that is used to classify them into two large groups?


2) What are two ways in which animals without backbones differ from one another?


3) How are insects and spiders different?


4) What is the main idea of the second paragraph on page A42?

4SH Today’s Science Lesson Unit A, Chapter 2, Lesson 1 (pg.A43 Q’s 1-4)

After independently reading the rest of the text in this lesson, please take an iPad and write your response to the four questions on page A43 of the textbook. Remember, the assignment is worth six points! One point for correct answers and one point for COMPLETE sentences! Have fun and do your best!

1. What is one difference among animals that is used to classify them into two large groups?


2) What are two ways in which animals without backbones differ from one another?


3) How are insects and spiders different?


4) What is the main idea of the second paragraph on page A42?

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