Hello! I am Mrs. Layton. I have a Bachelor's of Arts degree from Knox college, a small liberal arts college in Illinois. This is my 29th year in the classroom. I taught for 13 years in Texas and 16 years at Sinclair. I love coming to work every school to teach the best fourth  grade students in the world. I also work with some of the greatest educators there are. 

My husband and I have three children. Our oldest resides in Colorado with his wife. Our oldest daughter lives in Hawaii with her husband and three children. Our youngest daughter is home with us after graduating from Virginia Tech and is teaching third grade at our school. 

On weekends, my husband and I enjoy walking and running with our dogs. I share the love for running by coaching the Girls on the Run team at Sinclair. Girls on the Run has a fall and a spring season. In all total, I have coached 20 seasons this coming spring.
Class Announcements

4th grade office hours are Tuesday 10:00- 10:30 and Thursday 2:00 - 2:30, although you can email or Dojo at any time and we will respond as soon as we are able. 
Please check out PWCS new learning page at PWCS Home Learning page.


The county is recommending that students spend at least 1 hour per day on school work.  In addition, encore activities will also be posted weekly. Below is a suggested schedule but please keep reading! Remember that reading at least 20 minutes a day increases your vocabulary and words are power!

Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday
 Reading- 60 minutes
Math- 60 minutes Science- 60 minutes Virginia Studies- 60 minutes PE- 60 minutes
 Art Technology Library Guidance Music


Suggested weekly review activities will continue to be posted each week by noon on Monday, so students can stay current in their learning! Please look at the choice boards in the 4th Grade Weekly Suggested Learning Activities link. Keep in mind, all activities are optional.  Students can complete as much as they would like.  Review activities are a mix of digital learning and activities that can be printed out or completed at home without a device! 



As always, please contact me if there are any questions or concerns.  Continue to check email and Class Dojo for updates and scheduled Zoom times with the students.



What can I do to review or keep busy?
There are many great sites in your Clever account that you can access to review material we have already covered in class.  If you need help getting into your Clever please send me an email at laytonca@pwcs.edu or send me a Dojo message.  

What can I access in my Clever account?
Math: 
In math we have been learning decimals and how decimals and fractions are related. The students know how to read, write and say numbers with decimals. We were working on changing decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals. Please email of dojo message if you need help. Khan academy is a great resource.
IXL- I have added the IXL review skills document in the Files and Documents tab to the left.
Khan Academy- once you are in you will have to activate your account.  Each of you already has one.  I have added the identifying decimals skills that you can review, or choose something else that would you like to review.  
Dreambox- review any skills we have already done.  I suggest trying out some fractions and geometry practice!

Reading:

In reading we have been reading poems and learning about figurative language.
IXL- again I have added the IXL review skills document.  
Myon- there are tons of books, news, and videos that you can access.  Read a book and click on the journal tab to write a summary of what you read.  I can then go in and read your thoughts on the books.  
World Book Online- An encyclopedia for the children to explore nonfiction topics. The website will read information to the students and allows many ways for the children to manipulate the information.
Benchmark- Another reading resource that the children have at their finger tips. It also has a large selection of books at different levels that the children can read or have the program read it to them.

VA Studies:
SOLPass- You can complete any review activities up to Reconstruction.  Most of you should have taken your VA Studies books home so you can reference that, or there are study guides for each of the units on SOLPass.  Send me a message if you forget how to get in.  
BrainPop- everyone has access right now.  You can watch any of the videos we have already watched in class and complete the quizzes if you would like.
Quizlet- *not in your Clever* You can go to https://quizlet.com/taylorkl1 and interact with any of the sets that Mrs. Taylor has already created. You can also interact with sets I have made at https://quizlet.com/laytonca. Both accounts have more than just VA studies in them.
VA Trekkers- *Also not in Clever*  https://virginiatrekkers.com/ You can travel around Virginia with the Trekkers and learn more about some of the things we have already talked about.  

Science
We are nearing the end of our learning unit on force and motion. We learned about the types of forces that causes an object to move. We discussed how acceleration can affect an object by speeding it up, slowing it down, or changing the object's direction. Work with force and motion can continue be accessing BrainPop.com and or SOLPass.org




Creative Fun:
There are several resources in your Clever account that we have not had time to explore. Now is the perfect time to try out Wixie . I would love to check on any products that you produce and see how creative you are!

Live links and Virtual Tours:
I am adding links for you to enjoy some field trips from the comfort of your own home.

National Parks, zoos and aquariums 

Yellowstone National Park- Tour Yellowstone and watch for geysers and other hot springs
 
Yosemite National Park- enjoy the beautiful views 
San Diego Zoo- many live cams to explore
 Georgia Aquarium- check out the piranha cam and many more!
 Monterey Bay Aquarium - enjoy more sea life
a tour of the Great Wall of China- see this man made wonder
 a tour of a 3D replica of the Martian surface - explore the surface of Mars
"The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks- Visit five national parks on one link

Take a virtual ride one a roller coaster or two
Incredicoaster at Disney's California Adventure park 
"Frozen" Ever After ride at Walt Disney World.

Museums
Guggenheim Museum - Learn about art
dinosaurs to ocean creatures- at the Smithsonian at the Natural History Museum
MoMA - The museum of Modern Art for all my art lovers.

Tours from around the world
  Taj Mahal in New Dehli, India
 renowned spots around the world
 look down from the top of the Eiffel Tower 
Sydney Opera House, 

Physical Education
PE with Joe- Join Joe on his YouTube channel for PE!
 LIVE PE lessons at 9am Monday to Friday on my YouTube channel for children of all ages.

For those of you that do not have access to the sites listed, there is some activities in the Files and Documents section that you can print out.  And I can't stress enough the importance of reading EVERY day!  Pick up a book and read, the libraries are available for drive thru pick up.  Just go online and reserve a book!

Our Daily Schedule
8:00 - 8:20 Arrival
8:20 - 9:05 Science/Social Studies Block 1
9:05 - 9:50 Encore
9:50 - 10:35 Science/Social Studies Block 2
10:35 - 11:55 Math
11:55 - 12:20 Recess
12:20 - 12:50 Lunch
12:50 - 1:20 Core Extension
1:20 - 2:45 Language Arts
2:45 - 3:00 Dismissal