Mrs. Wall
  •      Bonjour, Hola, and Hello! Welcome to our fourth grade classroom. I am thrilled with the opportunity to work with you and your child this year. I love teaching and am passionate about helping every child learn and experience success. My journey to teaching must have began as early as elementary school. I can't remember a day I didn't want to go to school.  After High School I graduated from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I also earned my National Boards Certification. I especially love teaching 4th grade because we learn about North Carolina. Ballentine continues to be a great place for me to grow as a professional and a wonderful place that supports students enthusiasm for learning.  
        My husband Dale and I are both Native North Carolinians. I grew up in Kannapolis, a suburb of Charlotte. Kannapolis is the current home of the North Carolina Research Campus. My husband is from Raleigh and is retired! Dale keeps busy, but is willing to volunteer for our classroom. We enjoy cycling, running, swimming, fishing and boating.
         I look forward to active year together. I know that working together this will be a fabulous year of learning.  
  • Animal Detective

    Posted by Kathy Wall at 1/19/2017

    Observations

    Students used their observation, reading and reasoning skills to identify species. We also used evidence to learn how animals use behavioral and physical adaptations to survive in their habitats. It was a great day of exploring and learning. I hope that all students have an opportunity to take their family's back to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

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  • NC Candid Critters

    Posted by Kathy Wall at 1/19/2017

    Did anyone see this while you were touring the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. We read this article before we went to the museum, and are participating in NC Candid Critters camera trapping. Currently we have a camera in the Croatan National Forest! We are citizen scientist. 

    NC Candid Critters

     

     

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  • What's The Best Thing to Do On a Snow Day, Wonderopolis

    Posted by Kathy Wall at 1/8/2017

    http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-s-the-best-thing-to-do-on-a-snow-day

     

     

    Wonderopolis

    Looking for something to read, research or wonder about today?

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  • Get Ready For NC Candid Critters

    Posted by Kathy Wall at 1/7/2017

    White Tail Dear Tracking Evidence Neuse River Croatan

    Students are going to have an opportunity to participate in a Citizen Science Project. This project includes working with NCSU, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Smithsonian. Students will collect data by camera trapping animals across North Carolina and in their backyard. After they collect the data they will identify and post their evidence to a global site. With NC Candid Critters students will be able to see some of the many animals that live across the state of  North Carolina 

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  • Where Does Your Water Come From

    Posted by Kathy Wall at 1/6/2017

    Today the Public Utilities Director from the town of Fuquay Varina came to teach the studets about where we get our water. We learned about the water cycle or hydrologic cycle. Students read maps about the towns water distrubution systems. We learned what bodies of water we use to get our drinking water. We also learned about ways to protect and conserve this natural resourceWater Wise

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  • Colonial Holiday

    Posted by Kathy Wall at 12/20/2016

    Colonial Friends

    Fourth grade students have been learning about North Carolina during Colonial times. They wrote research reports and journal entries from the point of view of someone who lived during Colonial Times. The Joel Lane Museum was a big inspiration. Joel Lane the father of Raleigh knows how to celebrate. Here you see students dressed in period clothes delivering Fry Bread, Moravian Cookies and Wassial to BES friends. We wish everyone a Happy and Healty New Year!

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  • Share Some Positive

    Posted by Kathy Wall at 12/16/2016

    FV Food Pantry Bracelets Bookmarks

    Students decided to show acts of kindness by giving. Some students wrote books, made bracelets, and bookmarks for classmates.  They decided to organize a food drive for the Fuquay Varina Food Pantry. I wish you could hear the rap two students collaborated on to advertise, encourage and remind others to bring in canned goods. 

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  • Hour of Code

    Posted by Kathy Wall at 12/8/2016

    Scratch Jr

    An Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. We organized our hour of code by getting a 5th grader to teach us Scratch Jr. Students learned the program and then created stories to tell. Now that we know the program we can code, create and write during our literacy block. 

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  • Native Americans

    Posted by Kathy Wall at 11/14/2016

    NC Museum of History

    With the help of the North Carolina History Museum students participate in live distance learning classes. In this lessons students learn about the many native american tribes in North Carolina. We learned about their contributes to our state in the past and currently. 

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  • Pirate Day

    Posted by Kathy Wall at 10/10/2016

    Students participated in Achieve3000 reading incentive.  Every student read 4 articles a we for 8 weeks. As incentive students were aiming to participate in Pirate Day. During Pirate Day student went Geocaching or 21 Century treasure hunting. They learned about trade and culture in North Carolina during the 1700's. They read information artilcles about pirate ships and famous pirates. Of course one featured pirate was the famous NC Pirate, Blackbeard. Here you see students working together practicing fluency in a skit about pirates and preparing for a presentation in reader theatre.

     

     

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