Mrs. Gayla Whitworth: Homepage
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Gayla Whitworth: Teacher Spotlight
Help us celebrate Mrs. Gayla Whitworth, our next Teacher Spotlight! Gayla has been serving the students of Putnam County R-I Elementary for over 22 years! This is Mrs. Whitworth's 25th year in education. She started her journey . . .
The Last Great Race on Earth 2022
2022's "Last Great Race on Earth" is officially over. Mrs. Whitworth's FABulous 5th-graders took some time to learn the history behind the Iditarod and research some of the mushers who competed in this year's . . .
Mrs. Whitworth's FAB 5 Celebrates Reading
Mrs. Whitworth's FABulous 5th graders enjoyed celebrating Read Across America Week. There was a lot of reading taking place by students and guest readers. As always, the students enjoyed dressing. The dress-up days . . .
5W Gets a Technology Facelift
Mrs. Whitworth's FAB 5 received a new Promethean TV today in place of their older Promethean Board. The older board had been a little "testy" for a while. So, their classroom got a new updated version and the kids LOVE . . .
Job Well Done, FABulous 5W
Congratulations on a job well done with your reading, FABulous 5W Readers! Every month Mrs. Caley hands out different reading awards and October's monthly award goes to Mrs. Whitworth's class. The award was for being the . . .
FABulous 5W Writers
Why is writing important? Writing is practical and something we do every day whether it is creating a list, filling out applications, texting, or emailing. Writing is key to our communication. You may ask yourself in . . .
Outdoor Classroom and MAP Review
The weather was so nice yesterday that we decided to take advantage and have small reading groups outside. The kids have been working hard on the local math and reading assessments this week. In between tests, we have been preparing for the . . .
Too Cool for School Brain Break
Mrs. Whitworth's FAB 5 students are too cool for school...when it comes to brain breaks, that is! Usually for a brain break, the class dances or moves to songs on a free website called GoNoodle. However, at this point in their life, . . .
Non-Fiction Text Features
Mrs. Whitworth's FABulous 5th graders have been learning how to identify features in non-fiction text to help give them a better understanding of their reading. Text-features include bold words, sidebars, diagrams, captions, charts, . . .
How Can I See My Grades?
Mrs. Whitworth's FAB 5 learned how to check their student portal in order to see how their grades are coming along. They discussed the importance of checking their grades frequently. The students are able to look . . .
Sunshine and Reading Outside in December!
Who could believe that it was 63 degrees on the 10th of December?! Mrs. Whitworth's FAB 5 decided to take the novels they have been reading for small reading groups outside to read in the sunshine. The air was warm and the sun was shining . . .
Book Clubs in the Classroom
During small reading groups, Mrs.Whitworth's students have been enjoying reading through "book clubs". Why book clubs? Book clubs... Promote a love for literature and a positive attitude . . .
5th Grade Learns Flag Etiquette From Mr. Tipton
Mr. Tipton showed the 5th Grade students how to how properly fold the flag and then how to raise and lower the American flag this morning. He also went over the proper way to show respect to the flag and how to carry it. The . . .
Particles Go POP
Mrs. Whitworth's FAB 5 have been studying matter with a focus on particles this week. Through an experiment using the scientific method, they discovered when particles build up pressure after a chemical reaction, they are strong . . .
Mrs. Whitworth's FAB 5 is so very grateful to be back together and IN school! We have had a FABulous first 2 weeks of school! Mrs. Whitworth is so lucky to have 15 of her students she had 2 years ago when she taught 3rd . . .
Coach Fitzpatrick Shares His Love of Reading with Fab 5
To start off our Read-A-Thon for Read Across America week, Coach Fitzpatrick spoke to the 5th grade students about his own love of reading. He started off by pointing out that billionaires such as Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, Warren . . .
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Civil War Readers Theater
"Should I stay or should I go?" was a question Mrs. Whitworth's Fab 5 had to answer when playing a game that went along with their Civil War unit. Afterward, they discussed a time when several Southern states decided that . . .
The Flow of Energy
Mrs. Whitworth's Fab 5 have been studying about the flow of energy from the sun, to the producer, and finally to the consumer. One of the projects included making a food web poster. Be sure to check out our photo gallery!
Christmas Fun with the Fab 5
What do you get a Fifth Grader for Christmas? A party!!!! Instead of having the traditional grab bag boy/girl gift exchange, Fifth Grade students brought their teachers $5.00 each. Then each teacher took the money, added some of . . .
Fab 5 Gets Festive
Mrs.Whitworth's Fab 5 have begun their Christmas festivities. All of Fifth grade visited the courthouse to hang some handmade ornaments they made at school. After decorating the tree and caroling, the courthouse ladies graciously . . .
Fab 5 Practices Basketball at Recess
The Fab 5 has moved on from football and is now honing in on their basketball skills at recess. "Coach O'Reilly" was trying to offer some pointers as the boys were perfecting their aggressiveness. Even though the . . .
Mrs. Whitworth's Fab 5 became paper pilots this week! After learning about the scientific method, they tested it out with their first experiment. Their testable question was "How will different styles of wings affect how . . .
Mrs. Whitworth's Fab 5 Enjoys Homecoming
Homecoming was a fun time for Mrs. Whitworth's 5th graders. The students enjoyed all of the festivities. Go Midgets!
Hello? Anyone There?
In science last week, Fourth-grade students learned how sound travels. Through a video, the students learned about what makes sound and how it travels. Then they made a "telephone", wrote a hypothesis about what would happen when . . .
Fourth-grade students have been testing their engineering skills. They were given some supplies such as plastic cups, wooden blocks, clothespins, and craft sticks. Their challenge was to see who could build the tallest tower with a base of . . .
Mystery Slope Activity in Summer School
In summer school this week, we conducted a mystery science activity. How can you go faster down a slide? The activity taught the students about friction through a visual lesson and then allowed them to test their predictions with building . . .
Brain Balance Activities and Vitamin D
In Mrs. Whitworth's class today, they enjoyed the beautiful sunshine during adventure time by cup stacking and pulling weeds in front of the elementary. Cup stacking promotes physical fitness and academic learning. Students use . . .
Mrs. Whitworth's Third-Grade Class in Review
Third-Grade Parents, Mrs. Whitworth has made a compilation video of her students this year. You can check it out here: 2018-2019 Mrs. Whitworth's Third-Grade Compilation Video
Third Grade Annual Reading Night
The Third-Grade celebrated their 10th annual Reading Night after participating in a fun-filled Track and Field Day. The 3rd-grade teachers planned an evening filled with reading, activities, and eating! Between blocks of . . .
Celebrating the End of Testing
This Friday, Mrs. Whitworth's Third-Graders celebrated the end of two weeks of testing. The students completed the district assessment called the PCAP assessment and the MAP which is a state assessment. Both assessments . . .
Test Prep Videos
This is the time of the year where you will find and hear many teachers and students talking about the upcoming MAP and EOC tests. It is definitely crunch time in preparing young minds to be successful on these important . . .
Importance of Cursive Handwriting
In today's world with technology so available to all ages, cursive handwriting seems to be a thing of the past. However, there are many studies that say cursive handwriting has many benefits and is still . . .
The Last Great Race on Earth
Have you heard of "The Last Great Race on Earth"? This world-famous race is called the Iditarod. This amazing race is a dog sled race held the first Saturday of every March in Anchorage, Alaska. Throughout February, . . .
Mrs. Whitworth's Third Grade took some time to enjoy the holiday season by learning about old traditions and making fun holiday memories. The children spent one morning having a Read-a-Thon. Many . . .
The kids had such a fun time during the Halloween party! Thank you room parents and treat senders for a fun-filled party!
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream
Did you know that you can turn liquid coffee creamer into ice cream? Mrs. Whitworth's Third Grade class has been studying the states of matter and changes they go through. To . . .
After reading, If You Were a Writer by Joan Lowry Nixon, Mrs.Whitworth's 3rd Graders couldn't wait to begin writing. To spark their creative minds and make their notebooks special, the students decorated their . . .
Mrs. Whitworth's Class Keeps Cool
Mrs. Whitworth's 4th grade summer school class enjoys taking an occasional break from academics on Fridays. On this particular day, they enjoyed throwing water balloons💦, getting squirted with the water hose💦, playing Duck 🦆Duck 🦆Splash💦, . . .