Mrs. Mahoney's Fourth Grade Class

Instructor: Mahoney, Kristen A  
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Welcome to Mrs. Mahoney's 2019/2020 4th Grade Class!

**Update Monday May 18th:

Please check your email (both parent and student) for this week's important information which includes the new choice board for the week of the 18th. I will also be sending a reminder for our class meeting on Wednesday May 20th at 11:00.  The link and password will be attached.  The choice board may also be found here on this page under Files and Documents (look to the left).

**Update Monday May 4th:

Please check your email (both parent and student) for this week's important information which includes the new choice board for the week of the 4th. I will also be sending a reminder for our class meeting on Wednesday May 6th at 11:00.  The link and password will be attached.  The choice board may also be found here on this page under Files and Documents (look to the left).

**Update Monday April 27th:

Please check your email (both parent and student) for this week's important information which includes the new choice board for the week of the 27th. I will also be sending a reminder for our class meeting on Wednesday April 29th at 11:00.  The link and password will be attached.  The choice board may also be found here on this page under Files and Documents (look to the left).

**Update Monday April 20th:

Please check your email (both parent and student) for this week's important information which includes the new choice board for the week of the 20th. I will also be sending a reminder for our class meeting on Wednesday April 22nd at 11:00.  The link and password will be attached.  The choice board may also be found here on this page under Files and Documents (look to the left).

**Update Monday April 13th:

Please look in File and Documents (on left) for the Choice Board for the week of April 13.  This will be updated weekly and sent to you in an email as well.

Please be sure to check your student email daily for links and choice boards.

REMEMBER!!!  Every Wednesday at 11:00 we will have a class zoom meeting.  Check your email for link and password to attend the meeting.  The link and password will be the same every week.

If you didn't join EPIC before Spring Break, I will be sending another invite today.  The class code is below...

**Update Monday March 29th:

EPIC class code is syr9132  enter this once you receive the email invite in your student email account

Instructional Focus as of March 30th

Check your email every day!!!

Math

IXL
- Continue to review and practice math units that you have learned this year: Place Value and Number Sense, Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Probability.  Decimals was our next unit.  Feel free to start exploring Decimals.

Virginia Studies

SOLPASS
- Continue to review all units to date (VS.2, VS.3, VS.4, VS.5, VS.6, VS.7).  

Makerspace Challenge
- Using materials found at home, create a model of Virginia that details the different geographic land features of Virginia (flat sandy land, rolling hills, old rounded mountains, valleys and ridges, elevated land that's flat on top).  Some materials used by students in the past are Legos, other building blocks, food items like pretzels or cookie dough, crafting items, toilet paper rolls. Be creative ~ use whatever you want!  You are not limited in size - make it as big or small as you'd like! 

Keep notes that detail why you chose the materials you did for each region and how they represent the type of land in that region. 

  We will have a special Zoom meeting to share each model and you will have a few minutes to describe your project.  Please have your project complete and ready to share by April 24th. 

Science
Continue to review all units to date
  1. SOLPASS
  2. BrainPOP Videos
Reading - keep reading!!!!
  1. EPIC - become familiar with available books and videos.  This is where I will create assignments for you and be able to monitor your reading progress.
  2. Flipgrid - record a response to the Author's Purpose Flipgrid.  Tell me about a book you are reading, or have read.  What is the author's purpose for this book (persuade, inform or entertain)? Then, read a few lines from your book that shows why you chose the author's purpose that you did.  The link is below......

                     https://flipgrid.com/cd4a3bb7

Writing - journaling for a time capsule to be opened by future generations
  1. You are a historian.  Document what is happening in daily life due to this event that has changed the way we are living and interacting.  Apply skills you have learned, such as providing facts as well as opinions and compare/contrast what daily life was like prior to March 13th.  This will be an on-going journal.  Record your thoughts and observations a few times a week, more often if you'd like.

Update March 23, 2020:

I've created 2 flipgrid topics to get started!  One is asking you to tell me about a book you've been reading and the other topic is on Civil War - Differences between the North and South.
Mahoney6895 (flipgrid code)

https://flipgrid.com/4561fcfb

https://flipgrid.com/4074fa6f

Mrs. Trochan created a fun way for families to be active during this time!!
https://flipgrid.com/a9ce1d03

For more reading choices:
https://www.getepic.com


AUDIBLE              Audible Audio Books
Audible has made numerous online books available.  There are 74 in just the elementary section!  There are high interest novels that the kids will really enjoy.  It's like checking out a playaway from the library. Check it out ~ listening to a good book is very effective in improving fluency, comprehension and inflection (reading with emotion).


UPDATE: March 18, 2020
Below are a few links I've come across (thank you to Mrs. Fahrney and Ms. Nelson) that are both fun and interesting!!  One is a list of virtual field trips to places like Mars!  The other is a bunch of engineering based activities you can do at home. I will continue to add links and activities, so please check back.  I hope you enjoy them ~ and please email me and let me know what you think of them.

Virtual Field Trips  

Engineering Activities

Storyline Online

Brain Pop Free Home Access

http://guest.portaportal.com/tyleres

March 13th, 2020:
The 4th grade teachers are requesting that students practice and review all they’ve learned so far this year across all core subject areas.  

You may access the following educational resource subscriptions through the Tyler Website Instructional Technology Page:

Math - IXL (login in and password : 6 digit id).  Please review previous foundation skills, including multiplication, division, addition and subtraction.  Our current unit is Probability.  

Virginia Studies - SOLPASS (password : tes).  Please review all previous units beginning with VA Geography through our current unit, The Civil War.

Science - SOLPASS, our current unit is Force & Motion.

Reading and Writing - We recommended a minimum of 30 minutes each day reading either fiction or nonfiction books and practicing the STP strategy (stop, think, paraphrase).  Raz-Kids is also a great resource to use.  My class login is kmahoney31, then click on student name and apple icon.






SOL Pass.....found in the Tyler Portal.  You can print extra study guides for Virginia Studies and practice old SOL tests as well as answering review questions and playing review games for each unit.  The password is TES.  This is an EXCELLENT resource!

IXL Math - please practice 4th grade objectives often!
Login and password are the student ID#

 
Agenda
PLEASE sign the agenda every night...This is for DAILY homework assignments. The class page is updated weekly, not nightly, so daily homework may not be on here!!!
Birthday Invitations
Tyler has a new policy regarding birthday invitations.....starting this school year, birthday invitations will NOT be passed out during the school day, even if the entire class would receive one.....this is to ensure that NO one student ever feels left out due to not receiving an invitation. Thank you for your understanding...If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!
Basic Multiplication and Division Facts in 4th Grade
It is very important that students know their basic multiplication/division facts.  If your child does not know their basic facts, they will need to be practicing them at home. If you need flash cards, please let me know:)

Please support your child's math education by taking a few minutes each evening to work on multiplication/division facts. This is the foundation for the majority of math units to come (multiplication, division, fractions, measurements, and so on). Without this basic foundation, students can potentially struggle.
Thank you so much for your help!

Virginia History Study Guides
Previous and current unit study guides are below in "files" in case you need another copy.
Factors and Multiples of Numbers
We are reviewing factors and multiples.  Please go over basic facts often with your children as they are the foundation of 4th grade math. Students will struggle with multiplication problems, long division and fractions if they have not mastered their facts by 4th grade.

Examples:

Factors of 12 are:

1x12
2x6
3x4

Multiples of 12 are:

12,24,36,48,60 and so on
Thursday's Information Slip 
PLEASE remember to sign the top portion of the Thursday Slip and send it back the next school day.  Thank you so much!
Encore Schedule
The next day's encore should be written in the student's agenda every day.  It is their responsibility to write this down as I go over the agenda process at the end of the day.
Tyler Portal
Please be sure to go to the home page and click on "Quick Links" to access the Tyler Portal to reinforce skills being learned in the classroom. 
Virginia History
Students should be bringing home their study guide and VA journal every night to look over!
Daily Schedule

 08:55 - 09:05  Arrival
 09:05 - 10:10 Math
 10:10- 10:55 Encore
 10:55- 11:50 VA Studies
 11:50 - 12:25 Science
 12:34- 1:04 Lunch
 1:04 - 1:24 Recess
 1:30 - 3:00 Language Arts
 3:00- 3:35 Core Extension
 03:35 - 3:45 Pack-up/Dismissal


Encore Schedule

 Day 1  Music
 Day 2  Art
 Day 3  Spanish
 Day 4  PE
 Library  Thursday 1:45-2:00/2:30