April 13, 2020

Welcome to Week 1 of Distance Learning in fourth grade. The fourth grade team has been collaborating to find engaging and fun activities to help students explore previously taught material through the end of the school year. Attached is this week’s grid of optional and ungraded assignments. You can also find this on the newly created Distance Learning page for fourth grade on Marshall ES’ website.  These lessons and activities should take no more than 1-2 hours each day. Work at your own pace. The fourth grade teachers will be readily available during regular school hours.

Be sure to note that each class has a different code for Nearpod activities, as each teacher has access to their students’ answers and work that is done in the assignment. Teachers will soon update the page on the Distance Learning site with all class codes for Nearpod. All of our class’ codes are listed on the attached grid, be sure to check the website if you have scholars in other fourth grade classes.

This morning a new FlipGrid will be created to start off the week. I have scheduled our first weekly Zoom meeting for Wednesday, April 15 at 11:00am. See our invitation link/information below.

Thank you for your continued patience as the fourth grade team continues to develop plans, upload weekly resources, and manage our own families.

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April 3, 2020

I am so grateful I was able to spend time on Zoom this evening with so many students. I can’t wait to get another chance to spend time with them!

Teachers were able to have a staff meeting this morning where we were given a lot of guidance about the remainder of the school year. Look for information from Dr. Walts and PWCS with more detailed and specific information regarding moving forward.

Here are some important points:

  • The third quarter has been extended to Friday, April 24
  • Spring Break is continuing as scheduled (next week), April 6-10
  • Starting Monday, April 13 fourth grade will be emailing optional and ungraded assignments that students can complete virtually for language arts, math, science and social studies. All work that is to be assigned for the remainder of the year will be review of what has previously been taught. No new material will be introduced to any students (county-wide) for the remainder of the school year.  Expect an email each Monday with that week’s optional assignments.
  • The last day of school is Friday, June 12
  • Classes will have opportunities to check-in at least once a week: I hope to schedule a weekly Zoom meeting and will continue to post activities on FlipGrid. All meetings on Zoom and participation on FlipGrid are optional.
  • Scholars’ final grades for fourth grade will be based on First, Second, and Third quarter grades. No grades will be given for the Fourth Quarter.
  • You can still order a Yearbook: visit this website, using the Yearbook ID Code: 1533320
  • Schools are inaccessible at the moment. To help promote social distancing no faculty, staff or students are permitted inside classrooms to get their personal belongings. I will be sure to let you know if/when that changes.

Thank you so much for all of your patience during this time, please let me know if there is anything else I can elaborate on for you. Don’t forget our class website has quick and easy access to a lot of online resources.

During the Zoom chat I encouraged scholars to email me from their own Outlook-365 accounts (any time I respond to students I will also CC their parents). I also told them to read, read, read! 😊

Have a wonderful weekend and Spring Break, you’ll hear from me again on Monday, April 13!

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March 14, 2020

I wanted to touch base once more about some of the resources that everyone now has, and provide a few more resources for things that can be accessed at home. Also: I've already posted a few things on twitter, if you're not already following my account be sure to head over! (@MrsR_teaches). 

Online Resources:
- Nearpod: We use this in the classroom for review for tests. Below are all of the ones that the students have tried, with the codes in order to access them. I also added a few extra ones the students could explore for fun, not entirely related to our curriculum. The codes are all good for 30 days, so they're set for this closure! 

  • American Revolution: ZLRNS 
  • Civil War: MZFYU
  • Reconstruction: AWTKS
  • Earth, Moon, and Sun: PHAEN
  • Electricity: HYVXT 
  • St. Patrick's Day: BEQCX
  • What's Your Favorite Season?: TWYVD
  • Getting to Know Washington D.C.: SXTBG

- Explore.org is a fascinating site that is full of live-stream video footage from all over the world (and even Space!). It's just a really neat place to go to learn more about wildlife in their natural habitats. 
- Storyonline.net is a collection of (celebrity read) read alouds for kids to explore. While the books are sometimes categorized by grade, they'll all be a fun read. For each book they've offered activities that can be done in/out of the classroom to support student learning. There are some books we've already used as read alouds, some we have in our classroom, and some we haven't yet explored together. 
- As always, SOLPass.org is a great resource for all students. It provides review materials, activities/games, and practice SOLs to help students prepare for year-end assessments. They can feel free to explore any of the content areas for fourth grade. (password: TMES)
- One of our class favorites is VAStudiesWeeklyOnline, which also goes with the two newspapers that were sent home with students. They can explore any of the newspapers we've covered this year, not just the 2 issues sent home (issues 25/26). 
- I have created a couple of activities in Wixie that students are welcome to work on. 
- One of the biggest resources that students can use to review math is IXL. Students can work anywhere in the content area. When we return from the break we will be starting work with decimals, FYI! 
- Don't forget that GoNoodle is a really fun way to get students active, especially on rainy days when goes outside isn't ideal. 

Math Preview: Here are a couple of Kahn Academy videos that can introduce students to/provide them early practice for Decimals. We won't be officially starting the unit until we get back from break, but it will be a good head start for students if they watch the content! 
- Place Value with Decimals 
- Comparing Decimals Place Value

Book Club books: I ask that over the course of this next month all students finish their book club books. They do not need to complete any "jobs" (as we had been doing in our classroom), instead be ready to discuss the ending of their books when we return to school in April. 

Please let me know if you have any additional questions/concerns, or if I can clarify anything further. The fourth grade team is still in communication with each other about how we can best support you, that being said this is a new experience for us all! As information continues to come in from the County and the school I will be sure to pass it along to you as quickly as I can.