Ms. Marisa Rieber
“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis
My name is Marisa Rieber and I love teaching fourth grade! I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, with a degree in psychology. After college, I joined the PACE program through the University of Portland, so I got to spend two years teaching fourth grade in Honolulu while returning to Portland in the summers for graduate courses. I graduated with my Master of Arts in Teaching in early August 2017, and started teaching at Holy Cross after that. In my free time, I love reading, baking, and swimming. I love being apart of the Holy Cross community, and I look forward to a year full of learning, laughter, and kindness!
"Great is our Lord, vast in power, with wisdom beyond measure." -Psalm 147:5
Happy summer break! This is a very exciting time for students, understandably, and there are many ways to keep the learning going over the break. Avoid the "summer slide!" Enjoying activities like going to the zoo, going to museums, visiting the library, etc. are all great ways to keep students learning over the summer. There are also many excellent workbooks and websites to keep skills fresh. It is really important that students continue to stay current with their math facts (division and multiplication) and keep reading every day! The websites below can help:
Khan Academy: K-12 interactive exercises and tutorials for a wide array of subjects. All 4th graders already have a login and have experience using it for math. Your child will have a custom learning dashboard that lets him or her practice skills based on the individual level, along with video tutorials to help them learn new concepts. Students can see how they’re doing and also receive fun rewards along the way like badges and points.
MobyMax: Personalized learning for every K-8 subject with lots of built in student motivation so kids enjoy practicing. Students take a placement test and then receive practice in the skills they need help with.
Prodigy: math practice in all major topics for grades 1-8. Student progress is reported back to you in real time, and the activities are highly engaging. Kids love Prodigy!
IXL: mostly rote skill practice and timed drills in math, ELA, science, and social studies for PreK-12. It’s easy to find the specific standard you want your child to work on.
NCTM Illuminations: K-12 activities and games for nearly every math topic. Look under "lessons" and select grades 3-5, or explore the challenging brain teasers.
Fun Educational Games
BrainPOP’s GameUp: highly vetted free educational games for K-12 on a variety of topics. BrainPOP’s collection focuses on higher-level thinking skills and critical thinking include topics such as coding and STEM skills.
Sheppard Software: has top-quality games for every subject spanning PreK-8. Fun and easy to use. There are ads on the site, so be sure to remind your child not to click on anything to the left or right of the game.
FunBrain: makes the list because kids return to the site again and again even when they have
the choice to play non-educational games. The online books and comics addition is wonderful.
It’s not the easiest site for kids to navigate independently if they’re looking for a specific game,
but that’s mostly because there’s so much there.
We are creating birthday bags for St. Vincent DePaul food bank!