Mrs. Marisa Veiga
“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 Veiga. 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 August 2017, and started teaching at Holy Cross after that. This is my fourth year at Holy Cross. 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!
"Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." - 1 Corinthians 13:7
This year will certainly be an adventure for us all! You can expect that your student's day will start at 8:15 with a morning meeting on Zoom. This will be a time for us to build community, review details of the day, and practice a variety of social and academic skills. After the morning meeting we will have a brief break and then begin live lessons (reading, writing, and math). There will be a minimum of a 15 minute break between each class. Classes will have a variety of formats - there may be a whole group lesson, breakout rooms with small groups or partners, and/or online games depending on the content and the day. A lunch and "recess" break are provided from 11:30-12:30 every day. The afternoon will typically be independent work. A schedule is provided to guide you in setting up a structure, but your family can feel free to alter that so that it works for your family. For example, your child may prefer to switch the order of the subjects, or take fewer or longer breaks. Fridays will typically be lighter days so that students can complete any assignments that were not finished and teachers can meet and have planning time.
We will be using Seesaw as our primary platform for sending messages and completing and turning in assignments. Seesaw has tons of creative tools that help all students communicate what they know. Other websites may be used, but we will start slowly and work up to them one at a time. Here are some tutorials for Seesaw that might be useful!
Sites for Independently Practicing Skills
Khan Academy: This site has videos and practice for the entire 4th grade math curriculum. You will need to create a login for your student.
XtraMath: This is a great one to keep those basic math facts fresh. It is customized to the student's current level. Students already have logins.
i-Ready Math: This is a part of our math curriculum and is customized to your student’s current level. There are tutorials followed by skill practice and quizzes. Students already have logins.
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.
ReadTheory: reading comprehension practice for grades 1-12 reading level. Available on desktop and mobile.
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 and game-like. 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.
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 rather than rote practice and include topics such as coding, STEM skills, and art and music.
Utah Education Network: a curated collection of free useful and developmentally appropriate games from all over the web. Look in the sidebar on the right hand side and click K-2, 3-6, or 7-12 interactives.
ABCya: K-5 ELA and math games, as well as various other topics (both educational and just for fun.) There’s also a large collection of games available as apps.
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.
PBS Kids: great for younger students. There are educational and just-for-fun games, which you can sort by subject area and skill. Be warned that some games are premium and require a subscription. I also recommend the PBS CyberChase collection of math games.
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.