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
Welcome to fourth grade! My name is Marisa Veiga. This has been my fifth year teaching at Holy Cross, and my seventh year teaching fourth grade. I have loved teaching in this community, but will be taking some time away to care for my new baby. Thank you for a great five years!
Next year Ms. Keelin Burk will be teaching 4th grade. She is looking forward to joining the Holy Cross community!
"May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace as you trust in him." - Romans 15:13
Over the summer, it is really important to help students maintain their skills, especially in a year like this one. Just a little practice can go a long way. Every day students should read! This can be novels, magazines, audiobooks, etc. I encourage you to visit your local library with your child when it is safe to do so. I recommend the Who Is/What Is/Where Is series for some great nonfiction. (Sometimes reluctant readers who just aren't very interested in stories really take to nonfiction.)
In math, solidifying the math facts is the most helpful thing to do. Fluency in their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts are so important for future success. You can use a website like Xtramath, flashcards, online games, a story like Times Tales - whatever works for your child. If your child is not already proficient with all their facts, I encourage ten minutes of fact practice as a daily routine.
The following sections give ideas for ways to practice over the summer:
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.