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 is my fifth year teaching at Holy Cross, and my seventh year teaching fourth grade. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in psychology and a minor in Education, Schooling, and Society. After college, I joined the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (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. In my free time, I love reading, cooking and baking, and swimming. I love being part of the Holy Cross community, and I look forward to a year full of learning, laughter, and kindness!
"May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace as you trust in him." - Romans 15:13
Supply Night - Wednesday, September 1, 5-6 PM
Back to School Night - Tuesday, September 14 - Time TBA
Overview of 4th Grade
The curriculum is aligned to the Archdiocese of Portland standards.
In math, students will work to build their conceptual understanding as well as procedural. We will study:
- Place value, addition and subtraction
- Multi-digit multiplication and division
- Measurement and time
Language arts incorporates reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, speaking, and listening...lots of skills! Throughout the year the students will have the opportunity to participate in book clubs, where they will enjoy reading and discussing novels with a small group of classmates. We will also use the Journeys textbook. Students will also study Greek and Latin root words to help expand their vocabulary. In writing, we will be writing personal narratives, fictional stories, opinion essays, and informational essays.
Our Catholic identity is woven throughout the school and is a part of everything we do here at Holy Cross, not just in religion class. Prayer is incorporated daily by praying in the morning, midday, and close of the day. We will learn about:
- The Trinity
- Jesus Christ
- The Church
- Who, How, When, Where the Mass is Celebrated
- The Sacraments
- The Kingdom of God
In science, we aim to gain knowledge while inspiring curiosity and awe about God’s creation. We will study these science topics through hands-on activities and experiments as well as reading, videos, and research:
- Waves and information
- Structure, function, and information processing
- Earth's systems: processes that shape Earth
In 4th grade, we get to focus on Oregon specifically!
- Civics and Government
We will use the Second Step curriculum to learn anti-bullying skills, how to keep ourselves safe, problem solving, emotional regulation, and skills for learning.
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.