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 third 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!
"Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord." - Ephesians 1:18
Sites for Independently Practicing Skills
Khan Academy: This site has videos and practice for the entire 4th grade math curriculum. It is excellent for reviewing key skills before 5th grade. Because I think this will be extra helpful this summer of 2020, I have recorded a four-minute screencast here demonstrating for kids (and parents) how to use this most effectively. If your child’s report card indicated areas of need in math, this would be a good place for them to practice those skills. You will need to create a login for your student.
XtraMath: This is a great one to continue over summer 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. This should be available to students to use until around the middle of August.
Epic: If your student has already signed up for Remote Access and been using Epic to read online, they will automatically be transitioned to Epic Free over the summer and allowed to read for up to 2 hours each week.
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.