Huddle Newsletter

Fourth Grade Edition 2014-15

LMSVSD - Welcome Back Fourth Grade Teachers!

This newsletter is written specifically for you -- the Fourth Grade teacher. I've gathered all the information that is pertinent to you to have in one place. I hope you will bookmark this newsletter or print it out to keep for future reference.

District Resource Teacher Directory:

Assessment - Tracy Olander x6370

BTSA (Regular Ed) - Leah Saunders x6403

BTSA (Special Ed) - Brooke Noble x6420

Cross Curricular CCSS - Ani Asaro x6427

Cross Curricular CCSS - Kristin Gentile x6398

English Learners - Linda Michaud x6306

Language Arts (Elementary) - Tammie Babbitt x6357

Math Resource - Beth Rackliffe x6304

Media Services - Janice Gilmore x6465

Technology - Noelle Suffield x6359

If you need Focus wall materials - contact Nancy Steiger x6387

Did you know?

Everyday Math has a Common Core bridge - the password is CCSS

Online curriculum resources, logins & passwords

Houghton Mifflin Reading, Medallion Edition

user name: firstnamelastname

password: teach 411

Everyday Math

username: your old district email address (it will still work)

password: you set it yourself, we commended using info411

If you need or want to re-register, the registration code is 8332E0A6

If you’ve changed schools, you can move your account yourself.

Step 1: Login

Step 2: Click on Online Games

Step 3: Click on Change My School

You may need to log out and log back in to have it take effect.

Science AND History/Social Science

Pearson's new Online Learning Exchange (OLE) was launched this Fall. This is the new digital path to access all of your Scott Foresman programs. You can activate your account here. Your school code is: 49-51-90

Fill in your information and click on Subscriptions to see your resources.

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Find time for these five lessons in 2014-15

Strong Passwords Students learn how to create secure passwords in order to protect their private information and accounts online.

Digital Citizenship Pledge Students work together to outline common expectations in order to build a strong digital citizenship community. Each member of the class signs a We the Digital Citizens Pledge.

You've Won a Prize! Students learn what spam is, the forms it takes, and then identify strategies for dealing with it.

How to Cite a Site Students reflect on the importance of citing all sources when they do research. They then learn how to write bibliographical citations for online sources.

Picture Perfect Students learn how photos can be altered digitally. They will consider the creative upsides of photo alteration, as well as its power to distort our perceptions of beauty and health.

UNIT ASSESSMENT - Check out this student-facing, interactive, summative assessment.

How to use Destiny

Access Destiny from home or work to reserve videos, DVDs, art prints, or core literature.

Quick start instructions for using Destiny.

Math Videos

Unit 4 (lessons 4.8 - 4.10)

· Metric Measurement (VHS-11 minutes)

Unit 5 (lesson 5.10)

· Rounding Numbers (DVD-10 minutes)

Unit 7

· Equivalent Fractions & Mixed Numbers (DVD-15 minutes)

· Weird Number (DVD-13 minutes)

Unit 9

· Decimals & Percents (DVD-23 minutes)

· Decimals & Equivalent Fractions (VHS-10 minutes)

Unit 11

· 3-D Shapes (DVD-15 minutes)

Just For Fun:

· Math Cure (VHS-30 minutes)

· Donald in Mathmagicland (VHS-27 minutes)

Three resources for you

Classroom Libraries

Many teachers like to purchase books for their classrooms that will serve as a mini-library right in their room. These books might be purchased with Scholastic Book Club points, at garage sales, or through discount online sites like Sometimes parents offer to purchase books for your classroom. Here are some recommendations for nonfiction books that align to STEM.

Reading levels listed provided by publishers.


Science Detectives by YES Magazine RL V

Burp! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Eating by Diane Swanson 1050L

George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt … by Lucy and Stephen Hawking 940L

Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope by Stephen Kramer 1040L

Micromonsters by Christopher Maynard 940L


Robo World: The Story of Robot Designer Cynthia Breazeal by Jordan Brown 1040L

Biomass: Feuling Change by Niki Walker 1090L

George Eastman and the Kodak Camera by Jennifer Fandel 620L

The Nexi Robot by Toney Allman 760L

Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta 910L

Science and Technology in the Middle Ages by Joanne Findon 1080L


Fantastic Feats and Failures by Yes Magazine 960L

Baffling and Bizarre Inventions by Jim Murphy 830L

Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World by Elizabeth Rusch

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Woman by Catherine Thimmesh 960L

Maker Faire by Kristin Fontichiaro and Samantha RoSlund

Pyramid by David Macaulay 1110L


That's a Possibility! A Book about what Might Happen by Bruce Goldstone

The Book Bandit: A Mystery with Geometry by Melinda Thielbar 490L

The Kids Guide to Money Cents by Keltie Thomas

Polar Bear Math: Learning About Fractions from Klondike and Snow by Ann Nagda and Cindy Bickel

Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School by Louis Sachar 670L

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander 600L

Start the Game: Geometry in Sports by John Perritano

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Real reading

4th grade students should be exposed to newspapers.

It's free! And you can print from it or show it on your big screen.

Union-Tribune NIE

Math Library Books

Don’t forget your school library has the following titles that align with your Everyday Math curriculum. Many of these titles are on the Math Resource shelf and aren’t allowed to circulate to students. As this is the last year of this math adoption these books will be integrated into the main collection in June 2015.

Wait ... there's more!

Reading Level Assessments

Is it time to start those running records again? There have been changes to the reading level assessments. If you happen to lose one of the reading record forms, student reading sheets, or the chart of levels and list of books, the entire package has been scanned and you can download all or part of it as a PDF.

District Website

The district website should be frequently used by all teachers. We are trying to put everything there, so that is the first place to start.

Here is a link to the 4th grade LMSVSD website resources

You'll need to login as staff with the password info411.

Janice Gilmore-See

This newsletter is written especially for you by the District Librarian. Please contact us at Instructional Media Services (IMS) with questions or concerns.