Welcome to Our Class Website! 

A Note from Mrs. Knode:

I am thrilled to teach 4th grade again this year at Alvey Elementary! I have been teaching for 19 years and received my Elementary Education degree from Elon University in NC. I believe in getting kids out of their seats, moving around the room, and engaging their minds and bodies through music and dance!  I look forward to sharing my love of Reading, Writing, Math, Science & VA History with your children.  Lastly, I hope to inspire my class to find small ways every day to show kindness to each other, through their words as well as their actions. I hope my students can "be the reason someone smiles today!"

Mrs. Knode's Distance Learning Office Hours:
Wednesdays 12:00-1:00pm

4th Grade Home Learning Choice Board Week of 4/13-17

Important Announcements:

As we prepare to move to a review model of distance learning activities beginning 3/23/20 for a period of time, I will be posting links to activities here!  As this is obviously a very new and unique situation to our school and county (and world!), please be patient.  We do not know when assignments will begin yet, nor do we have due dates or info about how grades/tests will be given on online content. All of our focus right now is on keeping everyone's children safe while still being able to deliver learning information to them so they can continue to read, learn and develop their skills.  Thank you for keeping this in mind as we navigate this new style of learning together!

New PWCS Site: Home Learning

Exciting news!:  AR is now accessible from your home! :)  A link with AR directions is here: AR Directions from home.docx

Math: choice boards will be posted to review what we have learned about fractions so far in our Fractions Unit packet in binders, utilizing videos in our Useful Links section of this page and extra support through Khan Academy lessons.  For now,  you can keep practicing using Dreambox--  fraction lessons have been assigned--so begin by clicking on that calendar icon!  Xtra Math can also be used to practice multiplication facts & division.

1) Multiplication & Division Printable At-Home Tool Kit: below is a link to a free printable tool kit that you can build with your child to give them a non-screen dependent way to practice these math skills. 

2) Telling Time with Clocks! One area I have observed many students are in need of practice, as they have been signing in and out to use the bathroom, is using the clock to tell time.  Take advantage of this time to have your child practice reading a clock. Below is a link to a free printable clock practice resource as well look in our measurement file under the useful links tab for some videos on time and elapsed time.
Math Aids- printable Time practice pages

3) Origo at Home Math Links:  our new Math Book program this year has created some home practice for 4th Grade with Multiplication at the following link: 
Origo Home Math Links

Language Arts/Reading/Writing:  choice boards will include a combination of Benchmark, Khan Academy (for grammar lessons), and other supplemental videos may be assigned or accessed through Discovery Education (all 3 can be accessed through Clever) and/or the Useful Links area of this website.
Below are some fun & interactive ways to enjoy reading & books at home that have come available (and free for the time being...) while we experience this school closure. Any colorful text **should** be a live link you can click to explore the site! (some things are changing daily!):

1) Authors offering read alouds online: this is a great comprehensive list of links to videos of authors of books of all ages who are reading their books aloud for kids to enjoy at home. **A great follow up/review activity**--have your child write the main idea of the story or write a short, 2 sentence summary of the story they just listened to!

2) Scholastic Learn at Home: Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families.

3) Parent's Guide to Using Picture Books with "Big Kids"!: don't overlook those short picture books...your child has not "outgrown" them! Take a look at (or maybe print out!) this handy link below to a parent guide  to activities and discussions you can have after reading picture books that will have you feelin' like a teacher in NO time! :)

Parent Guide to using Picture Books.pdf

4) Book Flix:   Scholastic site with many read alouds: 

Book Flix Link

username: alvey
password: flix

5) Flocabulary: our class LOVES Numberock at Math time---well, Flocabulary is like Numberock times 100!!!  You may get an email soon about joining to your school email account, but for now, you can go to this site: www.flocabulary.com/join-class 
and enter the class code:  
once you join, you should be able to search any song in any subject area! Enjoy!

6) Writing: Personal Narratives are a great skill for us to review. Below there is a link for a "WRITE Menu" of ideas for writing different personal narratives.  Use it to inspire you! Begin a writing journal to keep your sentence skills sharpened (remember your "Sentence SWAG!"--capitalization & punctuation!) If you need a refresher on what makes a great personal narrative, you can re-watch our step-by-step instructional videos in the useful links section in the writing folder! 
personal narrative WRITE menu.pdf
Does Your Sentence Have SWAG - Class Poster

7) Bedtime Stories with Josh Gad (the voice of Olaf!):  Actor Josh Gad has been reading bedtime stories each night via twitter! By clicking this link, you can watch the readings of Olivia Goes to Venice, The Giving Tree, The Day The Crayons Quit, & Hooray for Diffendoofer Day. A new story is planned for each night!  Fun fact--most of these books will have an AR quiz you can take! Be sure to look and see!

VA Studies-Choice boards will include review lessons on all units covered so far this year. Civil War lessons  will be assigned in Discovery Education. Our next Unit, Reconstruction, will begin when Civil war is completed.

Science: Choice boards will include review lessons on all units covered so far this year. Lessons will continue to be added to Discovery Education to go along with our Unit packet in binders. 

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Parents Please Note:

- I will be uploading our weekly newsletters and any study guides to the "Files and Documents" tab. Hard copies of Weekly Newsletters will come home in your Monday Alvey folders- don't forget to sign the blue signature page!  Hard copies of study guides will come home in Monday folders or binders with info about test/quiz dates written in student agendas.  (Please be patient with your child!  They are learning this process! Soon it will be second nature to them.)


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 8:00  8:15
 LA/Math Morning Work
 8:15  9:15  VA Studies/Science
 9:15  10:00  Specials
10:00  10:05  Snack/Bathroom Break
 10:05  10:50  Core
10:50 11:50  Math 
 11:50  12:25   Science/VA Studies
 12:25  12:28  Bathroom Break
12:28  12:58  Lunch 
1:00  1:15 Read aloud
 1:15  1:45 Recess
1:45 2:40  Language Arts
2:50 Agendas, Dismissal


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