- Our Class 2019-2020
- Meet Mrs. Deitrich
- Contact Information
- School Supplies
- Calendar and Menu
- Succeeding in Fourth Grade
- Special Schedule
- Daily Schedule
- Social Studies
- Great Links for Kids
- Fourth Grade Books
- Family Field Trips
- My Dog Chelsea
- Iron Pigs Night
- Mrs. Deitrich's Wish List
Meet your new 4th grade classmates for the 2019 - 2020 school year at the 4th and 5th Grade Center!
- Tyler C.
- Vera F.
- Landon G.
- Abigayle G.
- Joseph G.
- Victoria G.
- Silas H.
- George H.
- Andrew I.
- Alexander K. S.
- Michael M.
- Jackson M.
- Devyn M.
- Corbin N.
- Carson P.
- Joshua R.
- Brooklynn S.
- Ryleigh S.
- Trinity S.
- Krisalee S.
- Robert W.
- Sophia Z.
About Mrs. Deitrich...
So, what do you want to know about me???
- I was born right next to Central Park in New York City! Yes, I'm a native-New Yorker!
- I moved to Pennsylvania when I was three years old, and grew up mainly in Delaware County.
- I graduated from Marple Newtown High School in Newtown Square, PA.
- I have always been a worker. As a kid, I had a paper-route, did babysitting, washed cars, shoveled snow, baled hay and cleaned out horse-stalls on a horse-boarding farm, and then I worked at the Newtown Square, PA McDonald's all through high school.
- I went to the University of Pittsburgh for my freshman year of college, and then I transferred to Penn State University main campus where I decided to major in Elementary Education because I knew I wanted to work with kids. I did my student-teaching in State College Area School District. After graduation, I was lucky enough to get hired by Upper Perk in the summer of 1988.
- Mr. Wayes was my first principal at the old Red Hill Elementary School. I taught first grade and second grade there. Two years later, Red Hill School and Green Lane School merged to form the new Marlborough Elementary School, which opened in September 1990. I taught at Marlborough from September of 1990 until June 2019, and I was a fourth grade teacher there from 2008 - 2019. This year, I am delighted to be teaching fourth grade at the new Upper Perkiomen 4th and 5th Grade Center, with Mr. Vigilante as our current principal.
- During my first five years of teaching, I went to graduate school at Villanova University at night and during summers to earn my Master's Degree in elementary school guidance counseling. I did my elementary school counseling internship at Marlborough, and Mrs. Malloy was my mentor. Many of your parents/relatives may remember Mrs. Malloy - their amazing school counselor. She has been retired for awhile, but she and I are still very close friends.
- I met my husband Walt Deitrich at a Penn State Alumni function in June 1994. We hit it off pretty well, especially since we both went to Penn State, and we were both finishing up our master's degrees at Villanova University. We were married in August 1996. Walt works in the treasury department for PPL in Allentown.
- We live in the Parkland School District area of western Allentown. Walt and I have two children. Alexandra is 21 years old and Chris is 18 years old. Chris is in 12th grade at Parkland High School. He loves basketball! He plays, referees, and keeps score in several basketball leagues/teams. Chris also likes watching his beloved Red Sox and Celtics, earning money at his part time job as a waiter in an Italian restaurant, and playing with our dog, Chelsea. Our daughter, Alex, loves to play piano, sing, act, listen to just about any kind of music, and snuggle with our dog, Chelsea. In August 2019 Alex will start her fourth and final year of college at the Eastman School of Music (at the University of Rochester) in Rochester, NY. She is studying music-education. She is excited to start student teaching in January 2020, and she dreams of someday teaching music in a public school, and then at the university level.
- As for me, I am starting my 32nd year of teaching this September 2019. Wow! Hard to believe! I love teaching fourth grade! Fourth graders are AWESOME! My favorite subject to teach is Pennsylvania history! Pennsylvania history IS American history! My hero is Ben Franklin because I admire the cunning and diplomatic role he played in helping our country win the Revolutionary War. I'm also studying early Dutch colonial history. This year at the 4th and 5th Grade Center, I will be teaching my class all subjects.
So, now you know all about me. What about YOU???
Say hello and keep in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Mrs. Melissa A. Deitrich, M.Ed.
Position: 4th Grade Teacher, Room 213, Upper Perkiomen 4th and 5th Grade Center
Phone: 215-679-6288 Ext. 4213
Upper Perkiomen 4th and 5th Grade Center
510 Jefferson Street
East Greenville, PA 18041
School Hours: 8:15 AM - 3:35 PM
Signing up for text messages:
1.Text my class code @2kc989 to the phone number 81010.
2.Reply to the text messages from the Remind team.
2019 "Meet the Teacher" Night Slides: Click HERE.
Mrs. Deitrich's 4th grade class 2019 - 2020: My personal list of preferred school supplies.
We know that many families enjoy shopping as they look forward to a new school year, and teachers often receive questions regarding recommended school supplies. Due to space limitations and to help you avoid making unnecessary purchases, here is a list of important items for fourth graders to have in my classroom this school year:
(1) 1-inch spine 3-ring binder. In the binder please have (3) separate binder folders w pockets - ones that already have 3 holes punched in them for use in a binder. You can label these folders ahead of time: (a) Notes to Parents (b) Homework (c) Marked Papers
(1) plastic supply box
(2) blue gel or ballpoint pens
(2) red gel or ballpoint pens
(1) pack of white (not pink) polymer erasers
(1) small bottle of white liquid glue (no glue sticks needed)
(1) 1-subject notebook
(4) pocket folders to keep in your desk: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow (made of paper or plastic, and metal tabs do not matter) Yes, these are in ADDITION to the folders that should be in your child's 1-inch spine binder.
(2) yellow highlighters
(2 dozen) #2 pencils (sharpened already if possible)
(1) pack of 12 colored pencils
(1) box of 12 to 24 crayons
(3 or 4, at least) *FINE-point* dry-erase markers - all black, or at least DARK colors
(1) eraser for your dry erase board (*An old sock is good for this too, and I will provide the actual dry-erase board)
(1) Pair of earbuds/headphones (these do not need to be new!)
(2) family size boxes of tissues
UPSD 4th & 5th Grade Center October 2019 Menu
Tuesday, Oct. 15: 4-5 PTFS Meeting: (3rd Tuesday of Month at 4:00 PM)
Saturday, Oct. 26: UPSD Trunk or Treat at UPHS (district wide event)
Tuesday, Nov. 19: 4-5 PTFS Meeting: (3rd Tuesday of Month at 4:00 PM)
Saturday, Dec. 7: UPSD Holiday Bazaar at UPMS (district wide event)
Tuesday, Dec. 17: 4-5 PTFS Meeting: (3rd Tuesday of Month at 4:00 PM)
March 30 – April 3: 4-5 Center Book Fair
Thursday, April 2: 4-5 Center Open House Evening
Thursday, May 7: 4-5 Center Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Monday, June 1 & Tuesday, June 2: 4th Grade Field Trips to Harrisburg
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - Mrs. Deitrich's Iron Pigs Night at Coca Cola Park
Deitrich 2019 - 2020 Special Schedule
Day 1 – Music with Mrs. Goslin
Day 2 – Art with Mrs. Conway
Day 3 – Library with Mrs. Avanzato
Day 4 – F.L.I.T.E. School (technology) with Mr. Lippincott
Day 5 – Phys. Ed. with Mr. Pinto
- Specials for Deitrich: 9:45 – 10:25
- We only have a 5-day schedule now, not a 6-day schedule.
2019 – 2020 Daily Class Schedule
8:35 - 8:50 Homeroom/Morning Work, Meetings, etc
8:50 - 9:40 English and Language Arts: Guided Reading or Writing
9:45 - 10:25 Special
10:30 - 11:10 English and Language Arts: Shared Reading
11:10 – 11:40 Recess
11:40 – 12:10 Lunch
12:15 – 12:30 English and Language Arts: Read Aloud
12:35 – 2:00 Math
2:00 – 2:50 Social Studies or Science (2 PM working snack)
2:50 - 3:20 English and Language Arts: Word Study
3:20 - 3:25 Prepare for dismissal
3:25 – 3:35 Walkers dismissed, then bus kids dismissed as buses arrive
Cool video on ounces, pounds, and tons! :)
Xtra Math website: (use your PIN which is in your assignment book)
Factors and Multiples song:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Practice all 144 multiplication facts!
- Shuffle- Play
- Turn the volume off
"Everyday Math" online component and student-login:
Here is the link to get into Connect Ed from home. Remember your login:
Username:M (your school pin number)
Login: m (your school pin number)
Skills to be tested on the Unit 1 Math Assessment:
I. Place Value
- the value of a digit in a number. Ex. What’s the value of the 5 in 1,259?
- understanding which place-value-column (up to the millions ) a digit is located in
- expanded form. Ex. 384 = 300 + 80 + 4
- comparing numbers (>, <, =)
- rounding numbers
- Rounding to estimate within a word problem
Intro to place value video: https://www.khanacademy.org/math/early-math/cc-ear...
Place Value games - all are great!
Rounding numbers games – all great!
Estimating in word problems:
- Solving standard addition problems, with and without regrouping
- Estimating the answer first, then calculating the actual answer
Video about addition with regrouping:
Addition with regrouping math games:
- Solving standard subtraction problems, with and without regrouping
- Estimating the answer first, then calculating the actual answer
Video about subtraction with regrouping:
Subtraction with regrouping games:
- Converting yards to feet, and visa versa
- Converting feet to inches, and visa versa
Inches to feet game:
Yards to feet game:
- Identifying angles (right, acute, obtuse)
- Finding the perimeter of a square or rectangle
Video about angles:
Video about perimeter:
2019 - 2020 Home Reading
Safe websites to research your famous Pennsylvanian:
1.All-around research site libraryspot.com
3.Edutainment site—requires subscription www.brainpop.com/
4.General info research www.infoplease.com/yearbyyear.html
6.Internet research sites for kids http://ivyjoy.com/rayne/kidssearch.html
7. DK Findout https://www.dkfindout.com/us/
8.Math, reading, arcade edutainment www.funbrain.com
9.National Geographic for kids kids.nationalgeographic.com/
10.Nova video programs www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova
11.Research for kids www.factmonster.com/
12.Research—chapters on subjects http://www.worldalmanacforkids.com/
14.School Tube—learning videos from YouTube. Organized by topics http://sqooltube.com/
15. Ducksters: https://www.ducksters.com/
16.World Book Online (subscription required) www.worldbookonline.com/kids
17. Safe search kids: https://www.safesearchkids.com/kids-search-engines/#.XNLlUY5KhPY
18. Kidtopia: https://www.kidtopia.info/
19. Wikipedia - just be careful - technically - it's a blog - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wik
1. A TON of grammar practice games to prepare for the PSSAs
2. Try some PSSA-style Math and Language Arts (also Science for the 4th grade Science assessment) questions here (click the Achiever!icon and select 4th grade demo):
3. A great site to practice some of your reading strategies!
4. Vocabulary Games
Common Lit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 5th-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter the collection by genre.
* Parents, please be aware that we will have spelling tests every other week, and, this year we will NOT be doing our Benchmark Literacy spelling units in numerical order (Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3...) Instead, we will be "jumping around," doing units based on the TYPE of words. So just ignore the name/number of the unit, and focus on the type of words they are. Thank you!
Here are your new spelling words below. Your spelling test is on Friday, November 15, 2019. Study hard! :)
Unit 26: Words with prefixes: uni-, bi-, tri-
1. united – (adjective) involving people or groups working together to achieve something
2. biweekly – (adjective) happening every two weeks, or, happening twice a week
3. trilateral – (adjective) involving three groups or countries
4. unicorn – (noun) an imaginary animal that looks like a horse and has a straight horn growing from the middle
of its forehead
5. bisect – (verb) to divide (something) into two equal parts
6. unique – (adjective) very special or unusual, unlike anything or anyone else
7. triple – (adjective) three times bigger in size or amount
8. universal – (adjective) done or experienced by everyone; existing or available for everyone
9. trivet – (noun) a short metal stand used for holding a hot dish
10. bifocals – (noun) eyeglasses divided into two parts that help a person to see
things that are nearby and things that are far away
* There will also be a spelling grammar quiz with related word skills, conventions, and sentences to write/edit using these spelling words/rules.
Your next Social Studies test is Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. It is on the unit called "Woodland Indians of PA." Use my Quizlet to also study for tests! They match the paper study guide.
The link is here: https://quizlet.com/57016878/flashcards
Tips for using www.quizlet.com
1. Turn on your volume.
2. On the lower left hand side, where it says "Options," choose "Audio: On," and, "Answer with: TERM."
3. You can hit "Play" and the cards will flip and progress automatically.
4. You can hit "Shuffle" to see if you can answer the flashcards out of order.
Parents, please join my REMIND text messages. I use this app to keep parents/guardians updated on test dates and important events.
Also, check your child's assignment book daily. Students will write their assignments in their assignment book each day. That is the best way to keep on top of what's going on in class and what the homework assignment is.
Great educational and fun websites to check out!
Syllables Factory - count the number of syllables in words
Tom Sawyer Syllables Game - break up words into syllables
Reading Rainbow Video - "Snowy Day - Poems and Stories"
Prime Numbers - a very long list. How many can you memorize??
PSSA Rap "What you do today will determine tomorrow!" :)
Storia - read books online for FREE! Great for Home Reading Logs!
Chinese Jump Rope -- Where to buy it: Amazon.com
Mr. Nussbaum's Rounding Game
Free graph paper to print out! Click here.
14 Best scary stories for kids Boo! Happy Halloween!
Virtual Base Tens Blocks website - click here.
Long Division Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udITQLSBvV4
Long Division Powerpoint (Dad, Mom, Sister, Brother, Rover):
Latitude and Longitude Online Games:
Some great books and Book series for 4th graders...
(various reading levels)
• Louis Sachar (author)
• Clementine Series
• Judy Moody series
• My Weirder School series
• Geronimo Stilton series
• Gordon Korman (author)
• Jerry Spinelli (author)
• Cam Jansen series
• A to Z mysteries (series)
• Help! I'm Trapped In.... Series
• Who Was...? (biography series)
• Guinness Book of World Records
• National Geographic nonfiction books
• The Fourth Stall series
• Harry Potter series
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
• The Last Dragon series
• Mike Lupica (author) books
• Hardy Boys series
• Percy Jackson series
• Andrew Clements (author) series
• Origami Yoda/Darth Paper series
• Dan Gutman (author) books
• Indian in the Cupboard series
• 39 Clues series
• Big Nate series
• Beverly Cleary (author) books
• Artemis Fowl series
• Judy Blume (author) books
• Main Street series
• Stranded series
• Monster High series
• How to Eat Fried Worms
• E. B. White (author) books
• Dear Dumb Diary series
• Pet Trouble series
• Babysitters Club series
• Magic Treehouse series
• Bailey School Kids
• I Survived series
• I Survived Middle School series
• Goosebumps series
• Ripley's Believe It Not series
Pennsylvania’s educational resource center to learn about the Lenape (Delaware) and other American Indian tribes.
2. Lower Swedish Cabin - Drexel Hill, PA
This is an actual Swedish Cabin built in approximately 1640 by the Swedes who were the first permanent European settlers of what is now Pennsylvania. Why not stop for a visit on your way to a Philadelphia professional sporting event? It's right on the way!
3. Pennsbury Manor - Morrisville, PA
A reconstruction of William Penn’s home on 43 acres of peaceful green space in Bucks County, Pennsylvania along the Delaware River. The Manor is furnished with an outstanding collection of late 17th- century furniture and objects, while the outbuildings contain reproductions that allow visitors to experience history through demonstrations and hands-on activities.
* Charter Day (Pennsylvania's Birthday): March 10, 2019 - THE ONE DAY A YEAR ADMISSION IS FREE! :)
Pennsbury Manor welcomes one and all to celebrate the birthday of Pennsylvania for FREE. Spend the afternoon with William Penn and the people of Penn’s time and enjoy the sights and sounds of 17th-century daily life. Colonial craftspeople, dressed in period clothing, will be demonstrating blacksmithing, joinery, and beer brewing. A wonderful display of 17th-century foods will be offered by the cooks, who will be on hand to explain the process of open hearth cooking. Take a tour of the Manor House with costumed interpreters and stop and see the role-players reenact “Voyage of the Welcome,” the voyage of 1682 when William Penn and other prospective colonists traveled to Pennsylvania on a ship called The Welcome. Charter Day is a fun day filled with activities for the entire family and it’s free.
4. Daniel Boone Homestead - Birdsboro, PA
A historical site that tells the story of Daniel Boone’s youth in Pennsylvania’s Oley Valley and shows daily lives of the region’s 18th-century settlers.
5. Hopewell Furnace - Elverson, PA.
Hopewell Furnace showcases an early American industrial landscape from natural resource extraction to enlightened conservation. Operating from 1771-1883, Hopewell and other "iron plantations" laid the foundation for the transformation of the United States into an industrial giant.
6. Goschenhoppen Historians, Red Men's Hall - Green Lane, PA
The old “Red Men's Hall,” a former fraternal lodge built by the Improved Order of Red Men in 1907 houses the facilities of The Goschenhoppen Historians. Inc.The Goschenhoppen Folklife Museumand the Country Store Museum, all located within the building, are devoted to presenting the heritage of the historic folk region called "Goschenhoppen", an 18th century name still used locally. Open Sunday afternoons April through October, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., the two museums provide friendly docents to assist visitors and answer questions. Red Men's Hall is also home to The Folklife Libraryand an early blacksmith's shop. Spend a Sunday afternoon immersed in the history and folk culture of historic Goschenhoppen. Visits are welcome by appointments and other times. Call 215-234-8953 or email: email@example.com for more information.
7. Goschenhoppen Historians 53rd Annual Folk Festival,
Antes Plantation - Perkiomenville, PA August 9 & 10, 2019 http://goschenhoppen.org/goschenhoppen-historians-...8. The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
The Franklin Institute (named after the noted American scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin) is a museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States, dating to 1824. The Institute also houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial.
9. The John Bartram House and Garden, Philadelphia, PA
A National Historic Landmark House and Garden. The homestead of John Bartram (1699-1777), America's first botanist, co-founder of the American Philosophical Society, and a towering figure in colonial Philadelphia's scientific community. Today, it is America's oldest living botanical garden. The 45-acre site on the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia features Bartram's original 18th century home and farm buildings, historic botanical garden, wildflower meadow, water garden, freshwater wetland, parkland, river trail and a museum shop.
10. Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC
This destination is not in Pennsylvania, however it may be a good stop for those of you who vacation in the Outer Banks... Go see the 76th annual live theatrical performance of "The Lost Colony." This play is about the lost colony of Roanoke Island. Manteo, North Carolina.
More to come! :)
~ Mrs. Deitrich
Chelsea's first birthday, April 5, 2015
"Down With Class Participation Grades" by Melissa Pandika
"The Curse of Cursive” by Jessica Bennett
Interesting perspective on whether teaching cursive is worth the instructional time in this day and age. No matter what though, I still require my students to write their name and date in cursive on all papers.
“Are We Raising a Generation of Helpless Kids?” by Mickey Goodman
A very eye-opening article about us "helicopter parents." It makes me think twice about some of my own choices as a parent. Sometimes we need to let our kids fail now, while the stakes are low.
"The Truth About Teaching" "curated" by Brandon Weber
A funny blog post that definitely has a lot of truth to it regarding my perception and the world's perception about my job as a teacher.
"Random Bedtimes Breed Bad Behavior In Kids" by Nancy Shute
We parents learn the hard way that late bedtimes make for cranky kids the next day. A study shows that inconsistent bedtimes may have a greater effect on children's behavior.
"How To Miss a Childhood" by Rachel Macy Stafford
A poignant article about how we all may be missing the wonderful moments of our children's lives due to our own distractions by modern technology.