Hello! Welcome to Mrs. Diffenderfer's fourth grade class!
Office Hours: 8:05-3:30
The best way to reach me is by email or through the Bloomz App.
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Upper Perkiomen 4th & 5th Grade Center
School Supplies List for the 2021-2022 School Year
Dozen #2 pre-sharpened pencils
1 Small hand-held sharpener
1 Pack of 12 Colored Pencils
1 Box of 12 Crayons
1 Pack of Markers
1 Red Pen (4th Grade Only)
4 Durable Folders with preferred colors of: Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow
1 Pocket Folder with Fasteners (4th Grade Only)
2 One Subject Notebooks
2 Yellow Highlighters
3 Large Rectangular Erasers
1 Pair of Student Scissors
5 Unscented Dry-Erase Markers
1 Small Dry-Erase Eraser (an old sock works well, too!)
1 Glue Stick
1 Zippered Pencil Pouch- (Please no pencil boxes)
1 Pair of Earbuds/Headphones - (These do not need to be new and please place in a labeled ziplock bag)
(Optional) Computer mouse to use with district issued chromebook
*Other Items that would also be helpful in our classrooms would be: family size boxes of tissues, a container of sanitizing wipes, a bottle of hand sanitizer, a box of gallon zip-lock bags, and a pack of wide-ruled notebook paper.
We hope this list of suggested supplies will assist you when making your “Back to School” selections. We are looking forward to a rewarding school year. Thank you for your support!
Fourth & Fifth Grade Center Staff
Hello! I am happy to be your teacher! Let me tell you a little about myself.
I have been teaching at Upper Perk since the year 2000. I taught the gifted program for one year, but otherwise have spent all of my time teaching first fifth and then fourth grade. Before I became teacher, I was a social worker. I received my teaching degree and my Master's Degree from West Chester University. I was a waitress all through college at Pizza Hut and I still love their pizza to this day!
I live with my husband, son, and granddaughter. We live in a town called Stowe which is about 30 minutes from school. I also have a step-daughter named Paige who is a nurse who lives nearby. My granddaughter's name is Isabella, and she is seven years old. I also have an 4 year old old grandson named Turner and a soon to be 2 year old granddaughter named Marin. I love spending time with them all!
I like to travel, listen to music (especially country), go out to dinner, dance, and go to yard sales and flea markets. I love plants and animals! In the spring and summer I can be found out in my gardens during my free time. I grow all types of flowers, but some of my favorites are poppies, cone flowers, peonies, and hydrangeas. I have a lot of house plants too! I enjoy taking care of them when I can't be outside in my gardens. My biggest hobby is photography! I love taking and editing photos!
A few favorites:
Favorite subject to teach--math
Favorite book series--The Hunger Games
Favorite Children's Movie--Matilda
Favorite Children's book--Because of Winn-Dixie
Favorite place I've been--Italy!!
Favorite wild animal--deer
Favorite snack--soft pretzels
I can't wait to learn about your favorites!
It's best to eat a healthy breakfast at home, but if you eat breakfast at school, please get your breakfast and report directly to homeroom. This will keep missed class time to a minimal amount. We do important activities in the morning, so it is best that they miss as little of this time as possible.
Please ONLY bring snacks on the approved list. (Perhaps keep in on your refrigerator)
Eat your snack neatly and please clean up after yourself.
Students may get a drink anytime the teacher is not directly instructing.
Please bring a reusable water bottle labeled with your name each day. We do not have fountains in the room.
Students use the bathroom signal and try to avoid asking during direct instruction. One boy and one girl may go at a time.
Please make every effort to make sure your come to school each day. You wouldn't believe the amount of learning you miss when you are gone! Parents: If your child is absent, please send an excuse note on the day they return, or better yet, email it the day they are out! You can email to to the office and also cc me at email@example.com . If you would like missed work for your child, please email the morning of his/her absence and tell me who to send it home with. I'll do my best!
How to Succeed in in Fourth Grade:
Be kind to others.
Complete your assignments and return them to school on time.
Work hard--put forth your best effort!
Participate and become involved in class.
Read 20 minutes each night.
Be a team player.
Study your multiplication facts!
We love to celebrate student birthdays! No food treats are permitted for birthdays due to allergies, however there are other ways to celebrate if you would like. You can send in special pencils or erasers, little party favors, stickers etc. Another good idea is to have your child donate a picture book to the class. We will read the book on his or her birthday and then keep it in the class library.
If you have any questions about birthdays, please feel free to email me.
In order to reach Imagine Math, students will need to log into Clever, using their "active directory" account.
User name: up\s###### (up/s followed by pin number/lunch account number)
Password: ###### (pin number)
1. Division fact practice:
2. Quick division fact practice:
3. Basic Fact flashcards:
4. Division Games:
5. Multiplication Games:
Unit 3 Games
1. Equivalent Fractions
2. Fractions on a number line
3. Ordering fractions
4. Comparing fractions
Unit 4 Review Games
1. The first three games on this site are great multiplication practice for our unit test
2. If you still need help with basic facts, this flashcard game will help!
3. Find the area of complex figures!
4. If you think you're ready for the test, you can play 24 online!
Unit 6 Review Games
1. Long division (choose the level you'd like to work on)
2. Long division (many games to choose from)
3. Create an angle
4. Identify angle measurements with a protractor
5. Find the missing angle
Circuit Interactive Games-
Make an Electromagnet:
Science PSSA Practice Test 1:
Science PSSA Practice Test 2:
Science PSSA Practice Test 3:
April Phases of the Moon Calendar:
Science Webquest Links:
We are starting a brand new social studies this year! Instead of a text book, students will receive a magazine for each unit. It is called HMH Into Social Studies. We will primarily be learning about the regions of the United States this year. Listed below are the main units:
Unit 1 What is Geography?
Unit 2 The Northeast
Unit 3 The Southeast
Unit 4 The Midwest
Unit 5 The Southwest
Unit 6 The West
Unit 7 How Americans Live
Unit 8 Pennsylvania History
Practice all 144 multiplication facts!
Set the Quizlet to:
- Shuffle- Play
- Turn the volume off
"Everyday Math" online component and student-logins have finally arrived!!
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
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:
RATING PERIODS, ATTENDANCE CUT OFF,
PROGRESS REPORTS DATES2018-2019
Progess Reports Available through Skyward on:
Number of days in trimester
@ 10:30 pm
11/19 & 11/20
@ 10:30 pm
3/7 & 3/8
*Progress Reporting dates subject to change.
4th Grade Approved Snack List 2017-2018
Snack: Students need a bit of time each day to rest and recharge. For this reason, we have snack each day. We ask that the snack be from the approved list below. It is our goal for students to learn healthy snacking habits, and therefore eat snacks that are low in added sugar and fat. This list also helps us avoid allergens as well as squabbles over snacks.
3.Sliced fruit or vegetables
4. Healthy granola bars
7.Goldfish Crackers (whole grain)
Math--students may have a practice page in the Home Links book or a review sheet for a test. Students should practice multiplication facts on a regular basis.
Social Studies and Science--Homework is not normally given in these classes unless projects or classwork are not finished in the allotted class time. If students don't finish classwork, then it will become homework. Students will be given study guides for tests and will need to study when a test is upcoming.