Mrs. Hower


4th Grade Rocks!

Welcome to Mrs. Hower's 4th Grade!


Contact Information:
Upper Perkiomen 4th and 5th Grade Center

510 Jefferson Street
East Greenville, PA 18041

Room 208

E-mail: nhower@upsd.org

Phone: TBD

Follow my class on Instagram!: @mrshower4


How to Succeed in Fourth Grade:
1. Read for 20 minutes every night
2. Keep your binder organized
3. Have a quiet place at home to do homework and study
4. Complete your assignments and return them to school on time
5. Be... Respectful, Responsible, Resilient, Safe, and Kind

Meet Mrs. Hower

 

Hower

Hello! Welcome to Mrs. Hower's 4th grade! I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year! Please allow me to introduce myself...
 
I graduated from Shippensburg University in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and then received my Master's Degree from Wilkes University in Classroom Technology. I also completed a certification through University of Phoenix to further my education in the many uses of classroom technology. This is my 13th year teaching in the Upper Perkiomen School District and I absolutely love it here! I spent five years in 3rd grade and this will be my eighth year in 4th grade! I'm excited for the move to the Upper Perkiomen 4th and 5th Grade Center and can't wait to see all of the opportunities this building provides for our students.
 
 
 
My husband Nate and I live in the Reading (Exeter) area with our daughters, Peyton, Kendall, and Avery as well as our 10 year old dog, Colby. Peyton is turning 8 years old and will in second grade this year. She loves cheerleading, track and field, drawing, and really enjoys school! Kendall is 5 and is so excited to start kindergarten this year! She takes after her mommy and loves playing soccer as well as singing and dancing! Avery is 1.5 and is just the sweetest toddler! She's happy all the time and rarely gets upset! Her favorite activities are dancing, listening to Baby Shark, and trying to keep up with her big sisters!

 

When I am not chasing after the girls, I love to read, play soccer, as well as spend time with my family and friends. I am a Penn State and Navy football fan, and I also enjoy watching the Syracuse Orange basketball team. I am obsessed with all things related to the Women's National Soccer team and try to get to a game whenever they are in the area! Chocolate is my weakness and I could probably live off of Snicker's Bars, Peanut M&Ms and Almond Joys!

Girls

Peyton

Kendall K

Avery A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework/Parent Info

Please click on the link below. It will take you to a Google Doc which is updated daily with our homework assignments as well as classroom reminders.

 

Homework Link

Click here for Meet the Teacher Presentation
 

 

 

Your next Social Studies test is Wed, Nov. 20, 2019.  It is on the mini-unit called "William Penn's Colony". Use my Quizlet to also study for tests! They match the paper study guide.

https://quizlet.com/33313432/flashcards

*THIS WILL BE THE LAST SOCIAL STUDIES UNIT UNTIL AFTER PSSAs. WE WILL BE MOVING ON TO SCIENCE AFTER THANKSGIVING BREAK!*

    

Class Schedule

Our Daily Schedule 2019-2020
8:35-9:00 ~ Homeroom
9:00 - 10:30 ~ Math and Guided Math
10:30-11:10 ~ Special
11:10-11:40 ~ Lunch
11:40 - 12:10 ~ Recess
12:15 - 1:45 ~ ELA with Mrs. Weinsteiger
1:45 - 2:25 ~ Writing with Mrs. Weinsteiger
2:25 - 3:05 ~ Science or Social Studies
3:05 - 3:20~ Homeroom
3:20-3:30 ~ Dismissal
 

 

 
 
Special Schedule 2019-2020
Day 1: Music with Mrs. Goslin
Day 2: Art with Mrs. Conway
Day 3: Library with Mrs. Avanzato (Remember your library books!)
Day 4: FLITE with Mr. Lippincott
Day 5: Phys. Ed. with Mr. Pinto (Remember to wear sneakers!)
 
 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 25 - Friday, November 29~ No School, Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 25 & Tuesday, November 26~ Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, December 20~ 3 hour early dismissal

Monday, December 23 - Wednesday, January 1~ No School/ Holiday Break

Mrs. Weinsteiger

ELA

 

One big change at the Upper Perkiomen 4th and 5th Grade Center will be the departmentalization of our teaching staff. I am so excited to introduce my teaching partner to you, Mrs. Kristen Weinsteiger. Mrs. Weinsteiger comes from Hereford Elementary and will be giving your child all of their ELA (reading and writing) instruction this year. Any specific ELA questions can always be directed to her at kweinsteiger@upsd.org.

For more information about Mrs. Weinsteiger, please visit her webpage at the link below!

 

Mrs. Weinsteiger's Page

Helpful Links

 

Math LinkS

"Everyday Math" online component and student-login:

Here is the link to get into Connect Ed from home. Remember your login:

https://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login....

Username:M or H or A (your school pin number)

Login: m or h or a (your school pin number)

Prodigy (Class Code C4A849) https://www.prodigygame.com/

XtraMath: https://xtramath.org/#/signin/classroom_other

Fact Practice

1. Division fact practice:

https://www.mathplayground.com/division01.html

2. Quick division fact practice:

https://www.multiplication.com/games/play/quick-fl...

3. Basic Fact flashcards:

https://www.factmonster.com/math/flashcards

4. Division Games:

https://www.multiplication.com/games/division-game...

5. Multiplication Games:

https://www.multiplication.com/games/all-games

 

Unit 3 Games

1. Equivalent Fractions

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fractions/equivalent_fractions_shoot.htm

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fractions/memory_equivalent1.htm

2. Fractions on a number line

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fractions/AnimalRescueFractionsNumberLineGame.htm

3. Ordering fractions

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fractions/Balloons_fractions1.htm

4. Comparing fractions

https://www.mathplayground.com/fractions_compare.html

https://www.fractions4kids.com/comparing-fractions-pirate-game/

5. Decimals

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/decimals/DecimalModels10.htm

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/decimals/CompareDecimals.htm

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/decimals/BalloonPopDecimals1.htm

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/placevalue/FS_place_value_decimal.htm

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/decimals/scooterQuestDecimal.htm

 

 

 

 

Unit 4 Review Games

 

1. The first three games on this site are great multiplication practice for our unit test

https://www.splashmath.com/multiplication-games-fo...

https://www.mathplayground.com/multiplication05.ht...

http://www.math-play.com/multiplication-games.html

2. If you still need help with basic facts, this flashcard game will help!

https://quizlet.com/6075993/flashcards

3. Find the area of complex figures!

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-3/find-the-area-of-...

 

4. If you think you're ready for the test, you can play 24 online!

https://www.mathplayground.com/make_24.html

Unit 6 Review Games

1. Long division (choose the level you'd like to work on)

 

https://www.funbrain.com/games/math-mountain

2. Long division (many games to choose from)

 

 

https://www.splashmath.com/division-games-for-4th-...

 

3. Create an angle

 

https://www.mathplayground.com/alienangles.html

4. Identify angle measurements with a protractor

 

 

https://www.mathplayground.com/rocket_angles.html

5. Find the missing angle

 

 

https://www.mathgames.com/skill/8.85-complementary...

 

 

 

Science

Circuit Interactive Games-

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/revision/Scie...

Make an Electromagnet:

 

https://mocomi.com/what-is-electromagnetism/

 

https://sciencebob.com/make-an-electromagnet/

 

Science PSSA Practice Test 1:

 

https://goo.gl/forms/HHdRQurwEbyL9U5W2

Science PSSA Practice Test 2:

 

https://goo.gl/forms/eyohlNe7MfXqmBEh2

Science PSSA Practice Test 3:

 

http://edinformatics.com/timss/pop1/scipop1.htm?su...

April Phases of the Moon Calendar:

 

https://www.calendar-12.com/moon_calendar/2019/april

Science Webquest Links:

 

https://www.natgeokids.com/au/discover/science/space/the-phases-of-the-moon/

https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/dr-marc-moon-phases/en/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4ZHdzl6ZWg

https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/10836

https://www.ducksters.com/science/phases_of_the_moon.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classroom Supplies

Supplies

 

Below are a list of the classroom supplies specifically for Mrs. Hower's 4th grade class. A comprehensive list of supplies for all the fourth grade teachers can be found on the Upper Perkiomen 4th and 5th Grade Center homepage. Thank you in advance for sending these supplies in with your child on the first day of school!

  • (2) yellow highlighters
  • #2 pencils (sharpened already if possible). Disposable mechanical pencils work great too.
  • (1) pack of 12 colored pencils
  • (1) box of 12 crayons
  • (1) red pen
  • (4) Fine point, unscented dry-erase markers
  • (1) Clean Old Sock (for dry erase boards)
  • (2) glue sticks
  • Pair of earbuds/headphones (these do not need to be new!)
  • (1) 1.5 inch 3-ring binder (not trapper keeper type)
  • (4) binder folders with pockets (holes already punched)
  • (2) pocket folders
  • (1) zippered pencil pouch with homes to fit in front of binder

 

*Items that would also be helpful in our classroom would be: (2) family size boxes of tissues, a container of sanitizing wipes, a pack of wide-ruled notebook paper, gallon sized ziplock bags, and a pack of index cards

 

 

 

 

 

Scholastic Book Club

Book Club


Scholastic Book Orders are a great way to enhance your child's personal library at home. Book orders will be distributed several times throughout the year. Please keep in mind, these book orders are 100% optional! To order, you can fill out an order form and have your child bring a check, payable to Scholastic Book Club, into school, or scholastic has now made it convenient to order online. If you choose to order online, our classroom code is FMG6K. Thank you!

Curriculum

Math

We use Everyday Math as our math program. This is great because there is an online component! The students and parents have access to the textbook, homework pages, tutorials, and games. Students will have a math journal which is where we do our classwork. They will have a Homelinks book which is where their homework sheets are located. Each day that we have math, your child will rip out a Homelinks page and put it in their homework folder. Both workbooks usually stay at school so they do not get lost or forgotten.

https://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do

The pin is your child's 6 digit lunch number

Student username will be in the following format: mpin# ex: M123456

Student password will be identical to their username except the letter is lowercase : Mpin# ex: m123456


ELA

"The best way to become a better reader is to practice each day, with books you choose, on your just-right reading level. It soon becomes habit"-Gail Boushey and Joan Moser--the Daily 5

"Reading" is now referred to as ELA, which stands for English Language Arts. It includes reading and writing

Benchmark Literacy

The elementary schools have adopted a new reading curriculum called Benchmark Literacy.

To structure our ELA time, I use components of the Daily Five, with my own "tweaking" to make it fourth grade appropriate.
The Daily Five is a way of structuring the reading block so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as well as help foster children who love to read and write. Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of students.

The components of Daily 5 (plus my additions) are listed below.

  • Read to Self
  • Work on Writing
  • Listen to Reading
  • Word Work
  • What Would You Do (a writing component)
  • Read and Respond (focusing on non fiction text)

There are very specific behavior expectations that go with each Daily 5 component. We will spend our first weeks working intensely on building our reading and writing stamina, learning the behaviors of the Daily 5 and fostering our classroom community. I will also spend time learning about your child’s strengths and greatest needs as a reader in order to best plan for each student’s instruction.

Your child will be taught to select “Good Fit Books” or books they can read, understand and are interested in, which they will read during Daily 5. They will be spending most of their time actually reading, which research supports as the number one way to improve reading. I anticipate the motivation and enjoyment of reading will skyrocket when this gift of choosing their own books is accompanied by extended practice and specific reading instruction for each individual child.


Science

Units of Study:

• Ideas & Inventions
• Magnetism & Electricity
• Earth, Moon, & the Sun
• Water…and much more!

Our Science Units are:
• Driven by Core Curriculum Standards

Science Involves:
• Cooperative Groups
• Hands on learning – Through Experiments
• The Scientific Method




Iron Pigs

 

Iron Pigs Logo

Save the Date for our 8th Annual Iron Pigs Night Out! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

 

Our 7th annual Iron Pigs Night Out was a huge success! We didn't let the weather get in the way of our fun! Thank you to my students and families for helping to make this tradition a continued success! What a great way to kick off summer vacation!Iron Pigs Sign

 

 

Classwork