Mrs. Stec

Welcome to our 4th grade class! Your son or daughter is part of a vibrant learning community where individual differences are highly valued and students are encouraged to collaborate. I look forward to learning and growing with your child!

Contact Information

 
Contact Information:
4 & 5 Grade Center
510 Jefferson Street
East Greenville, PA 18041

Office Hours: 8:05 - 3:25

Phone: TBD

Room 202
E-mail: kstec@upsd.org

 

 

Follow our class on Instagram!: @fourthgradestec

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Mrs. Stec

My Family

I grew up in a loving family of six consisting of my mom, dad, and three sisters. My family has always been very close and to this day, I call my mom to and from work. I attended the Council Rock School District and graduated high school in the year 2004. My husband, Ed, and I are high school sweethearts and have been together since we were 17 years old. Ed proposed at our favorite pizza place and we married on July 13, 2013. Skip ahead three years later and we welcomed our first child on October 30, 2016. We named him Nolan and he is the love of our lives! Nolan loves to learn new things and we enjoy watching him grow! We are also proud to announce that we are expecting our second child on September 7, 2019 and Nolan will be gaining a sister!  Family has always and will always be a top priority in my life!

My Education

I attended Bloomsburg University and graduated with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education in the year 2008. After graduation, I was hired at Marlborough Elementary in August of 2008 and have been here ever since! I continued my education at Holy Family University where I earned my Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist. From there, I earned my Master’s Plus 30 additional credits at Gratz College where I learned a lot of useful strategies to help with classroom management and cooperative learning. Each year is a brand new experience creating lifelong memories I will never forget!

My Favorites

Food: Pizza

Candy: Take 5 candy bars

Gift: Dunkin’ Donuts Gift cards

Activity: Spending time with friends and family

Color: Blue

Classroom Item(s): Sanitizing Wipes, Tissues, Dry Erase Markers

Quote: "A teacher plants the seeds of knowledge, sprinkles them with love and patiently nurtures their growth to produce tomorrow's dreams."

And the list goes on and on… :)

Our Schedule

Our Schedule 2019-2020

8:35 - 9:00 Homeroom & Morning Meetings

9:00 - 9:40 Special

9:45 - 11:10 Reading with Stec

11:10 - 11:40 Recess

11:40 - 12:10 Lunch

12:15 - 1:45 Math with Steinman

1:45 - 2:35 Science or Social Studies with Steinman

2:35 - 3:20 Writing with Stec

3:20 - 3:30 Dismissal Process

Specials 2019-2020

Day 1: Art

Day 2: Library

Day 3: FLITE

Day 4: Gym

Day 5: Music

 

 

Succeeding in Fourth Grade

How to Succeed in 4th Grade...

  • Read for 20 minutes every night.
  • Keep your binder organized.
  • Have a quiet place at home to do homework and study.
  • Complete your assignments and return them to school on time.
  • Be... Respectful, Responsible, Resilient, Safe, and Kind.


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. Please explore the link below to see what your child will be doing in ELA!



To structure our ELA time, I use components of the Daily Five.

The Daily 5

It won’t be long until you hear your child talking about “The Daily Five.” The purpose of this letter is to inform you on what The Daily Five is all about, so you understand how your child’s literacy block is structured.

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 5 components of the Daily Five.

  • Read to Self
  • Work on Writing
  • Read to Someone
  • Listen to Reading
  • Word Work

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.

As you can see, I am excited about giving your child the opportunity to be involved in a structure that will have a positive effect on their education.

Please think of our classroom as you visit garage sales or clean your own child’s bookcase. It is my goal to make our classroom library as appealing as your favorite bookstore for browsing.


Mrs. Steinman

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. Beth Steinman. Mrs. Steinman comes from Hereford Elementary and will be giving your child all of their Math, Science, and Social Studies instruction this year. Any specific questions regarding Math, Science, and Social Studies can always be directed to her at bsteinman@upsd.org.

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

https://www.upsd.org/fs/admin/site/pages/913

Assignments

Parents/Guardians:

Please join my REMIND texts! 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 each morning.

To subscribe to my REMIND texts, please follow the two simple directions below!

1.  Enter this number as the recipient of a new text message:  81010  This is the number you will be texting.

2.  Text this message to the above number:  @stec201

You should receive an automatic reply back welcoming you to my class.  If you have never used this program before, it will then ask you to reply with your full name. PLEASE USE YOUR CHILD'S FIRST AND LAST NAME.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe to my text updates, text "HELP" and it will give you instructions to stop the messages.

Useful Links

Worldbook On-line

Kids Spell

  • Use this to help practice your spelling words. It counts towards your spelling contact as long as you print your work.

Spelling City

  • Use this to practice your spelling words. It counts towards your weekly spelling contract as long as you print your work.


Use this link to practice your multiplication facts:


Long division sites :

1. Khan Academy video 1

2. Khan Academy Video 2

3. Long Division Powerpoint

4. Integer Division Calculator to check your answers

Find GrampyFind Grammy

Cookies for Grampy

Listen to English translated to Lenni Lenape (Algonquian)

Panama Canal live webcam

Ben Franklin's interactive armonica

Ben Franklin is Awesome!

Ben Franklin's inventions

24-Math-Game practice

13 Colonies Map Game

The Declaration of Independence in "simple" English

The Constitution in "simple" English

Bill of Rights in "simple" English

Names of All Kinds of Polygons

Calculate your grade out of 100%

ReadWriteThink.org - Student Activities

Oath of United States Citizenship

Philadelphia in the early 1700's (Colonial painting by Peter Cooper)

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm

http://www.mathcats.com/explore/age/calculator.html

"Fifty Nifty United States" song

Syllables Factory - count the number of syllables in words

Tom Sawyer Syllables Game - break up words into syllables

3 Gymnopédies

Incredibox.com

Bop It Music

The Area Game

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!" :)

Hockey Place Value game

Mr. Nussbaum's Rounding Game


http://www.math-drills.com/multiplication/multiplication_facts_to_144_zeros_005.html

Free graph paper to print out! Click here.

Mr. Nussbaum's Math Games

https://jeopardylabs.com/play/prime-number-jeopardy2

14 Best scary stories for kids Boo! Happy Halloween!

Virtual Base Tens Blocks website - click here.

http://www.mathplayground.com/multiplication04.html

Online Dreidel Game

http://www.fun4thebrain.com/beyondfacts/lcmsnowball.html

http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/DogBone/gamebone.html

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/math/index.ht


Classroom Supplies

Below are a list of the classroom supplies specifically for Mrs. Stec'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