April 30, 2020

Howdy Fourth Graders!

I’m looking forward to seeing your faces this afternoon. If we were together at school today, you would have Library with Mrs. Rivers. Check out her blog today to find a library activity to try.

Today is the last day of April, which is National Poetry Month. Many of you will work to revise, edit, and publish a poem during the next week or so. I’d like to find a way to celebrate and share them, even though we aren’t writing them in our classroom together.


  • Google Meet this afternoon at 2:00.
  • We will try doing an online Mad Libs activity, and will talk about inventors and inventions.


Activities for THURSDAY

Schedule for this week: Grade 4 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of 4_27_20

An estimation practice sheet: Estimating Products

Two “quick-reads” on plants:

A plant Scavenger Hunt activity:


April 29, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday, Fourth Graders!

Would you wonder what it’s called when poets use the same letter or sound at the beginning of each word? Hint: look back at Monday’s activities.

Do any of you recognize this painting? We have a poster of it in our classroom, and it’s also from our virtual field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday. It’s called “View of Toledo” by an artist called El Greco. He painted it in Spain around 1599-1600. I first saw this painting in a book when I was in fourth grade, and I’ve always liked it.

If we were at school today, you would have PE with Coach Sadie. Check out her blog today to find some ways to get your body moving at home.


  • Google Meet TOMORROW at 2:00pm.
  • We’ll continue our virtual field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York today.


Activities for WEDNESDAY

Schedule for the week: Grade 4 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of 4_27_20

Four newsELA articles for you to choose from; read one (or more) today, take the quiz, and check your answers. They are about:

2 Revision activities for poetry (try one today and one tomorrow): 2 Poetry Revision Activities

A rounding activity to try with a partner: Rounding Activity for April 27, 2020

April 28, 2020

Bonjour, Fourth Graders!

It was great to see lots of you yesterday at our Google Meet. Next time we may try something different–a game or maybe a drawing activity with Ms. Neal.

If we were at school today, you would have Music and Chorus. Check out Mrs. Renauld’s blog to try some Music activities at home.

There’s a new read-aloud video of A Wrinkle in Time in Classroom today. We’ll start paying more attention to the setting of the story–when and where it happens.

Today you’ll also have a virtual field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. I hope you enjoy starting to explore this ENORMOUS museum online.


Activities for TUESDAY

This week’s schedule: Grade 4 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of 4_27_20

Instructions for writing a “Bio-Poem”: bio-poem-template

Four diagrams about plants. Choose 2 to study today:

Printable multiplication flashcards to practice your 8s and 9s facts (if you like this better than Xtra Math):

Two rounding practice sheets; choose one or do both:

April 27, 2020

Greetings Fourth Graders!

I hope you found some fun this weekend! If we were at school today, you would have Art with Ms. Neal. Try an art activity from her blog today.

This week we’ll continue to study plants in Science. Our focus in Math will be reviewing how to round and estimate. In our read-aloud, we’ll shift to focus on the settings as well as the characters we’re studying in A Wrinkle in Time.

News and Reminders:

  • Google Meet this afternoon at 2:00.
  • Think about a ROSE (something that’s going well for you), THORN (something that’s bothering you), and BUD (something you’re looking forward to) to share in our Meet.
  • Your specials teachers miss you! Some of them may sneak into our Google Meet today.

See you soon!


Activities for MONDAY

Schedule for this week: Grade 4 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of 4_27_20

This week’s Reading Log: Grade 4 Reading Log

Two Lexia Skill-Builders to choose from if you like them better than Lexia online:

A poetry activity on Alliteration and Assonance: AlliterationAndAssonance

A graphic organizer to use when you re-read The Wonderful World of Plants: grph_orgzr_ask_answer_questions

The instructions to an Everyday Math game, “Product Pile-Up”:

April 24, 2020

Happy Friday, Fourth Graders!

I hope your week of remote learning has gone well so far. I know it probably looks different in each of your homes. By now I imagine that you have new routines and patterns at home. I still post the morning message to be published each morning at 8:30 because I imagine you rushing down the hall to come into our classroom at that time.

Today your writing assignment is to write me a letter or email. You can tell me anything you like, and I promise to write back. The assignment includes my mailing address. My email address is baker[at]leverettschool.org, or you can submit it through Google Classroom.

I miss you all, and look forward to hearing from you! I hope you find some fun this weekend!


Activities for FRIDAY

Schedule for this week: Grade 4 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of 4_20_20 (1)

The details and an optional graphic organizer for the letter-writing assignment: Letter Writing Assignment

The directions and record-sheet for “Subtraction Target Practice”:

April 23, 2020

Konichiwa Fourth Graders,

My backyard is putting on its fanciest party clothes these days. It’s wearing flowers in many colors and playing beautiful birdsongs.

You might be thinking, “what?!” I just described my backyard as a poet, using something called personification. It’s what poets do when they write about animals and objects as if they were humans. You’ll learn more about it in today’s writing activity.

This afternoon we have a Google Meet at 2:00. Here are topics we’ll chat about:

  • Check-in: how are you doing?
  • Birthday circles for Ari and Zeb
  • Questions about the school closure and anything else

See you soon!


Activities for THURSDAY

Our schedule for this week: Grade 4 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of 4_20_20 (1)

Two new place value practice sheets to choose from:

April 22, 2020

Happy Earth Day, Fourth Graders!

Today is a chance to think about how we appreciate and care for our home planet. Cora and I plan to pick up trash while we go for a walk in our neighborhood today. Will you do anything special for Earth Day?

Today is also a day with some big news–that schools in Massachusetts will stay closed for the rest of the school year. Many other states have already made this decision. We’ll talk more about it during our next Google Meet, tomorrow afternoon at 2:00.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow! Below are your printable activities for today. If you login to Google Classroom, you’ll find these as well as some online-only activities.


Activities for WEDNESDAY

Our schedule for this week: Grade 4 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of 4_20_20 (1)

2 Lexia Skill Builders to choose from (if you like these more than Lexia online):

Two poetry activities to work on today and tomorrow: Personification Exercises

An Everyday Math place value activity: Place Value Activity for April 20, 2020

A planning sheet to make a Science vocabulary poster: Vocabulary Poster Planning Sheet

  • To make this poster, you’ll use the e-book The Wonderful World of Plants, which was shared with you yesterday
  • You’ll choose a word from the glossary and use it to plan a vocabulary poster like the ones we’ve done in class this year

April 21, 2020

Ahoy ahoy, Fourth Graders!

I hope you had a restful long weekend. Can you believe we had snow and 60-degree weather all in one weekend?

Yesterday was Patriot’s Day, a holiday that is observed in Massachusetts to commemorate the battles of Lexington and Concord. You’ll learn more about those battles when you study the American Revolution in sixth grade.

All your assignments are available today in Google Classroom. The printable parts are also available below. If you’re having trouble printing things, please let Kate or I know!

News and Updates:

  • Happy birthday, Zeb! We’ll have your birthday circle during our next Google Meet!
  • Our next Google Meet will be this Thursday afternoon at 2:00.
  • The LES Get Moving Challenge continues this week! Here are the details: LES GMC Log


Activities for TUESDAY

Schedule for this week: Grade 4 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of 4_20_20 (1)

Reading Log: Grade 4 Reading Log

2 Place Value Activities to choose from:

2 sets of printable multiplication flash cards to practice with (instead of Xtra Math):

Learn to write a 5-Senses Poem: 5-Senses Poem Planning

A printable e-book to preview: plant_life_3-4_nf_book_-_m


April 17, 2020

Happy Friday, Fourth Graders!

Owl alert! This one is on a vase that was made more than 2,400 years ago in ancient Greece! Can you believe it’s lasted so long? When we aren’t social distancing, you could visit this one at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, about 2 hours from here.

News and Updates:

  • There will be no remote learning on Monday because it’s Patriot’s Day here in Massachusetts. Take a minute to explore this link and find out why we celebrate Patriot’s Day.
  • Our Google Meet schedule will be Monday and Thursday afternoons at 2:00. Monday’s will be cancelled and I hope to see many familiar faces on Thursday!

Today’s learning activities are posted below and in Google Classroom. I hope you find some fun over the three-day weekend.

– Ms. Paglia Baker


Activities for FRIDAY

Our schedule for the week: Grade 4 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of 4_13_20

Directions for the Everyday Math game “Fishing for Digits”: Fishing for Digits

Two Lexia “Skill Builders” that you can choose instead of using Lexia online:

Instructions for building a “Seed Copter” to see how traveling seeds work:

A weekly reflection like what we do at school: Weekly Reflection_ April 17, 2020

April 16, 2020

G’day, Fourth Graders!

I found this picture of an owl carving from ancient Egypt yesterday. It was made around 2,400 years ago(!) and is now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Since many museums have virtual tours right now, maybe we could go on a scavenger hunt for owl images. What do you think?

This afternoon we’ll have our second Google Meet at 2:00. If you’re not sure how to access it, or are still having tech troubles, have an adult email Mr. Mwangi and I this morning. We’ll do our best to help you!

If you can, be ready to show or tell us about something you’ve been working on since school has been closed.

See you this afternoon!


Activities for Thursday

Weekly schedule: Grade 4 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of 4_13_20

Another Area & Perimeter practice sheet: Area & Perimeter 2 w:Answer Key

A multiplication drill (if you like this better than Xtra Math): Multiplication Drill 4

A Science book about “traveling seeds” to read: plant_life_3-4_focus_book_traveling_seeds

A poem to read before going on a walk today: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/54679/forest-walk

  • On your walk (or when you get home), write a list of ideas for poems.
  • They could be from what you notice outdoors, or what you’re thinking about as you walk.


Activities from earlier this week that you may choose to return to today:

Area Review w:Answer Key

Perimeter Review w:Answer Key