Learning From Home: Monday March 23rd

Dear 4A Students and Families,

I hope you are all well and had some time in the sun this weekend.  We begin week two of at home learning.  Ms. Benson, Ms Corrigan and I will continue to look for ways to improve this experience.  We have appreciated your feedback and support.  This week, we are going to have a similar format to last week. We have four days of work planned, and we will leave Friday as a flex day. So, feel free to complete everything on a timeline that works for you.

FYI: This week the students will take their spelling test on Spelling City on Friday. Thank you for making sure the students have no support sheets when they do this lesson.  Thank you.

It was so great to see everyone on the Friday Zoom call! It was a bit chaotic, but I loved seeing all of you! We will continue to do a weekly Zoom calls to check in, and hopefully build in some lessons. Stay tuned for this week’s days and times.

This week Ms. Benson and I will be putting a plan into place for the Oral Biography Presentations…more to come…


In an attempt for me to be a “guide on the side,” I will be posting videos to my webpage each week. These will accompany the day’s reading lessons. You’ll find the link along with the day’s reading instructions. https://reading.holyrosaryws.org/category/4th-reading/

If this link for some reason doesn’t take you directly there, copy and paste in a new window. It’s a good idea to bookmark the page! I’ve been working hard to plan these reading lessons to be more user-friendly so the children can be more independent. If you have any questions, please let me know. mcorrigan@holyrosaryws.org

Here is the printable PDF to print for today’s tasks: March 23rd

Monday video from Ms. Simpson:Monday March 23 Video

Here are some of the usernames and passwords of sites we will use regularly:

Monday, March 23, 2020

Before you start please start with a prayer like we do in class AVE MARIA click and pray with Señora Brodahl:

LETS PRAY AVE MARIA with Sra. Brodahl 


What to do!

Reading 1

Figurative Language Project: Idioms

  • Idioms are sayings that have both a literal (exact) and figurative (understood) meaning.

  • Watch this short video about idioms. https://vimeo.com/12236342

  • The students in the video have been given an idiom and they have drawn a picture of the literal (exact) meaning of the idiom and then they will explain the figurative (understood meaning) of the idiom.

  • This video is provided by WatchKnowLearn.org. The direct link to the video can be found here

  • Record some of the idioms and their figurative meanings on paper for reference later.

  • idioms-for-kids

Summative Assessment

  • Complete an Idiom Art Project

    • Select an idiomatic expression such as “You let the cat out of the bag” from the list attached PDF, or any other idiom.

    • On a blank sheet of paper, draw a representation of the literal expression of the idiom on the left and a representation of the figurative meaning of the expression on the right.

    • The assignment is worth 10 pts: 5 for the literal and 5 for the figurative interpretation.

    • Once completed, take a picture of it or scan it and send it to Ms. Corrigan: mcorrigan@holyrosaryws.org 

    • Also, Save this completed assignment with the rest of your completed assignments.

Reading 2

20 minutes silent reading: Read a chapter book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.


Lesson 5: Simplest Form (pages 511-516)

Watch BrainPop video: Simplifying Fractions


Second video lesson:


Teacher Tip! Simplifying fractions is also called reducing fractions. Remember your factor work! If you can divide the numerator and denominator by the same factor, that is the key to reducing/simplifying fractions. If you can find the greatest common factor, you only need to divide the numerator and denominator one time. You will never divide JUST the numerator or JUST the denominator. They are a package deal! You must divide them both by the same factor.


Chapter 3; God’s Commandments continued


  • You will be expected to be able to fill in missing words from memory of the Ten Commandments.  Here are study sheets for this test:


  • Reread pages 93-97

  • Read pages 98-102.

  • Pay close attention to page 99, especially what each Commandment means.

  • Review the 10 Commandment study sheet

Language Arts

  • Spelling: Review words for the Friday spelling test: Lesson 8

    • Use Spelling City for Lesson 8 word practice today.

    • You will receive a packet with some spelling activities on Wednesday.

Ongoing things to work on ANY time. These tasks are not due today. None of these have to be done TODAY.

  • Oral Biography (final presentation due date TBD). Be planning on how you will present from your house!
  • Freckle assignments

  • Xtra Math

  • Scholastic News

  • Science PLTW Activity 3: The Brain in Action (complete by Friday, 3/27)

  • Practice Memorare

  • Practice your recorder
  • Visit Mrs. Helling’s art site and complete an art project (optional)