• Welcome to Room 12
    2020-2021


    Welcome to Room 12. In fourth grade, your student will be learning many new skills
    and building on what they have previously learned. We will continue to work on
    the multiplication facts memorized in third grade. We will expand our writing from
    one paragraph to five paragraphs. We will study California's history from Native
    Americans to the Gold Rush. This is the year that students are expected to take more
    responsibility for their own work and success.

    ONLINE ETIQUETTE
    Distance learning requires some of the same rules we use in a classroom. We wait
    our turn when wanting to speak, we use kind words when we do speak, and we listen
    carefully. Please minimize background noise. Students will be muted if needed.

    STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
    Students will keep track of their own books, supplies, and materials. Please provide
    a safe space for your child to work and keep materials safe from others.

    ATTENDANCE
    Regular attendance is very important. It can be difficult with internet connection
    problems, device problems, and other family obligations. We will practice patience
    with ourselves and others to make the best of a difficult situation.

    HOMEWORK
    1) Read every day for 20 minutes.
    2) Math homework will be given 3 - 4 times per week.
    3) Practice math facts 10 minutes a day (see below) until memorized.
    4) Do not stress about homework. Just do your best, but do not spend more
    than 30 minutes on a math sheet. Put it away and try another day.

    MATH FACTS
    Continue to memorize all multiplication facts up to 10 x 10. Your child should know
    basic addition and subtraction facts (what makes 10, how to add doubles, how to
    regroup, and how to subtract across zeroes. This must be practiced frequently
    until memorized.

    MULTIPLICATION
    In fourth grade, we learn double-digit multiplication using place value (box method
    and partial products). Do not expect it to look like the algorithm older students use.

    ON LINE SKILL BUILDING (i Ready)
    When iReady becomes available, 40 minutes of math and 40 minutes of reading
    should be completed each week.

    SUPPLIES
    Your child will need scissors, crayons, and a glue stick at home. Wide-ruled writing
    paper (binder paper) will also be needed.

    MUSIC AND PE
    Your student will receive separate lessons from the Music and PE teachers.

    COMPUTER PROBLEMS
    If you have any computer problems, please contact the Antioch Unified Help Desk
    at 925-779-7676 or email them at helpdesk@antiochschools.net

    AERIES PORTAL
    Please sign up for the Aeries Portal. Instructions are available on AUSD's website.
    www.antiochschools.net

    KIMBALL WEBSITE
    From Kimball's website, you can click on my name to access my webpage. I will keep it
    updated with information about assignments, helpful websites, class codes, and other
    needed information.

    I am sure we will all have many questions and frustrations with distance learning. I,
    too, am learning how to navigate Microsoft Teams and other computer programs.

    The best way to contact me is through email at karenvargas@antiochschools.net.

    Sincerely,
    Karen Vargas