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Mrs. Laura Kovatch, Fourth Grade

Hi! My name is Laura Kovatch and I teach fourth grade Language Arts and Science. This is my eleventh year here at St. John Fisher, and I feel so lucky to be part of such a wonderful school community. Outside of school, I love to travel and spend time with my family, especially my beautiful daughter Katelyn. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year together! 

Week 3 Assignments

Posted on Mar 30, 2020

4th Grade Week 3 Assignments

 

As mentioned in Mrs. Nash's message last week, we will be providing a “schedule” of assignments to be done throughout Week 3 to help pace the work being assigned.  Instead of listing all the work to be done in each subject for the whole week, we have divided the subjects onto different days. Also starting this week, work will be a combination of paper and pencil and digital assignments. Students should sign-in to Google Classroom whenever necessary to complete any assignments or questions that are posted there.  Obviously feel free to move through the assignments in a way that works best for you and your child. Please reach out if you have any questions!  We are here to help! 


 

Monday

Math-In Google classroom, watch the video on equivalent fractions and then do page 335 in your ch.6 book.  If you can, download and print the fractions strips worksheet also found in google classroom. This just helps you to see fractions,  

-Complete SS 21

 

Science-Log-in to your Google Classroom account to complete the assignment:  

1. Watch the short video on different types of energy.  

2. Go through the slideshow on types of energy.

3. While going through slideshow, fill in the blanks on your Forms of Energy Note Sheet (included in materials dropped off to you-it will be the first page clipped with all your science information)

4.  You can share an example of energy transformation with us on Seesaw or Google Classroom!

 

Social Studies-Use each of the 5 Vocabulary Words (found on page 84 of your hardcover book – Lesson 3 of Unit 2) in a sentence (that you make up) and write these sentences in the Social Studies section of your Notebook.

· Study your Northeast Region Map

· Practice your NE Region States and Capitals using your blank Northeast Region Map

· Make your Northeast Region State and Capital Flashcards (*Remember to cut them out along the dotted lines into strips first. Then, fold each strip of paper on the solid lines to make your flashcards. Finally, separate your flashcards into 2 separate sets: the State Flashcards and the Capital Flashcards.)


 

Tuesday

ELA- 1.Rewrite each of these sentences correctly:

  1. winnie and penelope are the cutest dogs ever i love them alot?

  2. winnie and penelope eight all there food in one gulp

 

2. Log-in to Google Classroom to complete your Language Review assignment.

3.. Read and complete pgs. 192 and 193 in your Grammar Book.  When you have completed the pages, if you would like to check your answers you can click on the video link posted in Google Classroom!

 

Vocabulary--1. Start Unit 12 by reading the article “Extreme Forces of Nature” on pages 118 and 119.  *Don’t forget to read any captions and sidebars of information. **Try to predict the meanings of your new words by using context clues and your background knowledge.

2. Then complete the dictionary definition pages 120 and 121. Fill your vocabulary words into the example sentences.

 

Reading-Read the passage titled Deep-Sea Search (this passage can be found in your ReadWorks article packet) and answer the questions that go along with the Deep-Sea Search article in your packet (#s 1-8 and 1-5)

 

Spelling-Complete pgs 190 & 191 of Unit 29

 

Wednesday

Math- -Pg 336 1-14   

               -SS 23   

 

Science-  Log-in to Google Classroom to complete Part 1 of your assignment:

  1. Read through the Heat slideshow, watch the video, and complete the “Heat Questions” form.

  2. Read pg 1 of your Heat packet, titled “Heat Production” (in your materials that were dropped off) and answer questions #1-5.

 

Social Studies-Share 1 interesting fact that you learned from each section (A, B, C and D) of Lesson 3 in your hardcover book (this lesson can be found throughout Pages 84 - 91) on our Social Studies Google Classroom Page. *Important: If for some reason you are not able to share your 4 interesting facts from Lesson 3 on the Google Classroom page, please record your facts in the Social Studies section of your Notebook.

· Continue to study your Northeast Region Map

· Practice with your Northeast Region State and Capital Flashcards

*Enrichment/Additional Practice (Optional): You can also practice with your states and capitals using the “Stack the States” app if you have access to this app.


 

Thursday

ELA-1.Rewrite each of these sentences correctly:

  1.  will you go over their and get the ball i through 

  2. how many days til the weekend asked jacob

 

2. Log-in to Google Classroom to complete your Language Review assignment.

3. Read and complete pgs. 196 and 197 in your Grammar Book. When you have completed the pages, you can click on the video link posted in Google Classroom to check your answers!

 

Vocabulary-Complete pg 122.  You can log-in to Google Classroom to see a video if you’d like to check your answers. 

 

Reading-Complete Worksheet Pg. 107 in your new Review and Study Skills Packet (The title at the top is: Character – The title of the passage is: Paul Bunyan Travels the Country – #s1-5)

- Please share some information with us about your March Fantasy Book Report! Please share the title and author of the book that you read, your favorite character, your favorite part, what makes your book a fantasy book and how many stars you would rate this book with us in our Reading Class on Google Classroom.

-Please start looking for a poem that you would like to focus on for your April Book Report – the directions for the April Poetry Book Report will be coming soon!

 

Spelling-Complete pgs 192 & 193 of Unit 29

 

Friday

Religion- In Google Classroom, answer questions from chapter nine.

-Go to www.blestarewe.  ch 9 and take a practice quiz.

-Pray the Stations of the Cross and color each station.

 

Catch-Up-Finish up any assignments you need to from this week

 

Virtual Field Trip-Expedition 33 Commander Suni Williams floats through the International Space Station and gives those of us stuck on Earth a tour of the laboratories, observation deck, the crew’s sleep quarters and more. It’s fascinating to see our planet down below from the observation deck and to find out what life is really like on the station. https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/suni_iss_tour.html?mod=article_inline

 

 Assignments You Can Complete Each Day!

  • 15 Minute Daily Writing Challenge-Directions and prompts are posted on Mrs. Kovatch’s blog!

  • Work on Khan Academy or Reflex for 15 minutes. Remember, you can use playing cards, dice, dominoes, Legos, etc, to practice math.  You can practice fractions, decimals, and all basic operations.

  • Read independently for 15 minutes. 

  • Color your Lenten Cross each day that you keep your Lenten promise.

  • Pray an Our Father or Hail Mary each day and add your intentions for all the people who need our prayers.  Don't forget to be grateful and thankful for all that you have.

  • Check-in on Seesaw and share what you are doing with your teachers and classmates!

Writing Challenge Info

Posted on Mar 30, 2020

SJF 4th Grade Daily Writing Challenge

Keep your writing skills sharp by practicing daily.  Take the challenge and write for at least 15 minutes each day!

 

How It Works:

  1.  Find a spot to be your “writing spot”.  Look for a comfortable place without distractions where you can really focus on your writing.

  2. Choose your method for writing.  You can use the computer or a pencil and paper.

  3. Find the prompt of the day.  

  4. Set a timer for 15 minutes, or use a clock to figure out your end time.

  5. Start writing!  Challenge yourself to write until the time is up.  If you’d like to continue writing for longer, go for it!

 

Remember What You Have Learned! 

*Organization: -Intro, Body, Conclusion

                          -Main Idea and Supporting Details

 

*Ways to Make Your Writing More Detailed: -Strong Verbs

                                                                      -Amazing Adjectives

                                                                      -Awesome Adverbs

                                                                      -Specific Nouns

 

**You are all awesome writers, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with during this challenge! 

 

 Here are some ways that you can share your writing with me if you'd like:

-write a quick summary of your writing on the announcements page of our Google Classroom or on Seesaw

-have mom or dad help you email it to me or take a picture of it and email it to me.  

I’d love to hear from you!  Happy Writing!

 

Writing Challenge Prompts

Days 1-10


 

Day 1-Monday, March 30th

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall...which is your favorite season? Write about which season is your favorite and explain why.  Remember to try for 3 reasons with details.

 

Day 2-Tuesday, March 31st

Pretend our class is writing a book about favorite hobbies.  For your page in the book, explain your hobby to readers. Include why it is your favorite, a description of it, and tell others why they might enjoy it.  

 

Day 3-Wednesday, April 1st

Video Game or Board Game?  Which is more fun to play? State your opinion and include at least 3 reasons with details.

 

Day 4-Thursday, April 2nd

One day at school your teacher comes into the classroom, places a box on the floor, and leaves the room.  Suddenly, the box begins to move... Write a story about what happens next.

 

Day 5-Friday, April 3rd

Everyone has important people in their lives.  It might be a family member, friend, or teacher.  Think about all the important people in your life.  Pick one person who is especially important to you. Explain who this is and why he or she is so important to you. 


 

Day 6-Monday, April 6th

If you could visit anywhere on Earth, where would it be and why would you want to visit there?  What things would you do there? Give three reasons for your choice.

 

Day 7-Tuesday, April 7th

Restaurant or At-Home? Which is the best place to eat and why?  If you choose home, explain why and what some of your favorite meals are.  If you choose a restaurant, explain why and your favorite restaurant and meal.  State your opinion and support your thinking with 3 reasons.  

 

Day 8-Wednesday, April 8th

Everyone has an idea of what they would like to do when they “grow up”.  Think about the career you would like to have. Why would you like to have this career? Write about the career you chose and explain 3 reasons why.  

 

Day 9-Thursday, April 9th

Have you ever wanted to change the world? If you could change one thing to make the world a better place, what would it be?  Think about things you would change. Think about reasons you would change them. Write about the change you would like to make and why.  

 

Day 10-Friday, April 10th

Imagine you are told that you can invite anyone in the world to dinner.  This could be someone famous, someone from the past, or even someone important in your life.  Who would you invite? Write about who you would invite and why.

 

Seesaw

Posted on Mar 28, 2020

Hi Everybody!

For Seesaw: Please make sure that you are downloading the Class app. There is also a Family app, but that doesn’t allow for the students to post and see each other’s work or for us to see and comment.  Due to the current pandemic, Seesaw has created “home learning codes” which will allow students to use Seesaw while at home. They will be able to post in their journal, respond to activities, and view announcements. You can email me directly at lkovatch@sjfschool.net, if you still need your child’s personal home learning code or if you have any questions.  Thank you!

Week 2 Updates and Assignmnets

Posted on Mar 23, 2020

 

Hi Parents,

 

    I hope everyone is doing well.  Since our first week of e-learning has come to an end, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you do and for your continued support through this difficult and constantly-changing time.  Please know that I am available for any thoughts, questions, or assistance as we continue to move through this process.  

 

Some updates for you: 

-You can check out SJF’s Facebook and/or Instagram each day for morning prayer and pledge.

-Our art teacher, Mrs. Corley, has created an Instagram and a Facebook page where she will post fun and simple projects that the kids can complete at home.  Check it out on Instagram @artroom_sjf and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sjf.artroom.1.  

-SJF is hosting a Virtual Spirit Week next week!  Each day has a different activity or theme.   

Here is a list of the daily themes/activities: 

    *Monday-Pajama Day! ~Share a picture of you in your favorite comfy pajamas.

    *Tuesday-Let’s Read! ~Share a picture of yourself reading a book.

    *Wednesday-Work Out Wednesday! ~Share a picture of yourself being active: doing jumping jacks, playing outside, jumping rope...etc.

    *Thursday-Kindness Counts! ~Share a picture of yourself doing something kind, like helping a sibling or setting the table.

    *Friday-Fri-Yay, Fun Day! ~Get crafting! Share a picture of yourself crafting, drawing a picture, building something, or doing another creative activity.  

**Please send or tag pictures to the SJF media accounts.

 

       Finally, I wanted to “talk” to the kids and let them know that I have been thinking about them, miss them, and am proud of the work they have done this week.  I have been learning a lot about some new ways to help me connect with the kids more during this process. If you wouldn’t mind sharing my video message with the kids, I’d really appreciate it! This Screencastify video-making is new to me, so hopefully they (and you) won't hold this first one against me ??.  Here is the link: Hi, Room 212! Mar 20, 2020 2:38 PM.webm  

 

       Please reach out if you or the students need anything at all!  Take care!

 

Week 2 Assignments

 

Math

-Complete packet.  *This packet was originally intended to be part of our Aspire review. **The packet is intended to be done over the course of the week. 

-Practice Reflex, basic facts, and/or Khan Academy (geometry, fractions, decimals) for at least 15 minutes a day.

 

Religion

-Read Chapter 10 (pages 155-162) and complete activities.

-Continue with Lenten promises and coloring in your Lenten cross. 

 

English

-Complete Prepositional Phrases Worksheet in packet-Both Sides

-Complete paragraph of the week prompt: You can choose between “My Invention” or “Most Important Invention”   *Write final draft on looseleaf. **Feel free to do both prompts this week, write more than one paragraph for the prompts, and/or include a drawing! 

 

Science

-Complete “Read It” Activity and  fill in the chart with at least 3 facts about each type of energy.

 

Reading

-Complete Worksheet Pgs. 87, 88, 89 & 90 of Review & Study Skills Packet

-Read Winning the Vote and answer the questions

-15 minutes of reading each day

 

Social Studies

-Read Sections A-D of Unit 2 – Lesson 3 & answer the A-D questions in “S-L” format in notebook

-Practice with Northeast Region State and Capital Flashcards

-Study Northeast Region Study Guide Map

 

Spelling

-Complete Unit 28 (pages 184-187)

 

 

Work from Homework Directions

Posted on Mar 16, 2020

Due to the school closure, assignments have been prepared for the students to continue reviewing material and learning while at home.  Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for working with us through this process!

Week 1

Math

-Complete math packet. *The packet is intended to be done over the course of the week.  Please have your child work independently as much as they can.

-Practice Reflex, basic facts, and/or Khan Academy (geometry, fractions, decimals) for at least 15 minutes a day.

Religion

-Read Chapter 9 (pages 143-149) throughout the week and complete activities.

-Complete worksheet and color in the Lenten cross as you complete your Lenten promises.

English

-Complete pages 1-4 of adverb unit review packet (reviewing adverbs and good/well)

-Complete pages 114 and 115 in your vocabulary books and take unit 11 quiz independently

Science

-Read “What Happens When Objects Collide” (Front and Back) and complete accompanying questions.

Reading

-Complete Worksheet Pgs. 37, 47, 79 & 80 of Review & Study Skills Packet

-Read The Grasshopper and the Ant and The Lottery and answer questions for both

-15 minutes of independent reading each day

Social Studies

-Practice with Midwest Region State and Capital Flashcards

-Study Midwest Region Study Guide Map

-Complete the Unit 2 - Lesson 3 Vocabulary with pictures in notebook

Spelling

-Complete Unit 27 (pages 178-181)

 

Week 2

Math

-Complete packet.  *This packet was originally intended to be part of our Aspire review. **The packet is intended to be done over the course of the week. 

-Practice Reflex, basic facts, and/or Khan Academy (geometry, fractions, decimals) for at least 15 minutes a day.

 

Religion

-Read Chapter 10 (pages 155-162) and complete activities.

-Continue with Lenten promises and coloring in your Lenten cross. 

 

English

-Complete Prepositional Phrases Worksheet in packet-Both Sides

-Complete paragraph of the week prompt: You can choose between “My Invention” or “Most Important Invention”   *Write final draft on looseleaf. **Feel free to write more than one paragraph and/or include a drawing! 

Science

-Complete “Read It” Activity and  fill in the chart with at least 3 facts about each type of energy.

 

Reading

-Complete Worksheet Pgs. 87, 88, 89 & 90 of Review & Study Skills Packet

-Read Winning the Vote and answer the questions

-15 minutes of reading each day

 

Social Studies

-Read Sections A-D of Unit 2 – Lesson 3 & answer the A-D questions in “S-L” format in notebook

-Practice with Northeast Region State and Capital Flashcards

-Study Northeast Region Study Guide Map

 

Spelling

-Complete Unit 28 (pages 184-187)


 

Week of March 9th

Posted on Mar 09, 2020

I hope everyone had a terrific weekend!

Language Arts-We have completed our adverbs unit. We will review this week, and our test will be next Wednesday, the 18th.  We will continue working through unit 11 in our vocabulary books as well.  Our quiz will be on Thursday, the 19th.  In writing, we will continue working on the final copies of our Women’s History Month papers.  Final copies are due on Friday.  The students will also be finishing up their Google Slides this week, and we will begin presentations next week!  The students have really become experts on their important woman in history and are looking forward to sharing what they have learned with their classmates!

Science-We will continue learning about forces and energy.  This week we will discuss energy transfer and energy transformation.

Spelling-We are on Unit 26 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

This Week (and Next Week) At A Glance

Friday-Final Copies of Women’s History Month paper due and Unit 26 Spelling Test

Monday, March 16th-No School

Wednesday, March 18th-Adverbs Unit Test

Thursday, March 19th-Unit 11 Vocabulary Quiz

 

Have a wonderful week!  Enjoy South Side Parade weekend!

Week of March 2nd

Posted on Mar 02, 2020

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! We are definitely looking forward to some warmer weather this week, so that we can get outside for recess! I can't believe we are starting the third trimester! Report cards go home on Wednesday.  Please be sure to sign the envelope and return it to school on Thursday. 

Language Arts-This week we will discuss negatives and begin learning about prepositions.  Our Unit 10 vocabulary quiz is on Tuesday.  We will also be working on the rough drafts of our Women’s History Month reports.

Science-We will continue learning about forces and energy.  This week we will discuss gravity and friction and begin learning about energy transfer.

Spelling-We are on Unit 25 this week, and our test will be on Friday.

Have a terrific week!

 

This Week At A Glance

Tuesday-Unit 10 Vocabulary Quiz

Wednesday-Special Lunch

Friday-Unit 25 Spelling Test

Here are some pictures from Science last week.  We completed an activity called "The Moving Marble".  Students had to make a prediction, conduct an investigation, record data, and explain their findings.  

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