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Before and After School Programs

4th Grade


3/25-3/29 Spring Recess

4/19 Local Holiday (Good Friday)

5/27 Memorial Day

6/7 Last Day of School


"The more you read-the more you'll succeed!"

Gold Ribbon Award!

Garden Grove IMPACT Academy has been recognized with a 2016 Gold Ribbon Award from the California Department of Education. Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced the list of California’s 2016 Gold Ribbon Schools recently. "These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemplary effort to ensure that every student is ready for 21st century college and careers," Torlakson said. "California teachers are developing an education model for the nation, training the students of today to be the problem-solvers, inventors, and pioneers of tomorrow." 

 The Gold Ribbon Award celebrates the teamwork, a positive school culture, and a focus on student success, that are Garden Grove IMPACT Academy traditions.

Fourth Grade "I Can" Statements

NGSS Science



Processes that Shape the Earth

Structures and Functions of Organisms

Rocks and Minerals

Practice Math Facts!

Reading Suggestions

All Grades: Click Here

What Your Child Learns in Fourth & Fifth Grades

Fourth Grade: Click Here

Fifth Grade: Click Here


Students are moving away from: state, tell, match label arrange, repeat,

and towards: critique, create, prove, explain, hypothesize, cite evidence, make observation, summarize, compare, revise, identify patterns, collect and display, organize, investigate, differentiate, explain.

What is Project Based Learning?

Are you aware that Garden Grove Elementary IMPACT Academy is focused on Problem Solving in all grades, and preparing students for Project Based Learning in the upper grades? Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. It includes sustained inquiry where students make some decisions and choices as they research and create. It is a time for parents to "step back" and allow students to work through the process more independently.  Students and teachers reflect on learning and the effectiveness of their inquiry.  Students give, receive and use feedback from peers and adults to improve their process and products.  Students make projects public by explaining, displaying, and/or presenting it to people in and beyond the classroom. In PBL, students apply the skills they are learning, and build success skills valuable for today's world!

A.R. Home Connect

Renaissance Home Connect is a website that allows parents to view your child's bookshelf and quizzes. Parents can log on to Home Connect  at click here

Enter student username (your child, teacher, or library clerk can give you their username and password).

Enter password

Email setup (upper right)

You will now be notified via email every time your child takes a quiz. You can view their scores, points, books read and reading level.  Please note that classroom read aloud books do not count for their monthly points.

4th grade goal: 50-100 A.R. points by June 1st.

5th grade goal: 40 books (chapter books of 100 pgs. or more) by June 1st.

Remember, students can only take A.R. quizzes at school during school hours!

Report Card Information for Parents

4th grade Common Core Standards with "I Can" Statements: Click here

5th grade Common Core Standards with "I Can" Statements: Click here

Parent Support: Multi-digit multiplication using Area Array Model

Think Before you Quench That Thirst!

think Before you Drink!

Tattling or Telling?

How to Beat Cyberbullies

We Are The


Room 16   ( 4th  Grade)

Room 9    (4th/5th Grade)



 4th   Mrs. Dietz     (julie.dietz@simivalleyusd.org)

4/5   Greenlinger/Horn   (Lisa.Greenlinger@simivalleyusd.org    Angelica.Horn@simivalleyusd.org)



Room 16 (Dietz)

For homework and announcements, please check Mrs. Dietz's GOOGLE CLASSROOM.


Room 9 (Greenlinger/Horn)


Upcoming Tests/Quizzes: ​​​

  • SS- Life in Mining Camps and Towns- 3/19
  • Types of Conflict Quiz- 3/19

Upcoming Assignment Due Dates:

  • Accelerated Reader Expectation DUE- 4/18
    • Must read at least one non-fiction & one fiction book and pass quizzes with a 70% comprehension score each month.  The upper grade (grades 4, 5, 6,) goal is 100 AR points by June 1st.

HOMEWORK: (As assigned, and unfinished classwork is due the next day)




Tues.              Wed .   Thurs.              


Language Arts           




Types of Conflict Quiz





Rdg 20 min Rdg 20 min Rdg 20 min Rdg 20 min Rdg 20 min










Social Studies

         Activity 4


Life in Mining Camps and Towns Test

 Activity 1

Activity 2


Activity 3
































Research Project/Report Rubric

4-Exceeded standard with good effort

3- Met Standards with good effort

2-Partially met some standards 

1-Did not meet standard or showed little effort


___Notes/notecards:  Orderly, notes, organized

___Graphic Organizer: Clear, logical and notes related to topics

___Amount of Information: All topics addressed and all questions answered. At least two SENTENCES FOR EACH AREA.

___Quality of Information: Clear main topic and supporting details with examples.

___Diagrams/Illustrations: Neat, accurate, resized, text-wrapped.  Adds to our understanding of the topic

___Internet Use: Successfully uses and navigates to cited sites without assistance.

___Presentation: Followed directions; spoke loudly; eye contact; asked questions; pronounced words correctly.


Poster Project Rubric:  (Think -Quality-Quantity-Organization-Presentation)

__Details on the poster capture the important information about the topic and increase the audience's understanding.

__All graphics are related to the topic and make it easier to understand.

__Information is organized with clear titles/subheadings/captions

__All information on the poster is in focus and can easily be viewed from 6 feet away.

__All sources are documented

__No grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. 

__The presentation was an appropriate length with good articulation, pacing, volume,   and eye contact with the audience. 


(Students have about 20-30 minutes each day to work on their projects, homework, and receive support.  Parents should see projects, notes, and directions coming home and coming back to school daily.  It is an upper elementary skill to keep track of papers and deal with timelines and due dates.)

Students read 20-30 minutes every night.  "The More They Read-The More They Succeed!" Parents, thank you for supporting our nightly reading program.  After students finish each book they take an AR reading test on it on the Chromebook at school.  If they pass the test, they earn AR reading points.  No points are awarded for tests not passed. Students are expected to earn 50-100 AR reading points by June 1st.


Engaged Readers:

  • Predict:  I know a little about... or I think this will happen...
  • Retell:  The story so far...
  • Discover the Main Idea:  This is the most important part...
  • Make Connections:  This reminds me of...  or I have seen something similar in another book...
  • Sequence:  The events happened in this way...
  • Question:  I wonder...
  • Visualize:  It's like a movie in my head or The pictures that come to mind ...
  • Make Inferences:  I think the author is trying to say... or I can read between the lines…
  • Make the Story my Own:  I think I understand why...
  • Look back:  I remember... or
  • My favorite part...
  • Theme/Author's Message: I think the heart of the story is... or I think the author is trying to me that...
  • And so much more! 

Homework Help

The Simi Valley Public Library has a Homework Help Program for Elementary Students Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Children's Room of the Simi Valley Public Library. Parents must stay in the Children's Room. First come, First Served. Free.  

Helpful Links

G Math 4th Grade: click here

Coding with Mr. Shuster: http://bit.ly/simicode



Click Here


A.R. Book Finder Click here

4th- Journeys E-Book : click here

4th-Journeys Reader's Notebook Click Here

4th Journeys Leveled Readers click here

4th Journeys Focus Walls Click Here

4th- Journeys Spelling City: click here

4th-Close Reader Online: click here

E Word Game: click here

Science E-Word Game: Click Here

4th Journeys Digital Practice Book online: click here

4th Journeys Vocabulary in Context Cards online click here

4th Journeys Write In: click here

4th-HM History Study Sheets click here

4th-HM-Math Practice click here

4th HM Math-Division Problem Solving Click here

4 Foss Science Environments E-book Click Here

4 Foss Science Magnetism & Electricity E-book Click Here

4 Foss Science olid Earth E-book Click Here

4th Grade Interactive Science TEXT click here



5th Journeys E-Book Click Here

5th-Journeys Reader's Notebook online Click Here

5th-Leveled Readers: Click Here

5th Journeys Focus Walls Click Here

5th- Journeys SPELLING CITY Practice online: Click here


5th-HM-Math Practice click here

5th-HM -Math Problem Solving click here

6-HM Math Problem Solving Click Here

5 Foss Science Living System E-book Click Here

5 Foss Science Mixtures and Solutions E-book Click Here

5 Foss  Science Water Planet E-bookClick Here 

5th Grade Interactive SCIENCE TEXT click here

5th Grade ONLINE SCIENCE REVIEW  click here

5th-HM -Science(Education Place) click here (Cricket Connections, simulations, vocab. games)

5th-HM -Science click here


Safe Search Engine: http://www.kidrex.org/

America's Library: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/

Awesome Library: http://awesomelibrary.org/

Grammar Monster: http://www.grammar-monster.com/

Foss Environments Student Text Link click here

U.S. Map Puzzle: US Map Puzzle click here


Tae Bo Elementary I : click here

Tae Bo Elementary 2: click here

Tae Bo Upper Elem/Middle School: click here

Tae Bo :   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiFUF3k2Ncw 

Tae Bo for Kids :  click here

All grades: Tumblebooks:  click here


Biomes of the World:  click here

Outline Maps: click here


Keyboarding Skills: 

Typing Tutor-Students Log In at: click here

Typing Clubclick here

Typing Practice: click here

FREE TYPING PROGRAM: Typing click here

Online Safety Game: click here

Build Your Wild Self Fun! click here


Note Name Game: click here

Whack-A-Note click here


Create A Graph:  click here

4th HM Math-Division Problem Solving Click here

Math: Wordless Problem Solving Videos: click here

HM 4th-Math Practice click here

4-5 Math Practice click here

HM 5th-Math Practice click here

HM 5th-Math Problem Solving click here

Math Slice: click here

Nale's Math: click here

San Diego Zoo for Kids: click here

Big Bear Alpine Zoo article click here

Dude's Dilema Math: Click here

Alien Addition: Click here

Penguin Multiplication: Click here

Division Derby: Click here

Math Is Fun! click here

AAA Math click here

(Order of Operations) PEMDAS rap click here

Eureka "How To Math videos" click here

Multiplication Grand Prix:click here

Capture Fractions: click here

IXL click here for grade 5



Dividing Fractions rap song click here

Challenge: HM 6th-Math Practice click here


Language Arts: 

Figurative Language Jeopardy: Click here

5th-The Terrible Wave click here

5th-Terrible Wave Vocab.:click here

Figurative Language Jeopardy: Click here

Identifying Idioms Slang Game: Click here

Personification click here

Figurative Language click here

Figurative Language in movies:  click here>

Figurative Language Rap  click here

Online Safety Game: click here

Listen to Writing Tips from Roald Dahl: Click here

P.E. Challenges Click here

California Water: click here

My Librarian is a Camel Spelling List: click here

4th Journeys Digital Practice Book online: click here

4th Journeys Vocabulary in Context Cards online click here

4th Journeys Leveled Readers click here

4th Journeys Write In: click here

Bonus- Spelling City Word Lists click here

MobyMax click here

ROOT, PREFIX, SUFFIX: click here

Anthology Story Spelling Words:  click here

E Word Game: click here

Clean Up Grammar: Click here

Fish 'em up Word game: Click here

ABC Ya: Click here

Helen Keller Report: click here

Math CAFE Practice Click here

Wordle  http://www.wordle.net/ (Use Internet Explorer)

Parts of Speech Rap: click here

5th-The Terrible Wave click here

5th-Terrible Wave Vocab.:click here

5th-Johnstown Flood Info.: click here

Prefix rap: click here

Alaska: click here

Alaska Kids: click here

More Alaska Info. click here

Spelling City Word Lists click here

Breaking Barriers Essay Contest:  click here

Latin American Heroes: click here

Aquatic Ecosystems : click here

By the Great Horn Spoon links: click here

Beverly Cleary: click here

BBC typing


Spelling Practice Game: click here

Free Rice Vocabulary: click here

International Women's Day: Beating the Odds: click here

Mahala Yousafzai Bio: click here

Bessie Coleman: click here

Grace Hopper:  click here

Nancy Reagan: click here

WORD ROOT SUPPORT: Root Support click here

ROOT, PREFIX, SUFFIX: click here

Dirty Thirties-Filthy Fifties-Dust Bowl: click here

What is S.T.E.M.?click here

Hibernation Technology Project:  click here

Catapult Support: click here

Baseball Legends:  click here

Robo Bee: Choose the correct word from a choice of homonyms click here

Wilma Rudolph: Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph video: click here

Teddy Roosevelt:  click here

Wright Brothers: Wright Brothers

Famous Californians: click here


Building Vocabulary:

Lexipedia click here

Shahi click here

Snappy words visual thesaurus click here

Visual Dictionary online: http://visual.merriam-webster.com/

Word Hippo  click here

wordnik.com  Wordnick click here

Your Dictionary  https://www.wordnik.com/

MathWords  http://www.mathwords.com/

VocabAhead  click here

Jumping to Conclusions rap: click here



U.S.Satellite Map of U.S click here

Precipitation Education https://pmm.nasa.gov/education/

HM 5th-Science(Education Place) click here (Cricket Connections, simulations, vocab. games)

HM 5th Science click here

Our Changing Planet Science videos click here

Foss Science Links click here

Listen to these Science summaries to review for tests! click here

MH6Science (animated summary, games, quizzes) click here http://activities.macmillanmh.com/science/ca/index.html

Aquatic Ecosystems:  click here

I.D. Common Minerals: click here

Minerals for Kids: click here

Major Rock Types: click here

Environmental Action Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC-WJ5pmcaw

Dino Games Click here

Endangered Species of California click here

Latitude-Longitude Game: click here

Magnetism-Electricity, Rocks-Minerals; Slow and Fast changes to Earth;Energy of Living Things- Student Text click here

4th-California Regions and Features: California Regions 

4th-California Regions NatGeo site: Click here

4th  MHScience online text and workbook  Click Here

5th grade-U.S. Regions Support: Click here

5th-U.S. Map Puzzle: US Map Puzzle click here

Stuff about our US States: Click Here

4/5th MHScience online text and workbook  Click Here

Science-Matter Text p. 146-176 click here

Properties of Matter Animated Review and Word Game: click here (lessons 1-4)

Listen to these Science summaries to review for tests! Click here

Elements: click here

www.ixl.com  (free for 30 days)

Latitude-Longitude Game: Click Here

HM 4th-Science (Education Place) click here

4th & 5th MHScience online text and workbook  Click Here

STEM Games http://centerforgamescience.org/games/

FreeRice click here

Links for NGSS Engineering Resources:

-Design Squad     pbskids.org/designsquad

-Engineer Girl    www.engineergirl.org

-NASA    www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators

What's In A Food Label: click here

Layers of the Earth & Plate Tectonics click here

Volcanoes click here

Engineering Projects: 

Treehouse Video Support if you get stuckclick here

Minerals for Kidsclick here

Everyday Inventions click here

Famous Inventions A-Z click here

Los Angeles Aqueduct click here

Luther Burbank and other famous scientists: click here

I.D. Common Minerals: click here

Major Rock Types: click here

Mineralogy for kids: click here

Minerals in Your House: click here

E-Word Game Science: click here

Landslide info: click here

Volcano Info: click here

Volcano Info:  click here

Pioneers of Electricity: click here

Dinosaurs: click here

More dinosaurs: click here

Forces and Magnets: click here

Electricity Games: click here

NASA Kids Club  click here

Biomes of the World:  click here

Aquatic Ecosystems:  click here

Nat.Geo Aquatic Ecosystems

click here

Phases of the Moon rap: click here



Electricity Explained! click here

Interactive Explorer map: Click here

Explorers, Maps, Activities: Click here

NW Coast American Indians Click here

Plateau, Great Basin, and SW American Indian Tribes Click here

Pueblo Indian History for Kids Click here

The war of 1812 video:  http://www.pbs.org/video/2089393539/

Kids History resources  https://kids.usa.gov/

Two Online Database Sources for National Park Slide Presentation:

Grolier Online Encyclopedia: (Username: sls  Password: sls) Click here

World Book Online Encyclopedia: (Username: opcsd Password:  World) :Click here

SHR: A Free CountryClick here

SHR: 3-ring government: Click here

SHR: I'm just a bill: Click here

Government: click here

Ben's Guide: click here

National Park Project Link 1:Click here

California -National Park Project Link 2: https://www.nps.gov/state/ca/index.htm

Top Ten National Parks in CA: Click here

Luther Burbank and other famous scientists: click here

California Commodities: click here

Commodities: click here

More commodities facts: click here

Honor Roll of Notable Women: click here

Gold Rush for Kids: click here

PBS Kids-Goldrush: click here

Women in History: click here

Harriet Tubman Click here

International Women's Day: Beating the Odds: click here

Mahala Yousafzai Bio: click here

Bessie Coleman: click here

Grace Hopper:  click here

Nancy Reagan: click here

California Missions: Click here

Ellis Island:  click here

Gold Rush: click here

Dust Bowl: click here

More Dust Bowl: click here

Interactive Dust Bowl: click here

Life in the Dust Bowl: click here

Mission Floorplans: click here

Teddy Roosevelt:  click here

Presidents and First Ladies: click here

Geography Games Geography Games click here

Native American Tribes and Regions of the U.S. click here

4th-California Regions and Features: California Regions

U.S. Map Puzzle: US Map Puzzle click here

Rivers of the US:Longest US Rivers click here

5th-CA. STATE REPORT SUPPORT: California Regions and Features: click here


and one more CA STATE REPORT Source: click here

Sally Ride Sally Ride biography 

Ellen Ochoa click here

Japan click here   or here

California Commodities: click here

More Commodities: click here

More commodities facts: click here

Biographies of Famous African Americans: click here

Black History Month: click here

Honor Roll of Notable Women: click here

4th-Gold Rush for Kids: click here

4th-PBS Kids-Goldrush: click here

Kidport Gold rush: click here

The Road to Statehood: click here

CA. Biographies: click here

More Ca. Biog: click here

Oil Info: click here

The how-to of oil drilling:  click here

Commodities Project Help:

click here

Wordless Problem Solving Videos: click here

Third Grade Links.:

Journey's Textbook: click here#

English (Think Central) (login with Google school email address)



3rd History Study Sheets click here

3rd-Online Science Textbook: Click Here

3rd-Reading and Writing in Science: click here

3rd-Science Summaries and Games: Click here