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Fourth Grade Teachers- Ken Cardona & Rachel Rudolf

Kate Dicamillo

kate kicamilloLearn about Kate DiCamillo, author of Because of Winn Dixie and The Tale of Desperaux.  We have studied another one of her great stories, The Tiger Rising.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Author of ShilohLearn about Shiloh, and other books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. 

Chris Van Allsburg

Chris Van AllsburgRead about Chris Van Allsburg, author of The Witch's Broom, Jumanji, The Polor Express and more. 

Jerry Spinelli

Jerry SpinnelliLearn about Jerry Spinelli, author of Maniac Magee ) winner of the Newberry Medal) and Wringer. 

The Arts!


Listen to and learn about some of the world's greatest composers and music! You can even compose your own classic!

SBAC Practice

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4th Grade Locker
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Welcome to 4th Grade!

Watch these TED Talks at least twice, and as you do, THINK:

How is this TED Talk made? What are the parts of the talk and how do they go together?

Raz-Kids  QuillTime for Kids
   Casey at bat

Idioms: Play with idioms

Words: Play the eWord game




Can you select the best environmental factors to keep these organisms alive?

Make a Virtual Terrarium!

Create a Virtual Aquarium!


Electricity & Magnetism

Build a Virtual Electrical Circuit!





Earth Materials

 Earth Materials

Learn more about Landforms, Rocks & Minerals


O’Neill Sea Odyssey

Expand your knowledge on marine biology, ecology, and navigation



KidRex - a fun and safe search for kids, by kids!

Mixed Subjects

StudyJam Grolier Online
Internet 4 Classrooms PBS kids 

Front Row Ed

Class Code: xz5gww


Click to go to your Google Drive.

google classroom
Click for Digital Citizenship
Click for Typing Agent

Learn To Play Chess

Kid Chess




Playing chess is a great way to grow your brain! Kid Chess is a site that is great for beginners.

Every Kid Outdoors

Have you heard about Every Kid Outdoors?  Every fourth grader and their family can get free access all year to outdoor experiences throughout the U.S.  There are free lessons available.  Parents can also access this site to plan family trips.

Think About Websites

4th graders, remember: smart readers always think about the author's purpose, message and perspective! Be critical thinkers! When you visit a website, ask yourself these questions:

1. Who is the author of this website?  

2. What is the author's purpose, message and perspective?

For example, is the author's purpose to try and sell something?

3. Do I trust the author?

Be smart, and ALWAYS cite your sources!  Happy surfing!

The First Peoples of California

nativesWhat is now called California was first settled by immigrants from the eastern hemisphere about 10,000 years ago.

One of our favorite books for learning about the First Peoples is Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell. Island of the blue dolphinsLearn more about this award-winning book

Use this Island of the Blue Dolphin Journal  with links to learn even more. 

Photo Source: Wikipedia. Scanned from Mission San Juan Capistrano: A Pocket History and Tour Guide p. 5., Public Domain,

The Spanish Missions and Mexican Ranchos

mission santa claraCalifornia began to be explored by Europeans during the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Spanish Empire claimed this land as part of their colony, New Spain. They named it Alta California. Spain sent soldiers and the Roman Catholic priest, Father Junipero Serra, to establish missions in order to better control and develop California.

In 1821, after Mexico won independence from Spain, California became part of Mexico. The Mexican government sold the missions to ranchers, who developed ranchos.

Finally, in 1848, California was ceded to the United States after the Mexican–American War

Click the links below to learn more.

The California Gold Rush

Gold Fever!In 1848, the California Gold Rush began.  James Marshall discovered gold in the Sierra Nevada Mountains while he was building a sawmill for John Sutter. Most of the gold seekers came in 1849, so they are called "49ers." California has been booming in population and development ever since.


One of our favorite historical fiction stories about the Gold Rush is by the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman.


> The great horn spoonActivities that go along with this classic story of the California Gold Rush of 1849!

California State Symbols

California became the 31st state of the United States on September 9th, 1850.  Click our flag below to see some of our state symbols!

California Flag