Week January 20th

Hello 4A Friends!

I hope you all enjoy the upcoming 3 day weekend. It was wonderful meeting with many of you this week during parent teacher conferences. Thank you for all your support!

The week ahead…

Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school

Friday-Sunday: Into the Woods performances. Please purchase your ticket soon! You don’t want to miss it. I plan on going Friday night!

Spelling words (#19, Words with the /j/ Sound)

  1. bridge
  2. jazz
  3. image
  4. luggage
  5. jumble
  6. range
  7. message
  8. jockey
  9. manage
  10. gentle
  11. plunge
  12. cabbage
  13. lodge
  14. garbage
  15. dangerous

Math – This week we will continue finding fractional parts of rectangles. We will also be reading and writing tenths and hundredths, representing tenths and hundredths as parts of an area, and identifying equivalent fractions and explaining why they are equivalent.

Language Arts – Our poetry unit continues! This past week we learned about the structural elements of the following poems: acrostic, syllable cinquains, and word cinquains. This week we will be reading, analyzing, and creating concrete, couplet, diamonte, and haiku poetry.

Social Studies – We will have a Northeast Region test on January 31st. Students have been given a study guide, and can access it in Google Classroom, or their Google drive. This week we will start exploring the Southeast Region of the United States.

A few more notes…

Please put the following field trips on your calendar:

  • Cooper Environmental Center, Friday March 20th from 9:15-3:30
  • Playformance, Tuesday May 12th from 9:00-11:30 (end of year party)

Lastly, this week I gave students a log-in for a fun learning resource. The website is called freckle.com and it was created by Renaissance. Students have access to differentiated learning in math, language arts, science, and social studies. The students all know how to log-in, and are welcome to do so from home if they have the inclination. My class code is BAESEW. From there, they only need to enter their names, and it will take them to their page. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Make (not have) a great week!



Week January 13th


Greetings 4A!

I look forward to seeing you all during parent teacher conferences this week. There are many spots still available if you have not chosen a time yet. Wednesday is a half day and students will be dismissed at 12:00.

Spelling words (homophones)- words are also posted on Spellingcity.com

  1. close
  2. sight
  3. poor
  4. peek
  5. groan
  6. waste
  7. clothes
  8. miner
  9. pour
  10. site
  11. peak
  12. waist
  13. grown
  14. pore
  15. minor

Math- This week we will finish up on Unit 5: Large Numbers and Landmarks, and begin Unit 6: Fractions and Decimal Grids. In this first week of fractions we will be focusing on finding fractional parts of a rectangle, interpreting the meaning of the numerator and denominator of a fraction, and identifying equivalent fractions and explaining why they are equivalent.

Social Studies – This week we continue our study of the Northeast Region of the United States.

Language Arts- This week we will begin a unit on poetry. Students will be learning how to identify and create different types of poetry based on structure. Students will also be incorporating what they learned about figurative language into their own poems. We will also be analyzing the poem, “Snail at Moonrise” found in this month’s StoryWorks magazine.

Have a wonderful week!

Happy New Year!

Dear 4A Families,

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a restful break. I always relish this time of year, spending time with loved ones, and looking toward the future with hope. Here is one of my favorite poems (reminders) that is posted in our classroom.


A Beautiful New Day

This is the beginning of a new day. 

God has given me this day to use as I will. 

I can waste it or use it for good, 

but what I do today is important 

because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. 

When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, 

leaving in its place something that I have traded for it. 

I want it to be gain and not loss; good and not evil; 

success and not failure; in order that I shall not 

regret the price I have paid for it. 



Parent Teacher Conferences – Hopefully you all received the sign up genius I sent out for P/T conferences. If you didn’t, please use this link to sign up. I have times open on Wednesday – Friday 1/15- 1/17. I am more than happy to meet with you the following week if one of these times does not work for you. Please let me know.

Lastly I would like to thank each of you for the generous Christmas gift card and bottle of wine. We had a wonderful holiday celebration and enjoyed making gingerbread (graham cracker) houses. Thank you to our homeroom parents for bringing in all the supplies and helping with set up!


2020, here we come!


Joanna Baese


Spelling for week January 6 (irregular plurals)

  1. leaves
  2. calves
  3. lives (from singular life)
  4. oxen
  5. wives
  6. halves
  7. mice
  8. wolves
  9. thieves
  10. loaves
  11. geese
  12. knives
  13. shelves
  14. scarves
  15. themselves


Merry Christmas! Week December 16

Greeting 4A Families!

It’s hard to believe that we are in our last week of school before Christmas break! Friday’s music performance was fun and festive, and our class looked smashing in their party attire. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season while taking time to savor the moments with your 4th grader; these young ones are at such a special point in their lives.

The week ahead:

Wednesday- At 10:15 we will be making gingerbread houses with 4B. At the end of the day our class will play some games, watch a holiday movie, and share a treat.


  • Las Posadas 10:30
  • Early Dismissal 12:00
  • No aftercare

Math- We are on our last lesson in this geometry unit. Once complete, we move on to Unit 5: Large Numbers and Landmarks. Our first investigation will focus on extending knowledge of the number system to one million. Students will be identifying, describing, and comparing addition strategies, and using clear and concise notation to record them.

Language Arts- We will continue writing our stories about getting stuck in a snow globe. Some students have chosen to publish their stories in Google documents. I love their drive to use technology! We took some pretty funny pictures to go along with our snow globes. The students can bring those home at the end of the week.

Reading- We will not be going to the library this Monday, since we will be gone for break when books would be due. If your student has books out, they will need to give them to me by Wednesday, and I will return them to the library.

This week we will be reading the article, “The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius” from our StoryWorks publication. Students will learn about the volcanic eruption that destroyed the city of Pompeii, and what life was like in ancient Rome.

Social Studies- Our Southwest Region test is this Monday. We began learning and taking notes on the Northeast Region last week. We will continue our study of this region this week, and upon our return to school in January.

Spelling– words for this week have been posted on Spellingcity. I will also start posting them on the blog each week.

  1. person
  2. sure
  3. touch
  4. tropical
  5. young
  6. island
  7. built
  8. against
  9. different
  10. palm
  11. awhile
  12. answer
  13. mountain
  14. remember
  15. camera

Merry Christmas!


Joanna Baese

Week of December 9

Hello 4A Friends!

On Friday, we got to celebrate St. Nicolas’s Day and put out a shoe for a fun surprise. I didn’t even think about putting one of my shoes out, but the students were certain he would leave me something. They were right, he left me some spiced tea bags and a candy cane! What a wonderful St. Michael’s tradition.

This week:

Spelling- Spelling City would not allow me upload the words this week because they are all possessive nouns. I am including them here on the blog. Students will have to do without Spelling City for this week.

Lesson 14 words:

















As we continue our study of geometry, students will be: dividing irregular polygons into two shapes that have equal areas, using symmetry and congruence to identify equal areas, and finding the area of polygons using square units. The kids are having so much fun with this unit!

Language Arts-

Students used a graphic organizer on Friday to brainstorm a story about getting stuck in a snow globe. They are coming up with some imaginative ideas about how they got stuck, and their plan to get out. This week we will begin writing our essays. One area of focus is using a hook in the introduction in order to entice the reader. We are also using our five senses to give juicy details about life in the snow globe. I am hoping we can complete this before Christmas break.


Last week we read an article called ” I Live in a Refugee Camp,”  from StoryWorks Magazine. Students learned about the life of a young girl from Somalia, and some history about why the camps exist. In the coming days, they will look closer at the article, and answer some critical thinking questions.

This week we will also be reading a fiction story about a 10 year old boy who is trying to earn his orange belt in karate. We will be focusing on character analysis, figurative language, and cause and effect.

Social Studies-

The social studies Arizona State Project was due on Friday. We will be taking a vocabulary and map test on the Southwest Region on Monday December 16. I will be sending home a study guide with students on Monday. Included is an example of a United States map. One thing students will need to do, is identify and locate the four states in this region and spell them correctly.

This week we will also be moving on to learn about the Northeast Region.

St. Nick performance-

Students will have their St. Nick performance on Friday December 13th from 2:00-3:00

Please have your student come to school on Friday in their uniform. Send their “fancy Christmas attire” in a separate bag, and we will change before the performance. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Week of December 2

I hope this evening’s post finds you relaxed and ready for December! I had a wonderful Thanksgiving break, and thoroughly enjoyed only being in charge of making the mashed potatoes this year! I hope your turkey day went off without a hitch.

4A had a lot of fun last week performing our Readers’ Theatre play, The Thanksgiving Table, and making treats with 4B for local animal shelters.

This week:

Math – We will continue our study of geometry with students using protractors to create and identify angles. Later this week, we will begin measuring area.

Social Studies– The Arizona State Project is due this Friday. Many students have already submitted their work, but those who still need some time will have the opportunity to work on it during technology tomorrow.

Language Arts- This week we will be reading out of our StoryWorks Scholastic magazine. While reading, students will practice identifying the author’s point of view. We will also conclude our novel study this week on Strider with a comprehension assessment.  In grammar we will be identifying adjectives and articles (special adjectives). Spelling words for this week have been uploaded to SpellingCity.

Have a lovely week!

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear 4A Families,

I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! As I count my blessings this year, your children and St. Michael’s are at the top of my list. I feel grateful to be in such a wonderful, supportive school. I hope you have a fun, family-filled break. We spoke about Thanksgiving traditions, memories, and all the things students are looking forward to this upcoming week. The kids were equally cracking me up and warming my heart with their stories.


Our canned food drive will wrap up tomorrow morning. Our class is about 55 cans short of our goal, but I do believe we can still make it! Tomorrow we will be celebrating at all school chapel, presenting our collected food items, and sharing ways we are thankful.

We also will be working together with 4B later in the morning on making dog and cat treats for the Hermitage Cat Shelter and the Humane Society.


On Friday we began working on angles in our geometry unit. We used our power polygons to both identify and create 90 degree angles. This week we will look at the relationship between the degree of measure of an angle and rotation in a circular arc. I will also be introducing how to use protractors to measure angles.

Language Arts

All of last week, students practiced the Readers’ Theatre play, The Thanksgiving Table. Small groups will be performing their play to the lower school classrooms on either Monday or Tuesday. This has been an engaging and fun way to practice oral presentations. Students will also be finishing a reflection packet on the play which includes writing an ending to the story.

Social Studies

Students have been given a good amount of time to get started on their Arizona State Project. This is not due until December 6th, and anything that is not completed at school needs to be completed at home. Students will also have time during the next two technology classes (Mondays) to work on their Google slides. Please let me know if you have any questions.


We will not take a spelling test this week.  However, the list has been uploaded for the week of December 2nd, for students who want to get a head start.


Have a lovely week!


Week November 18


Happy Sunday 4A! What a beautiful weekend to get out and enjoy the sun and blue skies!

The week ahead:

Canned Food Drive – We continue to collect canned food until November 25th. Thank you to all who have donated so far!

Tuesday: TERC Math Info Session with Miss Hart and Ms. Gould 6:00-7:00

Wednesday: Half day- dismissal is at 12:00

Thursday: Students will have the opportunity to enjoy a string quintet from the Tucson Symphony at 10:45 in the Parish Center

Math: This week in math we continue our study of geometry. We will be combining polygons to make new polygons, and we will be classifying quadrilaterals and triangles by their attributes (relative length of sides, size of angles, presence of parallel or perpendicular lines).

English/Language Arts: We will continue practicing our Readers’ Theatre play, The Thanksgiving Table. Students will also be working with specific vocabulary from the play, and will be writing a story extension.

Social Studies: Do you have the catchy tune Fifty Nifty United States stuck in your head yet? Students have been having fun learning/memorizing the names of all the states with this song written by Ray Charles. We are still learning about the Southwest Region, and students will continue to work on their Arizona state project. Many students have been working on their Google slides at home in addition to what they have started in class. Please email me if you have any trouble logging into student accounts at home.

Have a fantastic week!

Week November 12

Greetings 4A. A big thank you to all veterans who have served our country! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. Friday’s field day was a fun event, and hopefully you got a chance to see some of the pictures on the school’s Facebook page.

Canned Food Drive: Our Canned Food Drive has begun! The fourth grade has a goal of collecting 470 cans/dollars, which is reflective of the geographic area  in square miles of South Africa (divided by one thousand). Thank you to those of you who have started dropping off food.

Math: This week in math we continue our work on measurement and classifying shapes. We will specifically be working on solving problems involving perimeter.

Reading: We should be done with our novel study of Strider by the end of the week. I am also introducing a Readers’ Theatre play called The Thanksgiving Table this week. We will be splitting into small groups and working on individual reading parts. Students will have the opportunity to perform their play for lower school classrooms during the week of Thanksgiving.

Writing: Some students are still finishing up on their personal narratives. We will also be working on writing a story extension to our play, The Thanksgiving Table. This should take us through Thanksgiving.

Social Studies: We will continue our study of the Southwest region this week. Additionally, I will be introducing the requirements of the Arizona State Project. Information will be sent home in the Eagle Express this week, and the project will be due on Friday December 6th.

Have a fantastic week!


Week November 4th






Dear 4A,

I hope you all had a nice weekend. I got to celebrate my youngest child this weekend as he turned 18! When he was little, we always used to bake pumpkin bread together right after Halloween. This year that is what he wanted for his “birthday cake”.

Our Halloween party on Thursday was a blast with root beer floats, treats, and some pretty cool slime, thanks to Mrs. Downer, Mrs. Wolert, and Mrs. Kramer. We also enjoyed being able to join in the parade at the end of the day. Dia de los Muertos on Friday was a beautiful and moving experience. I am so happy the 4th graders were able to participate during this chapel hour.

This week:

  • Starting this Monday we will begin our Canned Food Drive. It will run until November 25th, and cans can be dropped off in our classroom.  Our class will be discussing this in more detail tomorrow.
  • Friday- Field Day. This is a half day, and students will be dismissed at 12:00. Students will be receiving a field day t-shirt this week.
  • Monday November 11- No school for Veteran’s Day

Math: We will be starting Unit 4- Measuring and Classifying Shapes. This week we start with linear measurement. We will be using measurement tools, converting measurements, measuring lengths, and determining perimeters.

Social Studies: We have been studying the Southwest region of the United States. We used a strategy called jigsaw last week where students worked in teams and reported back to the larger group on what they learned. We will continue our study of this region this week. Students will also be asked to complete an Arizona state report in the coming weeks. I am going to have them complete this using Google Slides, which we used for an early project this year. I will be sending home the details/expectations of this project the week of November 12th.

Language Arts: We are continuing our novel study of Strider this week. Our focus will be on citing text evidence when answering questions, along with using context clues to help determine the meaning of words. We will also continue our narrative writing.

Have a great week!