Video Enrichment Recommendations

Here is a list of videos which are recommended/inspired by our Social Studies text. Many of these are available either online first through platforms such as YouTube, or through the public library. I recommend checking out the library using apps like Hoopla!

Please note: Mrs. Yakhnenko does not encourage or support students to use apps or digital media without parental supervision. Please discover videos at your own risk.

Check Out these Educational Videos:

Our Thirsty World, National Geographic 2010
Yosemite National Park, Finley-Holiday Film Corporation 1985
California Missions, Huell Howser Productions/PBS Los Angeles
Great Ships: The Galleons, The History Channel New Video Group
Hernando Cortes, Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Video Collection, Schlessinger Media, 1995
Living History, Huell Howser Productions/PBS Los Angeles
The Donner Party, PBS Video 1992
Chinatown, from the series Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco, KQED San Francisco
The Great San Francisco Earthquake, PBS Video, 1989
The Iron Road, PBS Video 1990

Supplementary Websites

For even more resources to challenge and inspire students at home, here is a list of websites which correlate to our curriculum this year:

Please note: Mrs. Yakhnenko does not support or encourage the use of web accessed materials and digital media without parental supervision. Please discover websites at your own risk.

https://www.nps.gov/moja/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtour.htm

California Missions Foundation

https://www.britannica.com/place/California-state/History

https://www.history.com/topics/mexican-american-war

http://www.zpub.com/sf/history/

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

https://www.ca.gov/government/

Bible Verses for Recitation (enrichment)

You may want to enrich your child’s growing faith and intellect by memorizing Bible verses together!

Here are some selections of Bible verses (from the New American Bible, Revised Edition, as recommended by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) for memorization, penmanship practice, or study.

Artwork, video recordings of recitations, and penmanship samples can be submitted to me through my school email for consideration to display or share with the rest of the class!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Yakhnenko

Bible Verses for memorization, penmanship, artwork:

Let us go to the house of the Lord!

Psalm 122: 1

You will show me the path to life,
abounding joy in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.

Psalm 16: 11

Make known to me your ways, Lord;
teach me your paths.

Psalm 25: 4

One thing I ask of the Lord;
this I seek:
To dwell in the Lord’s house
all the days of my life,
To gaze on the Lord’s beauty,
to visit his temple.

Psalm 27: 4

For you make me jubilant, Lord, by your deeds;
at the works of your hands I shout for joy

Psalm 92: 5

Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light for my path.

Psalm 119: 105

May your mercy, Lord, be upon us;
as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33: 22

You shall not fear the terror of the night
nor the arrow that flies by day,
Nor the pestilence that roams in darkness,
nor the plague that ravages at noon

Psalm 91: 5-6

May he rule from sea to sea,
from the river to the ends of the earth.

Psalm 72: 8

Be still and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
exalted on the earth.

Psalm 46: 11

Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be absolved from their sin.

2 Maccabees 12: 46

My soul rests in God alone,
from whom comes my salvation.

Psalm 62: 1

They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength,
they will soar on eagle’s wings;
They will run and not grow weary,
walk and not grow faint.

Isaiah 40: 31

For I will slake the thirst of the faint; the appetite of all the weary I will satisfy.

Jeremiah 31: 25

The Lord answered: I myself will go along, to give you rest.

Exodus 33: 14

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15: 13

But I shall sing of your strength,
extol your mercy at dawn,
For you are my fortress,
my refuge in times of trouble.

Psalm 59: 17

A tranquil mind gives life to the body.

Proverbs 14: 30

Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4: 7

All that the Lord has said, we will hear and do.

Exodus 24: 7

The wise by hearing them will advance in learning,
the intelligent will gain sound guidance.

Proverbs 1: 5

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord.

Colossians 3: 20

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praise to your name, Most High.

Psalm 92: 1

Poetry Selections for Recitation (enrichment)

You may wish to enrich your child’s education with poetry! Children in fourth grade are able to memorize poetry and begin learning how to perform it for others. I used to participate in poetry competitions as a child, but I’m not sure if they do that sort of thing these days. If you hear of anything like that which could fit with our school culture and enrich student experience with poetry, please let me know so I can pass it along to the office!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Yakhnenko

Mrs. Yakhnenko’s picks of poetry for recitation:


“Whole Duty of Children” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“At the Seaside” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“Rain” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“Happy Thought” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“Singing” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“Time to Rise” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“Singing Time” by Rose Fyleman
“Once I Saw a Little Bird,” nursery rhyme
“I’m Glad,” anonymous
“Bird Talk” by Aileen Fisher
“The Little Turtle” by Vachel Lindsay
“Animal Crackers” by Christopher Morley
“Merry Sunshine,” anonymous
“There Once Was a Puffin,” by Florence Page Jaques
“Windy Nights” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“Bed in Summer” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“Where Go the Boats?” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“Foreign Lands” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“The Land of Counterpane” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“My Shadow” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“The Wind” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“The Swing” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“The Lamplighter” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“The Cow” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“At the Zoo” by A. A. Milne
“Marco Comes Late” by Dr. Seuss
“The Road Less Traveled” by Robert Frost
“The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes
“A Christmas Carol” by G. K. Chesterton
“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost
“The Village Blacksmith” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
“The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman
“The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key
“The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson
“Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carrol
“The Light of Bethlehem” by Father John Banister Tabb
“Hymn” by Saint Thomas Aquinas
The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America

Sharing poetry with the Class

If your child should like to perform a poetry recitation for the class, please see me to make arrangements. Alternatively, you can email a video of your child’s performance to my school email and we will watch it in class!

August Composer of the Month: Copland

Aaron Copland was a modern composer. His music is very famous for sounding “American.” Some of my favorites on this playlist include selections from “Appalachian Spring,” which is a pastoral suite about the land and culture in the mountains from New York State to Alabama and Georgia.

Besides telling musical stories about American places, Copland wrote music to tell stories about American people. I have also included his suite all about Henry McCarty, aka “Billy the Kid.” If you listen closely, you can see sunrise over the prairie, Old West scenes from Billy’s life, his trial and sentencing, and sunshine in the prairie all over again in a continuing circle of life in rough lands.

Here’s the playlist!

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Mrs. Yakhnenko’s favorite: “Appalachian Spring Suite VII: Doppio Movimento, ‘Variations on a Shaker Melody.’ “

Happy Listening!

Love,

Mrs. Yakhenko

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