10390 Remick Ave., Pacoima, CA 91331
(818) 834-8551
(818) 896-7996

“Joy, with peace, is the sister of charity. Serve the Lord with laughter.” ― Padre Pio

Hello, and welcome to 4th grade at Mary Immaculate School! My name is Amber Bigalbal, but most people call me Mrs. B. I am new to Mary Immaculate School this year. My family and I moved here from Albuquerque, NM, and we are very excited to be a part of the MI family. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Families and Consumer Science and my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I have been teaching since 2001, which makes this my 19th year in the classroom! I have been teaching 4th grade for five years in a Catholic school, and it is my absolute favorite grade to teach. I look forward to working collaboratively with the Mary Immaculate teachers, staff, and parents, and of course, my precious students to ensure the success of every child. Peace of Christ be with you all.

What we do in 4th grade:

• Unit 1: The Goodness of God
• Unit 2: Jesus Is the Son of God
• Unit 3: The Holy Spirit
• Unit 4: The Church
• Unit 5: Social Justice
• Feasts and Seasons (Lent, Easter, Mardi Gras, Christmas, Advent, The Liturgical Year, Holy Day, Saints)

Unit 1: Place Value and Operations with Whole Numbers
• Place Value, Addition and Subtraction is One Million
• Multiply by 1-Digit Numbers
• Multiply 2-Digit Numbers
• Divide by 1-Digit Numbers
• Factors, Multiples and Patterns
Unit 2: Fractions and Decimals
• Fraction Equivalence and Comparison
• Add and Subtract Fractions
• Multiply Fractions by Whole Numbers
• Relate Fractions and Decimals
• Multiply Fractions by Whole Numbers
• Relate Fractions and Decimals
Unit 3: Geometry, Measurement, and Data
• Two-Dimensional Figures
• Angles
• Relative Sizes of Measurement Units
• Algebra: Perimeter and Area

Language Arts
• Figurative Language
• Grammar (nouns, verbs, adjectives, conventions, etc.)
• Sentence Formation
• Listening and Speaking
• Narrative and Expository Text
• Decoding Skills
• Text Structures
• Reading Strategies (prediction, clarification, questioning, summarization)
• Persuasive
• Narrative
• Expository (Informative)
• Opinion
• Research Skills (Technology, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word)

Unit 1: Life Science (Looking at plants & animals, life cycle, needs of living things, ecosystems)
Unit 2: Earth Science (looking at the Earth, weather patterns, Earths resources, rocks & minerals)
Unit 3: Physical Science (observing materials, matter, energy, electricity & magnetism)

Social Studies
• California History (CA missions, regions, economic and political life, agricultural and U.S. constitution)