St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School Technology Class

The Diocese of Arlington's Technology Standards were revamped for the 2015-2016 school year and they encompass:
  • Technology Systems (Use It)
    • Develop foundations in the understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

  • Digital Citizenship (Protect It)
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of technology and its impact on society. Practice ethical, legal, and responsible use of technology.

  • Research and Information Management (Find and Organize It)
    • Use digital tools to locate, gather, evaluate, and organize information and data.

  • Learning, Collaboration, and Problem Solving (Solve It)
    • Use a variety of technologies to support and enhance learning, encourage collaboration, increase productivity, and solve problems.

  • Communication and Creativity/Innovation (Create and Communicate It)
    • Use technology for communication, creative thinking, and developing innovative products using various media formats.

The students will be growing and strengthening their technology skills in these areas, as they complete assignments and projects created in support of the Diocesan curriculum in the various content areas.
Before you start, take a look around the Sun itself. Let’s answer some Sun questions.
1. How old is the Sun thought to be? _
2. What galaxy is the Sun a star in?
Now, let’s start our planet visits.
Traveling on to Mercury, we’d like to know...
3. What is the surface of Mercury covered with ?
4. How hot does it get on the side of Mercury closest to the sun?
And how cold can it be on the side away from the sun?
As we arrive at Venus, we wonder...
5. What does Venus do more slowly than any other planet? _
6. What is one reason a human might not survive on Venus?
A quick stop on our home planet of Earth...
7. How much of the Earth is covered by water?
8. What is Earth's atmosphere made of? (Hint:Click on the word More at this site.)
We’ve arrived on Mars!!
9. Does Mars have seasons?
10. Describe the surface of Mars?

As we fly past Jupiter, we can answer...

11. What is happening at Jupiter's big Red Spot? _

12. Which other planets could fit inside Jupiter if it was hollow? _

Arriving on Saturn, we learn...

13. What happens to Saturn's shape because it spins so fast? _

14. What would happen to Saturn if it were placed in water?

Blasting by Uranus, we ask ourselves....

15. When viewed from Earth, how does Uranus appear to rotate?

On Neptune, we find...

16. What weather might we find on Neptune?

At last, we’ve made it to Pluto.

17. Do all astonomers think Pluto is a planet?

Now, we promised that this would be a round-trip voyage. But, guess what? You get to choose which planet you would like to return to! Pick your favorite planet, and tell why you'd especially like to re-visit it.

18. Which planet would you like to return to? And why? _

Fourth Grade

In Fourth Grade, we

  • review input, output, and storage devices;
  • learn about processing devices;
  • hone keyboarding skills;
  • create more advanced documents;
  • use the Internet for research;
  • add pictures from the Internet to projects;
  • create and deliver presentations (slide shows);
  • continue to learn about Internet safety.


First Quarter

First Day Lesson
Baseball Math

Dance Mat Typing - an introduction to touch typing


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The Catawba were one of the few southeastern Indian tribes not deported to Oklahoma,
and they have preserved their native pottery-making traditions among other customs.

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Also known as the Muskogees, the Creeks were one of the most important tribes of the
American southeast, but most of them were forced to relocate to Oklahoma in the 1800's.

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The Lumbees are the descendants of the Carolina Indians who helped the Roanoake Colony.

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Original people of the American Southeast, most Cherokees were forcibly deported to
Oklahoma along the infamous Trail of Tears.

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Originally from the American Southeast, the Tuscaroras moved north after the British took over
to join the powerful Iroquois Confederacy.

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Second Quarter

Word Processing
Internet Safety

If you finished early, you can go to the following sites:

Try some of these fun activities if you finish your work early!

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Lite Brite
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My Oats
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Flame Painter
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Crayola DigiColor
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Eye Candy
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This Is Sand
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Flabby Physics
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Magnetic Poetry
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Solid Edge Garage
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San Diego Zoo
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Fraboom Online Museum
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Awesome Word Games
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Toon-Books Cartoon Maker
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Give the Dog A Bone
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Scrap Coloring
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Whizz Words
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Stop Frame Animator
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Monster School Bus
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Line Rider
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Word Magic
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Tween Tribune
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Toy Theater
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Rotate & Roll
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Nick Jr. Spin Art
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Sheppard Software
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Play Kids Games
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Optical Illusions Challenge
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Isle of Tune
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Paint Like Pollock
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Must Pop Words
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Free Rice