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Mr. McCray's 4th Grade Teacher's Page





A Little Bit About Me...


I am increasingly grateful that my journey has led me to this extraordinary learning community here at Carbon Valley, of which I am honored to be a part of, and am thrilled for the opportunity to get to work in creating a dedicated and passionate classroom community that is alive with a zest for knowledge, thinking and life.  I believe that fourth grade is an especially wonderful time in the lives of our students and is especially full of much social, emotional and academic growth; my hopes are that when your children look back it will have been a special time in their journey as a student.


Here are some things to know about me and my travels.  My wife and I moved to Colorado, almost eight years ago from Seattle, so she could take a choral music position at  CU Boulder.  I then took the occasion to return to school and get my teacher’s license
( to go along with my Bachelors in English Literature from the University of Washington).  I then spent a year subbing in St. Vrain before landing here at Carbon Valley three years ago.  Before that I worked (and spent many years coaching baseball and basketball) with children in a unique out of school setting for the better parts of 12 years in Seattle.  Besides working with children, my passions include being a dad (our daughter Graciela is almost five, and is here at Carbon Valley)), writing (children’s stories and poetry), painting and digging around in our backyard.  I have a tremendous weakness for dark chocolate, which I try to balance off with much running and hiking).


On a final note, I am a great believer that the boundaries of the learning community we create in our classroom extend well-beyond our walls and into your homes and even the greater world around us.  So, I will be communicating often and encourage you to contact me with any questions, concerns and recipes involving chocolate.



Welcome to 4th Grade!


About Our Classroom

Our Curriculum Map for the Year

Our Daily Schedule



The 4th Grade Territories Ahead...


4th Grade Newsletter



Spelling & Writing

Spelling Due 3/28

Spelling Due 4/11

Spelling Due 4/18

Spelling Due 4/25

Spelling Due 5/2

Spelling Due 5/9




Contact Information

I encourage home-school communication in order to best meet the needs of the students. Following is my contact information should you need to reach me.



Phone: (303) 774-9555 x 113



Link to Learning

If at at any time you find a link that does not work, please email me so that I can update the site. Also, please let me know if you have a site recommendation to add to this list. Thanks!

Math Links
Language Arts Links
Time   Synonyms and Antonyms
Game - Clockwise   Game – Synonym Toast - Challenging
Game - Stop the Clock and Other Time Games   Game - Swanky the Tooth Taker - "Goo Games"
Quizzes - Just in Time   Game - Same/Difference - I recommend level 3.
    Game – Synonym Word Scramble - Advanced May need a thesaurus
Probability   Game – Rocket Words
Game - Fish Tank Probability   Game – Antonyms Millionaire
    Game – Antonyms Battleship
Comparing Numbers   Game - Antonyms Jeopardy
Game – Comparing 1 to 3-Digit Numbers   Practice - Awesome Antonym Match-Up
Game/Quiz – Comparing 2 to 4-Digit Numbers   Practice - Synonym Matching
Quiz – Comparing 4-Digit Numbers   Game - Synonym Hangman
    Game - Synonym Search
Graphing/Coordinate Planes   Game - Synonym Balloons
Game - Tally Marks, Bar Graphs, Pictographs   Practice - Synonym/Antonym Match - Beginner
Practice - Make a Bar Graph   Practice - Synonym Matching
Game - Planet Hop – Coordinate Plane   Quiz – Antonym Jumble-aya - Challenging
Game - Bug Coordinate Planes   Game – Antonyms Wordweb I– Beginner
    Game – Antonyms Wordweb II – Challenging
Measurement/Weight   Practice - Antonyms Jigsaw – Beginner
Game - Measure It!    
Game/Quiz - Toon University Size Estimation   Reading Comprehension
Game - Artie Ounces Soda Machine – Challenging   Quiz/Game - Prediction Dig It!
    Game - Inference Battleship
Geometry   Game - Digger's Interactive Stories - Varied Age Levels
Games - Geometry Hangman and Boomerang Game   Quizzes – Reading Passages and Question - Can only do the passages with glasses
Quiz - Angles   Quiz – Main Idea
Game – Solid Figure Factory   Quiz - Reading Passage and Questions
Games - Solids Hangman and Sorter   Quiz - Sequencing - Passages and Questions
Game - Polygon Matching   Quiz - Reading Passage and Questions, Cloze
Song - Geometry Jingle   Quiz - Main Idea – Reading Passage and Questions
Practice - Polygon Playground    
Practice - Pattern Blocks   Vocabulary Building
Game - Shape Sorting – Challenging   Game - Multiple Meaning Jeopardy
    Game - Carnival of Words
Perimeter/Area   Game – Word Jungle – Definitions - Challenging
Game - Shape Surveyor   Game – eWord Game - Click on each story name and then choose the “eWord game” for a vocabulary game
Game/Quiz - Adam Ant   Game - Crossword Puzzle
    Games - Word Searches, Crosswords, etc.
Symmetry   Quiz - Globe Context Clues
Game - Symmetry Patterns   Quiz - Spider Context Clues
Game - Symmetry Sort   Quiz - Habit Adaptations Context Clues – Challenging
    Quizzes - Homophones
Patterns   Quiz - Using There, Their, or They’re – Challenging
Game - Number Cracker – Varied Levels    
Game - Crack the Code Number Patterns – Challenging   Prefixes, Suffixes, and Base/Root Words
Game - Crazy Pattern Machine – Increase the Difficulty   Game – Race to Ramses – Prefixes
Game - Pattern Mania   Game - Prefix Millionaire
    Game - Short Circuit – Prefix/Suffix Meanings - Challenging
Money   Game - Crystal Castle – Im- and In- Prefixes
Game - Counting Change Game   Game - Word Works – Using Prefixes and Suffixes
Practice/Quiz - Counting Change   Game - Nifty Thrifty Fifty Suffixes Jeopardy
Practice/Quiz – Counting Change 2   Game - Prefix Tower
Game – Money Workbench – Identify, Count, Add, Subtract   Practice - Root/Base Word Matching
Game - Scottie Nickel’s Change Maker – Challenging   Practice – Prefix Puzzle
Game – Cash Out - Making Change - Challenging   Game - Prefix Catch
Game - Farm Stand   Game - Prefix Crossword – Challenging
Game - Change Maker   Game - Fish Tank Prefixes, Suffixes, and Base Words – Challenging
Game - Counting Change Matching   Quiz - Rooting Out Words – Challenging
Game – Dollar Dive   Practice - Words with Suffixes
Game - Making Change – Challenging   Practice – Matching Prefixes - Beginner
Game - Count the Money – Challenging   Practice – Matching Prefixes 2 – Beginner
    Practice – Suffixes and Base Word Match – Beginner
Game - Sum Sense   Compound Words
Game – Math Fries   Quiz – Breaking Down Compound Words
Game - Adding Millionaire   Practice - Compound Word Matching
Game - 2 Player Bug Race Addition – Enter Own Minimum/Maximum Numbers   Practice - Snowman - Building Compound Words – Beginner
Game - Addition Pinball – Beginner   Practice - Building Compound Words – Beginner
Game - Speed Grid Addition    
Game - Monkey Addition   Contractions
Game – Ed, Edd, n Eddy Addition – Beginner   Game - Fly By Contractions
Game – Batman Addition – Beginner   Practice – Contraction Matching – Beginner
Game - Addition Matho   Quizzes - Contractions - Beginner
Game - Addition Hidden Picture   Quiz - Making Contractions
Game - 2 Player Ghost Blaster   Quiz - Making Contractions 2
Game - 2 Player Ghost Blaster II– Challenging   Practice - Contraction Matching
Game - Add Like Mad - Challenging   Practice - Contraction Matching 2
Game - Addition Surprise – Beginner    
Game - 2 Player Addition Challenge   Subject-Verb Agreement
Quiz/Game - Addition Machine - Varied Levels   Game/Quiz - Matching the Correct Verb to the Subject
Practice - Balancing Addition Scales   Quiz - Grammatically Correct Sentences
Game - Three Digit Addition – Challenging    
Game - Addition Waterslide   Irregular Verbs
    Game - Irregular Verb Jeopardy
Subtraction   Quiz - Identifying the Correct Verb - Challenging
Game - Subtraction Action - Challenging   Quiz - Identifying the Correct Verb II - Challenging
Game - Subtraction Math Magician – Beginner   Quiz - Identifying the Correct Verb III - Challenging
Game - Waterslide Subtraction   Quiz - Identifying the Correct Verb IV - Challenging
Game - Subtraction Millionaire – Challenging   Quiz - Identifying the Correct Verb VI – Using Lay or Lie Correctly - Challenging
Game - Speed Grid Subtraction    
Game - Subtraction Machine   Complete Sentences & Types of Sentences
Game - 2 Player Ghost Subtraction   Quiz - Identifying Complete Sentences
Game - Hockey Subtraction – Basic Math Facts   Quiz - Complete Sentences, Types of Sentences, and Writing Sentences Correctly
Game - Subtraction Hidden Picture   Quizzes - Practice with Complete Sentences, Sentences Make Sense, Capital Letters/PeriodsNote: This site is from the UK, so some terms are slightly different. For example, a period is called a full stop.
    Quiz - Sentence or Fragment
Multiplication   Game - Identifying and Correcting Types of Sentences
Game - Meteor Multiplication   Game - Monkey Game - Building Complete Sentences
Game - Multiplication Station   Game - Penguins on Ice – Building Complete Sentences
Game - Tunnel Blaster   Powerpoint with Interactive Quiz Questions – Complete Sentences - Need to have Powerpoint on your computer or download the Free Powerpoint viewer
Game - Multiplication Millionaire   Practice - Making Complete Sentences that Make Sense
Game - Multiflyer   Quiz – Making Complete Sentences
Games - Variety of Multiplication Games   Quiz - Identifying Sentence Fragments - Challenging
Game - Multiplication Matho – Challenging   Quiz- Identifying Sentence Fragments II- Challenging
Game - Multiplication Hidden Picture   Quiz - Identifying Sentence Fragments III – Challenging
Game - Multiplication Math Magician – Beginner   Quiz - Fixing Sentence Fragments - Challenging
Game/Practice - Multiplication Trees    
Game - Lemonade Stand – Multiplying Money   Capitalization and Punctuation
Game - Mighty Math – Challenging – 2 Digits x 1 Digit   Game - Punctuation Paintball – Capital Letters/Punctuation
Game - Multiplication   Game - Capitalization and Punctuation Millionaire
Game - Balloon Invaders – Challenging   Game - Power Proofreading – Punctuation/Capital Letters
    Game - Penguins on Ice – Choosing the Correct End Mark
Division   Quiz – Correct Capitalization and Punctuation
Game - Division Math Magician – Beginner   Quiz - Correct Capitalization and Punctuation
Game - Division   Game - Edit Dan’s Copy – Proofreading for Capital Letters and Punctuation - Challenging
Practice/Game - Divider Machine - Varied Levels   Quiz – Correct Capitalization and Punctuation
Game - Division Cards   Quiz – Correct Capitalization and Punctuation II
    Game – Comma ConfusionNeed to Click on Game Title
Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide - Mixed   Game - Wall of Words - Buiding Sentences with Punctuation
Game - Math Football   Quiz - Apostrophes
Game – Math Mayhem – Race Against Other People    
Game - Code Cracker   Poetry & Rhymes
Game - Coloring Book Math Facts   Game - Wizards and Pigs – Rhyme, Alliteration, and Rhythm Best with Sound
Game – Connect Four with Math Facts   Quiz – Poetry Crazy Quiz
Game - Math Baseball   Riddles - Annie’s Rhyme Time – Solve the Riddles or Send in Your Own
Game - Mathcar Racing    
Game – Leon’s Math Dojo   Parts of a Sentence and Parts of Speech (Nouns, Verbs, Etc.)
Game – Cyberchallenge   Game - Sink or Swim – Subject/Predicate
Game - Timed Math Drills   Game – Clean Up Your Grammar – Identifying Nouns and Verbs
Game – Math Drills – Timed or Untimed – Can Mix Types of Problems   Game - Rocket Word Tag – Identifying Parts of Speech Game
Game - Build a Bug   Game - Mad Libs Junior
Game - Number Cruncher   Game – Wacky Web Tales
    Game - Common and Proper Noun Basketball
Number Sense/Place Value   Game – Rat’s Nouns and Verbs
Game/Quiz - Place Value Puzzler   Quiz - Identifying Parts of Speech
Game - Making Numbers    
Game - Frog Palace   Fun Writing Prompts
Game - Expanded Form Matching   Practice - Writing Fix
Game – Reading 3 Digit Numbers   Practice - Bright Ideas
Game – Place Value Golf    
Game – Place Value Cannon - Challenging   Spelling - Enter Your Own Spelling Words
Quiz/Practice – Cats in a Row – Place in Line   Practice - Look, Cover, Write, and Check MethodEnter Your Spelling Words and then Press Go
    Game - Word Safari - Enter your Own Spelling Words and Play a Game – 8 Letter Words or Less
Games – Fishy Fractions   Spelling - Other Words
Quiz/Game – Fractions   Game - Everglades Spelling Race
Lesson/Quiz - Pizza Fractions   Game - Battleship of Frequently Misspelled Words
Lesson/Practice – Fraction Models   Game -Battleship 2
Lesson/Quiz - Fourths   Game - Hangman
Game - Matching Fractions   Game - Fearless Frieda - BeginnerNeeds Sound
Practice - Visual Fractions/Circles   Game - Spin and Spell - Beginner
Practice - Visual Fractions/Sets   Games – Spellits
Practice - Egyptian Fractions – Adding Fractions   Games - Spellbound
Game - Comparing Fractions – Challenging   Game - Fishing for Words – Ending in Y/Double Consonant
Game - Making Pizzas – Challenging    
Practice - Shade in Fractions    
Game/Practice - Fraction Fun    
Game/Practice - Pizza Party - Beginner    
Game - Rounding Off – Challenging    
Game/Quiz - Round Number - Challenging    
Quiz - Sea Shell Rounding – Nearest 10    
Word Problems    
Game – Leon’s Math Stories    
Game - Grand Slam Math    
Game - Hoops - Challenging    
Story/Quiz - Sock Adventure