The Silver Scoop

November 3-7 edition

Our Students Show PRIDE!

Here is the picture that was missing from last week's awards celebration. Congratulations to Brayden & Ella S. who were our Value Winners and to Elyse and Tyler Constans who were our Extra Credit Winners!


Congratulations to the students who clipped up last week: Brady, Pierce, Rylea, Andy, Aiden, Kaydence, Mia, Elyse, Tyler Constans, Ella C., and Logan. Way to go!

Upcoming Events

The PTO is having Restaurant Night at Applebee's this Wednesday, November 5 from 5:00-9:00. Please come out and support our PTO! The next PTO meeting is Monday, November 10 at 6:30 in the library. Next week, November 10-14, the PTO will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair. Look for more information to come home soon! Don't forget that Trash Bag Pick-up is next Tuesday, November 11, from 5:00-7:00 in the gym.

The Science Fair is in ONE WEEK! Projects are due on Monday, November 10. Students will present in class on Monday or Tuesday. They should use note cards to help them deliver their presentation. Students who are entering the Science Fair need to make a tri-board display in addition to completing the packet that was sent home before break. The Science Fair will be open for parents to view projects on Tuesday, November 11 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Please contact me if you have any questions.


Our first field trip is scheduled for this Friday, November 7. We will go to the One Room Schoolhouse in Pittsboro. It will be like the students traveled back in time as they take on a new name and have a new teacher -- the schoolmarm! Information about how to dress and what to pack for lunch was sent home last week.


This week's special schedule:

Monday--Computer Lab, Tuesday--Library, Wednesday--Music, Thursday--Art, Friday--No Specials (Field Trip)

Last Week's Learning

We had all kinds of fun last week while learning! Check out the pictures below of these awesome activities:

  • The students loved exploring circuits using Christmas tree lights, switches, 9-volt batteries, and wire. They made both series and parallel circuits and experimented with what would happen when a burned-out bulb replaced one in the circuit. They also tried using different parts of their pencils and a paper clip as part of the circuit.

  • To help understand synonyms and antonyms, the students played Go Fish with synonym and antonym cards.

  • On Halloween the fourth grade enjoyed Pumpkin Fest, with activities such as Candy Corn Math, The Great Pumpkin Roll, and Will It Float -- Pumpkin Edition. Having a power outage during these stations just added to the excitement! THANK YOU to Janet Constans, Matt Flora, Matt Goff, and Stephanie Soto who volunteered to help at Pumpkin Fest!

  • We also had a blast at our Halloween Party, but I forgot to take pictures! Oops! Briana Caffery did an excellent job coordinating the party, and Amy Chafin, Matt Goff, and Janet Constans were wonderful helpers. Thank you to everyone that donated party supplies, too!

What We Are Studying This Week

DOL/Journal -- We will do DOL Week #12 each morning this week. On Friday students will take a quiz over the DOL sentences we corrected. Students will also use the prompts for Week #12 to write at least one page in their journals this week.


STARS Club -- The students are continuing in their current STARS Club groups.


Math -- This week we are finishing Topic 6, doing Lessons 6-4, 6-5, and 6-6. On Thursday we will have a test over Topics 5 and 6. Students need to be able to multiply up to 4-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers, estimate products, and solve story problems. There will be homework nightly, Monday through Wednesday.


Science -- We will read Lesson 4 on electric motors, electromagnets, and generators. There will be homework one night this week.


Word Work -- We are on List #12 this week on government vocabulary words. Students need to learn the spellings and definitions of the 10 vocabulary words and also the spellings of the 5 core words. There will be a test on Friday. This Week's Words: community, defend, delegate, document, federal, founded, reform, represent, state, term. Core Words: correct, measure, straight, mountain, caught


Reading & Language -- This is our last week to read Imaginative Literature, and our story is "Paul Bunyan" from the blue reading book. This is a funny tall tale, and we will read another tall tale, "John Henry," too. The students will learn that tall tales are a type of legend that exaggerate a character's qualities. They will practice sequencing the story by working together to write and draw about the most important story events. There will be homework on Monday and a story quiz on Thursday. This week we will also work on revising our writing by examining our word choice. The students will learn that some words are "OUT," and they will find better synonyms to replace boring, tired words, especially verbs.


Social Studies -- We are starting Unit 2 on Native Americans in Indiana. This week we will read Lesson 1 on Paleo-Indians that lived during the Ice Age and also Mound Builders. There will be an assignment over Lesson 1 sometime this week.

This Week's Funny

Be sure to ask your child what book he/she is currently reading. By the end of this week, students should have read 200 pages already this quarter.
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Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. We're going to have a FABULOUS week!

Mrs. Kara Silver

4th Grade Teacher

Clarks Creek Elementary

Plainfield Community Schools