The Silver Scoop

May 9-13

Last Week's Learning

We had a wonderful field trip to the Indiana Statehouse and the Indiana State Museum last Wednesday. Many, many thanks to the parent chaperones who joined us, walking between the capitol and the museum in the rain, too! Enjoy these pictures!
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Upcoming Events

There are so many end-of-year events coming soon! Mark your calendars!

Field Day is this Friday, and 4th grade will participate in the morning from 9:00-11:30. Students need to be sure to dress appropriately as we will be outside all morning participating in athletic events. There is no rain date for Field Day this year, so if it does rain, we will have a normal day instead.

The final PTO meeting of the year is this Monday, May 9 at 6:30 in the library.

The students who attend the Federation Weekday Religious Education will have their closing program this Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 at Plainfield Christian Church. Students should arrive by 6:45, and there will be cookies and punch at a reception afterwards.

On Monday, May 16, the students who have passed all 4 math fact tests this year will enjoy their reward, seeing a BMX bike show.

On Tuesday, May 17, there will be a 4th and 5th grade spelling bee. Ms. Miller and I will work together to decide how we will pick our representatives for this event.

On Thursday, May 19, all fourth graders will "step up" to 5th grade. During special class time that day, the team of 5th grade teachers will meet with current 4th graders to tell them what to expect next year. This is a bit different than in past years where students met their assigned 5th grade teacher. This year class lists won't be posted until the week before school begins.

The last PRIDE convocation this year will be on Friday, May 20, at 2:15 in the gym. Soon I will be contacting the parents whose children will be recognized with an Extra Credit or Value award.

The students' last day of school is Tuesday, May 24. We only have 12 days left!

This week's special schedule:

Monday--Music, Tuesday--Art, Wednesday--Gym, Thursday--Computer Lab, Friday--Library

What We Are Studying This Week

DOL/Word Work -- This week the students will do Week #23 of Daily Paragraph Editing, and there will be quiz on Friday. In Word Work, we are on our last spelling list of the year, List #32 on "prickly pairs." These are word pairs that are frequently mixed up because of similar spellings. The students need to know the different meanings of the similar words and how to use them correctly in a sentence as well as the spellings of the 5 core words. There will be a spelling test on Friday. This Week's Words: capital, capitol, loose, lose, desert, dessert, past, passed, accept, except, medal, metal, already, all ready, stationary, stationery. Core Words: favorite, character, message, college, excellent.

Math -- On Monday, the students are going to take the final STAR Math test of the year during our math class time. Many of the students have not made their goals yet, but I am confident that they will be able to on this test because they have learned so much math this year! On Tuesday during our small group time, there will be a fun activity on comparing fractions that will take us outside to the basketball court on the playground, if the weather cooperates. We will continue working on comparing and ordering fractions (Lessons 11-6 and 11-7) for the rest of the week. The students are learning to find the least common multiple (LCM) to change fractions to equivalent ones with common denominators. There will be homework on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Science -- We will finish reading Unit 4, Lesson 1 on heredity, and there will be an assignment over this lesson on Tuesday. Then we will begin reading Lesson 2 on how living things are adapted to their environment. This week the students will also receive an assignment for an at-home project: an egg drog. The students will apply what they learned in Unit 5 about the engineering design process to design an egg protector. The students will design the protector at home and test it twice before the egg drop at school. There are 11 questions for the students to answer, and all of the information is spelled out in the assignment packet that will be sent home this week. I need to finalize the date for the egg drop, but it will probably be at the end of next week. Look for the date to be included in the packet.

Reading & Language -- We will continue reading the novel Among the Hidden, focusing on Chapters 11-20 this week. There is an assignment over these chapters that will likely be due on Friday, but the students should have class time each day to work on it. We did not get to read the Chris Van Allsburg stories from our basal reading books last week, but I am hoping that we will read those on Wednesday and Thursday this week. These books will lead us into our final writing project of the school year, which we may be able to begin on Friday. I'll leave it a mystery for now, although that is a clue itself! Stay tuned!

Social Studies -- On Monday we will make a study guide over Unit 3, Lesson 1 on pioneers. There is also a review assignment on Wednesday, and then there will be a quiz over this lesson on Thursday.

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Reading Goal Update

As you know, the students have individualized reading goals, and we are nearing the end of the quarter when pages are tabulated. Students should reach their final goal by next Friday, May 20. Right now Vinny leads the class with 3,388 pages, while Bella, Kiki, and Nik have more than 2,000 pages. Awesome! Many students have already met their final reading goal, including Maddy, Joshua B., Tyran, Nik, Sadie, Bella, Gabi, Kiki, and Vinny. The students still have two weeks, so it's not too late to READ! Please ask your child to update you on his/her pages and goal, or let me know if you have questions or concerns. We also have the 100 Point AR Pizza Party coming up on Monday, May 23. The students who have already earned this reward are Vinny, Kiki, Savannah, Luke, Nik, William, Sadie, Bella, Norah, Abigail, Jacob, Tyran, Christian, and Maddy. This is the most students I've ever had earn 100 points, and I'm hopeful that Alexis, Reagan, Telly, and Joshua B. might also be able to join us! Reading is such an important skill, and I'm very proud that these students have taken so much time to practice and ENJOY reading this year!

This Week's Cartoon

Today I hope your child(ren) treated you like the superheroes you are! Happy Mother's Day! And while you are reflecting on your role as a mother, here is some food for thought. Recently this article resonated with me as a teacher and a mother, reminding me that ultimately I'm raising my children to leave me and to function successfully in society as contributing adults. I hope that I'm helping your child to achieve this same goal, as we focus on responsibility, perseverance, and overcoming challenges. Read it for yourself and see what you think!
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Mrs. Kara Silver

4th Grade Teacher

Clarks Creek Elementary

Plainfield Community Schools