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Mrs. Billings' 4th Grade Classroom News

Last Update

I can't believe we are down to 7 days of school left. This will be our final update of the year. Thank you for your support throughout the year in helping your child to grow academically! We've made some great progress and I know they will continue to grow as they move into 5th grade. I hope your family is able to have a relaxing summer full of making memories. Please keep in touch.

Tomorrow's Field Trip - Reminder

We will be traveling to the Indiana State Museum TOMORROW. We will be touring the museum, looking at the 92 county sculptures around the museum's exterior, and taking part in an underground railroad workshop. Students will need a fully disposable sack lunch! Thank you to all the volunteers that will be joining us on our trip. If you are a volunteer, we will be leaving on the bus at 9:15, so please be here on time if you are riding with us! Thank you to Mrs. Hurt for offering to drive due to the lack of bus space!!

Important Dates and Reminders

  • NWEA TESTING- May 30th (math). If students need extra time, we will test an additional day!
  • If your child has accommodations for testing, they will complete NWEA testing with Mr. Laurino or Mrs. Gardner on 6/1 (math).
  • Wednesday, May 31st- Field trip to Indiana State Museum- SACK LUNCH NEEDED
  • http://signup.com/go/NyJPYr
  • The last day of school will be WEDNESDAY June 7th!! REPORT CARDS WILL COME HOME ON THIS DAY!!!

From the PTO

Fishback Families,

It is almost time for our 5th Annual Fishback Festival! It is next Friday, June 2, from 6-8:30 PM.

We need LOTS of volunteers to make this a success. There are two shifts for each activity, 5:45-7:15 and 7:15-8:30. Here is the link to volunteer http://signup.com/go/NyJPYr . Each volunteer will receive 1 FREE wristband for a child to attend. Without your help, these activities would not be available for kids to enjoy!

Wristbands are on sale now! They are $7 per child or $5 per child for families of 3 or more.
Don’t wait until Friday…the prices will increase to $10 a child or $8 a child for families of 3 or more. As a reminder, here are a few activities wristbands will get you access to… 2 bounce houses, giant inflatable slides, 3 obstacle courses, body bumpers, limbo, 3 legged race, sack races AND the ever popular DUNK TANK! (Wristbands are only needed for children to have unlimited access to the above activities.) Students are encouraged to bring books to swap out for “new” summer reading books! J

No need to eat before you come! The Pike Food Truck and Kona Ice will be at Fishback Festival!

Finally, every 15 minutes, we will be giving away prizes to family in attendance. Your family could win tickets to Conner Prairie, Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Indians, Holiday World and many more places! J

We hope to see you and your family next Friday!


Fishback PTO

Math- Getting Ready for 5th Grade

With the field trip, short week, and NWEA, we will only have a few days for math this week! We'll continue on with our "getting ready for 5th grade lessons" and will explore using ordered pairs to locate points on a grid. We'll also use our multiplication skills to find the product of 3 factors instead of 2. All things that students will see at the beginning of next year! There will be NO math homework this week.


It's a 4-day week, but fourth graders will be responsible for grade level text this week. We'll be reading King in the Kitchen and exploring the genre of DRAMA. Today we compared the difference between prose writing and drama. The biggest difference is that in a drama, you perform for an audience. Characters using dialogue, stage directions, a cast of characters, and set changes are a few other differences between prose (regular writing) and drama.

We did discuss that in both types of writing, you will have characters, a setting, and a plot!

Tuesday: Reread the grade level story, King in the Kitchen; Quick Quiz on Wednesday


Thursday: Vocabulary activity; Test on Thursday (study guide comes home)

Friday: assessment over story


Students are finishing up super hero stories this week, complete with an original super hero character and plot! As I work to finish up benchmark reading conferences, students are planning, drafting, editing, revising, and publishing their stories. Some are even creating a comic strip to go with the story! It is fun to see the creative sides of students come out with this last writing project. Next week, students will work on a memory book for 4th grade.

Instead of word study, we will finish the year with our 10 days to 5th grade countdown. It started last Tuesday and will finish on the last day of school! Many of the activities have taken place outside, so hopefully this chunk of nice weather will continue! Today, on day 7, we will play a game of classroom kickball. One of my favorites! The picture at the bottom is from day 10- writing with chalk outside!!