The Silver Scoop

December 8-12

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Upcoming Events

Tomorrow our class visits the Santa Shop! Please send a list of people to shop for and money with your child. All items will cost $1.

You are invited to the Harlem Wizards basketball game on Monday, December 8 at PHS. Click here for more details. There will be special show put on by a few Wizards players at school on Monday afternoon!

This week's special schedule:

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

Last Week's Learning

Do you remember the Waste Free Lunch Challenge we did in November? Instead of reducing our waste at lunchtime on the designated day, we actually had MORE trash! Although we were disappointed with that result, we decided to try to turn our failure into a success! On Friday, Amy Sieferman from Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District talked to our 4th and 5th graders about reducing waste. The 4th and 5th graders are going to try the Waste Free Lunch Challenge again this Friday, December 12. The students learned tips about how to pack a waste-free lunch, and we are working with the cafeteria staff to reduce waste for those who buy a school lunch. Our class is taking a leadership role in this challenge, and the students have been busy making posters to promote it. A few are even writing skits to perform during lunch this week! If we succeed in reducing waste this time, then we will have special performance from the Dumpster Drummers on December 18! If your child packs a lunch, please help out by packing Friday's lunch in reusable containers, sending any silverware that's needed, packing a drink in a reusable bottle, etc. Your child should have some ideas to help!
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Reading Update

Hopefully you recall that the students are required to read 50 pages per week. These pages are tracked when the students take AR tests, and I post weekly progress updates in the classroom. Now that we are nearing the end of the quarter, it is time to tabulate a total and measure it against the collective goal for the past 10 weeks. Students need to have 500 total pages read by next Thursday, December 18. Letters went home last week with the students who were falling behind, so if your child received one, please stay on top of him/her so that this goal can be reached. Congratulations to Pierce, Andy, Logan, Aiden, Madison, Avery S, Zoey, Ella C, Alexis, Rylea, Joey, Sawyer, Elyse, Brayden, and Xavier who have already reached the 500 page goal! Way to read, students!

What We Are Studying This Week

DOL/Journal -- This week we will do DOL #16 with a test on Friday, and students need to write one full page in their journals by Friday, too.

STARS Club -- Be sure to ask your child about the book he/she is reading in STARS Club.

Math -- This week we will continue to learn more about division. We will do Lessons 9-3, 9-4, 9-5, and 9-6. Students will learn the steps of the division algorithm, using the mnemonic device: Does McDonald's Sell Cheeseburgers? This will help them remember the steps: Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Check, Bring down. We will also work on story problems and identifying whether a problem requires multiplication or division. There will be homework on Monday through Thursday.

Science --We are finished with Unit 2 on electricity, magnetism, and heat energy! On Tuesday the students will make a study guide chock full of information they should already know. Review the study guide with your child to prepare for a test on Friday. In class we will review the practice test that is in the book, but that is another excellent tool to use with your child to help review for the test.

Word Work -- We are on List #16 on the prefixes mis-, non-, and re-. Students need to learn the meanings of each of these (mis=wrong, non=not, re=again) and the spellings of 20 words that use these prefixes. There will be test on Friday. This week's words: misplace, nonsense, reread, repack, misfortune, remove, mishandle, nonstop, recover, reseal, misbehavior, reunion, nonfiction, rebound, mistreat, readjust, misprint, nonprofit, nonstick, misquote.

Reading & Language --We started reading The Family Under the Bridge last week. This short novel takes place in Paris at Christmas time and is about a hobo named Armand who befriends three young homeless children. This week we will continue reading this book, and there will be a homework assignment over Chapters 3 and 4 on Tuesday. This homework assignment will be critically graded, particularly the long response answers. We have spent a lot of class time discussing the attributes of a high-quality answer, and so I will be looking for those traits in the students' work. I expect them to combine the things they've learned and practiced in DOL and writing lessons into their reading response answers.

Social Studies -- We will begin reading Unit 2, Lesson 3 this week on the exploration and settlement of Indiana by Europeans. If we get it, there may be homework over this lesson on Thursday.

This Week's Funny

Be looking for a special letter to Santa to come home this week. You'll want to read it yourself so you can help Santa get a few things for your child's stocking. I promise it won't be threatening like this one!
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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