The Silver Scoop

March 23-27

Our Students Have PRIDE!

The 3rd 9 Weeks Pride Convocation will be this Tuesday, March 24 at 2:15 in the gym. Value of the Month honorees and Extra Credit winners will be recognized at the all-school convocation. 4th Grade Awards will be given out earlier in the day to recognize Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, Reaching for Success, and AR Star students.

Very soon our class should have its first red PRIDE band winners. This is the highest band available and is given to students who earn 150 credits. Our orange band winners are getting very close to earning their red bands, too!

Orange Band Winners: Tyler Cochran, Zoey Flora, Elyse Kennedy, Andy Pace, and Ella Schrock.

Yellow Band Winners: Brayden Alexander, Ella Chafin, Tyler Cochran, Logan Coleman, Tyler Constans, Alexis Decker, Zoey Flora, Madison Goff, Kaydence Harris, Elyse Kennedy, Sawyer Melban, Andy Pace, Rylea Pedigo, Ella Schrock, Avery Shelhamer, Mia Starnes, Joey Thomas, and Aiden Welty.

Green Band Winners: Brayden Alexander, Ella Chafin, Xavier Cheatham, Tyler Cochran, Logan Coleman, Tyler Constans, Alexis Decker, Zoey Flora, Madison Goff, Kaydence Harris, Brady Ikemire, Elyse Kennedy, Abbott Kirby, Sawyer Melban, Andy Pace, Rylea Pedigo, Lauren Schermerhorn, Ella Schrock, Avery Shelhamer, Pierce Soto, Mia Starnes, Joey Thomas, and Aiden Welty.

Blue Band Winners: Everyone in our class has earned a blue band now! Yay!

Last Week's Learning

To help the students understand animal adaptations in science, they read a Science A-Z book called Weird Bird Beaks. Then the students used common household items (scissors, tweezers, clothespins, and pairs of craft sticks) to simulate bird beaks. They tested these items in 4 ways: picking up an eraser, scooping a paper clip in the water, crushing cereal, and puncturing plastic wrap stretched over a jar. The students answered questions about which items performed best and worst on the tests. They compared the items to different types of beaks that we read about, too, and learned that birds have such different beaks because they use them in different ways to eat different foods! Check out these pictures of the students testing items.

Upcoming Events

There is NO SCHOOL this Monday, March 23 due to Teacher Inservice. There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, March 27 as Spring Break begins that day!

Student achievements will be celebrated at the Third 9 Weeks PRIDE Convocation on Tuesday, March 24 at 2;15 in the gym. Special invitations were extended to parents whose children will be recognized at this convocation; however, all parents are invited to attend.

This week's special schedule:

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

What We Are Studying This Week

DOL/Journal -- Due to the short week, there will be NO DOL and NO JOURNAL this week. Instead, the students will spend part of their morning work time reading a Time for Kids magazine.

STARS Club -- New STARS Clubs began last Monday. Mrs. Miller's class is reading Shiloh, Mr. Van Paris's class is reading Cricket in Times Square, Mr. Johnston's class is reading A Wrinkle in Time, Mrs. Stevenson's class is reading Tuck Everlasting, and my class is reading Among the Hidden. **Mrs. Stevenson is on maternity leave through the end of the year, and Mrs. Denise Lehman is her substitute teacher.

Math -- We will review how to turn an improper fraction into a mixed number and also learn how to turn a mixed number into an improper fraction. On Thursday we will have fun Easter-themed math stations to review fraction concepts. There will be homework on Wednesday.

Science -- A study guide for Unit 4 was sent home last week. Please review the information with your child, as there will be a test over Unit 4 on Thursday. We will use the Practice Test from the textbook to play a review game before the test.

Word Work -- There is NO SPELLING this week! :)

Reading -- Last week the students began switching classes daily from 2:30-3:30 for reading instruction. I want to clear up any confusion about the classes. The other 4th grade teachers are all teaching the regular 4th grade curriculum using our adopted basal textbook. These classes are not ability grouped at all. My reading class is the only one that is not using the basal textbook, instead using a high ability language arts curriculum published by the Indiana Department of Education. Beginning after Spring Break, I will send a separate email with information about what my reading class is studying.

Language -- We will finish our "One Wolf Howls" poem this week and will share it with our Kindergarten Book Buddies. In fact, the students will be working with their buddies to read number and month words and to place them in order.

Social Studies -- There will be an in-class review assignment on Wednesday over Unit 2.

This Week's Cartoon

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Mrs. Kara Silver

4th Grade Teacher

Clarks Creek Elementary

Plainfield Community Schools