The Silver Scoop

January 11-15

Our Class Shows PRIDE

Several students clipped up last week for showing their best PRIDE behavior: Luke, Vinny, Joshua, William, Bella, Christian, Jacob, Nik, Norah, Kiki, Riley, Josh N., Reagan, Gabi, Savannah, and Maddy. Congratulations to these students who earned PRIDE bands last week, too. Teal Band (60 credits): Jacob Catron, Nik Graff, and Josh Nunley. Yellow Band (90 credits): Christian Blok, Savannah Helmick, Bella Julius, and Vinny Wittenbring. Way to go, students!

Upcoming Events

The January PTO meeting will be this Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.

This Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30 in the Clarks Creek cafeteria, there is a parent meeting regarding the upcoming Body Safety presentations.

Next Monday, January 19 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and there will be NO SCHOOL for students.

This week's special schedule:

Monday--Library, Tuesday--Music, Wednesday--Art, Thursday--Gym, Friday--Computers

Last Week's Learning

Did you hear that we had snowball fights in our classroom last week? The students wrote long division problems on papers that were wadded up into snowballs. Then they had about 20 seconds to "fight" with them. When the fight was over, everyone found a snowball and solved the long division problem on it. Then we had another fight, and this time the students had to use multiplication to check the long division answer. Check out the fun the students had in the video below.
Snowball Fight

What We Are Studying This Week

DOL/Word Work -- We are on Daily Paragraph Editing #8 this week, and there will be a quiz on Friday. In Word Work, we are on List #18 on science experiment vocabulary words, and there will be a test on Friday. For the test, the students need to know the spellings and definitions of the 10 vocabulary words and also the spellings of the 5 core words. This week's words: conclude, data, evidence, investigate, method, observe, possible, proceed, prove, vary. Core Words: history, middle, woman, choose, trouble We are also beginning to study Greek and Latin roots each week. Look for more information to come home soon about that!

Math -- We will finish Topics 9 and 10 on long division this week, doing Lessons 9-1, 9-5, and 9-6. We will be focusing on multiplication and division story problems. The students will be taught to look for clue words and to draw pictures to help choose which operation to do. There will be homework nightly Monday-Thursday and a test over Topics 9-10 on Friday. Don't forget about these websites where your child can practice long division:

Science -- This week the students will read and complete a packet on weathering and erosion. We will do an experiment where we model weathering by shaking rocks in small jars of water. Then we will begin reading Lesson 3 on earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides. Students who use their time wisely in class should not have any science homework.

Reading -- We will continue to study Martin Luther King this week by reading an A-Z reader about his life. Then we will read an A-Z reader about the life of Mahatma Gandhi, who inspired Martin Luther King to make nonviolence a priority when demonstrating for civil rights. The students will read a play about the life of Martin Luther King, too. Our skills this week are cause/effect, synonyms/antonyms, and Greek and Latin root words. There will be NO reading homework this week, but there will be a story test over both A-Z books on Friday.

Language -- We will identify more parts of speech in student-written sentences. The students will practice correcting quotations and run-on sentences about Martin Luther King. In writing, they will identify important character traits of Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi. Then the students will write about these character traits in a flip book that will be hung in the hallway.

Social Studies -- This week we will study historical maps, and the students will color two maps of the United States to show how land ownership changed after the French & Indian War. There is an assignment over Unit 2, Lesson 3 on Wednesday, but students may be able to use their time wisely and finish it in class.

This Week's Funny

How many people feel like this right now? :)
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Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. We're going to have a WONDERFUL week!

Mrs. Kara Silver

4th Grade Teacher

Clarks Creek Elementary

Plainfield Community Schools