The Silver Scoop

February 16-19

Our Students Have Pride

Congratulations to the students who clipped up last week for showing exceptional behavior: Mia, Luke, Savannah, Riley, Gabi, Vinny, Kiki, Jacob, Josh N., Maddox, Nik, and Christian. Several students earned PRIDE bands, too: Nik and Tyran (green bands) and Vinny (purple band). Way to go, students!

On Monday, the Dumpster Drummers visited our school to reward the students for reducing trash in November during the Waste Free Lunch Challenge. Our class was in charge of recycling on the day of the challenge, so they certainly earned this fun reward! The drummers entertained us with creative music and taught about the importance of recycling.

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Dumpster Drummers
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Upcoming Events

Don't forget to sign your child's reading log for Mr. Popper's Penguins. There will be a prize for students who return it signed on Tuesday. Last week the students should have read Chapters 6-10. This week they will read Chapters 11-15.

Envelopes for yearbook orders were sent home earlier this month. They are due back by February 29.

The next PTO Restaurant Night is February 23 at Panda Express. Be on the lookout for more details!

This week's special schedule:

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

Last Week's Learning

Tuesday math groups are always a hit with the students. The small group time gives them more one-on-one attention from an adult, and usually there are fun activities and games to play. This week the students practiced measurement conversions with a Chutes and Ladders-inspired game.

Last Thursday the students reviewed important concepts about weathering, erosion, and tectonic plate movement using graham crackers and chocolate frosting. They loved it!

Our Valentine's Party was a blast! Many, many thanks to the parents who donated items for the party and to those that were able to help during the party. The kids had fun playing games and decorating sugar cookies. They loved exchanging cards with each other, too.
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What We Are Studying This Week

DOL/Word Work -- We will do Daily Paragraph Editing, Week #13. There will a DOL quiz this Friday. In Word Work, we are on List #23, which has words with Greek Roots, and there will be a test on Friday. This week's words: telephone, biography, telescope, photograph, microwave, diameter, barometer, microscope, headphones, microphone, autograph, microchip, telegraph, perimeter, paragraph, phonics, symphony, saxophone, periscope, megaphone. The students also need to know that "tele" = far away, "phone" = sound, "bio" = life, "graph" = write, "scope" = see, "photo" = light, "micro" = small, "peri" = around, and "mega" = big. We will practice these words and the roots' definitions in class quite a bit this week. There are no core words on this week's test.

Math -- This week we will start Topic 15 on area and perimeter, although we will not use the book very much during this unit. We will review the difference between area and perimeter and how to calculate them both. We will discover that rectangles can have the same area and different perimeters and vice versa. And we will learn how to find a missing side when given one side and either area or perimeter. There will be homework on Wednesday and Thursday.

Science -- On Tuesday we will make a study guide for Unit 3 on Earth Science. There will be a science test on Friday over Unit 3. On Wednesday and Thursday we will review the ISTEP Practice Test questions that are on pages 183-187 at the end of the unit. There will be no science homework this week.

Reading -- This week's story is "So You Want to Be President?" from the blue reading book. This nonfiction selection contains facts about all of our Presidents. Our reading skill is main idea and supporting details. The students will identify many main ideas/details from our story, as well as main ideas/details from a leveled reader about either American government or the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. There will be a story quiz on Friday but no reading homework this week.

-- The students will continue drafting their essays about using Jackie Robinson's values to overcome a barrier. We will also practice writing constructed response answers to questions from our reading, including a practice ISTEP passage about the United States Mint.

Social Studies -- We should finish reading Unit 3, Lesson 4 about the American Revolution, and there might be homework on Thursday.

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We are about halfway through the 3rd quarter, and many students have been reading like crazy! Please check with your child to see if he/she is keeping up with the reading goal that we set in January. Page totals are updated about once a week and posted in the classroom. If you have a question about your child's progress, please let me know. By the way, at the end of the month, all students who read Mr. Popper's Penguins can take the AR test and count that book towards their reading goals!

This Week's Cartoon

President Lincoln and many other great Americans are remembered today for much more, but I'll never forget when my then three year-old son thought Lincoln Street in Plainfield was named for one of his favorite toys -- Lincoln logs!
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Mrs. Kara Silver

4th Grade Teacher

Clarks Creek Elementary

Plainfield Community Schools