The Silver Scoop

January 19-23

Last Week's Learning

The students did an amazing job with our Martin Luther King presentation last Friday. Thank you to the many parents and grandparents who were able to be there. As I said that day, the students worked hard to learn the difficult words used by Dr. King in his "I Have a Dream" speech. But they also learned what those words mean and about the many instances of figurative language in the speech while practicing their public speaking skills, too. But the greatest benefit of this study is hopefully the inspiration for students to stand up for what they believe in, to practice nonviolence, and to care about others. These are lessons that I hope will stick with the students for many, many years to come.

Upcoming Events

Parents are invited to meet and greet our new assistant principal, Mr. Jim Murray, from 6-7pm on Tuesday evening in Town Hall.

This week's special schedule:

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

Last week the students took the English/Language Arts Acuity B test during their computer lab time. This week they will take the Mathematics Acuity B test during computer lab.

What We Are Studying This Week

DOL/Journal -- We are starting something new this week! Instead of DOL, the students will have a Daily Paragraph Editing page for morning work. Each morning they will read and edit a paragraph, finding all of the capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling mistakes. On Fridays, there will typically be a quiz where one of the paragraphs is presented to the students and they have to rewrite the paragraph correctly. I planned to make this change for second semester to encourage students to better proofread and edit their own writing. Instead of correcting single sentences, they will be correcting entire paragraphs, which more closely mimics what they do when editing their own written work. Since this week is a shorter week, there will be no quiz on Friday. The students will also be expected to write in their journals this week, completing a full page by Friday.

STARS Club -- STARS Clubs began last week. Be sure to check with your child to find out which club he/she is in for this quarter. Here is a reminder of the novels that the different groups are reading: Mr. Johnston-- Tiger Rising, Mrs. Miller-- Riding Freedom, Mrs. Silver-- Walk Two Moons, Mrs. Stevenson-- Holes, and Mr. Van Paris-- The Cricket in Times Square.

Math -- On Tuesday the students will get back their Topic 10 tests on long division. We will review several problems together, and then students will make corrections to the other problems they missed. We will also begin a new unit this week. Instead of continuing on to Topic 11, we are skipping to the end of the book to do Topic 16 on geometry. This week we will do Lessons 16-1, 16-2, and 16-3. There are lots of vocabulary words to know in this unit. This week the students need to know point, line, line segment, ray, parallel, perpendicular, intersecting/oblique, acute angle, obtuse angle, right angle, and straight angle. There will be homework each day, Tuesday through Thursday.

Science -- We will read Lesson 3 on volcanoes, earthquakes, and landslides. These are events that change the earth very quickly, as opposed to weathering and erosion that take place very slowly over a long period of time. There will be an assignment on Wednesday. We will also read a science reader called "Changes to the Earth's Surface" that summarizes a lot of information the students have been learning from our textbook.

Word Work -- This week we are on List #19 on test 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: accuracy, argument, challenge, concentrate, consider, determine, error, judgment, restate, select. Core Words: business, eight, minute, especially, necessary

Reading & Language -- Our story is "Antarctic Journal" from the blue reading book. This nonfiction piece contains journal entries from a scientist who visits Antarctica. Our reading skills are main idea/supporting details and fact/opinion. There will a comprehension assignment on Wednesday and a story quiz on Thursday. We will also learn about Sir Ernest Shackleton, the English explorer who was the first to travel to Antarctica, and his nearly three-year struggle to rescue his crew after their ship was trapped in pack ice and sunk. We will also read a leveled reader called "Plants and Animals of Antarctica" and compare Indiana to Antarctica. After reading journal entries in our story and excerpts from Shackleton's crew, the students will write their own journal entry about a trip to Antarctica. Additionally, we will study time order words, and students will be encouraged to use those in their writing.

Social Studies -- If we are able, we will begin Unit 2, Lesson 4 on the American Revolution. I don't anticipate any social studies homework this week.

This Week's Funny

Instead of a joke this week, here is a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. Of course a main goal for my students is to get smarter as they gain knowledge in a variety of subject areas. But your children are much, much more than just an ISTEP or Acuity score to me. Another huge goal is for students to grow as people who care about each other and our world.
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Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. We're going to have a SPECTACULAR week!

Mrs. Kara Silver

4th Grade Teacher

Clarks Creek Elementary

Plainfield Community Schools