The Silver Scoop

April 11-15

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Upcoming Events

The spring Scholastic Book Fair is this week! Our class will visit the Book Fair on Monday and Wednesday, so please send any shopping money with your child on those days. The Book Fair will be open in Town Hall during school hours, so feel free to stop and shop any time this week.

Grandparents' Night is this Thursday, April 14. Grandparents and other family members are invited to tour the school and visit our classroom anytime between 4:30 and 6:00. (Please note that the invitation sent home earlier this week had the wrong ending time. The students were asked to correct it. The building will only be open until 6:00, not 6:30.) The Book Fair will also be open during this time, and the PTO is sponsoring Restaurant Night at Chicago's Pizza on Thursday night.


The 5th grade musical and 4th/5th grade choir performance will be on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. Permission slips for choir members were sent home on Friday; please return these this week.


The Walkathon will be held on Friday, April 22. The theme is, "Be Sporty, Raise Forty," as students are asked to raise $40 of support. The funds raised will go into a school account to pay for field trips, school-wide convocations, and much more. Your child should turn in money raised by Monday, April 18 to be eligible for prizes. Checks should be made payable to Clarks Creek Elementary School. Volunteers are needed, and you can sign up at http://vols.pt/JJHtyZ.


The second (and final!) round of ISTEP Testing will begin later this month. I don't have the exact schedule for our tests yet, but I think you should plan that testing may occur on April 21-22 and April 25-29. If your child has any appointments scheduled for these dates, you may consider rescheduling them. Testing will primarily be in the mornings.


Our spring field trip to the Indiana State Museum and the Statehouse is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4. Permission slips and chaperone sign-up sheets will be sent home soon. We are fortunate to be able to take many parents on this field trip! If you are interested in chaperoning this field trip but don't have a volunteer background check on file, please let me know so we can take care of that as soon as possible.


This week's special schedule:

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

Last Week's Learning

My reading class celebrated the end of our biography unit with the "Gallery of Fame" art show in the cafeteria. Their "paintings" were outstanding, and the facts shared were equally impressive. I was very proud of every student's effort! Here are pictures of some of the posters. You can see them all here: http://www.photosnack.com/ksilver/galleryoffame.html
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What We Are Studying This Week

DOL/Word Work -- This week the students will do Week #20 of Daily Paragraph Editing. There will be a quiz over one of these paragraphs on Friday. In Word Work, we are on List #29 on words with Greek roots. We will practice the words all week, and then there will be a test on Friday. The students need to know the spellings of the 10 words, the meanings of the Greek roots, and the spellings of the 5 core words. This Week's Words: geography, geology, geometry, photograph, photogenic, photocopier, telephoto, autograph, autobiography, automatic. Core Words: surprise, develop, strength, company, average


Math -- This week we are starting Topic 11 on fractions. We will do Lesson 11-1 on factors, 11-2 on prime and composite numbers, and 11-3 on multiples. There will be homework on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Last week all 4th grade classes started our annual "S'math Smarties" competition. Each week until ISTEP, the students will take a practice ISTEP test that covers many skills learned this year. Students who earn an A on the test will be given Smarties candy and will be recognized on morning announcements! Last week the students took their first test, and I'm happy to say that Maddy Bishop, Tyran Golston, Norah Haines, Savannah Helmick, Justin Langworthy, Maddox Law, Josh Nunley, Carson Steinborn, and Reagan Wilson were our class's S'math Smarties! Way to go! We will take the second S'math Smarties test this Thursday. We always go over the problems together after taking the test so that students can review the skills they missed.


Science -- This week the students will read Unit 5, Lesson 4 on the engineering design process. They will learn how scientists take their ideas from thoughts to drawings to prototypes to final products. There will be an assignment over this lesson on Thursday.


Reading -- Our story this week is "Letters Home from Yosemite" from the blue reading book. In this story, the author tells about a trip to Yosemite National Park. We will learn a little bit about all of our national parks through a read aloud, too. The students will also read a Reading A-Z reader called "Yosemite and the Badge" about a boy who earns a Junior Ranger badge at the park. Our reading skills are main idea/supporting details and sequencing events. There will be a story quiz on Friday.


Language -- We will review compound and complex sentences this week. The students will also write a postcard home from Yosemite, being sure their writing follows the correct structure for a paragraph: main idea, supporting details, conclusion.


Social Studies -- We will continue to read about pioneer life in Unit 3, Lesson 1, focusing on modes of transportation. The students will need to know the benefits and drawbacks of flatboats, keelboats, steamboats, canal boats, stagecoaches, and the railroad. There may be an in-class assignment over this information this week.

This Week's Cartoon

Please pass this "to do list" along to your child's grandparents for this Thursday.
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Mrs. Kara Silver

4th Grade Teacher

Clarks Creek Elementary

Plainfield Community Schools