News From Room #152

Mrs. Swain's 4th Grade Class

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Wishing all the Mother's and caregivers out there a special day. I hope you liked your Mother's Day gift from your kiddo. They worked hard on the card and picked out the picture frame especially for you!

Ready to Learn: Weekly video for your kiddo

Big Ideas - Series 2, Ep. 1 - Katie Discovers the Dip

Please have your child watch this video. It teaches important concepts about learning and how keeping a positive attitude helps him/her as a learner.

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Guest Teachers & Our Classroom

When I am out of the classroom, I expect ALL the children to show good character and to do what is right. Of the character pillars above, I especially expect the children to show respect and trustworthiness. I talked to the class and they reflected on what they could have done differently.

I will be out of the classroom again before the end of the school year. Please talk to your child about how he/she is representing themselves, our class, and Erskine Elementary to our guests.

Further, if the guest teacher leaves specific names, I want you to be aware that it could result in disciplinary action.


Homework was sent home on Friday, May 6th and is due Friday, May 13th. This week we are on spelling Unit 32. The concept is 'i before e except after c'.

See the spelling list below (Unit 32).

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ABC Count Down to Summer

These are the special things that we are doing at school as we count down to summer vacation. The days that are highlighted YELLOW are the days that the students need to bring something from home in order to participate.

Joke Day

Monday, May 9th, 9am

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Come to school prepared with your favorite joke or riddle.

Kickball Day

Tuesday, May 10th, 9am

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Today we will play kickball with the other 4th grade classes if it is not raining.

Love Notes for Teachers

Wednesday, May 11th, 9am

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Today your child can write notes of appreciation to any teacher they currently have or teachers who they have had in the past at Erskine.

Mismatch Day

Thursday, May 12th, 9am

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Your child can wear mismatched clothes today.

New Name Day

Friday, May 13th, 9am

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Anderson, IN

Today your child may pick a new name for the day. The class (including myself) will call your child by that name for the day.

Make sure your child does not have any missing assignments!


I have started entering Grades in PowerSchool (link below). Please check your child's grades. He or she should not have any missing assignments. If your child has missing assignments then he/she is not using class-time wisely. If you have lost your parent access information, you can contact the main office and request your parent PowerSchool login information.

Online Academic "Games"

- What We're Learning In Class -

Reading/Language Arts

Reader's Theater Week!



Multi-step story problems



Students will be introduced to the properties of different types of soil, the organisms that affect soil, and how the quality of soil affects growing plants. They will also learn about the rock cycle and how rocks can be turned into soil. Students will also define organic material.

Economics- Producers, consumers, interdependence, etc.

Social Studies


Students will define interdependence and consumer. They will learn how consumers get the resources they need. Students will study producers and the cyclical nature of an economy.

Supply and Demand for Kids


Students will begin writing the beginning of their science fiction stories.

We continue reading our mentor text, Ember. This is a thrilling science fiction book for the kids. Here a trailer for you to watch if you have been getting bits and pieces at home.

The City of Ember - Book Trailer