# Scholarly News

## September 23, 2013

Yeah! We have a full week of school :) We will be busy so please make sure that your child is prepared for class everyday.

## 3rd and 4th Grade Math

This week we will continue working with the associative property, commutative property, and the identity property of addition. Monday students will have a worksheet for homework. We will be working with cubes, manipulatives, and games to increase understanding of the properties. This week's math game is called Addition War. It focuses on comparing numbers and addition skills that help support the work we will be doing with the properties this week. Please be sure that your child plays the new math game and returns the math game folder on Friday. As always, you can find a copy of this week's game under Math Games on my website.

This week we will be working on estimating products using round and multiplication of decimals by whole numbers. We will also be practicing how to solve word problems using TIPS. We used this strategy last year and it was very effective for the scholars.

On Monday and Tuesday we will be working to complete and put the finishing touches on the scholars’ Little Free Library presentations. On Wednesday we will read a story called Frog Listens with it’s Mouth. For homework students will need to read the story with a parent and have them sign off on the story that they did so. We have moved on to substep 5.2 week, which is reading and spelling words with open syllables and the other syllable types.

On Monday and Tuesday we will be working to complete and put the finishing touches on the scholars’ Little Free Library presentations. On Wednesday we will read a story called Frog Listens with it’s Mouth. For homework students will need to read the story with a parent and have them sign off on the story that they did so. Thursday and Friday we will be doing Read Naturally.

There was a change in plans last week and we started watching the movie "Island of the Blue Dolphins." Students have been watching it in their homeroom during reading, so we adjusted our plans to give our scholars the same opportunity. We will be doing this on Monday and probably into Tuesday. On Wednesday we will read a story called "Frog Listens with It’s Mouth. "For homework students will need to read the story with a parent and have them sign off on the story that they did so. Due to the change with the movie, we did not complete the story from Six Way Paragraphs last week called "Collectable Cars." We will begin working on it on Thursday of this week. We will focus on the vocabulary and the questions. For homework they are to read the story and answer the questions. On Friday they will discuss the story and their answers in a group. They need to be prepared to support their answers from the story.