# Scholarly News

## August 26, 2013

Last week was a great week! Our new aide, Suzanne West, started with us. She is wonderful and has already connected with the kids. This week we have a half-day. I will be seeing most of my morning classes that day.

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## 3rd and 4th Grade Math

We will continue working with place value. Last week we focused a lot on the vocabulary involved with place value: place, value, expanded form, standard form, word form and digit. We played a game with dice and an iPad app to reinforce the concepts. The app is called Montessori Numbers. We used the app to work on expanded form. This week we will use an app called Math Slide. We will move into comparing numbers towards the end of the week. This week's math game is called You Take the High Road. It not only works on place value, but it also works on comparing numbers. Please be sure that your child plays the new math game and returns the math game folder on Friday.

## 6th Grade Math

Last week we finished up a unit on Division and moved on the basics of fractions. The students continued cruising through Superspeed, which is the daily math facts review. This week we are working greatest common factor and simplifying fractions. Check Mrs. Diana's website everyday for homework.

This week the scholars will work on their presentations to Mr. Shappee about The Little Free Library. Each child will be in charge of a part of the presentation. I will email you your child's part of the presentation so that he can work on it at home. They are really excited about this project! On Wednesday we will read a story called "A Golden Retriever Reunion." For homework they are to read it with an adult. On Thursday I will do a review of substep 5.1, which introduces the open syllable.

We will continue reading Island of the Blue Dolphins this week. It is our goal to read two chapters in class each day so students will be finished in time for the Catalina trip. We will be discussing as we read and reviewing vocabulary. Every night it is expected that students have read through the appropriate chapters and written a summary of what they read. Please check your student's planner and the website for the assigned chapters. Our goal is to finish reading through chapter 23 by the end of the week.

On Monday we will read a story from Six Way Paragraphs called "The Lone Eagle." It is about Charles A. Lindbergh. We will focus on the vocabulary and the questions. For homework they are to read the story and answer the questions. On Wednesday they will discuss the story and their answers in a group. They need to be prepared to support their answers from the story. Thursday and Friday we will do Read Naturally.

This week we will continue to review letters and sounds. We are also charting each scholar's fluency 2-3 days a week. Be sure to be working on the assigned probe each week.

## 6th Grade Writing

The students finished up their writing project in Mrs. Larson's class. This week they are working on grammar concepts.