Scholarly News November 11, 2013

Room 314

What's up?

I had quite a busy weekend. It started out with meeting Jeff Kinney, the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. As you can see from the pictures above, we also some another Copper Canyon student while we were there.


Tomorrow there is an opportunity to meet another author. Peter Lerangis will be at Barnes and Noble at Desert Ridge at 6:00 pm.


There is one more event that I want to share with you. The Festival of Tales is happening again. It's a fantastic event and I have attended with my own kids about eight times. Your kids will leave with free books! Here is all the information:


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013

From 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Paradise Valley Community College

18401 N. 32nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85032

(Union Hills and 32nd Street) In the KSC building


STORY-RELATED ARTS AND EXPERIENCES - FREE BOOKS

LIVE MUSIC PERFORMED BY PVCC’S MUSIC STUDENTS

GEO CACHING WITH PVCC’S ARCHEOLOGY STUDENTS

ART DEMONSTRATIONS AND DISPLAYS FROM PVCC’S ARTISTS


In order to best accommodate your family, please RSVP by email to:

Meggin Kirk at meggin.kirk@paradisevalley.edu

Be sure to include the number and ages of the children who will be attending.

3rd and 4th Grade Math

This week we will be working on understanding the number sentence. A number sentence can be written as 5 x 4 = 20. We will also work on understanding what the number sentences mean in terms on groups and dots. The students will be learning that 5 (4) = 20 means 5 groups of 4 dots is equivalent to 20 dots. We will be working with different grouping strategies that describe a group and combining groups to find the whole. This is a great introduction to multiplication and division.

6th Grade Math

This week we will begin the week by reviewing last weeks lessons on dividing with decimals and adding zero's to our dividend. We will then move on to introducing our lesson on multiplying and dividing fractions.


5th Grade Wilson Reading

There will not be class on Wednesday due to the school author visit. We will be concluding our Clawed! unit this week. Both groups will create a literature poster that will include a vocabulary, compare and contrast, story sequence and an illustration section. This will be a great opportunity for the students to combine what they remember about the story and what we worked on together. They will be able to use their creativity!

5th and 6th Grade Reading

There will not be class on Wednesday due to the school author visit. We will be concluding our Clawed! unit this week. Both groups will create a literature poster that will include a vocabulary, compare and contrast, story sequence and an illustration section. This will be a great opportunity for the students to combine what they remember about the story and what we worked on together. They will be able to use their creativity!

6th Grade Reading

We will continue reading I Got A D In Salami! This week we will be learning about Hanks adventures in chapters 9-11. We will be working on a prediction for what we think will happen next using supporting details from what we have learned so far about the characters.We will also be writing an advice letter for Hank! This is an awesome story and the students are having a blast getting to know Hank Zipzer.

1st Grade Reading

This week we will continue with unit 4. This unit introduces the bonus letter. In English, when a one-syllable word ends in a f, l or s immediately after a short vowel, a second f, l or s is added to the end of the word. We will be working on using tapping for reading and spelling words with bonus letters. Our goal is to be charting the students’ fluency 2-3 times per week. Be sure to be working on the assigned probe each week. This week's probe is 12.

4th Grade Reading

This week we have a double bonus for reading! First, we will be reading Moms on Strike! We will discuss the vocabulary and questions in class, what ever is not finished in class will be taken home and finished there. Wednesday we will read the story World Champions. We will take turns reading the story in class and then the students will be taking the story home to read with an adult.

6th Grade Writing

This week, we will begin with the revision of our Catalina Island essays. We will also continue working on our 4 level grammar sentence structure. The students have been doing very well with the sentences. Each day we identify the parts of speech, subject/predicate and any prepositional phrases. This week we learned about interjections. Click here to watch the School House Rock Interjections video.





2nd and 1st Grade Reading

We will continue substep 1.3 in Wilson. This substep continues with closed syllable words that also include digraphs. The students will receive a new fluency packet. Directions are on my website. Please practice the fluency packets at least twice a week. The more your child practices this packet, the more quickly your child will progress. Please do not skip this important part of homework.