# Scholarly News

## February 10, 2014

I hope you enjoyed a nice weekend. Mine was very busy, but really nice. On Sunday, I saw "The Wizard of Oz" at Gammage with my kid and nephew. I hadn't see it on stage before. It was really good.

We have a shortened week due to the half day and Valentine's Day celebrations. On Tuesday's half day, I will see all of my morning classes, with the exception of 6th grade math and reading.

Please re-read the RAZ Kids letter that was sent home two weeks ago. There seems to be confusion over the expectations. Email me with any questions.

If you haven't heard, our Little Free Library is now open in the school lobby. You can check out our website for more information. We hope the school district puts it in its permanent location soon!

Have a great week!

## 3rd and 4th Grade Math

This week we will continuing working on the relationship between multiplication and division through creating charts. Last week we played a gamed called Criss Cross. Please return it in the math game folder on Friday.

This week, we will continue chapter 2 in the math book, which is working with fractions, decimals and percents. There is no class on Tuesday due to play practice.

Due to Friday's Variety Show, we didn't get to finish substep 1.5 on Friday. On Monday, we will finish substep 1.5, which introduces welded sounds: -am and -an. I hope that we will move on to substep 1.6 on Tuesday. This substep introduces suffix -s. On Wednesday we will read a story called "Sochi 2014: Interesting Facts." On Thursday and Friday we will do Read Naturally and fluency charting. Please continue working on the 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.

On Monday and Tuesday we will do Read Naturally. On Wednesday we will read a story called "Sochi 2014: Interesting Facts." On Thursday and Friday, we will finish substep 6.2. This substep introduces the two other sounds for suffix -ed. Suffix -ed says: /ed/ after the letters "t" or "d" in the baseword. It says /d/ after a voiced letter in the baseword. It says /t/ after an unvoiced letter in the baseword.

On Monday, we will begin a story out of Six Way Paragraphs called "The Rare and Beautiful Diamond." We will go over vocabulary and make sure that they understand the questions. For homework, the students are to answer the questions and find support in the passage for their answers. On Wednesday, we will discuss their answers and support from the text in groups. On Thursday and Friday we will do Read Naturally.

This week, we will finish unit 6. This unit focuses on the adding suffix s to words. For example, dog + s = dogs. When reading a word in isolation with a suffix, we first read the baseword (dog) and then read the word with the suffix (dogs). 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. We will continue with fluency probes this quarter. We have moved on to different probes. This week's probe is 6.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we will do a News 2 You story called "Winter Olympics”. Tuesday is a half day so this will shorten our time, which is why we will continue News 2 You on Wednesday. On Wednesday, the students will work in groups to answer questions about the story and find support for their answers. On Thursday and Friday, we will do Read Naturally.

Finish typing your Bold Beginnings for homework. This is what needs to be included in your Googledoc by Wednesday:

1. State a Belief (school cafeteria)

2. Use a Single Word (Pickles, pickles)

3. Share and Interesting Fact (bumblebee bat)

4. Capture a Moment in Time (roller coaster)

5. Describe a Sound (Snap, crackle, pop)

6. Ask an Interesting Question (dog walking)

This week we will be introducing friendship and kindness as the topic of our writing. First, we will introduce friendship and this will continue to carry on in our writing throughout the week. The book Friends by Helme Heine will be read to the students and they will be writing on what a good friend is or can be. This will introduce the theme of the rest of week in writing. They will be developing the topic of what a good friend is into paragraphs. We will also continue to work with Four Level Grammar. This is a program that is being used throughout the school to immerse children