Scholarly News

Room 314

November 4, 2013

Wow! Our book drive was a Huge success! We collected 202 books! The majority were children's books. We are still in need of non-children's books. Click on this link to read more about our book drive and to watch a short video. If you have any questions, please send me an email or stop by.


You should have received an email from me about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book release party at the Desert Ridge Barnes and Noble on Tuesday. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun! I went to a book release party for the last Harry Potter book and we had a blast!


Lastly, on December 7th, Paradise Valley Community College will once again have their Festival of Tales. This is a fantastic event. I take my own children to it twice a year. It consists of storytelling, arts and crafts, games and FREE books! I will send more information as I receive it. If you are available that day, save the date for a really fun event!


Have a fantastic week!

3rd and 4th Grade Math

Last week began working on a Dot Web to help the students describe the dot pattern in as many different ways as possible using the description strategies they have learned in class. By Wednesday, we plan to introduce multiplication strategies to describe our dot patterns.

We will move on to representing multiplication in a number sentence: 1 x 3 = 3. We will describe this equation in relationship to groups and dots. For example, 1 x 3 = 3 means 1 group, 3 dots in a group, equal 3 dots in the whole.

6th Grade Math

We will review our lesson on the division of decimals by a whole number and introduce division of decimals by a decimal.

5th Grade Wilson Reading

Our book drive was a huge success! We collected 202 books! This week we will finish our novel unit on Clawed by taking the AR test on the book. As an added treat, we will be reading the short story Extreme Jason. We will begin the comprehension questions in class and what ever we do not finish will be completed at home. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will finish up substep 5.3, which introduces when "y" is in a two syllable word, it makes the long-e sound. We will then move on to substep 5.4. This works on combing all the syllable types into 3 or more syllables words.

5th and 6th Grade Reading

Our book drive was a huge success! We collected 202 books! On Tuesday, we will be starting the book Clawed! by Dottie Enderle. We will be working on a different supporting assignment for this book everyday of this week. The students will be reading about two chapters per day, finding vocabulary, comparing and contrasting characters, predicting, finding the problem and solution, and discussing the story setting. We are really looking forward to starting this unit and adding lots of fun into it.

6th Grade Reading

This week we will begin reading I got a D in Salami by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver! We are very excited to begin this reading unit because it is not only a great book but it also has an amazing message. During this unit, we will be discussing vocabulary, writing, doing comprehension exercises and taking an AR quiz. We will use an audio version of the story in class and each student will re-read the section covered in class at home. This week we will read chapters 1-8.

1st Grade Reading

This week we will unit 3 and move on to 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 11.

4th Grade Reading

We will start out the week reading a story called "A New Kind of Playground." This is a really neat concept. Click here to read more about these really inventive playgrounds. On Tuesday we will read a story about Veterans' Day called "Honor Flight." On Thursday and Friday we will do Read Naturally.

6th Grade Writing

This week we will focus on finishing the concluding paragraph of the scholars' Catalina essay. Hopefully, the scholars will type their rough draft by mid week. Each day we will continue to work with Four Level Grammar. This is a program that is being used throughout the school to immerse children in grammar. I have used this program for years and it is very effective and carries over to reading. We will spend 5-10 minutes a day on grammar.

2nd and 1st Grade Reading

On Monday 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.