# Scholarly News

## September 9, 2013

Yeah! We have a full week of school :) It will be a busy week with lots of learning.

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## 3rd and 4th Grade Math

We finished up our unit on comparing numbers. This week we will begin learning about rounding. The students will have homework both on Monday and Tuesday. Additionally, the game Candy Roll is due this Friday. We played a great game on August 30th. The scholars loved it! In order for your child to receive a Golden Ticket for shopping, the math game, along with all assigned homework, must be completed. This is a fun way for your child to reinforce math skills.

Last Tuesday we began reviewing decimals. We explained the importance of being able to read decimals. They are now expected to read decimals correctly. For example, saying 536.74 needs to be read as five hundred thirty-six and seventy-four hundredths. Due to the Catalina trip, we only have class Monday. We will spend the day reviewing concepts learned over the past couple weeks using a Jeopardy game. After Catalina we will work on adding and subtracting decimals.

We will start the week working on our presentations about The Little Free Library. On Tuesday we will finish reviewing Wilson step 4. On Wednesday we will read a story called Golden Retriever Reunion. For homework students will need to read the story with a parent and have them sign off on the story that they did so. On Thursday and Friday we will begin step 5.1. This syllable type introduces the open syllable. This is when a syllable ends in a vowel. That vowel is long, such as in the first syllable in hydrate.

We will start the week working on our presentations about The Little Free Library. We will continue to work on our Little Free Library Project. Students will learn about different ways to present their information, including learning about iMovie. For homework students will need to read the story with a parent and have them sign off on the story that they did so. On Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, the students will work on material from their science and social studies textbook. On Wednesday we will read a story called Golden Retriever Reunion. They are to read the story with an adult for homework and that adult needs to sign the story.

The students have not been filling out their reading log. This is a requirement for this class. Not only does it effect their grade when they don't complete the work, but they are also going to start receive missing assignments. Please ensure that your child is completing his/her reading log and returning it every Friday. Due to the Catalina trip, we only have class Monday. Students should be finished reading Island of the Blue Dolphins when they come to class Monday. We will spend the day reviewing key details of the story. If time permits students will also be taking the AR test.

On Monday we will read a story from News-2-You called "Summer Adventure." For homework students will need to complete page 5. On Tuesday we will discuss the questions from page 5 and in class complete the "Think Page" on page 6. On Wednesday we will read story called "A Golden Retriever Reunion." For homework students will need to read the story with a parent and have them sign off on the story that they did so. I have some very exciting news. Mr. Shappee and Mrs. Orest have given us laptops to do a web based version of Read Naturally. We have signed up for a 60 day trial of the program. Thursday and Friday we will be trying it out. I will keep you posted as we go through this process. I think the scholars will really like it!