# Scholarly News

## January 13, 2014

It was great to work with all the scholars last week. I missed seeing each of them. This week, we have a half-day on Tuesday and I will be testing so I won't be seeing any of my classes.

Some exciting news: Mrs. Ekstrom and I will both have student teachers for this semester. My student teacher is Susan Hweimel. Mrs. Ekstrom's student teacher is Stephanie Amaton. Since Mrs. Ekstrom is only here in the morning, Stephanie will join our classroom after her morning with Mrs. Ekstrom. I met both of them last week and they are already very dedicated to teaching. We are very lucky to have these two wonderful student teachers with us.

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

On Monday, we will finish our dot multiplication chart. On Wednesday, we will move on to seeing the relationship between multiplication and division with dot fact families. It's a simple, yet powerful activity.

This week, we will learn about least common multiple (LCM). For example, multiples of 6 are 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, . . . . The multiples of 5 are 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 . . . . The multiple that is the lowest number that is the same is 30, so the LCM for 6 and 5 is 30.

On Monday and Wednesday, we will do Read Naturally and fluency charting. On Thursday and Friday, we are moving on to substep 1.4, which introduces the bonus letter rule. Please continue working on the fluency packet that was sent home a couple of weeks ago. 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 Wednesday, we will begin substep 6.1. This substep introduces suffixes: er, est, en, es, able, ish, y, ive, ly, ty, less, ness, ment, ful. On Thursday and Friday, we will do Read Naturally.

This week we will begin working with the book The Golden Goblet. They are going to be reading this in social studies. This is a difficult book. We will be spending time helping them understand the book.

We will continue 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 studentsâ€™ 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 2.