# Scholarly News

## November 18, 2013

Yeah! We have a full week! We only have 12 more days with our student teacher, Mrs. Lopez. Next week is a two-day week. There will not be a homework sheet next week.

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 we began 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. This week will super exciting for our math class! We will be working with division using dot diagrams and following the w(ding)=g equation. We will also be introducing TLC= think, list, create to solve multiplication or division word problems.

This week we will be working on finding the GCF of two or three numbers using the dot diagrams. Later on in the week we will be moving into understanding fractions using dot diagrams as well.

On Monday we will finish substep 5.4. This works on combing all the syllable types into 3 or more syllables words. We will then move on to substep 5.5. This subtest introduces the unaccented-a, such as in the word "banana" or "alone." My plan is to post test step 5 on Friday. If they are not ready, we will wait until they are.

We are having a blast getting to know Hank from I Got a D in Salami! This week we will continue our reading from chapter 12 to chapter 17. We will also be getting to know some of the characters a little better, the students will describe their characters personality and appearance in addition to discussing their characters relationship with Hank. We will also be creating a visual of our character. Fun,fun,fun.

This week we will continue 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 studentsâ€™ fluency 2-3 times per week. Be sure to be working on the assigned probe each week. This week's probe is 12.