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Current Stats: Sumdog Challenge

24th Place!Hello, everyone! Because I won’t be with you tomorrow, this will have to be my way to pass on the great news!

In the Sumdog Challenge, we are currently in 24th place of all 667 classes! WOW! Also, ten of our students have also already earned their legendary avatars! Wahoo!

Remember, the contest doesn’t end until Thursday evening — keep up the great work and maybe we can be in the top ten! What a thrill that would be!!!

Sumdog Challenge: Myths and Legends!

MythsLegends_SumdogOur class signed up for Sumdog today, an interactive math website aimed at grades 1-8. Its goal is to adapt questions to each student’s ability in order to help master Common Core State Standards. Each student in our room was given a username and password (taped into your child’s planner). Your child has a variety of games to pick from, and will be matched with other students across the country to compete in academic races. It is enjoyable, creative, and very helpful, especially to secure the multiplication facts necessary for success in fourth grade.

In addition to this, our class also decided to join a current challenge on Sumdog! We are competing nationwide to see which class can complete the most correct questions between today and next Thursday evening, at 8:00 PM! For each student that completes 1,000 questions between now and then, regardless of our class total, that student will be able to choose a mythical or legendary costume for their avatar! Oh boy, were the kiddos excited when they saw all the choices they had! So please, this week especially, allow your child some computer time to head to to log-in and practice their mathematics. The questions are geared to their current and future fourth grade skills, and are a big help to their academic success!

Rounding Whole Numbers / LearnZillion

Now that our math midterms have taken place (which we did a wonderful job on, by the way!), we’re moving on to our next standard: rounding. The website LearnZillion is an AMAZING resource to begin this study. Below, you will find the first of five videos explaining the concept of rounding. The other videos are available here: Round Multi-Digit Whole Numbers to Any Place. We will begin exploring this topic in class on Monday. :)



Our homeroom language class has begun reading Bunnicula! If you’d like more information about the book or its authors, please use the links below. It’s great to listen to the podcasts as review! Remember, 100% on the ending quiz = 2.0 AR points!

James Howe Biography (Scholastic)

Bunnicula Series (Good Reads)

Bunnicula (Vocabulary and Podcasts)

“When the Monroe family brings home a small black-and-white bunny they find in the movie theater after seeing Dracula, Chester the cat and Harold the dog are instantly suspicious. After all the vegetables in the Monroe kitchen start turning white, Chester and Harold are certain that Bunnicula is a vegetarian vampire.” (Scholastic)

National Bullying Prevention Month

This week, we’re getting an early start to October’s National Bullying Prevention Month! As part of our classroom’s effort to reduce bullying, we are reading the amazing book Confessions of a Former Bully. Due to a generous local donor and, we now have a class set to use, bring home and discuss with our family, and fully learn from!

Confessions of a Former Bully is a wonderful, age-appropriate fiction story told from the perspective of Katie, a “former bully.” It shares what the term bullying really means (it’s not just physical!), how bullying affects both those being bullied and the bullies themselves, and provides an array of tools to draw from, should a child experience bullying. This book has been coming home all week, either to read or react to for homework. I appreciate your taking the time to read and discuss this book with your child.

Today, we created our own “bullying toolkit” and wrote down each of the eight tools provided in our story. Please use these tool cards to role-play scenarios with your child at home. What strategies work well for their personality? Help them find their own most appropriate tools and practice their use! :)

Group Photosynthesis Drawings

While working in small groups, we had a fantastic time showing and sharing our new science knowledge. After creating rough sketches and lists of appropriate science vocabulary, each group joined pencils to illustrate what they’ve learned about the process of photosynthesis!

Chapter 1: Lesson 1: Plants and Sunlight

Our science curriculum began this year with the study of life science. We’re currently discussing plant structures and photosynthesis, and soon will be moving onto food chains. For a great animated summary of our studies, please click below!

First Scholastic Book Orders ’14

If you plan on purchasing books for your student via Scholastic book orders this year, I encourage you to consider choosing books from our very first catalog order. Scholastic gives away more books and bonus points from this first order than it does for any other. This translates into more books for our classroom library, and more choices for your child during Accelerated Reader time! Please review the fliers sent home and send in your order no later than Monday, September 22nd. Or, if it is more convenient, please place your order online by clicking on Place Your Book Club Order. Online orders are due one day before in-class orders — in this case, September 21st. If you need a reminder of our class code, please send me a note or use the Contact page.

BrainPop Jr.

Lucky Room 36! Thanks to last year’s Math*A*Thon funds, our class has been able to renew our subscription to BrainPopJr! This is a fantastic service that shows short cartoon movies covering a variety of content ranging from Writing a Paragraph and Camouflage to Rounding and Food Chains! These movies can be viewed by using the username and password sent home to you.  If you have forgotten the username/password, send a quick note or e-mail and I will resend it to you. Many of the videos are linked under specific content areas on our Games page, but feel free to browse the entire site as well!