## Monday, September 24, 2007

Had a great weekend UNTIL approximately 6:00 pm last night...still can't stomach that loss...I have outlawed the newspaper and the news from the house for the day...I don't even want to think about THAT! (For anyone who is confused, I am talking about a certain sporting even that began at 4:15 on Sunday...see I can't even mention the "f" word or the "r" word....)

Luckily, our morning began with individual student pictures, so talk about the "f" game was VERY limited. After that, in math, we began rounding numbers to the nearest ten. Ask your children to share with you my two hand strategy for remembering which numbers round up and which round down. If they don't remember it, remind them to pay special attention when I review it in class tomorrow so they can share it with you tomorrow night! Homework tonight is a subtraction paper...we were not ready to practice rounding on our own. :-)

During reading, we discussed the plot of a story, including the introduction, the rising action, the climax, the falling action and the resolution (denouement). Then we read Brave Irene, by William Steig. After reading it as a class, I split the students into groups of three, gave them a copy of the book and a worksheet for them to complete. They reread the book and then worked together to correctly place the events from Brave Irene into the Story Plot Graph. We will share their answers after art, lunch and recess.

This afternoon, I am planning to pass back their graded writing pieces. Look for these in their binders! We will also (hopefully!) identify goods and services in The Big Green Pocketbook and go to the media center for a book exchange. We will get new class jobs, too!

Thursday night is Family Math Night. Another flyer is going home this evening.

Jennifer said...

But the Ravens won!! Isn't that great news?? :)
So, I am curious about your two hand strategy... Since Courtney is not in your math class, do you think you could share it with her? Thanks!
Also, Monday, the 8th. Is the the day that parents can come visit in the classrooms? If so, can you please tell me the timeframe? I have a preschool field trip so I am trying to rearrange! Thanks!

Dana Holman said...

Not sure exactly the time frame for October 8 but usually it is in the morning from 9:30-12 or so....hope that helps enough to plan ahead!

I will share with Courtney but for all of you bloggers out there....we have two hands...ten fingers...and there are ten digits in our numbers system...SO...starting with 0, one of hands is 0, 1, 2, 3, 4....those numbers rounds down...5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are on the other hand and they round up. The strategy is used to help children remember whether 5 rounds up or down.

Ravens? What are they? Dumb, purple birds.

Doctor David said...

Dumb purple birds?!? They are iconic! Of course, they couldn't beat the worst defense in the AFC yesterday, but....