Monday, September 17, 2007


As shared at Back-to-School Night, we began our first cycle of spelling today. Please refer to the Back-to-School packet for details or feel free to e-mail me with any questions. Our first exploration will be a SOUND exploration. We will be looking at the many ways the "long e" wound can be spelled. Students will get their individual spelling lists on Thursday and their homework activities lists, as well. The spelling test will be NEXT Friday, 9/28 and homework will be due at that time, too!

In math today, we began investigating numeric patterns. Students needed to complete a pattern and write the rule for it. For example, for the pattern, 4, 7, 10, 13, the rule would be increasing by 3. During the whole group instruction, students indicated they had a good grasp on this skill. Unfortunately, MANY who were not pulled into small groups did not focus during the independent work time and were unable to complete their work. These students have two worksheets for homework. :-( Some students were pulled into small groups for work with 3 digit subtraction with regrouping and using place value to order 4 digit numbers.

Prior to going to art, we read Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney. WE will revisit it to search for words with the "long e" sound and to discuss how the main character, Miss Rumphius, changes from the beginning to the end of the story.

This afternoon, we will use visual sensory images to capture a scene in our writing. We will also read The Big Green Pocketbook and identify good and services in the book. Finally, we will visit the media center for a book exchange!

Math quizzes, from my math class, will come home graded tomorrow. I apologize for the delay!

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