## Monday, December 22, 2008

### First day of a two day week...

Brrrr...it is a cold one today! :-)

In math we spent some time solving equations with unknown variables in a variety of positions. WE also wrote word problems when given a multiplication expression. The children need to finish the back side of their classwork for homework tonight.

During reading we spent time reviewing what is expected when answering a BCR (brief constructed response...short answer question for us old fogies!) Then I modeled answering the tag BCR that the children did last week. Tomorrow I plan for the class to redo this assignment as most of the responses were lacking sufficient detail and support.

Following art, lunch and indoor recess we split into our two groups for FASTT math and writing. Most of the class are working on the first drafts. Some are conferencing and a few are editing with my help. After sharing some of our writing with each other, we will watch a united streaming video about sound.

## Friday, December 19, 2008

### TGIF

This morning in math we took our third quiz for unit 3. This quiz included 3 challenge (grade 4)learning topics! The children did quite well!! Look for the quiz in your child's binder.

In reading we took a spelling assessment. Remember that correct capitalization and punctuation counts. We also identified nouns and adjectives.

Following music, lunch and recess we split into writing and FASTT math groups. In writing the children took their topics and graphic organizers and began writing their first drafts. At the end of writing we shared topic sentences that were constructed today. They were excellent!!! I could tell the children had learned from the mini lessons this week.

We ended the day with a science review lesson. Students were encouraged to choose materials we have used in our experiments thus far to practice producing sound and changing the pitch of the sound. Then the students answered a BCR explaining the relationship between sound, vibrations, frequency and pitch. This will be scored and returned next week!

Have a great weekend...remember we only have school on Monday and Tuesday.

## Thursday, December 18, 2008

### Thursday

Just a quick run down as I am leaving early for a doctor's appointment.

In math we solved comparison multiplication problems. Look in your child's folder for examples. There is a worksheet for homework AND a quiz tomorrow.

In reading we will read two sets of directions for the game of Tag. We will compare and contrast the directions and decide which set is better. The students will write in their RRJ as to which set of directions is better and why they think so. They will need to use information (details, examples...) from BOTH sets to support their answer (and get a 3).

Following lunch and outdoor recess the children will be choosing a new topic for writing to inform and creating a graphic organizer. They will also go to FASTT math. The day will end with a friendship lesson led by Mrs. Howard.

Remember...there is a spelling test tomorrow and spelling homework is due!

Tomorrow is the last day for the SGA's hat, glove and sock drive AND the PTA's reading incentive program.

## Wednesday, December 17, 2008

### Hump Day

In math we practiced solving word problems using division. We also took some time to compare the same problem worded as a multiplication problem and as a division problem. There is a worksheet for homework and students are expected to be practicing their flashcards.

In reading we identified text features in a flyer and explained how they helped provide information. The students had time to complete assignments from earlier in the week while I met with individuals to discuss their BCR's (short answer responses in their RRJs).

Following PE, lunch and indoor recess we will split into two groups for writing and FASTT math. During writing, Mrs. Hepner will help the children choose new topics that lend themselves well to writing to inform for a third grader.

We will end the day by learning about pitch and frequency as they relate to sound.

## Tuesday, December 16, 2008

### Terrific Tuesday

This morning in math we practiced solving multiplication word problems. I also worked with small groups to solve equations with variables. For homework the students need to complete a multiplication word problem worksheet and practice their basic fact flashcards.

During reading students were given a flyer about Scooter Safety. They needed to read the flyer. Then is their RRJ they need to explain what the main idea of the flyer was and how the flyer can help protect people. This will be scored for both reading comprehension and social studies.

I also met with reading groups to read and discuss last night's reading assignments. The discussion with the dragon group related to point of view. Summary was the focus of my discussion with the frogs. I am hoping to get to JGB either this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

Following lunch and indoor recess (we had the gym...VERY exciting for the kids) we will write to inform and go to FASTT math. Mrs. Hepner, the reading specialist, will be doing a mini lesson about writing good topic sentences.

We will end the day with a science lesson. The children will investigate pitch as they create sound using nails. Look for a possible science homework assignment written in their planner...we have to get far enough in the lesson in order for me to be able to assign it! :-)

## Monday, December 15, 2008

### Monday Morning

Due to a change in our schedule we had science this morning, instead of math. WE spent the period reviewing both lessons 2 and 3 and writing about how sound is produced in our science journals.

In reading we spent time identifying text features on a flyer (type of non fiction writing) and writing about how these text features help us comprehend the flyer. Then the children finished their concept map from Friday and began working on reading group assignments.

I met with the JGB reading group and we located and discussed events in the story where Shakro tricked the king.

Following art, lunch and recess we will review adding details to their ideas on a graphic organizer when writing a rough draft. Then the students will write to inform on a chosen topic and go to FASTT math. We will end the day with a book exchange in the media center.

Reading groups will have homework...check planners for that! Spelling is due FRIDAY...so students need to be working on that. My math class needs to work on memorizing their basic facts using the flashcards we made. BUT there is no written (worksheet) homework for math.

## Friday, December 12, 2008

### TGIF

Wow...two five day work weeks in a row...can you believe it?!?! LOL! I think we are all ready for the weekend.

In math we took the second quiz for unit 3. The students did fantastically well! YEY! After they were finished, we spent time (using white boards) learning to solve some of the 4th grade challenge problems. This included a brief introduction to the order of operations (solve what is in the parenthesis first), learning about variables (the letters are the same as boxes...a missing or unknown number) and rewriting division sentences as multiplication problems.

Reading time was spent reviewing the concept definition map that we have used in the past to strengthen our vocabulary. Then the children chose a word from their reading books and used it to complete a concept map independently.

Following music, lunch and outdoor (YEY!) recess we will have FASTT math/writing. During writing the children will be given a completed graphic organizer and work in pairs to write a well developed paragraph based on the graphic organizer.

We will end the day watching a video about sound.

## Thursday, December 11, 2008

### The return of spelling...

In math we worked on creating flashcards for the 6's. PLEASE make sure students are practicing their flashcards EVERY night. There is a 6's worksheet for homework and we will have a quiz tomorrow covering multiplication and division.

We began reading by sharing and sorting -ough words....finally! :-) We noticed that while there weren't very many -ough words (compared to other spelling patterns), there were a few different sounds the pattern makes AND the words we found are words which we encounter in our reading (and writing) on a regular basis. SO, this is an important pattern to learn!

The children chose spelling words and then worked on reading group activities. I met with groups...

JGB: Met with me, shared the question s they had listed in their journal and discussed whether the questions were factual. If they were, we went back to the text to locate the answers. Then they were told to reread the story using directed notes. They are to mark places where Shakro tricked the king with a T.

Tonight they need to complete the Head in the Clouds activity in their JGB packet.

Dragons: Met with me and discussed point of view. Then we recognized that this story is told in alternate points of view in alternate chapters. Odd chapters are called Morning Girl because Morning Girl is the one telling the story. Even chapters are called Star Boy because he is the narrator. After that I read chpater5 out loud and then the children reread it in group.

For homework the children are expected to reread chapter 5...yes, again! :-)

Frogs: Read chpater 5 with me and they were supposed to write about their main events in the RRJ.

For homework they need to reread chapter 5.

Following lunch and indoor recess Mrs. Howard came in to class to teach another friendship lesson.

We will end the day by sa=haring information about the ear, using a student's encyclopedias from home. Then we will work in partners to write topic sentences using topics I provide.

## Wednesday, December 10, 2008

### Hump Day

This morning the children were treated to a cultural arts assembly. They watched some Chinese acrobats perform. I heard it was a wonderful show. I missed it since Miss Jones graciously found parents to watch our classes while teachers had extra (much needed ) planning time.

Following the assembly Mr. Vogel's math students went to his room for a lesson. The rest of the class worked on missing assignments. There were a lot of them!

After PE, lunch and indoor recess our class was split into two. One half went to FASTT math while the other stayed behind to work on their writing. Then the two groups traded places.

We ended the day with a science investigation. We used the tuning forks to see how sound travels.

Homework: My math class has a fact family worksheet. The entire class has a cause/effect worksheet.

## Tuesday, December 9, 2008

### Terrific Tuesday!

In math we began working on the 8's multiplication facts. We made flashcards and there is an 8's practice worksheet for homework tonight. Please make sure your child practices their flashcards EVERY night. The children also worked on solving division problems by using repeated subtraction and circling equal groups. I really feel the children have a strong understanding of multiplying and dividing numbers. Now we have to MEMORIZE the basic facts and determine which operation to use in a word problem situation.

In reading we read and discussed this week's Time for Kids. The cover story was about the coolest inventions of 2008. So in their RRJ the children had to pick which invention they thought would be the most popular and explain why they think so using support from the text. The children also worked on reading group activities.

Frogs: Read chapter 4 with me and discussed it. Now they need to create a title for chapter 4 and use information from the chapter to support their choice.

Dragons: Read and discussed chapter 3 with me. Then returned to their seats to read chapter 4. Following their reading of chapter 4 they need to explain (in their RRJ) the reason chapter 4 is called Star Boy.

Following lunch and recess IO will continue modeling writing to inform with my piece about running. The children will then work on their informational pieces. We will end the day with our first science lesson from unit 2: sound...we will use a tuning fork (not a pitch fork, like I wrote on today's schedule...OOPS!) to determine how sound is created!

## Friday, December 5, 2008

### TGIF!!

Well, we made it through a 5 day week! Yahoo!!!

In math we took our first quiz for unit 1. The children did exceptionally well...but that did not surprise me! Following the quiz the children created and solved multiplication problems using dice.

In reading we read a non fiction article from a previous Time for Kids and began planning for a summary. We did this part of the activity together. On Monday the students will use what we did today to write a summary of the article independently.

Following music, lunch and indoor recess, the children split into two groups to work on FASTT math and writing to inform. Then we watched a United Streaming video that addressed how transportation connects communities.

Look for your child's interim progress report...it is in their home folder!

## Thursday, December 4, 2008

### Thursday's Rundown and a note about Spelling

The week has gotten away from me...don't read that the wrong way...we have been quite productive as far as math instruction, reading groups and writer's workshop are concerned. However, as time is always a scarce commodity, our new spelling unit has not progressed well. Therefore, the children will NOT be getting new words this week. Instead our new cycle will begin NEXT week with our assessment on the new words taking place on Friday, December 19.

Ok...on to today...
In math we worked on writing multiplication and division sentences for fact families. The children also practiced the "3's" multiplication facts. I met with two small groups to challenge them by introducing the concepts of factors and multiples. There is a worksheet (fact families) for homework and there will be a quiz on multiplication tomorrow.

During reading the children worked on reading group activities, searching for -ough words and writing informational pieces. I was able to meet with all three reading groups AND a few individual students...I told you we have been productive!!

JGB: Chose two characters in The Banza and wrote a letter from one character to the other. We talked about writing a letter that shows they understood the story and point of view.

Dragons: Read chapter two and wrote about a character trait for Star Boy using the resource list they received yesterday and support from the text.

Frogs: Read chapter 2 and wrote about the main events in their RRJ.

Following lunch and recess the children were split into two groups. Half went to FASTT math while the other half stayed behind to continue working on their reading group assignments and writing. Then the two groups switched.

The day ended with a social studies lesson. The children worked in pairs to identify elements of transportation systems in the Nystrom Atlas.

## Wednesday, December 3, 2008

### Hump Day

In math we identified some of the basic multiplication rules and strategies. The children took notes in their math journals and there is also a typed sheet in the math section of their binder. While the students worked independently on practice sheets I worked with a few students and challenged them with three digit by 1 digit multiplication problems. There is a worksheet for homework.

After identifying verbs in the morning message, we spent the remainder of our reading time reviewing the characteristics (expectations?) of a summary and writing a summary together, as a class. The children took notes and wrote the summary in their RRJs.

Following PE, lunch and recess we will visit Mrs. Berard in the computer lab. She will be introducing a new program called FASTT math which the students will be participating in daily for 10-15 minutes. The program will help students master the basic math facts.

We will end the day with a friendship lesson taught by Mrs. Howard.

THe SGA is sponsoring a hat, glove and sock drive through Dec. 19. Donations are accepted in our classroom.

Students are EXPECTED to read for at least 15 minutes every night. Help your child remember to mark their minutes on their reading incentive ballot and return the completed ballot to school each week!

## Tuesday, December 2, 2008

### Tuesday

This morning, in math, we took the preassessment for unit3. Once again, this is a tool that helps plan my instruction. It allows me to see what the children already know so that we don't waste too much time on old concepts. There is a worksheet for homework.

In reading I modeled writing a summary for a selection of non fiction text. I told the students that a summary should be short and to the point...3-5 sentences. It should state the main idea and any necessary details to support the main idea. Tomorrow the students will write a summary with my help. Then the children worked on individual reading group activities, cursive writing, and searching for -ough words while I met with small groups.

JGB:Completed a "Head in the Clouds" worksheet in their packet. Then began answering a discussion question in preparation for our group discussion this afternoon.

Dragons: Met with me and reviewed a character traits packet that they were given to use as a resource. It is supposed to be in the reading/language arts section of their binder. Then they selected a character trait for Morning Girl and wrote about it in their RRJ.

Frogs: Reread chapter 1 of Jenius and wrote a prediction (with support from chapter 1) in their RRJ.

Following lunch and recess I will model asking thick (good) questions about a topic that I intend to research. Then the children will continue working on their informational writing piece while I continue working with small groups from this morning.

We will end the day with a social studies lesson. The students will identify examples of transportation systems in their atlas.

Look in their planner for either a reading worksheet or a social studies prompt!

One more thing...

I need YOUR help!!! Please drop me a note and tell me how often you read this blog and if it is helpful! I want this to be a tool that is useful to you, the parents and need your feedback to make any necessary changes!!

dana_c_holman@mcpsmd.org

## Monday, December 1, 2008

Wow! It is so hard to believe that today is the first day of December. Progress reports for the second quarter will be coming home this Friday.

In math we began unit three by watching a united streaming video about multiplication. We also, briefly, practiced solving multiplication problems by drawing sets and by drawing arrays. There are five homework problems for the children to solve by either drawing a set or an array. In case the problems are misplaced, here they are:
7x2, 6x3, 5x4, 8x1 and 3x7

In reading I tried to integrate social studies by reading a book about geographers to the class. I explained that my purpose for reading this was so that we all had some common vocabulary about maps and globes. Then I introduced two student atlas' to the class. They had some time to look at these independently and we shared their findings.

Following art, lunch and recess I will share a book called Why do Zippers Have Teeth? This will be to kick of a modeling of a research project. I will be modeling doing research about a city. This will, hopefully, prepare them for a research project they will be doing in January...again integrating language arts and social studies.

Back to the book, though...I will be reading it to model writing about things I wonder about. This is a precursor to a lesson about writing good questions. The questions will be used to guide my research about my city...I hope this makes sense...the bell just rang, so I am pressed for time! LOL!!

Following my mini lesson, the children will continue to write independently and I will meet with some reading groups. We will end the day with a book exchange in the media center.

Homework tonight will be a reading worksheet...sorry to not be more specific...I think it is cause/effect...if not, I was wrong!

## Wednesday, November 26, 2008

### Grandparents Day

I'm back and healthy!!!

Today was Grandparent's Day. We had a great morning with a lot of wonderful grandparents!

Since we are in between math units, Mrs. Braune prepared some logic stations for us to examine during math. We split into small groups, enlisted the help of our visitors and rotated through 6 stations. It was a great time!

During reading we read and discussed the theme of Cranberry Thanksgiving. The theme was, basically, don't judge a book by it's cover. Then the children worked on an acrostic poem using the word Thanksgiving.

After PE and lunch, any children who were still at school, packed up and went home!

Have a wonderful holiday!

## Monday, November 24, 2008

### VERY quick update

Unfortunately, I have come down with a fever and am going home during lunch but I didn't want to have you wondering what was going on.

Math---today we completed and reviewed a review packet for the unit 2 assessment. The packet is coming home tonight with the correct answers. Use it as a study guide. The assessment is tomorrow!

Reading---Identified nouns and verbs...reviewed determining importance in non fiction text...remember, the purpose guides what is important vs. what is interesting. Began Reading Life in the African Savannah.

Following art, lunch and recess, the children will share morning work entries, work on their writing to inform piece and do a book exchange in the media center.

Grandparents Day is Wednesday.

I will try to check e-mail from home if you should have concerns or questions!

## Friday, November 21, 2008

### TGIF

Thanks to table points, we have had a rather productive week! I think I speak for the entire class when I say we are ready for the weekend.

Before I run down our day, I want to let you know that we did NOT have a spelling test today. We will have it on Monday. I am losing my voice (ask your child) and did not want to run into the issue of a child thinking I said one word when I had truly said another. I hope this makes sense.

In math we took our final quiz for unit 2. We will complete a review packet on Monday and have our unit 2 assessment on Tuesday. If your child is focused and follow directions, he/she will bring home a completed and corrected review packet on Monday to use for studying for the test on Tuesday.

During reading we reviewed nouns (proper and plural), pronouns and verbs using the morning message. Then we read and discussed this week's issue of Time for Kids.

Following music, lunch and indoor recess we came to the computer lab. In the computer lab we used a program called Pixie to create a document with examples (using "stickers" from the program) of physical and human geographical characteristics. This will be scored.

When we return to the classroom, Mrs. Howard will complete her lesson that she began yesterday. If time permits, we will work on our writing to inform pieces. I am hoping the children will have a final draft of their first piece completed before Thanksgiving.

## Thursday, November 20, 2008

### Thursday

This morning, in math, the children worked independently on identifying the area and perimeter of figures. I met with small groups to work on converting inches to feet, feet to yards and so forth. There is a worksheet for homework and a quiz tomorrow.

In reading we evaluated the text features in non-fiction text. I also worked with reading groups.
JGB: Met and discussed areas they marked with a question mark during their directed reading. They also worked on a follow up activity at their seats.
Frog: Read and discussed another section of Animal Senses with me and then reread the sight section at their seats.
Dragons: Continued previewing their book.

Following lunch and recess we continued working on our multi-paragraphed writing to inform pieces. Then Mrs. Howard visited and continued her friendship lesson.

Spelling is due tomorrow and there will be a spelling test!

## Wednesday, November 19, 2008

### Hump Day

I truly hope you child talked about our assembly yesterday afternoon. Mike Knudson, the author of Dancing dudes, visited our school and spoke to the children about the writing process. It was an enjoyable and informative presentation!

In math today we applied our knowledge of shapes, perimeter and area to solve multi-stepped problems. We had a lot of fun...a lot of what we did was done on white boards and included fourth grade skills. There is a worksheet for homework.

In reading we reviewed nouns and pronouns using the morning message. Then I reviewed the RRJ prompt that was assigned yesterday. I spent time demonstrating what it meant to name AND explain. Then the students worked on redoing the prompt and individual reading group activities.

JGB: Finished directed reading of The Banza.
Dragons: Previewed a non fiction book and listed unknown words.
Frogs: Met with me...they read sections of a non-fiction book with a focus question in mind...then we discussed the answer to the questions.

Following PE, lunch and recess we will continue writing a multi-paragraphed informative piece. We will end the day by identifying geographic characteristics of our community.

Many children have to finish their RRJ assignment for homework tonight. Don't forget that the children also have spelling homework (it is due Friday) AND they are expected to read each night for 15 minutes.

## Tuesday, November 18, 2008

### Tuesday and Table Points

Well, we began a table point system yesterday following lunch and recess. The children really bought into the plan and had an extremely productive afternoon! The table points have continued to be a positive force in the classroom today.

In math we continued identifying the area of a curved figure. I also worked with small groups on converting units of measurement. There is a measurement worksheet for homework tonight. We WILL have a quiz on Friday. A review packet will come home next Monday and there will be a unit assessment on Tuesday.

In reading we continued working on the jellyfish graphic organizer and we read Life in the Polar Regions. The Frog group did a reread of the book with Miss Diane and reread Communities with me. JGB met with me and shared the questions they had written in the RRJ about The Banza. Then they did their second reading of The Banzaa and marked portions of the story (with a ?) where they found themselves wondering why a character did or said something.

Additionally, the entire class had to respond to a prompt in their RRJ about the book Life in the Polar Regions...the prompt was to name and explain 3 ways that people in the arctic used the land and the environment to survive. The only responses that were turned in were incomplete and lacked sufficient details, so they were returned. All students will have time to finish this tomorrow, in class. However, any students who did not complete the jellyfish graphic organizer (most) in class have to do this for homework tonight.

Following lunch and recess we will continue using our graphic organizer to write a multi-paragraphed informative piece. Prior to the students receiving writing time, I will model how they can use a jellyfish graphic organizer to plan their writing.

At 2:15 we will go to an assembly. Mike Knudson, the author of Dancing Dudes, will be here to talk about the writing process...and his books, of course! :-)

If there is time after the assembly we will answer questions about the geography we observed in our community on Friday.

Students are expected to read for at least 15 minutes EVERY night. Spelling homework is due Friday!

## Monday, November 17, 2008

### Monday...First day of a FULL week!!

Yey...we finally have 5 uninterrupted days. I am looking forward to a very productive week!!

In math we identified the area and perimeter of figures. PLEASE remind your students that ALL answers must be labeled AND area have to be labeled in square units. We spent some time looking at rectangles where the length and width of only one side was labeled and decided how we could figure out the perimeter and area. We also discussed how multiplication (repeated addition) could help. Then we discussed finding the area of figures with curved lines. First, you count the whole boxes. Then you put together pieces that you estimate would create a whole box. For homework there is a measurement worksheet.

During reading I introduced a "jellyfish graphic organizer". This is a tool that students can use to help with note taking while reading or with planning a writing piece. It is in their binder...feel free to take a look BUT do NOT remove it...I am trying hard to better utilize their binders but I need your help. Do not remove anything that has been whole-punched from the binder unless it is in their take home folder.

We started a lesson we will finish tomorrow. But we recalled background knowledge we had about the arctic (both before last week and then knowledge gained from our reading of Angela from the Arctic last week) and added that to the organizer. Tomorrow we will read a new book about the Arctic and add new information from the book to the jellyfish chart.

Following art, lunch and recess we will discuss a table point system that I plan to start using in order to celebrate students who make good choices. We will also discuss the Braggin' Dragon bulletin board and change jobs.

Then we will use our webs that we created in writing last Thursday to begin writing a rough draft for our writing to be informed piece...remember it has to be multi-paragraphed!!!

We will end the day with a visit to the media center for a book exchange.

Remember students are expected to read for at least 15 minutes EVERY night...they should be marking their minutes on the ballots for the reading incentive program and returning the ballots every week!!

## Thursday, November 13, 2008

### Thursday

A full day of school...at last!!! :-)

In math we reviewed identifying the area and perimeter of figures. Some children have classwork to finish this evening, all have a worksheet for homework. There will be a quiz tomorrow covering measuring to the nearest 1/2 inch, conversions and area and perimeter.

In reading we sorted -oe words and the children chose new spelling words. So they now have spelling homework due NEXT Friday and a spelling test next Friday. They also read an issue of Time for Kids and chose a bold-faced word to use to complete a concept map (learn a new vocabulary word). Some raced through their work and their score reflects this...keep in mind, children can always redo work that doesn't meet the target (get at least a score of a 3) and turn it in to be re-scored.

I was able to meet with reading groups!!! WOO HOO!

JGB: Did a first reading of a new story, The Banza. Then the children were to reread the story independently and write questions they had in their brains, as they read, in the RRJ.

Frogs: Read and discussed Communities. They are to reread this at home tonight.

Following lunch and indoor recess I will model choosing a topic to write to inform about and organizing my thoughts using a web. Then I will show the class how to turn the web into a multi-paragraphed writing piece...you read that right, multi-paragraphed! In order to get a three this marking period in writing (according to the scoring rubric) the children must write multi-paragraphed pieces.

Hopefully, after having time to plan and begin writing a piece, there will be time for social studies. We will spend our social studies time reviewing physical and human characteristics of geography.

## Wednesday, November 12, 2008

### Hump Day

During math we prcticed identifying the perimeter and area of figures. I have instructed the students to always lable their answers...is a unit is not given (ex. inches, centimeters, etc.) they should label perimeter in "units" and area in "square units". There is a worksheet for homework.

We began reading by reviewing last nights' cause and effect worksheet. This one wasn't as straight forward as the last. Therefore, students had to use their brain to manipulate the information in the article in order to correctly complete the cause/effect graphic organizer. Many struggled. We discussed the correct answers and WHY they were correct, in class.

Then the students had time to complete any unfinished work, suchas, the Angela from the Arctic chart, finding ten -oe words and practicing their cursive letters.

Following PE and lunch they will pack up and we will continue to read Dancing Dudes by Mike Knudson, who will be visitng next week.

Remember...book orders are due tomorrow!!!!

## Tuesday, November 11, 2008

### Veteran's Day

What a wonderful morning...we began the day with a Veteran's Day assembly. One of the members of the local American Legion spoke to the children about Veteran's Day in a very kid-friendly manner. He held their attention and gave a great explanation as to what Veteran's Day is all about.

When we returned to the classroom we watched a video about Veteran's Day and then read the book The Wall.

Following that we read Angela from the Arctic and used our background knowledge to help us gain deeper understanding of non fiction text. The children also searched for -oe words (we will sort these later in the week), practiced cursive handwriting and worked on reading group activities.

After eating lunch we will stack and pack and get ready to go home.

## Monday, November 10, 2008

### Parent Conference Week

I am truly looking forward to sitting down with all of you and discussing your child's progress in school! Due to parent conferences, Tuesday and Wednesday are early release days. Students will be dismissed at 1:00.

In math we reviewed determining the perimeter of a shape and began finding the area. Mrs. Starkey also worked with small groups to practice converting inches to feet to yards. There is a worksheet for homework.

In reading we continued identifying the main idea in non fiction text. Today we read a section of the book Polar Bears. We used the following three questions to guide our reading and help us figure out the main idea:
What is the overall topic?
What important details are included?
How are the details related? (This is the BIGGIE!)

Following art, lunch and recess we will read the cover story of a time for kids and discuss the topic and important details. For homework, the children will need to determine the main idea. There will be a worksheet to complete.

In writing we will discuss ways to develop their topics...basically enhance their writing with more relevant details and ideas. I will also model writing to inform. Then the children will visit the media center for a book exchange.

PLEASE NOTE: Report Cards are coming home TODAY!!!!!!! Look them over!!!

## Friday, November 7, 2008

### We walked!!!

Thanks to Mrs. MacFarland and many other parents we had an extremely successful walking field trip of Damascus. We visited the Damascus Community Bank, State Farm Insurance, On the Town Limousine, Beall's Florist, Ledo's Pizza and Fitness 4 You. When we returned we ate lunch and went to recess. Then we went to the computer lab to make thank you cards using Publisher.

## Thursday, November 6, 2008

### Just a thought...

Today I am sending home two different book order forms. PLEASE do not feel obligated to buy anything! However, if you choose to make a purchase and want to make it a surprise for a holiday gift, simply slip a note in the envelope with the order form and check and I will notify you when the materials come in. Then we can find a way to get you what you ordered without your child knowing.

Again...just a thought!

### Field Trip Tomorrow!!!

Tomorrow is our walking field trip of Damascus. PLEASE make sure your child gets a good night's sleep, eats a big breakfast AND wears comfortable shoes...preferably sneakers! If you volunteered to chaperone, please arrive at school at 9:15.

In math today we calculated the perimeter of shapes. There is a worksheet for homework.

Following math we identified important information in a nonfiction book in preparation to identify the main idea. Then we went to the media center to learn about the author Mike Knudson. He will be visiting our school on November 18. WE began reading one of his books and then visited his web site on the Internet.

Following lunch and recess we will practice writing "thick" questions (questions that require more then a yes/no answer) for one of our topics on our writing to inform list. If time permits, we will begin writing a rough draft for this topic answering some of our questions.

We will end the day with a friendship lesson conducted by Mrs. Howard.

## Wednesday, November 5, 2008

### First Day MP2

Today is the start of a new marking period!

In math we continued to pratice calculating mearsurement conversions from inches to feet to yards. The children worked with partners to determine the largest measurement given three that were recorded in different units. Then we used math discourse to determine the correct answer and explain our thinking. I did give the children an exit card to see how their knowledge is growing There is a worksheet for homework.

We used the beginning of reading to clear out old, unfinished work and organize our desks. I wanted to be sure that we began this next marking period in an organized manner. Then we read a non-fiction text called From Father to Son and dicussed the mani idea of the book.

Following PE, lunch and recess we will begin our next writing intent, Writing to Inform. This will be our focus for the entire second marking period. Today students will list topics they know a lot about.

We will end the day by defining common geographioc terms If time permits, we will review goods and services in preparation for our field trip on Friday.

## Friday, October 31, 2008

### Happy Halloween!!!

This morning was business as usual here...

In math we reviewed converting inches to feet to yards and took a quiz. Then we previewed perimeter and area by watching a video clip on United Streaming.

In reading we used important information to determine the main idea in non fiction text. This is NOT an easy skill to learn but I was so excited because the children were demonstrating that they were getting it!!! YEY!

Following music, lunch and recess we went to the computer lab to work on Type to Learn. Next we will change into our costumes and celebrate Halloween with a parade and party that some wonderful mothers planned!

Remember there is no school for children on Monday and Tuesday. Teachers will be working on Monday but we have Tuesday off!

Happy Halloween!!

## Thursday, October 30, 2008

### Thursday

During math the children worked independently on measuring in inches and making conversions. While they worked, I pulled a few students, one-at-a-time, to check their decoding(word calling...reading) and their verbal comprehension.

We began reading by reviewing the whole group lesson from yesterday. Then the students were each assigned a non fiction text. They thought of two to three questions they had about the subject of the book PRIOR to reading it. Then they created a chart in their RRJs and read the book, recording information from the text as either important (if it answered one of their questions) or interesting.

While they worked independently, I continued working with individual students. Miss Diane met with two reading groups.

Frogs: Read chapter 4 and discussed unknown words.
Dragons: Read chapters 7 & 8 and discussed unknown words.

Following lunch and recess Miss Jones will read Halloween stories to the entire third grade. Then we will finish sharing book reports. Finally, we will select a start student for this month.

Spelling is due tomorrow. There will be a spelling assessment and a math quiz (measuring inches with a ruler and inch, feet, yards conversions) tomorrow!

## Wednesday, October 29, 2008

### Hump Day

We began using the metric system for linear measurement this morning. I began by talking about the metric system being a base-ten system and then introduced millimeters, centimeters, decimeters and meters. The children practiced using a ruler to measure lines in centimeters. There is a worksheet for homework.

In reading we discussed what it meant for information to be "important" versus "interesting". In short, when we pick up non fiction text, we typically are driven by questions...whether they are from our own head or from a teacher or a worksheet, etc. Regardless, important information from the text would be what you read that answers the question or questions that define your purpose for reading. All other information is just plain interesting. As a group we read Whale Rap (or began reading it, actually), and charted information from the book as either important or interesting, using questions I had set forth prior to reading the book.

Following PE, lunch and recess we will begin our oral presentations of our book reports. Those who don't share today will share tomorrow. We will also have a gallery walk with Mr. Vogel's class so that we can enjoy each other's projects.

## Tuesday, October 28, 2008

### Tuesday

In math we worked on converting inches to feet to yards. Tonight's homework is to do 4 conversions in their math journal...here are the problems in case anyone forgets their math journal at school:
5 ft. = _____ in.
72 in. = _____ ft.
4 yd. = _____ft.
21 ft. = ____yd.

During reading we used the book Polar Bears to practice identifying questions we have before, during and after reading non fiction text. We discussed how this actually helped our comprehension of what we read. The students also worked on individual reading group assignments.

JGB: Completed creative writing activity in their Fisherman packet.

Following lunch and recess we will continue writing personal narratives. Then we will learn new vocabulary words associated with geography. If time permits, we will watch a video clip, from United Streaming, about geography.

Book reports are due tomorrow! Tomorrow is also jersey day to remind children to "team up" against drugs. The Halloween party and parade begin at 2:15 on Friday.

## Monday, October 27, 2008

### Monday

This is Red Ribbon Week. We take time this week to remind students to say No! to drugs!

During math we examined 3 different rulers and noted similarities and differences. We discussed and practiced using rulers to measure using inches.

After math, we had a guest speaker for Red Ribbon Week. A police officer visited our class and spoke to the children.

Then we went to art, lunch and indoor recess.

Following recess, we will review the writing process and talk about finding ideas to use in our writing. Then the children will continue writing personal narratives.

We will end the day with a book exchange in the media center.

Remember...book reports are due WEDNESDAY...spelling is due Friday. Tomorrow students are encouraged to wear sweat pants and shirts for Red Ribbon Week.

## Thursday, October 23, 2008

### Thursday

This morning we took our first unit assessment in math. After that, in reading, we sorted plurals according to the rules used for changing the singular version into a plural. Then the students chose spelling words and copied them into their spelling journal AND their planner for this week and next. Finally, they completed a concept map for the term "market".

Following lunch and recess I did a two writing mini lessons...one reviewed the general writing process and the other reviewed peer conferencing. Then the students worked independently on their writing. We ended the day by identifying specialized workers and the goods/services they produce.

I will be absent tomorrow. I need to take my toddler for an Upper GI. SO, here is a rundown of the plans I have left...

In math, the children will take a preassessment for unit 2. Then they will review this with the sub. In reading they will read and discuss an issue of Time for Kids. They will also choose a bold faced word from the cover story and complete a concept map for that word.

Following music, lunch and recess the children will practice their typing in the computer lab using Type to Learn. They will end the day with an assessment in social studies.

## Tuesday, October 21, 2008

### Tuesday

We spent the majority of our math class reviewing the Unit 1 Review Packet. These are coming home today and should be used to study for the unit 1 assessment on Thursday. There is also a worksheet for homework.

During reading we spent time discussing and identifying nouns. We also used Race to the South Pole to begin comparing and contrasting information in non faction text. Students also worked on reading groups activities and collected plural nouns (for spelling) while I met with small groups.

Following lunch and recess, the children will create charts focusing on common and proper nouns. Hopefully, this will further reinforce the idea that ALL proper nouns MUST begin with a capital letter. Then the children will continue working on writing personal narratives.

The day will end with session 4 of Econ and Me. This part focuses on production.

We will be taking a walking field trip of Damascus to visit several businesses and see economics in action. This will take place on Friday, November 7 from 9:20-12:30. Students will be back at school in time for lunch. The permission slip is coming home today. Please sign and return the bottom section today. If you want to chaperone, make a note of that on the bottom of the form!

## Monday, October 20, 2008

### Back to a five day week...

It has been a while since we have had a 5 day school week. It will be nice to get back into a routine!

In math we began reviewing for the unit 1 assessment. The children worked independently on a review packet. Tomorrow we will go over the review packet as a whole group. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and expected to correct any and all mistakes. Look for an accurately completed review packet to come home tomorrow. Use this to prepare for the assessment on Thursday.

While the children worked, I met with small groups of students to work on isolated skills. I had began the period by passing out an index card to each student and making a list of all topics that will be covered on the assessment. The students then wrote down one or two topics that they wanted extra help with...I formed groups from these cards based on the children's feedback. Mrs. Starkey worked with some small groups, too!

There is a math worksheet for homework.

In reading we discussed parts of speech, in general. Then we got more specific as we discussed plural nouns. I read the story Where the River Begins and we identified plural nouns with in the book.

Following art, lunch and recess we will review rules capitalization and continue writing personal narratives. We will end the day with a book exchange in the media center.

PLEASE make sure that your child is working on the book report. It is due in 9 days!!!

## Thursday, October 16, 2008

### Thursday...TGIT!

In math we took our final quiz for unit 1. We will review the unit next week and begin the assessment on Thursday.

We began reading with our second spelling dictation. These are scored and will be coming home this evening. Then we read and discussed cause and effect using "Lunch Money" the cover story in an issue of Time for Kids. Children created a t-chart in their reading response journals and then wrote about two cause and effects that were addressed in the article. They also met with me for reading groups...

JGB: Did a reread of Fisherman and His Wife using directed notes. They marked places that showed the fisherman being mean to his wife with an F and places where Alice was mean to the fisherman with an A.

Dragons: reread chapter 6 and wrote a summary of the chapter in their reading response journals.

Frogs: Read chapter 3. Then reread chapter 3 and wrote a summary of the chapter in their reading response journals.

The children also worked on the letters G and H in cursive.

Following lunch and recess the children will learn about using commas in a series (ex. I bought milk, eggs, cereal and fruit at the store.). Then they will continue writing personal narratives. In social studies they will learn about consumption as they view the third segment of Econ and Me.

Remember, no school tomorrow!

## Wednesday, October 15, 2008

### Hump Day

...and then it's a quick ride down to the end of the week since we do not have school on Friday!

In math, the children worked independently on constructing line plots (and determining median, mode and range) and bar graphs. I pulled students who demonstrated they needed help with these assignments. There is a double bar graph worksheet for homework and we do have a quiz tomorrow!

During reading we continued to identify cause and effect in non fiction text. At first, the children worked in partners in a whole group setting where I led their thinking. Then, while I met with a reading group, they continued to work with a partner and created a t-chart in their reading response journals recording examples of cause and effect in Race to the South Pole.

Following PE, lunch and recess, I will continue to work with reading groups while the children continue working on their t-charts. If time permits, I will do a mini lesson about using commas in lists and have the students continue working on their personal narratives.

We will end the day with an Econ and Me lesson about opportunity cost.

We will have a spelling assessment tomorrow and spelling homework is due! PLEASE make sure your child is working on the book report. It is due two weeks from today!

## Tuesday, October 14, 2008

### Tuesday

SO, I didn't get my win on Sunday with the Skins BUT the Giants did lose last night and that helps, a bit!!

In math we continued constructing line plots and determining median, mode and range using a set of data. There is a subtraction worksheet for homework. We will have a quiz on Thursday!

At the beginning of reading we went tot he gym to watch a presentation about homelessness. Our homeless walk is Thursday during recess. PLEASE sign and return the pink sheet...even if you don't contribute any money!

When we got back to class the children worked on reading group assignments.

JGB: Reread Fisherman and his Wife and listed questions they had (or things they wondered about) in the RRJ.

Frogs: Met with me...we discussed (and practiced) finding and using support in the text to answer questions. Then we read and discussed chapter 2. When they returned to their seats, they chose a character from chapter 2 and named a character trait for that character. Then they used evidence from the text to support their choice.

Dragons: Completed concept map for either slither or pioneer. Read and discussed chapter 5 with me.

Following lunch and recess we will discuss the importance of suing correct punctuation in our writing. We will also continue writing personal narratives.

We will end the day with social studies. We will watch the first segment of a program called Econ and Me. This section focuses on scarcity.

Homework: Besides math, remember that spelling is due on THURSDAY and keep working on the book report!

## Monday, October 13, 2008

### Monday - Open House

It was so nice to see so many parents at this morning's Open House!

In math, I introduced the terms median (the middle number in an ordered set of data), mode (the # occurring most often in a set of data) and range (the difference between the greatest number and the least number in a set of data). Then the class practiced constructing bar graphs, independently, while Mrs. Starkey and myself worked with small groups of students to improve their computation skills. For homework students need to finish the bar graph from class and complete a worksheet.

During reading we discussed cause and effect. Then we began reading a non fiction text titled Race to the South Pole and charting examples of cause and effect.

Following art, lunch and recess, we will be presented with dictionaries (to keep) from the Damascus Rotary Club. Then we will write thank you notes for the dictionaries to the Rotary Club.

After that, we will discuss the importance of using correct punctuation in our writing and continue writing personal narratives.

We will end the day with a book exchange in the media center.

PLEASE make sure your child is working on the book report every night!!!

## Friday, October 10, 2008

### TGIF

WE have been without Internet access ALL day until 3:00 this afternoon...you really begin to realize how dependent we have become on technology when that happens!

Here is a quick and brief update...

In math we took a quiz...they are coming home graded today!

JGB: met with me and did a text opener for their next story.
Dragons: Read chapter 4 and began a concept map (independently).

Following music, lunch and recess we went to the computer lab to either make cards for soldiers or work on Type to Learn.

When we returned to the classroom, we had a social studies lesson where we discussed scarcity, economic decisions and opportunity cost.

Have a great weekend...

Remember Monday is Open House. Parents are welcome to come see what we do in third grade! :-)

## Wednesday, October 8, 2008

### Hump Day

This morning, in math, the children worked independently on two data analysis activities. One was interpreting three different charts based on similar information. The other was interpreting a pictograph. I worked with students who demonstrated challenges with these activities. Unfortunately, some did not make use of the class time. These students will bring their work home. There will be a quiz on Friday.

In reading we sorted words with the /er/ sound according to the spelling of that sound. We discovered many different spelling patterns but noticed that three (er, ir, ur) were the most common, by far. Following PE, lunch and recess, the students will choose their new spelling words.

After we finish spelling, students will continue writing personal narratives. I worked with a group yesterday that listened to my feedback and produced some wonderful work! That was VERY exciting!

We will end the day with the science experiment we began yesterday. Unfortunately, we had to end the lesson early due to a majority of students choosing not to follow directions! :-( I am confident we will have better results today!

Remember, no school tomorrow!

## Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The end of the marking period is only 3 1/2 weeks away...that means parent conferences are right around the corner. Many haven't signed up for a conference. The sign up posters are hanging in the hallway, around the corner from the main office. Those who don't pick their own time will be assigned a time. I will send home reminder notices in early November.

The homeless walk is during recess on October 16.

In math today, we reviewed pictographs and constructed bar graphs. The students needed to determine an appropriate scale for the bar graph. Many instantly realized that counting by 25's would be best. There is a worksheet tonight.

In reading we reviewed text features and non fiction text. The students used the text features we discussed during the mini lesson to complete an organizational chart in their reading response journals. They also searched for /er/ words and worked on reading group assignments.

Following lunch and recess the students will continue writing personal narratives and I will continue meeting with reading groups.

JGB: Will complete interpretive words page for Master Cat. They will begin a new story (with a text opener) with me.

Dragons: Will reread chapter 3 and complete a concept map (with me) for the word "debate".

Frogs: Will reread chapter 1 and in their reading response journal write about which animal they'd want to purchase, using details from chapter 1 to support their choice.

We will end the day with a science lesson. We will use chromatography to identify an unknown marker.

## Monday, October 6, 2008

### Obviously...

I had a SUPER weekend...who could ask for more? We had beautiful weather, fun at the Octoberfest and the Redskins won, again, on the road!!!

Now that we have concluded our fabulous study of Cynthia Rylant, with Mrs. Rose, we are back to a semi-normal schedule...whatever that means!?!?!

In math we reviewed addition and subtraction with regrouping. We also constructed bar graphs (independently) when given specific data. Students had to analyze the data and determine a consistent scale to use. Many were successful independently!! There is a worksheet for homework.

After math, we got our pictures taken...then we read the morning message. We also read The Surprise Garden and listened for words with the /er/ SOUND. Students will collect more words with the /er/ sound and we will sort them according to the spelling of the /er/ sound. This will be our next spelling focus.

Following art, lunch and recess, Mrs. Howard will stop by to discuss the Homeless Walk. Then the children will work independently, while I meet with reading groups.

JGB: complete the interpreting words activity, search for 10 /er/ words, revise a personal narrative for a score (and feedback, of course)

Frogs: read chapter 3, list unknown words, search for 10 /er/ words, revise a personal narrative for a score

Dragons: preview chapter 1 of a new book, list unknown words, search for 10 /er/ words, revise a personal narrative for a score

We will end the day with a book exchange in the media center!

A note about the book report...the SIGNED book choice form was due back TODAY! I received LESS than half of the classes...kind of disappointing. Students need to select a realistic fiction novel and begin reading... The entire assignment is due October 29!!

## Friday, October 3, 2008

### TGIF

We began the day with a quiz in math. Overall, I was pleased, but some children forgot to note the key on the pictograph!

Then we went to the media center for our final lesson in the Cynthia Rylant author study.

After music, lunch and recess we visited the computer lab. Students worked on Type to Learn and used Publisher to make cards for wounded soldiers.

We will end the day with a spelling test and a review of goods and services and the three types of resources (natural, human and capital).

The Octoberfest is THIS Sunday.
Individual picture day is Monday.
Book selections for the book report are due Monday.

## Thursday, October 2, 2008

### It's Thursday, right?!?!

The day off on Tuesday has really thrown me!

But it is Thursday and tomorrow IS Friday!

And the Eagles WILL lose on Sunday...right, Vogel?

In math today we constructed and read double bar graphs. There is a worksheet for homework and we will have a quiz tomorrow.

WE began reading in the media center, continuing our Cynthia Rylant author study with Mrs. Rose. When re returned to the classroom, I assigned and went over a book report that is due WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29. PLEASE ask your child about it and look it over. It does require a parent signature! Then students worked on reading group activities.

Following lunch and recess the children will have a substitute. With the sub, the will listen to the rest of Amelia Writes Again. They will also continue working on writing personal narratives.

The day will end with a social studies lesson. The children will review goods and services AND natural, human and capital resources. Then they will finish their production charts from last week and complete a goods and services worksheet.

Some reminders:
Spelling homework is due tomorrow
Spelling test tomorrow
Math quiz tomorrow
Octoberfest on Sunday
Individual portrait day is Monday

The Eagles go D-O-W-N on Sunday...Vogel, are you reading?!?!

## Wednesday, October 1, 2008

### Hump Day but it feels like a Monday

Today felt like a Monday but it was Wednesday...weird!

In math we constructed bar graphs. First we took the data from our pictograph of math class birthdays and created a bar graph. Then, while I worked with individual children on adding and subtracting three digit number, the class worked independently on constructing a bar graph given data about favorite sports. There is a worksheet for homework.

During reading, we went to the media center and continued our author study of Cynthia Rylant with Mrs. Rose.

Following PE, lunch and recess, we listened to Mrs. Doyle and Mrs. Iacoviello tell us about the reading incentive program. In short, starting Saturday and ending December 19, students need to read LOTS and keep track of the minutes they read. More information will come home on Friday. Look for it! I want to win!!! :-)

After the presentation, we compiled a class list of the correct uses for capital letters. Then the children went back to a piece of their writing and, using the list, corrected their writing. They also continued writing personal narratives.

We ended the day with an exciting science lesson. The children used chromatography (the process of separating mixtures) to see the different pigments that are used in 5 different black markers.

## Monday, September 29, 2008

### Happiness All Around...

What could possibly go wrong on a Monday after the Skins beat Dallas in their BACKYARD!!!!

Today was an early release day...I only have a brief period of time to update you before I have to go to a meeting. Here goes...

In math, we began studying data analysis. We created a pictograph of our math classes birthdays. Then we interpreted a pictograph from a worksheet. One point that I stressed was to be aware of the key.

For reading we visited the media center. This week we will be going to the media center for 45 minutes each day to participate in an author study of Cynthia Rylant. Mrs. Rose, the media specialist, will do these lessons.

Following reading we went to art and then ate lunch. Then it was time to pack up and go home!

No homework!!

## Friday, September 26, 2008

### TGIF!

We have worked hard this week! I am ready for the weekend!!

This morning I was involved in a regularly scheduled meeting where a team of professionals, from our school, look over student data and discuss areas in which certain students display needs AND where others show they are ready to be challenged. From that meeting, different interventions and groups are planned so that we reach the needs of EVERY child. I LOVE these meetings!!!! Over the past couple of years I have seen children progress as a direct effect of these meetings!

In math we had our weekly quiz. The last page was a challenge section. I was impressed with the progress demonstrated by the class on this quiz!

In reading we read and discussed the cover story for another issue of Time for Kids. We also practiced a previewing strategy of identifying unknown words.

Following music, lunch and PE we will visit the computer lab. Students will begin working on Type to Learn. This is a program that teaches children to type properly. We will also make cards using Publisher.

We will end the day with a social studies lesson. We will review goods and services and identify resources needed for production.

Have a wonderful weekend!

## Thursday, September 25, 2008

### SGA Day

In math today we reviewed and praacticed using estimation to solve word problems and solving three digit word problems. While children worked independently, I met with groups of three students, at a time, to assess their abilities to compute three digit subtraction and addition problems. I also took the opportunity to clrify any issues as I saw them arise.

For homework, some children need to finish their classwork (BTW...there was PLENTY of time during class). All children have a problem solving worksheet to complete.

During reading we sorted /ea/ words according to the sound the /ea/ makes in the word and compiled a class list...that might explain a couple of the words on the list!! Students then chose 7 words from the class the class list and three mispelled words from their writer's notebook. These will be their words to practice from today until NEXT Friday. Next Friday I will dictate sentences using the three distinct sounds that /ea/ makes in a word. These may or may not be words on your child's list.

After that the children read an issue opf Time for Kids and completed a two sided follow up worksheet. Some will need to complete this for homework. I managed to meet with two reading groups.

Dragons: Read and discussed chapter 2 including specific vocabulary words.

Frogs: Discussed problem and solution in Cat and Canary. Also, identified character traits for Cat and located evidence in the text that supports the trait.

This afternoon we will be listening to speeches from classmates and chooisng two SGA representatives from our class. Then we will listen to speeches from 4th and 5th grade students and electing SGA officers.

If time allows, I will be doing a mini lesson on the correct useage of capital letters. The student's writing indicates that this is a definite need!

Look for a dictionary skill worksheet for homework, as well!

## Wednesday, September 24, 2008

### Hump Day!

Thank you to all who attended the meeting last night. Please know that I am always here to answer any questions you have. If I don't know the exact answer, I can point you in the right direction!

I wanted to address the homework issue...I received a bunch of e-mails today from parents of children who were not able to finish last night's homework. THANK YOU for the e-mails. That is information I need to (and want to) know!! Personally, I am not a huge homework fan but it is a requirement. When homework exceeds 30 minutes, please cut your child off and send me a note.

On to today...

In math we practiced solving subtraction problems that required regrouping more than once. We also worked on solving word problems by focusing on what the question is asking and identifying key words (total = add, how many more = subtract, about = estimate). There is a problem solving worksheet for homework.

During reading I took the opportunity to review dictionary skills. It was apparent during reading yesterday that children were unable to locate words in the dictionary. We examined a page in the dictionary discussing guide words, and looking at the bountiful information that each entry provides. Then the children practiced using guide words via a worksheet. I noticed some improvement but much confusion still exists.

Following PE, lunch and recess I will try to clarify some of the issues from this mornings worksheet. Then we will continue reading Amelia's Notebook. Finally, we will compile a list of possible and appropriate entries for the children's writer's notebooks.

We will end the day with Mrs. Howard visiting us to conduct an "I am special!" lesson.

## Tuesday, September 23, 2008

### IMPORTANT!

There is an important meeting tonight for parents of children in first, second and third grades. Miss Jones will be going over the new grading system and the new report card. PLEASE make every effort to attend. With that in mind, every child in third grade will bring home an interim progress report tonight! Look for it!!!

On to today...we worked hard this morning!!

In math, the children worked on three digit subtraction with regrouping. I worked with a small group. After looking over their work it is apparent that they children need some instruction on solving problems that require regrouping more than once. We will go over that concept tomorrow. Every child has a worksheet for homework. AS couple, only a couple, have to finish their classwork, too!

In reading we read Strega Nona and reviewed the story elements. Then I introduced using a concept map to acquire a new vocabulary word. We did a concept map for the work barricade, together. Then the children went back to their seats and chose a different word from Strega Nona to use in a concept map they were to complete independently. `I was planning to meet with small groups while they worked in independently but there were many who needed help!

Following lunch and recess, I plan to meet with small groups while the children continue to work independently. However, before they we do that, I will read a story called Amelia's Notebook and begin a list of ideas for entries in their writer's notebook.

WE will end the day by completing a science investigation that we started a couple of weeks ago! OOPS! A student had to remind me that we never finished it...do I get credit for admitting publicly that I am not perfect?!?!?!

Homework: List 8 community workers in their social studies journal and write the good or service that each produces.

## Monday, September 22, 2008

### Busy, busy Monday!

It is so much easier to come back to work after a Redskin victory! The world is just such a nicer place, don't you think??

In math, we reviewed patterns and place value during the warm up. Then, using white boards, we practiced solving three digit subtraction problems with and without regrouping AND when you need to regroup twice. WE also discussed parts and whole; addition is part plus part equals whole, subtraction is whole minus part equals part. I used this as groundwork to introduce the idea of using addition to check your subtraction.

Then the children went to their seats to complete page 60 # 2-20 in their math text. Many found alternative ways to spend their time. :-( These children will need to finish heir classwork (as well as the planned worksheet) for homework.

While the children worked, I met with two small groups. One group worked on using estimation to solve subtraction problems. The other group worked on regrouping while solving subtraction problems.

Following math, we read the morning message and began a new spelling unit. PLEASE read the next section CAREFULLY...

I did NOT give a spelling test on Friday. I have decided NOT to give a spelling test for the past unit. Here's why...

The goal of our spelling instruction is for children to learn a rule (whether it is the various spellings of a particular sound or the various sounds a specific spelling pattern makes). We all know that the way spelling has been assessed in the past allows children to memorize the spelling of specific words and truly doesn't address the rule that was investiagted.

SO, this year students will investigate a rule, choose words that fit the rule from a class list but at the end of the two week cycle, I will dictate sentences that include words that use the "focus rule" to the entire class. This will assess whether the children are able to apply the rule that was taught. Basically, students may or may not have these words on their personal spelling lists.

Not quite having my hear wrapped around this, I did not make sure that the students picked a word, for their personal lists, from each of the possible spellings of the long /e/ sound during the lasst unit. Therefore, a spelling test based would not have been fair to all.

I hope this makes sense...but if not, PLEASE contact me through the blog, via e-mail or by phone call!

Following art, lunch and recess the children will return to class and work on identifying goods and services in The Big Green Pocketbook. If time allows, we will begin investigating what resources are required for production of specific goods and services.

At 2:00, the class will attend the Back to Rock assembly and then hear about the school's new reading incentive program. WE will end the day with a book exchange in the media center!

## Friday, September 19, 2008

### TGIF

I'm looking forward to another win for the 'Skins this weekend with temperatures more comfortable than last week! It was HOT, HOT, HOT at Fed Ex Field!

While you are out and about this weekend, please keep our Class Basket for the Octoberfest in mind. Our theme is "Quiet Time". Ideas include books, puzzles, art supplies, etc.

On to today...

In math we took our third quiz. I am very pleased with the progress that most children are making!

During reading, the children had time to catch up on unfinished work. There are a number of students with missing assignments (classwork). I met with two reading groups.

Dragons: The children brought vocabulary from chapter 1 that they wanted to review. We did that and discussed the character traits of the teacher Mr. Cohen.

Frogs: We worked on word chains using white boards. I said a word (beach). They wrote it on their white board. then I said another word that only changed one sound (such as reach) and they wrote that word below the first word on their board. This provides practice with manipulating sounds and letters and identifying different words that have similar spelling patterns.

Following music, lunch and recess we visited the computer lab. The children used Publisher to make cards for wounded soldiers. Doing this provided practice with changing the font, changing alignment, inserting text boxes, inserting pictures and many other skills.

We ended the day by identifying goods and services provided in The Big Green Pocketbook. Yesterday we did this as a class. Today they will demonstrate their knowledge independently.

## Thursday, September 18, 2008

### Thursday

Octoberfest...

The Octoberfest is just around the corner. Our class basket, to be auctioned at the festival, is "Quiet Time". We are collecting items that can occupy students, such as, books, crossword puzzles, markers, sudeko, coloring books, crayons, etc. We would greatly appreciate donations of NEW items ASAP but no later than September 26.

During math we used our rounding skills to estimate the sums of addition problems. I worked with a small group on rounding numbers while the majority of the class worked independently. Some children didn't focus on the task at hand and they have classwork to finish for homework. The entire class has a half sheet of addition and subtraction problems to solve (NOT ESTIMATE) for homework.

We began reading by discussing the plot of a story. The plot involves the action, the problem, events leading to the solution and the solution. We read Brave Irene and identified the plot. While students worked independently, I met with small groups.

JGB: Discussed reading using the directed notes strategy. There are papers explaining this in the reading section of their binder. Then they began their directed notes reading. They were to reread The Master Cat marking areas (with a post-it) with an "S" if they found it surprising, a "F" is they found it funny and a "?" if they were confused or have a question. These markings will help guide our discussion tomorrow or Monday.

Dragons: Received the novel Amber Brown is not a Crayon. They were to independently read chapter 1 and note any words that were tricky on a post-it note.

Frogs: Met with me and discussed character traits for King Shabazz. When a trait was mentioned, they located evidence in the text to support the trait and we discussed how to explain why the evidence supported the trait.

Following lunch and recess we will use sensory images for touch to discuss an object in out desk. Then we will continue writing personal narratives focusing on using sensory images and writing well organized paragraphs.

We will end the day with social studies. We will read The Big Green Pocketbook and identify various goods and services within the text.

## Wednesday, September 17, 2008

### OOPS! One more thing...

I have started to score and hand back the revised personal narratives from Tuesday. Not all students have received theirs back. Ask your child if they did. It would be in their reading/language arts section of their binder. PLEASE look at it and KEEP it there!!!

### Hump Day

This morning in math we reviewed rounding numbers to the nearest ten and hundred. I introduced the idea of drawing a picture of a number line to help. We also practiced solving subtraction problems with and without regrouping. After that, we took a formative. I only scored one side. The other side I provided feedback but did not score. The children have homework in their math journals this evening. Just in case, I will provide the problems below:
Round to the nearest 10:
29, 673
Round to the nearest 100:
889, 967
Solve:
602-181=
817-342=

We began reading with the morning message and then I read The Empty Pot aloud to the class. As we read we discussed character traits for the main character Ping and the importance of the setting. We also identified the problem and solution in the story and the events leading from the problem to the solution.

While I met with reading groups, the children wrote in their reading response logs and worked on other unfinished assignments.

Following PE, lunch and recess, I did a writing mini lesson with the children. I introduced the "hamburger" model for organizing a piece of writing...in short, thinking about the topic and concluding sentences as a bun of a hamburger...they are similar (made of the same ingredients) yet different (shaped differently). Well, topic and concluding sentences say almost the same thing in a different way. WE also discussed that a personal narrative needs to be about ONE topic...not a trip to Hershey Park but a ride on a roller coaster...the trip to Hershey Park is too broad.

I also took the time to share a student's piece of writing since it was on a specific topic, had a topic and concluding sentence and included GREAT sensory images!!!

Following the lesson, the children returned to their seats and worked on the reading assignment from the morning and then began a new personal narrative in their Writer's Notebook, trying to incorporate the teaching points from my mini lesson.

Then I met with reading groups.

Frog: We began reading The Boy Who Didn't Believe in Spring. For homework the children should finish reading it AND in their reading log they should write a character trait for King Shabazz and use information from the story to explain why they chose the trait.

JGB: Began answering and discussing the Animal or Human worksheet. For homework they are to finish the worksheet AND write one explanation for each item.

Dragon: Homework - reread Bread and Jam for Frances. In their reading log they are to write one character trait for Frances and use ideas from the story to explain why they chose the trait.

We ended the day with Mrs. Howard doing a lesson about respect.

Tomorrow is the LAST day to turn in book club orders.

Food for thought...

How many times do you have to repeat a direction to your child? (such as, put your jammies on, brush your teeth, take your shoes to your room, etc., etc.)

I am discovering that directions need to repeated more than 3 times on a REGULAR BASIS in here. This is just not a good use of our time!

## Tuesday, September 16, 2008

### Terrific Tuesday

Sorry about the lack of post yesterday. I was at home with two sick boys. They both had pink eye!

But today I am back!

In math, we began with a warm up and by reviewing their homework. Both tasks involved rounding numbers to the nearest ten and hundred. Based on questions during warm up and the homework, I suspected there was much confusion. So, I gave the children a quick "exit card" assessment.

Basically, I gave them 4 problems to solve on an index card. Then I sort the cards into piles of "who gets it" and "who doesn't". I will use this information to form small groups to either reteach the concept or provide more challenging concepts. It's a form of dipsticking!

The students worked independently while I met with small groups based on the information in the above paragraph. There is a worksheet for homework tonight and I will give a formative assessment tomorrow covering place value and subtraction. There is NO rounding on it!!

After reading the morning message, I read the story Sachiko Means Happiness to the class. We discussed the importance of the setting to the story and then the children wrote about it in their reading response journals. While they worked independently, I met with reading groups.

Bread and Jam for Frances: Read and discussed the book in a small group with Miss Diane. For homework, they are to reread the story and answer the questions, "When did you know Frances was changing her mind? Explain using details from the story." in their RRJ.

JGB: Listened to a first reading of The Master Cat. For homework they are to reread the story.

Frog and Toad: Read The Story in reading group and discussed character traits for Frog. Homework is to read for 15 minutes...free choice.

Following lunch and recess the children will come in and select a personal narrative, from their writer's notebook, to revise for a score. My mini lesson will include a modeling of the items I will be looking for in their personal narrative (topic and concluding sentences, sensory images, etc.)

Finally, we will end the day with Science. Mr. Vogel found a cool performance task that will allow the children to "dust for fingerprints" using cocoa powder!

I would love to hear from all of you...how often are you reading? Is the blog helpful? Can I improve it? How???? Either e-mail me at dana_c_holman@mcpsmd.org or post here!

## Friday, September 12, 2008

### TGIF

In math we took a quiz that will be coming home today. THis quiz covered four different measurement topics. There is a two sided page attached to the quiz that has a rubric for each of the measurement topics covered on the quiz. After the quiz, we played a place value riddle game as a class.

I want to share a piece of good news...
MANY (possibly all) of the students who worked with me in small group yesterday, during math, utilized the strategies we practiced SUCCESSFULLY!!!! Boy, for a teacher, that makes it ALL worth it! :-)

During reading, we read and discussed our first issue of Time for Kids. We identified text features, defined importnat vocabulary words and asnwered verbal questions to ensure that we understood the cover story.

Following music, lunch and indoor recess, we went to the computer lab where the children were introduced to MicroSoft Publisher. The class spent time exploring the program, which included, insert text boxes, inserting pictures, changing the size of fonts and pictures, moving items around on the virtual sheet of paper, etc., etc.

When we return to the classroom we will use sensory sight images to describe an item from our desk.

Have a great weekend! Go Skins!

## Thursday, September 11, 2008

### Book Orders

One more thing...

Today I sent home the first book and computer club order forms. I made a point of making sure the students understand that you do NOT have to order anything.

But...

if you choose to order, please make sure you write a CHECK payable to Scholastic and have your child return it no later than Wednesday, September 17.

### Thursday...

This morning, during math, we worked on rounding numbers to the nearest ten. This is a strategy we worked on using:
24

20 30

Imagine arrows pointing from the 24 to the 20 and then from the 24 to the thirty. They are to identify the two tens that 24 is between and then circle the ten that 24 rounds to. I hope this makes sense!

I met with two small groups to work on identifying the rules for numeric patters.

WE do have a quiz tomorrow BUT rounding will NOT be on it...It will cover p[lace value and numeric patterns. Everyone has a worksheet, that reviews place value, for homework. Some children have classwork to complete (page 29, #7-26) also. They only need to round to the nearest ten NOT the nearest 100 as some of the directions state.

Following math, my homeroom went to the computer lab to take the MAP-R. It is a computerized reading assessment that students in third, fourth and fifth grad take three times a year. It is another data point to help drive instruction. The test self-adjusts to the student's answers. Meaning it gets more difficult or less challenging depending on the answers the student chooses.

Following lunch and recess we will continue to work on writing personal narratives. I will provide a mini lesson about adding sight sensory images (vividly describing what the writer sees to his/her reader) to the children's writing. I am hoping to squeeze in some reading groups during this time!

WE will end the day with a social studies lesson. We will begin to investigate goods and services and resources required to provide them.

Homework: math, spelling (4 assignments due next Friday), read for 20 minutes

## Wednesday, September 10, 2008

### Hump Day!

This morning, in math, we reviewed identifying the rules for numeric patterns and then using the rule to extend the pattern. Then we reviewed and practiced solving three digit subtraction problems with and without regrouping. After going over the homework for this evening (a pattern worksheet) the children took a formative assessment that covered patterns.

After reading the morning message, we sorted /ee/ words according to the letters used to spell the sound. We also compiled a class list.

Following PE, lunch and recess, the children will choose 7 spelling words from our class list and I will help them choose 3 words from their writer's notebook. The will write their personal lists in their spelling journal AND in their planner. Please look for it this evening. Additionally, the spelling unit explanation sheet and the spelling homework choice sheet will be glued onto the front and back cover of their spelling journal. PLEASE try to have all spelling homework completed IN their spelling journal. It should be turned in on the last Friday of the spelling unit cycle...next Friday...not on a daily basis.

After we finish spelling, we will return to the computer lab to complete our Web Quest from yesterday.

Homework tonight: Math worksheet, begin spelling homework, read for 15 minutes

## Tuesday, September 9, 2008

### Terrific Tuesday!!

I've got to tell you...it is the beginning of the third week of school and I am already meeting with reading groups. I am so proud of myself!!! WooHoo! Okay, I only got to two of the three groups but we are on our way!

I had a meeting during math but I left the class in the extremely capable hands of Mrs. Benson. Together they continued working on numeric patterns and even got some practice identifying and extending geometric patterns. They also went over last nights homework and clarified the confusions! :-) There is a worksheet for homework tonight. I believe that it is more straight forward. Some children also have some classwork to finish at home tonight...there was a lot of socializing during math.

Onto reading...did I mention I was able to meet with two groups?!?! LOL! We read Miss Rumphius and spent time identifying character traits for Miss Rumphius and finding evidence in the text to support these traits. While I met with reading groups the children worked independently on a character trait chart in their RRJ. They also practiced writing the letter "B" in cursive and collected more /ee/ words.

Junior Great Books (JGB)
We met and discussed the expectations of the group. We also read a poem called The Cat of Cats and discussed and wrote about the meaning of the poem.

We met and practice writing some familiar words from the text on white boards. Then the children read the first chapter with partners and discussed connections they made to the text.

Following lunch and indoor recess we will continue reading Frindle. Then we will read The Listening Walk and notice how the author writes in a way that clearly describes the sounds that are heard during the walk. We will continue writing personal narratives trying to add sound descriptions to our writing.

We will end the day with a WebQuest in the computer lab. Mr. Vogel found a web site that provides information about fingerprinting. The children will go to the web site and complete a worksheet using information found on the site.

Additional homework: There will be a capitalization worksheet AND students are expected to read for at least 15 minutes EVERY night...even if I forget to remind you! :-)

## Monday, September 8, 2008

### Our first Monday!

Believe it or not, today is the first Monday of third grade!!

In math we worked on identifying the rules for a given numeric pattern and using that rule to extend the pattern. The students have a worksheet, that we began in class, to finish for homework.

During our reading block we began our first spelling unit. We read a book called Silly Sally and identified words that had the /ee/ SOUND in them. After doing this whole group, the students returned to their seats to choose their own book and search for words with the /ee/ sound. Tomorrow we will sort these words according to the letters that spell the /ee/ sound.

Following art, lunch and recess, we will have writing. I will read aloud the story Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis and we will discuss writing about our feelings. We will also identify the parts of a sentence (subject/predicate?. There will be a follow up worksheet for homework.

We will end the day by visiting the media center for a book exchange.

## Friday, September 5, 2008

### TGIF

I don't want to talk about the game. Too depressing!

In math we took a quiz and then the children got to practice math anchor activities.

We began reading with the morning message. Then we talked about character traits and how understanding characters helps us develop a deeper understanding of stories. Then I read chapter 1 of Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and we discussed character traits for Ramona AND evidence (from the chapter) that supports the traits we named.

Following music, lunch and recess, I will continue with my reading assessments. Mrs. Benson will take the children to the computer where they will log onto the Internet, navigate to the class blog and use some of the links on the blog.

They will end the day by reviewing the elements of a map and drawing a map of their desk.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

## Thursday, September 4, 2008

### The Day After...

The day after Back to School Night is usually a "toughy"...being out later than normal typically makes it more difficult to get out of bed in the morning...this morning was different! I bounced out of bed in anticipation of the big game tonight!! Yes, I am an avid Skins fan and I have faith...they WILL win tonight!!

OK...on to school stuff...Thanks to all of you who came to Back to School Night last night. I really enjoyed sharing third grade with you!! As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to e-mail me!

In math we began with a warm up that is similar to the homework worksheet they were given for this evening. Then we reviewed last night's homework and clarified a few common misconceptions. After that, I introduced some math anchor activities (ways children can practice their math skills when they are finished with their work). Finally, we reviewed the topics that will be included on tomorrow's quiz...arranging 4 digit numbers from least to greatest, writing numbers in word form and expanded notation and arranging digits to create the largest possible number.

On to reading...we began with a reading of the morning message. Then we discussed the characteristics of Realistic Fiction (not true, but could be true...characters are believable, as are the setting, the problem and the solution). After that, I read Thundercake by Patricia Pollaco to the class and we discussed evidence of it being in the realistic fiction genre.

While I continued my reading assessments, the children worked independently on a chart in the RRJ. They also practiced writing the letter "a" in cursive. If they finished early, they worked on their All About Me book or chose an anchor activity.

Following lunch and recess Mrs. Benson will read a chapter or two from Frindle to the class. Then they will choose a memory, from their memory walk yesterday, to turn into a personal narrative. Finally, they will review the elements of a map and begin creating a map of their desk using (among other things) the symbol they created, for their hobby, last week.

Important meeting about new grading system and new report card is Tuesday, September 23 at 7:00!!!

## Wednesday, September 3, 2008

### Back to School Night !!!

Hopefully, I will see all of you at Back to School Night tonight. It begins at 7:00 pm.

In math we began with a warm up and then reviewed last night's homework. After that the children took a short formative assessment on place value so I could see how their comprehension is progressing. Following the formative, we embarked on a bit of fourth grade place value as we named columns up to the millions and identified periods (sets of three places...the ones period, the thousands period and the millions period). There is a worksheet on comparing numbers for homework.

We began reading with the morning message. Then I read Ira Sleeps Over and modeled the connections I made to the story and how these connections helped me understand how Ira felt. Then the children went back to their seats and wrote about a connection they made to the story and how it helped them understand the story better.

After PE, lunch and recess, the children will return to the classroom and I will continue my reading assessments. Mrs Benson will be with them once again...yesterday it was Mrs. Benson, not Mrs. Starkey as I had blogged, who was with them in the afternoon.

Once again, Mrs. Benson will read a chapter or two of Frindle. Then they will go on their memory walk from yesterday. Yesterday, due to time constraints, the children listed topics they could write about in place of their memory walk. Finally, they will end the day by identifying fingerprints to solve a fictitious crime!

Braggin' Dragon posters were due today. Many did not turn these in! :-( Also, please send in a check for \$15 payable to DES if you haven't done so already!

## Tuesday, September 2, 2008

### What day is it?

I love adding an extra day to the weekend but the day we get back I have a difficult time remembering it is Tuesday not Monday! :-) But, it is Tuesday, that means we have PE tomorrow! Don't forget to help your child remember to wear appropriate shoes!

In math we practiced using place value to order and compare numbers. After practicing with white boars, the students worked on an assignment independently. There is a worksheet for homework, in their home folder.

Following math, we took some time to learn about my expectations for using the planner and then we wrote their assignments for tonight and some reminders in their planner. Besides math, students must complete a poster about themselves to be added to the Braggin' Dragon board in the hallway outside of our room. That took a bit longer than I had anticipated.

After that, while I continued my reading assessments, the children worked on their All About Me booklets.

Following lunch and recess, I will continue assessing students. Mrs. Starkey will spend time with the class. They will listen to another chapter (or two) of Frindle. They will also take a Memory Walk through the school and record observations in the writer's notebook. These observations can be used as topics for future personal narratives. Finally, they will review the different fingerprint patterns and classify prints according to these patterns.

Remember to send in the \$15 check payable to DES for Time for Kids, the planner and the home folder. Also, don't forget that Back to School Night is tomorrow night at 7 pm.

## Friday, August 29, 2008

### TGIF!

BOy, I am tired! We have had a great week but first week back always zaps my energy! :-)

We had a very productive math class today! After our initial warm up, the children got to peruse their math textbook and learned how to set up their paper when doing problems out of the textbook. Then the children completed some problems practicing writing numbers in standard, word and expanded form. SOme children worked independently while I worked with a small group. We ended with a short formative to see how well they were able to write four digit numbers in expanded form.

Following our reading of the morning message in reading, I read THe Art LEsson by Tomie DePaola and modeled how making connections to text can help us have a deeper understanding of the charachters and plot in a story. Then the children wrote, in the reading response journals, about a connection they made and how it helped their understanding of the story.

Following music, lunch and indoor recess, I will return the children's baseline writing assignment. These will be put in the writing section of their binder and need to be kept there...but I do encourage you to look at it!

Then we will visit the computer lab. We will practice logging on, opening Word, creating a document in Word and saving the document.

If time permits, we will discuss our hobbies and create a symbol for one of our hobbies.

Have a WONDERFUL weekend. DOn't forget to send in a check payable to DES for \$15 for your child's planner and Time for Kids subsdcription. Also, keep in mind that Back to School NIght is next Wednesday, 9/3 at 7 pm!

## Thursday, August 28, 2008

### What do you know?

That is the question that is answered through assessing the students. While testing can get a bad rap, it is a necessary evil. Through assessments we discover what students know and are able to do which makes for more effective planning of instruction. There are many forms of assessing students; some long, some short, some formal, some through observation but please know that I am continually assessing the children's abilities and make changes to my instructional plans and methods of delivery!

On to today...

In math we began with a warm up and then took notes in our math journals. we concentrated on the difference between a digit and a number. 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9 are digits. They can stand alone or be combined with other digits to create numbers, such as, 529. We also discussed how the value of a digit can change depending where it is located in a number. For example, the 2 in 52 has a different value than the 2 in 2,398. After that, we reviewed part of the preassessment from yesterday. Finally, the children completed an exit card (an informal assessment) to show their knowledge of the different ways to write numbers (standard form, word form and expanded notation).

During reading, I introduced more anchor activities and the students began working on an ALl About Me book as I continued my reading assessments to determine the students current reading levels.

After lunch and indoor recess, the children will finish working in their baseline writing sample while I continue testing. As children complete their writing, they will have the opportunity to try out different anchor activities.

After that we will begin have our first social studies lesson. The students will create symbols for a hobby they enjoy and then create a map using that symbol and various other elements of a a map.

Our day will end with a brief visit from Mrs. Howard, our counselor.

One more thing...
I tried to stress today that children's home folders should be emptied DAILY...by the the CHILDREN...not by the parents!