Thursday, January 3, 2008

Literature Circles

During math we continued practicing determining whether to multiply or divide in order to solve word problems. During independent practice, the focus was on using division to solve word problems. A small group also learned how to solve beginning algebraic problems that include variables. For homework, all had to complete any unfinished classwork. Some have a variable worksheet, while others have a multiplication worksheet, to complete. All students need to continue practicing their multiplication flashcards.

In reading, the students received their chosen book for literature circles. They also began their first assignment. All groups, except for Fudge-a-Mania, needs to read chapters 1 and 2 and complete their book mark...this needs to be finished at home tonight. Fudge-a-Mania needs to read chapters 1,2 and 3.

Prior to beginning their assignments independently, I modeled EXACTLY what they are expected to do with the book, Stay Away from Simon. I modeled reading the book and completing the bookmark.

Please keep in mind that your children selected their book based on the actual text might be a bit simple or possibly a bit challenging...students are encouraged to read to or with another reader (such as a friend a parent, a childcare provider, etc.) OR have someone read to them... Also, students need to read the assigned selection MORE THAN ONCE...that is why they are given time in class, as well as, time at home.

Following lunch and indoor recess, we visited the computer lab. At the computer lab, we reviewed Microsoft Publisher and I introduced the Encyclopedia Britannica web site. Students were encouraged to use the Encyclopedia Britannica site to get a little bit of information about Rome, Buenos Aires, Athens, Sydney, Cairo, Beijing, Tokyo and London. These are the cities they will be choosing from to complete their research project.

When we return to the classroom, we will continue our investigation of sound.

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