## Tuesday, February 19, 2008

### Ahhhhhhhhhhh...back to routine!

It is so good to be back at work...back to a routine and feeling healthy! I hope those families in "blog land" who have been battling viruses and illnesses are feeling better, as well!

I have graded the math quiz from Friday. They should be coming home today. We will have a formative tomorrow and a quiz on Friday.

Today we learned about the radius and the diameter or a circle. We also used a compass to draw circles. Most children have to finish their classwork for homework. There is also an additional polygon worksheet for homework.

During reading I met with all three reading groups AND met with a small group of children to review subjects and predicates...boy, that felt so productive!

To begin...we learned ( or reviewed) that a subject tells who or what a sentence is about. The predicate tells what the subject is doing (the verb) and is the rest of the sentence. They had a worksheet to complete, in class, for practice. We also learned the cursive capital F and capital T.

Groups:
W&M: Reviewed the changes that took place in Shells (the story we read by Cynthia Rylant) and completed part of a change matrix in our W&M folder. Then the students worked on a prompt in their W&M journal.

JGB: We discussed the various places in our story where Miobi learned about being brave. Then the students used their knowledge to answer an interpretive question.

SP&T: We read and discussed chapter 2 out loud. Then the students responded to a BCR in their reading log...they had to explain why Sarah included in her letter that she likes to sing.

Following lunch and recess, the children shared morning work journal entires. Then we switched jobs.

Finally, we created multi string instruments to produce sound.

For homework: To prepare for our awriting lesson tomorrow, students should cut out 1-2 magazine or newspaper headlines (current) that involve "issues" (causes) that concern them. We will use this for persuassive writing.