Monday, March 10, 2008

Miserable Monday's not the kids or the is a lack of sleep. How can losing ONE hour mess up your sleep pattern so much!?!?! Is everyone dragging today? Quick, silly, the pledge started this morning, I actually couldn't find the flag until I noticed the direction the ENTIRE class was facing. Luckily, the children saw the humor in this! With all of my complaining, we have had a productive day, so far!

During math, we used plotted paper strips on numbers lines, again. This time the children worked somewhat independently, trying to fold and then cut their paper strips into different fractions (thirds, sixths, eights, etc.) While they were doing this, I pulled groups of children to spot check their subtraction with regrouping abilities. I worked with each child at some point and I am thrilled to say they definitely have a sound understanding! We concluded math by using their papers (number lines with plotted fractions) to identify equivalent fractions...1=2/2, 3/3, 4/4 and 1/2=2/4, 3/6, 4/8, etc.) There is a worksheet for homework.

On to reading...following our reading of the morning message, the children worked on individual reading group assignments.

SP&T: Reread chapter 6 and answered a BCR in their reading notebook. If they finished early, they began reading chapter 7.

JGB: (OK...this story is killing me!) They continued working as a group, listening to the Humpbacked Horse on tape and marking places according to their directed notes...I don't think they are done yet.

W&M: Met with me to continue reading and discussing the Patricia MacLachlan biography. We had some great discussion and comments about her.

Following art, lunch and recess, we will read some F is for Freedom and then we will finish the persuasive writing piece about having PE everyday. Then we will go to the media center for a book exchange.

PLEASE make sure your child is working on his/her science project. I suggested, today, that they create the diagram as they build the instrument.

Also, we are in need of tissues. If you could send a box in, that would be great! Thanks!

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