Monday, May 12, 2008

Messy Monday

UGH! What a yucky, messy day to begin the week. Sure doesn't feel like spring, does it?

We used our math time to review Friday's quiz and practice concepts that were still providing challenges to the children. I feel good about our class today. There were some good questions asked, leading me to believe that some misconceptions were cleared up. Tonight, students are expected to use the review packet to study for the assessment tomorrow.

In reading we read and discussed The King Who Rained by Fred Gwynne. It is a picture book that features homonyms. Then we discussed and began listing homophones (words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings)from the book and from our brains! :-) We will continue this tomorrow and eventually compile a class spelling list based on homophones.

Following art, lunch and indoor recess, we explored using a thesaurus to expand our vocabulary and make our writing more interesting. Then the children took notes on the format of a Bio Poem, in their writer's notebook. Tomorrow the children will begin writing their own Bio Poem and hopefully use a thesaurus to discover descriptive words to include in their poem.

We ended the day with a book exchange in the media center.

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