## Wednesday, May 21, 2008

### Wonderful Wednesday

What a gorgeous day! I am glad Field Day was postponed, though, because the fields are very wet. Remember that Field Day will be this Friday, May 23.

In math we worked on using a number line to calculate elapsed time. I will try to describe it here...

Using the example that Mrs. Holman goes shopping at 9:40. She returns at 12:00. How much time did she spend shopping?

You would draw a number line that begins at 9 and ends at 12. In between each number (meaning in between 9 and 10, 10 and 11, etc.) you would draw 5 hash marks, thereby separating it into 6 sections. Each section would be a ten minute increment. 6 sections x 10 minutes = 60 minutes or an hour. Then you plot the starting time (9:40) and the ending time. Finally, you count by 10's till you get to 60 and mark that off as an hour. Keep doing that until you get to the end time.

We practiced this together, in class, and then the children worked on it independently, while I pulled a small group. For homework, many children need to finish their classwork. There is also a telling time worksheet.

There will NOT be a formative or a quiz this week.

During reading the children worked on individual reading group assignments and they were given a homophone practice worksheet, too.

JGB: Completed both sides of the interpreting words worksheet in their packet.

W&M: reread pages 9-23 and answered the question, Why did Nam Huong's mood change so suddenly on Sunday at the park?
Some of their reading was done with me.

Shoeshine Girl: Reread and discussed chapter 2 with me. Then, in their journals, they wrote whether or not they would loan Sarah Ida money and used ideas from the story to support their decision.

CW: Read chapters 12 and 13 with Mrs. Benson.

Following PE, lunch and recess, we will open up the seed pods from our plants and discuss how one plants produces many seeds which will then produce many more plants.

Finally, we will continue writing and publishing story poems in the mini computer lab.