Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hump Day

We began using the metric system for linear measurement this morning. I began by talking about the metric system being a base-ten system and then introduced millimeters, centimeters, decimeters and meters. The children practiced using a ruler to measure lines in centimeters. There is a worksheet for homework.

In reading we discussed what it meant for information to be "important" versus "interesting". In short, when we pick up non fiction text, we typically are driven by questions...whether they are from our own head or from a teacher or a worksheet, etc. Regardless, important information from the text would be what you read that answers the question or questions that define your purpose for reading. All other information is just plain interesting. As a group we read Whale Rap (or began reading it, actually), and charted information from the book as either important or interesting, using questions I had set forth prior to reading the book.

Following PE, lunch and recess we will begin our oral presentations of our book reports. Those who don't share today will share tomorrow. We will also have a gallery walk with Mr. Vogel's class so that we can enjoy each other's projects.

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