Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday...First day of a FULL week!!

Yey...we finally have 5 uninterrupted days. I am looking forward to a very productive week!!

In math we identified the area and perimeter of figures. PLEASE remind your students that ALL answers must be labeled AND area have to be labeled in square units. We spent some time looking at rectangles where the length and width of only one side was labeled and decided how we could figure out the perimeter and area. We also discussed how multiplication (repeated addition) could help. Then we discussed finding the area of figures with curved lines. First, you count the whole boxes. Then you put together pieces that you estimate would create a whole box. For homework there is a measurement worksheet.

During reading I introduced a "jellyfish graphic organizer". This is a tool that students can use to help with note taking while reading or with planning a writing piece. It is in their binder...feel free to take a look BUT do NOT remove it...I am trying hard to better utilize their binders but I need your help. Do not remove anything that has been whole-punched from the binder unless it is in their take home folder.

We started a lesson we will finish tomorrow. But we recalled background knowledge we had about the arctic (both before last week and then knowledge gained from our reading of Angela from the Arctic last week) and added that to the organizer. Tomorrow we will read a new book about the Arctic and add new information from the book to the jellyfish chart.

Following art, lunch and recess we will discuss a table point system that I plan to start using in order to celebrate students who make good choices. We will also discuss the Braggin' Dragon bulletin board and change jobs.

Then we will use our webs that we created in writing last Thursday to begin writing a rough draft for our writing to be informed piece...remember it has to be multi-paragraphed!!!

We will end the day with a visit to the media center for a book exchange.

Remember students are expected to read for at least 15 minutes EVERY night...they should be marking their minutes on the ballots for the reading incentive program and returning the ballots every week!!

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