Monday, February 9, 2009

An Adjustment

Just a few updates before I run down the day...

FASTT math groupings will be changing this afternoon. The reason for this? SO we can make better use of our instructional time. I have grouped the children according to reading groups. This way, during FASTT math, I can meet with reading groups or work on writing.

Also, I have finally scored the baseline persuasive writing samples. They are in your child's binder in the LA section. Please look it over! we go with today...

In math we completed a practice MSA BCR. The children worked on it independently. Then we discussed it. Finally, the students had the opportunity to adjust their answer. This activity has a picture of a stapler on it. It probably will not come home tonight but please look for it this week and review it with your child.

Then we identified the movements of shapes...slides, flips and turns. There is a practice worksheet for homework.

In reading we discussed figurative language as a tool used by writer's to make their writing more interesting and more vivid.

Today we discussed alliteration...sentences/phrases where most of the words start with the same beginning sound. Think: Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Peppers. Then we read June 29, 1999 by David Weisner. We identified examples of alliteration in the story and discussed how this affects the mood of the book.

Following art, lunch and outdoor recess the students will meet with me in reading groups and go to FASTT math.

Fair Swap: Discuss beginning , middle and end and then begin writing a summary.
OOka: Share questions and places they marked F and UF. Then answer the discussion question independently to prepare for the next group meeting.
Shoemaker: Discuss why they think the Shoemaker gave the gold back and what they would have done. Prepare for next story.

Independent activities will include:
looking for augh words
writing alliteration
handwriting practice

WE will end the day with a book exchange in the media center.

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