## Monday, October 12, 2009

### Parent Open House

It was great to see so many parents this morning at our Annual Open House.

During our math warm up it became clear that the students needed additional instruction on regrouping when there is a zero in the tens column. So we spent some time, using white boards, going over two strategies that can be used to solve those types of problems. After that, I modeled the construction of a bar graph that required a scale which skip counted by 25. Unfortunately, this did not leave any time for independent work or small group instruction. Tomorrow students will construct a bar graph on their own while I meet with small groups. There is a graphing worksheet for homework.

Our whole group reading lesson used the book Race to the South Pole to compare and contrast the journeys of Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen. Today the children used post it notes to locate and label information that was the same and different for the two explorers. Tomorrow they will be charting those facts onto a Venn Diagram.

This week in writing the students will begin a new personal narrative. So I read the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day to the class. We discussed that although this wasn't a personal narrative for me, it could be one for Alexander. I used this story to model the creation of a new graphic organizer for writing. This afternoon, as part of their independent work, the students will choose a new topic and begin a graphic organizer.

Following art, lunch and recess I will meet with reading groups and Mrs. Hepner will continue helping the students with their writing.

Bears: We will answer comprehension questions by locating information in the text and writing answers in our RRJ.

Tigers: Will answer the question in their RRJ: Do you think Henry enjoyed his journey? How do you know? The emphasis will be on using the text to answer and support the "how do you know" part of the question.

Lions: Will read chapter 2 and complete parts of a story map.

We will end the day by identifying additional goods and services in The Big Green Pocketbook. We will also discuss the concept of insurance.

PLEASE remember that Paper Bag Book Reports are due in two weeks...October 26!!! This needs to be part of your child's daily homework!!!