Thursday, October 1, 2009


Remember that tomorrow is an early dismissal day. Students will be released at 1:05.

In math we continued working on subtracting two digit numbers when regrouping is required. I also worked with a small group on identifying and continuing numeric patterns. There is a worksheet for homework and we will have a quiz tomorrow.

In reading we read Strega Nona and identified words that had the /er/ SOUND. We got a late start on our word study lesson this week. I am hoping that students will get to pick their words tomorrow but since it is an early release day, I am not sure how successful we will be. I will keep you posted through the blog! Then we identified the steps for peer conferencing for our writing pieces. A student and I began modeling this process as well.

Following music, lunch and recess we met with small groups and worked independently. Mrs. Hepner continued conferencing with students about their writing pieces. When not working on their rough drafts or reading assignments, the students practiced writing the capital A, O and D in cursive. They also searched for words with the ?er? sound and wrote them on sticky notes. We will eventually sort these words according to the spelling of the /er/ sound.

Lions: Read chapter 3 out loud and discussed the use of an inhaler. Then they made a prediction as to what will happen next in the story. Then they read chapter 4. For homework they are to read chapter 5 and write, in their RRJ, about what they think the author's message was in the story.

Tigers: After reading and scoring their written assignments about the plot in Galimoto I decided to model an example of a "good" written response. We discussed the importance of using the book for help and making sure that the problem, events and solution are included. Tonight they need to reread Galimoto and make a list of 10 words with the /er/ sound from the book in their RRJ.

Bears: Reread Rex plays Fetch for homework. THey spent a majority of their time in class working on their writing with Mrs. Hepner.

We are ending the day with a lesson about organization with Mrs. Howard.

I am sending home a new SCholastic book and computer club order form. They are due back by NEXT Friday, October 9. Remember you can fill out the order form and return it to school with a check payable to Scholastic or you can order on line.

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