Tuesday, December 8, 2009


In math we explored the relationship between multiplication and division. We began by reviewing the idea that addition and subtraction are inverse operations. Then we connected that idea to multiplication and division. From there we practiced writing fact families when given three numbers. For example, when given 3, 4 and 12, the fact family would consist of ; 3x4=12, 4x3=12, 12 divided by 3 = 4 and 12 divided by 4 = 3. I worked with small groups practicing function tables while the rest of the class completed a fact family worksheet and a basic fact worksheet. There is a worksheet for homework.

We began reading by reviewing the characteristics of a folktale. Then we read Coyote Steals the Blanket and identified examples, from the story, of folktale characteristics. After that, I modeled writing questions as headings for our next writing piece. Finally, we headed to the computer lab to continue publishing our writing using Microsoft Word.

After lunch and outdoor recess the students will work independently while I meet with reading groups. Independent work today included completing their jellyfish graphic organizer, identifying common and proper nouns and writing statements and questions when given a set of words.

Bears: Practiced high frequency words and then each student red to me individually as part of a running record. While I was with another student, the rest read our new book and noted unknown words on a sticky note. Tonight they need to finish this for homework.

Tigers: Practiced high frequency words and then read up to page 12 in their Forests book. They also located answers to questions I posed orally, in the text. Tonight they need to reread up to page 12.

Lions: We discussed the purposed of a diary and reviewed page 42 in their Ooka packet. Tonight they need to complete page 42.

Word study homework is due FRIDAY!

We ended the day with SCIENCE!!!!!!! We began our next unit, Sound, by listing information the students know about sound...and I am in trouble!!! They already know A LOT!!!!

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