Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy Monday!

This morning, in math, we began using a program called Hands on Equations. This system using manipulatives to help students understand how to solve equations to identify unknown variables. For homework there is a word problem worksheet.

WE began reading by listening to the fable The Tortoise and the Hare and discussing the moral. Then we reviewed the hamburger model for writing paragraph. Finally, I shared portions of published text to demonstrate how choosing the right words can make sharing facts more interesting to read. After that, the children began working on their third informational writing piece and identifying proper nouns. I met with several students to conference on their writing.

Following art, lunch and indoor recess the students continued to work independently while I met with reading groups.

Bears: We practiced writing high frequency words. Then we reread Town Mouse and Country Mouse and discussed the moral. For homework they need to reread the book and complete a suffix chart in their RRJs.

Tigers: We wrote high frequency words. Then the students read a new fable, The Sun and the Wind, independently. As they read they made a chart of unknown words (meaning) and used context clues to predict the meaning of these words. When they were finished, we began reading the fable together and discussing the unknown words. We will finish this tomorrow. For homework they need to reread the fable to an adult and get a parent signature.

The day ended with a lesson by Mrs. Howard on respect.

Word study homework (at least 4 assignments) is due Friday!!

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