Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Third Marking Period Begins!

Can you believe we are officially half way through the year...WOW!

In math today we discussed, identified and drew polygons. Polygons are ANY shape that is closed with STRAIGHT sides...circles are not polygons! For homework tonight the students need to complete both worksheets we began in class.

In reading we discussed point of view and I read Alexanders and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. This book is written in the first person point of view...so a character in the story is narrating the story. I then "re-read" it telling it from the third person point of view...where the narrator is not a character in the story.

After that I modeled reading the information on a state's climate, highlighting the important information and transferring it to a graphic organizer. The students will be doing this for their own state, independently, today.

I also took this information and modeled creating a persuasive paragraph (persuading people to come to the state because of the wonderful climate). The students will do this part later in the week.

Finally, I introduced a new aspect of our class---the vocabulary word of the week. Each week we will learn a new word. We will keep a tally of times students use the word correctly in class. Additionally, students will get a prize from the prize box for each example of the word used in a book, magazine, newspaper, etc. that they bring into school. Finally, they will create a cartoon, in class, using the word of the week. Our word this week is immense (very large, huge).

Following lunch and recess the students continued working on highlighting important information o and writing it on their graphic organizer. They also worked on the word of the week cartoon. Mrs. Hepner met with the Tiger group and Mrs. Rachel met with the Bears group. I had a meeting to attend.

When I returned we constructed slide whistles and observed the pitch of the sound created by changing the length of the air tunnel in the whistle.

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