Tuesday, February 23, 2010


This morning in math, after going to FASTT math, we went over every problem in the unit 4 review packet. We will take the unit 4 assessment tomorrow, in class. Your child is expected to use the review packet to study for it.

We began reading with a lecture...after reviewing the children's BCR's from the practice MSA, I have to admit I was a bit frustrated and disappointed by what appeared to be a lack of effort. So, we discussed this. Then I handed out a portion of text along with one of the BCRs. the students were instructed to reread the text and the BCR. Then I asked them to tell me what the question was asking. Interestingly, the entire class struggled with this. So we discussed the BCR and what the most important part of the question was. This turned out to be very informative for myself as well as the students. Once we decided that the word amazing was a pivotal part of the question, we discussed what the meaning of amazing is. Then we reread the text and identified aspects that are amazing. What began as an unpleasant lecture resulted in a wonderful lesson.

Just before going to lunch we visited the computer lab where I conferenced with individual students on their writing pieces and the students practiced their keyboarding skills using Type to Learn.

After lunch the students will redo the practice MSA BCR using the feedback from this morning's lesson. They will also work on their state brochures and any other unfinished work. I will meet with reading groups.

Tigers: Practiced writing high frequency words and reviewed their homework from last night. Then discussed the notion of becoming a hero while breaking the law. Tonight they need to write a summary of the book in their RRJ.

Bears: Practiced writing high frequency words. Then continued reading the story and discussing "what happened" after each page. Tonight they need to reread up to the sticky note TWO times.

Lions: Shared their RRJ responses about taking care of a pet. Then reread pages 50 and 51 and discussed what Journey was thinking as he put the pictures back together. Tonight they need to answer the RRJ question for chapters 8-10.

We will end the day with a social studies lesson the students will use The Little House to explain how technology and transportation change communities.

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