Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hump Day

This morning in math we investigated patterns in multiplication and division. (ex. 2 x 3 = 6, 20 x 3 = 60 and 200 x 3 = 600) We also returned to the computer lab for FASTT math. There will be a worksheet for homework. Tomorrow we will begin reviewing for the unit 5 assessment by working on a review packet. We will go over the entire packet on Friday, in class. Students will bring home the packet, completed with the correct answers this weekend. They should use it to study for the assessment on Monday.

We began reading by reading The Wump World by Bill Peet. We discussed both the setting and the believable aspects of this fantasy picture book. After that, we discussed how to build characters in our own writing. I explained that the characters in their stories should be "real" to them, as the authors. They should know their characters names, physical descriptions, likes/dislikes, motives, etc. Even if these aspects aren't in their actual writing piece, the ideas should be in their heads as that will help the students, as authors, decide how the character act and what they say.

Following PE, lunch and recess, the students will complete their planning sheet for their first realistic writing piece. Then they will create a character sketch for one or two of their characters in their story. They will also work on independent reading group activities. I will meet with small groups.

Tigers: We will practice high frequency words. We will also review their written responses from their independent follow up yesterday...I was a bit disappointed!!! Hopefully, we will have time to read chapter 3, as well. Tonight they need to reread chapter three and identify all words that end in -ed (in that chapter). They will need to chart these words in their RRJ according to the sound that the -ed makes.

Bears: We will practice writing high frequency words. Then we will review "On the Avenue". Finally, the students will work independently on a follow up comprehension worksheet. Tonight they need to reread On the Avenue...working on fluency!!

Lions: We are starting a new book!!!! The students will begin by reading about Times Square and highlighting three interesting facts. Then we will begin reading chapter 1 of A Cricket in Times Square. Tonight they need to finish reading chapter 1 to find out what Tucker hears.

We will end the day with a lesson by Mrs. Howard. She will be finishing up her friendship unit.

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