Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hump Day

We are half way through the week and just humming along!!

In math we continued solving 2 and 3 digit subtraction problems with and without regrouping. I also gave an "exit card" for numeric patterns. This will give me extra data for pulling small groups and planning for whole group instruction! After that, the entire class practiced solving three digit subtraction problems using white boards. Then some students worked independently on a practice worksheet while others met in small groups. One group worked on place value and another group worked on solving subtraction problems that require regrouping. There is a subtraction worksheet for homework.

We began reading by discussing class expectations regarding the quality of work that is completed during independent work time. Then I modeled a well written response for yesterday's in-class RRJ assignment. After that we discussed what a plot of a story is...the problem, solution and events leading from the problem to the solution. Next, I read the story Brave Irene and we charted the plot.

While I met with reading groups the class wrote about the plot of Brave Irene in their RRJ. They also worked on their personal narrative rough draft, created a cartoon for our new word of the week (drowsy), practiced writing the letters r and s in cursive, and corrected misspelled words in their RRJ.

Reading Groups:

Blue: We practiced writing high frequency words on white boards. Then I gave them a synopsis of their next book, Abuela's Weave. For homework they need to preview the book and list any unknown words on the sticky note that is posted on the front cover of their book.

Green: We continued reading and discussing their Richard Wright book. Tonight they need to reread the entire story up to the sticky note. I realize some of this is repetition but my purpose for this assignment is to work on reading fluency.

Red: We reviewed their written homework from last night (identifying a character trait for Minh and using specific details from the book to support it). Unfortunately, all but one student did an inadequate job. So we discussed the expectations for written RRJ assignments and I told them to redo this assignment tonight. I am hoping to get much different results!

Following lunch and recess the students will go to PE. When they return we will share their group posters from yesterday and then learn about the "experts" categories for these words...this will review the three types of resources (human, natural and capital) and introduce physical and human characteristics.

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