Thursday, October 14, 2010


This morning, in math, we took our fifth and final quiz for unit one. We will review for the unit assessment next week and take it at the end of the week.

We began our reading block by reviewing using commas in a series. I saw a lot of similar errors on our worksheet yesterday, so I took this opportunity to correct the misconceptions. After that we reviewed the parts of a sentence. The subject is who or what the sentence is about and the predicate begins with the verb and is the rest of the sentence. At least, that is the third grade, basic, explanation. This led to our understanding of the organization and structure of a paragraph. I drew a picture of a hamburger and helped the students understand that a paragraph should be constructed like a needs a top and bottom bun to hold the juicy details together...these are the topic and concluding sentences. Then, the middle is the BEST part...the yummy burger, cheese, lettuce, etc. Well, the middle of their story/paragraph should be the best and biggest part with juicy details!

After that, the students reviewed their rough drafts and marked the beginning, middle and end with a B, M and E. Then they peer conferenced and edited their pieces. Finally, they began conferencing with me. Therefore, we did not meet in reading groups!

While waiting to conference, the students worked on a noun capitalization paper and a compare and contrast paper.

Following lunch and indoor recess the children will visit the media center. When they return to class we will discuss our results from yesterdays chromatography experiment.

Remember, there is NO school tomorrow!

Have a great weekend!

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