Thursday, October 21, 2010


In math we went over the entire review packet problem by problem. The students were encouraged to stop my teaching and ask questions about anything they didn't understand. They will bring home the review packet, completed with the correct answers, tonight. They are expected to use it to prepare for the assessment tomorrow. Two suggestions...have them explain how they solved each problem and/or ask them which problems were a challenge and create new problems, just like the ones in the packet, using different numbers.

We began reading by finishing the book George Washington's Breakfast. As a follow up activity, the students read the article Kaboom in their October National Geographic and completed a determining importance chart, in their RRJ, with the purpose of discovering what it is like to live in the shadow of an active volcano. Then we reviewed action verbs. The students also had a follow up worksheet for verbs. Completing their independent work today was practicing writing the capital letters C, E and G in cursive.

Reading Groups:
Red: Reread book silently to determine the problem and solution. We discussed the problem and the solution and they got it!!! WOO HOO! Then the students returned to their seats to write about the plot in their RRJ.

Blue: The students read over the feedback in their RRJs from the plot assignment yesterday. We discussed the need to improve their written response to reading. I then modeled the proper way to construct a response. Finally, the students returned to their seats to redo the assignment.

Green: The students reviewed their feedback on the RRJ assignment from yesterday. Then I modeled writing a "good" response. After that, we reflected on the example shared what we noticed and discussed questions we had.

Following lunch and recess the students will visit the media center. Then Mrs. Howard will do a lesson about citizenship.

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