## Wednesday, November 10, 2010

### Hump Day!

This morning, in math, we spent time solving word problems using the measurement skills (converting inches, feet and yards and perimeter) we have been studying. This provided a lot of challenge for the students. In fact, after working together, I assigned some independent work and began to work with a small group but the rest of the class was so frustrated that I immediately ended the small group and resumed working with the class as a whole. We will continue solving word problems, in class, tomorrow. Tonight's homework is a perimeter worksheet.

In reading we used the plural nouns which the students collected yesterday to identify different ways that plurals are formed. We focused on nouns that end in -y. The students quickly recognized that the y is dropped and an ies is added to the end of the word. This is the focus of our next spelling unit. The spelling sheet was sent home today and is due back on Friday, November 19.

While I met with reading groups, the students copied their spelling words into their planners twice--once for this week and again for next week. Then they completed their rough drafts. After that, they worked on a main idea worksheet and practiced writing a capital Z in cursive.

Blue: We read about the giraffe life cycle and practiced writing about the author's purpose. Tonight they will read pages 22 and 23 and write about the author's purpose for writing this section, in their RRJ.

Green: We read the section titled From Small to Tall and wrote about how our knowledge has changed. Tonight they will read pages 12 and 13 and write about how their knowledge changed, in their RRJ.

Red: We read and discussed pages 16 and 17. Tonight they will reread 16 and 17 and list important information in their RRJ.

Following lunch and outdoor recess the students went to PE. When they return, Mrs. Howard will visit to discuss the purpose of and review the procedure for class meetings.

I truly enjoy working with your children! They are AWESOME! However (you knew that was coming, huh?), there are a lot of learned behaviors that causes frustration amongst themselves and with adults that translates into frustration, aggravation and lost instructional time. By introducing a set format to discuss and solve issues, it is my hope that the learning environment improves and that the children learn life long skills to solve problems.