Monday, November 8, 2010


This morning in math we practiced calculating the perimeter of various figures. The students worked independently on a perimeter worksheet and a worksheet where they used a ruler to measure in inches. I met with a small group to work on converting inches to feet to yards. Our high school intern met with a group to practice using a ruler accurately. There is a worksheet (perimeter) for homework.

We began reading by discussing tools to use when we come across a word that we can decode but not comprehend. These strategies included using text features, tapping into our background knowledge,, reading on and SLOWING down to think about what we are reading. Then we practiced using these strategies when we read the article "Far-Out Food" in November's National Geographic. After that I modeled elaborating on my sub-topics for my writing to inform piece.

While I met with reading groups the students finished reading "Far-Out Food" and wrote the main idea in their RRJ. They also added details to their writing graphic organizers to elaborate on their sub topics. Next they created a cartoon using our new word of the week, flaunt (to show off).

Reading Groups
Blue: We read how giraffes move and communicate and wrote about and wrote about what someone could learn from reading the text. HW: They need to read pages 17, 18 and 19 and write about what someone could learn from reading the text, in their RRJ.

Green: We read and discussed pages 8 and 9. HW: Reread pages 8 and 9 and, in their RRJ, write about how their knowledge has changed.

Red: We read pages 10 and 11 (and then 11 and 12) and listed the important details from these pages. HW: Read pages 14 and 15 and, in their RRJ, list important details from these pages.

We did NOT get to spelling plan is to assign the next lesson tomorrow!

Following lunch and recess the students will go to art. When they return, Mrs, Howard will complete a lesson about school success with the class.

Some reminders:

Book Orders are due no later than Friday.
Tomorrow is picture day.
In-house field trip money ($6) is due tomorrow.
Parent conferences are all week.

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