Monday, January 31, 2011

And...we're back!!!

I hope everyone enjoyed our unexpected winter break!! While I had a lot of fun with my boys, it is good to be back to my routine.

In math we reviewed points, lines, line segments, rays and angles. There is a worksheet for homework.

In reading we responded to text in written form by responding to both multiple choice and short answer (BCR) questions. My lesson today focused on reading the question and underlining text that directly responds to the question. We also practiced naming and explaining our answers. Finally, we identified words in questions that could be used in the topic sentence of our short answer questions.

After that, we shared examples, from our chart that we created last Tuesday, of when we persuaded someone to do something and how we got them to do it. We used these examples to identify ways to persuade. Then we looked at two ads from the newspaper and identified methods used to convince the public to buy or use the product.

The students worked independently on the BCR and multiple choice questions. They also chose an ad from the paper and identified convincing strategies that were used to get consumers to use or buy the product.

I met with all three reading groups...
Green: We met and I collected their current reading book. That's it! :-)

Red: we read and discussed chapter 5. THe students identified the problem and solution with stickie notes. We also discussed hoe Jenius has changed in the chapter. Tonight they need to read chapter 6 and pet a parent's signature.

Blue: We read and discussed chpater 6. We identified the ways Grandpa has changed in the story and why he has changed. Tonight the students need to read chapters 7 and 8 and get a parent's signature.

Following lunch and indoor recess the students will go to art. When they return they will make reed instruments using more than 1 straw and determine hos the pitch changes.

One small note: My class computer is not functioning right now. Therefore, e-mail response will be slower than usual!!

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