## Wednesday, February 2, 2011

### Happy Hump Day!

Yey!!! Back to some sense of normalcy!!

In math we reviewed the concepts and vocabulary associated with lines, rays, angles and also, perpendicular and parallel lines. Then the students worked independently on a worksheet while Mrs. Mutiga and I met with small groups.

One group reviewed the vocabulary from this unit using white boards. Another group reviewed place value and adding three two and three digit numbers. Finally, the last group practiced solving subtraction problems that required multiple re groupings.

There is a worksheet for homework.

We began reading by discussing the concept of mood and generating a list of words that might describe the mood. Then we read the story The Old Woman who Named Things, by Cynthia Rylant, and identified changes in the mood throughout the story.

While I met with reading groups, the students worked on completing the rough draft of their ad for green eggs and ham, a follow up reading comprehension worksheet for The Old Woman who Named Things and a WOW worksheet for our new word, ponder.

We formed new reading groups today and chose names for these new groups.

Hyenas: We discussed the idea of a shoeshine stand and then began reading the first chapter in The Shoeshine Girl. Tonight for homework they need to finish reading this chapter and list any unknown words on a sticky note.

Snow Tigers: We discussed things that cause some children to feel uneasy. Then we began reading Different Dragons. For homework the children need to finish reading chapter 1 and list any unknown words on the sticky note.

Hornets: We discussed, briefly, how life for a single father was different in the late 1800's. We also looked at the map of the US and identified differences between Maine and the middle of the country. For homework the students need to read chapter 1 in Sarah, Plain and Tall and list any unknown words on the sticky note.

Following lunch and outdoor recess the students will go to PE. When they return, they will complete a BCR that identifies how sound was created in their reed instrument and how pitch can be changed.

One last item...today is Report Card Day!!! Look for your child's report card in their home folder. Please take the report card out and KEEP it...sign the envelope and return the EMPTY envelope to school TOMORROW!!!!