Monday, February 28, 2011


This morning, in math, we began tackling the concept of equivalent fractions. This is a challenging concept for third graders! Today we used cuisenaire rods to visually identify equivalent fractions. Even with hands on manipulatives, the students were still frustrated! Tonight's homework is a worksheet that just has the students identify fractions.

We began reading by charting text features we noticed in an article and the information we gained from these chart features. We did this together. We identified that good readers do this naturally in order to prepare their brain for what they are about to read. Next, I distributed new spelling words to the class and reminded them of our new spelling process. Finally, we reviewed the peer conferencing expectations.

While I met with reading groups, the students copied their spelling words into their planner, completed 2 BCRs for the article we previewed in whole group, conferenced with a peer on their popcorn party piece and completed any other unfinished work.

Reading Groups:

Snow tigers: We read and discussed the rest of chapter 12. For homework they need to read chapter 13 and predict what will happen in chapter 14.

Hornets: Began reading chapter 5. For homework they need to finish reading chapter 5 and identify how grandfather feels about children.

Hyenas: We did not meet today...

Following lunch and indoor recess the students will go to art. After art, they will retunr to the classroom and we will make models of an eardrum.

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