## Thursday, February 10, 2011

### Thursday

This morning in math we began identifying and describing solid figures. Some of the vocabulary the students learned included; prism (a solid with two bases), pyramid (a solid with a base and an adjacent vertex), vertex (a point where 3 or more edges meet), edge ( a line segment where two faces meet) and face (a flat side). They had a chance to get their hands on some solid figures and identify the number of faces, edges and vertices. For homework there is a worksheet and we will have a quiz tomorrow!

In reading we learned about metaphors, another type of figurative language. Metaphors compare two different people, places, things, feelings or ideas in order to vividly describe them BUT a metaphor does not contain the word "like" or "as".

Last night I read and provided feedback on each student's persuasive paragraph rough draft. So, after our metaphor lesson I shared some things I noticed...first, many students are not including a concluding statement...so we reviewed that. Then I spent time explaining and providing example of what it means to name and explain your ideas. I told them the explaining part might answer...and so.... or and therefore.... or because of this.... Finally, I modeled writing a complete paragraph about why red is the best color in the world.

While i met with reading groups the students illustrated a poem called "Sun" to show their comprehension of the poem. Then they took spelling pre tests with a buddy. After that, they conferenced with a friend on their rough draft...the intent was to revise and edit their writing. Next they were to begin their final copy.