Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone enjoyed the Spring Break!! I know I did but I can't say it was relaxing...it was fun, though!

We hit the ground running this morning! In math we began reviewing for the Unit 5 assessment. Most students worked independently on a review packet. Some met with Miss Stevie or myself to practice counting money. Mrs. Arul worked with a few students to identify the value of a fraction of a set. All students (except 3...LD, NB and JB) need to complete the review packet for homework tonight.

For the next couple of weeks, our reading and writing block will focus on the study of poetry. So today we shared our thoughts to answer the questions, "What is poetry?" Our definition highlighted the fact that poetry is meant to be read aloud and shared thoughts and ideas using rich language. Then I read some poems out loud to the class.

While I met with reading groups the students sorted the new spelling words they got today (words that end in -y and -ion). They also created a list of topics for writing poetry. Finally, they read poems and copied their favorite into their RRJ to be shared with the group tomorrow.

Reading Groups:

Hornets: We began reading and discussing the vocabulary in chapter 6. For homework they need to read the rest of the chapter, pages 66-77, and answer the question, " Why did Chester throw water at Bunnicula?"

Hyenas: We began reading and discussing chapter 7. Overall, this group is facing some fluency challenges. It is important that these students read each and every night. Tonight they need to reread chapter 7 and get a parent signature in their planner. Additionally, they need to list 1 interesting fact from this chapter.

Snow Tigers: We got a new book today! For homework they need to read chapter 1 of The Year of the Panda and list any unknown words. Following lunch and outdoor recess we will have a class meeting. At our class meeting we will share fun events from our Spring Break and discuss ways we can concentrate on school duuring these last few, exciting weeks.

Hopefully, we will end the day by planting our seeds in science.

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