Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hump Day!

This morning in math we reviewed the difference between AM and PM and learned about a new anchor activity. The anchor activity is a board game that helps the students practice calculating elapsed time. While the students worked independently on elapsed time activities, Mrs. Arul worked with students measuring time on an analog clock and I worked with a group calculating elapsed time. There is a worksheet for homework and we will have a quiz on Friday.

In reading we concentrated on Haiku poetry. Haikus are a Japanese form of poetry that centers around nature and the seasons. It is composed of 3 lines with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second and 5 in the third.

While I met with reading groups, the students worked with some Haiku poems. They also had some spelling activities to complete. After taking care of any unfinished work they were able to choose between reading, writing and copying and illustrating poems.

Reading Groups:

Hyenas: We discussed the need to stop, frequently, when reading to make sure they can viualize (or exaplin) what is happening in the story. If they can't, then they need to go back to a point where they can and reread. Then we began rereading chapter 3 and discussing the hard-boiled egg fad. For homework they need to read pages 60-73 and exapling why Ramona is called a nuisance.

Snow Tigers: We discussed how Lu Yi is feeling at the end of chapter 6. Then we began reading chapter 7. For homework the students need to read pages 75-82 and idetify the decision that Lu Yi must make.

Following lunch and outdoor recess the students will go to PE. When they return, they will be going to a cultural arts program.

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