Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It's HUMP Day!

We are halfway through the week! WOO HOO!

In math we used a floor clock to determine the exact time to the minute with an emphasis on the movement of the hour hand as the minute hand makes its way around the clock. Then the students worked on an independent worksheet while Mrs. Arul and I pulled small groups of students to practice telling time.

We began the reading block by reviewing the definitions of the WOW words we have studied this year. Then we learned a new word...murmur (to whisper or talk quietly). Next we discussed and shared examples of alliteration in poetry. Alliteration is a t type of figurative language in which most, if not all, words begin with the same beginning sound. An example would be; Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Then we reviewed the structure and rhyming patterns in poetry.

While I meet with reading groups the students will complete an alliteration practice worksheet. They will also identify the rhyming patterns in a Shel Silverstein poem called "Backward Bill. After that they will complete a WOW worksheet for murmur and create a word search for our spelling words. Finally, they will finish any unfinished work and read through our newest issue of National Geographic.

Reading Groups:

Snow Tigers: We discussed Lu Yi's feelings about the panda going to the zoo. Then we began reading chapter 5. For homework they students need to read pages 35-46 and tell where the daxiong mao is going.

Hornets: We discussed the disaster in the dining room and began reading chapter 9. For homework the children need to finish reading chapter 9 and respond to the question, "What do you think?" We discussed what this question means in reading group today.

Hyenas: We discussed thelucky eraser and began reading chpater 2. For homework the students need to read pages 37-42 and tell what Ramona likes about school.

Following lunch and outdoor recess the students will go to PE. When they return we will thin and transplant our plants.

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