## Monday, September 19, 2011

### A New Week...

This morning we read The Empty Pot and identified the problem and solution in the story. The main point of my lesson was that the solution needs to match the problem.

While I met with reading groups, the students worked on reading groups assignments, identified common and proper nouns (using our language arts text book) and practice writing the lower case letters "i" and "t" in cursive.

Cheetahs: We discussed making deals (bargains) with people and then read the story Molly's Hard Bargain. The children are expected to reread the story for homework tonight.
Crabs: We discussed being teased and then began reading Rosie's Story. This afternoon the students are expected to finish reading independently and list any unknown words on sticky notes. We will review these words in group tomorrow.

In math we used rounding to estimate the differences of three digit numbers. I met with two small groups while the students worked on a follow up worksheet. One group focused on identifying and extending increasing numeric patterns. The other group practiced writing four digit numbers in expanded and standard forms.

Following music, the students enjoyed lunch and recess.

When they returned to class I modeled using my graphic organizer to write a personal narrative about seeing a bear at Deep Creek Lake. Then the students worked on independent work, including finishing their graphic organizer and beginning their rough draft, while I met with reading groups.

Lions: we reviewed the unknown words they identified this morning and then read their book. After reading the book we discussed whether or not it was realistic fiction. Tonight they need to reread the book and get a parent signature in their planner.
Bears: We reviewed the unknown words that the students identified earlier today. Then we read through the story and discussed connections we made. Tonight they need to reread the story and get a parent's signature in their planner.

Unfortuantely, due to challenges during independent work time, we did not get to science.