Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunny Monday

What a difference a week makes!!

We began the day by reading the story Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema. Then we identified character traits, and support from the text, for Ki-Pat. We also learned the difference between a proper and a common noun. While the students worked on an RRJ entry and a proper noun worksheet, I met with two reading groups.

Cheetahs: W e chose a group name and created an -ace word chain.
Crabs: We picked a name and created a -ank word chain.

In math we rounded three digit numbers to the nearest ten. The students have a worksheet to finish for homework.

Following music, lunch and recess, the students reviewed and received their first spelling packet. We will be working on 10 words with the /ee/sounds, 10 third grade word wall words and review compound words. This is a long packet but it is not due until NEXT Friday, September 23. Please help your student plan accordingly.

While I met with my other two reading groups the students completed their RRJ responses and the noun worksheet from this morning. They also worked on a new assignment, from our language arts textbook, working with compound words.

Lion: We discussed the Japanese art of origami and previewed their book.
Bears: We discussed the possible challenges of having a pet cat or dog in an apartment in a city.

After reading, I returned some graded assignements such as our math quiz and our baseline writing sample. These papers are to be stored in the appropriate section of your child's binder...please look for them! At this time I introduced and explained the new grading system...ES=4, P+=3.5, P=3, I+=2.5, I=2, N+=1.5, N=1. We also discussed the importance of reading my feedback on the children's assignments and using that feedback to improve their work.

Unfortuantely, the group was rather chatty today and we did not get to our social studies lesson. Hopefully, tomorrow will bring better listening and direction following! :-)