Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Terrific Tuesday

In reading we read the book Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney and identify how the main character changed from the beginning to the end of the story. While I met with two reading groups, the students wrote about these changes in their RRJs and finished any unfinished work.

Cheetahs: We practiced reading and writing high frequency words, from their book, on whiteboards. Then the students read their books and listed unknown words on sticky notes.
Crabs: We practiced reading and writing high frequency words, from their book, on whiteboards. Then the students read their books and listed any unknown words on a sticky note.

After a short review of rounding numbers to the nearest ten and hundred, the students complete a problem on an index card so that I could assess who needs more help.

Next, I demonstrated to the students how rounding is used in estimation. I also modeled using rounding to estimate the sums of three digit addition problems. While I worked with a small group, the rest of the class worked independently on a worksheet to estimate the sums of three digit addition problems.

The small group practiced rounding three digit numbers to the nearest hundred.

Following PE, lunch and recess, Mrs. Benson modeled choosing a topic and using either a web, a word/picture splash or a flow chart to brainstorm and organize thoughts for a writing piece. Then the students worked on unfinished work and planning for their next writing piece. Mrs. Benson also met with two reading groups. (I was at an in-house meeting.)

Lions: Worked with identified vocabulary from their book. Then read the book, partly in group and partly independently, to find our how Josh changes in the story.
Bears: Worked with identified vocabulary from their book. Then read the book, partly in group and partly independently, to find out if Sol got a pet.

We ended the day with students sharing the writing graphic organizers.

Remember...
Book orders are due by Friday
Field trip \$\$ is due ASAP
Spelling packet is due next Friday