Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Half Way!!

Today is the first day of the second semester, or third quarter, of the school year. It's so hard to believe that we are halfway through third grade!!

In reading we continued working on the non fiction piece, "He Changed the World" The students worked on their fluency by reading the piece with a partner. Then we reviewed the strategies of locating information in the text and narrowing your choices as we checked their answers to the multiple choice questions.

After that we read and discussed the BCR question that goes with the piece. The students will answer this question, independently, this afternoon.

Next, I introduced pronouns as words that are not specific and take the place of nouns in sentences. We oral whole group exercise to practice identifying pronouns. This afternoon the students will identify pronouns independently.

Finally, I passed out the new spelling packet that focuses on the/au/spelling pattern and pronouns. This packet is due Friday, February 3.

In math we tackled solving reverse division problems. We completed a worksheet together. Then the students worked independently on the first problem of their worksheet paper. Tonight they are to complete the rest of that worksheet. If you have any questions, look for the paper we finished in class together.

Following PE, lunch and outdoor recess we read a book about the Exxon Valdez oil spill named Oil Spill! The students were quite interested in the book and we spent a lot of time discussing the negative effects of oil spills.

The students then worked on the BCR and pronoun activity from this morning while I attended a meeting in the building. For homework ALL reading groups MUST reread chapter 3 and get a parent signature in their planner.

We ended the day by cleaning out desks in order to have a fresh start for the second half of the school year.

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