## Tuesday, January 31, 2012

### Terrific Tuesday

This morning, in reading, we continued identifying the point of view (first or third person) in text. We read the book, I'm Not Oscar's Friend Anymore, and identified the point of view in which the book was written and how the book would be different if told from another character's point of view.

After that, we worked on identifying an opinion and a change we want regarding oil spills. Students will use these and the facts we gathered from the Oil Spill! book , also week, to complete a planning sheet for our first persuasive writing piece.

In math we began unit 4 with me passing out a packet of terms and ideas that will be covered in this unit. This valuable resource should be kept in each student's math section in their binder and used when necessary.

Then the students took notes, in their math journals, naming and drawing the symbols and representations of a point, a line, a line segment, a ray and an angle. They also learned about right angles and angles larger (obtuse) and smaller (acute)than a right angle.

We did not get time to practice these concepts in class but there is a worksheet for homework. If your child struggles, encourage them to use the vocabulary packet that I handed out today which should be in the math section of their binder.

Following PE, lunch and recess the students returned to class and worked independently on the follow up assignments from this morning. I met with reading groups.

Lions: We reviewed and discussed last night's homework. Several students were confused by the question, so I explained it to them. I also told them that if they do not understand a homework assignment, they should tell me when I assign it to them. Tonight, for homework,t he children need to read chapter 6 and list any unknown words on sticky a sticky note.

Bears: We discussed last night's homework and then began reading chapter 7 out loud. As we read I discovered this group has EXCELLENT decoding skills but struggles with context clues. Truthfully, this was news to me! SO, we will work on on this skill in the upcoming weeks. Tonight, for homework, the students need to read chapter 7, choose a title for that chapter and explain why they chose that title.

Crabs: We used words from homework last night to do work work lessons. Tonight for homework the students need to reread chapter 6 and create a NEW title for this chapter. They must also explain their new title.

We ended the day by verbally reviewing how sound was produced using a slide whistle and how the pitch could be changed. Then the students wrote about it in their science packets.