## Monday, February 6, 2012

### Marvelous Monday

Today has been a bust day! I've been in and out of the classroom due to meetings but, rest assured, the students have been in good hands along the way.

This morning in reading, Mrs. Starkey taught the children about the use of figurative language in writing to create a more vivid and accurate picture in the reader's minds. Then she read the book, June 29, 1999, to the class and together they identified examples of alliteration. Alliteration is the repetition of the same consonant sound in the beginning of words. For example, Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers used alliteration.

Next, the students completed a follow up alliteration worksheet and shared these with classmates.

I returned in time for math. Today we reviewed the concept of symmetry and defined and identified congruent figures (same size, same shape). While the students worked on an independent practice sheet I worked with students on place value and on identifying congruent figures. There is a worksheet for homework.

Following music, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess. When they returned Mrs. Santa Maria worked with them as I was attending another meeting.

The students began by revising their opinion statements fro their persuasive writing piece. Then they rehearsed what they were going to write in their letter.

After that, the students worked on fact and opinion and alliteration practice activities while Mrs. Santa Maria met with reading groups.

Bears:The students received a new book. They previewed the book by reading the brief synopsis on the back and looking at the front cover. Then they read the first few pages of chapter 1 as a group. For homework, they need to finish chapter 1 and choose a title for this chapter.

Crabs:The students received a new book. They previewed the book by reading the brief synopsis on the back and looking at the front cover. Then they read the first few pages of chapter 1 as a group. For homework, they need to finish chapter 1 and choose a title for this chapter.

Lions: The students began reading chapter 2 in group. For homework they need to finish chapter 2 and write a question to ask their classmates, in group, tomorrow, to test their knowledge of the chapter.

The children ended the day by beginning to make reed instruments out of straws. We will finish this tomorrow.