## Wednesday, March 7, 2012

### Class Picture Day

This morning the students worked in small groups to create a checklist to use when responding to a new BCR for Schoolyard Toys. After sharing their checklists and discussing how to answer the BCR, students got to work on it, wile I pulled a reading group.

Crabs: We read and discussed chapter 2. For homework the students need to reread chapter 2 and explaining why the chapter was called Great Idea, in their RRJ.

After reading we had our homeroom class picture taken. Then we went to math.

In math we tackled the idea of mixed numbers. A mixed number is a whole number and a fraction, such as 1 1/2. While some students worked independently on a follow up worksheet, I pulled a small group to reteach the concept. There is a mixed number worksheet for homework.

After math we went to the computer lab where the students used Type to Learn 3 to practice their keyboarding skills. Then we went to lunch and outdoor recess.

After recess the students worked with partners and rehearsed what they planned to write in their persuasive pieces using their planning sheets. Some students got to practice in front of the class, as I provided feedback, too.

The students began their rough drafts and completed their BCRs while I met with reading groups.

Lions: We shared the captions the students wrote for homework last night. Then we read and discussed chapter 6. For homework the students need to reread chapter 6 (work on fluency, please!) and get a parent signature in their binder.

Bears: Unfortunately, we were short on time. Therefore, we met to get homework. Tonight they need to read chapter 15 and identify one thing that surprised them in this chapter.

We ended the day with a lesson from Mrs. Howard. She shared some test taking strategies with the entire third grade.