Monday, March 5, 2012

March Monday

The countdown to the MSA week we begin taking the MSA on MONDAY!!!!

In reading today we read a piece of non-fiction text called Schoolyard Toys. Then we identified what the BCR was asking and created a checklist to help up write a good response.

While I met with reading groups the students worked writing an answer to the BCR and individual reading group activities.

Reading Groups:
Crabs: We began a new book. The students were given their first novel schedule. SO we spent time going over how to read one. These novel schedules are expected to be kept in the reading section of their binder. We will be using it daily. Then we previewed the book and reviewed the words deciduous and contagious. Finally, we read and discussed chapter 1. For homework the children need to reread chapter 1 and get a parent signature int heir binder.

In math we began our study of fractions by watching a video put out by the Discover channel through United Streaming. There is a worksheet for homework.

Following music, lunch and outdoor recess, we looked at some opinion statements written by classmates and decided if they were written correctly. If they were not, we discussed how to change them to make them better. Then the students rewrote their opinion statements about zoos.

While I met with reading groups, the children continued their independent work from this morning.

Reading Groups:
Lions: Well, this group was a bit disappointing...three out of seven students didn't have their book and didn't do the independent assignment this morning to prepare them for group. Therefore, after some thought, I dismissed the group and had those who didn't do their work this morning, do it at that point.

Bears: We reviewed their lists of unknown words from chapter 13 and discussed the surprise at the end of the chapter...Kyle reveals he didn't catch the ball! For homework they need to write a title for this chapter.

We ended the day with an emergency class meeting. There was some very inappropriate behavior in the media center on Friday. We discussed the importance of making good choices and telling an adult when you know something is happening that shouldn't be.

Students should be working on their sound projects. They are due at the end of this month!!

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