## Thursday, April 12, 2012

### REPORT CARD Thursday

We began our reading block this morning with the students orally sharing one of the acrostic poems they wrote yesterday in class.  Of course, I offered praise and polish as they read.  Then we read the second chapter of the Jack Prelutsky autobiography.  I am loving this book as it clearly shows how he turns his memories into poems.  After that, we identified and named the structure of poetry (lines, stanzas, title, beginning, middle and end) and labeled the rhyming patterns in a poem.

In math we tackled the fractions of a set with much better results!  Today I taught a skip counting strategy.  So, if you take 1/3 of 12, you skip count by the denominator (3, 6, 9, 12).  The number of times you skip count is the number in each group.  Today most of the children completed a practice worksheet independently.  Mrs. Benson and I both worked with small groups of students to practice the skip counting strategy.  Additionally, I met with another small group to practice identifying fractions and mixed numbers on a number line.  Tonight's homework is a multiplication practice worksheet.

Following art, lunch and recess I assigned independent work for the children to work on while I met with reading groups.  Assignments today included a final copy of an acrostic poem to be turned in for a grade and a poem for students to label (stanza, line, beg/middle/end and rhyming patterns).