Friday, September 7, 2012


Wow!  It's been a long but productive week.  I know the children and I are ready for the weekend...and I am definitely ready for some FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With that probably want to know what went on today, right?

The students began their day with music.  When they returned to class we revisited the story Crow Boy and identified how the main character's actions influenced the events in the story.  Then I jumped into our writing lesson.  In writing we examined the conventions of using dialogue in text by finding examples in the story Boxes for Katje.

Then I began meeting with reading groups while the students worked independently.

Independent Work:
Students completed their rough draft and then reviewed their own writing and added one or two examples of dialogue.  Then they practiced writing the letters l and b in cursive.  Finally, they completed any other unfinished assignments from the week.

Reading Groups:
Yellow Jackets:  We reviewed vocabulary from the text.  Then the children worked with partners to reread the story and mark the problem and actions influencing the events with sticky notes.  We will share this in group on Monday.

Next up was math.  We began with a warm up and then reviewed last night's homework.  Then we focused on using base ten block to compose and add three digit numbers.  Click here to view the lesson.  Be nice....this was not one of my smoother Educreation experiences!  :-) We ended math with the students doing two examples in their math journals with the help of Mrs. Head and myself.

Following lunch and outdoor recess the students came in and continued their independent work while I met with more reading groups.

Reading Groups:

Cheetahs:  We reviewed unknown words in the book and read up to page with the purpose of identifying the problem in the story.  After discussing the problem, the children worked in pairs to finish reading the book marking actions of the characters that influenced events leading to the solution.  We will share these on Monday in group.

Sharks:  We reviewed unknown words from the text and began reading the book aloud in group.  After reading several pages we identified the problem in the story.

My final group has not picked a name yet...OOPS!  Sorry about that!  I didn't realize it until I sat down to blog today!  However, that group reviewed some vocabulary from their book and began reading it aloud, using decoding skill to determine new words.

We ended the day with students working in small groups to perform short plays demonstrating how citizens work together to solve problems.

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