## Tuesday, February 12, 2013

### Terribly Busy Tuesday!!!

Please excuse this short and crazy blog post...I had an in-house meeting this morning and am meeting with my orthopedist this afternoon.  But I wanted to ensure you had an idea of what your children were up to today!  :-)

The students began their day in PE.

After PE they listened to and discussed chapter 5 in Lily and Miss Liberty.

Then they were introduced to a new graphic organizer for their informative writing piece.  They will use the research they gathered yesterday to plan their Black American Inventor informative piece using this new organizer.

Today's independent work included completing the new organizer and a comprehension worksheet for chapter 5 of Lily and Miss Liberty.

In math we used identified fractions on a number line to determine which cuisennaire rod would be needed to create a whole.  For example, if the fraction was 2/8, the children had to recognize that they needed to find the colored rod which would allow them to put two, end-to-end, on the number line from 0 to 2/8...because that is what the numerator shows.  Then they had to recognize that they needed to add 6 more beyond that point to determine the whole (2 + 6=8, which is the denominator).  This was a struggle.  SO, we will continue this lesson tomorrow.  For homework these is a mixed fractions worksheet, for review.

Following lunch and recess, the children will continue working independently, while the substitute meets with small groups.

Cheetahs:  will review last night's homework and read chapter 3.  For homework they need to reread chapter 3.

Yellow Jackets:  will review last night's homework and read and discuss the mood of chapter 1.  For homework they need to reread chapter 1 and write a title for it on a sticky note.

Snakes:  will do word work suing new vocabulary in a new book they will get today.  This word work will have them practice reading and writing key words and explain the meaning of each.  Then they will read and discuss up to page 7.  For homework they need to reread pages 2-7.

They will end the day with a science lesson.  First, they will identify objects that use electricity to produce heat.  Then they will read to find out how electricity helps these objects produce heat.