Thursday, May 23, 2013


The children began their day in art.

When they returned to class we reviewed a list of state of mind words (ex. wondered, suspected, alleged, etc.) and discussed how authors use these words to give their readers insight as to how the character is feeling.  Then we read My Rows and Piles of Coins, a book illustrated by EB Lewis, to identify more state of mind words. 

During our reading we came across a section of text that included a word in a foreign language and then a sound word.  I took advantage of the situation to explain how I knew the first unknown word was a noun, because it had an article (or noun clue) in front of it, and not a sound word.

While I met with individual students to do informal reading assessments, the students worked in their small groups to complete the rough drafts for the articles in their newsletter.  Then they continued planning the folktale they will publish with their Kinder Buddies, using Toontastic.

In math we continued using measurements from smaller rectangles to identify unknown measurements on larger rectangles in order to identify the perimeter.  Basically, we continued our lesson from yesterday, using the Active Expression hand held devices.  There is a worksheet, that practices what we have done in class this week, for homework.  We will have a quiz tomorrow.

Following lunch and recess, I continued assessing individual students while the rest of the class worked on the assignments described above.

We ended the day by listing service project ideas and voting for our favorites.  My goal had been to narrow the list of 9 ideas down to the 4 favorite.  Unfortunately, we ran out of time!  :-)

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