September 11th, 2006
Spelling: None today. We will start with a pretest this week. View the spelling words for this year, and well as the first spelling practice worksheets, on the Spelling page.
Cursive: None today. We will start reviewing cursive letters this week.
Reading: We looked today at what students know about taking tests, and also what makes different types for texts (phone book, cookbook, poems, picture books, maps, magazines) easy and hard. For the hard parts of texts, we brainstormed some strategies and “tricks” students can do to work through the text.
Writing: We began a unit to review test writing, focusing on the type of writing students will see on the MEAP. We looked at what students know about test writing, and what can be difficult about it.
Math: Students received their SRB and math journal today. We began an overview of help features of the SRB. Students also took their first Mad Minute facts quiz. Students will take Mad Minute quizzes several times a week, working on building fluency with math facts. Today’s minute test was over addition.
Science: We discussed tests students did on the color-changing beads they received on Friday.
Social Studies: None due to Technology.
Technology: We went to the computer lab, and students learned how to log in to the class website, how to send email to each other using our private website system, and how to use the private student ShoutBox.
9/11: Due to the significance of the day, we looked at some images taken by photographers on September 11, 2001 and in the following months. We discussed what happened, and why.
- Our Open House is today, September 11, from 6:30-7:30 pm. Stop by for a visit, tour the room, and get your questions answered about the class and field trips!
- Students will need a dry erase marker and three poly envelopes this week. I have them for $0.50 each, or they can be purchased at any office store. See the schools supplies page for more information.
- Students will also need a mug for our “paper and coffee” Fridays.
- Students are welcome to bring to or keep at school a water bottle, to keep from having to ask frequently to go get a drink.
- Help! Our Room 130 Pride board is looking a little sparse! Your student can help by bringing in three “objects” that show who they are, and that can be put on display for all to see. These could be photos, postcards, papers, medals, or little trickets that can be put in bags and hung on the board. The only limitation is size, and being able to be attached somehow to a bulletin board. These objects can remain with us the whole year, or rotated out whenever the student wants.
- Don’t forget to return the Emergency Data Cards (still missing 3) and Student AUP form (still missing 5) sent home last week’s eagle folder!