September 12th, 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: We took a cursive pretest today. We will start reviewing cursive letters this week.
Reading: Today, we looked at how the arrangement of text on a page can make the selection look difficult, even if the words are easy to read. Students looked at pages of text with one large column, two columns, three columns, three columns with a picture, and one small column with a large picture. Students learned that the “trick” is to look at the text first before deciding if it is hard to read, and to not give up.
Writing: We learned to make a list of ideas when we are asked to write about a certain topic. After making the list, students learned to pick one idea and “stretch” the list, extending it with more details. Today, students practiced making lists with the topic of “solving problems.”
Math: Math Scavenger Hunt! Students used their SRB to hunt for answers to the questions on journal page 2. Homework is to complete math journal pp. 2 and 3.
Science: Students made posters showing what they know and what they think they know about magnets.
Social Studies: We began a study on the southeast region of the US by previewing important words. Students selected words, such as river, wetland, Mississippi, shipping, source, to create preview sentences. They also sorted the words into possible groups. Later, we will revise the sentences, and create some new ones after we read about the southeast.
- 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 3) sent home last week’s eagle folder!