September 13th, 2006
Spelling: We took a spelling pretest today. This test included 30 words, and will be used as a basis for your student’s first spelling list. Tomorrow, students will correct the words missed on a Words to Learn list. This will be their list to study for the next spelling test. Students also received their first spelling worksheets, which are due at the time of the spelling test. 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: Today, we learned a strategy for finding a book that is just right, not too easy or too hard. The trick is called the “Five-Finger Rule.” Students pick a full page of text and read, holding up a finger for each word they don’t understand. Names do not count. If the student gets to five fingers, the book is too hard. We practiced this rule in the library.
Writing: We learned to make a memory list when writing to a prompt. Students learned to start with memories of “today,” then “the other day,” then “a while ago.” Students made their own memory lists for the topic of “solving problems.”
Math: We played mathsketball while solving math preview and review problems.
Science: None today due to art.
Social Studies: We began reading about the Mississippi River in the southeast, pp. 71-75.
- Yellows: six magnets
- Oranges: none
- Reds: none
Ask your student how they did today.
- Don’t forget these suppies students will need: dry erase markers and three poly envelopes (I have them for $0.50 each), and a mug for our “paper and coffee” Fridays. See the schools supplies page for more information.
- 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!