September 21st, 2006
Spelling: We studied all the most common spelling patters for the long “o” sound: o, ow, old, o-consonant-e, and oa.
Cursive: Students are working on a double-sided cursive page, which is due on Friday.
Reading: Today we learned a new “trick” for writing about how two stories are similar: organizing thoughts in a house-shaped organizer. The attic contains the main idea, the rooms below contain details about each story, and the basement contains ideas about how the stories are similar.
Math: We played a game to review time and temperature. Tomorrow will be our last review day.
Science: Students completed the “A Magnet’s Ends” experiment. Homework is to finish the analyze and conclude questions.
Social Studies: We continued learning about slavery in the Southeast, the Civil War, and the Underground Railroad. We sang a song about the Underground Railroad; click here to listen. Here are the lyrics. Here is a music video for the same song. We also sang, “Wade in the Water” and “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” two songs that slaves sang as a code to give them instructions on how to escape slavery.
- Yellows: 3 magnets
- Oranges: 2 magnets
- Reds: none
Ask your student what kind of choices they made.
- Students were asked to bring a “weird” object to school tomorrow for science. This object can be anything that other students will have a hard time recognizing. It can be an old tool, an old electronic part, anything that students can’t immediately recognize. The objects will be used in a “Question Search.”
- We are looking for donations of cardboard tubes (toilet tissue, paper towel, wrapping paper) for class projects. The tubes can be sent in any time during the year; this project will be on-going. Thanks for any help you can give!
- A few students still need poly envelopes (I have them for $0.50 each) to store math and science work. 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.
- Our Room 130 Pride board is about half full. Some students have yet to bring in three “objects” that show who they are, and that can be put on display for all to see. We are looking for things like 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.