October 25th, 2006
Class activities for Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 25
I was at a Science Inquiry planning meeting on Tuesday, so that day’s activities are included in this post.
Spelling: Students worked on the Unit 2 spelling worksheets yesterday, and we reviewed those worksheets today. There is a spelling test tomorrow, and the worksheets are due at that time.
Cursive: Cursive worksheets pp. 27-29 were made available this week and are due on Friday.
Reading: Yesterday was a reading day in Literature Circles, and today was a discussion day. We also read from our shared book, Esperanza Rising.
Writing: Yesterday was a work day for students, who should be working on their rough draft by now. Today, we discussed how writing is more interesting if the writer uses spicy verbs that describe the action (dashed, bolted, zipped, not run; shouted, screamed, whispered, not talked). The next piece of writing will be due November 3; this will be the final writing grade of the marking period.
Math: Yesterday and today, students played games to review place value and the value of digits in numbers. Yesterday’s homework was Math Boxes 2.4.
Science: Students made electricity, electrical safety and storm safety posters yesterday, to tell what they already know about our upcoming unit. No science today due to art.
Social Studies: Yesterday, students discussed how mountains in the West make that region’s climate dry. The rain clouds can’t elevate over the mountains, so most of the rain falls on the west side of the mountains. By the time the air moves over the mountains, the rain has fallen, and only dry air is left. No social studies today due to library.
- Yellows: one magnet
- Oranges: no magnets
- Reds: none
Ask your student what kind of choices they made.
- Hawaiian Beach Bash! That’s our Halloween party on October 31 from 2-4 pm. The menu: Hawaiian pizza, fruit kabobs, and punch. We are in need of families to donate towards the cost of pizza, help make the fruit kabobs or other goodies, provide plates, cups, napkins (Hawaiian-themed?), or chaperone at the time of the party. If you would like to help, just send in a note or email.
- Appointments are now being made for fall conferences, November 14-16. A sign-up sheet is located at the office windows.
- 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!